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Day Two of Majors Competition Concludes at NOLA Motorsports Park

March 7, 2015 - 8:00pm
AVONDALE, La. (March 8, 2015) – The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at NOLA Motorsports Park is officially a wrap, following the second day of competition. The race weekend served as Rounds Five and Six of the Southeastern Conference campaign, and was the opening weekend for the Mid-States Conference. Seven race groups took to the 2.75-mile, 16-turn circuit just south of New Orleans for the second annual Majors race weekend in as many years. Once again, the Majors lived up to its billing by bringing the country’s best amateur racecar driver to the best race tracks in America. NOLA Motorsports Park is slated to host its first professional auto race later this year, and has already hosted professional motorcycle racing. Here is a summary of the day’s action: Run Group One: Mike Lewis, of Poway, California, completed the weekend sweep in GT-1. At the wheel of his No. 12 Goodyear/Cyclo/Redline Oil Jaguar XKR, Lewis kept himself within striking distance of race leader Simon Gregg during the first half of the race. Just past the halfway point, Lewis forced the issue with Gregg and was able to make the overtaking maneuver stick. From there, Lewis weaved his way through traffic and held on to take the win as the checkered flag was displayed one lap early for a stalled car in Turn 13. Also scoring double wins on the weekend were Bill McGavic (GT-3, No. 69 Hoosier/No MO Money Race Engineering Mazda RX-7), of Arcadia, Florida; Tim Kezman (Touring 2, No. 44 Calypso Lemonade/Fall Line Motorsports Porsche 911), of Franksville, Wisconsin, and Brian Himes (American Sedan, No. 157 CH4 Resources Ford Mustang), of Slidell, Louisiana. Run Group Two: Spec Miata was again decided during the last lap. Andrew Carbonell, of Miami, Florida, emerged as the winner over his teammate Todd Buras. As the field exited Turn 17 to take the white flag, Buras got a huge run on Carbonell and won the drag race to the strip. However, Buras was unable to hold the position. Going through Turn Two, Carbonell was able to get back around Buras. Carbonell then was able to complete the lap error free, at the controls of his No. 074 BSI Racing Mazda Miata. A perfect last half was all Carbonell needed to do to seal his victory. Run Group Three: Joseph Burton Harris, of Cresson, Texas, went 2-0 at NOLA Motorsports Park, after beating a field of seven other Formula Mazdas on Sunday. Harris went toe-to-toe with multi-time National Champion Darryl Wills and came out on top as a result of patience. As the laps wound down in the 17-lap race, Harris got a good run off Turn 17. He and Wills were side-by-side as they approached Turn One. Harris had the inside line for the corner but Wills made his car stick on the outside line. It wasn’t until the leaders got to Turn Four that Harris was able to finish his pass. Also scoring two wins on the weekend were Kirk Kindsfater (Prototype 1, No. 32 Ortho Center Rockies/K&N/Arms Up Speads RS11), of Eaton, Colorado. Michael Crowe (Formula 1000, No. 88 Applied Oxidation Van Diemen F1000), of Jamestown, Kentucky, and Paul Schneider (Formula Enterprises, No. 73 Performance MotorCars of Charlotte Formula Enterprises), of Charlotte, North Carolina, also swept the weekend, unopposed. Run Group Four: Steven Coates, of Stanford, North Carolina, took the lead on the last lap and was able to hold it together to clinch the win in Spec Racer Ford. As the field received the white flag, Coates trailed Grayson Strathman on the last lap but saw traffic ahead on the approach to Turn One. In his No. 93 Driving Solutions SRF, Coates made his move going into Turn One and had completed his move by Turn Two. Strathman was able to follow Coates by the slower traffic, but Coates completed the lap without a mistake. Brian Schofield, of Lakeland, Fla., completed the sweep with a Sunday win in his No. 61 PM Racing SRFG3. He finished the race by more than one second over Tray Ayres. Run Group Five: Steven Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., was the winner in Formula Vee, at the wheel of his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Headers Racer’s Wedge SB-1. On the penultimate lap, Davis sat in fifth and saw his opportunity to strike. On the front straight he popped out of line and was surprised to see fellow FV racer Laura Hayes do the same. He used her draft to work his way to the inside lane. As the group approached Turn One, Hayes backed off allowing Davis to slot into second. On the final lap, Davis used lapped traffic to get into the lead around Charles Hearn. Lewis completed his four-race sweep after notching the Sunday Formula F win in the No. 12 Redline Oil/Cyclo Vestal 09F. Also recording a perfect weekend was Jack Walbran, of St. Louis, Missouri, while driving his No. 67 Mitchel Racing Services Scorpion. Run Group Six: Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, put on a dominating performance at the wheel of his No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM Mazda Miata. His Sunday win allowed him to complete the weekend sweep as he crossed the finish line more than 25 seconds ahead of class rival Andrew Robertson. Also notching double race wins on the weekend were Kevin Ruck (F Production, No. 73 Hoosier/Honda Performance Development Acura Integra), of Atascosa, Texas, and Will Perry (H Production, No. 36 Rivergate/Epilepsy Foundation Honda CRX), of Sale Creek, Tennessee. Run Group Seven: John Phillips, of Sealy, Texas, took home the win in a close-fought B-Spec battle with JF McClughan. Phillips, in the No. 43 Phillips Race Prep/TRD/CARS Toyota Yaris, grabbed the lead and was able to hold that position as McClughan was constantly hounding him. Scoring double wins on the weekend were Robert Schader (Touring 3, No. 8 Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z), of Lafayette, Colorado; Michael Flynn (Super Touring Under, No. 26 Irish Mikes Racing BMW E46), of Eustis, Florida; Michael Van Steenburg (Super Touring Lite, No. 04 ISC Racing Services Mazda Miata), of Winter Haven, Florida, and Voytek Burdzy (Touring 4, No. 15 Advanced Autosports/Bravo Trailers Mazda MX-5), of Shiller Park, Illinois. The next event for the U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference will take place at Road Atlanta, March 20-22. The Western Conference will also be in action that same weekend at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, March 21-22. For additional information on the NOLA Majors, including full results, visit SCCA.com/NOLAMajors. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

