The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s penultimate 2021 race weekend — November 4-7 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas — will pack out one of the most expansive paddocks in North America. Entries had to be shut off weeks ago as spots in all Race Groups were sold out, and organizers have announced there won’t be room for personal vehicles in the paddock; tow cars and trucks only!
SpeedTour events serve as a platform, of course, for the SCCA’s professional Trans Am series which brings its own intensity — especially in its TA2 class expected to have more than 50 cars on its starting grid. But vintage races filling the majority of the schedule, with practice, qualifying and races “dawn to dusk” (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“A spectacular race weekend on a state-of-the-art Formula 1 track deep in the heart of Texas!” says the SVRA.
Opened in 2012, COTA is the first modern purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. Designed by Hermann Tilke, creator of many F1 tracks currently in use around the world, the 20-turn, 3.4-mile COTA circuit climbs from the start line to a tight Turn 1 hairpin at the crest of a 133 foot incline, followed immediately by a series of fast sweeping corners, tight turns and high-speed straightaways.
The Austin SpeedTour has become one of the most popular events on the SVRA schedule, featuring several hundred vintage race cars of all types and drivers from several countries, many of them well known with solid credentials in club and pro racing.
(Scanning that list, we VM staffers were thrilled to see the name ‘Jimmy Vasser’ in the Formula Ford group, the IndyCar champion and IndyCar/IMSA team owner returning to his FF1600 roots — the class that launched him in West Coast club racing and via the first-ever Team USA Scholarship to an ultra-successful 30-plus-year career.)
For the COTA weekend schedule, click HERE.
… and the Entry List, click HERE.