Dyson, Parsons Jr. added to VROC lineup
Chris Dyson and Johnny Parsons Jr., two drivers who earned their biggest profession laurels in very totally different racing disciplines, have entered the Sportscar Classic Racing Affiliation (SVRA)’s first-ever Classic Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Professional-Am Introduced by RACER Journal at Street Atlanta this weekend.
Parsons Jr., an IndyCar and quick observe star, and Dyson, an IMSA sports activities automotive champion, will sq. off in opposition to a stout subject that already consists of Al Unser, Jr., Geoff Brabham, Davy Jones, Mike Skinner, Greg Biffle and Willy T. Ribbs.
“As I assumed concerning the invites to this race, I needed to emulate the unique IROC with its interdisciplinary subject. Johnny and Chris ship precisely that,” mentioned SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Each have quick observe expertise and that speaks to my coronary heart, as a result of I acquired my begin on ovals. However Chris can also be a highway racing champion and is at the moment one of many massive names within the Trans Am portion of our 2019 Pace Tour. We’re honored to have him racing in SVRA.”
Parsons, the son of 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner Johnnie Parsons, earned nice success in his personal proper with 12 Indy 500 begins and finest finishes of fifth in 1977 and 1985. He’s a extremely embellished dash and midget driver, and was voted into the Nationwide Midget Auto Racing Corridor of Fame in 1994 after garnering 29 race wins in a stellar profession.
He’s an everyday now in SVRA Charity Professional-Am races, having competed in all 5 of the contests on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Dyson started his motorsport profession as a youngster, racing karts on dust ovals earlier than graduating to SCCA membership racing with a Spec Racer Ford. He launched his skilled profession in 2001 in Grand-Am, claiming 5 total wins within the Rolex Collection in 2002 and ending runner-up within the championship.
Competing within the American Le Mans Collection from 2002 by way of 2011, Dyson gained the LMP 675 title in 2003 and the LMP 1 championship in 2011. His prolonged sports activities racing CV additionally consists of three 24 Hours of Le Mans begins.
Dyson at the moment races within the high TA class within the Trans Am Collection Introduced by Pirelli. He gained at Street Atlanta final yr and backed that up with 4 podium finishes on route to 3rd within the championship and the Rookie of the Yr title. Alongside his highway racing program, Dyson additionally competes in USAC, racing in Silver Crown, dash vehicles and midgets on dust and pavement.
The brand new Street Atlanta Charity Professional-Am will help Hope For The Warriors (HFTW), a nationwide nonprofit group that gives help to combat-wounded service members, their households, and households of these killed in motion. The group focuses on these concerned in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their households. The March 29-30 SVRA race weekend will kick off HFTW’s Month of the Navy Little one.
Different VROC collection charity pro-am races are deliberate for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August, and Virginia Worldwide Raceway (VIR) in September. At stake are two factors championship trophies — one for each an novice and knowledgeable racer. As with earlier pro-am races, the vehicles are 1963 to 1972 classic Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs of SVRA “Group 6” A and B Manufacturing.
Along with the brand new Professional-Am, the skilled Trans Am Collection Introduced by Pirelli will be part of SVRA at Street Atlanta. Trans Am and SVRA proceed to leverage progress for each collection by sharing the stage at high highway programs throughout the nation. This strategy, known as “Pace Tour,” delivers a motorsports pageant environment that includes the Hagerty Insurance coverage “Automobiles & Caffeine” automotive corrals and an adjunct, memorabilia, artwork, and attire market.
The Rosad Atlanta occasion is a whole weekend of racing with a whole bunch of classic vehicles competing in quite a lot of classifications.