The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) has formed an agreement with Simpson Performance Products for the 2014 season that names one of their products the "Official Driving Suit of SVRA." The HANS head and neck restraint system, now also part of Simpson, will continue to be the "Official Head and Neck Restraint System" of this national historic/vintage racing group. SVRA made the announcement via press release on Tuesday, January 14.
Tony Parella, President and CEO of SVRA, stated, "We are pleased and honored to have Simpson Performance as a partner. Their long history as a leader in motorsports safety as well as their comprehensive line of products is certain to be popular with our competitors. In addition, their presence at our events will provide a new level of support for our drivers."
Commenting on the partnership, Chuck Davies, CEO of Simpson said, "Simpson looks forward to our partnership with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. Working together, sharing our knowledge, and engineering resources will lead to safer racing at SVRA events."
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is one of the oldest and largest of the historic/vintage motor racing organizations in the United States. Originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, it was founded in 1978 by Ford Heacock III.
With an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, the organization has grown to more than 1,500 members. SVRA has conducted historic racing events at legendary tracks throughout the country including Willow Springs, Road America, Watkins Glen International, Virginia International Raceway, California Speedway, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
During 2013 season, SVRA undertook an expansion program designed to increase interest and participation in the sport of historic/vintage motor racing. Among the group's moves were: the acquisition of HSR-West, making SVRA the first national historic/vintage racing organization; the implementation of a set of simplified set of rules & enforcement procedures; the launch of an upgraded website; and conducting the first ever U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX.
The 2014 season features a schedule with the addition of the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway (another first in historic/vintage racing), Pocono Raceway; and the Homestead Miami Speedway. Additionally, given the popularity of the inaugural U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship, this year’s event is expected to exceed the 530 cars entered in 2013.
In operation since 1959, Simpson Performance Products has been a leading manufacturer of safety equipment for the motorsports industry. Simpson is the first American company to manufacture an FIA 8860 helmet.
The first East coast race event of the 2014 season will be at Sebring, starting in late February. A season-opener will take place in Nevada days before at Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch.
Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula One. She has also been credentialed to write about NASCAR and several historic/vintage racing events. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is writing a book about racers and racing. Check out her blog at Motor Sport Muse.