Through The Esses - Archie Urciuoli  A Vintage Racer Brings Lola To The New Track In Town
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08/10/08 © Andrew S, Hartwell

We were on hand this weekend for the inaugural Sports Car Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) race weekend at the brand new New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) facility in Millville, New Jersey. This 500 acre facility contains two separate road racing courses, the Thunderbolt and Lightning, and an F1 Karting track. We were very impressed with the size of the facility and it seemed the vintage racers all came in after their laps wearing broad smiles you could almost see right through their helmets.

It was in the new Tech Garage, located right behind the scoring and timing tower here that we met Archie Urciuoli. He was standing next to a beautiful example of Lola's handiwork from the mid 1960s. For those who do not know, Englishman Eric Broadley established Lola Cars in 1958 and his firm went on to build some of sportscar racings most endearing cars, including the incredibly alluring Lola T70 Spyder. Lola's have won at Indy, in Formula One, in Can-Am competition and in many other series around the globe. And Lola continues in operation today. KROHN Racing currently campaigns two Lola chassis in the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

But for today, we are talking about a particular Lola and the man who proudly owns it,

Urciuoli is a veteran - and accomplished - vintage racer. He is a member of the guiding council for the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. He is also a member of the exclusive Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), where he serves on the committee that nominates the annual recipient of the Bob Akin Memorial Award. Past winners of the award include Sam Posey, John Fitch, Jim Haynes, and Cameron Argetsinger.

Urciuoli has spent many years behind the wheel of some wonderful race cars, dating back to 1959 when he drove his Jaguar to the track, then on the track, then back home. His history includes some very notable achievements. To recap them we are going to take the easy way out and reprint his biographical sketch as it appears on the RRDC website. (
First raced Jaguars (XK140MC & E-type) in New England SCCA regional events in late 50s and early 60s ... Returned to racing in 1988 in Barber Formula Ford, and VSCCA, SVRA and HSR vintage classes ... From 1990 - 1996 campaigned a D-type Jaguar, Ford GT Mk IV and Ralt Formula 2 at tracks across the United States, with a number of podium finishes &Winner, Skip Barber Racing Cup, 1994 & Ran Ford GT40 Mk IV at Bonneville speed week in 1996, at top speed of 226 and one-mile average of 187 mph ... Co-drove G &W Motorsports First Union Bank Porsche GT3 in Rolex 24 At Daytona (DNF in 1998; 9th in class in 1999) & Also continued vintage racing and won Monterey Historics Award in 1997 ... Continued in HSR/SVRA vintage GTP and FIA classes with Chevron B-36, Porsche 956, and Ford GT/40 from 1999 to present ... Many podium finishes from 1988 to present: 1st in class, 5th overall at 2002 Sebring Rolex Enduro, 1st in class and 6th o/a at 2003 Sebring Rolex Enduro, 1st in class and 4th o/a at 2003 Road Atlanta HSR Enduro ... Winner of GTP 2 in 2003 HSR/SVRA GTP/Group C Series Championship ... Overall winner of HSR Historic GTP/Group C series championship in 2005.
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