SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:30:03 GMT SCCA Announces National Office Reorganization, Promotions Within Leadership http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52221 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 26, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Sports Car Club of America, Inc. announced a restructuring of its National Office this week, positioning four current employees in more prominent positions and adding one new member to its staff.</p> <p>The restructuring aligns the entire office into three departments &ndash; Operations, Business Development and Administration. Each of the departments will work closely to support the other&rsquo;s goals and objectives.</p> <p>&ldquo;This reorganization has been diligently planned with specific goals in mind,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;First, this will create a more collaborative office environment, embracing project management across our three departments. It will also add an even greater marketing perspective to our competition departments that will allow us to better support those programs and make our events more exciting.</p> <p>&ldquo;This move allows us to keep pace with the changing landscape of our Club, supporting our existing elements and developing new programs that allow us to better support new members. The energy and enthusiasm of our new leadership team gives the SCCA a bright future as we grow.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally activities will roll up into one operations department, providing a collaborative structure that will benefit each discipline. The new department will be led by newly-appointed Chief Operations Officer<strong> Eric Prill</strong>, who will oversee all SCCA competition activities, related staff, partnerships and events.</p> <p>&ldquo;Eric has the broadest range of motorsports experience in this office, from Pro Racing and into all of our Club&rsquo;s programs in operations and as a competitor,&rdquo; Noble said. &ldquo;This move to COO gives SCCA an opportunity to take advantage of those skills and give all of our competition programs the benefit of that experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prill, 41, joined the SCCA staff in 1996 and moves to the competition side of the business after 18 years in marketing, communications and public relations for both SCCA and SCCA Pro Racing. Under his direction, sponsorship revenue for the organization doubled, he developed a highly-regarded event communications and PR platform for professional and amateur events and the National Championship Runoffs&reg; was taken worldwide via live webcast. Growing up in an SCCA family, Prill was a licensed worker prior to attaining his competition license in 1995. Behind the wheel, he is a veteran at both the Runoffs and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.</p> <p>&ldquo;While I have been on the marketing and communications side of the business, I&rsquo;ve always been closely related to our programs,&rdquo; Prill said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled with the opportunity to bring my perspective and experience to SCCA&rsquo;s programs and events, both from a marketing standpoint and as a participant enthusiast.</p> <p>&ldquo;SCCA has a great core membership, one that is passionate about participating, be it as a driver, worker, crew member or fan. Our excellent staff is committed to evolving SCCA&rsquo;s existing programs and processes that make this more enjoyable, while developing new growth initiatives to ensure the Club&rsquo;s success in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Deanna Flanagan</strong>, 37, will manage many of SCCA&rsquo;s amateur road racing programs and support staff, including the U.S. Majors Tour, National Championship Runoffs and local racing initiatives after a promotion to Sr. Manager of Club Racing. Flanagan has been with SCCA for 12 years, beginning in accounting as the Club made the transition to its current Topeka headquarters, then moving to Club Racing in 2006.</p> <p>Flanagan is well-versed in Club Racing operations and administration, having worked closely with Region leadership, officials and drivers from across the country while serving as Club Racing Manager. She was instrumental in the launch of the BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour, has developed process and guideline manuals for the Majors and expanded her leadership role at the National Championship Runoffs over the last several years.</p> <p>&ldquo;Deanna has already proved her mettle by taking the lead in the Super Tour and expanding her role in our larger racing events, including the Runoffs,&rdquo; Noble continued. &ldquo;Her combination of customer service, operational excellence and project management skills make her an excellent choice to lead these programs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Howard Duncan will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the autocross and rally programs within the operations department.</p> <p><strong>Reece White</strong>, 35, earns responsibility for the day-to-day management surrounding the Club&rsquo;s marketing initiatives, public relations, websites, publications, advertising and promotional activities the as the Sr. Manager of Marketing and Communications. White has served as the Club&rsquo;s Public Relations Manager since 2010. During that time, he managed the communications strategies for all of SCCA&rsquo;s programs on both the amateur and professional sides, attending most U.S. Majors Tour events in recent years, as well as the Tire Rack Solo National Championships and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Reece&rsquo;s industry experience beyond the SCCA has proved invaluable during his time here,&rdquo; Noble stated. &ldquo;We look forward to that knowledge, as well as his point of view regarding SCCA activities that he&rsquo;s gained during his tenure here as a member, while we move into the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>White will report to VP of Business Development Robert Clarke in the new structure, as will the existing Experiential Programs Department.</p> <p><strong>Mindi Pfannenstiel</strong>, 42, heads the administrative department as Senior Director of Finance and Human Resources. Pfannenstiel will plan, direct, and control the organization&rsquo;s overall financial reporting and policies, accounting practice and human resources. Pfannenstiel has served as Director of Accounting and Human Resources at SCCA for 12 years, coming on board just before the move to Topeka.</p> <p>Pfannenstiel replaces outgoing Vice President, Finance Rick Ehret, who is retiring at the end of the year. Ehret will remain close to SCCA in a consulting role.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mindi is a part of the team that has been with the Club since the move,&rdquo; Noble said. &ldquo;She has been an invaluable resource of the SCCA as she has moved up through the finance department. Though we&rsquo;ll miss Rick as he moves on to an exciting stage of his life, that experience will serve Mindi well as she steps into that leadership role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Joining Pfannenstiel is SCCA newcomer <strong>Mitchell Root</strong>, 49, as Manager of Accounting and Human Resources. Root joins SCCA from the Kansas Insurance Department, where he was the Financial Examiner. Prior to that, Root worked at Florence Crittendon of Kansas as Director of Administration and Mize, Houser and Company as auditor. Root is a Topeka resident, and attended Washburn University.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to welcoming Mitch to the SCCA a part of our new-look office,&rdquo; Noble said. &ldquo;As a Topeka-area resident and employee, we&rsquo;re looking forward to his skills and perspective as he joins our team.&rdquo;</p> <p><u><strong>About Sports Car Club of America</strong></u><br /> Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 65,000-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; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Daytona International Speedway; 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. More information can be found at SCCA.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, or on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.<br /> &nbsp;</p> SCCA Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Available on DVD http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52220 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 24, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Sports Car Club of America announced the sale of DVD recordings of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Each of the 24 races of the 51st edition of the event are available for purchase on an eight-disk DVD set available in time for the holidays.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The entire set, which recounts the fight for a National Championship title in 27 classes, is $42.95 for Club members, and $47.95 for non-members.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The change in venue has created a new demand for a collection of DVDs such as this,&rdquo; SCCA Vice President of Marketing and Communications Eric Prill said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re pleased to bring this product back for our members and fans, alike.&rdquo;</p> <p>2014 Runoffs DVDs may be selected by visiting SCCA.com/Merchandise. Orders placed before December 15th will arrive before Christmas.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook, at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, and follow us on Twitter, @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> RallyCross Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Solo Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> SCCA Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT JEREMY GRENIER IS 44th RRDC MARK DONOHUE AWARD WINNER http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52213 <p><strong>HILLIARD, Ohio (Nov. 19, 2014) -</strong> Jeremy Grenier, 39, of Charles Town, W. Va., is the 44th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award, presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The award is named for RRDC member and former president Mark Donohue, who won his first National Championship in the SCCA E Production class in 1961, and then went on to become one of the U.S.A.'s greatest racing drivers. He won the Indy 500, the Can-Am Championship, three Trans-Am Championships, and the IROC Championship. He lost his life at the 1975 F1 Austrian Grand Prix.</span></p> <p>Grenier won his first SCCA National Championship Runoffs title following a spirited battle in the closing laps of the 20-lap Formula F race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., on Oct. 10, which included three full-course cautions. His outstanding drive was judged the performance of the weekend by the 17 RRDC members present (and watching on-line) who constituted the RRDC Donohue Award selection committee.</p> <p>Starting second in the No. 21 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier/ELR/KDD Citation Formula F Honda, Grenier immediately took the lead from polesitter Tim Kautz, earning him the GoPro Hero Move of the Race Award. He was then challenged for the remainder of the race, which included three restarts, by Max Mallinen and Chuck Horn. Each of the three took turns leading, until the final laps, when Grenier took over first place, Mallinen spun and Horn chased Grenier to the finish. Kautz was eliminated early in an incident which brought out the first full-course caution.</p> <p>Grenier crossed the finish line 5.121 seconds ahead of Horn to win his first National Championship in five tries. &quot;I went out there fully expecting to win, or at least be in the top two,&quot; said a confident Grenier, who drove solo from West Virginia to Monterey, towing his car and three customer cars to the West Coast. &quot;I figured my biggest competition would be Tim Kautz and maybe a couple of the local guys, but after qualifying second, I knew they were going to have to fight me for this one.</p> <p>&quot;I didn't expect Tim to go out so early and I didn't expect Max to be that fast, either. When he finally spun, I was so excited and I could finally breathe and just put some laps into finishing this thing.&quot;</p> <p>RRDC president Bobby Rahal, a Runoffs champion long before he won the Indianapolis 500 ('74 B Sports Racing and '75 F Atlantic), emphasized the RRDC Mark Donohue Award is &quot;about personal spirit and performance behind the wheel. Those qualities are more important for this award than winning the race.</p> <p>&quot;The RRDC honors Jeremy not only for his outstanding drive to win, but for how he supports the racing community through his car preparation,&quot; added Rahal, who personally called Grenier to give him the news that he'd won the award. &quot;He not only drove cross country to get to the Runoffs, he drove a flawless race against a very competitive field.&quot;</p> <p>As for winning the championship, &quot;It's something you work for for so long and to actually have it come true is very exciting. I really haven't slept very well.&quot; said Grenier.</p> <p>&quot;Winning the RRDC Donohue Award is special. To be recognized by my peers for the effort I put forward and the year I've had is quite special. I didn't even think about any awards until I was told I had won it. It hasn't fully sunk in yet. It's pretty impressive.&quot;</p> <p>Grenier runs Ski Motorsports in West Virginia, where he's &quot;kind of a do-it-all,&quot; he said. &quot;I am the truck driver, the logistics guy, the prep guy, the shop guy. It's basically a one-man show and I prepare multiple cars.&quot;</p> <p>Every year, the RRDC Mark Donohue Award trophy is an engraved glass top mounted on a special, racing-experienced wheel, provided through the efforts of an RRDC member. This year's wheel was donated by Bobby Rahal on behalf of Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing. It competed throughout the 2013 season on the No. 15 Midas Honda Dallara driven by Graham Rahal in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and part of the 2014 season. It was used for the last time on the No. 15 National Guard Honda Dallara at Race 2 at Detroit in 2014. Rahal started 14th but was crashed out when Will Power hit Josef Newgarden who then crashed into Rahal. This crash caused Justin Wilson to run into the back of Rahal thereby hitting the gear shift sensor which made the car unable to shift. Rahal made it back to the pits where the team changed tires, wheels, and the gear stack as well. Rahal left the pits several laps down in 21st, where he eventually finished the race.</p> <p>The award will be officially presented to Grenier at the annual RRDC members' dinner at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, 2015.</p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Club Elections Add Christopher, Hill to SCCA Board of Directors http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52212 <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (November 17, 2014) &ndash; Two new members will join the Sports Car Club of America Board of Directors, and two incumbent candidates remain for a second three-year term in office, after election results were announced on Monday.</p> <p>Area 4 Director Stephen Harris, of Dayton, Ohio, and Area 9 Director Brian McCarthy, of Sacramento, Calif., ran unopposed to retain their positions on the 13-member Board of Directors.</p> <p>Lee Hill, of Brandon, Fla., won the Area 3 election with 744 votes over John Zuccarelli, of Jupiter, Fla., with 598 votes. Hill replaces outgoing director Robin Langlotz.</p> <p>In Area 11, KJ Christopher, of Redondo Beach, Calif., received 405 votes to win the seat. Jim Malone, of Wilcox, Ariz., garnered 194 votes, and Lois Petersen, of Mesa, Ariz., earned 151. Christopher fills the seat vacated by Mike Lewis.</p> <p>&ldquo;Congratulations to Lee and KJ on their elections to the SCCA Board of Directors,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President &amp; CEO, said. &ldquo;And thank you, to John, Jim and Lois, who were willing to put themselves out there and run for a volunteer position to make this Club even better. I&rsquo;m looking forward to working with the 2015 version of the Board of Directors.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>2015 Board of Directors Election Results:</strong></p> <p><strong>Area 3 </strong><br /> Lee Hill - 744<br /> John Zuccarelli - 598</p> <p><strong>Area 4 </strong><br /> Stephen Harris (unopposed) - 1</p> <p><strong>Area 9 </strong><br /> Brian McCarthy (unopposed) - 1</p> <p><strong>Area 11 <br /> </strong>KJ Christopher - 405<br /> Jim Malone - 194<br /> Lois Petersen &ndash; 151</p> <p><strong>The 2015 SCCA Board of Directors:</strong><br /> Area One: Dick Patullo<br /> Area Two: Terry Hanushek<br /> Area Three: Lee Hill<br /> Area Four: Stephen Harris<br /> Area Five: Bruce Lindstrand<br /> Area Six: Peter Zekert<br /> Area Seven: Dan Helman<br /> Area Eight: Bill Kephart<br /> Area Nine: Brian McCarthy<br /> Area 10: John Walsh<br /> Area 11: KJ Christopher<br /> Area 12: Tere Pulliam<br /> Area 13: Todd Butler</p> <p>Election ballots were received through November 15, and were tallied by Mize, Houser &amp; Company, Certified Public Accountants.</p> <p>The current Board Members will gather for their final meeting of the year in Topeka, Kan., Dec. 13-14, joined by incoming Board Members Hill and Christopher. The new Board Members will officially assume their duties on January 1, 2015.<br /> &nbsp;</p> SCCA Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Triad Winners and Majors Champions Profiles Online http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52211 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 14, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Individual profiles for each of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Conference Champions and Solo Triad Award winners have been posted on SCCA.com, for the reading pleasure of friends, families, supporters and fellow competitors.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">These profiles are aimed at giving the reader an &lsquo;inside the helmet&rsquo; perspective of how each of these Champions earned their titles. Amateur motorsports certainly does not happen inside a vacuum, and these stories highlight the season-long battle on and off the track.</span></p> <p>While these stories honor our Champions for their on-track achievements, each story illustrates not only the dedication and passion for racing and competition but also the support from family and friends that was afforded to each member.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the 108 Majors Champions in 2014 can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/clubracing/content.cfm?eid=6551&amp;cid=52020">here</a>.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the six Solo Triad award winners can be seen <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=52114">here</a>.</p> <p>This is an ongoing project that requires the help of our members to help us make sure this information is correct. Featured drivers who wish to add or make corrections to their personalized profile should email Chris Berg, SCCA PR Coordinator, at cberg@scca.com.</p> Club Racing Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT