TOPEKA, Kan. (October 10, 2013) – Sports Car Club of America officials have cancelled one event and placed another on notice on the 2013 Tire Rack National Solo calendar because of minimum participation requirements.
The Match Tour event, schedule for Blytheville, Ark. will not be rescheduled for this season, but will be considered for the 2014 season. Additionally, the Match Tour event in St. George, Utah has been notified that they need to reach a minimum 80 actual entries by October 17th in order to avoid cancellation.
National Solo events scheduled after the Tire Rack Solo National Championship have historically been more laid back in nature and have had lower attendance than regular season events, but were large enough to maintain the feel and operational standards expected of a National Solo event. However, these two events are lacking the entry numbers needed to execute an event consistent with the operational efficiency of a National event. Furthermore, had these events been conducted with the expected attendance numbers, they would have fallen well short of the look and feel consistent with a National Solo event.
“We had hoped to continue the recent tradition of offering post-Championship events that were interesting, fun, and one last chance to play with our toys before putting them away for the winter,” Howard Duncan, SCCA Vice President, Rally/Solo, said. “The entry numbers for these last two events made it clear that the vast majority of the Solo Community was ready for the National Solo season to be over so they could begin preparations for 2014, as well as enjoy time with their families. It is our hope that the St. George event will reach the minimum entry level by next week to avoid cancellation as this was the only Match Tour event in the western half of the country. We regret any inconvenience this change in schedule may have caused, but this decision was necessary for the long term health of the program.”
The 2014 Tire Rack Solo program schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. More information on the SCCA Solo program is available at SCCA.com/Solo.