ORANGE COUNTY, CA. OCTOBER 20, 2013 — O’Connell Racing (OCR), a professional motorsports company based in Southern California announced today that driver Kevin O’Connell will compete in the SVRA Vintage Racing Championships at the Circuit of the Americas located in Austin, Texas in a NASCAR Southwest Tour Car prepared by Jackson Racing of Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is the oldest and largest of the vintage racing organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the Kendall Vintage Grand Prix first held in 1976 as part of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race. From that beginning, with an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, SVRA has become a premier vintage racing organization with over 1,200 members.
SVRA races take on the aura of a rolling art show featuring classic MGs, Triumphs, BMWs, Allards, Jaguars, and Lotuses as well as well as contemporary Camaros, Audis, Porsches, Corvettes and various NASCAR race cars. SVRA’s competitors are men and women from variety of backgrounds including professional racers, mechanics, race instructors, doctors, lawyers, corporate and financial service executives. The organization adheres to a philosophy that encourages the restoration, preservation and racing of historically significant automobiles that are configured as closely as possible to their original design and construction.
The SVRA philosophy is to encourage the restoration, preservation and racing of historically significant race cars configured as close as possible to their original design and construction, with allowances for safety modifications.
Circuit Of The Americas is a multi-purpose facility that will host the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power. Circuit of The Americas is ideally situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport, with scenic views of downtown. Far more than a racetrack, Circuit of The Americas is a world-class performance, education and business center that will feature:
· Racing-focused amenities including a private Motorsports Driving Club and a Karting Track
· Public spaces for private events, seminars and conventions
· Visitor attractions that include an expansive live entertainment space, retail center and museum
· A center with research facilities and robust services and amenities to power a broad range of business, technology and education allies
· 40,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Conference/Media Center
· 5,500 sq. ft. medical center, offering paramedic services and EMS & medical student training
· Area for law enforcement vehicle training
· Fire and rescue training areas
· Driving academies
· Educational programs
About O’Connell Racing: O’Connell Racing (OCR) featuring American road course driver Kevin O’Connell and related venture companies competes directly in Sports Car racing in the United Sports Car Series (formerly the Grand-Am Rolex Series) and in Stock Car racing in various touring series in NASCAR throughout North America and Europe.
About General Pacific Partners:General Pacific Partners, LLC (GPP) is a southern California based private venture investment group that provides advisory work, direct investment and marketing and branding strategies to early and developmental stage private and public companies.
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