SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:10:02 GMT SCCA Members Featured Prominently In Safe is Fast video http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52046 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 19, 2014) &ndash;</strong> <a href="http://www.safeisfast.com">SafeIsFast.com</a>, in conjunction with the exclusive Road Racing Drivers Club, typically features content for a racer looking to improve or go faster. The current lead video goes beyond that &ndash; showcasing SCCA drivers in a video entitled &ldquo;How To Get Started In Road Racing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The video, narrated by Bob Varsha, features a number of SCCA racers &ndash; Eric Heinrich, Whitfield Gregg, Jeremy Morales, Beth Aquilante, Amy Aquliante, Danny Steyn, Robert Reed, Patrick Crider, even flagger Mick Levy &ndash; giving tips on how to get started behind the wheel.</p> <p>The video is the first in a partnership with SafeisFast, the RRDC, and SCCA. <a href="http://safeisfast.com/sections/7-driver-development/videos/66-getting-started">It can be found directly by clicking here</a>.</p> <p>SAFE stands for Skilled, Assured, Fit and Empowered, the key qualities that any young race driver must acquire and hone if they are to be successful in motor sport. That is why the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) has created the SAFEisFAST program: to engage with and support aspiring racers.</p> <p>SAFEisFAST provides online tutorials and guidance to promote and teach the skills necessary to be successful and safe on the track. Featuring expert advice from champion drivers and industry professionals, as well as tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, sponsorship and more, the site is designed to assist drivers at all levels of motor sport.</p> <p>The site was created by the RRDC, a US organization made up of many of the world&rsquo;s finest racing drivers. Members are elected by their peers and include Formula One World Champions, Indy-500 winners, champion Sports Car Drivers, and top American amateur road racers.</p> <p>At the time of the club&rsquo;s creation in 1952, racing was enjoying a post-war boom with new circuits springing up but with safety considered of little importance to circuit designers and race organisers. Led by respected champions and prominent American road racers, the RRDC was formed to enable drivers to have greater input into the sport &ndash; particularly in the area of safety.</p> <p>Now, over 60 years later, the club continues to lead the way in motor sport safety and young driver development.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Announces 2015 Majors Schedule, Moves to Five Conferences http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52043 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 18, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The calendar for the 2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour was released today, with an announcement that the country will be divided into five Conferences for the 2015 season. The total number of events will remain the same in 2015 despite the Conference expansion, with select events counting for points in two Conferences.</p> <p>The schedule divides what was previously the Eastern Conference into the Northeast Conference and the Southeast Conference, while the Mid-States, Northern and Western Conference remain intact.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve vowed from the beginning to adjust the U.S. Majors Tour to fit the needs of the competitors,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done that for 2015, making the travel distance for the highly populated East coast manageable yet keeping the number of events the same, supporting our initiative to cluster competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even with the split, the Northeast and Southeast Conferences remain among the largest in competitor population size, and the schedule for the rest of the country is one we consider to be the best in the three years of the Majors Tour. Every effort has been made to accommodate the drivers in each Conference, and hit the tracks that racers have traditionally supported and pointed to as worthy of a Majors event.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 2015 season opens with back-to-back weekends in the Southeast, beginning with Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jan. 9-11, followed by Sebring International Raceway, Jan. 16-18.</p> <p>The Western Conference opens Jan. 16-18 at Auto Club Speedway, with the Mid-States following in early March with the first dual-Conference event at NOLA Motorsports Park. NOLA will count for points in both the Mid-States and the Southeast Conferences.</p> <p>The Conferences based in the snow belt open later, with the Northeast sharing its opener with the Southeast in a dual event at VIRginia International Raceway in April, and the Northern Conference opening May 2-3 at Blackhawk Farms.</p> <p>Included on the Northern Conference schedule is the 60th running of the WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints, June 12-14, at Road America.</p> <p>In addition to NOLA and VIR, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the new 2.9-mile circuit at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Northeast and Northern) will be dual-Conference race weekends.</p> <p>Two additional Mid-States Conference events will be added to the schedule at a later date.</p> <p>Conference Championships will continue to count the best eight of 12 races, with points for each race to the scheduled Conference. Dual Conference events will score points for a driver in each Conference, but count only once in the Nationwide points and for participation credit.</p> <p>Series registration for the 2015 season will open on October 15. At that time, drivers will once again be able to renew their 2014 number in one Conference, with new drivers eligible to register for a number and other benefits at this time as well. More information is forthcoming on the Majors Series Registration.</p> <p>The 2015 U.S. Majors Tour Schedule:</p> <p><u><strong>Southeast Conference </strong></u><br /> Jan. 9-11 &ndash; Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.<br /> Jan. 16-18 - Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.<br /> March 7-8 - NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Mid-States)<br /> March 20-22 - Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.<br /> April 17-19* - VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Northeast)<br /> May 1-3 - Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Northeast)<br /> * - Pending track date approval</p> <p><u><strong>Northeast Conference</strong></u><br /> April 17-19* - VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Southeast)<br /> May 1-3 - Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Southeast)<br /> May 29-31* - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northern)<br /> July 3-5 - Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.<br /> July 31-Aug. 2 - New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.<br /> Aug. 14-16 &ndash; Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northern)<br /> * - Pending track date approval</p> <p><u><strong>Northern Conference</strong></u><br /> May 2-3 - Blackhawk Farms, S. Beloit, Ill.<br /> May 29-31* - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northeast)<br /> June 12-14 &ndash; Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.<br /> July 11-12 - GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, Mich.<br /> Aug. 14-16 &ndash; Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northeast)<br /> Aug. 22-23 &ndash; Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.</p> <p><u><strong>Mid-States Conference</strong></u><br /> March 7-8 &ndash; NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Southeast)<br /> April 11-12 - Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Jennings, Okla.<br /> July 4-5 - High Plains Raceway, Byers, Colo.<br /> July 25-26 &ndash; Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pueblo, Colo.<br /> TBA - Two additional events will be added</p> <p><u><strong>Western Conference</strong></u><br /> Jan. 16-18 - Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.<br /> March 21-22 &ndash; Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center, Calif.<br /> April 11-12 &ndash; Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, Calif.<br /> May 1-3 - Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, Calif.<br /> May 23-25 - Pacific Raceway, Kent, Wash.<br /> July 3-5 - Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Taking Nominees For 2015 Hall of Fame Class http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52021 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong>Sports Car Club of America is currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 SCCA Hall of Fame presented by Mazda class through October 15. Members and others from the motorsports community are encouraged to nominate the legends of the sport who have made a significant impact on the development of SCCA, through service to the organization, achievements in competition, or bringing recognition to the Club.</p> <p>The SCCA Hall of Fame was established in 2004, and honored legends Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Kathy Barnes, Dr. Bob Hubbard and Jim Downing, and Pete Hylton in 2014. Cameron Argetsinger, Mark Donohue, Paul Newman and John Bishop are just a few of the stars previously inducted in the 55-member Hall.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SCCA had an impressive alumni and our Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of recognition for those most accomplished members past and present,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;Those who make the cut are legends, not only of the Club, but of the sport. I encourage everyone to send in nominations and not just to assume that their hero or deserving recipient has been covered, as a member cannot become a Hall of Famer without that first step.&rdquo;</p> <p>Each year, the SCCA Hall of Fame Nominating Committee accepts nominations from the membership. Nominations should be kept to two pages or less, and indicate the background and reasons for consideration. After reviewing the potential candidates, 15 official nominees will be submitted to the SCCA Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will then conduct additional research on the 15 nominees before choosing the final five inductees, who will be formally announced in December.</p> <p>Individuals may submit candidates for the Hall Of Fame by emailing SCCAHoF@scca.com or mailing to SCCA Hall of Fame Committee, 6620 SE Dwight St., Topeka, KS 66619.</p> <p>A complete list of previous inductees is available at www.SCCA.com/HallofFame.</p> <p>The 2015 SCCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Mazda, February 21, during the North American Motorsports Expo (MSX) in Charlotte.</p> <p>Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 60,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both amateur and professional levels. It annually sanctions more than 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing program, which includes the U.S. Majors Tour and BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb.; the annual SCCA National Convention and Hall of Fame Induction and MSX &ndash; North American Motorsports Expo.<br /> &nbsp;</p> SCCA Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nation-wide Points Champions Crowned In SCCA SafeRacer Club Racing Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52019 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Following the conclusion of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour season, 27 nation-wide point championships have been crowned in in the SafeRacer Club Racing program.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The SafeRacer Nation-wide standings are used to measure drivers from different parts of the country against one another. Each driver&rsquo;s seven best finishes at a U.S. Majors Tour race, regardless of the conference in which the points were earned, are tallied and added together.</span></p> <p>Just like the season-long points for each Majors Conference title, points are awarded for finishes down to 20th place. Wins are worth 25 points, with a second-place finish worth 21 points and 18 are awarded for third. Finishes from fourth, on down, are worth 17 points and decrease by one for each finishing position.</p> <p>All but four classes had clear winners based on points earned. Formula F, GT-1, Prototype 2 and Super Touring Under required a tie-breaker to determine a champion.</p> <p>Max Mallinen, of Liberty Lake, Washington, was awarded the Championship title in FF after finishing the season tied with Timothy Kautz, with 159 points. The nod went to Mallinen who recorded four wins in 2014, one more than Kautz.</p> <p>In GT-1, the same situation occurred, this time between Champion Simon Gregg, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and David Fershtand. Both drivers ended the season with 171 points, but the decision went in the favor of Gregg as he doubled the number of second-place finishes collected by Fershtand.</p> <p>Richard Colburn, of Northbrook, Illinois, took home the Prototype 2 Championship after ending the season deadlocked with David Ferguson at 175 points, the maximum possible. Colburn was awarded the championship on the strength of his 12 wins throughout the season.</p> <p>The final tie, following the point tally, came between Rylan Hazelton, of Santa Cruz, California, and Anthony Simmers in STU. Both drivers earned the maximum 175 points, but Hazelton had the edge for the title after scoring wins in all eight races in which he ran during the season.</p> <p>Each driver who won the Nation-wide points chase in their respective class will be presented with a unique trophy to mark the occasion, compliments of SafeRacer. In addition, each winner also receives a $500 gift certificate for SafeRacer products.</p> <p>Nation-wide point champions are:</p> <p>American Sedan: Jim Wheeler, Lenexa, Kan., Pontiac Trans-Am<br /> B-Spec: Travis Washay, Milford, Conn., Mini Cooper<br /> E Production: Matt Reynolds, Boerne, Texas, Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Ken Kannard, East Troy, Wis., Mazda Miata <br /> H Production: Gregory Gauper, Hubertus, Wis., Honda Civic <br /> Formula 500: Timothy Friest, Leavenworth, Kan., KBS Mk VII/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., 2014 JDR<br /> Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Charles Moran, Oakton, Va., Van Diemen/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprise: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford <br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Spectrum/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Darryl Wills, Houston, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., Speed Sport AM-5/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Simon Gregg, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Randall Kinsland, Whittier, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-3: Chad Bacon, Kingsport, Tenn., Toyota Celica<br /> GT-Lite: Jonathan Goodale, Conifer, Colo., Mazda Miata<br /> Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha, Laval, Que., Can., JMS 016CP/Mazda<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Algonquin, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mazda Miata<br /> Super Touring Under: Rylan Hazelton, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: Joseph Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: Lee Niffenegger, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda Civic</p> <p>The complete Nation-wide standings for all 27 Runoffs-eligible classes are available <a href="http://crbscca.com/staffAdmin/points/pointsReports/nationwideReport.php">here</a>.</p> <p>Many of these same drivers will be in action for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Oct. 7-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Championship Preview Released http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52018 <p>The Championship edition of the Pirelli World Challenge Newsletter is fresh off the digital press. Click <a href="http://world-challenge.us4.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=7c04cc8ee7b80fbf569139f4b&amp;id=9eeedf0f5d&amp;e=12b4c5de6b">here</a>&nbsp;to view the digital newsletter.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Get in-depth previews on each of the six championship classes. Also, see photos from the GT/GT-A/GTS weekend in Sonoma and the TC/TCA/TCB weekend in Brainerd.</span></p> <p>Sign up to get this monthly newsletter delivered to your email inbox by signing up at <a href="http://www.world-challenge.com">www.world-challenge.com</a>. Scroll down on the homepage and enter your email address in the box on the right side of the page, midway down.</p> ProRacing Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge to Conclude Championship at Miller Motorsports Park http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52017 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 11, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Miller Motorsports Park will host the final two rounds of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Championships for all six classes. You can catch every minute or racing action by logging onto www.world-challengetv.com.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The GT Drivers&rsquo; Championship is led by Johnny O&rsquo;Connell, who is looking for his third consecutive championship. O&rsquo;Connell had a 42-marker lead over Mike Skeen, who would like nothing more than to break through with his first GT title.</span></p> <p>For Skeen to move ahead in the standings before taking the start of Saturday&rsquo;s Round 16, he would have to win in Round 15 while O&rsquo;Connell would finish third, or lower. While that is not the only scenario for Skeen to take the point lead, that situation is the easiest to explain. Both drivers have scored three race wins this season, with Skeen having the edge in number of pole positions by one.</p> <p>Michael Mills holds a 43-point lead in the GT-A sub class. His is the lead contender, for the inaugural season of the category, riding high following four consecutive race wins from Rounds 10 through 13.</p> <p>Henrik Hedman, who has struggled recently, will try to recapture the early-season magic that resulted in five class podiums in the first 10 rounds.</p> <p>In GTS, the same three drivers are at the top of the Drivers&rsquo; Standings as last year. In 2014, Mark Wilkins leads Lawson Aschenbach and Jack Baldwin leading into the final two rounds of the season. Wilkins has amassed 1333 points, including 12 top-five finishes in 14 races.</p> <p>Aschenbach, only 80 markers behind Wilkins, heads to Miller with the momentum of three wins in the last four races. Baldwin faces a taller task in earning the Championship title as he sits at 1139 points.</p> <p>Michael DiMeo is the Touring Car Champ, but can make history becoming the first driver to collect nine race wins during a season. That number would eclipse the current record of eight, held by Peter Cunningham. The question is, will DiMeo push to make history or stand pat on the strength of his point lead?</p> <p>In Touring Car A, rookie Jason Wolfe is the Drivers&rsquo; Championship leader heading into Rounds 13 and 14. He leads Shea Holbrook by 36 points. Lurking in third is Ernie Francis, Jr., who will take advantage of any misstep made by Wolfe or Holbrook to claim his first Pirelli World Challenge title.</p> <p>Brian Price is the current Drivers&rsquo; Standings leader in Touring Car B-Spec, with 1144 points. He leads 14-year-old Nathan Stacey by 77 points, with Tyler Palmer trailing in third. Price started the 2014 campaign strong by winning four of the first six races of the season, but has fallen on tough times after scoring only one podium in the last six races.</p> <p>On the other hand, Stacey, has been consistent with top-10s in each race of the season. If Stacey can pull off the come-from-behind Championship win, he will be the youngest driver to claim a title in Pirelli World Challenge.</p> <p>All four races of the Championship race weekend will be covered via live internet broadcast, which can be seen by going to www.world-challengetv.com. Starting Sept. 12, at 3:00 p.m. (MDT), will be TC/TCA/TCB Race One, followed by GT/GT-A/GTS Race One, at 4:40 p.m. (MDT). Coverage for the final TC/TCA/TCB race of 2014 will start Sept. 13, at 9:15 a.m. (MDT), with the GT/GT-A/GTS final starting at 2:10 p.m. (MDT).&nbsp;</p> ProRacing Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Runoffs Live Webcast Features Motorsports Heavy Hitters http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52016 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 11, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Those who cannot make the trip west to the SCCA&reg; National Championship Runoffs&reg; this October can watch all of the action from wherever they may be on SpeedCastTV.com, with an all-star cast of broadcasters calling the action.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The cast, calling all 27 National Championship races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca live, features a host of familiar faces to SCCA stalwarts and the motorsports industry at large.</span></p> <p>Greg Creamer and Jeff Lepper, the voices of the Pirelli World Challenge webcast, will pair up for half the races, while the remaining calls will go to the team of Rick Benjamin and Randy Pobst. SCCA staff member, and renowned Tire Rack SCCA Solo voice, Heyward Wagner will join the team from pit lane and victory circle.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SpeedCastTV webcast has evolved into something revered by both the Club and the industry,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA VP, Marketing and Communications, said. &ldquo;We once again have a team of broadcasters that is among the most respected in road racing, and we&rsquo;re thrilled to again work with Clark Cambern and the entire SpeedCast crew for the sixth-straight year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The experience both Creamer and Benjamin bring to the broadcast runs the gamut of professional motorsports, from NASCAR to MotoGP, and nearly every road racing series televised. Creamer has been an SCCA member for more than 25 years and has broadcast experience in many forms of motorsports, but has become a Runoffs staple as a play-by-play announcer. Benjamin was a staple of the SCCA Trans-Am Series and teamed with Pobst for the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and has called multiple Runoffs himself.</p> <p>Pobst is one of the most decorated drivers in SCCA history, winning National Championships at the Runoffs and the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, as well as multiple Championships in Pirelli World Challenge. Lepper joined the Runoffs team in 2013 in addition to his Pirelli World Challenge duties and has been an SCCA member since his childhood, with plenty of wheel-to-wheel experience at the Club and Pro level. Wagner, a long time announcing voice in the SCCA Solo community and a lifetime SCCA member, joins the Runoffs on-air talent for the first time in 2014.</p> <p>Those at the track during the races will once again hear John Fippin on the public address feed. Fippin has been the on-site voice of the Runoffs for every event since 1994, when the event was first held at his home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.</p> <p>The 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca begins with qualifying sessions for each of the 27 classes each day from Tuesday, October 7 through Thursday, October 9. Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature the National Championship Runoffs races, with each one broadcast live. Following the event, each race will be available on demand. To view previous Runoffs race webcasts, please visit www.speedcasttv.com/scca.</p> <p>More information, including a full schedule, can be found at SCCA.com/Runoffs.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Race Winners Take on Tire Rack Solo Nationals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52015 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The 2014 edition of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals featured two professional-level racers who faced off against one another in the same class. Both drivers have Pirelli World Championship race wins to their names, but, confirming the strength of the competition in Lincoln, neither was able to take home the winner&rsquo;s hardware.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In 2009, Tony Rivera, of Vista, California, took home two wins in the GT class while piloting a Porsche 911 GT3, and this year has driven the No. 08 Brass Monkey Racing Scion FR-S Coupe in the Touring Car class. Last week, as part of the Nationals, Rivera was driving his No. 133 Hoosier/Penske Nissan 350Z in the B Street Prepared class. He ended two days of competition in the trophies, finishing fifth out of 17 other drivers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;To be honest with you, this [the Solo Nationals] is the place where I have the most fun,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the least amount of stress. You&rsquo;re not dealing with the logistics of a team. You&rsquo;re also not dealing with the personalities that you can run into at the professional level. You can see your friends every year and just have some fun.</p> <p>Robert Thorne, of Littleton, Colorado, also took part in the Nationals, competing in his BSP-classed No. 180 3RAuto.com/CorsportUSA.com Honda S2000. Like Rivera, Thorne is also a race winner in Pirelli World Challenge, and the current driver of the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3. Thorne&rsquo;s Pirelli World Challenge win came in 2011. At this year&rsquo;s National Championships, Thorne was unable to defend his BSP title from last year. Instead Thorne finished this year in second, 0.038-second behind his co-driver Christopher Mayfield.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not just for the Solo world is this the largest event,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;But, this is the largest motorsports event in the United States. Having a track this size, plus the drivers who have as much experience as some of these guys and gals puts a whole new perspective on how quickly one can learn a new course and put down a quick time.&rdquo;</p> <p>While it may see like Solo and professional road racing are worlds apart, these two veteran drivers say things aren&rsquo;t so different. While Solo courses are smaller and the top speeds are lower, many pivotal skills needed to go fast at a famous road course like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can be developed on the autocross course.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Solo, having three runs per day is a very different situation than what we have at the race track where we have many laps to figure things out,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great mind training device and has really helped my qualifying out in the Pirelli World Challenge this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Of course, there are certain things that translate between Solo and professional racing and others that don&rsquo;t. Car control and learning to be on line all the time are two important things on which one can draw. The tradeoff of distance versus speed when going through a corner can also be transferred, and that&rsquo;s a big lessons that most in road racing don&rsquo;t see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Solo is challenging,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great place to hone your skills. A lot of people compare autocrossing to road racing. Others say one is better than the other. I&rsquo;m not going to compare them, because they are completely different. But, both are a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>While bench racers could debate the merits of Solo competition helping to make a road racer better, the ferocity of the competition cannot be overlooked. In fact, that is one thing that keeps Rivera returning to the Solo Nationals year after year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s challenging to go against such top drivers,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why a bunch of guys who have gone pro racing come back. Any one driver can be beaten on any given day. When you&rsquo;re coming down to the 0.001-second, locking the brakes while entering a corner can be the difference between winning and losing. There&rsquo;s no way to make up for that little mistake.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver, you have to be on your &lsquo;A&rsquo; game and I really like things that challenge my mind. I&rsquo;ll continue to be back. This year, running with my fianc&eacute;, has made the experience that much better.&rdquo;</p> <p>For Thorne, it wasn&rsquo;t until returning to the sport that he gained a greater appreciation for Solo racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;At 18 years old, I got out of the sport for a while. When I got back into it, after buying and competing in my own car, and re-learning how to drive I had a greater appreciation for autocross than I did when I was young. So, I&rsquo;d have to say that Solo racing is my first love.&rdquo;</p> <p>National Champions have been crowed in 70 classes, the Tire Rack National Solo program has one remaining event on the schedule. The St. George Match Tour is slated for Oct. 18-19, at the St. George (Utah) Airport. This will also serve as the final opportunity for eligible drivers to complete the requirements for the prestigious Solo Triad.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">www.scca.com/solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Race Winners Take on Tire Rack Solo Nationals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52015 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The 2014 edition of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals featured two professional-level racers who faced off against one another in the same class. Both drivers have Pirelli World Championship race wins to their names, but, confirming the strength of the competition in Lincoln, neither was able to take home the winner&rsquo;s hardware.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In 2009, Tony Rivera, of Vista, California, took home two wins in the GT class while piloting a Porsche 911 GT3, and this year has driven the No. 08 Brass Monkey Racing Scion FR-S Coupe in the Touring Car class. Last week, as part of the Nationals, Rivera was driving his No. 133 Hoosier/Penske Nissan 350Z in the B Street Prepared class. He ended two days of competition in the trophies, finishing fifth out of 17 other drivers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;To be honest with you, this [the Solo Nationals] is the place where I have the most fun,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the least amount of stress. You&rsquo;re not dealing with the logistics of a team. You&rsquo;re also not dealing with the personalities that you can run into at the professional level. You can see your friends every year and just have some fun.</p> <p>Robert Thorne, of Littleton, Colorado, also took part in the Nationals, competing in his BSP-classed No. 180 3RAuto.com/CorsportUSA.com Honda S2000. Like Rivera, Thorne is also a race winner in Pirelli World Challenge, and the current driver of the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3. Thorne&rsquo;s Pirelli World Challenge win came in 2011. At this year&rsquo;s National Championships, Thorne was unable to defend his BSP title from last year. Instead Thorne finished this year in second, 0.038-second behind his co-driver Christopher Mayfield.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not just for the Solo world is this the largest event,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;But, this is the largest motorsports event in the United States. Having a track this size, plus the drivers who have as much experience as some of these guys and gals puts a whole new perspective on how quickly one can learn a new course and put down a quick time.&rdquo;</p> <p>While it may see like Solo and professional road racing are worlds apart, these two veteran drivers say things aren&rsquo;t so different. While Solo courses are smaller and the top speeds are lower, many pivotal skills needed to go fast at a famous road course like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can be developed on the autocross course.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Solo, having three runs per day is a very different situation than what we have at the race track where we have many laps to figure things out,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great mind training device and has really helped my qualifying out in the Pirelli World Challenge this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Of course, there are certain things that translate between Solo and professional racing and others that don&rsquo;t. Car control and learning to be on line all the time are two important things on which one can draw. The tradeoff of distance versus speed when going through a corner can also be transferred, and that&rsquo;s a big lessons that most in road racing don&rsquo;t see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Solo is challenging,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great place to hone your skills. A lot of people compare autocrossing to road racing. Others say one is better than the other. I&rsquo;m not going to compare them, because they are completely different. But, both are a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>While bench racers could debate the merits of Solo competition helping to make a road racer better, the ferocity of the competition cannot be overlooked. In fact, that is one thing that keeps Rivera returning to the Solo Nationals year after year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s challenging to go against such top drivers,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why a bunch of guys who have gone pro racing come back. Any one driver can be beaten on any given day. When you&rsquo;re coming down to the 0.001-second, locking the brakes while entering a corner can be the difference between winning and losing. There&rsquo;s no way to make up for that little mistake.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver, you have to be on your &lsquo;A&rsquo; game and I really like things that challenge my mind. I&rsquo;ll continue to be back. This year, running with my fianc&eacute;, has made the experience that much better.&rdquo;</p> <p>For Thorne, it wasn&rsquo;t until returning to the sport that he gained a greater appreciation for Solo racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;At 18 years old, I got out of the sport for a while. When I got back into it, after buying and competing in my own car, and re-learning how to drive I had a greater appreciation for autocross than I did when I was young. So, I&rsquo;d have to say that Solo racing is my first love.&rdquo;</p> <p>National Champions have been crowed in 70 classes, the Tire Rack National Solo program has one remaining event on the schedule. The St. George Match Tour is slated for Oct. 18-19, at the St. George (Utah) Airport. This will also serve as the final opportunity for eligible drivers to complete the requirements for the prestigious Solo Triad.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">www.scca.com/solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Championships Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Final East Course Champions Crowned In Lincoln http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52014 <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) &ndash; The final four National Champions were crowned on the East Course of the Lincoln Airpark during heat five on Friday at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, which ended just minutes before rain began falling again.</p> <p>It was fortuitous timing for Mark Scroggs, of San Ramon, Calif., who needed his final run to win G Street in the No. 49 Stranoparts.com/Edge Motorworks Ford Focus ST. Scroggs moved around runner-up Trevor Jones with his final run to win by 0.390-second for his first title.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel very, very good,&rdquo; Scroggs said. &ldquo;It hasn&rsquo;t sunk in just yet. Trevor has been pushing me all week. I knew it was going to be tight between the two of us. I could see him go out because he was ahead of me and I watched him complete his run and I knew all I needed was a tenth. All week, I have been playing protect mode, be safe, get runs in the books. For the first time this entire week, I felt like I good go autocrossing right there. It was all or none. It felt pretty good most of the way though. I couldn&rsquo;t believe the timer when I came in. It felt really good to get that run out when I really needed to.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dave Montgomery, of Cincinnati, Ohio, picked up last year&rsquo;s F Prepared winning Porsche 914/6 and added to its lore, winning his first National Championship by just 0.292-second over Troy Acosta.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t come here expecting to win,&rdquo; Montgomery said. &ldquo;I knew the car was good enough to win, but I had some really stiff competition all year. I am just over the moon, I&rsquo;m so excited. I was nervous after yesterday because it was like a reset button between me and Troy. I came into today just thinking I had to nail it. I must have gone over the course 100 times in my mind. And then there was the threat of weather, so I was just a big ball of stress all day.&rdquo;</p> <p>No one knows how sweet a National Championship can be after falling just short better than Holly Schwedler, of Lakewood, Ohio, who has narrowly missed a title for four consecutive years before locking down the H Street Ladies crown this year. Schwedler won by 1.648 seconds for her first National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m beyond excited excited!&rdquo; Schwedler said. &ldquo;This is my fifth Nationals, and every year I&rsquo;ve been the runner-up until now. I don&rsquo;t even know what to say. I was just hoping for dry runs. I run really well in the wet, in general, but the course just looked so fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lacey Otis, of Scappoose, Oregon, dropped a final run that was low enough to win A Street Ladies by just 0.037-second in the No. 80 LocketsByLacey.OrigamiOwl.com Chevrolet Corvette. Otis topped Kandy Johnson with her final run for her first Nationals victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m still in shock,&rdquo; Otis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited and happy, but definitely shocked. When we came, my expectations were that I might finish in the middle of the group. I don&rsquo; t compete against these ladies very often, but I listen on Ustream and know how they&rsquo;re doing and I know it&rsquo;s a really fast group of ladies. I&rsquo;ve been driving this car since 2009, but probably in just the last year have gotten more serious in my autocross and trying to learn from my husband Ryan. I don&rsquo;t have a lot of trust in the car, it&rsquo;s a little bit scary for me because to go fast you have to drive it at the limit. Coming here, I knew it was tough competition and thought if I finished in the middle of the pack I&rsquo;d be doing well.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT