SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:50:02 GMT 2015 Majors Date At New Jersey Moved Up One Week http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52049 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 30, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The 2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Northeast Conference weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park has been moved up one week and will run July 24-16, 2015.</p> <p>The doubleheader weekend was originally announced a week later on the calendar. The races will remain Rounds Nine and 10 on the Conference schedule.</p> <p>The 2015 schedule was announced in mid-September, featuring 25 events spread out through five Conferences. Two events are yet to be announced in the Mid-States Conference. The schedule can be found at SCCAMajors.com. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Skip Barber Offering Coaching Days At The Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52048 <p><em>(Update: Casey Carden's email should be <a href="mailto:ccarden2@skipbarber.com">ccarden2@skipbarber.com</a>)</em><strong><br /> <br /> TOPEKA, Kan. (September 25, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Drivers attending the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have the opportunity to get some expertise on the track from the Skip Barber Racing School.</p> <p><br /> The Skip Barber Racing School is offering one on one coaching at the Runoffs for $750, with each participating competitor paired with an instructor who has experience in a similar type of car.</p> <p>Instructors are available each day of the Runoffs week, and will work with a very limited number of drivers to ensure the maximum attention.</p> <p>For more information, contact Casey Carden at <a href="mailto:ccarden2@skipbarber.com">ccarden2@skipbarber.com</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mazda Behind The Zoom Forum On Mazda Raceway Open Wednesday Evening http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52047 <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 23, 2014) &ndash; Mazda competitors can get the inside scoop on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the manufacturer through the newest &ldquo;Behind The Zoom&rdquo; forums on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and plenty of additional technical information about the track on <a href="http://www.mazdamotorsports.com">MazdaMotorsports.com</a>.</p> <p>A Behind The Zoom page on the home of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs exists already on MazdaMotorsports.com with turn-by-turn instructions, data, an annotated track map, plus in-car and <a href="http://mazdamotorsports.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/DisplayRacerStoryView?source=STORY&amp;uniqueId=2519&amp;storeId=10001&amp;catalogId=10001&amp;langId=-1&amp;button=y ">track walk video here</a>.</p> <p>Mazda competitors received an email this week with a link in the Tuesday eNewsletter and invitation to the forum on Wednesday night from 9-10 p.m. EST, where Mazda professional racers Kenton Koch and Tristan Vautier or Joel Miller will take questions, give advice, and help Mazda pilots prepare for the Runoffs. Q&amp;A is encouraged throughout the forum. The drivers will use microphones, and be able to respond to typed questions by the Mazda racing family by either typing or speaking.</p> <p>The BEHIND THE ZOOM campaign is a series where 12 Mazda factory drivers and champions break down many of the tracks and venues across the country.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 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><em>(ed. note - updated Sept. 30 to reflect the NJMP&nbsp;date change)</em><strong><br /> <br /> 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 24-26 - 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