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Hallett Sunday Report: Hear From The Winners

April 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
JENNINGS, Okla. (April 12, 2015) – Following Saturday’s wet races, the extra heat felt on Sunday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a welcome respite for SCCA Mid-States Majors racers on Sunday for Round Four on the Championship. Each of the seven group races were 25 laps around the club racing circuit, a favorite of many in the Mid-West. Jim Drago, of Memphis, Tenn., won an emotional race for he and his East Street Racing team. Keeping his No. 2 East Street Racing Miata in a back and forth battle with the No. 74 Reynolds Bros. Racing Miata and Craig Berry’s No. 45 Berry Marble and Granite Mazda, Drago held on for the final couple of laps to the front. The win comes just a week after crew member and Berry’s father, Jim Berry, passed away, and Drago said on the podium that he was certain he was enjoying this race. B-Spec came down to the final lap in the dual between Joe McClughan and Saturday winner John Phillips. McClughan held the lead on the final lap in his No. 3 Hoosier/MAZDASPEED Mazda2, but Phillips saw an opening and went for the win in his No. 43 Phillips Race Parts Toyota Yaris. The two made contact side by side, and Phillips got the worst of it, spinning and allowing McClughan to take the win. The Mid-States Conference returns to action May 22-24 at Texas World Speedway for a doubleheader and Rounds Five and Six on the season. Each of the race winners: James Stiehr, Formula F Charlie Hearn, Formula Vee David Vincent, Formula 500 Roy Lopshire, GT-Lite Eric Prill, F Production Chris Albin, H Production Matt Reynolds, E Production Jim Drago, Spec Miata Brekk Harris, Formula Mazda     Dwight Rider, Formula Atlantic   Jack Donnellan, Prototype 2 James Michael, Formula 1000 Henry Donohoo, Formula Enterprises Chris Edens, Touring 1 Jim Wheeler, American Sedan Mike McGinley, GT-2 Tom Smith, GT-1 Alan Marshall, GT-3 Toby Grahovec, Touring 4 Joe McClughah, B-Spec Bob Schader, Touring 3 Michael Pettiford, Touring 2 Cliff Ira, STL Ron Pawley, STU Richard Stephens, SRF3 Grayson Strathman, SRF

Clear Skies Over Thunderhill at Western Conference Majors Round 7

April 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
Willows, Calif. (April 11, 2015) – Round 7 of the Western Conference Majors Tour was run under clear skies and moderate temperatures at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. A field of 130 drivers in seven race groups ran 30-minute sprint races today, seeking precious points towards Conference class titles and Runoffs qualifications. High wispy clouds covered the morning sky, keeping temperatures in the 60s for the morning. The cool air delivered a little extra horsepower during the 20-minute qualifying sessions. “I had a lot of air, but I was running out of gears on the front straight,” said F Production competitor Jess Heitman of Portland, Oregon (No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata). Racing got underway as the clouds finally burned off shortly past noon. Race Group 3 drew the first green flag, featuring GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, Touring 1, and American Sedan. Veteran GT-1 pilot Frank Emmett of Penngrove, Calif. (No. 45 Red Line Oil Chevrolet Corvette) eased into the lead from pole position and never relinquished the advantage. In GT-2, Erich Joiner of Torrance, Calif. (No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997) claimed the win. Three-time SCCA National Championship Runoffs winner Collin Jackson of Langley, British Columbia (No. 53 BM&M Screening Solutions Nissan 240SX) claimed the GT3 win over Guy Laidig of Woodside, Calif. (No. 52 Mazda/Hoosier Tire/Fuzzball Racing Mazda RX-7). Marc Hoover of Shingle Springs, Calif. (No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA/Necksgen/Red Line Oil Mazda Miata) set a new track record during the race, while winning the Touring 1 class. Allison Palitz of San Leandro, Calif. (No. 82 Maximum Motorsports Ford Mustang) ran unopposed in AS. Group 4 was Spec Miata, and the Mazda drivers provided their usual close racing action, with Tommy McCarthy of Mountain View, Calif. (No. 23 Du-All Safety Mazda Miata) leading from the pole position. But McCarthy’s lead was short-lived as a pack of leaders including Steven Powers of Mesa, Ariz. (No. 145 Amerifirst Financial/miatacage.com/East Street Racing Mazda Miata), Mason Filippi of Alamo, Calif. (No. 40 Cuttings Edge Drapery Mazda Miata), and Marco Gallaher of Santa Rosa, Calif. (No. 8 First Community Bank/PFR/Rossini Racing Products Mazda Miata) traded the lead several times in the first half of the race. Gallaher eventually found the lead in Lap six, and opened a nine-second gap by the checkered flag. Filippi finished in second position, and McCarthy had to settle for third. “This is my third year in Spec Miata. I’m coming up through the ranks and this is my best year yet. I’ll definitely be at Daytona,” Gallaher remarked in Victory Circle. Race Group 5 provided excitement in the form of a close race between Joe Huffaker of Petaluma, Calif. (No. 77 Huffaker Horsepower MG Midget) and Jess Heitman in his Mazda Miata. Representing two different generations of F Production car development, the pair ran a close race until Huffaker suffered a spin while leading. Heitman went on to claim the class win and overall first position in the race group. Troy Ermish of Tracy, Calif. (No. 38 Datsun 510 Parts Outlet/REBELLO Racing Engines Datsun 510) took GT-Lite honors, while Anthony Jimerson of Benicia, Calif. (No. 28 A.T. Mechanical/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Mazda RX-7) claimed the win in E Production. Tom Wickersham of Piedmont, Calif. (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing/Competition Autowerks/BFGoodrich Mazda MX-5) earned the top spot in Touring 4, and Jason Isley of Coto de Caza, Calif. (No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/RACER.com Toyota Yaris) took the win in H Production. Group 6 included both the new third generation SRF3 and the existing SRF cars in roughly equal numbers. Past national champion Mike Miserendino of Bakersfield, Calif. (No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford 3) held the pole position, but next to him on the front row was past national champion John Black of Olympic Valley, Calif. (No. 17 CSR Performance Spec Racer Ford 3). Miserendino took the lead at the green flag but Black followed just a few feet behind, and they were both tailed by Todd Harris of Portland, Oregon (No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford 3) and Umberto Milletti of Hillsborough, Calif. (No. 34 Bulldog Motorsports/InsideView Spec Racer Ford 3). After a first-turn mishap behind the lead pack, Black and Miserendino traded the lead a few times before Miserendino closed the deal, winning with a 2.637-second margin of victory. Black finished second, with Harris in third place. Paul Raby of Las Vegas, Nevada (No. 7 Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford) took the second-generation SRF win, followed by Paul Goudy of Portland, Oregon (No. 27 Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford) and Stephen Controulis of Orinda, Calif. (No. 55 Spec Racer Ford). In the Group 7 race, Formula F delivered one of the best shows of the day, with Denny Renfrow of Santa Clara, Calif. (No. 11 Wheely Open Racing Piper/Honda) and Alex Kirby of Long Beach, Calif. (No. 81 Fast Forward Racing Components Piper/Honda) trading the lead almost every lap. Scott Huffaker of Menlo Park, Calif. (No. 99 Van Diemen) gave good chase for a time, but his car stuck in gear near the halfway point and he slipped down the field to finish sixth in class. The race came down to the last few yards, where Kirby got a good run off the final corner and caught Renfrow at the line, taking the win. “We’d been going back and forth for a few laps, and I was planning on making my move on the last straightaway. We’re going to keep the same strategy tomorrow – just try to get a good start and pull ahead,” Kirby said. In the Formula Vee class, Dennis Andrade of Buckeye, Arizona (No. 87 D&D Racing Vortech) and Skip Streets of San Clemente, Calif. (No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering /My Bride Traci Mysterian) were all but tied together throughout the race. Andrade grabbed the lead, and Streets spent his time looking for a way around but never could find an opening. At the checker, it was Andrade, Streets, and Don Manthe of Santa Rosa, Calif. (No. 40 Volkswagen) in order across the line. Group 1 raced later in the afternoon. Temperatures were warm, but the day remained breezy and mild. Scotty B. White (No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/GOT CDL?/Knight Transport LLC Ford Mustang) earned the top step in the Touring 3 class while setting a new lap record. Tom Wickersham (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing, Competiton Autowerks, BF Goodrich Ford Mustang) also made his second appearance of the day in Touring 3. Wickersham took the lead at the flag but spun in Turn 1, yielding the lead and ultimately the race to White. Don Van Nortwick of San Jose, Calif. (No. 51 Tobar Industries Ford Mustang) took honors in Touring 2. Bob Bradfield of Aptos, Calif. (No. 60 Cary's Redding Tire Ford Mustang) claimed the win in STL with a new lap record, while Carl Young of Salinas, Calif. (No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000) took the STU class victory. B-Spec belonged to Eric Boucher of Auburn, Calif. (No. 35 The Wife Mazda2) with a new lap record. Group 2 was the final race of the day, combining all winged formula and sports racing cars. Jim Devenport of Modesto, Calif. (No. 23 Cranbrook Group, Inc. Norma M20) took the Prototype 1 class and overall group win, with Chris Farrell of Salt Lake City, Utah (No. 58 C&M mfg./GDRE/Hoosier/Geartronics Stohr WF1) claimed the Prototype 2 victory. Among the open wheel cars, John LaBrie of Draper, Utah (No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12) finished first after a close race in Formula B, while Tom Hope of Downey, Calif. (No. 10 H&M Racing Data Van Diemen) set a new lap record on the way to the win in Formula Continental. Formula Enterprises honors went to Matthew Hauff of Rohnert Park Calif. (No. 38 Goebel Construction SCCA Enterprises). Tazio Ottis of Portland, Ore. (No. 72 Patrick Ottis Company Formula Mazda) took the top step in Formula Mazda. Round 8 of the Western Conference Majors Tour will be held tomorrow, April 12, 2015 at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. The next rounds 9 & 10 will be held May 1-3, 2015 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, Calif. Complete race results and further information available at SCCAMajors.com. Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round 7 at Thunderhill Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. American Sedan: Allison Palitz, San Leandro, Calif., Ford Mustang B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2 E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7 F Production: Jess Heitman, Portland, Ore., Mazda Miata H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris Formula B: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen Formula Enterprises: Steve Baumhoff, Atherton, Calif., Formula Enterprises Formula F: Alex Kirby, Long Beach, Calif., Piper Honda Formula Mazda: Tazio Ottis, Portland, Ore., Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade, Buckeye, Ariz., Vortech GT-1: Frank Emmett, Penngrove, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Erich W Joiner, Torrance, Calif., Porsche 997 GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Nissan 240SX GT-Lite: Troy Ermish, Tracy, Calif., Datsun 510 Prototype 1: Jim Devenport, Modesto, Calif., Norma M20 Prototype 2: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stohr WF1 Super Touring Lite: Bob Bradfield, Aptos, Calif., Mazda RX-7 Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000 Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., Spec Racer Ford 3 Spec Racer Ford: Paul Raby, Las Vegas, Nev., Spec Racer Ford Touring 1: Marc Hoover, Shingle Springs, Calif., Mazda Miata Touring 2: Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, Calif., Ford Mustang Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang Touring 4: Tom Wickersham, Piedmont, Calif., Mazda MX-5  

