SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:35:03 GMT Contingency Programs Set for 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51953 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 23, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Each driver at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, set for Oct. 6-12, will have one goal in mind &ndash; winning a National Championship. However, 46 companies have sweetened the pot by committing to provide contingency prizes in support of the event.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Mazda North American Operations</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">, the Official Car of SCCA, will award Mazda drivers $5,000 for a win in an eligible class, with payouts of $3,000 and $1,500 for second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Additionally, Mazda drivers from each Majors Conference who finished in the top three in season-long points can pull from an additional tow fund. If a Mazda driver can complete the prestigious Super Sweep, a $3,000 prize is available.</span></p> <p>In 2014, <strong>Chevrolet</strong> will support B-Spec, where a Championship will yield $750. The remaining podium spots will garner $500 and $250 awards, in that order. Ford Racing will be in the mix, too. A win in an eligible vehicle is worth $2,500, with second place earning $1,000 and third, $750.</p> <p><strong>Honda Performance Development (HPD)</strong> will give out $2,500 to any Honda/Acura driver who takes home a Runoffs gold medal in an eligible class, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. In addition, HPD pays a start bonus and a prize for winning a Conference or Divisional point championship. <strong>MINI USA</strong> has a $2,500 prize for a National Championship, with a runner-up finish earning $1,500 and $1,000 for third. MINI will also give $1,250 for an eligible Super Sweep.</p> <p><strong>Nissan Motorsports</strong> also offers cash payouts to its racers. A win is worth $2,500 in a current model, with $1,500 and $1,000 rounding out the podium and a $1,000 reward for completing the Super Sweep. <strong>Scion Racing</strong> will award eligible drivers for wins and runner-up finishes with $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. A pole or Super Sweep is worth $1,000.</p> <p>Drivers in Fiat 500s, Fiat 500 Abarths or Dodge/SRT Vipers will be eligible for prizes provided by <strong>SRT Motorsports</strong>. A podium finish in an eligible class will earn $2,500, $1,000 and $750, respectively. <strong>Toyota/TRD</strong> is offering up to $5,000 for a win and $3,000 for a runner up finish, as well as $1,000 for a top qualifier or Super Sweep.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are also part of the contingency equation for the Runoffs. They are led by <strong>BFGoodrich Tires</strong>, the Official Street Tire of SCCA, who will provide 12 complimentary tires to a National Champion in an eligible class. The company will award tires down to fourth, with each driver getting six, four and two tires, in that order for the final three spots.</p> <p><strong>Goodyear Tire</strong> will also put cash up for grabs in select classes. The winner will receive $500, with the final podium spots getting $300 and $100 payouts, respectively. Hankook Tire will offer cash rewards to eligible racers finishing in the top five, with payouts for a podium ($4,000, $2,000 and $1,000) and fourth and fifth getting $500 each.</p> <p><strong>Hoosier Racing Tire</strong> will be giving out four free tires, as well as a set for each entered 2015 U.S. Majors Tour event, for race winners in every class. Spec Miata gets a bump, with payouts through 10th place, including 16 tires for the Spec Miata National Champion. The first 50 Spec Miata entrants at the event will receive a set of tires from Hoosier. Michelin will be awarding an eligible GT-2 winner with four new tires.</p> <p><strong>Pirelli</strong> will award podium finishers in GT-1, GT-2 and Prototype 1, on tires purchased from JX2, with JX2 gift certificates worth $500, $300 and $100, respectively. Eligible class winners running <strong>Yokohama Tires</strong> purchased from Trackside Performance will receive two free front and two rear tires. Second place will get two front tires, while third and fourth will each get one front tire.</p> <p>A number of parts manufacturers and service providers are running programs. <strong>Hawk Performance</strong>, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer five free axle sets of brakes to eligible winners. Two free axle sets will be available for each of the remaining two podium positions. Fourth- through 10th-place finishers will also get product certificates ranging in value from $125, down to $50.<br /> <br /> <strong>Carbotech Performance Brakes</strong> will offer a 2015 product sponsorship package to all eligible National Champions, which includes six axle sets of brakes. The manufacturer will also provide product certificates to finishers two through 10, with values ranging from $300 to $50.</p> <p><strong>Eibach</strong> has also pledged their support of the event, offering two free springs to winners and second-place drivers in eligible classes. Drivers claiming the final step of the podium will be eligible to get one free spring.</p> <p><strong>Electromotive</strong> will offer a $500 certificate to National Champions. A $200 certificate is up for grabs to second place, with third getting a $100 certificate. <strong>Hyperco</strong> will offer two free Hypercoils certificates to first- and second-place finishers in eligible classes. The third-place driver will get one free Hypercoil certificate.</p> <p><strong>Pagid RS</strong> drivers fulfilling the requirements and winning will get a full set of brake pads. Second place will get one axle worth of pads. <strong>Penske Racing Shocks</strong> is offering eligible class winners a $500 product certificate, which decreases by $100 for each position through fifth. If eligible, the sixth-place driver will get a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>SPA Technique</strong> will be offering $100 product certificates to all winners enrolled in the program, plus $50 certificates to all eligible fourth-place drivers. National Champions enrolled in the contingency program for <strong>Taylor Race Engineering</strong> will be able to get their hands on a $250 product certificate.</p> <p>For all eligible classes, <strong>Tilton Engineering</strong> is offering a $175 product certificate to the National Champion. A $100 certificate is available for the third-place finisher, and a $50 certificate is available for the fifth-place driver. <strong>Wilwood Disk Brakes</strong> will offer a $125 certificate to winning drivers enrolled in the program, while second- and third-place finishers will get $75 and $50 certificates, respectively.</p> <p>Several other organizations have shown their support for the event. <strong>GoPro</strong>, the Official Camera of SCCA, will provide one GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera to the driver who wins the GoPro Hero Moment of the race. SCCA staff will select the winner of this award.</p> <p><strong>Mobil 1</strong>, the Official Oil of SCCA, will offer a $500 cash bonus and custom Mobil 1 racing suit to all eligible National Champions. For second place, Mobil 1 will provide a $400 product certificate and third will get a $250 product certificate.</p> <p><strong>SafeRacer</strong>, the Official Safety Provider of SCCA, pays out a $100 product certificate for a win, and a $50 certificate for the first driver to miss the podium.</p> <p><strong>Sunoco</strong>, the Official Fuel of SCCA, will sponsor the Hard Charger Award, worth $100. The cash award will go to the driver who advances the most positions during each race.</p> <p><strong>TireRack.com</strong>, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA, will also provide contingency opportunities at the Runoffs. The company will offer a $500 product certificate to the pole qualifiers in each class. Eligible fifth-place finishers in the race will also receive a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>SCCA Enterprises</strong> will offer contingencies in support of the Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprises classes. The SRF National Champion will receive a 50-percent discount off the new GEN3 conversion kit. The final two places on the SRF podium will earn $500 and $250, respectively. In FE, the winner will earn $500. Second will take home a $350 bonus, and third will get $200.</p> <p>For a winning B-Spec driver, <strong>Pirelli World Challenge</strong> is offering a full season of entry fees for their Touring Car B class. Second place will get three complimentary entries, with third place getting a single entry.</p> <p><strong>AiM Sports</strong> is offering a Solo lap timer to registered winners in all classes. Alpinestars will also offer registered National Champions, in select classes, a $250 product certificate.</p> <p><strong>CoolShirt Systems</strong> will offer a $250 cash prize to the Hard Charger in each eligible class. In addition, all participants who register for the program will be eligible for a 15-percent discount on a new CoolShirt system.</p> <p>Supporting the Spec Miata class, exclusively, is <strong>Driven Race Gear</strong>. The company will provide a steering wheel, Nomex shoes and Nomex gloves to an eligible winner. Second place will get a steering wheel, while third can claim a pair of Nomex gloves. The fourth place finisher has the opportunity to get a Driven gift certificate worth $50, while fifth place will get a pair of Driven sunglasses.</p> <p>Fuel additive maker <strong>EFS Combust</strong> will offer two bottles of their product to all race winners who purchase the product prior to the event. Drivers finishing second will earn one bottle of product. <strong>Holliday Canopies</strong> is giving all eligible drivers a custom road racing canopy certificate worth $300. A current owner who wins a National Championship can take their prize in $150 of cash.</p> <p>Those looking to hone their Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca skills online may have turned to <strong>iRacing.com</strong>. The company will offer winners a two-year membership or 200 iRacing credits for existing members. Second- and third-place drivers will get a one-year membership, or 100 iRacing credits.</p> <p><strong>K1 RaceGear</strong> has thrown their hat into the ring by offering product certificates to drivers in all classes. Competitors who take home gold at the Runoffs will be able to get a $50 certificate. The final podium position is also worth a $50 certificate, and an eligible Hard Charger can take home a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies</strong> will continue to offer a contingency program. An eligible driver who wins the Super Sweep Award will get a $250 gift certificate. Eligible finishers in fourth through sixth will get certificates starting at $75 for fourth place. From there, the value will decrease by $25.</p> <p><strong>Red Line Synthetic Oi</strong>l will dole out a $750 product certificate to eligible winners in each class. The remainder of eligible podium finishers will get $400 and $250 certificates, in that order. <strong>Race Technology USA</strong> will offer prizes to podium finishers in all classes. Registered winners will receive discounts on a new system or credit to upgrade an existing system.</p> <p><strong>Summit Racing Equipment</strong> will offer $150 in certificates to all eligible National Champions. Second place will get a $100 certificate, while places third through sixth can each claim a $50 certificate. In addition, Summit will provide a $50 Hard Luck certificate to the program eligible starter who completes the least number of laps in each class.</p> <p>Drivers are responsible for closely monitoring the program requirements for eligibility, and must register for contingency programs prior to competing. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in the forfeiture of awards. For more information on these contingency programs, and how to register, visit www.scca.com/runoffs.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs is available at www.scca.com.<br /> <br /> Follow the SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Runoffs Registration Now Open http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51951 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 21, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Registration for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the first west coast visit for the event in 46 years, is now open.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The registration process for the Runoffs, running Oct. 7-12 at the classic Monterey, California circuit, includes the ability for a driver to choose a car number for the National Championship event, as well as sign up for the Monday, Oct. 6, test day. Driver car numbers from 2013 will be honored in the same class for one week, until July 30. Complete registration process, including car number conflict procedures, is included in the supplemental regulations.</span></p> <p>Included in each entry for 2014 is a 30-foot long by 25-foot wide paddock space. Larger spaces are available for participants with trailers longer than 30 feet in length for an additional cost. Unlike in the past, where specific spaces were reserved in the paddock, participants will be assigned to a paddock area based on their space needs and then parked as they stage to enter the facility. This will both ensure easy access to spaces and utilize every possible piece of real estate in the paddock. Space is limited, and the main paddock areas will be assigned by entry date.</p> <p>Test day registration for Monday, October 6 is also available at the time of Runoffs Registration. The test day entry fee is $300.</p> <p>More information, including the Supplemental Regulations, schedule, detailed paddock parking instructions and more, is available at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/Runoffs">SCCA.com/Runoffs</a>.</p> Club Racing Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Driver Kierstin Eaddy Passes Away Sunday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51950 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 20, 2014) -</strong> Kierstin Eaddy, 14, of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away on Sunday following an incident at a Sports Car Club of America autocross event being held outside Texas Motor Speedway.