Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) will once again close out its annual racing season with the familiar four-race stretch of race events in the final months of 2017 at Road Atlanta, the Savannah Grand Prize Circuit, Daytona International Speedway and Sebring International Raceway, and it all begins next weekend.
"While still thinking about our friends recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, all of us at HSR are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia and our neighboring states in the next few days," said HSR President David Hinton. "We urge our many competitors and friends also based in the Southeast to be safe and prepare for this major storm and look forward to seeing all of you next weekend at Road Atlanta for the Atlanta Fall Historics as scheduled."
The Atlanta Fall Historics kicks off 2017's final stretch of races at Road Atlanta, September 14th-17th, to launch a four-race schedule that includes some of HSR's most popular events and venues that are favorites of both race fans and competitors.
Always a welcome return to the track after a couple of months off in the summer, the Atlanta Fall Historics is the race each season that sees competitor battles renewed and off-track camaraderie rekindled.
Friday's schedule will be capped by a 1970s-themed reception and barbecue at the Lucky Dog Garage, an automotive and motorsports showplace just across the street from Road Atlanta owned by HSR competitor Jerry Peters. The 6 p.m. EDT event is open to all registered competitors, who are all encouraged to breakout their best '70's attire for the occasion.
The Road Atlanta race is followed by the Savannah Speed Classic presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems on the Grand Prize Circuit on Hutchinson, Island, October 27th-30th.
A highlight of the Savannah event is a class for pre-war race cars - in addition to the full complement of HSR championship series and races - and 2017 is no exception. The oldest racing machines HSR sees all year, several golden-age cars more than 60-years old will be part of the Savannah event.
The off-track schedule in Savannah features the popular Thursday Pace Lap Party, the annual race car parade to historic downtown Savannah's City Market that includes live music, food and the chance to mingle with the local race fans.
The 2017 season concludes with the first back-to-back runnings of the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA and the Classic 12 Hour at Sebring, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network.
The third edition of the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, and first since 2015, returns to the World Center of Racing November 8th-12th. Less than three weeks later, HSR travels to America's other grand road course, Sebring International Raceway, for the second edition of the HSR Classic 12 Hour, November 29th-December 3rd.
The HSR Classic 24 Hour debuted in 2014 as a tribute race to the internationally famous Rolex 24 At Daytona, which has been run on the 3.56-mile road course at the World Center of Racing for more than half-a-century. The race gives the iconic sports cars that were driven to glory at Daytona in the last few decades another chance to shine on the high banks.
The Classic 12 Hour features not only the famed race cars that have competed at Sebring over the last half century but also the classic military aircraft that first put Sebring on the map at historic Hendricks field. Sebring's lasting connection between historic race cars and aviation comes to life again with sports cars and classic airplanes parked next to each other on the facility's hallowed ground.
True endurance races in their own right, the HSR "Classics" feature six period-correct Run Groups competing in succession for 24 hours at Daytona and through the weekend - sharing the spotlight with the vintage aircraft - in tribute the 12-hour race at Sebring.
In addition to their respective Daytona 24 and Sebring 12 hour tribute race schedules, the HSR "Classics" at Daytona and Sebring weekends also feature the final rounds of the season-long HSR WeatherTech Sprint Series and HSR B.R.M. Chronographes Endurance Challenge championships. The WeatherTech and B.R.M. championships will also be among the featured racing series at Road Atlanta and Savannah.
The popular Bob Woodman Tire International/American Challenge races will also be part of the action at all four season-final events, in addition to HSR's Global GT and Classic RS Cup racing series, which will be completing their second seasons of competition in 2017.
Global GT features modern GT-spec race cars from the last 10 to 15 years that have been retired from competition in several different professional racing series. Jonathon Ziegelman won 2016's inaugural Global GT title in a 2008 No. 911 Porsche 997 GT3 prepared by KMW Motorsports.
The Classic RS Cup is a throwback to the golden era of the original International Race of Champions (IROC) Porsche racing series from 1974 and is also home to other classic 911-based Porsches from that era. Mike Banz, driving his 1974 No. 13 Porsche 911 RSR prepared by Heritage Motorsports, won the inaugural Classic RS Cup championship in 2016 and is defending the title this year.