PITTSBURGH – January 10, 2018 – In its 35th year of operation, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was named a Champion of Economic Impact for the Pittsburgh region by Sports Destination Management. This award is reserved for event organizers that bring an outstanding and quantifiable economic impact, media recognition for the city and an overall exceptional experience for all involved.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, run by a total of 1,000 volunteers, attracts locals as well as an international crowd and brought in over $12 million to the local economy this year alone.

“The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is honored to receive this award along with our partners at SportsPITTSBURGH. It represents the important economic impact events like ours have when working alongside the winning team at SportsPITTSBURGH,” says Dan DelBianco, executive director of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

Not only does this event garner a significant amount of revenue for the city, it causes a spike in hotel accommodations as well, with nearly 24,000 total room nights on record this year. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix also reported a 15 percent growth in direct spending over the previous year and a total of 100,000 spectators over the race weekend.

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix does not stop here; the event has donated over $5 million to the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School over the past 35 years. This dedication to the cause and loyalty to the city makes the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix an invaluable event for those in the Pittsburgh area and beyond.

About the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region.

As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events in the region, providing the experience and expertise to reinforce Pittsburgh’s reputation as a legendary sports city.