If you race historic or vintage race cars in the United States, or are an avid fan of historic cars or race events, you're probably aware that the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is planning its first ever U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas later this month. Recently, SVRA posted a preliminary entry list for that event to its website. The championship takes place October 25-27.
You can see the preliminary entry list here.
Racers from both coasts and all over the United States are making use of the central location as well as the first opportunity for most of them to race on the new, purpose-built Formula 1 track. According to the preliminary entry list, there are well over 500 entries so far.
Texas and Arizona are well-represented in the entries as one might expect, but so are New York and the Northeast, California and Washington. Drivers listed are also coming from Mexico, Canada, and Germany.
According to SVRA, 12 groups of cars will compete as follows:
Pre-War: Vintage-era cars.
Group 1: Recognized small displacement production sports cars and sedans.
Group 2: Pre-1973 Formula cars conforming to the SVRA classic formula car regulations. Other cars may be accepted by invitation as appropriate.
Group 3: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1972.
Group 4: Limited produced sports cars, racing “specials” and GT cars built or in production prior to 1960. This group represents the “Golden Age” of sports car racing in the United States and Europe. Other appropriate cars by invitation.
Group 5: World Sports Car Championship and World Manufacturer’s Championship GT’s and prototypes as raced between 1960 and 1972. USRRC sports cars and Can-Am cars as raced before 1969 with invited later models. Front engine “specials” as raced after 1959.
Group 6: Selected big-bore production sports cars and sedans through 1972.
Group 7: World Championship of Makes sports cars as raced after 1970, on slicks. Under Liter sports cars as raced after 1972. Can Am cars as raced after 1967. Center-seat Can Am cars, SCCA ASR & BSR, Sports 2000.
Group 8: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1979, and later cars by invitation.
Group 9: Wings and slicks formula cars complying with SVRA post-1973 formula car regulations.
Group 10: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 1999. Can-Am and A Sports Racing cars as raced after 1967 on slicks, over 6.0 Liters. Center-seat Can-Am cars on slicks over 5.0 Liters. Nascar Cup and Busch Series stock cars. Production-based contemporary cars based on performance history as raced from 1999 to 5 years prior to current calendar year.
Group 11: GTP/Group C, ALMS, PSCR, WSC and Grand Am prototype cars as raced from 1981 to specified cut-off date. Tube frame Trans Am and IMSA GTS, GTO and FIA-GT cars as raced from 1981 to specified cut-off date. Production-based contemporary cars based on performance history as raced from 1999 to 5 years prior to calendar year.
The SVRA U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship takes place at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas October 25-27. COTA will host its second United States Grand Prix for Formula 1 the weekend of November 15-17.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is the author of several books and is currently working on new book with an Irish historic racer living in upstate New York. Take a look at her blog about the sport at Motor Sport Muse.