SCCA - News Sports Car Club of America Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:10:02 GMT SCCA Drivers Leading Charge After Six of 24 Hours In Daytona <p><strong>DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 24, 2015) -</strong> Sports Car Club of America members, champions and racers have represented well for the opening six hours of the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona, though at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday night the race was only a quarter of the way finished. Three of the five IMSA classes contesting the race are being led by SCCA members at the quarter distance at Daytona International Speedway.</p> <p>In the overall lead is the familiar No. 01 Ford EcoBoos/Target Riley/Ford from Chip Ganassi Racing (himself a Runoffs podium finisher as a driver), led by four-time Rolex 24 winner and two-time Trans Am Series Champion Scott Pruett.</p> <p>Anthony Lazzaro, the 1993 Formula F gold medalist at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, led his entire stint in the No. 63 Robert Graham/Royal Purple Ferrari 458 Italia. Lazzaro had enough cushion to pit and pass the car to teammate Jeff Segal while keeping the lead in the GTD class.</p> <p>Just after 8:00, however, following a full course caution and ensuing restart, the No. 93 TI Automotive Dodge Viper SRT moved to the GTD lead with a pair of SCCA members behind the wheel. Defending Trans Am 2 winner Cameron Lawrence and multi-time Pirelli World Challenge race winner Kuno Wittmer and teammates were forced to start from the rear of the field, with Wittmer in control to start the second quarter of the twice-around-the-clock race.</p> <p>With a full lap on nearly all of their class competition, Pirelli World Challenge race winner Mark Wilkins has his Prototype Challenge No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09/Chevrolet up front as well as the race charges into the night period.</p> <p>Making the highlight reel early in the night is former SCCA SafeRacer Club Racing program racer and 2005 SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup champion Tom Long, who scored a couple of firsts for SCCA Official Car Mazda in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Long drove the No. 70 Mazda/Castrol/ModSpace Mazda SKYACTIV-D Prototype to the overall lead, becoming the first Mazda and the first diesel-powered car to lead overall in the 24 hour race in the 53-year history of the event.</p> <p>In addition to the on-track action, each of the corners at the 3.56-mile circuit are covered by SCCA flagging and communication crews led by the Central Florida Region with workers from across the country.</p> <p>The race continues until 2:10 p.m. on Sunday at the site of the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Multi-time SCCA Trans Am Champion Tommy Kendall Named to Motorsports Hall of Fame <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 23, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Tommy Kendall, a multiple-time Sports Car Club of America Trans Am series Champion, has been announced as part of the 2015 class of inductees to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Kendall, and his six fellow inductees will be formally honored at during a ceremony scheduled for June 18, at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.</p> <p>Starting in 1995, Kendall won the Trans Am series title in three consecutive seasons. In those seasons, Kendall piloted his Jack Roush Racing Ford Mustang to a total of 16 wins, and 27 podium finishes, in 38 races. Kendall also has experience in many other forms of racing, including multiple starts in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition and two starts in the 24 Hours of LeMans.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of the names on this year&rsquo;s hall of fame are heroes of mine,&rdquo; Kendall said. &ldquo;[Being on the same list] doesn&rsquo;t really compute. I&rsquo;ve been lucky to have good things happen during my career. To be mentioned with names like that &hellip; at the end of the day it&rsquo;s nice to be recognized for the work you did.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ricky Carmichael, Walker Evans, Warren Johnson, Mark Martin, Duke Nolan and Lloyd Ruby round out the remainder of the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees who were announced at Daytona International Speedway, as part of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.</p> <p>The Motorsports Hall of Fame includes 216 members who represent all forms of motorized competition. The 99-member nomination panel includes such names as Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Craig Breedlove and Richerd Petty.</p> <p>Additional information on the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America can be found at</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Road Rally Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA President Recognized by the Women's Sport Foundation Project Podium <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong> SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble was awarded the 2014 Women&rsquo;s Sports Foundation Project Podium Leadership Award by Lyn St. James, the second woman to race in the Indianapolis 500, at the Race Track Business Conference held, Dec. 10, hosted by the National Speedway Directory at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Leadership is described and demonstrated in so many ways,&rdquo; St. James said. &ldquo;Lisa's character, charisma, and commitment to support cultural change without disrupting the core values of sports car racing is powerful. She is the perfect person to receive this year's award.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&ldquo;It is an honor to be recognized by the Women&rsquo;s Sports Foundation with their Project Podium Award,&rdquo; Noble said. &ldquo;As leaders in motorsport, it is our responsibility to encourage and mentor the next generation of competitors, to set the bar for them to achieve their best and to meet their personal goals. Project Podium offers that opportunity for growth through their scholarships.</p> <p>&ldquo;The award was especially meaningful to me as it was presented by one of the most ground-breaking drivers in the sport, Lyn St. James, and because it is a part of Paul Newman&rsquo;s legacy. Mr. Newman was a hero of mine as well as an SCCA legend and that ties the award back to our wonderful Club, making it something of which we can all be proud.&rdquo;</p> <p>The leadership award was established in 2008 to honor Paul Newman whose support helped St. James launch Project Podium. Past winners of the Leadership award include NASCAR President Mike Helton, USAC founder and former Indy 500 Chief Steward Tom Binford, and former Director of Ford Racing Dan Davis.</p> <p>Josten's has graciously provided the beautiful trophy presented each year.</p> <p><strong>About Lyn St. James</strong><br /> Lyn's ( passion, focus and determination made her a fierce competitor on the track where she achieved many firsts in racing. That same passion has made her an advocate for the next generation of racers and an incredible motivational speaker. As former President of the Women's Sports Foundation, she was able to establish the Women's Sport Foundation Project Podium Scholarship for women in racing and the Leadership Award to recognize outstanding leadership in the racing industry.</p> <p><strong>About Women's Sports Foundation</strong><br /> Founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation ( is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Project Podium teamed up with the Women's Sports Foundation in 2013 under the leadership of past president, Lyn St. James.</p> <p><strong>About Race Track Business Conference</strong><br /> The annual Race Track Business Conference ( hosted by the National Speedway Directory provides a platform for industry leaders to collaborate, analyze, and conceptualize around the business of motorsports. Shared insights from all forms of racing creates dialogue and interaction in a unique intellectual environment.</p> <p><strong>SCCA</strong><br /> Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 40,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, which includes the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour and the U.S. Majors Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Road America; and The Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb. For more information, please visit, like SCCA on Facebook at, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Road Rally Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT New Class of SCCA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 10, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Five names will be added the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame, Saturday, Feb. 21, at the SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Mazda during the North American Motorsports Expo (MSX) and SCCA National Convention in Charlotte. The 2015 class is made up of Roger H. Johnson, Oscar Koveleski, Ron Sharp, Dr. George Snively and Bob Tullius.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The accomplishments of the 2015 inductees, along with the previous Hall inductees, are the building blocks that have given the SCCA its elevated stature in the world of motorsports for more than 70 years.</span></p> <p>Johnson left his mark in the world of Solo, specifically in the area of course design. Many of the course designs seen at regional- and national-level autocross events take cues from Johnson&rsquo;s school of thought. He has used his knowledge to publish materials to help current and future designers create safer and more challenging setups for competition sites of various size.