Now in its fourth year, the MINI Track Rides program is a huge success and one of our most exciting sponsor opportunities. Three new MINI’s are custom wrapped and showcased at all Grand Prix Race Week events. During the weekends, rides experience a hot lap on the actual race tracks, giving guests a truly unique way to see the Grand Prix. The MINI Coopers are custom designed to reflect this year’s sponsors. Vince Longo Jr. and his trained drivers will take you around the track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Vince and his team, new sponsors are added each year. MINI of Pittsburgh remains the title sponsor of the Track Rides. Eyetique returns as a full car sponsor. In 2013 Phillip DiLucente stepped up to sponsor a full car and we welcomed Peppers Eyeware as a new car sponsor. Sign-A-Rama in Gibsonia supported the program and made everybody look good with awesome vehicle graphic wraps.
There are slots available for for sponsors in 2014 to catch a ride at Pitt-Race for the July 12/13 weekend and at Schenley Park for the July 19/20 weekend. Sponsorship of the track rides consists of purchasing a group of nine seats for one lap of the Grand Prix course either at Pitt-Race or Schenley Park. Support a great cause and experience the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix from the track! If your organization or group is interested in purchasing some rides, please e-mail Vince Longo Jr. for details
$25,000 Raised, and Counting
To date the MINI Track Rides have raised over $25,000 for the developmentally disabled individuals at the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School!
In 2014, the MINIs are back. The MINI Track Rides program is a huge success and one of our most exciting sponsor opportunities. The program was created by Vince Longo with one goal in mind: to raise money for the PVGP charities. Over the four years of hosting this program, it has grown into a large contributor to the charities.
Three new MINI’s are custom wrapped and showcased at all Grand Prix events. During the race weekends, rides are offered on the track to sponsors, giving guests a truly unique way to see the Grand Prix. The MINI Coopers are custom designed to reflect this year’s sponsors. Our trained drivers will take you around the actual race track for an experience and view you can only get from inside a car.
For the fourth year in a row, MINI Track Rides offers racing enthusiasts and charitable donors alike a chance to get a part of the racing action at Pittsburgh International Race Complex and Schenley Park. “I feel I bring the racing as close to the spectators without [them] actually being a racer,” said Vince Longo, who both acted as organizer and driver for the program.
Vince wanted to help raise money for the charities in a way that would bring the excitement of driving on the track to the sponsors. He organized MINI Track Rides in 2011, allowing sponsors to have their logos on the vehicles in exchange for a donation. Proceeds were generated in addition by offering rides around the tracks in between each race heat, as well as during lunch breaks.
With this year, MINI being the marque, Vince hopes the MINIs generate more donations than any other year. If you can envision your company’s logo on our MINIs and want to help out the charities, please contact the PVGP!
Last year our sponsors made it a fantastic year. With our main sponsor, MINI of Pittsburgh, we are able to make this whole program happen. We can’t stress enough how great it is that MINI each year gives the PVGP three new cars to wrap with sponsor logos.
Vince had to rely on his MINI racing experience, his close relationship with MINI of Pittsburgh and reputation as a performance racing instructor at Pittsburgh International Raceway to convince MINI to make that happen. Imagine walking into a car dealership and asking them to let you use three brand new cars to ride people around a race track at speed, and then tell them we are going to wrap them in sponsor logos. Now you can see the generosity and enthusiasm of MINI of Pittsburgh.
This program happens because of P&W Owner, Tracy Foster, Dealership Manager, Mike Brown, and MINI of Pittsburgh Motoring Manager, Chris Lasko, who all support the PVGP and its great charities. We want to give a huge “thank you” to these gentlemen.
Every year Vince picks his drivers for the MINI Track Rides. And every year it is a huge commitment from those drivers. This year, the drivers represent MINI and this is demonstrated on their resumes. Assisting Vince this year again is PittStop MINI Club President Leon Dixon. Leon not only brings sponsorship support but his love of all things MINI. We can’t mention Leon without including his wife, Mary, and their children, who are a huge support to the drivers during the hectic race day events.
We are now securing our sponsors and spots are filling up fast, so if you are interested and supporting the charities contact the PVGP.
The MINI Track Rides program is about bringing the community together and helping raise money for the charities. When you see the MINIs at all the events, check out the sponsors who support the PVGP. It’s easy to see how the people and businesses are able to come together for such a great cause.
Just look at some of the individuals and businesses that have participated in the MINI Track Rides Program:
MINI of Pittsburgh, Phil DiLucente Esquire, Eyetique, Peppers Eyeware, Sign A Rama, J&T Tire, A D Starr, Mike’s Autobody, PittStop Mini Club, MGBClassics.com.
None of these sponsors could have even had the chance to participate in this exciting track program if it wasn’t for the willingness of Jim “Rocky” Farrar and Mike Connelly who gave permission to Vince Longo in 2011 to start the program. The MINI Track Drivers want to thank their friends the track workers who help them get on and off track safely and the chief safety officer Barry Kaplan, who always helps to make things run smoothly.
When you think of the MINI Track Rides, remember that it’s not what you get out of your sponsorship support, or the cost of your ride for a spirited lap of the course– it’s about what you give to the charity and support the goal of helping others. This is the very reason why we do it every year, like every volunteer who makes this great, truly unique racing event so spectacular each time.