Saturday from Hallett: In Their Own Words

April 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
JENNINGS, Okla. (April 11, 2015) – Gambling on the precipitation during 25-minute timed races on Saturday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit rewarded many SCCA Mid-States Conference drivers and caught others out throughout the afternoon. The day started sunny, but by the third race of the afternoon had turned into an on and off rain that started up again just as a dry line began to form. That left tire choice and driving talent to decide the race winners in 26 Runoffs-eligible classes. Matt Reynolds was the star of the day, lowering his existing track record in E Production on his way to a runaway win in the No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing Mazda Miata. Reynolds hopped out of the E Production machine and climbed immediately into front row of the Spec Miata race, which is where the fun really started. Reynolds actually earned the lead on the opening lap before falling behind Jim Drago’s No. 2 East Street Racing Miata and Craig Berry’s No. 45 Berry Marble and Granite Miata, just before rain started to fall. With everyone on Hoosier Tires made for dry pavement, lap times immediately fell. Reynolds got around Berry and then Drago, climbing into the lead to win going away in the No. 74 Reynolds Bros. Racing Miata. Michael Pettiford matched the feat with Touring 1 and Touring 2 wins in his class-configured No. 41 Go 4 It Racing Schools Chevrolet Corvettes. Adding his name to the rain masters on a very difficult Hallett circuit was Alan Marshall. In a big bore group that included GT-1, GT-2, Touring 1 and American Sedan, Alan Marshall drove his No. 103 IHS Racing Mazda RX-7 to a GT-3 win, second overall to Mike McGinley’s GT-2 No. 50 Chevrolet Corvette, and turned the fastest lap of the race. Marshall was one of the few cars in the class running on rain tires, but the call was the correct one as the rain continued to fall. Each winner: James Stiehr, Formula F Jack Walbran, Formula 500, on his battle with David Vincent Charlie Hearn, Formula Vee   Roy Lopshire, GT-Lite Eric Prill, F Production Chris Albin, H Production Matt Reynolds, both E Production and Spec Miata, with Spec Miata raining halfway through! Tyler Hunter, Formula Atlantic Brekk Harris, Formula Mazda Henry Donohoo, Formula Enterprises Joe Shannonhouse, Prototype 2 James Michael, Formula 1000 Mike McGinley, GT-2 David Fershtand, GT-1 Jim Wheeler, American Sedan Alan Marshall, GT-3   Anthony Simmers, STU Bob Schader, Touring 3 Cliff Ira, Super Touring Lite John Phillips, B-Spec Michael Pettiford, Touring 1 and Touring 2 Toby Grahovec, Touring 4 Richard Stephens, Spec Racer Ford 3 Grayson Strathman, Spec Racer Ford  

Double the Majors Racing Action this Weekend

April 8, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 9, 2015) – On tap for this weekend are a pair of SCCA U.S. Majors Tour races, one in the in the Mid-States Conference and another in the Western Conference. The Mid-States showdown will take place at a place beloved to many club racers, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, while the event out west will take place at Thunderhill Motorsports Park. For racers in both conferences, the racing season is still young. Each point earned can be the difference between a Majors glory and coming in second in Championship points. The Mid-States Conference will be contending Rounds Three and Four, while the Western Conference will reach the halfway point of the season after the conclusion on Sunday’s racing. If you’re planning to follow along and home, and why wouldn’t you, here are some things to keep an eye on: Storylines/Things to Watch For Major League: In September 2012, the Sports Car Club of America rolled out the U.S. Majors Tour as the top level of amateur racing in this country. The Majors Tour replaces what was previously called “National” SCCA racing, split into a season-long championship in five geographic Conferences. Both Hallett and Thunderhill have played host to several SCCA Club Racing events over the years. For many amateur racecar drivers in these regions of the country, both of these venues are near the top of their list of favorite tracks. SCCA Club Racers – The Best in the Country: There are many amateur road racing groups in the United States, but the clear leader of top drivers is with the SCCA. Though most are weekend warriors who take vacations from their full-time jobs to attend races, it’s a craft taken seriously. Bobby Rahal, Mark Donohue, Roger Penske, Michael Andretti, and actor/driver Paul Newman got their start in SCCA Club Racing. More recently, you could have seen current stars Boris Said, Graham Rahal, Sam Hornish or J.R. Hildebrand at an SCCA Club Racing event. Booming Big-Bores: The Big-Bore group at Hallett, which includes GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, American Sedan and Touring 1, will feature a whopping 23 cars. That will be the largest group of cars on track throughout the entire weekend. As it is still early in the season, the fight for Conference titles is still wide open. That should prove for some interesting on-track action in all classes. Spec Racer Ford Spectacular: The SRF community is poised to turn out in droves at Thunderhill, as a total of 27 Spec Racer Fords and Spec Racer Ford Gen3s are on the entry list. In the Gen3 class, there is a great mixture of brand new Gen3 chassis and cars that have undergone the conversion to the newest specification. This should prove to be a good case study regarding the success of the conversion package offered by SCCA Enterprises. Wing n’ Things Out West: The big-bore formula and prototype classes have also seen higher-than-average entry numbers. Expect to see lots of passing and battling everywhere you look in this high-speed, flashy race group. This is your chance to see the largest number of these sleek, purpose-built racers outside of a professional racing event. Additional information on the Hallett Majors, including a schedule, entry list and a link to live timing, can be found at SCCA.com/HallettMajors. If you are interested in the Western Conference event at Thunderhill Raceway Park, including entry lists, schedules and live timing links, visit SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.com.

RallyCross Nationals Registration Now Open

April 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 2, 2015) – The Sports Car Club of America announced registration for the 2015 SCCA RallyCross National Championships, scheduled for Aug. 7-9, is now open. This event is the first National Championship event of 2015 in the four areas of competition. The first round of registration, April 1-15, will be made available only to past RallyCross National Champions, past TripleCross winners and 2014 National Challenge and Divisional winners. The registration fee for eligible competitors during this time is $125. On April 16, registration opens to the general membership. The fee will also be $125, until July 1. After that point, the regular registration fee of $160 will apply. The event will be capped at 125 drivers, with the option to add more depending on how many members have registered. In its ninth year, the RallyCross Nationals are set to take place at a new facility in Indianola, Iowa, south of Des Moines. Courses will be built on land that plays host to the National Balloon Classic, a yearly hot-air balloon festival. The site of the National Balloon Classic was chosen as more than 10,000 people will be parking on the land during the previous weekend, for the festival. The hard-packed surface, as a result of the vehicle and foot traffic, should lend itself well to the needs of the course designers of the RallyCross Nationals. In addition, the local Des Moines Valley Region SCCA has recent experience with holding a local RallyCross event at this location. Additional information on the SCCA RallyCross National Championship, including an event schedule and supps, can be found by clicking here. To register follow this link. More on the SCCA RallyCross program can be found at SCCA.com/RallyCross. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Peters wins Super Challenge at SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Event at El Toro

