SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:15:02 GMT Site of RallyCross Nationals Will Move to Iowa http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52306 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 27, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America announced that Indianola, Iowa, will be the location of the 2015 SCCA RallyCross National Championships. The competition site itself is a patch of land owned by the National Balloon Classic that is used as a parking lot for the annual festival. The balloon festival with tens of thousands of spectators will be the week before the RallyCross Nationals, which is scheduled for Aug. 7-9.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Both the venue and date changes came as a result of member concerns that arose from the 2014 event. This will be the third site in as many years that will host the year-end event. The choice to move from the I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Neb., which hosted last year&rsquo;s event, was the result of some unanticipated weather circumstances that made the facility less than ideal for a National Championship meet.</span></p> <p>The Iowa site that will host this year&rsquo;s Championship was found as a result of an exhaustive country-wide search. The Des Moines Valley Region has experience with the administration of a RallyCross event at this very location. Aside from the local region having utilized the site in the past, the fact that the tract of land is used for parking tens of thousands of festival goers suggests that the ground will be well-packed.</p> <p>The move in date also hopes to be beneficial for the meet. As the event will be held in early August, weather conditions should be much warmer and drier than those experienced in October.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very excited to be able use the parking area for the National Balloon Classic (http://www.nationalballoonclassic.com/) for this year&rsquo;s RallyCross National Championship and to work with the community of Indianola,&rdquo; Sr. Director of Solo and RallyCross Howard Duncan said. &ldquo;This new site will provide participants with all the elements to have an exceptional championship event; great courses on a superb surface, warm weather, plenty of paddock space, on-site buildings for social functions, and proximity to a metropolitan area. We look for the 2015 RX Nationals to be the best yet!&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the date and location change, a National Championship committee was formed. They will work with the RallyCross Board and national office staff to help organize all aspects of the event. The overall goal is to help foster a more social feel to the meet. The new committee has been challenged to make this year&rsquo;s event the most fun RallyCross Nationals in the program&rsquo;s history.</p> <p>Further information on the National RallyCross program can be found at SCCA.com/RallyCross. Details regarding this National Championship event will be made available as they are determined <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8972">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> RallyCross Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Contingency Awards Outlined for Tire Rack National Solo Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52304 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Top finishers at each Tire Rack&reg; SCCA National Solo event will have the opportunity to collect contingency from several manufacturers and racing-related companies.</p> <p>In many cases, podium finishes in Tire Rack Match Tour and Championship Tour class-based competition will be eligible for contingency rewards. In ProSolo prizes may be awarded in four different ways, including class and challenge competitions at each event, and year-end points in class or challenge.</p> <p>Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer a $300 award for a win in the class competition of each of the three types of events. Second place will be eligible for a $175 bonus. In the ProSolo series, eligible winners in the Super, Ladies and Bonus Challenges will be awarded $400 with second place earning $250. Prizes are also up for grabs based on ProSolo year-end points with the top three in class competition eligible to take home $1,000, $600 and $300, respectively. Year-end point leaders in the challenge events will have $600, $400 and $200 paydays available for the top three drivers, respectively.</p> <p>MINI USA and Subaru of America will be supporting all three National Solo programs. MINI USA has made $250, $100 and $50 prizes available to eligible drivers for a podium position in class-based competition. Eligible drivers can claim $1,000 from MINI USA for a ProSolo year-end championship in class. Subaru will also incentivize their customers to run with cash payouts for the three programs. At Match and Championship Tour events, eligible drivers can earn $250 for a win and $150 for a second-place finish in class competition. For the ProSolo program, a podium finish in the class portion of the event will be worth $250, $125 and $50, respectively. Top-three finishers in ProSolo Class and Challenge standings will be able to cash in with $1,000, $750 and $500 prizes, respectively.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development (HPD), Scion Racing and Toyota/TRD will offer awards to competitors in ProSolo. HPD will offer eligible drivers a $100 pay day for winning the class competition while second and third place will get a $50 and $25 payout, respectively. An eligible year-end points Champion will also be able to claim $200. Scion will award prizes of $200 and $100 to the top two positions in class competition, in that order, for drivers of the FR-S. Class Winners in other Scion models will be able to claim $200. Year-end Champions in class and challenge standings will be eligible for $1,000. Toyota/TRD will offer a $200 award to eligible drivers for a win in ProSolo class completion at each event, while eligible season-ending Champions in Class and Challenge standings will be able to claim $1,000.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are another big part of the contingency picture.