</p> <p>Johnson has also been responsible for bringing former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, along with a handful of other Chilean drivers, to the Solo Nationals to compete for the last two years. He has been formally recognized for his efforts within the Club by being presented with the Spirit of the Sport Award, in 1998, and the Solo Cup, in 2003.</p> <p>Koveleski joined SCCA in 1950 and scored his first win in a Regional Club race in 1951 at Bone Stadium, in Pittston, Pa. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Koveleski raced regularly in SCCA competition. He also took part in the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona during that time. In 1970, he won the National Championship Runoffs at Road Atlanta in A Sports Racing and was part of the Can-Am series from 1969 through 1972. Koveleski joined the board of directors for the Motor Racing Safety Society and served on the SCCA Board of Governors.</p> <p>Sharp made a name for himself on the organizational side of the sport. In 1988, an idea was hatched to have a race on the streets of Des Moines. Sharp, who was the RE of the Des Moines Valley Region at the time, was able to solve many of the logistical issues involved in putting on such a large event and brought the Des Moines Grand Prix into being in 1989. In 1994, Sharp became the Chairperson for the Runoffs as the event transitioned from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.</p> <p>As a medical professional, Dr. Snively was instrumental in the advancement of safety in motorsports. It was Snively&rsquo;s research into helmet design that helped to establish the Snell Foundation following a fatal accident involving well liked racer William &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Snell. Since 1957, the foundation has tested helmets for everything from auto racing to skateboarding making each of these activities safer for their participants. The SCCA made the George Snively Award, originally presented by the San Francisco Region, a national award in 1988 to honor outstanding contributions to safety in motorsports.</p> <p>Tullius became known not only as a top-notch racecar driver in his own right, but also for raising the bar of professionalism in racing from the 1960s to the 1980s. He and his team, Group 44, Inc., raced at both the amateur and professional levels within the SCCA. As a driver, he was a four-time National Champion in three different classes. His Group 44 team was responsible for 21 Trans-Am race wins, more than 300 club racing wins and 14 SCCA National Championship titles. He forged long-term relationships with many companies that supported his racing efforts through sponsorship.</p> <p>Johnson, Koveleski, Sharp, Snively and Tullius will join ten previous classes in the SCCA Hall of Fame:</p> <p>2005: Cameron Argetsinger, A. Tracy Bird, John Fitch, Arthur Gervais, Harry Handley, Vern Jaques, Bill Milliken, Sue Roethel, Art Trier, Rob Walker<br /> 2006: John Bornholdt, John Buffum, Mark Donohue, Denise McCluggage, Grant Reynolds<br /> 2007: Marge Binks, Marc Gerstein, Carl A. Haas, General Curtis E. LeMay, Theodore F. Robertson<br /> 2008: Roger E. Johnson, Don and Ruth Nixon, Kjell Qvale, Robert Ridges, Fred Schmucker<br /> 2009: Bill Chambres, Bill Johnson, Jim Kimberly, Paul Newman, John Timanus<br /> 2010: Nick Craw, Briggs Cunningham, R. David Jones, Burdette &ldquo;Berdie&rdquo; Martin, Wayne Zitkus<br /> 2011: Karen Babb, John Bishop, Jim Fitzgerald, Tracer Racing, Harro Zitza<br /> 2012: Charlie Earwood, Jim Hall, Gene Henderson, Dr. Peter Talbot, Bryan Webb<br /> 2013: Skip Barber, Bill Noble, Bobby Rahal, Carroll Shelby, Andy Porterfield<br /> 2014: Kathy Barnes, Robert &ldquo;Bob&rdquo; Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Robert &ldquo;Bob&rdquo; Hubbard and Jim Downing, Pete Hylton</p> <p>The SCCA National Hall of Fame was created in 2004 to preserve, protect and record the history and accomplishments of the Club by acknowledging those members who have made a significant impact on the development of SCCA, be it through service to the national organization, achievements in national competition, bringing national recognition to SCCA, or a combination of these factors. Nominations were submitted to, and reviewed by, the Hall of Fame Nomination and Selection Committees before the inductees were selected.