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Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced a 17-race schedule for 2022. The 2022 season marks the tenth anniversary of SVRA's acquisition by Parella Motorsports Holdings, Inc. SVRA’s SpeedTour weekends include vintage racing, contemporary sports cars, and other features to present the most diverse and exciting array of race car design and engine sounds in the world. The concept continues to generate growth in sponsorship and membership.
“It’s hard to believe we are approaching the tenth anniversary of the Parella Motorsports Holdings acquisition of SVRA,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. "That first season, we were simply a regional club with a five-race schedule at three venues. Since then, with the help of our team, we have built a national, coast-to-coast platform that has delivered tremendous growth in sponsors, members, and fans. Along the way, we have developed outstanding date equity with many of our venues.”
Among the heralded tracks that have built date equity with SVRA are Watkins Glen International, Road America, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sebring Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Portland International Raceway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Sonoma Raceway. Circuit of The Americas, home to Formula One’s United States Grand Prix, has presented SVRA’s U.S Vintage National Championships since 2013. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway returns to the schedule and back to Father’s Day weekend, as usual.
A full schedule of the 2022 season races appears below. Most of the races will be live-streamed on the SVRA app.
The SpeedTour formula is appealing to sponsors. Among the premier brands supporting SVRA are NetJets, Avis, Mazda Motorsports, Pirelli, Big Machine Vodka, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bell Helmets, WeatherTech, Green Wealth Management, TireRack.com, Mission Foods, Lucas Oil, Cometic, Hawk Performance, BraXe Total Performance, Marathon Coach, Hagerty, Hoosier Racing Tire, Buzz Bikes, Ligier, Bell Helmets, Simpson, FAST Cooling, Adobe Road Winery, VBOX Motorsport, HMS Motorsport, Speedcom Communications, Sasco, Vintco, Motul, Skip Barber Racing School, Omologato, MPI, CG Detroit, and Glenora Wine Cellars. SVRA’s national platform combines with the significant participation of legendary professional drivers and the paddock’s high-net-worth demographic to attract sponsors. This strategy provides three pillars for business expansion.
About SVRA: Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1978, SVRA has grown steadily with hundreds of new active members and its database of thousands of cars. Find additional information on SVRA, a complete annual schedule, and entry lists on the SVRA website. Be sure to check our Facebook page and YouTube channel, which currently boast a library of over 300 action-packed event videos, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
2022 SVRA/SpeedTour Schedule
1. Auto Club-February 4-6
2. Sebring-February 24-27
3. Charlotte-March 17-20
4. Road Atlanta-March 24- 27
5. NOLA-April 8-10
6. Laguna Seca-April 21-24
7. Sonoma-April-28-May 1
8. Road America-May 19-22
9. Lime Rock-May 27-30
10. Ridge-June 10-12
11. Indianapolis Motor Speedway-June 16-19
12. Mid-Ohio-June 23-26
13. Portland-July 21-24
14. Watkins Glen-September 7-11
15. VIR-October 6-9
16. Utah Motorsport Campus-October 14-16
17. CoTA-November 3-6
As we approach the month of September, it means one thing in terms of motor racing and as the NASCAR season approaches its play-off phase of competition, we will soon find out each of the 16 drivers who will advance their hopes of winning this year’s overall championship.
With just one more regular season race remaining, 15 of those 16 drivers that will be permitted a continued tilt at the title are already known and this means the final berth will be awarded at the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
While the race that will take place at the Daytona International Speedway at the end of August, is one that has generated a rather interesting subplot for the play-offs and one that sees just two drivers fighting over one remaining entry to the final 16.
As things stand going into events at Daytona, 16th place in the championship standings is currently in the possession of Matt DiBenedetto and if he can secure a better finish than Chris Buescher, he will be a part of the sweet sixteen.
Then again, it is not necessarily a better finish that is required on Saturday August 28th - if only because DiBenedetto currently possesses a 15-point lead over his nearest rival and therefore, race management may well come into play instead.
If Buescher cannot gain enough of an advantage and is unable to shake the No.21 entry from his rear-view mirrors, then it will not be the No.17 Mustang that does enough to secure the final play-off berth on offer.
Which means, it could be a case of win or as close to a win or bust for the 28-year-old Buescher and when you look at recent form going into the final round of the regular season, it looks as if form itself has evaded him.
That’s because recent improvements from the 30-year-old DiBenedetto have seen him earn two top-six finishes at both the Verizon 200 and the Firekeepers Casino 400 and it is this pair of results which have now put him in relative pole-position.
Which means if you were someone who likes a NASCAR wager from time to time and were looking to use online sportsbooks on the market today, then a bet on who will finally secure a play-off berth is likely to be on your agenda.
A bet that would likely see you back the man who currently finds himself in 16th and when you consider the buffer of points that he has to rely on, it may need something incredibly impressive from Chris Buescher to get over the line.
