SAN DIEGO, Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The San Diego Fleet Week Foundation is pleased to announce today a signed contract for the running of the 18th annual Fleet Week San Diego Coronado Speed Festival in conjunction with Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) September 19-20, 2015.
"Awarding SVRA this contract is a fantastic way to take this one-of-a-kind racing event to the next level," says Brian Sack, Executive Director of the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation. "We look forward to producing an exciting event for San Diego's military and our community."
The "Race at the Base" is one of San Diego's most successful fundraisers for the military and offers a variety of pulse-quickening events, including more than 250 historic racecars taking to the specially-constructed track on the working Navy runway.
Every year, all active duty, active reserve and their direct-dependent military ID-holders enjoy free admission to the event. Admission is free for children 12 and under, both military and non-military.
"We are honored for the opportunity to work with the Foundation," says SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. "We are confident that we can grow this event in prominence and stature in the vintage racing, military and local communities. We look forward to working collaboratively with the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation, civic and military organizations and the U.S. Navy to help fulfill their objectives, and to benefit, honor, celebrate and salute the men and women of the military and their families."
SVRA provides thrilling shows for auto-racing enthusiasts. More importantly, they offer tightly regulated wheel-to-wheel racing for the men and women who own and maintain their vintage and historical cars, at venues throughout the U.S.
About Coronado Speed Festival
The Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego's preeminent event featuring fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages. Staged at one of racings' most distinctive locations – Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation – it's the only place to see live racing on an active U.S. Navy runway. Proceeds for the event benefit the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation and the Navy Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) program.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III, the SVRA has 2,000 members. It currently sanctions 14 events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Road Atlanta, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization also hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships in 2013 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Further information on SVRA can be found on our website, www.svra.com, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/sportscarvintageracing, and on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/SVRAcom, featuring more than 70 action packed videos of SVRA events.
About the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation
The non-profit, 501(c)(3) foundation was created by community and business leaders who understood the great depth of public support for our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. In addition to honoring the military services through the annual Fleet Week San Diego events, the foundation's goals are to foster awareness of the contributions made by military personnel and their families; to enhance relationships between the civilian, business and military communities; to provide events that military personnel and their families can attend at little or no cost; and to promote other organizations that provide services to military personnel and their families. Fleet Week San Diego is funded solely through the generosity of individuals and corporate contributions. More information is available at the website https://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/support-us/donate/.
SOURCE San Diego Fleet Week Foundation