First Day of NOLA Majors Features Pleasant Weather Conditions

March 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
AVONDALE, La. (March 7, 2015) – The Southeastern Conference is one step closer to the midway point of their 2015 schedule as the Mid-States Conference opens their season as part of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour race weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, March 7-8. This event is the first dual-conference event of the season, and second in Majors history. Later in the year, there will be two other events that will run with the dual-conference format. This event is the second consecutive season NOLA Motorsports Park has played host to the Majors. Weather conditions for this season’s opening day were much more favorable than that of a year ago. Dry conditions, under nearly cloudless skies, were the order of the day. The relatively cool temperatures made for happy engines pushing out as many horses as they could muster. Here is a summary of the day’s action: Run Group One: The big-bore group was in the leadoff spot as the day’s racing action got underway. Mike Lewis, of Poway, Calif., scored what could be called an unlikely win in GT-1. Simon Gregg fought his way to the class lead in the opening laps, and was able to comfortably hold the position until a full-course caution was thrown on lap 12. Two laps later, the green flag was displayed for the restart. Gregg led the field into Turn One, but that didn’t last for long. Lewis streaked into the lead, at the controls of his No. 12 Goodyear/Cyclo/Redline Oil Jaguar XKR, by the time the feild had made it to Turn Four following the restart. At that time, Gregg and Zachary Monette got tangled up allowing Lewis to extend his lead. Lewis then cruised to victory. Run Group Two: Todd Buras scored what he termed as a come-from-behind win in his No. 056 BSI Racing/East Street Auto Spec Miata. Starting in seventh, Buras knew he would be in the mix toward the end of the 30-minute sprint race. However, he didn’t expect to cross the line in first place when time expired. Buras narrowly missed being collected in an opening-lap incident that involved multiple cars flying off track. That incident brought out a full-course caution that lasted two laps. Once going back to green, the race was on. Denny Steyn, Chris Haldeman, Andrew Carbonell and Buras were locked in close battle for much of the race. As the laps began to wind down, Steyn was in the lead until he pushed wide through Turn 14. That was enough of an opening to let Buras and Haldeman through as they crossed the line in that order. Run Group Three: Eight Formula Mazdas took the green flag for their Saturday sprint race. Joseph Burton Harris, of Cresson, Texas, came home the winner in his No. 132 Formula Mazda after holding off seven rivals, which included multi-time National Champion Darryl Wills. Michael Crowe (No. 88 Applied Oxidation Van Diemen F1000), of Jamestown, Kentucky, notched is second win of the Southeastern Conference season in Formula 1000. That allowed him to extend his championship point lead over the rest of the field. Run Group Four: Spec Racer Ford and their sister Gen3 cars were next up. The Gen3s were the first to take the green in the split start. After eight relatively clean laps, a full course yellow was called after John Waak and Gytisha Strickland tangled in Turn Three. The field circulated four more times behind the pace car until the checkered flag was displayed. Brian Schofield (No. 61 PM Racing SRFG3), of Lakeland, Fla., and Grayson Strathman (No. 1 Monster Energy SRF), of Jennings, Okla., took the wins in SRFGen3 and SRF, respectively. Run Group Five: The small-bore formula group was the first to complete their entire 30-minute race without a full-course caution. Lewis (No. 12 Redline Oil/Cyclo Vestal 09F) was able to double-dip by taking another overall win after clinching the victory in Formula F. The closest on-track battle for a class win came in Formula Vee, between Stevan Davis and Donnie Isley. Davis, of Danielsville, Georgia, emerged as the winner, at the controls of his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxanne’s Headers Racer’s Wedge SB-1, in a fight that was decided by less than 0.5-second. The finish was foreshadowed on the opening lap when the top four drivers approached Turn One side-by-side. However, they were able to get it sorted out before getting to the critical part of the turn and continue on cleanly. Run Group Six: The production group was the second consecutive race to finish without the need for a full-course caution. Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, was able to complete 16 unimpeded laps as he drove to victory in E Production at the wheel of his No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM Mazda Miata. Kevin Ruck, of Atascosa, Texas, also put on a dominating performance in the No. 73 Hoosier/Honda Performance Acura Integra. He was able to outpace the remainder of the F Production field, finishing one lap ahead of second-place finisher Paul Kullman. Run Group Seven: The final race of the day also finished with little incident from green flag to checkered flag. The B-Spec race was the most intriguing battle of the entire group. JF McClugnau (No. 36 Mazdaspeed/Hoosier Mazda 2), of New Braunfalls, Texas, escaped with the victory, but John Phillips made him work for it. Phillips was pressing McClugnau up until the last lap. Phillips attempted to get underneath McClugnau through Turns 15 and 16, but was not able to pull off the move. McClugnau got a good exit off the corner and was able to seal his win by 0.176-second. The second, and final day, of the Majors at NOLA Motorsports Park is slated to start at 8:00 a.m. (CDT), on Sunday. Four 15-minute warm-up sessions will start the day off, while 17-lap feature races will start at 9:40 a.m. (CDT). For additional information on the NOLA Majors, including a schedule, full results and grids, visit SCCA.com/NOLAMajors.

