SCCA - News Sports Car Club of America Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:10:02 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing <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="">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Triad Winners and Majors Champions Profiles Online <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, 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=";cid=52020">here</a>.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the six Solo Triad award winners can be seen <a href="">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</p> Club Racing Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kansas Speedway Added To SCCA Majors Mid-States Schedule <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (November 7, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The road course at Kansas Speedway was announced today as an addition to the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States calendar, leaving just one open hole remaining in the 2015 schedule. The doubleheader weekend will be June 20-21, 2015.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The 2.37-mile road course was opened in 2012 and incorporates an infield section and the progressive banking of the oval.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The addition of Kansas Speedway to the 2015 Mid-States schedule is a welcome one in the build up to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Daytona,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;This event gives Mid-States drivers that plan to race for a National Championship at the end of the season an opportunity to run on high-speed banking within their home Conference.&rdquo;</p> <p>One additional event, anticipated to come from within the Southwest Division, will be added to the 2015 Mid-States schedule.</p> <p><strong>2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Schedule</strong><br /> March 7-8 &ndash; NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Southeast)<br /> April 11-12 - Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Jennings, Okla.<br /> June 20-21 &ndash; Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. <br /> July 4-5 - High Plains Raceway, Byers, Colo.<br /> July 25-26 &ndash; Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pueblo, Colo.<br /> TBA - One additional event will be added&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nomination Due Date for SCCA Member of Excellence Approaching <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 6, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The nomination deadline for the Sports Car Club of America Member of Excellence award is slated for November 28. The honor will be presented to the winner at the 2015 SCCA National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in front of the winner&rsquo;s fellow Club members at the SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Mazda. Aside from the recognition, the recipient will be given the opportunity to attend any motorsport event of their choosing, anywhere in the world.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The award, selected by the SCCA Board of Directors, is given to a member who provided a great contribution to the Club during the previous 12 months, regardless of competition area. Below are the official criteria:</span></p> <p>&ldquo;[The award is presented to] the volunteer who shows the greatest commitment to SCCA Motor Sports activities. The recipient can be involved in Solo, Rally and/or Club Racing. This person should personify the SCCA volunteer who gives of his/her time and effort to helping organize, work in a specialty or any volunteer role necessary to a motor sports event. The award is a trip to any motor sports event anywhere with any sanctioning body. The recipient must meet the following criteria and the other obligations and conditions stated below:</p> <p>&ldquo;The member must have rendered long term service working SCCA events or activities for a five year minimum.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recipient cannot be a paid SCCA staff member, current Board of Directors member or any member who is a paid consultant to SCCA.&rdquo;</p> <p>The winner of this year&rsquo;s award will join Jerry Cabe (2013), Mary Shiloff (2012), Arnie Coleman (2011), Marina Kraft (2010), Dave Deborde (2009) and Carol Cohn (2008) as previous recipients.</p> <p>The trip is funded by a 20-year private endowment by an anonymous SCCA member.</p> <p>Nominations should be submitted to Nominations must be received by close of business November 28, 2014, for consideration.</p> Club Racing Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT RMKB Lawyers Providing Free Runoffs Pictures <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (November 4, 2014) &ndash; Racers and SCCA members can get a full slate of photos of their (or their favorite driver&rsquo;s) car in action at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca simply by signing up for more information from RMKB Lawyers.</p> <p>The Sillicon Valley firm worked with professional photographers and SCCA partner Racers Insurance Services at the event to secure photos throughout the week. <a href="">Simply click here and fill out the form to receive the photos.</a></p> <p>A name, email, phone number and car number and class are required to redeem the offer. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Terry Ozment Steps Down as Club Racing Vice President <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (October 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Terry Ozment announced that she will resign from the position of Vice President of Club Racing at Sports Car Club of America, effective the end of 2014.</p> <p>Ozment joined the national office staff in 2004. Ozment oversaw the creation of the U.S. Majors Tour from its pilot program in the Mid-States in 2012 to its current nation-wide rollout, as well as the change in structure of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; from a multi-year stay at one venue to an annual rotation. Including the recent Runoffs event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the planning already underway for Daytona International Speedway in 2015, Ozment&rsquo;s fingerprints have reached five different Runoffs venues.