CLEARWATER, Fla. – Historic Sportscar Racing officials have announced the 2019 series schedule, featuring an all-new event, a new season-opening venue and several return engagements.
Notable 2019 races includes the 42nd HSR Mitty at Road Atlanta, the fifth-running of the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA classic 24-hour race and the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour.
The new HSR calendar begins with the first of two all-new events on the schedule, but this season-opening weekend is at a more than familiar venue. The new HSR Spring Fling Weekend, March 28-31 at Sebring Int’l Raceway, gives competitors and race fans a full weekend of featured HSR action at one of their favorite circuits.
Following the Sebring opener is the 42nd HSR Mitty at Road Atlanta, April 25-28, which will showcase Alfa Romeo as the event’s featured marque.
One of the oldest historic and vintage races in the U.S., The Mitty is in its fifth decade as a must-do vintage and historic event for race fans and competitors alike.
May’s schedule highlight is HSR’s debut at Barber Motorsports Park, May 17-19, for the Barber Historics.
The first of 2019’s partner events with the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA), the new event gives competitors and race fans a chance to visit one of North America’s most pristine venues and circuits and the opportunity to take in the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
Located on the Barber Motorsports Park grounds and right alongside the 2.38-mile circuit, the Barber Museum is in a modern, five-story building and houses an unmatched collection of both two-wheel and four-wheel machinery.
The car collection focused on Lotus from the beginning, but has since expanded to feature other manufacturers. The accompanying motorcycle collection has been named the largest on the planet by Guinness World Records.
The Barber Historics race is followed in July by a return visit to the equally picturesque Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, for the 15th edition of the popular Sommet des Légendes.
Scheduled for July 11-14, the Mont-Tremblant race is the season’s second joint event with the HMSA and continues a productive partnership that began at the Sommet des Légendes a few years ago.
After the traditional late-summer break, the schedule resumes with the year’s second visit to Road Atlanta, Sept. 26-29, for the HSR Atlanta Fall Historics.
Set for its fourth-running next month after debuting in 2014, the HSR Classic Daytona presented by IMSA is now a firm and annual fixture on each year’s HSR race event schedule.
The 2019 edition of the HSR Classic Daytona, scheduled for Nov. 13-17 of next year, will be the fifth time the classic 24-hour race takes place at The World Center of Racing.
The HSR Classic Daytona will once again be immediately followed by its HSR Classics sister event, the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour at Sebring Int’l Raceway.
The fourth-annual running of the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour in 2019 will be held on the legendary Sebring airport circuit, Dec. 4-8.
After debuting in December of 2016, the season-ending Sebring event is officially titled the HSR Classic Sebring 12 Hour, Pistons and Props, presented by the Alan Jay Automotive Network.
The HSR Classics events at Daytona and Sebring share the card each weekend, respectively, with the Daytona Historics and Sebring Historics races that annually bring each HSR championship season to a close.
In addition to 2019’s schedule of on-track race weekend events, HSR is close to finalizing its first automotive touring or road rally event this season.
“Close competition and camaraderie on and off the track have always been at the foundation of HSR events, but recently our member competitors have been asking us to look into an automotive event with a bit more focus on the social side” said HSR president David Hinton. “We have seen manufacturer partners organize such ‘fun run’ events around HSR weekends in the past, but our competitors focused on racing couldn’t participate.
“Most have street-going classics just as impressive as their historic race cars, so we are finalizing details for a road-going event in the first part of the summer, away from a race weekend, that will let our member competitors enjoy a different type of motoring event with their friends and competitors from the track.”
2019 Historic Sportscar Racing Schedule
March 28-31 – Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Fla.
April 25-28 – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Ga.
May 17-19 – Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, Ala.
July 11-14 – Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant – Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Sept. 26-29 – Road Atlanta – Braselton, Ga.
Nov. 13-17 – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla. (24 Hours)
Dec. 4-8 – Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Fla. (12 Hours)