Majors Takes on the Big Easy at NOLA Motorsports Park

March 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
AVONDALE, La. (March 6, 2015) - The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour travels down to Dixie for the third race weekend on the Southeastern Conference schedule. In addition, this will be the opening weekend for those drivers looking to contest the Mid-States Conference Championships. Here are the pertinent facts you will need to get ready to follow this weekend's racing action. Event/Circuit: U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference – Rounds One and Two of 12 U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference - Rounds Five and Six of 12 NOLA Motorsports Park 13-turn, 2.67-mile Permanent road course Qualifying: Seven Race Groups One 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning. U.S. Majors Tour Races: Seven Group Races Saturday, March 7: 30 minutes, beginning at 1:00 p.m. (CST) Sunday, March 8: 17 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, beginning at 9:40 a.m. (CDT) Live Timing and Audio: Live Timing & Scoring, lap notes, a feed from the PA Audio and static video via the SCCA® Pit Board are available for all sessions through www.sccahost.com/live. Entry lists, full event schedules, and more information is available at www.sccamajors.com. 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. SCCA Club Racers – The Best in the Country: There are lots of 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 race. Voodoo Part Deux: This will mark the second year that the SCCA Majors program has traveled to the country club-style venue, located just south of the Big Easy. Last year’s initial trip to the track was a positive experience, other than the difficult weather conditions that included freezing rain. The forecast for this weekend’s event is on the cold side, but should prove to be more favorable than last year. Mid-States Opener: Another change from last year’s event will be that this race weekend will be counted toward two different Conference titles. This is the first dual-conference race in Majors history and will be the first of three dual-conference events held this year. The Mid-States Conference will kick off the 2015 campaign here, while the Southeastern Conference season will be half over at the conclusion of this event. For Mid-States drivers who have yet to turn a wheel at the controls of their racecar, it will be imperative to get up to speed quickly as much of their Southeastern Conference competition has already logged two weekend’s worth of track time. Miata Mania: Like the previous Southeastern Conference contests, Spec Miata is the largest single class slated to take to the track. A total of 43 drivers have pre-registered for the race, and there may be a few stragglers to join before the green flag falls on Saturday. An increased focus on technical compliance has been partially responsible for creating some of the close racing we have come to expect in this class.

SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo at Blytheville Rescheduled For May 1-3

March 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 6, 2015) – The SCCA® Tire Rack ProSolo® season opener in Blytheville, Arkansas, has been rescheduled for May 1-3 following its postponement for inclement weather. The date is the best available at the Arkansas Aeroplex, the host site of the event. While it does fall the same weekend as the Tire Rack Match Tour at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, recent investments in equipment and the expansion of the National Solo field staff allow operations of two events on the same weekend at the same high standards. “We’ve been fortunate enough to work with the airport president to reschedule the Blytheville ProSolo event after nine inches of snow on top of three inches of ice caused our March cancellation,” Howard Duncan, Senior Director of Solo and RallyCross, said. “Setting up the event would have been impossible, but more importantly it would have put our fellow members in harm’s way trying to get there. “However, the rescheduled event is not perfect, falling on the same weekend as the season opener for the Match Tour program in Bowling Green,” Duncan continued. “This will cause some angst for some folks, specifically those in Tennessee and Georgia, but Blytheville has traditionally been supported by those in Texas and the Midwest Division, while Great Lakes Division autocrossers will be the base of the Match Tour events. We’re sorry for anyone now forced to choose between the two, but we’re glad to keep the ProSolo schedule intact.” The SCCA ProSolo is comprised of 11 events across the country featuring mirror-image courses with drag race-type starting lights. Each event has a class-based component that ranks competitors based on their best time around each course within a particular class. Points are allocated to top finishers in that portion of the competition. Those class results are also used to determine seeding for the Challenge rounds, where drivers go head-to-head in drag race fashion with start lights that are staggered based on class performance. The Match Tour format has been revised for 2015 with more class runs and simplified qualifying for Sunday Shootouts. The goal is to provide drivers a stepping stone to move from Regional to National competition. The traditional class-based competition makes up the first part of the weekend’s activities, with competitors getting nine runs at the course, with head to head match-ups on Sunday afternoon for those who qualify. The Tire Rack Solo season gets underway with the Dixie Championship Tour at South Georgia Motorsports Park, March 13-15, under the traditional autocross format. This weekend marks the first event in the Speedway Motors CAM Challenge, at Crows Landing, California, run under the Match Tour format for Classic American Muscle cars. More information on all of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo programs, including detailed rules on the Match Tour format, are available at SCCA.com/Solo.  