</p> <p>During Ozment&rsquo;s time in the National Office, the Club Racing department pulled the Time Trials program under its umbrella and grew the Performance Driving Experience, introduced the Alternate Driver School path for a competition license, and streamlined the licensing levels for road race competition.</p> <p>A key focus for Ozment has always been on customer service, and she introduced several initiatives that have spread throughout the entire organization.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t thank Terry enough for her time here at SCCA,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;The SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing program looks very different now than it did when she started. She was a driving force in creating the U.S. Majors Tour, the annual rotation for our championship Runoffs and a great resource for our worker programs. She has helped develop operational procedures, many of which have become SCCA staples. As a competitor, I know that SCCA racing is better for having her as a part of our Club.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll work closely with Terry to make a transition that&rsquo;s best for Club Racing through the end of the year to help keep the momentum, and wish her the best of luck as she begins her next chapter.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;For the last 10 years, I&rsquo;ve been fortunate to be a part of the SCCA staff, the same Club I joined as a participant 30 years ago,&rdquo; Ozment said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve met many wonderful people during that time, at our events, interfacing with our boards and working with our sponsors, business and track partners. I&rsquo;ve had the good fortune to see how our &lsquo;sausage&rsquo; is made and am incredibly proud of the SCCA. I will miss working with the hard working and committed staff in Topeka, and will miss the daily interaction with the unique people that make SCCA such a special organization. I plan on resuming my volunteer SCCA life when possible, so look for me at an event near you in the future. I&rsquo;m thankful to the SCCA membership for making my tenure on staff so meaningful and enjoyable.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA will announce a succession plan for the vacant positon prior to the first of the year. </p> Club Racing Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Road America Cat Weekend Added to Majors Northern Conference Slate <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 24, 2014)</strong> &ndash; Sports Car Club of America announced today the addition of Milwaukee Region&rsquo;s Cat event, held July 25-26 at Road America, to the 2015 U.S. Majors Tour Northern Conference Schedule.</p> <p>As was the case in 2014, drivers will have two opportunities in the Majors schedule to compete at Road America, with the July weekend joining the 60th Chicago Region June Sprints weekend of June 12-14.</p> <p>The addition of a sixth race weekend in the Northern Conference means that the Aug. 14-16 event at PittRace will count only toward the Northeast Conference Championship, serving at that Conference&rsquo;s finale.</p> <p><strong>Revised 2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Northern Conference Schedule</strong><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 /> July 25-26 &ndash; Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.<br /> Aug. 22-23 &ndash; Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.</p> <p>For schedules for each U.S. Majors Tour Conference, and additional series information, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">-30-</p> Club Racing Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Koch Wins FIA Young Driver Competition, Earns Trip To Worldwide Finals <p><strong>PUEBLA, Mexico (October 17, 2014) - </strong>Sports Car Club of America member and reigning SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires champion Kenton Koch was named the winner of the 2015 FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy in the Americas division this week in Mexico as the lone U.S. representative to the competition. The 20-year-old Koch battled drivers from 11 countries in North and South America, coming out on top and earning a trip to the world finals with 10 other top young drivers.</p> <p>Held in Mexico October 13-16, the selection event put drivers aged 16-23 from across the region through their paces. This involved a variety of fitness tests, driving performance examinations and mental exercises to determine performance and safety understanding both on and off the track.</p> <p>Following an intensive four days of competition, six drivers were selected to take part in a final shoot-out. Each chosen driver had to set their fastest lap time and the winner was eventually announced as Koch by the judging panel.</p> <p>Koch was nominated by SCCA through ACCUS, the United States&rsquo; liason to the FIA.</p> <p>&quot;I am really happy with the outcome,&rdquo; Koch said. &ldquo;Coming here I was not expecting to win, I came here to have fun and to learn and I really appreciate having this experience. I am grateful to SCCA for nominating me. I have learnt a lot about myself, both mentally and physically and I am really looking forward to attending the elite academy. Thank you to the FIA Institute for providing this opportunity to young drivers like myself, guiding and helping us progress in our careers.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;This year we were honored to host the FIA Academy Americas Selection for a second time, and I have to recognize that the candidates were extraordinary, showing a world class competition level,&rdquo; Jose Abed, President of Mexican ASN OMDAI, which hosted the event, said. &ldquo;It proved to be a really tight competition, which notably complicated choosing the winner. This being said, I want to congratulate Kenton for his outstanding performance and tenacity shown throughout the event, which lead to him landing the coveted spot in the Academy. I am sure he will be a worthy representative of the Americas, and that we will see him in the pinnacle of motorsport in the years to come.&quot;</p> <p>Koch will join the other five regional selection event winners in the 2015 Academy. A number of other wild cards will be selected once every regional selection event has taken place.</p> <p>All participants in the Academy will receive a fully-funded training program, which aims to develop their motor sport careers, while actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track. All drivers will benefit from tuition and analysis from ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz and former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid, who are both Academy Performance Managers.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at More information on Koch&rsquo;s Championship winning season in the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup can be found at <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Message to SM Drivers from SCCA and Mazda <p>&nbsp;<strong>MEMORANDUM</strong></p> <p><strong>TO: </strong>Spec Miata Participants<br /> <strong>FR: </strong>Lisa Noble, SCCA President &amp; CEO and<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; John Doonan, Mazda Motorsports Director<br /> <strong>RE: </strong>Rules, Runoffs and Remaining 2014 Races<br /> <strong>DT: </strong>October 17, 2014</p> <p>As you are undoubtedly aware, a number of Spec Miatas were found out of compliance at last week&rsquo;s SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Jointly, we want you all to know that this situation is a top priority for our collective staffs and the boards and committees at SCCA. Together, we are forming an independent committee to review both the current rules and the long-term direction of the class. We will share more on this as it develops.</p> <p>In the meantime, there is concern by many of you that, based on what transpired at the Runoffs, your engines may not be compliant. As a short-term solution, SCCA is suggesting to Regions holding events between now and the end of the season that they might establish a &ldquo;Regional-only&rdquo; class, dubbed SM1 in addition to the regular Spec Miata class. Our recommendation would be that the class follow the GCR Spec Miata regulations, but with a variance to the items in the cylinder head section to allow competitors with these modifications a place to race for the remainder of the season. This will be addressed by each Region on a case-by-case basis. It is not a requirement that they do this, but rather a suggestion.</p> <p>Working together, SCCA and Mazda have evaluated many options this week on how to address this situation in the short term, and we feel this is the fairest course of action at this time, allowing everyone a chance to race.</p> <p>We will share more information as appropriate, recognizing that time is of the essence with the 2015 season fast approaching.</p> <p>-Lisa and John</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Tour Series Registration Opens Today <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (October 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Series registration for the 2015 U.S. Majors Tour, providing benefits to drivers including a reserved numbers, opened today.</p> <p>As with the 2014 season, drivers can reserve their number for each event in a particular Majors Conference by registering with the series. Numbers will be held up until three weeks prior to the event. The $50 registration fee also includes a revamped express tech line, express registration (where available) and a $25 gift certificate to Majors or SCCA merchandise in 2015. Registered drivers will also receive a commemorative Series hard card, and have the option of adding a name board or banner.</p> <p>A $100 option allows a driver to register a single three-digit number, beginning with 1, reserved for all five 2015 Conferences.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2014 Majors Tour registration was a success, but we learned a lot from our first year to provide even more impact,&rdquo; Terry Ozment, SCCA Vice President, Club Racing, said. &ldquo;We have a system in place that will provide an express tech line and express registration at most events for 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Realizing this has opened just after the Runoffs, we will need a method of payment at the time of registration, but will not charge credit cards until after January 1, 2015.&rdquo;</p> <p>From now until November 15, 2014, drivers can reserve an all-Conference three-digit number or a one or two-digit number for a single conference in one class. Those who reserved a 2014 number and attended at least two Majors events this season will have those numbers held for renewal for two weeks, until October 29. Drivers who have a reserved number from the 2014 Eastern Conference will be able to choose either the Northeast or the Southeast Conference. Beginning on November 15, drivers may reserve a number in a second Conference for an additional $25. As in 2014, the 2015 reserved numbers will not apply to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p>Numbers will be reserved based on standard run groups, following the preferred seven run group format. Reserved numbers will be held for drivers up until three weeks prior to each individual event, at which point any driver can register for the event with any available number. Any driver who runs two Majors events in 2015 will earn first right of refusal for the same number again in 2016.</p> <p>Reserved does not necessarily mean permanent. If class run groups for an event are different than the traditional seven run groups, conflicts will be resolved by the in-conference driver who registered for the event first.</p> <p>Series registration is not required to participate in the U.S. Majors Tour in 2015.</p> <p>Critical Dates for 2015 Majors Registration:<br /> - Oct. 15, 2014 &ndash; Registration opens for 3-digit all Conference or 1 or 2 digit single Conference registrations.<br /> - Oct. 29, 2014 &ndash; 2014 numbers held for renewal are released to the general pool.<br /> - Nov. 15, 2014 &ndash; Drivers may reserve additional Conferences in same class.<br /> - Dec. 1, 2014 &ndash; All drivers registered by this point are entered into a drawing for one premium item per Conference.<br /> - Jan. 1, 2015 &ndash; Credit cards will not be charged until after this date.</p> <p>To register for the U.S. Majors Tour, visit or go directly to the registration page at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>More information on the U.S. Majors Tour, and all of the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s programs, can be found at <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT