RACE WITH HISTORY - Scranton Times-Tribune

Andy Vitek was bitten by the racing bug at an early age. Having three older brothers who were into cars helped to nurture it. When he was 5 years old, the Falls native started racing motorcycles even though the American Motorcycle Association didn’t have an age class for him. “I had a 50cc. So I was racing against people who were 20 years old to 30 years old. As he grew older, the graduate of Wyoming Area (1984) and Penn State (1988) ventured into drag racing and road racing. This weekend, Vitek will be driving a 1965 Datsun 1500 — the same one actor Paul Newman raced in 1969 — at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The 33rd annual event is the nation’s longest-running vintage race. Each year, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix recognizes a car manufacturer. In last year’s race, Vitek finished second in his group — Sports Cars Under 2. 0 Litre. He has also raced at places such as Watkins Glen, Pocono Raceway, Lime Rock, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway and Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. He is licensed by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA). So why vintage racing. Source: thetimes-tribune.com