SCCA Inks Partnership with Garmin, Names VIRB Official Camera, Presenting Sponsor

March 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 4, 2015) – Sports Car Club of America has announced a new two-year partnership with Garmin naming the VIRB the “Official Camera of SCCA.” The Garmin VIRB will feature prominently at all levels of SCCA membership, presenting two Championship events as well as introducing new participants to the sport. Garmin VIRB Elite is the ideal action camera for motorsport enthusiasts. In addition to recording 1080p HD video, VIRB Elite also has a built-in GPS sensor to gather metrics like speed, distance, heart rate and G-force. This data can then be embedded into the video using VIRB Edit, making user videos even more exciting. Featuring an easy-to-use slider switch and a 1.4” Chroma display, VIRB Elite can record up to three hours of video on a single charge, and can be remotely controlled by other Garmin products or with the VIRB smartphone app. In addition to being named Official Camera, the Garmin VIRB becomes the presenting sponsor for the Tire Rack® SCCA Solo® Nationals and SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. The brand will also be named the “Official Camera of the Tire Rack Solo Starting Line” school, bringing new participants to motorsports and the VIRB all at once. Every Tire Rack Solo Starting Line student will have video and GPS data captured by a Garmin VIRB. At the end of the school, each student will receive their runs and data on a removable microSD card. “We’re proud to welcome Garmin to the SCCA, and look forward to helping to introduce the Garmin VIRB, not only to the membership, but to the motorsports community,” Eric Prill, SCCA COO, said. “We’ve learned the capabilities of the VIRB, and its ease of use and features are great for any of our competition disciplines, from Club Racing, to Solo to Rally.” The Garmin VIRB will have a strong presence onsite at both the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by the Garmin VIRB and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships presented by the Garmin VIRB, providing event enhancements not previously available. More details will be forthcoming. “The SCCA has a big influence on the motorsports community,” Jon Cassat, Garmin’s vice president of communications, said. “We’re thrilled to partner with the organization as the official camera sponsor, and integrate VIRB into events nationwide.” VIRB cameras will be used to record video in each of the competition programs for use in promotional materials. Find additional product informaton on the VIRB by clicking here. The Garmin VIRB will join the circle of SCCA Official Partners, which includes Hawk Performance, Mazda, Mobil 1, SafeRacer, Sunoco and Tire Rack. About Garmin For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.

SCCA’s Kyle Keenan Named RACER Magazine’s Club Racer of the Year

March 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 4, 2015) – 2014 B-Spec National Champion and SCCA Club Racer Kyle Keenan was named Club Racer of the Year in RACER’s annual RACER of the Year fan vote. Keenan joins category winners Erica Enders-Stevens (RACER and Drag Racer of the Year), Lewis Hamilton (Road Racer of the Year) and Kevin Harvick (Oval Racer of the Year), among others, in the voting. The 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca marked Kyle Keenan's first Runoffs attempt. Driving a Kia Rio 5 in B-Spec and racing all season on a tight budget, the 24-year-old Keenan was given a new set of tires by fellow B-Spec competitor and eight-time National Champion David Daughtery in time for the last qualifying session. Keenan used those tires to jump several positions on the grid to start in second place, now well ahead of Daughtery, and Keenan drove a smart and quick race to win by 3.57 seconds. “The whole tale had showcased what amateur racing in SCCA is all about: sportsmanship, determination, and talent,” the story on RACER.com said. All of the information on RACER of the Year 20, along with more news on SCCA and SCCA Pro Racing activity, can be found on RACER.com.

Dennis Dean Presented with SCCA’s John McGill Award

March 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 3, 2015) – Dennis Dean was given the 2014 John McGill award, the final SCCA Club Racing award to be given out this season. The honor was bestowed upon Dean this past weekend as part of the Northeast Division Steward Training Seminar, with NEDIV Exec Steward Kathy Barnes in the role of presenter. The award is given to one Club member who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to the Club Racing program. The winner is chosen by the members of the Club Racing Board, in concert with the SCCA Chief Operating Officer. “This is not an award you work for,” Dean said. “This is an award that comes to you. For five years, while I served as the Vice President of Club Racing, one of my duties was to partner with the Competition Board to select the winner of the John McGill Award. Very few things I did then were as important to me as making that selection, because I had a deep understanding of its significance to the SCCA and to Club Racing. Because of that, I am deeply humbled by being added to the roll of honorees. “To be put on a list with people like Frank Schultheis, Johnny Bornholdt, Rob Walker, and Sue Roethel is something I would never have dreamed could happen and I am honored beyond my capacity to properly articulate it.” The presentation of the John McGill award signifies the final annual SCCA award to be given out for 2014. While the top Club Racing driver, Andrew Longe, was awarded the President’s Cup at the SCCA Annual Convention, many of the other top honors for those involved with the Club Racing program were given away at Divisional and Regional events held throughout the winter months. A complete list of awards given out by the Club can be found by visiting http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418. The honors include those given out for service to the Club, in general, as well as the individual areas of competition. Be sure to like the SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

