Historic/vintage racer Marc Giroux of Cushing, Maine has been presented with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Driver of the Year Award for 2014. The distinction was bestowed during the SVRA Annual Awards Banquet at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday, September 27.
According to SVRA, the Driver of the Year Award is “the most prestigious of the SVRA annual awards.” The award, presented since 1984, “is selected by the former recipients as the person who best represents the group’s goals of exhibiting Safety, Consciousness, Sportsmanship and Consistent Performance throughout the previous season.”
SVRA indicates, “Persons nominated must also have participated in 50% of SVRA events and be free of ‘chargeable incidents’ during the year of their nomination.” This shows that a driver must not only compete regularly in SVRA contests, but he/she must also be a competitor who races fairly against rivals.
Giroux took his first racing lesson in 1993 and has been racing ever since. He competes several times each year throughout North America driving two cars he also owns — a 1969 Brabham BT-29 Formula B as well as a 1997 Lola Indy Lights T97/20. The racer typically runs at or near the front of the pack, battling for a podium or first-place position. He is either winning, or in a persistent fourth place gaining on the third-place car, or making it more difficult for a leader to stay ahead of him.
A MIT-alum Chemical Engineer turned Sr. Corporate Vice-President at Corning, Inc. in a career spanning over 35 years, Giroux calls Watkins Glen International his home track. He retired earlier this year and now lives in a newly-built home on the coast of Maine.
About receiving this honor, Giroux said, “The SVRA Driver of the Year Award is very special as it is based upon a selection process carried out by the past winners. They are an incredible group of drivers and earning their respect is very gratifying.”
According to SVRA, in addition to amateur drivers, past DOTY-winning drivers include former professional racers or others who have played an important role in the history of motor sports and also raced in SVRA events. A few former awardees include Miles Collier, Bobby Brown, and Robert Fergus. Fergus, as well as Henry Payne III, earned additional SVRA distinctions as “Driver of the Decade” in 2000 and 2010, respectively.
The next historic racing event on the SVRA calendar is the 2014 Vintage National Championship at Circuit of the Americas October 8-12, the second year of this national competition. The organization recently announced that it will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway June 11-14, 2015 to hold its second Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational event.