Enerpulse Technologies became the official plug of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) on July 3rd of 2014. “SVRA is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Enerpulse Technologies and their Pulstar Pulse brand,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “The advanced technology of a pulsed power spark plug is an exciting development in the racing world. We are happy to prove that a vintage car can still benefit from new technology.”
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is the largest and one of the oldest Vintage racing organizations in the United States. Originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, the organization was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the Kendall Vintage Grand Prix held as part of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring. With an initial membership of approximately 25 drivers and supporters, the organization has become the premier vintage racing organization in the United States with over 2,500 licensed competitors.
Currently SVRA has conducts Vintage events at legendary race tracks throughout the country including Road America, Sonoma Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Auto Club Speedway, and Virginia International Raceway. In its first year the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway immediately became the largest Vintage race in the United States drawing over 700 entries. Additionally, The U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship has become a premier event in American Vintage racing drawing over 450 participants to the Circuit of the Americas track each fall seeking one of the 30 plus National Championships.
Pulstar Spark Plug Performance Expert Al Unser Jr. won the inaugural Indy Legends Pro-Am Race hosted by the SVRA at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in June of 2014 with his amateur partner and Legendary Motorcar host Peter Klutt. Unser Jr. also signed autographs for fans at the Pulstar booth in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed Gasoline Alley.
“It was a great thrill to compete in the recent SVRA event at Indy and to represent Pulstar as its performance expert,” said Unser Jr. “The working relationship between the two organizations is a natural fit and a benefit to the sport of vintage racing.”
Pulstar and Al Unser Jr attended the second Indy Legends Pro-Am Race in June 2015, where they held a second autograph signing at the Pulstar booth. In addition to driving a ’67 Camaro in the ProAm, Al Unser Jr drove his 1983 Rick Galles Eagle rookie year car in a family reunion race. For the family reunion all five of the living Unser Indianapolis 500 veterans drove Indy cars relevant to their great careers. Al Sr. was in this 1971 winning P.J. Colt and Bobby was in his ’81 winner Penske. Robby drove his father’s 1968 “500” winning Eagle. Johnny, the son of the late Jerry Unser who lost his life at the Speedway in 1959, drove an ex-Eddie Sachs Watson roadster – the same car that tied the previous day for the SVRA’s A.J. Watson Trophy. Johnny wore a special helmet honoring his father’s memory that had been presented to him in a touching moment the previous day by the Bell Helmet Company.