With 40 points being on offer for a win, it would mean that if the man who at the time of writing is 17th in the standings picked up a sensational victory, he would then have to wait for his pit-crew to provide good news. News that comes in the shape of DiBenedetto finishing outside the top 12.
However, a win for the No.17 may be something of a rather tall order and when you consider that he is yet to record a top-five finish in 2021, suggesting a win is on the horizon at the Coke Zero Sugar 400, may be something akin to a hail Mary punt.
Of course, it is not just the battle for entry which will be of interest at Daytona, there is also the race win itself and when you consider the names that are currently at the top of the overall standings, the likes of Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin are likely to be in the mix once again for first place.
Going into the Coke Zero Sugar 400, it is Larson who is currently the lead driver in the overall standings and in terms of the current margin, the 29-year-old has 28-point lead that he can call his own.
Of course, that does not matter all that much, as the championship will not be decided in Daytona. However, a win at the famous racetrack would undoubtedly provide a huge momentum boost going into the next phase of the 2021 schedule.
Which means, not only will there be interest in who takes the chequered flag in the final regular season race of this year, the focus will also be placed on who out of Matt DiBenedetto and Chris Buescher does enough to secure entry to the play-offs.
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The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion that concluded August 15 annually recognizes the camaraderie of the gathering, and accomplishments of the drivers and their cars above all else. It is not about winning, but about sharing their authentic cars’ history with others and enjoying them safely at speed.
This year’s award recipients epitomize the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion’s
tenet of excellence.
The Spirit of Monterey - This award is presented to the driver or entrant who excels in the weekend and embraces the spirit of the event.
Recipient: Brian Ferrin for his 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The Rolex Awards – Rolex is a longtime supporter of major international sporting events. The Rolex Awards are presented to a driver who represents Overall Excellence in each afternoon Rolex race.
Group 1A: 1951-1961 Sports Racing – Nicholas Colonna in his 1958 Devin SS
Group 1B: 1955-1964 GT – Steve Schmidt in his 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster
Group 2A: 1963-1966 GT over 2500cc – Gay Bentley in her 1966 Chevrolet Corvette
Group 2B: 1961-1966 GT cars under 2500cc – Michael Malone in his 1965 Lotus 26R
Group 3A: 1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX AAGT GTU – Carlos de Quesada in his 1979 Porsche 935K3
Group 3B: 1920-1951 Racing cars – Luca Maciucesu in his 1928 Bugatti 37A
Group 4A: 1947-1955 Sports Racing & GT – Rob Manson in his 1953 Kurtis 500S
Group 4B: Ragtime Racers – Brian Blain for recreating a 1920s garage and driving his 1916 Romano-Sturtevant Special
Group 5A: 1966-1985 Formula One – Lee Mowle in his 1977 Lotus 78/2
Group 5B: FIA Manufacturers Championship – David Hagan in his 1967 Porsche 910
Group 6A: 1966-1972 Trans-Am – Forrest Straight in his 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
Group 6B: Masters Endurance Legends – Wally Owens in his 2007 Porsche Crawford DP
Group 7A: 1963-1978 Indy Car – Michael McKinney in his 1967 Vollstedt Indy Car
Group 8A: 1981-1991 IMSA GTP, GTO, Trans-Am, Group C - Joe Robillard in his 1984 Porsche 962
Phil Remington Award, Presented by Ford – This is awarded to the mechanic who unselfishly went above and beyond. The trophy bears a “slapper” tool that Phil made from an old Ford leaf spring. It’s illustrative of his innovative skill that is celebrated each year.
Recipient: John Schirtzer
Bonhams Award: The Passion Spirt – Presented by Bonhams in a category up to 1500cc
Recipient: Dennis Adair in his 1955 Elva Mk I Sports Racer
Peter Giddings Memorial Award – Sponsored by the Giddings Team, this is in memory of longtime pre-war class participant and a friend to many drivers. It is presented to an individual with a passion for the sport, supportive of fellow competitors, knowledgeable of the cars and is keen on preserving the future of pre-war racing.
Recipient: Paddins Dowling in his 1934 ERA R2A
Ken Miles Award – Sponsored by HMSA, this award is presented to an individual who has the best representation of a vintage car under 1500cc.
Recipient: Ben Wysard in his 1952 Porsche Glockler
John Lamm Memorial – In recognition of longtime friend of the event since its inception in 1974, this award is presented by Road & Track for the most photographic car.
Recipient: Ned Spieker in his 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
Motul Most Significant Car – Presented to the Indy Car with the most significant racing history.
Recipient: Bruce McCaw for his 1964 Lotus Type 34
Henry Ford Trophy – Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry
Recipient: Chris Liebenberg in his 1970 Ford Mustang Boss originally driven by George Follmer
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion concluded with announcing the world’s most prestigious endurance race—the 24 Hours of Le Mans—will be the featured marque as the kick-off to the French classic’s 100th anniversary in 2023.
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