TOPEKA, Kan. (August 1, 2012) – The 40th Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships is expected to be one of the biggest in history, with competitors coming from across the country to the Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark, September 4-7. The contingency programs being offered to those competitors follow suit and are also among the largest in the 40-year history of the event.
A total of 18 companies are awarding prizes during the 2012 Solo National Championship event.
The automobile manufacturers are amongst the top supporters of the Solo National Championships, beginning with the official Pace Vehicle of SCCA, Volkswagen of America. VW is paying $1,000 for a National Champion driving a Volkswagen product in the subscribed classes, with $500 and $250 going to second and third-place finishers, respectively. MINI USA mirrors that program with identical payouts, while Toyota/TRD matches the two program’s payout to the winners. Mazda North American Operations ($800/$400/$200) and Honda Performance Development ($500/$300/$100) each pay out prizes for finishing in the top three.
Once a competitor has selected the car to drive, tires are equally as important. BFGoodrich Tires, the official street tire of the SCCA, is giving every eligible National Champ four free tires, with a pair of tires going to a runner-up finish. Hoosier offers an equal contingency program for those on the tire, while Kumho Tire’s program extends to a single tire for third place. Those in the Street Tire category can double their offer from Kumho, with eight for a win. Goodyear Tire competitors can score four tires from that company with a National Championship, and a pair for a runner-up.
Hankook Tire and Toyo Tires both offer cash for top finishes in Lincoln. Hankook’s program ($1,000 - $750 - $500) rewards top three finishers, while Toyo pays the same amount but includes a $1,000 bonus for Solo Triad Award winners.
Mobil 1 and Black Magic, also official sponsors of SCCA, have contingency programs in place for the Solo National Championships. Mobil 1 is rewarding eligible top placers with $100 cash and a $50 gift certificate for a win, and a $50 gift certificate for a runner-up. Black Magic is once again offering a judged Black Magic Shine award for drivers in the six categories. Judges will be on the lookout for the best looking, cleanest cars displaying the appropriate stickers, with $400 going to the winner in each category, $250 to second place, and $100 for third.
AST Suspension offers a $750 product credit to qualifying cars who win, with $250 for a runner-up and $100 credit for fifth-place finishers. Moton Suspension-USA is offering one set of Moton Shocks to a randomly selected Solo Triad award winner, while Solo Performance Specialties is paying $75 in product certificate for a winner that uses SPS/Solotime number graphics on their car, with $50 and $25 in credit for finishing on the podium.
Race Technology USA is supporting competitors with their video and data acquisition packages. Race Technology USA offers significant discounts on the select systems and accessories for top three finishers in all classes not currently using their system, and product certificates redeemable toward parts and upgrades for podium finishers already campaigning with a Race Technology system.
Grassroots Motorsports Magazine continues to offer a $100 prize to current subscribers who win and compete with the magazine’s decals on the car.
Early registration, and the entry fee price break associated with it, ends on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 8 a.m. CST. Event registration is available through MotorsportReg.com.
For more information on these contingency programs and how to register to participate, click here. Drivers must register for contingency programs prior to competing. Program descriptions should be read carefully to ensure all requirements are met. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in forfeiting of awards.
The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships takes place in Lincoln, Neb., September 4-7. More than 1200 competitors are expected to be on hand for the four days of competition which will crown this year’s National Champions at the largest motorsports event in the world. More information is available at SCCA.com/Solo.