</p> <p>From Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO:</p> <p>&ldquo;All of us at the SCCA are shocked and saddened to hear about Sunday&rsquo;s tragic accident involving Kierstin Eaddy. We are a Club of families, and are shaken by the loss of this young competitor. Personally, and on behalf of the SCCA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Kierstin&rsquo;s family, friends, and the participants at Sunday&rsquo;s event.&rdquo; </p> Solo Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA to Invite Muscle Cars to Compete at Tire Rack ProSolo Finale http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51948 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 17, 2014) -</strong> Sports Car Club of America and Speedway Motors, Inc., of Lincoln, Nebraska are teaming up to present The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Invitational Challenge. The Invitational will bring the best muscle cars, across all platforms, and drivers to the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, at the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The ProSolo format combines elements of autocross and drag racing. Competitors, staged side-by-side, will face a drag racing-style Christmas tree start before entering mirror image autocross courses. This provides the unique opportunity to put autocross, drag racing and hot rods on the same stage at the same time.</span></p> <p>The invite list will be a who&rsquo;s who of hot rod Soloists from across the country, battling for prizes from Speedway Motors. The competition will take place Sunday afternoon between the class competition and Challenge rounds of the ProSolo event. After familiarization runs on the course, drivers will be placed into a bracket and compete through elimination rounds until only one remains as the Top Eliminator.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I first began to autocross part of the excitement for me was seeing not only the classic British sports cars, but also the great muscle cars of the day battling it out on the same course,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, SCCA VP, Rally/Solo, said. &ldquo;The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Class Invitational Challenge, along with the running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, will once again bring back that excitement as the improved versions of these traditional muscle cars show their capabilities on the same courses used by the current crop of sports cars and sport coupes. It should be a great show!&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition, these drivers will be invited to participate in the inaugural running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship event, held later in the week at the same location. CAM class runs will come on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2-3. The event is the world&rsquo;s largest motorsports competition, featuring more than 1,100 drivers in competition over four days.</p> <p>SCCA CAM class rules will be utilized for each event. Invitations will be sent to drivers that have shown the potential for high-level competition through a variety of events across the country. The invitations and RSVPs will be organized by SCCA&rsquo;s Raleigh Boreen and are expected to be sent in early August.</p> <p>For more information or to request an invite, contact Raleigh at <a href="mailto:rvboreen@gmail.com">rvboreen@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale can be found at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/Solo">SCCA.com/Solo</a>.</p> Solo Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Honda Performance Development To Sponsor SCCA FF 45th Anniversary http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51947 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Honda Performance Development has been named presenting sponsor of the Formula F 45th Anniversary, part of the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, Aug. 9-10 at Barber Motorsports Park.</p> <p>As a presenting sponsor of the event, HPD will have a large presence on site, including displays and giveaways, and will provide the weekend&rsquo;s pace car &ndash; a race-prepared Honda CRZ.</p> <p>HPD will also post contingency payouts at the same level as the U.S. Majors Tour, offering $500 for a win, $300 for second-place, and $150 for a third-place finish in Formula F while running a Honda motor.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to announce HPD&rsquo;s involvement with this Formula F birthday celebration, and especially for the true support that they&rsquo;re throwing behind the competitors for this milestone weekend,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;In addition to the support as presenting sponsor, HPD is helping us put the finishing touches on a celebrity appearance that we should be able to announce in the coming days. This event is shaping up as a &lsquo;can&rsquo;t miss&rsquo; for those in the small formula car community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Formula F 45th anniversary event is the focal point of the SCCA Summer SpeedFest at Barber Motorsports Park. Highlighting the weekend is the Saturday night Formula F birthday celebration open to drivers, participants, workers and crew members of each class participating in the weekend, including dinner, at the track. The celebration will feature industry celebrities and legendary racers.</p> <p>On the track, run groups will feature cars from each era of the Formula F timeline, ranging from vintage racers to what are now known as &ldquo;Club Ford&rdquo; through the current National Championship-eligible specs. Each class will race both on Saturday and Sunday, with a 45th celebration planned at the track for Saturday night featuring industry celebrities and legendary racers.</p> <p>In addition to the Formula F and Formula Ford classes, Formula 500/600, Formula Vee and Spec: RaceAtom races are a part of the weekend. HPD will also post contingency to Honda-powered Formula 600s.</p> <p>Registration is now open for the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, with schedule and supplemental regulations also posted at SCCA.com/FF45th.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com.</p> Club Racing Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Reindl Finishes Weekend as Packwood Tire Rack ProSolo Winner http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51945 <p><strong>PACKWOOD, Wash. (July 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Kinch Reindl, of Denver, Colorado, emerged as the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Super Challenge winner at Hampton Mills this past weekend. Annie Gill, of Renton, Washington, scored the &lsquo;hometown&rsquo; victory by winning the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Packwood competition site is becoming legendary among the Solo community, both for its covered grid area and location. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, 144 competitors were greeted by breathtaking scenery with comfortable temperatures throughout the weekend.</span></p> <p>Course designer Kevin Dietz added to the event by creating a pair of challenging courses. The courses were very technical, requiring intense concentration from each driver. However, many were up to the task as the number of hit cones was very small.