Monday, October 15, 2012
NJMP Enters 3-Year Agreement with SVRA; Annual Events to be Held at Park Beginning in 2013
by Chris Banker
MILLVILLE, N.J. -- New Jersey Motorsports Park announced today that the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association will return to Thunderbolt Raceway through the 2015 season, starting with an event next year.
The 2013 date will be announced shortly, according to officials representing both the park and SVRA.
NJMP’s event will be part of an expanded SVRA East schedule, which is set to include tracks such as Watkins Glen, Sebring International Raceway, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, according to new series owner Tony Parella.
“We expect to announce our complete 2013 schedule by the end of October,” said SVRA President & CEO Tony Parella. “Our entire team is hard at work on finalizing the schedules for both our East and West Coast operations and promises everyone that it will be worth the wait.”
Under new ownership, SVRA is also planning an Eastern Regional Championship, in addition to a National Championship, structured so that point leaders from both coasts, and perhaps other racing organizations, will be invited to compete for a national title that will conclude the 2013 season.
“With the amount of vintage racing enthusiasts we have in the region, we’re excited to welcome the SVRA event back to NJMP next year and beyond,” stated NJMP General Manager, Brad Scott. “We’re pleased to add another great event weekend to our schedule and look forward to working with Tony and his team moving forward.”
Previously, SVRA has visited Southern New Jersey three times, in 2008, 2009, and 2011.
About the SVRA: Founded in 1978, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing) Association) has conducted Vintage Racing events at legendary tracks in the East and Southeast area of the country, including Watkins Glen International, Sebring International Raceway, and the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Acquired by Texas businessman and Vintage Racer, Tony Parella, in September 2012 the organization has embarked on an aggressive program to bring the sport of Vintage Racing to a new level of professionalism and prominence. Among key elements of this program are; the recent acquisition of the West Coast Vintage organization Historic Sportscar Racing –West (HSR-West), the announcement of a simplified set rules enforcement procedures, and an expansion of both its East and West Coast race schedules for 2013. Additional information on the SVRA can be found at, www.svra.com. Information on Tony Parella can be found at, www.theparellagroup.com
About New Jersey Motorsports Park
Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) is nestled snugly in a beautifully forested region surrounded by scenic rivers and the nearby Delaware Bay. NJMP is conveniently located near Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, New York and Baltimore, offering diverse and dynamic motorsports attractions. The park includes two world-class road courses, Thunderbolt and Lightning, a motorsports country club membership program known as the "Drivers Club,” the Finish Line Pub restaurant, and F1 New Jersey, one of the top karting facilities in the U.S. For more information, visit www.NJMP.com or call (856) 327-8000. GPS Address: 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ 08332.