March 31, 2015 - 8:00pm
IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – The SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo season made its official start this past weekend at El Toro, after an aborted event in Blytheville, Arkansas, caused by extreme winter weather. Brian Peters, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, took the Super Challenge win in what may be the final event at the site, as the area is set to undergo commercial development later this year. Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, was the Ladies Challenge winner. An event attendance record was set as 235 entrants made their way to El Toro, which has become a favorite competition spot for Southern California autocrossers. The previous record was 234, set just two years ago. Cal Club Region played host to the event, which included a Friday night welcome party. The weather conditions were a non-issue, featuring clear, sunny skies throughout the event. Peters (E Street Prepared, ProParts USA Ford Mustang) began his march to the final round of bracket competition from the third overall seed. That seeding was a result of fast runs in the class-based portion on the meet, held Saturday and Sunday morning. In the first round, Peters defeated No. 30 seed Ryan Johnson (Super Street Prepared, Ryno Management Inc./Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise). Peters’ next matchup was against Tom Harrington (Kart Modified, Seventh-Gear.com Honda CRG Road Rebel). Peters got the best of Harrington and moved to the quarterfinal round. As one of the final eight drivers, Peters was pitted against Navid Kahangi (H Street, Edge Motorworks Ford Fiesta ST). Peters downed Kahangi to advance to the semi-finals against Michael Heinitz (Street Touring FWD, Acura RSX Type-S). Peters emerged the victor, earning the opportunity to face Jeff Kiesel for the Super Challenge win. Kiesel (Race Tire Index 1, Seventh-Gear.com KFR Turbo Sprite) earned his way to the final after starting the bracket competition as the top overall seed. He took out Leonard Cachola (E Street, Mazda Miata) in the first round. In the second round, Kiesel took out Steve O’Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net/West End Mazda Miata), and moved on to face Jonathan Lugod (Street Touring Ultra, OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT USA/ARE Chevrolet Corvette) in the quarters. After beating Lugod, Kiesel met Chris Cox (F Street, Mike Maier Inc. Ford Mustang) in the semi-finals. Keisel bested Cox, earning a spot in the Super Challenge bracket final opposite Peters. Once the dust settled, Peters proved to be quickest driver of the two. In the third-place runoff, Cox completed to podium after winning the matchup with Heinitz. “It was a great weekend continuing strong momentum coming off a successful San Diego National Tour,” Peters said. “Winning the Challenge was especially satisfying given three second-place Challenge finishes, in the past. “John Hogan’s Mustang was working well this weekend, which allowed me to pull up to the line each time with my focus solely on execution. Ending up with late round pairings against some of the drivers I respect the most, such as Michael Heinitz and Jeff Keisel, pushed me to dig unforgettably deep.” Monfort (Ladies Class 2, StranoParts.com Ford Focus ST) started as the third seed in the Ladies Challenge bracket. In her opening-round matchup, she took out Mindi Cross (Ladies Class 3, Scion Racing/JDL Auto Design Scion FRS) to move to the semi-final round. There Monfort met, and downed, Kristen Acharya (CUSCO/FRSport/TheRacersStore.com Scion FRS). In the final, Monfort met Christine Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX). En route to the final, Grice won matchups against Lisa Berry (Ladies Class 3, BMW 325 IS) and Teddie Alexandrova (Ladies Class 3, Roswell Driving Academy Nissan 350Z), respectively. Monfort wound up taking the bracket win over Grice, while Acharya completed the podium after beating Alexandrova in the third-place runoff. “It feels great - and oddly familiar - to take the Ladies Challenge win in the first event of the season,” Monfort said. “I took the win last year at the first Pro event in Washington, D.C. in another Focus. “I hope to get at least one more Pro event under my belt in L2 this year. I like campaigning the Focus because I'm least experienced in FWD cars, and because it's an affordable and practical current car that is also fun to race, which is good for our sport. As for a points championship, I'd love to go after it! It usually comes down to the finale for me, and I know I will have fantastic skilled women to compete with no matter what car I'm driving.” Dennis Trevino (Street Touring Xtreme, Hank Yamfang Honda Civic Si), of El Cajon, California, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge bracket. The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo series is scheduled for April 25-26, in Crows Landing, California. For additional information on the El Toro ProSolo event, including full results, visit http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8384. More information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program can be found at www.SCCA.com/Solo. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial

Inaugural Ourally Alpine Road Rally Comes to Colorado Oct. 4-8

March 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
Five Scenic Byways, seven major mountain passes, blazing fall colors and Victorian small town charm combine to woo car enthusiasts to Colorado for the inaugural Ourally Alpine Road Rally and Tour this fall. Scheduled for Oct. 4-8, during the height of the fall color season, the Ourally is based in beautiful Ouray, Colorado, and features over 1,100 miles of driving over five days on some of the most legendary mountain highways in the country, including Molas Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Wolf Creek Pass and Lizard Head Pass. Some call these passes treacherous, others call them stunning. We'll let you decide. Each day of the Ourally features a unique loop drive starting and ending in Ouray. The routes trace five of Colorado’s most legendary Scenic Byways, showcasing scenery ranging from rugged mountains and deep alpine valleys to sun-baked red rock country. Along the way, rally participants will pass through over a dozen historic communities including Durango, Redstone, Hotchkiss, Cedaredge, Ridgway, Gateway, Grand Junction, Telluride, Dolores, Silverton, Pagosa Springs, Lake City, Paonia and Carbondale. The rally also takes in natural wonders like the Weminuche Wilderness, Unaweep Canyon and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and cultural attractions such as the historic mining districts of the San Juan Mountains, the Anasazi ruins of Mesa Verde, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. All funds raised will benefit the Wright Opera House, a 126-year-old performing arts venue that provides a center for the arts in Ouray. Entrance fee is $500 per vehicle, with a limit of 50 vehicles for the inaugural Ourally! The entrance fee will cover a welcome cocktail party and banquet on Oct 5, breakfasts each day, post tour social/cocktail party each evening and an awards banquet the final night, Oct 8.For more information or to register online, visit www.ourally.co. Registration will be open the last week in March. ABOUT THE ROUTES: 5 Scenic Byways Unaweep-Tabeguache A fabulous journey through history, geology, culture and nature awaits you on the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway (UTB). The UTB is located in western Colorado, south of the city of Grand Junction. It extends from Whitewater to Placerville, Colorado, passing through the communities of Gateway, Naturita, Nucla, Redvale and Norwood. Twisted monoliths and ancient lands bear dinosaur bones and mineral treasures, while the Hanging Flume and the Driggs Mansion tell of human endeavors in a challenging landscape. San Juan If byways could claim royal lineage, this one would probably rule them all. Start with the major towns along the route – Durango, a well-preserved descendant of the Old West; picturesque Telluride, renowned for world-class skiing and film, jazz, and bluegrass festivals; and Silverton and Ouray, Victorian jewels tucked in deep alpine valleys. Add another crown – Mesa Verde National Park, home to one of the densest collections of prehistoric ruins in the U.S. – and five million acres of undisturbed national forest. Then there are the roads.... Silver Thread The colorful old mining camps of the Silver Thread offer history, scenic beauty, and a heavy dose of authenticity. The heights around Creede and Lake City remain strewn with abandoned mining structures, most of them accessible via rugged backcountry roads. Between the two towns, Highway 149 shadows the upper reaches of the Rio Grande, serving up a bounty of natural wonders - sparkling North Clear Creek Falls, the Slumgullion earth slide, and the shark-like fin of Uncompahgre Peak. West Elk Loop The twin summits of Mount Sopris and the incomparable Black Canyon of the Gunnison anchor the ends of the West Elk Loop. This magnificent landscape has been home to uncounted generations of Native Americans, most recently the Utes. White settlers originally came in search of minerals and stayed to farm and ranch. The coke ovens at Redstone bear witness to the toil that built the communities of today. Carbondale, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Gunnison, Crested Butte, and other towns offer a slice of Colorado's rich history and varied lifestyles. Trail of the Ancients The Anasazi – the "Ancient Ones" to the later Navajo – guarded their secrets closely. We know they dominated the Colorado Plateau for hundreds of years, yet basic questions about them – who they were, how they lived, what they believed – remain less than fully resolved. This 114-mile route across the broken, arid terrain of their former civilization is heavily laden with clues: cliff dwellings, rock art, pottery shards. Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park both contain dense clusters of Anasazi remains. 7 Major Passes Red Mountain Pass The pass straddles a divide that separates Ouray and San Juan counties. The pass is named for the nearby Red Mountain 1, 2 and, 3 on the northeast side of the pass. The name is derived from the iron oxide laden rock that forms the mountains’ slopes. Red Mountain Mining District lies from the divide northward to Ironton Park, halfway down towards Ouray. It was the site of an historic silver boom from 1882-1893, including the Yankee Girl, National Belle and Guston mines. Wolf Creek Pass Wolf Creek Pass (elevation 10,857 ft.) is a high mountain pass on the Continental Divide, in the San Juan Mountains, of Colorado. It is the route through which U.S. Highway 160 passes from the San Luis Valley into southwest Colorado on its way to New Mexico and Arizona. The pass is notable as inspiration of a C. W. McCall song. The pass is significantly steep on either side (6.8% maximum grade) and can be dangerous in winter. Molas Pass The pass is in the San Juan National Forest. The pass is traversed by the Million Dollar Highway, U.S. Highway 550 south of Silverton, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Though it is one of the higher passes in Colorado, it has only a few switchbacks on the north approach, is considerably less intimidating than Red Mountain Pass on the same highway, and is generally kept open in the winter months. Slumgullian Pass Slumgullion Pass, elevation 11,530 ft (3,510 m), is a mountain pass in Colorado traversed by State Highway 149 east of Lake City. The north side has the steepest grade of any continuously paved road in Colorado (9 percent), but the pass does not close often in winter because snowplows clear the route regularly during this season. It has a few switchbacks and tight spots, but other than that, most travelers will find it an easy, scenic route. Lizard Head Pass Lizard Head Pass, elevation 10,222 feet (3,116 m), is a mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, on the border between Dolores and San Miguel counties. It is also on the divide between the watersheds of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers. The pass is named for a prominent nearby peak that is said to look like the head of a lizard, the 13,113-foot (3,997-meter) spire of Lizard Head. Coal Bank Pass Coal Bank Pass (elevation 10,640 feet/3243 meters) is a mountain pass in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado in the United States. The pass is in the San Juan National Forest. The pass is traversed by the Million Dollar Highway, U.S. Highway 550 south of Silverton, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. While the north side is fairly gentle, the descent on the south side is very steep (6.5 percent), and has a runaway truck ramp for trucks that lose control. Spring Creek Pass Spring Creek Pass, elevation 10,889 feet (3,319 meters), is a mountain pass on the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The pass is traversed by State Highway 149 and the Colorado Trail. Somewhat unusually for a pass on the Continental Divide, it is not the highest point on the highway in the vicinity; heading north from the pass, the road climbs over the considerably higher Slumgullion Summit before descending toward Lake City.

