Mike Moore (167), in his 1962 Triumph TR4, leads Jeff Snook's (41) 1961 Triumph TR3 in a qualifying race at Schenley Park on Saturday, Jul 20, 2019.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has canceled most of their 2020 events, including the races at Pittsburgh International Raceway and Schenley Park, according to a press release by the PVGP Executive Committee Thursday. The event is planning to return in 2021 from July 16-25.
“We have explored every avenue for staging our traditional races and car shows in Schenley Park, along with our 10 days of race week events, but it is just not possible to proceed under current circumstances,” stated PVGP Executive Director Dan DelBianco.
PVGP Chairman James Dolan, a prominent racer during the events in his Triumph GT6, echoed the sentiments of DelBiancho. “Our priority is to protect the health and safety of the fans, racers, volunteers and sponsors involved. We care deeply about this significant event and arrived at this decision after much consideration. We understand how disappointing this will be to our dedicated volunteers, racers, sponsors, participants and charities.”
The Waterfront Car Cruise on July 21 and the Countryside Tour to Jamison Farms on July 23 are the only events of the original 10-day schedule that are still on the 2020 calendar. The PVGP “will work with their car club partners and sponsors on a series of driving tours, car shows, and fundraisers to continue to support our charities who have been hit hard during this pandemic,” the press release stated.
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation is one of the presenting sponsors for the annual 10-day motorsports event.
“We worked in close partnership with the PVGP to bring together the regional car community,” said GPADA CEO Lisa MacIntyre. “While this decision was difficult to make, we believe it was the right one and we are already discussing ways to help support our automotive community moving forward. We plan to continue sponsoring this event that is vital to our automotive members.”
The PVGP plans to return any money paid for registrations and tickets, minus any credit card processing fees, for all canceled events. The organization hopes patrons will consider donating all or part of those refunded payments to the PVGP’s charity partners that provide relief for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the region.