The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association announced Monday that it will begin a Concierge Racing Program for member competitors. The announcement coincides with the appointment of Kathy Swinford to head up this new aspect of SVRA's operations.
According to SVRA, the new Concierge Program "will provide personalized assistance with travel arrangements, accommodations, and provide information on upcoming events in order to ensure that our competitors have the best vintage racing experience possible."
Organization President and CEO Tony Parella said of Ms. Swinford's appointment:
"I've had the pleasure of working with Kathy for over 10 years and have found her customer service, customer centric attitude, and organizational skills to be the best I've seen in my career. I'm confident that the SVRA members will come to lean on Kathy and appreciate her skill set as they participate in our events. This is one more step in setting the new standard for vintage racing."
Jon McKnight, Director of Events, agreed, saying, "Having Kathy on our team will provide an important extra level of customer service for our competitors."
SVRA is currently undergoing major changes after it was purchased last fall by Texas businessman and historics racer, Tony Parella. Founded in 1978 as primarily a regional organization of historic racers, the group is now going national with branches on each coast and a planned national championship later in the year at a venue to be confirmed soon.
SVRA typically sponsors two weekend events at Watkins Glen International each racing season -- one in June and another in September.
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