SCCA Announces Winners of the Wendi Allen Scholarship

March 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 26, 2015) – Elisabeth Flannagan, of Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Wildenberg, of Menasha, Wisconsin, were named as the two winners of the Wendi Allen Scholarship for the 2015 Solo season. The two drivers were nominated by the general membership, with the award presented by a committee of well-respected female SCCA autocrossers. In its second year awarded, the scholarship provides financial support to offset travel costs to National Solo events. In addition, the Club will waive entry fees to National events for these two drivers and work with the Solo community, and its commercial partners, to seek out other forms of support for the winners. This includes, but it not limited to, driver training, mentoring, product support and logistical assistance. The award is given to two female soloists who not only display a high level of driving talent, but also a deep involvement in the Solo Community. Flannagan, who works as a therapist for children in foster care, said she has been able to get some good behind-the-wheel experience near her home. Additionally, she will be using the scholarship funds to make sure she is at the Tire Rack National Championships, in Lincoln, Nebraska. “I haven’t been able to stop smiling since I was notified that I won,” Flannagan said. “It’s the biggest honor I have ever received in my life. To be recognized by these women is truly amazing. “The Philadelphia region is the best place to be an autocrosser. There are so many opportunities happening throughout the summer months. In fact, I knew that the ProSolo event at MetLife Stadium was going to fill up fast. So just after the event opened, I had to run out to my car in the middle of a ballet class just to make sure I got entered.” Wildenberg, a student in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was equally happy to have the opportunity to compete in an expanded role with the help of the scholarship funds. “It feels amazing to be recognized like this,” Wildenberg said. “When I was first told about it, I honestly thought it many have been someone playing a joke on me. “By winning this scholarship, I can attend a lot more events this season than I would have been able to do otherwise. I have already made plans to go to Wilmington (Ohio) for the ProSolo event, in addition to the mid-season visit to Lincoln (Nebraska) for the Championship Tour and ProSolo events. This will also be my first time going to Nationals. To say the least, I am really excited.” The selection committee is made up of several influential female Solo National Champions. The committee includes Denise Cashmore, Tara Johns, Beth McClure-Strelnieks, Shelly Monfort and Patty Tunnell. “Both of these women are dedicated members to their local regions,” Johns, the chairperson for the selection committee, said. “They also show promise and dedication to becoming extraordinary competitors. We are hopeful that both ladies will benefit from the scholarship and use this opportunity to thrive in our sport. We look forward to seeing them both compete on a national level this year.” “We appreciate all of the nominations we received this year,” Howard Duncan, Senior Director of Rally/Solo, said. “It made the Selection Committee’s job challenging, but they chose two great recipients. We look forward to working with them during the 2015 Tire Rack National Solo season, and beyond.” The scholarship was developed as a wish of Wendi Allen, a Solo National Champion in her own right, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. In November of 2014, Allen lost her battle to the disease, while the scholarship in her name endures as a legacy of promoting female achievement in the male-dominated arena of motorsports. For additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program, please visit SCCA.com/Solo. Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

RallyCross Advocate Jerry Doctor Passes Away

March 24, 2015 - 8:00pm
(April 9, 2015) - SCCA member and RallyCross advocate Jerry Doctor passed away on Tuesday, April 7, after a long struggle with heart disease. Jerry has always held a special place for the SCCA, and its members, in his heart. Jerry spent much of his time in the SCCA, as a board member, and as an RE trying to do whatever he thought was best for the club and its members. But, he also put equal passion into chronicling the history of our sport via his photography, always taking great care that at least one image, of each driver, from each car was recorded in film for each event. Jerry was the second winner of the SCCA DirtyCup. The highest award given out within SCCA RallyCross that recognizes a member annually that has made extraordinary contributions to the sport of SCCA RallyCross. “The RallyCross Board is saddened by the passing of Jerry Doctor,” Steve Hyatt, RXB Chairman, said. “He was a driving force in SCCA RallyCross since the start of the program. He served in many capacities including an RXB member, Divisional Steward for Midwest Division and Chairman of the Divisional RallyCross Stewards, Chairman and member of the SCCA RallyCross Safety Committee and a Chief at the SCCA RallyCross National Championship. He will always be remembered as the second winner of the SCCA RallyCross DirtyCup in 2011. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.” His efforts did not begin or end with the SCCA though; he was also a chemistry teacher for roughly 40 years within the Omaha Public Schools and, later, the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He taught chemistry to any student who wanted to learn and he was dedicated to helping those students not only to succeed, but to excel. But, most importantly, he was a son, a brother, a father, and a grandfather. He was always there for each of us, to teach us, to scold us, or to love us as he deemed necessary and we love him for it. He is survived by his sister, his daughter, and his two grandchildren and he is greatly missed already.  

Oseth Named SCCA Pro Racing Vice President/General Manager

March 24, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2015) – Steve Oseth was named Vice President and General Manager of SCCA Pro Racing today, assigned with overseeing the day to day operations of the for-profit subsidiary of the Sports Car Club of America. Oseth will manage the staff and Pro Racing activities from the Topeka office, including the sanctioning of the Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am Championship and Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Oseth comes to SCCA Pro Racing from AWRS International, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he owned the Nashville-area franchise of the automotive wheel sales and repair company. Prior to that, Oseth was the Founding President of Castle Concrete Corp., managing a company of more than 80 employees. He is a three-time SCCA Club Racing National Champion, winning the Runoffs® three times – in 2003, 2006 and 2007, all in the Formula Vee class. Oseth is currently one of the Series Tech Coordinators for the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 and F1600 Championship Series. “We’re looking forward to having Steve’s experience and knowledge, both of motorsports and the business world, in house at SCCA Pro Racing,” Robert Clarke, SCCA Pro Racing President, said. “Steve will manage both our in-house and event staff, and work closely with each of the series that we currently sanction to give them all the support that we can provide.” Oseth will begin in the new role immediately, and will soon relocate to Topeka from his Nashville-area home. “I am excited about this appointment and the challenges it presents,” Oseth said. “I have been a member of SCCA for 36 years and now having the opportunity to work with the people and organization that has been such an important part of my life is really extraordinary.” SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc. - a 65,000-member organization dedicated to motorsports events. SCCA Pro Racing provides full-service organization, operation and sanction for numerous professional racing series, documented within this web site. Each series holds events on high-profile race weekends and annually crowns Champions. Known for its operational expertise, SCCA Pro Racing has been the choice of privately-owned racing series, as well as those promoted by automobile manufacturers, to conduct all facets of their Championships. SCCA held its first professional racing event on February 3, 1963 - a United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race won by Jim Hall at Daytona International Raceway. Throughout the years, SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans-Am, Can-Am, Formula 5000 and World Challenge. SCCA Pro Racing formally became a subsidiary of SCCA in 1993, and is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) - the FIA delegate for this country.

SCCA Tire Rack Solo Championship Concludes SoCal Swing

March 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 24, 2015) – The SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour event, from San Diego, wrapped up following two days of competition, March 21-22. The event was held in the parking lots surrounding Qualcomm Stadium, the home the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers. The San Diego Region SCCA played the role of host for the event as region member Peter Bollenbecker was the course designer for both days of competition. Festivities were started off with a welcome party hosted by the region, on Friday night, open to workers and competitors. The on-course action featured several close races toward the top of the standings in several classes. The closest of these finishes occurred in Street Touring Sport. Matt Ales (Thanks Pete! Mazda Miata), of Redondo Beach, California, was the winner by 0.064-second, but the intriguing story in this class was that of second-place finisher, Stephen Yeoh. The car of Yeoh, considered a contender for the class win early on, suffered some major mechanical damage requiring an engine change after completing only one run during Saturday’s competition. By Sunday morning, Yeoh had a new engine in his Honda Civic thanks to the help of fellow competitors. Yeoh logged the quickest time of Sunday’s runs, but it proved just shy of the time needed to unseat Ales for the class win. In Formula Junior A, Kevin Jung (Ciro Racing/7th Gear Tony Kart), of Laguna Niguel, California, scored a class win by another exceedingly narrow margin. The gap back to second-place driver Zak Kiesel was only 0.098-second. On Saturday, Jung owned the top time in the class. However, Kiesel made Jung work for the win on Sunday by setting the quickest time on his last run. The lap logged by Kiesel on Sunday was quicker than that of Jung, but Jung had built enough of a margin after Saturday’s runs to allow him to take the win. Street Touring R also managed to produce some fireworks as Sebastian Rios (ProParts USA/Gearheads Garage Mazda MX-5) took the victory over Nick Bjoin by 0.104-second. After the opening day of competition, Rios held the class lead. He then was able to hold the lead utilizing his cushion from Saturday, as Bjoin was the owner of Sunday’s fast time in class. Ricardo Quinonez (C Street, Scion FRS), of Fresno, California, was the top driver in class. Finishing second after Saturday’s competition, Quinonez set the quickest time on Sunday allowing him to vault ahead of Adrian Cardenas. Jayson Woodruff (D Street, JayCorn Services Subaru Impreza WRX), of Huntington Beach, California, was the day-one leader, in class. On Sunday, he was unable to set the quickest lap on Sunday, but had built enough of a gap over the rest of the field to retain the winning position by 0.271-second. Jeff Stuart (Berry Family Racing Nissan 350Z), of Santa Barbara, California, got the winning nod in Street Touring Ultra, just 0.352-second over Jonathan Lugod. Heading into Sunday’s competition, Lugod held the top spot. However, Stuart came roaring back by capturing the fast time on Sunday’s course that allowed him to seal the win. Further information on the San Diego Championship Tour, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8371. The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour will be April 11-12, at the Texas A&M University Annex in College Station, Texas. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Majors Concludes Inaugural Race Weekend at Chuckwalla

March 21, 2015 - 8:00pm
DESERT CENTER, Calif. (March 22, 2015) – Rounds Three and Four the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference concluded at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, this past weekend, with racing action on both Saturday and Sunday. This race marks the end point for the first third of the 12-round championship that will conclude in Portland, Oregon. Saturday’s on-track events included 15-minute qualifying sessions, divided into seven race groups, for the 25 National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes what were present. Following the mid-day lunch break, those same seven race groups competed in separate 30-minute sprint races. On Sunday, things started off with a morning warmup combining some groups. Following the warmup sessions, each of the seven race groups hit the track for their feature races. As this was the first trip to the venue for the Majors Tour, which features some of the most talented amateur racecar drivers in the Western United States, new lap records were on the chopping block at the 17-turn, 2.68-mile circuit. A total of 13 lap records were reset over the two-day race weekend. Here’s a summary of what happened both days: Run Group One: Kenneth Davis, of Escondido, California, was the top qualifier in Touring 1. He put on a dominating performance, winning the class by more than 20 seconds, at the wheel of his No. 64 Davis Stone Inc. Chevrolet Corvette. Russ Peterson, of Menlo Park, California, took the come-from-behind win in Touring 2. At the controls of his No. 7 Peninsula Equine Ford Shelby GT, Peterson clawed his way from a third-place starting position to take the win with a lap in hand over class rival Mitch Marvosh. Carl Young, of Salinas, California, also claimed victory in convincing fashion, in Super Touring Under, after not registering a lap in qualifying in his No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000. On Sunday, wide margins of victory were, again, the story of the day. Davis, Peterson, Paul Whiting (Super Touring Lite, No. 51 Next Victory Honda CRX), of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Derrick Ambrose (B-Spec, No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2), of Vancouver, Washington, swept the weekend, in their respective classes. Run Group Two: On Saturday, TJ Acker, of Saugus, California, cruised to victory in the 30-minute sprint race in his No. 62 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen3. Acker captured the win 9 seconds ahead of Mike Miserendino. On Sunday, Miserendino, of Bakersfield, California, proved to be the fastest driver over the long haul by scoring the 20-lap feature race victory. Miserendino took the win by 13 seconds in his No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen3. In the Spec Racer Ford class, Elliott Freireich, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, ran unopposed both days in his No. 15 West Valley View: The newspaper SRF. Run Group Three: Tim Day, Jr., of Scottsdale, Arizona, came roaring back from a tough morning in qualifying, on Saturday, to notch an overall group victory in his Prototype 1-classed No. 81 TJR Motorsports Stohr WF1. Day qualified in the fifth overall position, but set sail during the race on what would end up as a 9.6 gap back to the second-fastest car. Dan Erickson, of Chandler, Arizona, took home a narrow 0.692-second victory over Doug Nelson. Nelson was the better of the two drivers during the qualifying session, but Erickson drove his No. 6 Brawndo Formula Mazda to the eventual win. During Sunday’s feature races, the each class winner put in a dominate performance, all finishing at least 50 seconds ahead of their closest in-class competition. Day was joined by Tom Hope (Formula Continental, No. 10 H&M Racing Dart Van Diemen ZTec), of Downey, California; John LaBrie (Formula 1000, No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12), of Draper, Utah, and Ron Fletcher (Prototype 2, No. 19 Fletcher Team Inc. Radical SR3), of San Diego, as drivers who completed the sweep from the Wings ‘n Things group. Run Group Four: Clement Lee, of San Diego, California, cruised to an atypically large margin of victory in Spec Miata, on Saturday. Lee qualified his No. 33 RM Autosports Mazda Miata in third, but did what he needed to do to lead the field to the line. On Sunday, Steven Powers, of Mesa, Arizona, turned the tables on Lee. After finishing second to Lee the day before, Powers came home in first in his No. 145 Amerifirst Financial Mazda Miata. Lee finished the feature race in second. Run Group Five: John Longwell, of Fallbrook, California, took Saturday’s E Production win following a less-than-ideal qualifying run in his No. 138 Achilles Motorsports/Hoosier BMW 328 IS. Multi-time National Champion Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, California, also did something familiar…win. He took his F Production No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget to victory lane. On Sunday, Jason Isley (H Production, No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OSGiken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris), of Coto De Caza, California, and Craig Carter (GT-Lite, No. 31 Hazard Reduction Systems Nissan Sentra), of Long Beach, California, wrapped up the weekend sweeps. Run Group Six: On Saturday, Robert Kahn, of Las Vegas, Nevada, started second in the GT-2 class, and third overall, bud didn’t stay in that position. By the time the checkered flag fell on the 16-lap big-bore race, Kahn had jumped two positions and drove to a dominating 10-second win in his No. 35 RK Racing Chevrolet Corvette. Also scoring class wins were Kenneth Davis (GT-1, No. 64 Davis Stone Company Chevrolet Corvette), of Escondido, California; Christopher Qualls (American Sedan, No. 73 Hasa Chemical/B&D Racing/Hoosier Ford Mustang), of West Los Angles, California, and Mike Henderson (GT-3, No. 12 Mazda/Redline Oil/Goodyear Mazda RX-7), of Alpine, California. Sunday’s racing saw Michael Von Quilich, of Pahrump, Nevada, score the overall win in his No. 19 Apartment 24-7.com SRT Viper ACRX. Qualls and Henderson completed the sweep in their respective classes. Run Group Seven: On Saturday, Tim Harris, of Tustin, California, got the edge in a closely-contested Formula Vee battle. In his No. 20 Apex Fire Systems Mysterian M3, Harris beat class polesitter Skip Streets to the stripe by 0.099-second. However, Streets got his revenge during Sunday’s 15-lap feature race. Streets, of San Clemente, California, drove his No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering Mysterian FV M3 to a win in Formula Vee by 0.146-second over Harris The next two rounds of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference Championship will be held at Thunderhill Raceway Park, April 11-12. Additional information, including full results, on the Chuckwalla Majors can be found at SCCA.com/ChuckwallaMajors. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. DESERT CENTER, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Three at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. American Sedan: Christopher Qualls, West Los Angeles, Calif., Ford Mustang B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda2 Formula 1000: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Race Works F1K12 Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen ZTec FC Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read, Vacaville, Calif., Formula Enterprises* Formula F: Edward Erlandson, Burbank, Calif., Swift DB-6 Honda Formula Mazda: Dan Erickson, Chandler, Ariz., Formula Mazda* Formula Vee: Tim Harris, Tustin, Calif., Mysterian M3 E Production: John Longwell, Fallbrook, Calif., BMW 328 IS F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris GT-1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Robert Kahn, Las Vegas, Nev., Chevrolet Corvette GT-3: Mike Henderson, Alpine, Calif., Mazda RX-7 GT-Lite: Craig Carter, Long Beach, Calif., Nissan Sentra Prototype 1: Tim Day, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Stohr WF1 Prototype 2: Ron Fletcher, San Diego, Calif., Radical SR3 Spec Miata: Clement Lee, San Diego, Calif., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Elliott Freireich, Litchfield Park, Ariz., SRF Spec Racer Ford Gen3:.TJ Acker, Saugus, Calif., SRFG3* Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda CRX Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000 Touring 1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby GT Touring 4: Michael Tsay, Irvine, Calif., Honda Civic SI DESERT CENTER, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Sunday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Four at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. (*) – Denotes Saturday winner. American Sedan: Christopher Qualls, West Los Angeles, Calif., Ford Mustang* B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda2* Formula 1000: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Race Works F1K12* Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen ZTec FC* Formula F: John Barron, Phoenix, Ariz., Van Diemen RF93 Formula Mazda: Larry Mason, Burbank, Calif., Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Skip Streets, San Clemente, Calif., Mysterian FV M3 E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7 F Production: James Cantrell, Tucson, Ariz., Volkswagen Golf H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris* GT-1: Richard Gray, Moorpark, Calif., Mazda RX-7 GT-2: Michael Von Quilich, Pahrump, Nev., SRT Viper ACRX GT-3: Mike Henderson, Alpine, Calif., Mazda RX-7* GT-Lite: Craig Carter, Long Beach, Calif., Nissan Sentra* Prototype 1: Tim Day, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Stohr WF1* Prototype 2: Ron Fletcher, San Diego, Calif., Radical SR3* Spec Miata: Steven Powers, Mesa, Ariz., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Elliott Freireich, Litchfield Park, Ariz., SRF* Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., SRFG3 Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda CRX* Super Touring Under: Michele Abbate, Henderson, Nev., Toyota Scion FRS Touring 1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette* Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby GT* Touring 4: Steve Zink, Henderson, Nev., Ford Mustang

A Rainy Day In Atlanta Fails To Slow SCCA Majors Races

March 21, 2015 - 8:00pm
BRASELTON, Ga. (March 22, 2015) – A steady downpour throughout the day provided a mixed bag for Sunday’s SCCA Southeast Conference Majors Tour at Road Atlanta, Round Eight of 12 on the season. A number of drivers saw their fortunes reversed, either positively or negatively, from Saturday’s action during Sunday’s 20-lap races. On Sunday: Group 1: The soaked track gave the field an opportunity to catch up with Saturday’s leaders, and Austin Mack took full advantage of it in the No. 11 K-Hill Motorsports/H2 Companies Mygale/Ford. Mack caught up to Saturday runner-up Scott Andrews’ No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014/Honda on lap seven, got in front on lap 11, then sailed away in the rain to take the win. For the second straight day, Stevan Davis found himself in front for at least a portion of the final lap in Formula Vee, but was left holding just the silver medal. Pushing his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines Racer’s Wedge/Volkswagen hard to catch back up to Mitchell Ferguson’s No. 52 Vorscha GB4, Davis moved to the front under braking in Turn 10. Davis led through the left and right complex, but found a slick patch of pavement and turned partially sideways. Though he caught it and continued, it killed his momentum enough for Ferguson to sneak by with a fist pump at the finish line for the win. Russell Strate cruised to the Formula 500 win in his No. 47 Quadrini Racing/Hoosier QRE Invader/Rotax. Group 2: Jonathan Goring’s No. 18 Jonathan Goring Motorsports Mazda Miata nearly saw all the early work he’d put in erased with just a few minutes to go, when a car slid off the end of the backstraight and came to rest in the gravel trap. That brought out a full course caution with the 40-minute time window winding down, and erased a five second lead for Goring. With a host of rivals in his mirrors, Goring again got away on the one lap dash to the end. At the checkered flag, Goring was 1.109-second ahead of Danny Steyn’s No. 39 ADEPT Studios/Rossini/OPM/Traqmate Miata, and almost two seconds ahead of Saturday winner Dillon Machavern’s No. 24 Heritage Mazda Miata. Group 3: Alex Mayer held off not one, but two restarts in the rain to keep his No. 77 JDR Racecars/Hoosier Tire JDR in front, cruising to a 4.672-second win in the rain. The weather had cars spinning in all directions and into the gravel to bring out the full course cautions, but Mayer proved the class of the field on Sunday. Jason Bell’s No. 2 Gridsport Citation FB got in front of Mayer on the lap 14 restart, but Mayer was back in front by the completion of the circuit and stayed in front to the finish. Group 4: The rain spaced out the production car group through lap times and some spins, leaving Tyler Kicera to run to the Touring 3 win in the No. 141 Kicera Motorsport Mazda MX-5. Eric Powell’s E Production No. 47 CCP Fabrication Porsche 924 ran second overall. Four drivers doubled up with weekend sweeps, winning in both the dry on Saturday and the wet on Sunday. Ken Kannard (No. 39 Northwest Cable Mazda Miata) in F Production, Will Perry (No. 36 Rivergate Honda CRX) in H Production, Michael Scornavacchi (No. 22 BFGoodrich Tires Ford Mustang) in Touring 4, and Micahel Kamalian (No. 99 RevolutionSpeed.com Mazda Miata) in GT-Lite. Group 5: Not even a big spin on lap eight could keep Tray Ayres from repeating in Gen 3 Spec Racer Ford, as the No. 7 Ayres Racing SRF ran flag to flag for the win. By the time Ayres had his incident, he was far enough in front of the field that he was still leading by five seconds when he rejoined the race. Ayres finished with a 7.705-second win. Denny Stripling snuck his No. 41 Spec Racer Ford away from the rest of the SRF-class field, climbing up to eighth overall in the race despite a split start and the power and handling advantage of the newer cars. Group 6: The rain caught out the big bore group on the opening lap, where Jorge Nazario’s GT-2 No. 165 Brava Lubricants Chevrolet Corvette got sideways in the rain and went hard into the wall. While Nazario quickly exited the car to assess damage, it brought out a black flag for clean-up. Back underway, the closest battle was for the overall lead, but in different classes. Doug Peterson’s GT-1 No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette was chased by Tony Ave’s GT-2 Lamers Motor Racing Ford Mustang for the distance, with Peterson taking the checkers less than a second before Ave. Dainton Brooks repeated in American Sedan in the No. 31 Georgia Controls Ford Mustang, skating around the very slippery track. William Wilson was credited with the GT-3 win in the No. 147 Pink Mazda RX-7, as was Ted Height in Touring 1 in the No. 27 Bank of North Georgia Ford Mustang. Group 7: With heavy rains falling again, Nick Leverone piloted his No. 31 Flatout Motorsports Mazda Miata to the front of a field that traditionally features quicker and more powerful cars to take the Super Touring Lite win. Tim Kezman’s No. 144 Calypso Lemonade Porsche 911 GT3 got away from his class competition to take the Touring 2 class, while Thomas Lyttle held on in Super Touring Under in the No. 43 Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue Mazda RX-7. Darren Seltzer stretched out late to sweep B-Spec in the No. 64 BFGoodrich Tires Honda Fit, shaking free of a side by side battle early with Brian Kelm’s No. 12 Ford Fiesta. Group 8: Conner Kearby (No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda) repeated in Formula Atlantic after spending the early part of the race chasing his father, Gaston Kearby (No. 69 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda). The elder Kearby was still in front on lap 13 when suddenly his machine failed to accelerate out of a corner, done for the day. From there, Conner was alone on the lead to the finish line. Joseph Harris’ No. 132 Formula Mazda finished an impressive second overall, the only other car on Kearby’s lead lap. The win capped a sweep of the weekend in class for Harris. Spencer Brockman and Jacek Mucha both snagged top five overall finishes, Brockman in the No. 77 K-Hill Motorsports Van Diemen to win Formula Continental, and Mucha in the NO. 7 Phoenix/Innotech JM016CP/Mazda to win Prototype 1. Michael Crowe (No. 85 Young Racing WF1/Suzuki) stood on top of the podium in Prototype 2, and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Ryan Norman Racing Formula Enterprises/Ford) did the same in Formula Enterprises, for a pair of weekend sweeps. The Southeast Conference returns to action April 17-19 at VIRginia International Raceway for rounds nine and 10 on the season. More information on the event can be found at SCCA.com/AtlantaMajors. BRASELTON, Ga. – Provisional race winners from Sunday’s Southeast Conference SCCA Majors Tour Round Eight at Road Atlanta. Winners are listed by class: Name, homestown, and car. American Sedan: Dainton Brooks, Riverdale, Ga., Ford Mustang B-Spec: Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., Honda Fit E Production: Eric Powell, Orlando, Fla., Porsche 924 F Production: Ken Kannard, East Troy, Wis., Mazda Miata H Production: Will Perry, Sale Creek, Tenn., Honda CRX Formula 500: Russell Strate, Alden, N.Y., QRE Invader/Rotax Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR F1000/Suzuki Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Swift 016/Mazda Formula Continental: Spencer Brockman, Westport, Ct., Van Diemen/Ford Formula Enterprises: Ryan Norman, Aurora, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford Formula F: Austin Mack, Warren, R.I., Mygale/Ford Formula Mazda: Joseph Burton Harris, Cresson, Texas, Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Donnie Isley, Fletcher, N.C., Agitator/Volkswagen GT-1: Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Tony Ave, Maiden, N.C., Ford Mustang GT-3: William Wilson, Englewood, Tenn., Mazda RX-7 GT-Lite: Michael Kamalian, Marietta, Ga., Mazda Miata Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha, Highland Beach, Fla., JM016CP/Mazda Prototype 2: Michael Crowe, Jamestown, Ky., Stohr WF1/Suzuki Spec Miata: Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Ct., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford Spec Racer Ford Gen 3: Tray Ayers, Gainesville, Ga., Spec Racer Ford3 Super Touring Lite: Nick Leverone, Mendon, Mass., Mazda Miata Super Touring Under: Thomas Lyttle, Decatur, Ga., Mazda RX-7 Touring 1: Ted Hight, Alpharetta, Ga., Ford Mustang Touring 2: Tim Kezman, Franksville, Wis., Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 3: Tyler Kicera, Manheim, Pa., Mazda MX-5 Touring 4: Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, N.C., Ford Mustang  

Southeast Conference Passes the Season’s Midpoint On Saturday at Road Atlanta

March 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
BRASELTON, Ga. (March 20, 2015) – With Spring in the March air, the Southeast Conference of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour slid past the halfway point on Saturday at Road Atlanta, running 25-minute timed races for Round 7 of 12 in the championship season. Sunshine and warm temperatures had everyone trying to put a best foot forward, with the weatherman calling for the dreaded rain during Sunday’s races. Eight groups raced around the 2.54-mile circuit, with 20-lap races schedule for Sunday. On Saturday: Group 1: The day opened with the small formula cars, who led with their customarily big competition. Teammates Thomas McGregor (No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014/Honda) and Scott Andrews (No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014/Honda) swapped the lead in Formula F, dueling for fast laps and using the draft to catapult forward. McGregor pulled in front going into the final lap as they had caught lapped traffic, and Andrews had one last shot coming down the hill to the checkered flag to steal the win. Andrews ran wide in the final corner trying to carry as much speed as possible, but McGregor held on by a half car length and a 0.056-second margin of victory. Stevan Davis set a new Formula Vee track record and held the lead in the No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxanne Headers Racer’s Wedge at the white flag. Hoping to have enough to hold on with the chance to be a sitting duck anyway in the draft, Davis had his momentum balked just enough by a slower car. That opened the door for a hard-charging Donnie Isley in the No. 30 Digital Intelligence Agitator, who swept through and into the lead for the win. Cory McLeod took Formula 500 in the No. 58 Animal Ark Rural Hall Red Devil/Rotax. Group 2: Dillon Machavern (No. 24 Heritage Mazda Miata) held his position in the lead pack as he, Jonathan Goring (No. 18 Jonathan Goring Motorsports Miata) and Danny Steyn (No. 39 ADEPT Studios/Rossini/OPM/Traqmate Miata) broke away from the field in Spec Miata. Machavern rode in second for the majority of the race, then moved to the front with one to go. Ready to race, Machavern held on out front for the final lap, with Steyn a half-second behind at the stripe. Group 3: The Formula 1000 group ran alone, with a standing start, to kick off the afternoon races. The race for the lead came down to the last lap, with Jeremy Hill’s No. 00 Hoosier Tire Photon VD07 leading Alex Mayer (No. 77 JDR Racecars/Hoosier Tire JDR) and defending National Champion JR Osborne’s No. 83 RFR Racecars Firman F1000). Under braking for Turn 10 at the end of the backstraight, both Mayer and Osborne saw an opportunity to make a move. Osborne shot up the inside from third, with Mayer in the middle and Hill on the outside. Mayer and Osborne touched, slowing Mayer to a crawl and spinning Osborne over in front of Hill, who came to a stop himself on track to avoid the contact. Mayer got his momentum back first, and crossed the stripe just in front of a charging Hill. Osborne stalled on course, finishing seventh. Group 4: Despite a wild double spin coming through the fast Turn 12 after another car had dropped oil on the track, Bob Schader took the overall and Touring 3 win on Saturday in the No. 8 Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z. After the spin, Jeffrey Cripe’s E Production No. 96 German Cars BMW 328is briefly moved into the overall lead, and the two battled. Schader moved back to the front, but each took their class win. Ken Kannard’s No. 39 Northwest Cable Mazda Miata took the win in F Production, with Will Perry garnering the top spot in H Production behind the wheel of the No. 36 Rivergate Honda CRX. Michael Scornavacchi claimed Touring 4 in the No. 22 BFGoodrich Tires Ford Mustang. Group 5: Spec Racer Ford is a class that celebrates the draft at Road Atlanta – except today for Tray Ayres. Ayres, with the help of a spin from a car chasing him, pulled just enough of a gap in the Gen 3 Spec Racer Ford class to walk away from the field in the No. 7 Ayres Racing Spec Racer Ford, opening up a nearly three second gap that was wide enough to earn the win without a last-lap challenge. Scott Rettich, in Spec Racer Ford, kept his No. 17 Alliance Autosport Spec Racer Ford glued to the back of Denny Stripling’s No. 91 Spec Racer Ford for most of the race, then took advantage of the aero dynamics to move around and take the checkered flag. Group 6: The on-track rivalry in GT-1 between Doug Peterson’s No. 87 3Dimensional.com and Simon Gregg’s No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette continued on Saturday following a pile up at the green flag in the middle of the field that involved at least four of the big bore machines. Though only one car was unable to restart following a black flag, it left just an eight minute dash for the race win. Peterson followed Gregg for the first six minutes, until Gregg found traffic in the large group at the wrong time. Peterson was able to get by, and then opened up a lead of more than two seconds in the final two laps for the top step on the podium. Pete Peterson (no relation) took GT-2 and third overall in the No. 98 Toyota Celica, with Dainton Brooks’ No. 31 Georgia Controls Ford Mustang on top of American Sedan. Tim Myers’ No. 22 BFGoodrich Tires Dodge Viper was the Touring 1 winner in the group. Group 7: While Elivan Goulart was walking away with the overall and Super Touring Under win in the No. 72 Krugspeed Lotus Exige, the Touring 2 battle was cat and mouse behind him. Cameron Maugeri’s No. 57 BTI Ford Mustang faced pressure from the No. 44 Calypso Lemonade/Fall Line Motorsports Porsche GT3, but Maugeri held on to the top spot by less than a length and a half at the finish. Nick Leverone won Super Touring Lite in the No. 31 Flatout Motorsports Mazda Miata. Though not the fastest cars on track, the B-Spec class was once again a back and forth battle between the No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/HPD Honda Fit of Chi Ho and the No. 64 BFGoodrich Tires Honda Fit of Darren Seltzer. Ho held off the SCCA Solo National Champion for the win by a small car length. Group 8: Conner Kearby (No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda), Jim Downing (No. 63 Downing Atlanta Inc. Peach/Mazda), and Tim Minor (No. 8 Automotive Specialties Citation/Ford) all worked deftly through traffic on an extremely busy track to take wins in Formula Atlantic, Prototype 1 and Formula Continental, respectively. In Formula Mazda, Joseph Harris (No. 132 Formula Mazda) battled with Darryl Wills (No. 2 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda) until lap 15, when a car from a different class cut tried to sweep around the pair through a corner. Wills jumped on the brakes to avoid contact, but moved caused him to spin and Harris was left alone for the win. Michael Crowe (No. 85 Young Racing WF1/Suzuki) won Prototype 2, and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Ryan Norman Racing Formula Enterprises/Ford) won in Formula Enterprises. The Majors from Road Atlanta continues on Sunday with 20 lap races, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Live timing, notes, the PA audio feed and static cameras placed around the track are available at SCCA.com/SCCALive. More information on the event can be found at SCCA.com/AtlantaMajors. BRASELTON, Ga. – Provisional race winners from Saturday’s Southeast Conference SCCA Majors Tour Round Seven at Road Atlanta. Winners are listed by class: Name, homestown, and car. American Sedan: Dainton Brooks, Riverdale, Ga., Ford Mustang B-Spec: Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., Honda Fit E Production: Jeffrey Cripe, Sarasota, Fla., BMW 328 F Production: Ken Kannard, East Troy, Wis., Mazda Miata H Production: Will Perry, Sale Creek, Tenn., Honda CRX Formula 500: Jack Walbran, Saint Louis, Mo., Scorpion/Rotax Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR F1000/Suzuki Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Swift 016/Mazda Formula Continental: Tim Minor, Falls Church, Va., Citation/Ford Formula Enterprises: Ryan Norman, Aurora, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford Formula F: Thomas McGregor, Saskatoon, Canada, Spectrum/Honda Formula Mazda: Joseph Burton Harris, Cresson, Texas, Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Donnie Isley, Fletcher, N.C., Agitator/Volkswagen GT-1: Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Pete Peterson, Lumberton, N.C., Toyota Celica GT-Lite: Michael Kamalian, Marietta, Ga., Mazda Miata Prototype 1: Jim Downing, Atlanta, Ga., Peach/Mazda Prototype 2: Michael Crowe, Jamestown, Ky., Stohr WF1/Suzuki Spec Miata: Dillon Machavern, Charlotte, Vt., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford Spec Racer Ford Gen 3: Tray Ayers, Gainesville, Ga., Spec Racer Ford3 Super Touring Lite: Nick Leverone, Mendon, Mass., Mazda Miata Super Touring Under: Elivan Goulart, Shelton, Ct., Lotus Exige Touring 1: Tim Myers, Atlanta, Ga., Dodge Viper Touring 2: Cameron Maugeri, Ormond Beach, Fla., Ford Mustang Touring 3: Bob Schader, Lafayette, Colo., Nissan 350Z Touring 4: Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, N.C., Ford Mustang  

Majors Running on Each Coast This Weekend

March 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
BRASELTON, Ga. (March 20, 2015) – It’s a banner weekend for the U.S. Majors Tour, with Rounds Seven and Eight of the Southeastern Conference Championship at Road Atlanta and Rounds Three and Four of the Western Conference Championship in action on Saturday and Sunday at Chuckwalla. At Road Atlanta, cars took to the track on Friday for two qualifying sessions, prior to races on Saturday and Sunday. Chuckwalla is a two-day event, qualifying and running the doubleheader on the weekend only. Live timing and notes are available for both U.S. Majors Tour events this weekend - the Southeast Conference Rounds 7 and 8 at Road Atlanta, and the Western Conference Rounds 3 and 4 from Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. The enhanced SCCA Live screen, with the feed from the track Public Adress audio and static cameras set up to stream around the track, along with the live timing and notes on @SCCALive, will be available on Saturday and Sunday. That link can be found here. The same SCCA Live Screen, with notes from @SCCALive1, from Chuckwalla is available here. Information on the Road Atlanta race can be found at SCCA.com/AtlantaMajors, while Chuckwalla information can be found at SCCA.com/ChuckwallaMajors.  

SCCA Opens Tracks to Car Enthusiasts with Track Night In America Driven by Tire Rack

March 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
Learn more about Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack at TrackNightInAmerica.com. TOPEKA, Kan. (March 18, 2015) – With an eye on bringing car enthusiasts to the race track to drive, shine and show, meet with car clubs or just hang out, the SCCA’s Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack opens up 20 tracks across the country once a month, on weeknights, beginning in April. At its heart, Track Night in America is a gathering place for people to share their passion for cars with other community members. The program features an affordable after-work, weeknight lapping program for street cars and drivers ranging from track rookies to veterans. “Track Night in America is, simply, about fun with cars,” Heyward Wagner, SCCA Director of Experiential Programs, said. “Traditional road courses have always been a bit of a secret society. This program is all about removing the mystery, eliminating hurdles and opening the doors so everyone can come play. Whether you’re a driver, friend or just hanging out, there is an experience for you at Track Night. Track Night in America will run once a month at the designated tracks, with the schedule typically beginning at 4 p.m. Participants will get three 20-minute sessions for a $150 entry fee. Paced laps will be open and free to all attendees each Track Night. Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack is open to the general public over the age of 18, with a valid driver’s license. The fastest way to get on track, Track Night in America is split into three experiences based upon a driver’s comfort and skill level. Rookies will get extra attention from the gate through their on-track sessions in the Novice Experience, ranging from help removing loose items in the car (like floor mats and unsecured tire jacks) to coaching and follow the leader paced laps during their sessions. Intermediate and Advanced participants can skip much of the pre-track minutiae by going online in advance to fill out tech sheets and complete a drivers’ meeting that reviews Track Night basics. Those participants will also have access to top-flight SCCA instructors and event staff for additional on-site questions and help. The Track Night calendar opens in April with Track Night: Atlanta at Atlanta Motorsports Park (April 7), Track Night: Palm Beach at Palm Beach International Raceway and Track Night: NorCal at Thunderhill Raceway Park (April 9), Track Night: Dallas at MSR Cresson and Track Night: Pittsburgh at Pitt Race (April 14), and Track Night: New Jersey at New Jersey Motorsports Park (April 15). “We at Tire Rack are extremely excited,” Matt Edmonds, Tire Rack Vice President, said. “Track Night in America is that opportunity to take automotive enthusiasts and ignite them, making them true driving enthusiasts like we are. Let them see that they can enjoy their cars performance in a safe environment. This is the chance get on a track and experience their vehicle and improve their driving skills. For years many drivers have asked the question, ‘I wonder what it would be like to put on a helmet and feel the thrill of driving on the pavement reserved for racers?’ “This is the answer to the question. Taking place around the country, at 20 dedicated tracks; not once in a while, but once a month, for four to five months or more during the year. This frequency of the events will allow you to come back and bring someone to share this adventure with you. This will have an exponential effect on the growth of driving enthusiasts, making it a wonderful opportunity for the SCCA. From the Tire Rack family, we’re very excited to be a part of generating new driving enthusiasm, and anxious to get launch this program.” The launch of Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack is supported by the FIA Sport Grant Programme and Grassroots Motorsports. Each Track Night participant will receive a complimentary six-month subscription to Grassroots Motorsports magazine. “The reception we’ve gotten from partners to this program has been great, and our friends at Tire Rack answered that bell in a big way,” Wagner said. “This partnership will allow SCCA, Tire Rack and our participants in the program to see a real and tangible benefit.” More information on the program, including a full list of tracks and dates, is available at www.TrackNightInAmerica.com. About SCCA Track Night in America: Driven by Tire Rack with support from the FIA Sport Grant Programme, SCCA Track Night in America is “The Fastest Way to Get on Track” for automotive enthusiasts. Launched in 2015, Track Night in America was developed by the SCCA Experiential Programs Dept. as a way to make on-track experiences at race circuits more accessible to the general public. The Sports Car Club of America, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 65,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. For more information, please visit www.scca.com. About Tire Rack Tire Rack, family-owned and headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, is America’s largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories. Their team of over 100 test drivers (their sales team) tests tires from every major tire manufacturer on the company’s state-of-the-art, 11.7-acre test facility. The findings are then posted on the company’s website, www.tirerack.com, where consumers can make an educated decision on a tire, wheel or performance accessory purchase. Tire Rack has also collected results from more than 135,000 consumer surveys representing over 2.4 billion miles of real-world tire data, the largest known cache of such information anywhere. In addition various testing and informational videos are available online in their Video Center at www.tirerack.com/videos. Since 1979, Tire Rack has grown from a single-point retail store in Indianapolis to encompass over 2.2 million square feet of space in seven distribution centers across the country. A diverse and broad in-stock inventory from 18 major tire and 50 wheel brands can be delivered anywhere in the country, most in one business day. A national network of over 8,000 independent Recommended Installers are available to assist customers with installation of their purchases.  

Watch the FOAMETIX® Trans Am 100 on CBS Sports Network

March 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
Fans have two chances to relive the action of Round 1 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship at Sebring International Raceway Fans of the Trans Am Series have two upcoming opportunities to watch the FOAMETIX® Trans Am 100 at Sebring International Raceway on CBS Sports Network, the first of which comes this evening, Tuesday, March 17, at 8:00 p.m. Experiance the 2015 season opener on the historic track at Sebring International Raceway and the record setting 69-car Trans Am field as we usher in the year in style. All three of Trans Am’s classes participate in a show of force; the 850-plus horsepower TA class monstrosities, the American icons of the TA2 class, and the production powered engineering of TA3. Defending Champions and rookies alike strive to make their impact on the 3.24 mile road course, aiming for the first hardware of the year. Now, watch the story unfurl before your eyes as a part of CBS Sports Spectacular. Join Trans Am and fans across the country as we continue the road racing renaissance, now on CBS Sports Network. When to watch: Tuesday, March 17, at 8:00 pm ET. - CBS Sports Network Sunday, March 22, at 11:00 am ET. - CBS Sports Network Check your provider listings for exact channel numbers and local times.

SCCA Tire Rack Solo Dixie Championship Tour Serves as Season-opening Autocross

March 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
ADEL, Ga. (March 17, 2015) – The SCCA® Tire Rack National Solo® Championship Tour opened the 2015 season at South Georgia Motorsports Park, this past weekend. This is the first of nine scheduled Championship Tour events, utilizing the standard class-based competition, scheduled in the lead-up to the Tire Rack Solo Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Dixie Region played host for this event, providing a barbeque dinner for Friday’s welcome party. Robert Lewis held dual roles during the weekend, serving as event chair and course designer. Lewis designed a pair of courses that featured a good, challenging blend of many elements, which earned the praise of many drivers. Once competition began, Sam Strano (Super Street R, Stranoparts.com Chevrolet Corvette), of Brookville, Pennsylvania, scored a decisive 2.555-second win over Brandon Davis (Outdoorsolutions4u.com Chevrolet Corvette). Aside from a class win, Strano also finished the weekend with the fastest indexed time of the event. Tim White (E Prepared, Honda Civic), of Tucker, Georgia, took home a class win with the smallest margin of victory of the meet. Following day one of competition, Smith was the class leader by about 0.5-second. During Sunday’s competition, Darrin DiSimo (Pronto Timing System Honda CRX) put down the quickest time in the class but White had built enough of a gap to hold onto the top spot. In A Street, John Owens (Chevrolet Corvette), of Frankfort, Kentucky, relied on consistency to score his class win. On both courses, Owen’s best times were within 0.05-second of each other. Once the dust settled, Owens finished 0.153-second ahead of second-place finisher Jed Peterson (Honda S2000CR). Nick Amick (C Street, Walkers Trailer Sales/TranService Subaru BRZ), of Smyrna, Tennessee, completed the come-from-behind win. Sitting second after day one, Amick was able to best Jason Stroud by standing on his first run from Sunday’s competition. In the end, Amick held the lead with a 0.214-second gap. The season-opening event also produced some first-time National Tour winners. Among them were Tevin Richardson (F Street, BMW 135i), of Canton, Georgia, and Randall Prince (Street Touring Xtreme, Subaru BRZ), of Auburn, Georgia. Both Richardson and Prince drove to victory behind the wheel of cars in which they previously had little time. Also scoring his first Tour win was Geoff Zimmer (F Street Prepared, Duckworks Volkswagen Rabbit), of Gastonia, North Carolina. Driving the same car, Maria Mayorga (F Street Prepared Ladies, Volkswagen Rabbit) also took home her first National Tour class win. En route to her victory, Mayorga also set the top indexed time for all ladies classes in the competition. The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour will be across the country, in San Diego, California, slated for March 21-22. The two-day event will take place in the parking lots of Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers. Further information on the Tire Rack SCCA Dixie National Championship Tour event, including full results, can be found here. For more on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program, visit SCCA.com/Solo. Be sure to like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

SCCA To Debut New Road Racing Bracket Enduro Format

March 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 16, 2015) – A less restrictive rule set for both drivers and cars and a unique scoring method to balance the field highlight the SCCA’s Bracket Enduro program, set to run on a limited basis in 2015 and grow dramatically in 2016. The events will feature 4 classes. The first will be an all out pace event, whoever goes the farthest the fastest wins. However, the other three will use a format that balances cars and teams through time allowances, similar to drag racing. Teams will have a variety of options, including tire choice and set up, to run within their target times. The SCCA Bracket Enduro will debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, June 6-7. “We really wanted to build a program that made endurance racing truly affordable, but at the same time without limiting what people could spend,” Heyward Wagner, SCCA Director of Experiential Programs, said. “As we looked across the motorsports landscape, we found what we were looking for in a variation of the bracket racing model commonly used in drag racing.” The format is designed to also appeal to former racers who may have found that their race car no longer fits well in traditional SCCA sprint racing. While to be eligible, performance potential must not exceed GT-3/Touring 3/E-Production, ITR, one of the founding principles of the program is that there are no illegal cars. If it passes safety inspection, and is deemed eligible, it is legal regardless of configuration or modification. “We want to encourage creativity, in preparation and strategy,” Wagner said. “This should be viewed as really fun challenge. And with the team element, it becomes something that families and friends can do together without breaking the bank. I think that is a win-win." The Structure The SCCA Bracket Enduro is designed to create a fun, fair and affordable way for racers to experience team endurance racing, allowing a wide range of preparation, investment and performance to compete on a level playing field. Each event will have four classes, with the first an “open” race class. The additional three classes will be set by a delta lap time. If a car runs quicker than its target lap, the time is multiplied by 1.5 and put into a bank. Bank time is paid back in pit lane. Class Two and Class Three will be based on SCCA ITR and ITB lap times. Class Four will be set three to five seconds slower than ITC. The variation in classes will allow for fast cars and drivers to still go as fast as they can, while also allowing less prepared cars or those on street tires to have a place to play. Races are expected to typically run at least seven hours, with a 24-hour race on the horizon. Car Eligibility The SCCA Bracket Enduro will use an essentially open rule set, with the exception of safety equipment and performance limitations to an SCCA Club Racing GT-3/IT-R/Touring 3/E Production level set by the existing Club Racing Experience rule set. Tires can be racing slicks or street legal. “We would love for this program to appeal to competitors in other budget minded endurance racing programs, but we also want to reach out to current and past Club Racers,” Wagner said. “There are a lot of parked race cars out there. Some may have become uncompetitive, others may have become too expensive to campaign. This program fixes both of those problems. “An older prod, GT or IT car can run street tires, with a modern, reliable stock motor and good brakes . not only will it be legal, it can win.” Driver Eligibility Drivers participating in the SCCA Bracket Enduro will not be required to hold SCCA competition licenses. Scoring The scoring for the SCCA Bracket Enduro has two distinct methods. The first class is open – simply, like traditional rules, the car going the furthest prior to the checkered flag is the winner. The additional three classes are based on a delta time for each lap. Each lap that falls under the target time (times 1.5 as a penalty) will go into a bank that must be served in addition to the minimum pit stop length. Teams may continue to work on the car during the banked time payback. Banked time will be kept electronically and automatically through the race app, available to all competitors and spectators. For example, if the delta time is one minute, and a driver runs a lap of 59 seconds 10 times, the team would need to pay back 15 seconds of time (10 total seconds, times 1.5) before the end of the race. Each team will choose the class to compete in when they register, but may change their classification after the test and tune session. More information, and a complete rule set, on the SCCA Bracket Enduro series can be found here, or by clicking the "Bracket Enduro" tab on the Club Racing page.. A list of Club Racing Experience rules is available for download here.  

Inaugural Speedway Motors CAM Challenge Meet a Success

March 10, 2015 - 8:00pm
CROWS LANDING, Calif. (March 11, 2015) – Mary Pozzi scored the Shootout win in the first event for the Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle (CAM) Challenge Powered by the SCCA this past weekend at Crows Landing Airport in Crows Landing, California, March 7-8. This event was the first in a series of three events scheduled to take place in 2015. The first event attracted a total of 42 drivers, across three different classes, designed to attract the owners of both classic and contemporary muscle cars. The CAM-Traditional and CAM-Sport classes are centered on the cars that started the muscle car genre in the 1960s. Late-model generations of those iconic cars compete in the CAM-Contemporary class. The meet utilized the Solo Match Tour format as class-based runs from Saturday and Sunday morning set the stage for Sunday’s Shootout bracket competition. Representatives from Speedway Motors were on site, including Carson Smith and Indy 500 Champion Al Unser, Jr. Aside from the competition and included dignitaries, there were two social events that helped to bolster the importance of the event. On Friday night, Mike Maier, Inc., in Livermore, California, hosted an open house that attracted more than 100 people. Saturday’s awards dinner, hosted by Wilwood High-Performance Disc Brakes, took place in Patterson, California, to bring drivers, workers and their families together. Taking the class win in CAM-C was Nick Grucza, in his 1964 Ford Mustang GT, after making only one clean run in both the morning and afternoon. Mike Maier took home the CAM-T title over some very stiff competition. The top four drivers in the class represented a total of 20 SCCA Solo National Championships. In CAM-S Scott Fraser emerged victorious in his 1966 Cobra, also setting the fastest time of Saturday’s sessions. Heading into the bracket portion of the event, Pozzi had qualified as the third overall seed. In her opening round, she went up against Rick Oates. After taking Oates out, Pozzi downed James Fields allowing her to move to the bracket quarter-final at the controls of her 1973 Chevrolet Camaro. In the quarter-final, Pozzi bested Todd Lilly. She then took down Alan Miller in the semi-final round. Pozzi’s final match up was with Carrie Wilhoff, who drove a Chevrolet Corvette. Wilhoff’s road to the finals started with a bye. In the second round she took the win over Richard Wilhoff, moving her forward to the quarter-finals. There, Wilhoff beat out Mike Loftstrom earning her a semi-final showdown with Stacie Naumann. Wilhoff was able to get the best of Naumann, who entered the event mid-day Saturday and had never driven the Pontiac GTO she piloted in the competition, and advanced to the bracket final. In the final round, Pozzi proved to have the pace to score the win over Wilhoff. Naumann earned the final podium position, after beating Miller in the third-place runoff. Additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program, including the Speedway Motors CAM Challenge Powered by SCCA, can be found at SCCA.com/solo. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.


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