Pittsburgh Circle Track Club was in the planning stage for approximately
four years prior to its first meeting which was held on February
27, 1977. The club was organized to replace the Pittsburgh Racing
Association (PRA) which was abandoned when Heidelberg Raceway closed
operation after the 1973 season.
The timing of this new organization was consistent with the start
of the new Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in the Pittsburgh area which
was scheduled to begin operation at about that time. The name of
the new organization during that first year, 1977, was the Pittsburgh
Circle Track Racing Association.
The first point champions for the new club were Don Gamble in the
Semi-Lates Division and Rich Britton in the Stock Division.
In 1978, the name of the organization was changed to the Pittsburgh
Circle Track Club. The club was then incorporated in 1983.
The Pittsburgh Circle Track Club is a non-profit organization made
up of promoters, car owners, drivers, pit crew members, and fans
of the sport of auto racing.
Our purpose is to keep the sport alive here in the Tri-State area
by creating and promoting an avid interest in auto racing.
The club maintains a point system for member drivers and car owners
during the racing season. Racing continues in the off season with
monthly meetings featuring racing movies, guest speakers, and refreshments.
Other activities include the spring and fall flea markets, an annual
club picnic and an annual awards banquet.
Circle Track Hall of Fame was initiated in 1983 to permanently recognize
those individuals who have attained significant accomplishments
within and/or who have provided significant long-term contributions
to Pittsburgh area auto racing. Inductees are honored at the annual
Pittsburgh Circle Track Club awards banquet.
Information provided by Dave Burt, PCTC Historian