</p> <p>The Northwest Region SCCA played the role of host perfectly. Friday&rsquo;s welcome party was enjoyed by all, while the region made sure the rest of the event was well-staffed.</p> <p>Reindl (Street Touring Compact, RiptideHosting.com/RDP Hosting Honda Civic Si) had already claimed one trophy after winning the class-based portion of the competition. As a result of his margin of victory in that portion, Reindl started the Super Challenge from the 11th seed.</p> <p>In his opening round, Reindl met, and defeated, Jonathan Clements (Race Tire Index 1, Honda Van Diemen). Reindl&rsquo;s next pairing was against Maurice Velandia (C Street, Thanks Ben! Subaru BRZ). Again, Reindl was the first driver to the finish line.</p> <p>In the quarter-final round, Reindl downed Jim Daniels (Race Tire Index 2, Mazda Miata) and earned the right to move forward in the single-elimination bracket competition. Reindl became a semi-final winner after taking a victory over Steve OBlenes (Street Touring X, FRSport.com/OSGiken/Sparco/RSR Subaru BRZ). In the final, Reindl matched up against Cam Withell.</p> <p>Withell (SP/SM Index B, Carline/MacKay Contracting Mazda Miata) was a newcomer to ProSolo competition, but proved to be a quick study. Starting as the 13th seed, Withell took wins over Wayne Dyck (C Street, Nissan 350Z) and Richard Arienzale (Race Tire Index 1, Petrel Data Systems/VCMC Swift DB1) in the opening two rounds, in that order.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, the ProSolo rookie took down Alan Dahl (Bump Class, Ford Fiesta ST) in a head-to-head duel. Withell rolled to the final after he beat Ryan Otis (Street Index RWD, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>After a smooth run to the final, drama befell Reindl during the final pairing. In order to get to the airport on time to make his flight home, Reindl needed to leave the site at 2:45 p.m. The final runs against Withell finished at 2:47. When Reindl brought his machine a stop following his run, he hopped out and got into his rental car to get to the airport. He didn&rsquo;t even have a spare minute to relish in his 0.177-second victory over Withell.</p> <p>The podium was completed by OBlenes after winning the third-place runoff against Otis.</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Gill (Ladies Class 3, Chase Cam/StranoParts/Drift Office Scion FR-S) started the head-to-head matchups as the No. 2 qualifier after winning her class by the second-widest margin.</p> <p>Gill got past Brianne Green (Ladies 2, Autosport Labs Mazda MX-5), during the opening round. In the semis, Gill took down Lacey Otis (Ladies Class 2, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>In the ladies bracket final, Gill lined up against Tasha Mikko (Ladies Class 3, MAPerformance/English Racing/Autosport Labs/CIRO Design Mitsubishi Evo IX). Mikko became a finalist after beating Connie Smith (Ladies Class 2, SPE-ED.com/Smarkamyth Racing Subaru WRX) and Laurie Hyman (Ladies Class 1, Cobb Surgeline/GT-RR Nissan GT-R) in rounds one and two, respectively.</p> <p>Gill was the last driver standing, after beating Mikko. As a result of the win, Gill also took the Ladies Challenge season-long point lead from Kim Whitener. Gill leads the standings with 109 points, with Whitener five markers behind. Jocelin Huang sits third with 103 points.</p> <p>Otis completed the podium by beating Hyman in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Tamara Kwak (Ladies Class 2, AXAnalyst/AustinSoft.com Nissan 350Z), another ProSolo first-timer, was the Bonus Challenge winner.</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo tour will be at the Wilmington (Ohio) Airpark, July 26-27.That will be the last round preceding the ProSolo Finale, in Lincoln, Nebraska.<br /> <br /> Information on the Packwood round of The Tire Rack ProSolo Series, including full results, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6988">here</a>. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href="http://www.scca.com/Solo">www.scca.com/Solo</a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Northern Conference Continues Sunday At GingerMan http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51944 <p><strong>SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (July 13, 2014) &ndash;</strong> After light rains on Saturday dampened the track and storms soaked the facilities overnight, the sunshine and warmer temperatures brought lots of speed on Sunday at GingerMan Raceway, with a handful of track records falling early in the day for Round Eight of the Northern Conference Majors Tour.</p> <p>The SCCA National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes were divided into seven race groups for 21-lap races on Sunday.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> A track record of 1:40.101 put Joe Moser&rsquo;s No. 63 Hoosier/King Motorsports/Moser Racing Honda Prelude in control of the overall and E Production race on his way to a weekend sweep to open the day on Sunday. Lawrence Loshak, driving the H Production No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX, and John Heinricy, in the No. 37 Matlick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic, followed suit in their H Production and B-Spec classes, respectively.</p> <p>After both he and his father, Joe Walker, failed to make the finish on Saturday, John Walker took his No. 9 Walker Racing MG B to Saturday winner Michael Sturm&rsquo;s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata early on. Sturm led at the beginning, but Walker slipped his MG around the Miata on lap eight. From there, Walker kept Sturm behind him and took the win.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> When Fabio Castellani&rsquo;s No. 97 Hoosier/ABRO/Pro-One Swift 014/Toyota pulled off course and out of the Formula Atlantic and overall lead on lap eight, it opened a door for Charles Duncan&rsquo;s No. 98 Circle D Racing Swift 016/Mazda to shake free of the No. 53 Campbell Ford Lincoln, Inc. Swift 014/Toyota of Doug Campbell and move to the lead.</p> <p>Duncan&rsquo;s challenge is with his own car, as an intermittent transmission issue has often plagued him in the opening stages of the session. That caused him to lose touch of Castellani early, relegating him to second place prior to the then-leader&rsquo;s mechanical issues.</p> <p>Ralph Provitz battled with the Atlantic leaders for the overall lead, finally settling for second overall and a Prototype 1 win in the No. 38 V2 Motorsports/George Dean Racing Staudacher S08. Tyler Thielmann was mixed up, at times, in that overall battle on his way to a weekend sweep in the No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012. Richard Colburn was the class of the Prototype 2 field all weekend, sweeping both races from the pole in the No. 9 Amari Metals NosTendo 2, while Scott Rettich did likewise in Formula Enterprises driving the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Formula Enterprises/Ford.</p> <p>Dale VandenBush&rsquo;s day wasn&rsquo;t as dramatic as Saturday, but he had to use his No. 12 Lake Effect Motorsports Formula Mazda to fight off a hard challenge from Jason Vinkemulder&rsquo;s No. 10 Vinkemulder Financial Formula Mazda. VandenBush got free on lap 12 when Vinkemulder spun, and held on to the end.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> Last lap contact on Saturday in Spec Miata caused hurt feelings, but Voytek Burdzy removed those on Sunday by driving away to a convincing win in the No. 41 Advanced Autosports Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Burdzy and Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata pulled away from the field together, nearly from the green flag. Novak took the lead into the last corner at the end of lap seven, with Burdzy to the inside as they raced side by side down the front straight. Burdzy reclaimed the lead through turn one, and the two were once again side by side down the front straight to start lap 11.</p> <p>Burdzy kept Novak behind, and began to pull away through traffic over the final laps, eventually winning by 12.830 seconds. Novak turned the fastest lap of the race for a new track record in 1:46.919.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Scott Rettich won Sunday&rsquo;s Spec Racer Ford race in his favorite fashion &ndash; ticking off consistently fast laps and daring the field to keep up.</p> <p>Adam Gottlieb did all he could do, putting his No. 7 Spec Racer Ford in front of Rettich for the opening lap with the hope of preventing Rettich from running away from the field. Going through turn one to start lap three, however, Rettich slid to the inside under braking and took the lead.</p> <p>Rettich ran the first 17 laps of the race within one second of his fastest lap of 1:46.005, never going faster than he did on lap three, but running a consistent pace that was quicker than any other driver could keep pace with. In front, Rettich deftly worked through lapped traffic to get his second win of the day, and fourth of the weekend.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> John Kachadurian watched Tom Patton and Jonathan Start throw down the gauntlet on Saturday in GT-2, too far back to challenge. A new set of Hoosier slicks and some changes to the set-up, and Kachadurian&rsquo;s No. 80 Chicago Motor Cars Porsche GT3 was a player in the action on Sunday.</p> <p>Start led the opening three laps in the No. 51 Kalin Construction/Hoosier/Carbotech Dodge Viper before Kachadurian ran his Porsche by in turn 10, bringing Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tires Sunbeam Tiger side by side with Start on the back straight before turn 11. Start held him off that time, but less than one lap later and Patton was in second, chasing for the lead.</p> <p>In the chase, Patton locked up his rear brakes and spun back to third behind Start. Just as he had cut Kachadurian&rsquo;s lead back under five seconds, it happened again &ndash; this time just in front of Start &ndash; and Kachadurian had the space he needed to run to the win.</p> <p>Paul Young pulled to pit lane with a flat tire on his No. 79 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe, handing the win to Ken Nelson&rsquo;s No. 45 Dodge Daytona. A similar effort played out in Touring 2 when leader Rich Rigda pulled his No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro behind the wall with transmission issues, allowing Gregory Schermer&rsquo;s No. 149 Posh Racing/Fall Line Porsche GT3 to race to the win.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Saturday&rsquo;s Touring 3 battle resumed on Sunday, with the proverbial blanket over the top two cars for the entire 21 laps. David Daughtery&rsquo;s No. 05 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkel Nissan 370Z led the opening 15 laps of the race, covered by Mark Boden&rsquo;s No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3. Boden finally found an opening going into the final corner of lap 16, then won the drag race to turn one to secure the lead. In front, he was unable to shake Daughtery, but was just quick enough to keep the BMW in front for his second win of the day and a reversal of Saturday&rsquo;s Touring 3 finish.</p> <p>Andy McDermid&rsquo;s No. 24 WeatherTech/Felice Perf Engines/T&amp;A Shocks Ford Mustang wasn&rsquo;t performing at its peak during the second half of the race, but the cushion he had built in class early on was enough to carry him to a weekend sweep. Rich Walke matched the two class wins in Super Touring Lite when Bruce Anderson&rsquo;s No. 73 Senson Racing/Auto Technik Racing Mazda Miata pulled out of the lead and behind the wall on lap 17, with Walke&rsquo;s No. No. 61 Creative Technology Mazda RX-7 holding off Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata at the finish.</p> <p>Dan Bender&rsquo;s No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda Miata ran a thrilling first lap, running side by side with Greg Vandersluis&rsquo; No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich Tires/Ford Racing Ford Mustang for several corners, and then putting Anderson&rsquo;s STL car between the two early to give Bender space to stretch the lead.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Bender, on lap 14 his clutch started to go, leaving him stuck in third gear for the remainder of the race. His lap times were quick enough to hold onto second place, but Vandersluis quickly motored his Mustang into the lead and earned the weekend sweep.</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> The final group of the weekend ended with two close battles, even after two class leaders fell out with mechanical issues.</p> <p>Michael Varacins was the first class leader to go, falling out of the Formula Vee race on lap three with gearbox issues in his No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5. That left Jeff Loughead&rsquo;s No. 8 Hoosier Tire/LL Loughead, DDS Vortech CR04 and Andrew Abbott&rsquo;s No. 25 Hoosier/Linamar/McLaren Performance Technologies Vector AM-1 to battle for the lead, with Loughead just in front of Abbott.</p> <p>Abbott was content to follow Loughead around the track, and the two ran nose to tail. Abbott got runs twice going into the final corner, but elected to wait until the pair was coming to the one to go sign to make his move. That backfired, however, when the front end of his car washed out and left him stuck behind the flawlessly driving Loughead, who held on for the win.</p> <p>Clint McMahan pulled his No. 2 Formula600Racing.com/Satellite Racing Scorpion FDS off course and out of the Formula 500 lead on lap nine, and when Saturday winner James Weida pulled off with mechanical issues of his own on the No. 22 Weida Apartments/Formula X-1 Scorpion/W-1 Rotax just a few laps later, it looked like Novak had the race in hand.</p> <p>The gap was probably large enough, until Novak&rsquo;s No. 19 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600 ran wide in the exit of turn one. That let the No. 07 Novakar Blade F600 of Calvin Stewart right on his tail, but Novak stayed in front to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Russell Ruedisueli repeated on Sunday in his No. 20 Van Diemen for the Formula F win.</p> <p>The Northern Conference Majors Tour continues July 26-27 at Road America with Rounds Nine and 10. More information on the GingerMan races, including results, can be found at SCCA.com/GingerManMajors. More information on the SCCA Majors Tour can be found at SCCAMajors.com.</p> <p>South Haven, Mich. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Eight from GingerMan Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Andy McDermid, Howell, Mich., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic<br /> E Production: Joe Moser, Wilmette, Ill., Honda Prelude<br /> F Production: John Walker, Richland, Mich., MG B<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> Formula 500: Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich., Scorpion F600<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Thielman, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012<br /> Formula Atlantic: Charles Duncan, Broomfield, Colo., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Thomas Gaffney, Birmingham, Mich., Reynard SF88/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Russell Ruedisueli, Rochester, Mich., Van Diemen RF-95<br /> Formula Mazda: Dale VandenBush, Green Bay, Wis., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Jeff Loughead, Darien, Ill., Vortech CR04<br /> GT-1: Tom Stanford, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> GT-2: John Kachadurian, Chicago, Ill., Porsche GT3<br /> GT-3: Ken Nelson, Novi, Mich., Dodge Daytona<br /> Prototype 1: Ralph Provitz, Macomb, Mich., Staudacher S08<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo 2<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 1: Mark Boden, Buffalo Grove, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 2: Gregory Schermer, Bettendorf, Iowa, Porsche GT3<br /> Touring 3: Mark Boden, Buffalo Grove, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 4: Greg Vandersluis, North Olmstead, Ohio, Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Northern Conference Dodges Rain Drops At GingerMan http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51943 <p><strong>SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (July 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Though the sun never quite poked through and light showers fell intermittently through the afternoon, seven race groups ran 30-minute timed races on Saturday at GingerMan Raceway for round seven of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour.</p> <p>The day began with qualifying for each of the Runoffs-eligible classes and drivers in attendance, giving way to an afternoon of racing.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> The afternoon of racing opened with the Production category, along with B-Spec, with Joe Moser pulling his No. 63 Hoosier/King Motorsports/Moser Racing Honda Prelude away from the field for a flag-to-flag win. Moser pushed his orange Honda through traffic with a right rear tire locking up under braking, which got especially treacherous with two laps to go when a light rain started to fall. Moser kept control to the end.</p> <p>Michael Sturm&rsquo;s F Production win came following a battle with the Walker family. Joe Walker&rsquo;s No. 5 Walker Racing Lotus Super 7 went around Sturm&rsquo;s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata on lap 12 for the lead after starting near the rear of the field. Walker abandoned the lead and pulled to pit lane just three laps later with a stuck throttle.</p> <p>Sturm thought he was in the clear at that point, then suddenly discovered the No. 9 Walker Racing MG B driven by John Walker, Joe&rsquo;s son, in his mirrors. Back in race mode, Sturm picked up his pace, and the younger Walker tried to go to the outside of a turn for a pass. Walker ran off course and ended his day three laps from the checkers, and Sturm finally had his win.</p> <p>Defending H Production National Champion Lawrence Loshak&rsquo;s brand new race car made its debut this weekend at GingerMan, and it now has a perfect record after one race. While Loshak admitted the No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX wasn&rsquo;t flawless, it was good enough to walk away with the class win. John Heinricy&rsquo;s No. 37 Matlick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic used traffic to ease away for the B-Spec win, despite the slickness at the finish and the rain causing his front windshield to start to fog up.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> Fabio Castellani won overall in the wings and things group, taking Formula Atlantic on a track that started wet and slippery. Drying out as the race went on, Castellani worked his No. 97 Hoosier/ABRO/Pro-One Swift 014/Toyota through the lapped field and ticked off fast laps to the finish. Tyler Thielmann&rsquo;s No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012 and John Gyann&rsquo;s No. 47 Gycor International Stohr WF1 finished second and fourth overall for class wins in Formula 1000 and Prototype 1, respectively.</p> <p>The closest battle of the race came in Formula Mazda, where Dale VandenBush had a year&rsquo;s worth of racing incidents condensed to the 30-minute race in his No. 12 Lake Effect Motorsports Formula Mazda. VandenBush had built an eight second lead early on, but saw that evaporate when he ran off track through turn two, and made contact with a Formula Enterprises machine in a separate incident trying to go by.</p> <p>With VandenBush&rsquo;s radiator screen covered in grass, Jason Vinkemulder&rsquo;s No. 10 Vinkemulder Financial Formula Mazda closed to his gearbox. Though Vinkemulder hounded him for several laps and with VandenBush&rsquo;s temperatures starting to climb, he could not find a way by, and VandenBush still was able to celebrate a win.</p> <p>Scott Rettich, already leading the Formula Enterprises race by several seconds after he started on rain tires, got radio communication to back off and save the tires on his No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Formula Enterprises machine. Rettich gave the ok, then turned his fastest lap of the race on lap 13 to seal the win. As the track dried, Rettich slid down the overall charts, but kept his FE win by more than 40 seconds.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> The Spec Miata race went to a full course caution on lap six, with Voytek Burdzy&rsquo;s No. 41 Advanced Autosports Mazda Miata leading Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata and the No. 68 Dynomax Exhaust Miata of David Bednarz third.</p> <p>Both Novak and Bednarz pushed hard on the first lap after the restart, with Bednarz going hard in the braking zone for turn one just after the first full lap. Bednarz didn&rsquo;t get by, but the three were the fastest cars on course.</p> <p>Novak was the leader as the field saw the one to go board. As they raced through turn 10, Novak and Burdzy touched, disrupting Novak&rsquo;s rhythm as he tried to stay in the lead. The two raced down the back straight to the final corner and back to the checkered flag with Bednarz in tow and also looking for a way to the front. Following the drag race to the three-wide finish, Burdzy stayed in front by 0.098-second, with Bednarz in third and only 0.193-second (about half a car length) behind.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Scott Rettich earned his second win of the day, this time in Spec Racer Ford, drawing away from the field with a steady stream of fast laps in the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/Springboro Car Wash Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>Behind Rettich was Scott Goolsbey&rsquo;s No. 79 Lindell Motorsports machine, who settled in during the middle stages with a gap on either side of him after losing touch with Rettich. Goolsbey had an issue with the valve stem on his left rear wheel, and put extra air into the tire to start the race, anticipating a very slow leak. The tire held, however, leaving him with too much pressure in the tire. That, of course, lessened the grip available on right hand corners, and had a charging Jeff Beck in his mirrors at the finish.</p> <p>Beck&rsquo;s No. 31 Lindell/Ryan Spec Racer Ford ran out of laps at the end of the race following a tight battle for third with Adam Gottlieb&rsquo;s No. 7 Spec Racer Ford. Beck finally got free of Gottlieb, but couldn&rsquo;t finish running down Goolsbey and finished third.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Jonathan Start led the way early in the No. 51 Kalin Construction/Hoosier/Carbotech Dodge Viper, but Tom Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tires Sunbeam Tiger moved around him through turn two on lap 16, then held on for a 1.306-second victory on Saturday in GT-2. Patton set a new track record, besting the existing mark for the second time in as many weeks (including the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour).</p> <p>Start spent the early part of the race with Patton&rsquo;s Tiger on his tail, but as the tires started to fade in the Viper, was a sitting duck. Patton never created much of a gap, but had enough to get to the finish.</p> <p>Paul Young (No. 79 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe), Tom Stanford (No. 20 Pote-Stanford Reporting Chevrolet Camaro), and William Moore (No. 33 MSports/Swift/Backstreet/Mom Chevrolet Camaro SS) won GT-3, GT-1, and Touring 2, respectively.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Andy McDermid&rsquo;s No. 24 WeatherTech/Felice Perf Engines/T&amp;A Shocks Ford Mustang ran away and hid from the American Sedan field for the overall win, but three class battles behind him were wheel to wheel.</p> <p>David Daughtery and Mark Boden were head to head early, with Daughtery&rsquo;s No. 05 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkel Nissan 370Z leading the opening six laps, and Boden&rsquo;s No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 taking over on lap seven.</p> <p>On lap nine, the two tried to get through a corner at the same time and made contact, sending Boden into a spin and bringing Daughtery nearly to a stop. Both continued, with Daughtery several seconds in front for the win. Boden climbed back around the No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3 of Aaron Kaplan to finish second.</p> <p>Rich Walke held on to Super Touring Lite in his No. 61 Creative Technology Mazda RX-7 after a race-long run with Bruce Anderson. Anderson&rsquo;s No. 73 Senson Racing/Auto Tchnik Racing Mazda Miata chased Walke, pulling in front of Walke through turn 10 and down the back straight. Walke caught back up down the straight, and the two went side by side through the corner and around a lapped car, with Walke holding on for the final lap to take a 1.8-second win.</p> <p>A similar scenario played out in Touring 4, where Greg Vandersluis&rsquo; No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich Tires/Ford Racing Ford Mustang led the entire race, but got pressure from Dan Bender for the final 10 minutes. Bender&rsquo;s No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda Miata dove hard on the brakes into turn one, just after the one to go board was displayed, but Vandersluis kept him from getting by with the wider arc through the left hander.</p> <p>The two went side by side through the next two corners, with Vandersluis emerging in front. The Mustang stayed in front the rest of the way, including the drag race out of the final corner to the checkered flag, for a 0.224-second win</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> The Formula 500 battle for the overall lead was the one to watch, as James Weida&rsquo;s No. 22 Weida Apartments/Formula X-1 Scorpion/W-1 Rotax and Clint McMahan&rsquo;s No. 2 Formula600Racing.com/Satellite Racing Scorpion FDS slugging it out early. McMahan&rsquo;s two stroke motor appeared to have the edge out of the corners, but McMahan&rsquo;s top end put him back in the lead. That battle ended when McMahan spun on lap five, recovering to set his quick lap on lap seven but losing touch with the leaders.</p> <p>Though Weida initially had space, Brian Novak picked up where McMahan fell off, turning the fastest lap of the race in 1:34.843 on the second to last lap in his No. 19 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600. With sponsor Metalloid just over an hour away from the track and dozens of associates on hand to watch, Novak dove deep into turn one on the final lap to try to steal the lead.</p> <p>That pass attempt didn&rsquo;t stick, and Weida pulled out a gap through the middle of the track. The gap closed again going into the final corner, but Weida kept in front for a 0.280-second victory.</p> <p>Russell Ruedisueli kept his No. 20 Van Diemen in front of Mark Davison&rsquo;s No. 91 Hardly Davison Swift DB-1 early, and inched away for the Formula F win. Michael Varacins started on the Formula Vee pole and marched away throughout the race for the win in his No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5.</p> <p>Round Six of the Northern Conference Majors Tour continues Sunday morning with 21 lap races beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT at GingerMan Raceway. More information from GingerMan, including results, can be found at SCCA.com/GingerManMajors. Live timing and notes are available throughout the day on Sunday at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>South Haven, Mich. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Seven from GingerMan Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Andy McDermid, Howell, Mich., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic<br /> E Production: Joe Moser, Wilmette, Ill., Honda Prelude<br /> F Production: Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> Formula 500: James Weida, West Lafayette, Ind., Scorpion W1<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Thielman, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012<br /> Formula Atlantic: Fabio Castellani, Streamwood, Ill., Swift 014/Toyota<br /> Formula Continental: Thomas Gaffney, Birmingham, Mich., Reynard SF88/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Russell Ruedisueli, Rochester, Mich., Van Diemen RF-95<br /> Formula Mazda: Dale VandenBush, Green Bay, Wis., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., Speed Sport AM-5<br /> GT-1: Tom Stanford, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> GT-3: Paul Young, Commerce Township, Mich., Ford Probe<br /> Prototype 1: John Gyann, Darien, Ill., Stohr WF1<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo 2<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 2: William Moore, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro SS<br /> Touring 3: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan 370Z<br /> Touring 4: Greg Vandersluis, North Olmstead, Ohio, Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Pro Racing Executive Changes Announced http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51942 <p>&nbsp;TOPEKA, Kan. (July 9, 2014) &ndash; SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. President and CEO Tom Campbell has announced his intention to retire later this year, and the company has named former Honda Performance Development chief Robert Clarke its new president.</p> <p>Clarke joins SCCA Pro Racing after leading Honda Performance Development (HPD) for 15 years, from 1993-2008. Clarke began at Honda in 1981, before starting HPD as a ground-up operation, establishing organization, facilities, policies, procedures and developmental goals. As its president and CEO, Clarke developed HPD into a world-class motorsports research and development business, also winning six manufacturer championships, eight driver championships and 123 wins in top domestic open-wheel series and sports car racing.</p> <p>Clarke&rsquo;s motorsports roots started with SCCA, attending his first race with his father in 1959, establishing a base that would drive his racing passion, both in business and as a participant, for the next 55 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very excited to work with SCCA, as it is an opportunity for me to give back to the sport where my passion for racing started,&rdquo; Clarke said. &ldquo;I look forward to use the skills, expertise and experience I gained at Honda and to help SCCA, as a whole, venture into some new directions to become more contemporary and relevant for today&rsquo;s society and automotive enthusiast.&rdquo;</p> <p>Campbell, a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of both Sports Car Club of America, Inc. and its subsidiary, SCCA Pro Racing, was named interim President and CEO of SCCA Pro Racing in January 2011. Campbell agreed to remain in the position full-time, with a focus of bringing stability to the organization.</p> <p>&ldquo;The business of professional racing is a challenging one, and I am happy to say that SCCA Pro Racing is on sound footing and primed to begin a successful next chapter,&rdquo; Campbell said. &ldquo;It was never my intention to have a long tenure with SCCA Pro Racing, but rather to position it for future growth. Robert brings the professional motorsports industry experience and skill set we need to realize our full potential. I look forward to working closely with Robert over the coming months.&rdquo;</p> <p>Campbell will remain with SCCA Pro Racing as Chief Executive Officer throughout the transition, with Clarke starting as the new president immediately.</p> <p>In addition to serving as SCCA Pro Racing President, Clarke will also work closely with the parent company, SCCA, Inc., in business development.</p> <p>&ldquo;Robert brings a tremendous background and new perspective to our overall business,&rdquo; SCCA, Inc. President and CEO Lisa Noble said. &ldquo;SCCA, Inc. and SCCA Pro Racing, will greatly benefit from his contributions. We look forward to working with Robert and the opportunities his involvement will bring to both companies.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About SCCA Pro Racing</strong><br /> A wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc., SCCA Pro Racing Inc. is a leading sanctioning body for professional motorsports events in the United States. A member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), SCCA Pro Racing sanctions and provides a variety of operational services for the Pirelli World Challenge Championships, the Trans Am Series, the Mazda MX-5 Cup, the Formula 1600 and 2000 Championship Series and Formula Atlantic Championship. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.sccapro.com">www.sccapro.com</a>.</p> ProRacing Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack Championship Tour Complete at Packwood http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51941 <p><strong>PACKWOOD, Wash. (July 8, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Tire Rack SCCA Solo&reg; Championship Tour had its most recent event at one of the most scenic backdrops to which the series travels. The competition site is set up in the parking lot of the unused Hampton Mills Lumber Yard, with the towering Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Temperatures in the 70s and 80s attracted 267 drivers to the picturesque area. The favorable conditions helped the event pull drivers from as far as California. An international flair was also added by a handful of Canadian racers who ventured south.</span></p> <p>The course, designed by Karen Babb, featured multiple challenges for the drivers to overcome including fast sections, challenging transitions and off-camber turns. The result was close competition, with many of the classes being decided by fractions of a second.</p> <p>The Northwest SCCA Region was the host for this event and did not disappoint anyone involved. On Friday, participants were greeted by a welcome party. The Saturday evening banquet also got rave reviews. Several prizes, including gift certificates to local businesses, an entry to an Evolution driving school and data acquisition software, were raffled off.</p> <p>Street Modified FWD provided the closest margin of victory during the meet. Quinn Campbell (SMF, Q Tuned Volkswagen Scirocco), of Kent, Washington, emerged the winner by only 0.042-second. Adam McCausland (SMF, Dales Alignment Mazda 323) was the day-one leader; however Campbell came through on his last run to overtake McCausland.</p> <p>Adam Ruff (Street Touring R, Adrenaline Racing/MCS Mazda MX-5), of Oregon City, Oregon, was the winner in STR, the largest class of the completion with 16 cars. Kevin Dietz (STR, Evo Schools/Jims Detail/Chase Race Honda S2000) was the class leader following Saturday&rsquo;s three runs. After a night to think about it, Ruff was able to best Dietz on Sunday resulting in a 0.114-second margin of victory.</p> <p>Ricky Bang (B Street, Mazda MX-5), of Richland, Washington, was able to pull out a nail bitter of a win over David de Regt (BS, Honda S2000) in another large class. After day one, Bang sat second behind de Regt by less that 0.1-second. On Sunday, Bang was the quickest in the class with a lap of 58.632. That was good enough to take the victory by 0.296-second.</p> <p>Street Touring Xtreme provided a feel-good story for those at Packwood. In a large class with closely grouped times, Joey Sim (STX, Nameless Performance/Raceseng Scion FR-S), of Gig Harbor, Washington, was the leader after day one. The overnight break changed nothing for Sim as he went on the score his first National Tour win.</p> <p>Don Wooten (Street Touring Compact, DirtFish Rally School Honda Civic Si), of Renton, Washington, also celebrated his first National event victory in Packwood. However, his road to the win was not as easy as that of Sim. During Saturday&rsquo;s competition, a cone hit was called on Wooten resulting in a two second penalty. That put him second, behind Jim Harnish (STC, Honda Civic Si).</p> <p>On Sunday, the penalty was overturned by officials after evidence showed that a previous competitor had hit the errant cone. With his corrected time, Wooten was the fastest of the drivers on day one. Wooten then sealed the deal with the second-quickest lap of the day, which allowed him to finish in the lead with a 0.130-second gap.</p> <p>More information, including full results, from the Packwood Championship Tour is available <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6987">here</a>.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour Series next heads to the Wilmington Airpark, in Wilmington, Ohio, Aug. 2-3. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">www.scca.com/solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT