General Info & FAQ – Schenley

Entry Confirmation

We do not notify you if your race entry is accepted, but if your entry is rejected or in question you can expect to be notified by the Competition Committee quickly. If you are accepted you will see your entry posted online by race group in late June. To appear in the official race program, your entry must be received by June 25.

Paddock

The PVGP does not take control of the Schenley Park and Prospect Drive until 8:00 AM Friday morning. If you arrive in town with your trailer and wish to park in the paddock on Thursday you must do so at your own risk, no PVGP security is provided until Friday night. Longtime PVGP volunteers Bob Borgo and Ken Murin run the Schenley Park paddock and will begin assigning your paddock spots promptly at 8:00 AM Friday. If you are already in the paddock before 8:00 AM Friday we ask that you not begin unloading because you may be asked to move to another location or to change your set-up to make more room for others. There is a small group of sponsor drivers that have reserved spots and some that move-in early. If you wish to become a sponsor please email the PVGP for details.

Drivers should email Ken Murin if you have any questions about paddock arrangements. We can fit nearly 175 cars, but it takes careful planning and it helps if we know any special needs beforehand. The PVGP thanks Bob, Ken and the one thousand volunteers that make our event possible.

+  The paddock is located in a city park and is open to the general public until 8:00 AM Friday July 24, 2020

+  The entrance to the paddock is located at the corner of Hobart Street and Prospect Drive.  The paddock itself is located on a city street(Prospect Drive) and surrounding grassy areas.

+  Being a city park, there are no power, water or sanitation hook ups or dump sites provided.

+  No open fires are allowed in the paddock at any time.

+  No PVGP Volunteers will be available to assist you in parking in the paddock until 8:00 AM on Friday morning.

+  Anyone parking in the paddock prior to that time must understand that they may be required to move Friday morning at the discretion of the Paddock Chief.

+  Parking in the paddock is both limited and tight.  The shorter the over all length of your rig, the more room that will be available for you and your fellow competitors to park.

+  Rigs in excess of 40 feet overall may be held outside the paddock until approximately 6:00 PM Friday to asses availability of parking by the Paddock Chief. Parking may be on alternate street or streets.

+  Race cars only are permitted to park on the asphalt.  No bumpers, tent posts, etc are permitted beyond the painted white lines.  We must maintain proper space for emergency vehicles to enter/exit paddock.

+  Trailers and support vehicles must be parked in the grassy areas throughout the paddock.

+  Each race car entered in the event is allowed one(1) support vehicle to be driven in and out of the paddock Saturday and Sunday of the event.(NO EXCEPTIONS)  All other vehicles must be removed from the paddock area Friday night.

+  Each driver registering at the event will be given one(1) “Paddock Access Pass” to be permanently attached to the outside of the drivers side top corner of the windshield of the chosen support vehicle.  (NO EXCEPTIONS)  Proper placement of this pass will expedite your entry to the paddock.

+  Beginning at 7:00 AM Saturday July 25, no vehicle will be admitted to the paddock without the pass correctly mounted in the correct position. (NO EXCEPTIONS)

+  Parking for additional vehicles outside the paddock is extremely limited and is the responsibility of the owner to obtain appropriate parking.

Refund Policy

Your race entry will be fully refunded if you notify Event Chairman or registrar before your tires hit the track on Saturday morning.

Fuel and Tires

110 octane race fuel will be available in the paddock on Saturday ONLY back in the Paddock Circle on Prospect Drive from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Sorry, at this time no tire dealers are expected to be present

Registration

Friday, July 24
8:00 AM Paddock Opens
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM Driver/Crew Registration at Paddock entrance
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Roving Technical Inspection in Paddock
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM First Time Driver Orientation at Paddock entrance
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Walking Tour of Track (Mandatory for first-time drivers)
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Mandatory Drivers Meeting – Legends of Schenley Park
6:15 PM – 6:20 PM Stage for Parade to Driver’s Reception
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Driver’s Reception at Orr’s Jewelers on Forbes Avenue
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Driver/Crew Registration at Start/Finish
Late entries will need to meet with Registrar, CASH or CHECK ONLY.  NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED on site.

Saturday, July 25
6:30 AM – Noon. Driver/Crew/Worker Registration located at PIT OUT tent.

Sunday, July 26
7:00AM – 10:00 AM Crew/Worker Registration located at PIT OUT tent.

Technical Inspection

Tech is run by Tivvy Shenton in the paddock
Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – Noon
PVGP 2019 Tech Inspection Form – PDF

Special Features

We are hosting an Axis vs Allies race on Saturday. Please look at the Race Schedule as you may be running in several groups.

New Driver Orientation

On Friday, We will conduct a track walk through for new drivers, although experienced drivers are welcome.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM First Time Driver Orientation at Race HQ Tent
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Walking Tour of Track (Mandatory for first-time drivers)

Special Car Requirements

Sound Restrictions: Yes
Quiet Hours: 8:00 pm to 8:00 am all weekend.
Antifreeze permitted: No
Transponder Required: Yes. Cars without transponders will be gridded by Timing & Scoring and may start in back.  No transponder rentals available – sorry.
See our Rules & Regulations for a complete list of car requirements.

Crew

Two crew are included, along with driver with each race entry. Crew must check in during Registration hours and receive wrist band for access to the HOT PITS.

Meals

A PVGP authorized food vendor will be set-up in the paddock selling breakfast & lunch all weekend. Hours are as follows:
Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Hagerty Driver Lunches

Hagerty Insurance is sponsoring lunch for drivers and crew this year! At registration you will receive four passes for complimentary lunch for you and your crew. They are valid Saturday and Sunday at the Tambellini Food Truck located in the lawn area across from the entrance to the paddock. Each ticket is good for a sandwich (cheese steak, 1/2 pound burger, Italian sausage, 2 hot dogs or chicken fingers) a soft drink (Pepsi products, iced tea or water) and french fries.They will also have a Hagerty Hydration Station tent near the food truck with cold drinks all weekend and coffee and donuts on Saturday morning.

Driver’s Reception

The Driver’s Reception will be at Orr’s Jewelry Store on Forbes Avenue in nearby Squirrel Hill on Friday night from 6:30 – 8:30 includes carving station and heavy appetizers, free for driver and one crew. There are a limited amount of additional tickets that can be can be purchased at registration for $25 each (cash only).

Security

There will be volunteers as in the past to provide some security but this will be limited. Schenley Park is a public area that can not be entirely closed to the public.  All entrants should take precautions for their own security. Close and lock up if no one will be at your trailer.

Recreational Vehicles

Drivers/crew only on a very limited basis in paddock. There is no electrical power or shower facilities available. Overnight stay is not permitted in the CitiPark.

Hotels

The PVGP has several hotel partners, each agreeing to make a donation to our charities. Click here for details and links.

What to See and Do in Pittsburgh

There is plenty to do in and around Pittsburgh while you are here for the races. Carnegie Museum and Phipps Conservatory are walking distance from Schenley Park, Squirrel Hill is a mere 5 blocks and downtown is only 5 miles away. See Visit Pittsburgh for details.

Contacts

Joe Teplitz – Schenley Park Competition Director ‭(646) 258-4000
Bob Borgo – Race Director (412) 310-4601
Ken Murin – Chief of Paddock ‭(412) 860-7263‬

Entry Form & Donations

Entry Form Page

We are using a dual entry form to apply for both the Pitt Race and Schenley Park race weekends. Race groups at Schenley have been expanded so if you would like to participate on both weekends see if you are eligible: Qualified Cars for Schenley Park.

The following are the suggested donations for participating in the PVGP Races. Your donation is tax deductible. Any additional donation to the PVGP is appreciated and is tax deductible as well. Please print a copy of your registration as an acknowledgement of your contribution to the PVGP.