</p> <p>BFGoodrich Tires will support all three National Solo programs. Eligible Championship and Match Tour class winners will be able to get their hands on two free tires with a win, and will earn one free tire for a second-place finish. On the ProSolo side, eligible winners in class competition will also earn two tires with second place earning one. Super and Ladies Challenge winners will be eligible for the same prize. Eligible year-end Champions in class points will be able to claim four tires while second place can get two tires. The season-long Champion in Super and Ladies Challenge points can claim four tires.</p> <p>Falken Tire will support select classes in all three divisions. In all cases they will offer cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to podium finishers, in that order, in class-based competition. GT Radial and Hoosier Racing Tire have also pledged their support for all three programs with identical payout schedules. Each company will provide two tires to eligible class winners in all three divisions, with second place good for one free tire. For ProSolo events, both companies will also offer two tires to all challenge winners, with second place getting one. All prizes will be doubled at the ProSolo Finale. Eligible season-long class and Super Challenge Champions can claim four tires.</p> <p>Kumho Tires is also participating with their own contingency program supporting all three National series. Eligible drivers can claim a $300, $200 or $150 product credit for a podium finish, in class. That amount is doubled for any Street or Street Touring category. Both a Match Tour Shootout and ProSolo Challenge top-three finishers will earn the same payout made available during class competition. In addition, a ProSolo class or Challenge season-long Champion can get their hands on four free tires.</p> <p>Bridgestone has put their name in the hat to support the Match and Championship Tour events. Eligible drivers can earn $200 for a class win, while the remaining two podium positions can earn $150 and $100.</p> <p>Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer product certificates to eligible, in-class podium finishers at Championship and Match Tour meets. The schedule breaks down to the winner earning a $100 certificate, second eligible for a $50 certificate with third able to claim a $25 certificate.</p> <p>FR Sport will be offering $150 product certificates to eligible winners in all three types of events. Bride Racing Seat has also jumped onboard to offer $100 product certificates to eligible ProSolo class winners, with second able to earn a $50 product certificate. OSGiken will also support ProSolo by offering a $200 product certificate to eligible class winners, while second- and third-place finishers can claim $100 and $50 product certificates.</p> <p>Each contingency opportunity requires pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=44518">here</a>.</p> <p>The Tire Rack National Solo Program kicks off its 2015 season with the Blytheville ProSolo and Crows Landing CAM Challenge, both scheduled for March 7-8.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Contingency Awards Outlined for Tire Rack National Solo Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52304 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Top finishers at each Tire Rack&reg; SCCA National Solo event will have the opportunity to collect contingency from several manufacturers and racing-related companies.</p> <p>In many cases, podium finishes in Tire Rack Match Tour and Championship Tour class-based competition will be eligible for contingency rewards. In ProSolo prizes may be awarded in four different ways, including class and challenge competitions at each event, and year-end points in class or challenge.</p> <p>Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer a $300 award for a win in the class competition of each of the three types of events. Second place will be eligible for a $175 bonus. In the ProSolo series, eligible winners in the Super, Ladies and Bonus Challenges will be awarded $400 with second place earning $250. Prizes are also up for grabs based on ProSolo year-end points with the top three in class competition eligible to take home $1,000, $600 and $300, respectively. Year-end point leaders in the challenge events will have $600, $400 and $200 paydays available for the top three drivers, respectively.</p> <p>MINI USA and Subaru of America will be supporting all three National Solo programs. MINI USA has made $250, $100 and $50 prizes available to eligible drivers for a podium position in class-based competition. Eligible drivers can claim $1,000 from MINI USA for a ProSolo year-end championship in class. Subaru will also incentivize their customers to run with cash payouts for the three programs. At Match and Championship Tour events, eligible drivers can earn $250 for a win and $150 for a second-place finish in class competition. For the ProSolo program, a podium finish in the class portion of the event will be worth $250, $125 and $50, respectively. Top-three finishers in ProSolo Class and Challenge standings will be able to cash in with $1,000, $750 and $500 prizes, respectively.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development (HPD), Scion Racing and Toyota/TRD will offer awards to competitors in ProSolo. HPD will offer eligible drivers a $100 pay day for winning the class competition while second and third place will get a $50 and $25 payout, respectively. An eligible year-end points Champion will also be able to claim $200. Scion will award prizes of $200 and $100 to the top two positions in class competition, in that order, for drivers of the FR-S. Class Winners in other Scion models will be able to claim $200. Year-end Champions in class and challenge standings will be eligible for $1,000. Toyota/TRD will offer a $200 award to eligible drivers for a win in ProSolo class completion at each event, while eligible season-ending Champions in Class and Challenge standings will be able to claim $1,000.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are another big part of the contingency picture.</p> <p>BFGoodrich Tires will support all three National Solo programs. Eligible Championship and Match Tour class winners will be able to get their hands on two free tires with a win, and will earn one free tire for a second-place finish. On the ProSolo side, eligible winners in class competition will also earn two tires with second place earning one. Super and Ladies Challenge winners will be eligible for the same prize. Eligible year-end Champions in class points will be able to claim four tires while second place can get two tires. The season-long Champion in Super and Ladies Challenge points can claim four tires.</p> <p>Falken Tire will support select classes in all three divisions. In all cases they will offer cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to podium finishers, in that order, in class-based competition. GT Radial and Hoosier Racing Tire have also pledged their support for all three programs with identical payout schedules. Each company will provide two tires to eligible class winners in all three divisions, with second place good for one free tire. For ProSolo events, both companies will also offer two tires to all challenge winners, with second place getting one. All prizes will be doubled at the ProSolo Finale. Eligible season-long class and Super Challenge Champions can claim four tires.</p> <p>Kumho Tires is also participating with their own contingency program supporting all three National series. Eligible drivers can claim a $300, $200 or $150 product credit for a podium finish, in class. That amount is doubled for any Street or Street Touring category. Both a Match Tour Shootout and ProSolo Challenge top-three finishers will earn the same payout made available during class competition. In addition, a ProSolo class or Challenge season-long Champion can get their hands on four free tires.</p> <p>Bridgestone has put their name in the hat to support the Match and Championship Tour events. Eligible drivers can earn $200 for a class win, while the remaining two podium positions can earn $150 and $100.</p> <p>Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer product certificates to eligible, in-class podium finishers at Championship and Match Tour meets. The schedule breaks down to the winner earning a $100 certificate, second eligible for a $50 certificate with third able to claim a $25 certificate.</p> <p>FR Sport will be offering $150 product certificates to eligible winners in all three types of events. Bride Racing Seat has also jumped onboard to offer $100 product certificates to eligible ProSolo class winners, with second able to earn a $50 product certificate. OSGiken will also support ProSolo by offering a $200 product certificate to eligible class winners, while second- and third-place finishers can claim $100 and $50 product certificates.</p> <p>Each contingency opportunity requires pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=44518">here</a>.</p> <p>The Tire Rack National Solo Program kicks off its 2015 season with the Blytheville ProSolo and Crows Landing CAM Challenge, both scheduled for March 7-8.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Championships Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Convention Ends on a High Note with the Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52303 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) </strong>&ndash; The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club&rsquo;s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day.</span></p> <p>Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so surprised by this that I don&rsquo;t know what to say,&rdquo; Pallotta said. &ldquo;Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can&rsquo;t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next up on the docket was the President&rsquo;s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President&rsquo;s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe&rsquo;s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era.</p> <p>The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year&rsquo;s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe I am up here receiving this award,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>To finish the evening&rsquo;s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Koveleski.</p> <p>Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively&rsquo;s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because of inadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices.</p> <p>Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity,&rdquo; Sharp said. &ldquo;Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,&rdquo; Tullius said. &ldquo;My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.</p> <p>Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Koveleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Koveleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Hall of Fame, including past year&rsquo;s inductees, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44406">here</a>. Also, information on the Club&rsquo;s various awards, including past winners, can be found<a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418"> here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Convention Ends on a High Note with the Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52303 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) </strong>&ndash; The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club&rsquo;s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day.</span></p> <p>Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so surprised by this that I don&rsquo;t know what to say,&rdquo; Pallotta said. &ldquo;Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can&rsquo;t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next up on the docket was the President&rsquo;s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President&rsquo;s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe&rsquo;s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era.</p> <p>The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year&rsquo;s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe I am up here receiving this award,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>To finish the evening&rsquo;s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Koveleski.</p> <p>Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively&rsquo;s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because of inadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices.</p> <p>Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity,&rdquo; Sharp said. &ldquo;Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,&rdquo; Tullius said. &ldquo;My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.</p> <p>Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Koveleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Koveleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Hall of Fame, including past year&rsquo;s inductees, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44406">here</a>. Also, information on the Club&rsquo;s various awards, including past winners, can be found<a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418"> here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Road Rally Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Convention Ends on a High Note with the Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52303 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) </strong>&ndash; The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club&rsquo;s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day.</span></p> <p>Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so surprised by this that I don&rsquo;t know what to say,&rdquo; Pallotta said. &ldquo;Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can&rsquo;t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next up on the docket was the President&rsquo;s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President&rsquo;s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe&rsquo;s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era.</p> <p>The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year&rsquo;s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe I am up here receiving this award,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>To finish the evening&rsquo;s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Koveleski.</p> <p>Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively&rsquo;s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because of inadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices.</p> <p>Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity,&rdquo; Sharp said. &ldquo;Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,&rdquo; Tullius said. &ldquo;My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.</p> <p>Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Koveleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Koveleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Hall of Fame, including past year&rsquo;s inductees, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44406">here</a>. Also, information on the Club&rsquo;s various awards, including past winners, can be found<a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418"> here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Convention Ends on a High Note with the Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52303 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) </strong>&ndash; The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club&rsquo;s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day.</span></p> <p>Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so surprised by this that I don&rsquo;t know what to say,&rdquo; Pallotta said. &ldquo;Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can&rsquo;t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next up on the docket was the President&rsquo;s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President&rsquo;s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe&rsquo;s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era.</p> <p>The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year&rsquo;s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe I am up here receiving this award,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>To finish the evening&rsquo;s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Koveleski.</p> <p>Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively&rsquo;s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because of inadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices.</p> <p>Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity,&rdquo; Sharp said. &ldquo;Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,&rdquo; Tullius said. &ldquo;My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.</p> <p>Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Koveleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Koveleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Hall of Fame, including past year&rsquo;s inductees, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44406">here</a>. Also, information on the Club&rsquo;s various awards, including past winners, can be found<a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418"> here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Day Two of SCCA National Convention Filled with Program-specific 2020 Sessions http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52302 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) &ndash;</strong> In staying with the SCCA Convention&rsquo;s forward-looking theme, Saturday&rsquo;s docket comprised of a series of panel discussions focused on specific areas of competition. Sessions were held for the Solo, Club Racing, Time Trials and RallyCross communities at the Charlotte Convention Center, on Saturday.</p> <p>The subject of SCCA Solo competition was the first item on the list. VP of Rally/Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan started the discussion with an overview of where the program has been a in the past and the overhead view of the future direction. Eric Prill, SCCA COO, moderated the deliberation that included Duncan, Steve Hudson (Past Solo Events Board Chair), Brian Connors (Current SEB Chair), Raleigh and Velma Boreen (Regional Solo Development).</p> <p>Panelists tackled many subjects including participation, attempting to keep rules current with technological advancements in the auto industry and event format. Digital technological advancements, in regards to membership interaction, were also part of the discussion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Test-n-Tune events seem to be on the rise, especially at the regional level,&rdquo; Raleigh said. &ldquo;With these types of low-key events, the focus is more on fun rather than competition. There isn&rsquo;t the pressure knowing all I have is four runs to get it right. That allows for a more social aspect among the participants.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Club Racing program was the next to take center stage. Like Duncan, Prill broke down the past and future direction of the program. When the discussion portion opened, Greg Creamer posed questions to the panelists, which included Prill, Deanna Flanagan (Senior Manager, Club Racing), Jim Wheeler (Club Racing Board Chair) and David Arken (CRB member).</p> <p>Many of the topics were future-focused with as it pertains to rules, future events &ndash; such as the yearly movement of the National Championship Runoffs &ndash; and the social aspect surrounding each race event. A renewed focus on camaraderie at Club Racing events was the hot-button topic.</p> <p>&ldquo;As evidenced by the Runoffs at Mazda Raceway, the social aspect of our events has fallen flat over the past 10 to 20 years,&rdquo; Flanagan said. &ldquo;We do the on-track stuff very well, but engaging an increasing number of people is important. The Runoffs held at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio were before my time, but I&rsquo;ve heard the stories that many of you have lived. The overall goal is to increase the fun factor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Technology was another issue touched on by each of the four panelists. Flanagan highlighted the importance of the technological integration in the participant-facing applications, with enhanced registration on the forefront. Prill also teased a more interactive aspect of the Club&rsquo;s website, which will be rolled out later in the year, in addition to a new potential corporate partnership with a major consumer electronics company.</p> <p>Wheeler and Arken addressed issues pertaining to technology as it relates to technical rules and regulations. The topic centered mostly on the collection of data and its usage in governing performance characteristics within each class of racing.</p> <p>The Time Trials session was led by Heyward Wagner with a panel that included SCCA Board of Director members Brian McCarthy and Tere Pulliam. Discussion centered on bringing more participants into the Club. The session participants agreed that getting potential participants the opportunity to sample what SCCA has to offer is the best way to convert those prospects into full members.</p> <p>The RallyCross 2020 session was the final of the program breakout sessions. Steve Hyatt, the RallyCross chairman, led the final 2020 session of the event. Hyatt reported on the RallyCross program in from 2014. The discussion soon shifted to spit balling ideas to get more participation in the program. The idea of creating women&rsquo;s class, in addition to brainstorming ways to get the message regarding the program in front of the general public, were two examples of what was discussed to help grow the program.</p> <p>The day&rsquo;s festivities will come to a close with the 2015 Awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Presented by Mazda, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Charlotte Center City.</p> <p>Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.</p> Club Racing Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Day Two of SCCA National Convention Filled with Program-specific 2020 Sessions http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52302 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) &ndash;</strong> In staying with the SCCA Convention&rsquo;s forward-looking theme, Saturday&rsquo;s docket comprised of a series of panel discussions focused on specific areas of competition. Sessions were held for the Solo, Club Racing, Time Trials and RallyCross communities at the Charlotte Convention Center, on Saturday.</p> <p>The subject of SCCA Solo competition was the first item on the list. VP of Rally/Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan started the discussion with an overview of where the program has been a in the past and the overhead view of the future direction. Eric Prill, SCCA COO, moderated the deliberation that included Duncan, Steve Hudson (Past Solo Events Board Chair), Brian Connors (Current SEB Chair), Raleigh and Velma Boreen (Regional Solo Development).</p> <p>Panelists tackled many subjects including participation, attempting to keep rules current with technological advancements in the auto industry and event format. Digital technological advancements, in regards to membership interaction, were also part of the discussion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Test-n-Tune events seem to be on the rise, especially at the regional level,&rdquo; Raleigh said. &ldquo;With these types of low-key events, the focus is more on fun rather than competition. There isn&rsquo;t the pressure knowing all I have is four runs to get it right. That allows for a more social aspect among the participants.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Club Racing program was the next to take center stage. Like Duncan, Prill broke down the past and future direction of the program. When the discussion portion opened, Greg Creamer posed questions to the panelists, which included Prill, Deanna Flanagan (Senior Manager, Club Racing), Jim Wheeler (Club Racing Board Chair) and David Arken (CRB member).</p> <p>Many of the topics were future-focused with as it pertains to rules, future events &ndash; such as the yearly movement of the National Championship Runoffs &ndash; and the social aspect surrounding each race event. A renewed focus on camaraderie at Club Racing events was the hot-button topic.</p> <p>&ldquo;As evidenced by the Runoffs at Mazda Raceway, the social aspect of our events has fallen flat over the past 10 to 20 years,&rdquo; Flanagan said. &ldquo;We do the on-track stuff very well, but engaging an increasing number of people is important. The Runoffs held at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio were before my time, but I&rsquo;ve heard the stories that many of you have lived. The overall goal is to increase the fun factor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Technology was another issue touched on by each of the four panelists. Flanagan highlighted the importance of the technological integration in the participant-facing applications, with enhanced registration on the forefront. Prill also teased a more interactive aspect of the Club&rsquo;s website, which will be rolled out later in the year, in addition to a new potential corporate partnership with a major consumer electronics company.</p> <p>Wheeler and Arken addressed issues pertaining to technology as it relates to technical rules and regulations. The topic centered mostly on the collection of data and its usage in governing performance characteristics within each class of racing.</p> <p>The Time Trials session was led by Heyward Wagner with a panel that included SCCA Board of Director members Brian McCarthy and Tere Pulliam. Discussion centered on bringing more participants into the Club. The session participants agreed that getting potential participants the opportunity to sample what SCCA has to offer is the best way to convert those prospects into full members.</p> <p>The RallyCross 2020 session was the final of the program breakout sessions. Steve Hyatt, the RallyCross chairman, led the final 2020 session of the event. Hyatt reported on the RallyCross program in from 2014. The discussion soon shifted to spit balling ideas to get more participation in the program. The idea of creating women&rsquo;s class, in addition to brainstorming ways to get the message regarding the program in front of the general public, were two examples of what was discussed to help grow the program.</p> <p>The day&rsquo;s festivities will come to a close with the 2015 Awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Presented by Mazda, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Charlotte Center City.</p> <p>Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.</p> Road Rally Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Day Two of SCCA National Convention Filled with Program-specific 2020 Sessions http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52302 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) &ndash;</strong> In staying with the SCCA Convention&rsquo;s forward-looking theme, Saturday&rsquo;s docket comprised of a series of panel discussions focused on specific areas of competition. Sessions were held for the Solo, Club Racing, Time Trials and RallyCross communities at the Charlotte Convention Center, on Saturday.</p> <p>The subject of SCCA Solo competition was the first item on the list. VP of Rally/Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan started the discussion with an overview of where the program has been a in the past and the overhead view of the future direction. Eric Prill, SCCA COO, moderated the deliberation that included Duncan, Steve Hudson (Past Solo Events Board Chair), Brian Connors (Current SEB Chair), Raleigh and Velma Boreen (Regional Solo Development).</p> <p>Panelists tackled many subjects including participation, attempting to keep rules current with technological advancements in the auto industry and event format. Digital technological advancements, in regards to membership interaction, were also part of the discussion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Test-n-Tune events seem to be on the rise, especially at the regional level,&rdquo; Raleigh said. &ldquo;With these types of low-key events, the focus is more on fun rather than competition. There isn&rsquo;t the pressure knowing all I have is four runs to get it right. That allows for a more social aspect among the participants.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Club Racing program was the next to take center stage. Like Duncan, Prill broke down the past and future direction of the program. When the discussion portion opened, Greg Creamer posed questions to the panelists, which included Prill, Deanna Flanagan (Senior Manager, Club Racing), Jim Wheeler (Club Racing Board Chair) and David Arken (CRB member).</p> <p>Many of the topics were future-focused with as it pertains to rules, future events &ndash; such as the yearly movement of the National Championship Runoffs &ndash; and the social aspect surrounding each race event. A renewed focus on camaraderie at Club Racing events was the hot-button topic.</p> <p>&ldquo;As evidenced by the Runoffs at Mazda Raceway, the social aspect of our events has fallen flat over the past 10 to 20 years,&rdquo; Flanagan said. &ldquo;We do the on-track stuff very well, but engaging an increasing number of people is important. The Runoffs held at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio were before my time, but I&rsquo;ve heard the stories that many of you have lived. The overall goal is to increase the fun factor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Technology was another issue touched on by each of the four panelists. Flanagan highlighted the importance of the technological integration in the participant-facing applications, with enhanced registration on the forefront. Prill also teased a more interactive aspect of the Club&rsquo;s website, which will be rolled out later in the year, in addition to a new potential corporate partnership with a major consumer electronics company.</p> <p>Wheeler and Arken addressed issues pertaining to technology as it relates to technical rules and regulations. The topic centered mostly on the collection of data and its usage in governing performance characteristics within each class of racing.</p> <p>The Time Trials session was led by Heyward Wagner with a panel that included SCCA Board of Director members Brian McCarthy and Tere Pulliam. Discussion centered on bringing more participants into the Club. The session participants agreed that getting potential participants the opportunity to sample what SCCA has to offer is the best way to convert those prospects into full members.</p> <p>The RallyCross 2020 session was the final of the program breakout sessions. Steve Hyatt, the RallyCross chairman, led the final 2020 session of the event. Hyatt reported on the RallyCross program in from 2014. The discussion soon shifted to spit balling ideas to get more participation in the program. The idea of creating women&rsquo;s class, in addition to brainstorming ways to get the message regarding the program in front of the general public, were two examples of what was discussed to help grow the program.</p> <p>The day&rsquo;s festivities will come to a close with the 2015 Awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Presented by Mazda, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Charlotte Center City.</p> <p>Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.</p> RallyCross Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT