Former NASCAR champions Mike Skinner and Greg Biffle both have entered the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s first-ever Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Am at Road Atlanta March 29-30. The two NASCAR veterans join an IROC-worthy field of racing legends that already includes Al Unser, Jr., Geoff Brabham, Davy Jones, and Willy T. Ribbs.
The cars featured in the VROC Pro-Am are 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs per the SVRA’s Group 6 A and B Production. At stake in what will be a three-race 2019 series are two points trophies – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.
“Atlanta is in the heart of NASCAR country, so it is extra special to have two champions of that sport like Greg and Mike racing with us,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Mike is becoming an SVRA regular, especially in Group 10 with his race-winning truck. Greg had a great race [driving a Group 6 Mustang] at our VIR Pro-Am last September (photo above), and I think that really opened his eyes to what tremendous racing we have at SVRA.”
The VROC 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. The SVRA race weekend at Road Atlanta will kick off HFTW’s Month of the Military Child.
Skinner and his ATF & Gunslinger race team, which includes sons Jamie and Dustin plus Andrew Franzone, regularly participate in fund-raising events for HTFW and other charitable organizations. Skinner was the 1995 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and ’97 Cup Series Rookie of the Year, and got his first taste of SVRA racing at last September’s Charity Pro-Am event at Virginia International Raceway.
Inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2013, Skinner has continued his career with occasional races as well as hosting the NASCAR Radio show, “Skinner Round-up” with his wife Angie on Sirius XM. Last year he drove his NASCAR truck up the world-famous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Greg Biffle similarly enjoyed much NASCAR success, winning a total of 55 races in Cup, Xfinity and Trucks. He was Truck series champion in 2000, Xfinity (then called the Busch series) champ in 2002, and a Cup series race winner (July Daytona) in 2003, earning an invitation to that season’s IROC.
In addition to the new Pro-Am, the professional Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli will join SVRA at Road Atlanta, sharing the stage at several top road courses across the country in the continuing “Speed Tour”. These Trans Am/SVRA weekends are festivals, featuring Hagerty Insurance Cars & Caffeine car corrals and vendor marketplaces with accessories, memorabilia, art, and apparel.
Road Atlanta will be a full weekend, with not only the Trans Am and Vintage Race of Champions but also the SVRA’s hundreds of vintage cars competing in a wide variety of classes.
SVRA officials have set a goal of expanding the VROC series to five races with a television package and title sponsor by 2020.