TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 8, 2013) – The SCCA interim president and three SCCA National Champions are part of the 37-member class voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club in 2013. They join the previous 403 members who elected the newcomers to the organization.
Leading the contingent of past and present SCCA members is the Club’s Interim President Lisa Noble. An accomplished racecar driver herself, Noble has raced in Formula Vee since 1992 and became the first woman to win a national race in the class in 1995. Away from the track, she is the owner of the legendary Engines by Noble race prep shop. Before her current position as the interim president, Noble served on the SCCA Board of Directors, and was Chairman in 2013.
Andrew Aquilante, Corey Fergus and Steve Sargis, each of them possessing at least one National Championship, were voted into the organization as well. Aquilante, with three titles to his name, is the most recent of those Champions after he took both the Touring 1 and GT-2 titles at the 2013 Runoffs..
Fergus is a third-generation RRDC member. From 2009 until 2012, he qualified on the Sports 2000 pole at the Runoffs and set new track records each of those years. Fergus broke through in 2012 as he earned his National Championship title that season.
Sargis is the elder statesman of the title winners. He racked up seven Runoffs wins in three different production classes and is third in number of career pole positions in event history, with 11.
Drivers Paul Miller and R.J. Valentine, also, started their career as Club racers before moving to the professional ranks of SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am and IMSA.
David Burns, Brad Francis, Bruce McCaw and Art Evans were also voted into the RRDC for their contributions to motorsports outside the driver’s seat. However, they had one thing in common by starting their respective career in SCCA.
The RRDC, formed in 1952, was developed to give champion drivers a platform to give their input on the direction of auto racing in the United States. While the primary concern at that time was safety, the organization now focuses on assisting up-and-coming drivers to achieve their racing goals. The club’s primary membership is composed of drivers, but they also honor those who made a lasting contribution to the sport outside the car.