2015 Blytheville ProSolo: Postponed

February 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
Edit March 6 - see the information on the rescheduled event, May 1-3, here! BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (March 4, 2015) - It is with much regret that we must inform all of you that the Blytheville ProSolo schedule for this weekend (March 6-8) is being cancelled due to weather. At the beginning of this week all forecasts looked to be on the up-and-up satisfactory weather to have competition. However, as this week has continued the forecast has taken a turn for the worse. We just received a call that the city has put a curfew on the amount of driving folks can do. Safety is our utmost concern and with such drastic measures being taken by the city, we are left with no choice but to cancel the event. We will do our best to figure out a date to reschedule the event. If we are unable to reschedule, we will make every effort to get drivers who have purchased Blytheville with the ProSolo bundle into another event or refund a portion of the bundle. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please feel free to email solomatters@gmail.com.

Site of RallyCross Nationals Will Move to Iowa

February 26, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 27, 2015) – The Sports Car Club of America announced that Indianola, Iowa, will be the location of the 2015 SCCA RallyCross National Championships. The competition site itself is a patch of land owned by the National Balloon Classic that is used as a parking lot for the annual festival. The balloon festival with tens of thousands of spectators will be the week before the RallyCross Nationals, which is scheduled for Aug. 7-9. Both the venue and date changes came as a result of member concerns that arose from the 2014 event. This will be the third site in as many years that will host the year-end event. The choice to move from the I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Neb., which hosted last year’s event, was the result of some unanticipated weather circumstances that made the facility less than ideal for a National Championship meet. The Iowa site that will host this year’s Championship was found as a result of an exhaustive country-wide search. The Des Moines Valley Region has experience with the administration of a RallyCross event at this very location. Aside from the local region having utilized the site in the past, the fact that the tract of land is used for parking tens of thousands of festival goers suggests that the ground will be well-packed. The move in date also hopes to be beneficial for the meet. As the event will be held in early August, weather conditions should be much warmer and drier than those experienced in October. “We are very excited to be able use the parking area for the National Balloon Classic (http://www.nationalballoonclassic.com/) for this year’s RallyCross National Championship and to work with the community of Indianola,” Sr. Director of Solo and RallyCross Howard Duncan said. “This new site will provide participants with all the elements to have an exceptional championship event; great courses on a superb surface, warm weather, plenty of paddock space, on-site buildings for social functions, and proximity to a metropolitan area. We look for the 2015 RX Nationals to be the best yet!” In addition to the date and location change, a National Championship committee was formed. They will work with the RallyCross Board and national office staff to help organize all aspects of the event. The overall goal is to help foster a more social feel to the meet. The new committee has been challenged to make this year’s event the most fun RallyCross Nationals in the program’s history. Further information on the National RallyCross program can be found at SCCA.com/RallyCross. Details regarding this National Championship event will be made available as they are determined here. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. 

