SVRA sets record 17 SpeedTour events for 2021

New venues and return to Sonoma among highlights

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The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has announced a 17-event SpeedTour schedule — the largest in the sanctioning body’s history — for 2021.

Southlake, Texas-based SVRA said the 2021 calendar affirms the group’s “resilience in the face of the pandemic-produced global business challenges. 

“SVRA’s vintage racing, contemporary sports cars, and other features present the most diverse and exciting array of race car design and engine sounds in the world and continues to generate growth in sponsorship and membership.”

The group, which has been sanctioning vintage races for 42 years, adds Charlotte Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Brainerd International Raceway and the Utah Motorsports Campus to its schedule for 2021 and notes a return to Sonoma Raceway in northern California after a 3-year hiatus.

The calendar has been scheduled so racers can do a single tow between tracks in the same region on successive weekends.

“The approach provides SVRA members with a convenient and economical way to plan a vacation road trip over two weekends,” the group said. “ ‘Single Tow’ weekends begin in February with Sebring International Raceway and Homestead, in March with Charlotte and Road Atlanta, and then again between Laguna Seca and Sonoma in April.”

“I could not be more pleased with how my team has risen to the challenges of 2020,” SVRA CEO Tony Parella was quoted in the group’s schedule announcement.  “We navigated a (2020) gauntlet, and we are determined to deliver a new season and return to normal weekends as much as possible. 

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“So many of our fans have contacted us about attending our SpeedTour races, and we look forward to the day we can welcome them back at every venue.”

Noting that the Vintage Race of Champions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not included on the 2021 schedule, the group said questions about spectator attendance left uncertainty about scheduling at the track.

 “We built the Brickyard Invitational around the Pro-Am racing,”  Parella explained. “Our first-ever Pro-Am occurred at IMS in 2014, and we need that element for the weekend to make sense. I will be regrouping with the IMS team in January to explore options in 2022.”

2021 SVRA Schedule

February 5-7 Auto Club Speedway

February 18-21 Sebring International

February 26-28 Homestead-Miami Speedway

March 18-21 Charlotte Motor Speedway

March 25-28 Michelin Road Atlanta

April 23-25 Sonoma Raceway

April 28-May 2 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

May 13-16 Road America

May 28-31 Lime Rock Park

June 24-27 Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course

July 15- 18 Brainerd International Raceway

July 23-25 Portland International Raceway

September 9- 12 Watkins Glen International

September 23-26 Virginia International Raceway

October 7-10 Utah Motorsports Campus

October 22-24 Savannah Speed Festival

November 4-7 Circuit of The Americas

For more information, visit the SVRA website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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