</p> <p>The 2015 SCCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Saturday, February 21, and is included in the price of the SCCA Convention attendance. Information on MSX and the concurrent SCCA National Convention, including registration, is available at</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America, including the SCCA Hall of Fame is available at</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, and like the Club on Facebook at</p> <p>-30-</p> Road Rally Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Top Brass to Speak at Race Track Business Conference in Indianapolis <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 8, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Three key players in the Sports Car Club of America organization will speak as part of the 2014 Race Track Business Conference, slated for Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Indianapolis. SCCA President/CEO Lisa Noble, SCCA Pro Racing President Robert Clarke and SCCA COO Eric Prill will be among the panelists at the motorsports industry event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Noble will join a conversation on the issues facing sanctioning bodies of motorsports-related activities. Topics from the panel include rule making, meeting the expectations of various stakeholders and the proper number of events to schedule.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The RTBC forum is a great opportunity to discuss current issues with the other experts in the field. Noble said. &ldquo;From a larger industry perspective, it is vital to understand the importance of driver development ladders since our competitors are utilizing a broader base of competition programs and organizations rather than a single sanctioning body. I look forward to sharing the SCCA&rsquo;s perspective on event management along with balancing member and participant needs with that of our Regions and national organization.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clarke will help guide a discussion on industry growth. Key points in this session will include how to move forward, staying relevant, the economics of &lsquo;going green,&rsquo; diversity and cost management at all levels of the sport.</p> <p>&ldquo;The future growth and prosperity of the motorsport industry is of key importance to all of us who hold a passion for the sport and enjoy earning our livings in it,&rdquo; Clarke said. &ldquo;Looking at the key indicators of event attendance, TV viewership and number of entrants, motorsport overall is in decline. Collectively, all sanctioning groups, promoters, teams, suppliers, sponsors - all who hold a vested interest in the business - must work together to make our product (racing) more compelling and appealing to a broader segment of today&rsquo;s society while providing greater value to manufacturers and sponsors. Now is the time!&rdquo;</p> <p>Prill joins the show on a sponsorship panel. Prill has first-hand experience in session&rsquo;s issues, including the overall role sponsorship plays in the industry. The forum will also cover doing more with less, sponsorship placement and return on investment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Whether you&rsquo;re a track owner, sanctioning body, promoter, team or driver, you&rsquo;re always looking for partners to help your program,&rdquo; Prill said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a pleasure to share the panel with some of the best partnership development minds in the business, and I&rsquo;m sure that it will be beneficial for anyone attending.&rdquo;</p> <p>The annual Race Track Business Conference brings leaders in the motorsports industry together to collaborate, analyze and conceptualize issues within this specialized business sector. Insights from those that have experience in all forms of racing creates dialogue and interaction in an unique, intellectual environment.</p> <p>The conference begins at 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, and ends at 5:30 p.m. Additional information on the RTBC, including a detailed schedule of sessions and information regarding registration, can be found at</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Road Rally Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 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> Road Rally Thu, 20 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> Road Rally Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Road Rally Community Prepares for National Championship <p>Hey there, SCCA competitor, is your solo season winding down, or your racing season nearing completion? Are you looking for a change of pace? Well, the SCCA Road Rally department has something a little bit different for you.<span style="line-height: 14px;">Enjoy two-and-a-half days of touring the beautiful back roads around Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the SCCA United States Road Rally Challenge, run as part of the Coker Tire Challenge, Sept. 19-21. Unlike other SCCA Road Rally events, one can run this event on time using the speedometer, only if you wish to, and your odometer, if you want to. With no mileages, you only have to be sure to not miss your left on &lsquo;Cobcorn Road&rsquo; by looking at the road signs.</span></p> <p>This event for experienced rallyists, as well as anyone who has ever run a rally and would like to do it again, has a curve ball. In contrast to past events designed to test the mettle of people who have been running rallies since dinosaurs walked the earth, this year&rsquo;s event is quite different. There will be no &lsquo;main roads&rsquo; to confuse, no &lsquo;traps&rsquo; to embarrass and no complicated lists of rules to follow the course.