Contingency Awards Outlined for Tire Rack National Solo Program

February 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2015) – Top finishers at each Tire Rack® SCCA National Solo event will have the opportunity to collect contingency from several manufacturers and racing-related companies. In many cases, podium finishes in Tire Rack Match Tour and Championship Tour class-based competition will be eligible for contingency rewards. In ProSolo prizes may be awarded in four different ways, including class and challenge competitions at each event, and year-end points in class or challenge. Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer a $300 award for a win in the class competition of each of the three types of events. Second place will be eligible for a $175 bonus. In the ProSolo series, eligible winners in the Super, Ladies and Bonus Challenges will be awarded $400 with second place earning $250. Prizes are also up for grabs based on ProSolo year-end points with the top three in class competition eligible to take home $1,000, $600 and $300, respectively. Year-end point leaders in the challenge events will have $600, $400 and $200 paydays available for the top three drivers, respectively. MINI USA and Subaru of America will be supporting all three National Solo programs. MINI USA has made $250, $100 and $50 prizes available to eligible drivers for a podium position in class-based competition. Eligible drivers can claim $1,000 from MINI USA for a ProSolo year-end championship in class. Subaru will also incentivize their customers to run with cash payouts for the three programs. At Match and Championship Tour events, eligible drivers can earn $250 for a win and $150 for a second-place finish in class competition. For the ProSolo program, a podium finish in the class portion of the event will be worth $250, $125 and $50, respectively. Top-three finishers in ProSolo Class and Challenge standings will be able to cash in with $1,000, $750 and $500 prizes, respectively. Honda Performance Development (HPD), Scion Racing and Toyota/TRD will offer awards to competitors in ProSolo. HPD will offer eligible drivers a $100 pay day for winning the class competition while second and third place will get a $50 and $25 payout, respectively. An eligible year-end points Champion will also be able to claim $200. Scion will award prizes of $200 and $100 to the top two positions in class competition, in that order, for drivers of the FR-S. Class Winners in other Scion models will be able to claim $200. Year-end Champions in class and challenge standings will be eligible for $1,000. Toyota/TRD will offer a $200 award to eligible drivers for a win in ProSolo class completion at each event, while eligible season-ending Champions in Class and Challenge standings will be able to claim $1,000. Tire manufacturers are another big part of the contingency picture. BFGoodrich Tires will support all three National Solo programs. Eligible Championship and Match Tour class winners will be able to get their hands on two free tires with a win, and will earn one free tire for a second-place finish. On the ProSolo side, eligible winners in class competition will also earn two tires with second place earning one. Super and Ladies Challenge winners will be eligible for the same prize. Eligible year-end Champions in class points will be able to claim four tires while second place can get two tires. The season-long Champion in Super and Ladies Challenge points can claim four tires. Falken Tire will support select classes in all three divisions. In all cases they will offer cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to podium finishers, in that order, in class-based competition. GT Radial and Hoosier Racing Tire have also pledged their support for all three programs with identical payout schedules. Each company will provide two tires to eligible class winners in all three divisions, with second place good for one free tire. For ProSolo events, both companies will also offer two tires to all challenge winners, with second place getting one. All prizes will be doubled at the ProSolo Finale. Eligible season-long class and Super Challenge Champions can claim four tires. Kumho Tires is also participating with their own contingency program supporting all three National series. Eligible drivers can claim a $300, $200 or $150 product credit for a podium finish, in class. That amount is doubled for any Street or Street Touring category. Both a Match Tour Shootout and ProSolo Challenge top-three finishers will earn the same payout made available during class competition. In addition, a ProSolo class or Challenge season-long Champion can get their hands on four free tires. Bridgestone has put their name in the hat to support the Match and Championship Tour events. Eligible drivers can earn $200 for a class win, while the remaining two podium positions can earn $150 and $100. Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer product certificates to eligible, in-class podium finishers at Championship and Match Tour meets. The schedule breaks down to the winner earning a $100 certificate, second eligible for a $50 certificate with third able to claim a $25 certificate. FR Sport will be offering $150 product certificates to eligible winners in all three types of events. Bride Racing Seat has also jumped onboard to offer $100 product certificates to eligible ProSolo class winners, with second able to earn a $50 product certificate. OSGiken will also support ProSolo by offering a $200 product certificate to eligible class winners, while second- and third-place finishers can claim $100 and $50 product certificates. Each contingency opportunity requires pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available here. The Tire Rack National Solo Program kicks off its 2015 season with the Blytheville ProSolo and Crows Landing CAM Challenge, both scheduled for March 7-8. Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

SCCA Convention Ends on a High Note with the Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony

February 21, 2015 - 8:00pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) – The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club’s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class. To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day. Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet. “I am so surprised by this that I don’t know what to say,” Pallotta said. “Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can’t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn’t have been possible.” Next up on the docket was the President’s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President’s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe’s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era. The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year’s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award. “I can’t believe I am up here receiving this award,” Duncan said. “I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn’t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity.” To finish the evening’s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Koveleski. Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively’s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William “Pete” Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because of inadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices. Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix. “When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity,” Sharp said. “Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen.” Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins. “I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,” Tullius said. “My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult.” Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Koveleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Koveleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit. Additional information on the SCCA Hall of Fame, including past year’s inductees, can be found here. Also, information on the Club’s various awards, including past winners, can be found here. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Day Two of SCCA National Convention Filled with Program-specific 2020 Sessions

February 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) – In staying with the SCCA Convention’s forward-looking theme, Saturday’s docket comprised of a series of panel discussions focused on specific areas of competition. Sessions were held for the Solo, Club Racing, Time Trials and RallyCross communities at the Charlotte Convention Center, on Saturday. The subject of SCCA Solo competition was the first item on the list. VP of Rally/Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan started the discussion with an overview of where the program has been a in the past and the overhead view of the future direction. Eric Prill, SCCA COO, moderated the deliberation that included Duncan, Steve Hudson (Past Solo Events Board Chair), Brian Connors (Current SEB Chair), Raleigh and Velma Boreen (Regional Solo Development). Panelists tackled many subjects including participation, attempting to keep rules current with technological advancements in the auto industry and event format. Digital technological advancements, in regards to membership interaction, were also part of the discussion. “Test-n-Tune events seem to be on the rise, especially at the regional level,” Raleigh said. “With these types of low-key events, the focus is more on fun rather than competition. There isn’t the pressure knowing all I have is four runs to get it right. That allows for a more social aspect among the participants.” The Club Racing program was the next to take center stage. Like Duncan, Prill broke down the past and future direction of the program. When the discussion portion opened, Greg Creamer posed questions to the panelists, which included Prill, Deanna Flanagan (Senior Manager, Club Racing), Jim Wheeler (Club Racing Board Chair) and David Arken (CRB member). Many of the topics were future-focused with as it pertains to rules, future events – such as the yearly movement of the National Championship Runoffs – and the social aspect surrounding each race event. A renewed focus on camaraderie at Club Racing events was the hot-button topic. “As evidenced by the Runoffs at Mazda Raceway, the social aspect of our events has fallen flat over the past 10 to 20 years,” Flanagan said. “We do the on-track stuff very well, but engaging an increasing number of people is important. The Runoffs held at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio were before my time, but I’ve heard the stories that many of you have lived. The overall goal is to increase the fun factor.” Technology was another issue touched on by each of the four panelists. Flanagan highlighted the importance of the technological integration in the participant-facing applications, with enhanced registration on the forefront. Prill also teased a more interactive aspect of the Club’s website, which will be rolled out later in the year, in addition to a new potential corporate partnership with a major consumer electronics company. Wheeler and Arken addressed issues pertaining to technology as it relates to technical rules and regulations. The topic centered mostly on the collection of data and its usage in governing performance characteristics within each class of racing. The Time Trials session was led by Heyward Wagner with a panel that included SCCA Board of Director members Brian McCarthy and Tere Pulliam. Discussion centered on bringing more participants into the Club. The session participants agreed that getting potential participants the opportunity to sample what SCCA has to offer is the best way to convert those prospects into full members. The RallyCross 2020 session was the final of the program breakout sessions. Steve Hyatt, the RallyCross chairman, led the final 2020 session of the event. Hyatt reported on the RallyCross program in from 2014. The discussion soon shifted to spit balling ideas to get more participation in the program. The idea of creating women’s class, in addition to brainstorming ways to get the message regarding the program in front of the general public, were two examples of what was discussed to help grow the program. The day’s festivities will come to a close with the 2015 Awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Presented by Mazda, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.

Panel Discussion on SCCA Future Caps Opening Day of Club Convention

February 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) – The SCCA 2020 panel discussion featuring SCCA Club and partner executives deliberating the future of the motorsports industry and the Club’s role within it capped off the first day of the 2015 Sports Car Club of America National Convention and MSX Expo on Friday, held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. Lisa Noble (CEO/President), Eric Prill (COO), Robert Clarke (SCCA Pro Racing President and SCCA VP of Business Development) and Tire Rack Vice President Matt Edmonds held a conversation to tackle some of those issues. Moderated by long-time Club member and professional motorsports broadcaster Greg Creamer, the talk took on many of the toughest questions facing those in the motorsports industry. Much of the early discussion was centered on how to get younger generations involved in motorsports. To that end, Noble made her opening comments with an eye on getting the general public interested in their vehicles once again. She made the point that the Club was not created solely for the sake of competition, but to promote a community of auto enthusiasts. “Our broader goal should be to attract those who do not yet know they are interested in cars,” Noble said. “The number of car owners out there is huge, but many of those people would not consider themselves car people. Often times they do not realize it, but there is an emotional connection forged with their vehicle. The key should be to emphasize that connection.” Creamer’s initial question was on the overall health and interest in motorsports in today’s world. This served as the stepping-off point for the discussion. “What we have is a basic erosion of interest in motorsports, and sporting events in general,” Clarke said. “What we have to do is understand how to engage the younger generations in what we are about, which is cars. There are so many different things for our younger generations with which they get involved. It’s hard to compete amongst all the background noise.” Clarke went on to explain that neither the vehicles nor the format featured in motorsports competition catch the eyes of younger generations. The challenge not only lies in finding exactly what attracts those younger viewers, but then understanding how to engage those points. As the conversation continued, the focused narrowed on SCCA’s role in this over-arching process. Each panelist agreed that SCCA is in a prime position to lead the effort to push motorsports, and the automobile, back into the public’s general consciousness. “The Club is at an interesting point in time,” Prill said. “There are many of us that have been members for years, but there are also many other folks out there who would like to get involved in a more personal way. Our goal should be to bring down those barriers to make our organization more accessible.” One of the remaining challenges discussed was how to make non-members aware of what SCCA has to offer, even if not strapped into a racecar. The recognition and gratitude surrounding the sheer number of volunteer hours needed to put on a successful event was one echoed all four panelists. “I want to look at the participation in our Club from a personal aspect,” Edmonds said. “As a major part of the Tire Rack Street Survival program, we have people in our organization interested in getting more involved all the time. We need to get as many people out to an event as we can. It’s not just about competing. There are some many different aspects in which to get people involved.” The conversation ended with a soft reveal of the Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack.com concept, promising a formal announcement in the coming days. Heyward Wagner, Director of SCCA Experiential Programs, introduced the program that promises evening lapping sessions at a reasonable price, at tracks across the country. Further details outlining the program will be made available in the coming days. Day Two of the SCCA Convention is slated to begin Saturday, at 8:30 a.m., with the MSX Expo floor set to re-open at 10:00 a.m. The entire event will conclude with the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet Presented by Mazda, scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.

