SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:40:02 GMT SCCA Unveils New-Look Convention, MSX Schedule and Pricing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52214 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America National Convention, running in conjunction with MSX - North American MotorSports Expo February 20-21 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., unveiled a new look schedule and lower pricing for the 2015 event.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The weekend opens with the SCCA Annual Meeting on Friday, February 20 and wraps with the traditional SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet and Award Celebration presented by Mazda. The time frame allows overlap for the MSX Expo floor, where more than 60 vendors greeted 1500-plus visitors in the inaugural event. Organizers project doubling the number of vendors and attendees for 2015.</span></p> <p><strong>About The Schedule</strong></p> <p>The 2015 convention schedule is filled with new sessions on growing leaders, growing participation and becoming more effective in any member&rsquo;s home Region &ndash; no matter the role they fill.</p> <p>Convention sessions include a glimpse into the present and future of SCCA&rsquo;s Solo, Club Racing and rally programs during a series of &ldquo;2020&rdquo; sessions. &ldquo;Playing In Your Sweet Spot: a session on working within your strengths at the local level, dealing with difficult people, defining leadership and why you want to be involved&rdquo; and &ldquo;Seeds For Growth: a regional racing focus in an interactive, data driven session open to Region and program leaders and participants&rdquo; are expected to be two of the highest attended sessions of the weekend.</p> <p>Additionally, the weekend features leadership sessions geared to Region Executives, event hosts, and new tools and programs available. Each of the SCCA programs will provide opportunities to ask questions and engage with the Club&rsquo;s leadership.</p> <p>While the Convention is happening, participants can also explore the MSX Expo show floor. Included in the Convention are two sessions that cross over for both Convention attendees and MSX Conference goers on the Expo floor, each featuring SCCA Champion drivers. Randy Pobst will speak on Friday to &ldquo;Fear on the Track: When it Hurts and When it Helps,&rdquo; while Elliott Forbes-Robinson will deliver the keynote address on Saturday.</p> <p>The MSX Conference tracks remain geared for all amateur motorsports competitors including SCCA&rsquo;s road racing, autocross and rally programs, as well as karters looking to get a leg up on the competition. Started in 2014, the MSX Conference has sessions in every aspect of competition, from tires and shocks to taxes and marketing.</p> <p>To augment the revamped Convention schedule, a traveling program scheduled to visit Divisional Conventions held around the country, bringing key messages and exercises to even more members than before has been added. The program opened at the Northeast Division Convention in November, and continues through the first of the year at the SCCA&rsquo;s additional eight Divisions.</p> <p><strong>About The Pricing</strong></p> <p>New price packages for the 2015 SCCA National Convention are also in effect, with an early-bird discount for entrants prior to December 1. The &ldquo;premium ticket,&rdquo; which includes all aspects of the SCCA Convention and the MSX Expo show floor, has been reduced by $100 from the 2014 show. In addition, a VIP ticket has been created offering the attendee access to the full MSX conference as well as other perks.</p> <p>The full SCCA Convention schedule, registration information, pricing and links to special rates at the Hilton Charlotte City Center are available <a href="http://www.MSXExpo.com">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> RallyCross Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nomination Due Date for SCCA Member of Excellence Approaching http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52166 <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 president@scca.com. Nominations must be received by close of business November 28, 2014, for consideration.</p> RallyCross Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2015 RallyCross National Championship Team Members Wanted http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52209 <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">During the 2014 SCCA RallyCross National Championship along with the post event survey results it became clear to us that the process of organizing the event, who was organizing/operating the event and its structure was in need of a change. For the 2015 National Championship we are looking for volunteers to step up and be part of a team to help with organizing and operating the event. Those team members will work with the National Staff and the RallyCross Board (RXB) in a number of tasks including deciding event schedule, when/how to do site prep work, working with the host region on hospitality things, etc. The team will be given a timeline to gets certain tasks done/decided so that the 2015 National Championship is well organized and helps move the program and event in the right direction for the future.