Southlake, TX — Last year’s three VROC series champions — Willy T. Ribbs, Davy Jones and Wally Dallenbach are the first entries in Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) March 27-28 Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The VROC is part of SVRA’s March 26-29 Road Atlanta Grand Prix.
The VROC race series pairs veteran Indy, IMSA, Trans-Am, NASCAR and Formula 1 racers with amateur partners driving Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of SVRA Group 6 A and B Production. The series has expanded this year to four weekends with Circuit of the Americas joining Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and VIRginia International Raceway as host tracks. The Road Atlanta event kicks off the series’ 2020 season.
“The competition in our 2019 VROC series was so intense that it produced a tie for Davy Jones and Wally Dallenbach in the BP class,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “We had two tiebreakers in place if the point standings were knotted up, but they came out even on those as well. Willy is our AP champ, and I’m happy for him that he finally got a great win at IMS.”
Ribbs’ life and career story is the subject of the film, Uppity, by Adam Carolla’s Chassy Media, who, with Nate Adams, has produced successful documentaries about Carroll Shelby, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Paul Newman’s racing career. Uppity has proven popular following its release in January and is trending on Netflix after its Feb. 5 premiere there.
Dallenbach’s career includes four class wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring; 23 top 10 NASCAR Cup finishes; as well as competition in IndyCar and IMSA Camel GT, plus a win in the open wheel division at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He has also served as a chief steward with the Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli.
Jones began in British Formula 3 before competing in the New Zealand Formula Atlantic series, winning that country’s grand prix in 1984 and 1987. His career includes winning the IMSA GTP at Watkins Glen for BMW McLaren as well as overall wins in both the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona. In an IndyCar career spanning nine seasons, including six Indianapolis 500s, his best finish was second in 1996.
The Road Atlanta Charity Pro-Am will support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families and families of those killed in action.