SCCA Members Recognized With National Level Awards

February 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 20, 2015) – Eight SCCA Club Racing, RallyCross and Solo awards were presented to the respective winners at three Divisional Conventions, and two Regional Conventions, during the month of January. The presentation of these awards, which have historically been given out as part of the SCCA National Convention, were moved to the Regional and Divisional Conventions to present the awards in front of each driver’s friends and peers. As part of the Rocky Mountain Divisional Convention, held Jan. 25, Rupert Berrington was given the Spark Plug Award. This is an annual award given to an individual, Region or Division that has made an outstanding effort in promoting and publicizing RallyCross using many media platforms. In total three awards were given out at the Southeast Divisional Convention, on Jan. 31. Charles Wright, the SEDIV RallyCross steward, accepted the Divisional RallyCross Program of the Year award on behalf his division. The Tennessee Valley Region was presented with the RallyCross Region of the Year. As part of the festivities, Rick Mitchell was given Club Racing’s David Morrell Award. This honor is given to an active National Chief Steward for exhibiting outstanding performance and dedication to the sport while upholding the highest of principles. Morrell was selected by the Chairman of the Stewards and the remaining Executive Stewards. Presented the same day on the opposite coast at the San Francisco Region Solo Awards Banquet, Mark Scroggs took home Solo Rookie of the Year honors. Scroggs earned the award after claiming the G Street National Championship in his first trip to the Tire Rack Solo National Championship. With limited competition experience, he earned the title with a 0.4-second margin of victory over 26 other drivers. On Feb. 6, two awards were presented at the Chicago Region awards dinner. Al Varacins was awarded the Club Racing Crew Chief of the Year, while Daniel Bender was named the winner of the Kimberly Cup for being the most improved Club Racing driver after winning a Touring 4 National Championship. At the Midwest Division Convention that same night, Cliff Ira was named the Jim Fitzgerald National Rookie of the Year in Club Racing. Ira was the Super Tour Lite National Champion in 2014. Still to be given out at the SCCA National Convention during the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet presented by Mazda on Saturday, Feb. 21, are the Woolf Barnato Award, Member of Excellence, President’s Cup and Solo Driver of the Year. The RallyCross Dirty Cup will be awarded to the winner at a future time. Below is a summary of awards and the winner, broken down by discipline. Club Racing Crew Chief of the Year: Al Varacins, Chicago Region David Morrell Award: Rick Mitchell, Atlanta Region Jim Fitzgerald National Rookie of the Year: Cliff Ira, Buccaneer and Kansas City Regions Kimberly Cup: Daniel Bender, Chicago Region RallyCross Divisional RallyCross Program of the Year: Southeast Division RallyCross Region of the Year: Tennessee Valley Region Spark Plug Award: Rupert Berrington, Colorado Region Solo Solo Rookie of the Year: Mark Scroggs, San Francisco Region Additional information on each award presented by SCCA can be found here. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. 

SCCA National Convention Kicks off With Annual Meeting

February 19, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 20, 2015) – The Annual Meeting served as the starting gun to the 2015 Sports Car Club of America National Convention and MSX Expo, held at the Charlotte Convention Center on Friday morning. The meeting was the first of several leadership and informational sessions for SCCA members. The over-arching theme of the Convention is 2020. Not only does the theme encompass a look forward in a five-year timeframe, but also a clear look back at where the Club has been in the past year and throughout our history. By referencing what worked in the past and what did not, the goal is to move forward with a clear vision and renewed vigor in what we can do in moving SCCA forward. SCCA President/CEO Lisa Noble opened the meeting, welcoming members of all stripes. The mic was then handed off to Chairman of the SCCA Board of Directors John Walsh. Aside from welcoming members on behalf of the Board, Walsh also spoke to many of the personnel changes within the organization. That included the induction of two new board members, Area Three Director Lee Hill and Area 11 Director KJ Christopher. Noble then took over the stage to outline the direction of the Club moving toward the future. One highlight put forth by Noble was the creation of new programs to further enhance the Club membership experience. New programs like Track Night in America, the Classic American Muscle Challenge, Solo Trials, Track Fest, Starting Line program enhancements and the ongoing push for an SCCA Kids Club were some of the notable programs that were introduced. Robert Clarke, SCCA Pro Racing President, stepped into the spotlight to review past events put on by the organization and what to look to for the upcoming race season. Clarke touted the increased participation in the flagship programs of SCCA Pro Racing, including Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am and the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich. Servicing the FIA Formula E international racing series and Formula Lites series, here in the States, are the largest two new lines of business for Pro Racing. Clarke closed his remarks by sharing his reflections of what Pro has meant to the Club, emphasizing the importance of the independently-owned subsidiary moving forward. Eric Skirmants, the Principal of SCCA Enterprises, stepped up to the podium to review 2014 an look toward 2015 plans. The Spec Racer Ford Gen3 rollout was a focal point for Skirmants. He made a point to speak to the importance of moving their suite of products forward. “At the core, participation is our biggest focus,” Skirmants said. “When we get more racers to buy our products that creates more customers for the Club in the form of race entries. The importance of the synergy between our organizations is paramount.” Mindi Pfannenstiel, SCCA Senior Director, Finance and Human Resources, broke down the financial performance of the Club. That included a net income just under $56,000, and the assurance that the organization is on the correct financial pathway moving toward the future. Raleigh Boreen, Chairman of the SCCA Foundation, wrapped up the program-based portion of the meeting with a review the Club’s philanthropic arm. The Foundation is charged with running the Tire Rack Street Survival and Formula SAE programs, as well as proper preservation of the Club’s archives. The biggest project facing the Foundation in the next year is the relocation of the archives from their current facility in Indiana to the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York. Walsh closed the annual proceedings and called for an adjournment to the meeting. Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found here.


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