The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has always welcomed Shelbys and Mustangs to race on the kick-off weekend at Pitt Race Complex since its opening in 2004. They race in Group 5 Ground Pounders and usually provide the biggest and loudest excitement of the weekend. There will be a special single session Shelby race on Saturday, July 13 for all race equipped Shelbys entered in the PVGP Historics and the Shelby Convention. Here is the schedule for our 2019 Historics at Pitt Race Complex.
With Shelby honored as the 2019 PVGP Marque of the year there are several new changes that affect the PVGP Historics at Pitt Race.
For the first time on the East coast, the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) and Team Shelby are combining forces to stage their national convention and they are doing it during the 2019 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.
On Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13, the SAAC-44 National Convention and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals will be held during the PVGP Historics at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC) race weekend in Beaver County. This will be the 16th year that the PVGP will race at the 400-acre motorsports facility featuring a 2.8-mile road course with 19 corners and multiple elevation changes.
Saturday – Shelby Race
On Saturday, July 13, SAAC will host a car show and concours on the VDA. The PVGP will stage a single session Shelby race at 4:10 0n Saturday afternoon. This group will be comprised of Shelby cars that are racing with the PVGP race groups. Participants in the SAAC track sessions from Thursday and Friday are not eligible unless they apply and get approved to race on the weekend. They would be racing with the PVGP Group 5 Ground Pounders or Group 7 Modern Historics.
Shelby Club High Performance Track Days – Thursday and Friday
On Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12 look for hundreds of Shelby’s on track in three different high performance track groups in between the traditional PVGP race groups. Participants must sign up through the SAAC website. See 2019 Schedule. Some PVGP race groups will be mixed together on Thursday and Friday to allow room for the SAAC groups and on the weekend the PVGP resumes it normal schedule.
Shelby Club Car Show – Saturday, July 13
SAAC will host a Shelby car show and concours on the VDA all day Saturday. There will be vendors and special displays.
Due to safety concern there will not be any Shelby races at Schenley Park. We plan to have vintage and new Shelby’s do exhibition laps but there will not be a Shelby race through the city streets.