</p> <p>To enter, go to this <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p>Called the &lsquo;Great Race,&rsquo; the Coker Tire Challenge is the Championship event for many rallyist around the country, many of whom bring out their classic roadsters. In addition to a relatively easy course to follow, bring your cameras because there will be old cars to photograph and otherwise enjoy seeing outside the setting of a museum.</p> <p>The registration tab of the website asks you to select a class. The classes listed are E, L and S. E class is the &lsquo;anything goes&rsquo; method of timing your car with respect to keeping your car exactly on the average speed.</p> <p>Class L prohibits the mileage measurement equipment from automatically updating the timekeeping equipment, which is the essence of a road rally computer, but would include an app on a tablet that would input GPS mileages to automatically give you the time it should be for your position on the road.</p> <p>Class S uses the stock odometer in the stock location, with any sort of computation equipment. That means you can create an Excel spreadsheet and run with your laptop or tablet if you want to in either S or L. The difference between the two is the use of the stock odometer, as opposed to GPS or possibly a dedicated rally odometer.</p> <p>Greater detail on the classes can be seen <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>So now you have what you need to select the proper class and sign up to see the sights around Chattanoga. You couldn&rsquo;t find these beautiful roads all by yourself on your vacation to Lookout Mountain if you spent two months, but Rallymaster John Classen has been all over these roads. You won&rsquo;t be disappointed.</p> <p>Great Race style rallying is explained in their <a href=" ">rules</a>.</p> <p>Come join us for a different road rally experience.&nbsp;</p> Road Rally Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Season-Long National Championship Results Announced <p>The Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Road Rally Office is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 SCCA Road Rally National Championship season-ending stadings.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In the National Course Rally Championship, a four-way tie for the title in the Master class, with 100 points, was shared among Bruce Gezon, Steve Gaddy, Mark Haas, and Jim Wakeman, Sr. No one qualified with more than 50 points in Expert grouping, as Richard Wetzel was the highest scoring competitor with 48. In Sportsman class, Craig Bedelman took first, with 84 points, while co-driver Wendy Harrison took second, with 80 points.</span></p> <p>In the National Tour Rally Championship, Mark Haas and Jim Wakeman, Sr. were tied for first with 100 points while Bob Moreseburg and Dave Head were tied for second with 96 points in the Master class. In Expert, Bob DeMeritt won with 96 points while his wife, Marianne Demeritt was, second with 88. Trophies for this large class extended down to fourth place, as Gary Patrick (70 points) took third and Daniel Harkcom claimed the final trophy position with 52 points. In the Sportsman class, Jay Nemeth-Johannes took home the title with 90 points, while second place did not qualify for a trophy because of the 50 point rule.</p> <p>In the National GTA Rally Championship, the Master class was won by Bruce Gezon, with 60 points. In the Expert class, Ted Drummond took first place with 61.7 points, while Wendy Harrison took second after scoring 59.4 points. In Sportsman, Cameron Hull was the winner with 58 points.</p> <p>SCCA congratulates the winners and apologizes for the lateness of these results. SCCA wishes to thank retiring points keeper Bruce Gezon for eight years of service. Additionally, the organization would like to recognize the new points keeping committee of Chuck Hanson, Bob DeMeritt, Clyde Heckler, Gary Patrick, and Jay-Johannes for taking up the challenge of this difficult job.</p> Road Rally Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Detroit Region's Rally Weekend Competes in Michigan Countryside <p>National rally regulars arrived knowing what to expect from the competition, just not necessarily the roads and terrain. The roads and terrain were fun, and quick. Quick was the entertainment for &ldquo;Cast in Stone.&rsquo; Not so quick was the &lsquo;Letters of Intent,&rsquo; where the entertainment was the traps.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Not that &lsquo;Cast in Stone&rsquo; was fast, it was only 35 mph for the entire rally. The variations in terrain that might require a bit less aggressive pace were handled with free zones and pauses.</span></p> <p>The course was superb, disregarding the bottomless potholes. Conversation between Bob Morseburg, my driver and I: &ldquo;Something&rsquo;s wrong!&rdquo; &ldquo;What?&rdquo; &ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t hit a big pothole for a while.&rdquo; &ldquo;I think we must be off course&hellip;&rdquo;! With so many switchback followed immediately by controls, the challenge was there, without having to play Roger Racer.</p> <p>And for me, nostalgia flowed over the events. I started out rallying here. I belonged to the Northwestern Ohio Region of the Sports Car Club of America, and that meant two things in 1976. One was that I belonged to a very rally-intensive region, and the other was that I belonged to a Region with its premiere event, the Irish Hills Rally, running in another state from the one in its name. That other state was Michigan, and specifically this area of Michigan.</p> <p>I saw many familiar roads. Unobservable at this time is the fact that Ely Road, which we drove down at least once over the weekend, has some particular breed of trees that, in the fall, have all their leaves turn bright yellow and &lsquo;canopy&rsquo; the road for a visually impactful scene that made rallying there something special.</p> <p>But even without the help of fall color, the courses were beautiful. You may remember riding in the country with your parents when you were young, and if you were like me, I always wondered where that mysterious road that dove down into the wooded area went, and where it came out. Dad, who knew Ohio and was &lsquo;street smart&rsquo; about the ways of the world, said, &ldquo;No, we are not going down there and maybe end up in some farmer&rsquo;s front yard and maybe get shot.&rdquo; Yes, he actually said this to my urging to explore! But these courses were mysterious like that. And, you got to drive some of those mysterious, wondrous roads.</p> <p>Everyone knew that mileage measurement on gravel was going to be a challenge. &lsquo;Cast in Stone&rsquo; was measured from a transmission pickup on a 2-wheel drive car. It&rsquo;s fine, because hardly anyone else had such a system of picking up mileage from the transmission, either. We were equally disadvantaged. Equal is the operative word that makes it OK.</p> <p>And the mileages were as expected. We struggled. We did poorly and we did great. Before lunch, we did not really poorly, just not outstanding. It was going to take outstanding in order to win. We had 12 points before lunch, and with 12 controls before lunch, that used to be a good score on pavement. But, 12 points this weekend was good for a gong-show clang, since General Jack von Kaenel and Ron Johnstonbaugh, did a phenomenal 4 points all morning. We won the afternoon with 6 points to their 10 points, but the damage was already done and the General won. We were second.</p> <p>As already mentioned, &lsquo;Letters of Intent,&rsquo; the course rally, was wet. We spent the day chasing the odometer factor to try to get somewhere close to the right mileages. No joy. The greasy roads were too much for us to post anything close to impressive scores from a simple timing aspect. Other timing issues also stretched out our scores.</p> <p>But ultra-precise timing is not the big issue in a trap, or course, rally. It is the traps.</p> <p>We were well on the way to a decent day until Leg Six. It had already had a few traps in the form of pausing at signs, so when we got to an instruction that was to be completed over a one-mile distance, we knew we had to run out the mile before we could do the next instruction. The next instruction popped up at about &frac34; mile. Uh-oh. No problem, the course will come back together and we&rsquo;ll find the control then.</p> <p>But the courses were not appearing to do any such thing as come back together. Driving for a couple miles, and not seeing the typical looping starting to happen, we pulled over and consulted the GPS and its map. We looked extensively, and could not see a way to get the on and off course cars back together with the subsequent instructions.</p> <p>This is known as bringing your own trap with you. We were dead-on correct that we could not take the right we found at about &frac34; mile and should have continued following main roads until we could take that same instruction sometime later. Fearing getting more than 20 minutes down and being unable to claim a delay to fix things, we turned around and went into the control early. Claiming a delay made things worse. Max score. A max in a rally as otherwise uncomplicated as this one means you kiss winning goodbye.</p> <p>Our other big error was simply missing a dead-end sign straight ahead that made a crossroad into a T. That meant we should have followed the course via the main road &lsquo;Left at T&rsquo; rather than the &lsquo;Right at Crossroad&rsquo; instruction that we executed. Big score, bad juju, and we finished this rally in third.</p> Road Rally Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT