Driver’s Page – Historics at Pitt Race

July 16-19, 2020


PVGP HISTORICS AT PITT RACE POWERED BY FORD

Historic Racers,

It will be a challenge to improve on the heart-pounding success of hosting the Shelby National Convention during our 2019 PVGP Historics, but we have a few special plans to ramp up the racing excitement and to continue to raise funds for our charity partners!

Corvette has been named the 2020 Marque of the Year and Viper will be the Spotlight Car – and we’ve decided to pit them against each other in a Vette vs. Viper race! Each will compete in their respective race groups all weekend and come together for a single session race on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

I’m really pleased that our friends at the Vintage Racer Group will be partnering with us again. I look forward to working with VRG event chair Ian Wisbon and Operating Steward Steve Hyatt to stage a grand weekend of racing next July.

Plans are underway for a big Saturday night dinner in the Conference Center so stay tuned for details, menu and theme.

Pittsburgh International Race Complex continues to make updates and improvements to the facility to maximize the racing experience. They completed renovations on the drainage system and will soon break ground on the new Administrative Center at the base of spectator hill.


Ken Murin

PVGP Historics – Competition Director


PVGP and Vintage Racer Group Combining Efforts at Historics at Pitt Race Complex

September, 2019 – The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) and the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) are pleased to announce that they will be combining efforts for the PVGP Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC) starting in 2020. This team combines the foremost vintage racing organization in the East with one of the premier race events in the country. The 3-day event is slated for July 17-19 and will feature nearly 300 vintage and historic racers at this world class track outside Pittsburgh.

In the 16 years since its inception in 2004, the PVGP Historics at PIRC has grown to establish itself as a premier stand-alone vintage and historic race weekend. The challenging and beautiful 2.8-mile circuit is reminiscent of the great race circuits of the past. For many, racing at Pitt Race is the lynchpin of their race season and so the PVGP Historics has become a must-attend race on the historic and vintage circuit.

The VRG is a non-profit vintage race organization, run by racers, for racers. It is best known for its focus on safety and for its ability to run efficient race events. The addition of the PVGP Historics to the VRG 2020 schedule puts this great event right in the middle of a race season that begins in April at VIR, with race weekends at The Jefferson 500 at Summit Point in May, Thompson Vintage Festival in June and finishes with the Lime Rock Fall Festival in September, The Bog at Watkins Glen in October and The Turkey Bowl at Summit Point in November.

PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco stated “VRG members have supported our races since their club was formed back in 2005. We are looking forward to a great partnership developing as the PVGP Historics get bigger and better each year. We anticipate a large number of VRG members will participate and provide some great racing in Beaver County. This event is a major fundraiser for our charities and kicks off our 10-day event each July that concludes with the PVGP vintage races through Schenley Park the following weekend. We encourage competitors to return and race at Schenley Park and we provide free storage of rigs so that racers can tow once and race twice.”

Pittsburgh International Race Complex’s Kathy Stout is equally excited about the arrangement affirming “Congratulations to PVGP and VRG on their partnership to continue the growth of vintage racing in the Eastern United States.  We are excited to promote and host this premier event at our facility.”


2019 PVGP Historics at Pitt Race

 

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historics are sponsored by Ford, who is proud to lend its name to this race as the road-course event has grown in popularity and track length. From its first event in 2004, PVGP Historics has grown over the past decade to establish itself as a stand-alone vintage and historic race weekend.

Pittsburgh International Race Complex’s purpose-built track, 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, provides the perfect venue for the legends of the 1960s and early 1970s to thunder through the Pennsylvania countryside while providing plenty of racing room and safety features. The addition of the 1.2 mile South Track stretches the facility out to a heart pounding 2.8 miles.

The Complex is the ideal venue for racing iconic American performance cars, such as Camaro’s, Mustangs and Corvettes. In addition, it’s the perfect place to feature exciting open-wheel racing with Formula Fords and Formula Juniors. The best of Europe is represented as well by BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, Lotus and Alfa Romeo.

As we did last year, we plan to keep our event to three full days with a fourth day for Test & Tune. We will use a dual entry form for both race weekends – allowing entrants to take advantage of several discounts. For those planning to leave their rigs at Pitt Race between events, we will store them at the track during the week – at no cost to competitors.  Access to the facility will be available on Wednesday July 15 – Gates will open for competitors at 5:00 PM. There will also be no additional camping charge if you are staying overnight.  

 

2015 Map - Low Rez copy


Dual Registration

Our registration system accepts single entries for both race weekends and allows for discounts for participants of both events. Accommodations will be made to store cars for free at PIRC during the week between races if you are participating at both events. With a week of events scheduled between race weekends the Grand Prix is hoping that participants will choose to stay in town the whole 10 days. Registration forms and links are located in the upper right corner of this page.

PVGP Mission

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission remains the same as when it was established back in 1983 “To host a world-class vintage race event that celebrates our automotive heritage and raises money for charity.” In the original spirit of vintage racing that took place on public roads in the 1940’s and 1950, our vintage races through the streets of Schenley Park will continue to present a safe and friendly environment for our drivers and fans.

Safety

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand has been one of the leading vintage race organizations in the country when it comes to establishing driver and track safety for road courses. With the assistance of the Steel Cities Region of the SCCA we have set the standard, nationwide, for safety set-up and procedures. As a valuable member of the Vintage Motorsports Council the PVGP has consulted with numerous vintage race venues to help them establish safety regulations and procedures based on our more than 35 years of experience and expertise. See our Racers Policy.

We will continue to uphold these standards for the safety of our racers, volunteers and fans. The races at Schenley Park constitute the most challenging circuit in vintage racing. With stone walls, curbs, phone poles and 23 off camber turns – there is little room for error. New drivers will be required to attend a special meeting to review the track and its unique requirements.

Charity

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is and always will be a charity event. Thanks in great part to our racers, over $5 million has been raised since 1983. These funds directly help individuals in western Pennsylvania affected by autism and intellectual & developmental disabilities. The PVGP is truly a race where everybody wins! Read more on our Charities.

Sanctioning

The PVGPA self-sanctions the Schenley Park races. To participate you must be a current member of a vintage racing organization in order to participate. We are grateful to the members of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) who helped establish our race and have continued to supported it for three decades. Our race groups include all VRG and VSCCA cars that have competed in the past and we encourage them to continue racing with us. The VSCCA will be managing two race groups for our 2020 race in Schenley Park.

Car Preparation

Applicants must have a competition license and be a member in good standing with a race organization. Cars that qualify within our Race Groups will be scrutineered by the PVGPA based upon the vehicle preparation and safety equipment rules of their respective vintage race organizations. Visit our Eligible Car Page. There will be a few local rules, the most important restriction that applies for all racers is that slick tires are not permitted. Beginning in 2020, the VSCCA will oversee the car selection for the Pre-War and Sports Racer/Formula groups. The PVGP is excited to have the VSCCA partner with us at our signature race.

Medical Requirements

The PVGP will accept your vintage race organization’s medical credentials. It is now required that drivers have passed a physical within the last two years, or within one year if over the age of 60. If you need a form: PVGP Medical Form.

 

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