</h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">Any interested parties should contact Brian Harmer (<a href="mailto:bharmer@scca.com">bharmer@scca.com</a> or 1-800-770-2055 ext. 345).</h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">We look forward to hearing from you to get the best National Championship event going.</h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">Steve Hyatt</h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;"><o:p> </o:p></h6> <h6 style="color: rgb(118, 116, 116); font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; padding-bottom: 0px;">RXB Chairman</h6> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> RallyCross Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross National Championships in the Books from I-80 Speedway http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52053 <p><strong>GREENWOOD, Neb. (Oct. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championships concluded this weekend at the I-80 Speedway, near Greenwood, Nebraska. National Championship titles were awarded in nine classes with a record number of competitors.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">A record-setting 110 drivers made the trip to the I-80 Speedway for their chance to take home top honors at the season-ending RallyCross event of 2014. The previous record was 104 entrants at the 2012 event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.</span></p> <p>Classes included are those for stock, prepared and modified cars &ndash; each of which is further grouped by front-, rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles.</p> <p>The Nebraska Region SCCA, the host for this event, oversaw the creation of three courses in the large, dirt parking area owned by the speedway. The courses were designed by Kris Martison, Charles Wright and Brianne Corn. Due to extreme rainfall in the Greenwood area during the preceding three weeks, the competition site was waterlogged pushing course building procedures back. The delay meant that completion got underway latter than schedule.</p> <p>Conditions during the event were chilly, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees both days, under dry and clear conditions with a strong breeze on Saturday.</p> <p>Three run groups took three runs on the Martison-designed course for Saturday&rsquo;s morning runs. The exception was the Modified AWD class that had their final run thrown out due to a competitor protest. The two runs scheduled for Saturday afternoon on the Wright-designed layout ran long, and was concluded on Sunday morning. Yeomen work was done in switching to the Corn-designed course to finish the two runs, which concluded the event.</p> <p>The Stock classes were the first to make their final runs of the event. In Stock FWD, Micah Nickelson (Dodge Neon), of Jackson, Missouri, took home his first RallyCross National Championship. Nickelson was not the fastest driver during his first two runs of the event, but turned it on during his remaining five runs, propelling him to the class win.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is just a lot of fun,&rdquo; Nickelson said. &ldquo;Coming out here and tearing it up like this is just a lot of fun. The competition was great. John Hardy and I were going back and forth throughout the weekend. We just kept battling and pulled off the win.&rdquo;</p> <p>In Stock RWD, Patryk Matecki (Bristol Brewing/Shorai Lithium Mazda Miata), of Monument, Colorado, was the quickest driver in only three of his runs, but that was all that he needed to secure his title by a 1.968-second margin.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a long road to get here, but at the end of the day it was a pleasant experience,&rdquo; Matecki said. &ldquo;We had a lot of fun. We also had some struggles, but it worked out pretty well. In the trek from Colorado, we hit some bad weather. We also had to overcome some mechanical problems. But in the end, everything ended up pretty well.&rdquo;</p> <p>Charles Wright (teamTAC.org Mitsubishi Evolution), of Decatur, Alabama, defended his Stock AWD title from all comers, including his son Shelton &ndash; a RallyCross National Champion in his own right. Wright was not dominating on the time sheet, but made clean runs giving him the National Championship by 2.706 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s always exciting to win a National Championship,&rdquo; Wright said. &ldquo;This is my second win, which is really cool. My son was leading until the last run, and had some issues. Our Evo was able to soak up the bumps pretty well, allowing me to turn some good times.&rdquo;</p> <p>Brian DeFrees (Honda Civic Si), of Austin, Texas, captured the win in Prepared FWD. While not flying out of the gates in his first run, DeFrees stepped it up for his remaining six runs winning by 4.626 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was convinced by my co-driver, Seth Lemke, to come to this event,&rdquo; DeFrees said. &ldquo;The deal was that if he bought snow tires that he could use my car at the National Championships. I wasn&rsquo;t planning on running this event, but we made it happen. It ended up really well for us, snow tires for the win.&rdquo;</p> <p>In Prepared RWD, Sam Henry (Springfield Dyno/SafeRacer Mazda Miata), of Republic, Missouri, was the fastest driver in all but two of his seven runs. When the dust settled Henry scored the National Championship by a margin of 4.754 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is my fourth RallyCross National Championship in a row,&rdquo; Henry said. &ldquo;It was really exciting to get this win. This site was quite a bit different than what we&rsquo;re used to in Oklahoma. The dirt was a little loamy, resulting in more grip. The car worked well and we were able to put together a strong finish. Also, I want to be sure to thank Mazda and SCCA for their support of this event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jake Blevins, of Englewood, Colorado, took home the Prepared AWD win in his Subaru Impreza. He made a statement in his opening run by setting a quick time in his early run. From there on he did enough to secure his title by 1.160 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is a huge win for me,&rdquo; Blevins said. &ldquo;Folks kept telling me I couldn&rsquo;t win in a non-turbo car, but we were able to prove them wrong. I feel like we have the best region, back in Colorado, which has allowed me to become a better driver since we have such strong competition. My dad has also been very supportive by coming out and racing with me and making sure we get to all the races, together.&rdquo;</p> <p>In Modified FWD, Kent Hamilton (EMC Engineering Honda Civic), of Anchorage, Alaska, threw down two blazing laps early in the event. From there, it became all about sustaining his momentum, which he was able to ride to a National Championship by a narrow 0.360-second gap.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been two years since I have competed at Nationals,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been great to come back and see all my friends again. RallyCross is really like a family. We had to replace axles when we got here, but we were able to come away with the win. This was really and awesome class with some great competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>Evan Arthur, of Columbus, Ohio, drove his MAZDASPEED/ORI Mazda Miata to a 0.022-second win in Modified RWD. In a give-and-take battle with Will McDonald, Arthur won his first RallyCross National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year, I was in first until the last day and then got bumped to second,&rdquo; Arthur said. &ldquo;This year I wanted it really badly and just kept pushing hard and it was a great result. I had to really push myself while also making clean runs. Sometimes when I am pushing like that it gets a little hairy, but I was able to put it together.&rdquo;</p> <p>Warren Elliott (Hale Motorsports Mitsubishi Evo IX), of East Haddam, Connecticut, sealed the deal in Modified AWD. From his opening run, Elliott was the class leader but needed to battle hard in order to secure his fourth consecutive National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I come here to win and work really hard at this,&rdquo; Elliott said. &ldquo;The competition is incredibly difficult. I wasn&rsquo;t able to lead through the entire event. I was up and down throughout the whole competition. I was behind by 0.1-second heading into the final two runs, and was able to put down a couple good runs to come away with the win.&rdquo;</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA RallyCross National Championship, an entry list and full results, can be found by clicking <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=7005">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross National Championships to be Decided this Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52051 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 2, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championship will take place at the I-80 Speedway, near Greenwood, Nebraska, Oct. 3-5. Championships across nine classes will be decided among a record-setting 109 drivers already on the entry list.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Classes are run for Stock, Prepared and Modified cars &ndash; each of which is further grouped by front-, rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles. Winning cars from last year&rsquo;s event range from a 1991 Ford Escort GT driven by Tim Hardy &ndash; the winner in Stock FWD &ndash; to a 2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX that helped Warren Elliott to the Modified AWD title.</span></p> <p>The Nebraska Region SCCA, the host for this event, will oversee the creation of three courses in the large dirt parking areas owned by the speedway. Competitors can expect to have four to six runs on each course with the event broken up into three sessions &ndash; one on Saturday morning, another on Saturday afternoon and concluded by a Sunday morning session. Final times are the aggregate of each and every run, which means consistency throughout the weekend is extremely important.</p> <p>Early favorites at the event are Tim Hardy (Stock FWD), Nathan Usher (Stock RWD), Charles Wright (Stock AWD), Jim Rowland (Prepared FWD), Edwin Cunill (Prepared AWD), Leon Drake (Modified FWD), Pete Remner (Prepared FWD) and Brianne Corn (Prepared AWD).</p> <p>This year is the first time the meet will be held at Nebraska&rsquo;s I-80 Speedway. For the last three years, the RallyCross National Championship event was held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.<br /> <br /> Additional information on the SCCA RallyCross National Championship, including registration, entry lists and results, can be found by clicking <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=7005">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross National Championship Early Registration to Close this Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51984 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The early registration period for the SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championship ends at Midnight (CDT) on Sunday, August 31, with the entry fee increasing $25 after the deadline from the early bird price of $115.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The 2014 edition of the RallyCross National Championship takes place Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. A 125 driver cap has been imposed for this year&rsquo;s event, a change from past years. While this number accounts for an increase in participation, there are still limited spots available.</span></p> <p>Normal registration for the event for those racers who miss the early deadline will run Sept.1-Oct.1. Drivers can register through MotorsportReg.com. Registration fees will be due, in full, at the time of registration. Refunds will be provided for cancellations received by Oct. 1. Competitors who sign up after the 125 entry limit is reached will be added to a waiting list. Fees for these entrants will not be collected until they are officially added to the event.</p> <p>Event specific information, including links to registration, entry lists and contingency sponsorship programs, for the SCCA RallyCross National Championship can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=7005">here</a>. For more information on the SCCA RallyCross program visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross">www.scca.com/rallycross</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 RallyCross National Championship Contingency Programs Posted http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51978 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 27, 2014) &ndash;</strong> This year&rsquo;s edition of the SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championship, held at I-80 Speedway, Oct. 4-5, will be supported by several motorsports-related companies in the form of contingency sponsorship programs.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Mazda North America</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">, the Official Car of SCCA, is supporting eligible entrants who finish on the podium in all classes. A National Championship win will be worth $750, while second- and third-place finishes are worth $500 and $250, respectively.</span></p> <p><strong>Honda Performance Development (HPD)</strong> is offering prizes to eligible drivers. A win at the controls of a Honda or Acura will equal a $500 payday. Second place will receive a $300 prize, while third will get $100.</p> <p>Wrapping up the auto makers involved in this event is <strong>Subaru of America</strong>. They are supporting the six all-wheel- and rear-wheel-drive classes with contingency funds available to eligible racers. A $1,250 cash prize is up for grabs for notching the top finish. Second place will be awarded $750, while third will receive $500.</p> <p><strong>Hawk Performance</strong>, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, has also pledged their support of this National Championship event. Eligible National Champions in all classes can claim a $100 product certificate. Second-place drivers will be able to get their hands on a $50 certificate, while third-place finishers can claim a $25 certificate.</p> <p>Eligible National Champions will also be going home with a new GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera compliments of <strong>GoPro</strong>, the Official Camera of SCCA.</p> <p>To get full details and requirements on these programs, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross/content.cfm?cid=51974">here</a>. Drivers are encouraged to review program requirements carefully to ensure full compliance. To be eligible for contingency prizes, drivers must register for each program prior to the start of the event.</p> <p>The 10th Anniversary RallyCross National Championship will take place Oct. 4-5 at I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Nebraska. Click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=7005 ">here </a>for further information on the event, including registration, details on contingency sponsorships and entry lists.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at www.scca.com. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, or follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> RallyCross Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 RallyCross National Championship: Who Will Win http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51975 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 26, 2014) -</strong> After a three-year run at Tulsa (Okla.) Raceway Park, the SCCA RallyCross National Championship moves to a new venue for 2014. This year&rsquo;s championship event will take place at I-80 Speedway, near Greenwood, Nebraska. The Nebraska Region SCCA, which hosted the first RallyCross championship event in Hastings in 2005, will coordinate this year&rsquo;s championship during the weekend of Oct. 3-5.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Multiple courses will be set up on the speedway&rsquo;s large dirt parking areas. If the weather remains dry, expect plenty of grip on the hard-packed racing surface, which has a reputation for being fast and durable. However, if it rains, locals say be prepared for slippery, greasy conditions that will reward drivers who exercise patience and smoothness in the search for traction. This year&rsquo;s event will feature three courses (Saturday AM, Saturday PM &amp; Sunday AM) and competitors should expect four to six runs on each course, depending on course conditions and event flow. Unlike Solo events, all runs count in RallyCross, so consistency is paramount.</span></p> <p>As in past years, our annual Who Will Win prognostications can be difficult since many RallyCross competitors are notorious procrastinators who often wait until the final few weeks before the event to register. At the time this article was prepared, 53 drivers of an expected 120 total entries were registered, so readers should be mindful of this when evaluating our prognostications. And with that disclaimer, here are our predictions for this year&rsquo;s national championship winners.</p> <p><u><strong>Stock Front Wheel Drive (SF)</strong></u><br /> With only three registered entrants at this time in an expected field of 10 drivers, Stock Front is a difficult call. Ron Foley (Honda Civic Si) has a shot at taking the top spot but Solo standout Drew Little (Acura Integra) will keep things close. Rumor has it that 2014 champion Tim Hardy will be making the trip to Nebraska with his trusty Ford Escort. Plenty of unknowns in this class, particularly since past front-runners James Wilson, Micah Nickelson and Damon Guy Cuccia are not yet registered, but here is our best guess:</p> <p>1. Tim Hardy<br /> 2. Drew Little<br /> 3. Ron Foley<br /> <br /> <u><strong>Stock Rear Wheel Drive (SR)</strong></u><br /> Like Stock Front, Stock Rear has only three registered entrants in an expected eight-car field. This year SCCA luminaries Howard and Linda Duncan have swapped their slow but reliable Hyundai Elantra for a tail-happy and slightly faster Mazda Miata. And Nathan Usher who competed in Modified All last year is making the move to Stock Front in another Miata. Expect some of last year&rsquo;s top competitors, including runner-up Patryk Matecki (Mazda Miata), to show up too. Here&rsquo;s our call for the top finishers:</p> <p>1. Nathan Usher<br /> 2. Patryck Matecki<br /> 3. Howard Duncan</p> <p><u><strong>Stock All Wheel Drive (SA)</strong></u><br /> Stock All will be close, with one or two cones separating the winners and losers. Gonzalo San Miguel (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS) is a perennial favorite with his smooth driving style and will be sharing his car with fellow Utahan Karl Sealander. John Voegeli (Subaru 2.5 RS), Z.B. Lorenc (Subaru Impreza) and Mark Hill (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS) will be in the hunt as well. If 2013 champion Jan Gerber joins the fray, it will be nearly impossible to predict the outcome. Despite a plethora of fast Subarus in this class, watch for 2013 Champion Charles Wright to wheel his rock-solid Mitsubishi Evolution to a repeat win.</p> <p>1. Charles Wright<br /> 2. Gonzo San Miguel<br /> 3. Karl Sealander<br /> 4. Z.B. Lorenc<br /> 5. Mark Hill</p> <p><strong><u>Prepared Front Wheel Drive (PF)</u></strong><br /> Prepared Front will once again have an old-tech look, with classic cars from the 1980&rsquo;s and 90&rsquo;s. Bryan Tippens and teenager Alex Hunter will be co-driving the Hunter family&rsquo;s diminutive Honda CRX. Don Hardy, running his Stock class Ford Escort in Prepared, Mark Smith (VW Golf) and Robert Seelig (Honda CRX Si) will be competitive if they enter. Last year&rsquo;s champion Chang Ho Kim (Honda Civic Si), Antonio Serracino (Acura Integra) and Jim Rowland (Nissan Sentra SE-R) will battle each other throughout the weekend for the top spot. The winner will need to be cone-free. We predict Rowland will avenge his second-place finish to Kim last year, unless he cracks under the pressure of being picked to win.</p> <p>1. Jim Rowland<br /> 2. Chang Ho Kim<br /> 3. Antonio Serracino<br /> 4. Bryan Tippens</p> <p><u><strong>Prepared Rear Wheel Drive (PR)</strong></u><br /> Prepared Rear is perennially the smallest class at the national championship. In fact, there are no entrants at this time. Historically, this is the place where old Miatas, Porsche 924s and RX-7s come to relive their glory days. Don&rsquo;t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a clapped-out Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Special and race your spouse, significant other or kid sister for a national championship.</p> <p>1. You<br /> 2. Your kid sister</p> <p><u><strong>Prepared All Wheel Drive (PA)</strong></u><br /> Expect very close competition for the top trophy positions in Prepared All. Defending Champion Edwin Cunill, who drove Charles Wright&rsquo;s Stock class Evo to victory last year, will be fast but catchable in his MAZDASPEED6. Harold Denham, driving Warren Elliott&rsquo;s Mistubishi Evo, has the fastest car in the class, but will he be able to utilize its full potential? Jake Blevins is showing some speed this season in his Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS after making the move from Stock class. Mark Macoubrie (Subaru WRX STi) and Keith Lightfoot (Plymouth Laser RS) will be in the hunt as well, if they can avoid cones. Nebraskan Alex Reinkordt (Subaru Legacy SS) will be on his home turf, and things will only get more interesting if past champions Cody Hatfield and Kubo Kordisch decide to show up. Come Sunday afternoon, the final standings will read:<br /> <br /> 1. Edwin Cunill<br /> 2. Jake Blevins<br /> 3. Keith Lightfoot<br /> 4. Mark Macoubrie<br /> 5. Harold Denham</p> <p><u><strong>Modified Front Wheel Drive (MF)</strong></u><br /> Modified Front will provide the closest racing of the weekend, with several former national champions running in class. Leon Drake (VW Golf) will be on hand to defend his 2013 title. Jon Olschewsk, fresh from a visit to Team O&rsquo;Neil Rally School, will return with his great-looking Nissan Sentra SER-V, but will it succumb to mechanical woes? Brett Hunter and son Ian Hunter will be compete in their newly-built Honda CRX. Aaron Miller&rsquo;s Honda Civic will once again be a top contender and Kent Hamilton will be making the trip from Alaska to co-drive with Miller. And don&rsquo;t overlook Washington&rsquo;s Kito Brielmaier (Toyota EL31 Tercel) who will be making his debut at Nationals. This will be an exciting class to watch and the winner will be determined on the final run. Here is our prediction:</p> <p>1. Leon Drake<br /> 2. Kent Hamilton<br /> 3. Aaron Miller<br /> 4. Jon Olschewski<br /> 5. Brett Hunter</p> <p><u><strong>Modified Rear Wheel Drive (MR)</strong></u><br /> Lots of RX-7s in this class, with Pete Remner, Aaron Dewey, and Bee and Theresa Thao all driving classic 80&rsquo;s Mazda iron. Will Lincoln resident Kris Martison (BMW 325is) be able to capitalize on his home track advantage? Plymouth Arrow enthusiasts will be cheering on Jim Rowan. And don&rsquo;t be surprised to see Will MacDonald show up in his Pre-Cambrian era Volvo. Expect a few last-minute entries in this class that will shake up the final results.</p> <p>1. Pete Remner<br /> 2. Kris Martison<br /> 3. Jim Rowan</p> <p><u><strong>Modified All Wheel Drive (MA)</strong></u> <br /> Power, speed and traction are the hallmarks of Modified All. With only eight registered entries so far, and another ten or so expected, this class will be difficult to predict. This year Dan Quiet jumps from PA to MA in his newly-built Subaru Legacy 6-cylinder, arguably the best-sounding RallyCross car ever. The usual suspects Peter Zlamany (Plymouth Laser RS), Wayne Stockel (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS), Orion Fairman (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS), Ryan Sealey (Subaru Impreza), and Jeff Timpe (Subaru Impreza) will be on hand to make things interesting. And a host of other top drivers, including past champion Eric Genack (Subaru WRX), 2013 runner-up Brian Ballinger (Subaru WRX) and some of the Texas RallyCross mafia, including 2013 champion Brianne Corn and Kevin Corn, may show up to make things interesting. At the end of the day, expect Brianne to take the crown back from last year&rsquo;s champion Warren Elliott (Mitsubishi Evolution). When the dust settles, here are the final results:</p> <p>1. Brianne Corn<br /> 2. Dan Quiet<br /> 3. Warren Elliott<br /> 4. Peter Zlamany<br /> 4. Orion Fairman<br /> 5. Wayne Stockel</p> <p>Although the seers have spoken, every RallyCrosser knows that anything is possible once the dirt begins to fly. We hope to see you in October!&nbsp;</p> RallyCross Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 DNC Rallycross Report http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51940 <p><strong>PAINT ROCK, Ala. (June 9, 2014) -</strong> The 2014 Dixie National Challenge RallyCross was held at the Hollytree Off-Road Park in Paint Rock, Alabama, June 6-7. The SCCA host club was the Tennessee Valley Region with a local manufacturer, Dynatorch Inc., as the sponsor. Charles Wright was the event master pulling the whole event together. The event was a resounding success. Pre-registration had 51 entries and 49 showing up for a 96% turnout, in spite of thunderstorms every night.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Competitors began arriving Thursday and camping out. By Friday morning a sizable group was already on site. A practice course was setup and evolved quickly into a slip and slide. The paddock started to resemble Woodstock. Even so, no one seemed to care. Cars, trailers and tow vehicles helped each other out with a festive attitude. The paved road beside the field was well utilized to change tires and fix vehicles.</span></p> <p>On Saturday morning the 35-acre site was soggy, but a large sweeping course was designed to maximize fun and minimize frustration. No hard or tight spots to crawl around or dig deeply into the field. Each of the 3 courses for the weekend started out on virgin grass to make the most of the surface. The sun came out and the skies started to clear in time for the first runs.</p> <p>The traction challenged cars went out as the first group. No one got stuck and technique became the way to win. The right tires were helpful but not necessarily a guarantee of best times. The Mod class cars and the all-wheel drive classes ran in group 2. By this time the sun was really starting to dry up the soft soil and times were dropping. A local favorite, Tim Boyett, lost his turbo in his Subaru and dropped out after one run opening the door in MA for the rest.</p> <p>At lunch time after the first set, the results were looking interesting.</p> <p>Stock Front (SF) had Ron Foley, last year&rsquo;s second-place finisher at Nationals out front by 14.7 seconds after 4 runs. The battle for second however was intense. Chris Ealer was ahead of Alec Meda by a scant .1 second with Gabriel Ward in fourth.</p> <p>In stock rear (SR) Matt Davis had a good lead over M. Lee Culpepper with Santiago Iglasias in his Scion FRS 2 seconds back. Richard Pannell was leading Stock All (SA) by a second over Robert Squailia with Charles Wright the reigning SA national champion trailing in third, a few more seconds back. Charles Stuckey had a good run going till he missed a gate on the last run.</p> <p>The Prepared class was made up of nine cars all in the all-wheel drive group. Ed Cunill, the reigning PA National Champion, came out swinging in his MAZDASPEED 6 with a strong lead of seven seconds over Doug Williams and Zack Lewis, another seven seconds back. Woody Gallagher in his Saab-aru was running fourth with Christian Retterer dropping to fifth after a missed gate and a cone.</p> <p>The modified classes had plenty of speed and action. Modified front-wheel drive (MF) saw Leon Drake, the reigning MF National Champion, take it to the bank. Running faster than anyone he planted the flag with four seconds over the turbo Neon of William Ehrman. Pat McCartin placed third in his newly-built Honda CRX.</p> <p>In Mod Rear (MR) there were a variety of vehicles, including Mazda Miatas, BMWs, VW Bugs and a Toyota pickup. Greg McMahon was first to master the mud and pulled out a 12 second lead over 15-year-old Nick Reynolds, running second in a Miata. He was followed up by Miles Phillips in his Toyota Pickup dubbed the &ldquo;field mouse&rdquo;. Matt Williams in his Baja Beetle got off to a rough start on his first lap and was left holding fourth.</p> <p>In Modified All (MA,) it was an all Subaru class. Tim Boyett laid down a great first run but a toasted turbo put him out early. The lead went to Christopher Alman with Richard Lawrence 10 seconds back. Shaun Lunn grabbed third, three seconds behind Alman.</p> <p>In the afternoon the course was reversed and moved over to fresh grass. Some rutting in the narrow sections late in the day required minor course corrections but once again the speeds were giving everyone huge smiles. This is what they came for. Rallycross is all about speed and precision and here it took a gutsy driver to blast his/her way around the flowing course without going wide and getting swamped in the soft wet mush or swapping ends at the finish.</p> <p>In SF, Ron Foley kept it clean and stretched his lead to 28 seconds. Chris Ealer was still in second, now eight seconds over Alec Meda. In SR Davis continued to hold on to first, but Cullpepper missed a gate on the last run and dropped to third, opening second for Iglesias. In SA, Pannell was still out front but Wright clawed his way up a notch to second over Squailia.</p> <p>PA saw everyone maintain positions from the morning. With Slightly wider gaps forming. Cunill finished in first, followed by Doug Williams and Zack Lewis, in that order.</p> <p>In MF, Drake gave up some ground with shifter issues that let Ehrman close in to 1.3 seconds behind. McCartin lost some ground, and was needed 10 seconds to close the gap.</p> <p>In MR, McMahon lost some of his lead to Reynolds. A bad first run in the afternoon saw Miles Phillips miss a gate and let Williams take third away.</p> <p>MA was running tightly for the lead also. Lawrence lead Alman by only 1.5 seconds and Shaun Lunn was solidly in third.</p> <p>At the end of Saturday&rsquo;s action, the local SCCA Region bought BBQ dinner served on site and people settled in for some repairs and buckled down for another stormy night. The class results at this point were still showing some spots up for grabs.</p> <p>On Sunday morning the clouds were heavy but the rains were gone. Everything was soft as oatmeal. The areas run on Saturday were almost impassable and the new course was carefully laid out to avoid the ponds and low areas. A new course with the start and finish near the road allowed a decent start in order to build up speed downhill.</p> <p>Since it would be clearing up and the course would improve rather than degrade, the Mod cars went first digging in and clearing away the surface as the sun slowly started to appear. The course was shorter but no less fast and fun. The push was on for every spot. Even the battles for non-trophy positions were hot. When it came time for the stock class cars it was looking like they were going to have a time with the first right hand turn so the course was moved out to turn that into a long left hand sweep allowing them to maintain momentum. The final shake out looked like this.</p> <p>In SF, Foley ran away with a 44 second lead to take the class win. Ealer finished second with Meda finishing third.</p> <p>SR ended with Davis on top. Iglesias eeked out second, beating Culpepper by 0.2-second.</p> <p>In SA, Wright kept charging into the course and took the win away from Pannell by three seconds. Pannell held second place leaving third to Squailia.</p> <p>Cunill pulled out a nice PA win by 21 seconds. In the battle for second, Lewis took advantage of a slow run from williams, taking the position for himelf.</p> <p>In MF, Drake re-opened his lead to eight seconds to win it over Ehrman. Ehram held on to a one-second over McCartin, in spite of a hard charge at the end.</p> <p>Nick Reynolds put on a push in MR, closing the gap. But it was not quite enough to beat McMahon who finished first. In third was the Baja Beetle of Williams followed by Phillips&rsquo; pickup truck, in fourth.</p> <p>MA ended with Lawrence running away by 52 seconds, leaving Almon to take second with and Lunn finishing third.</p> RallyCross Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Set to Host Formula SAE Lincoln http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51899 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (May 30, 2014) &ndash;</strong> For the third-consecutive year, SCCA will welcome a total of 100 Formula SAE teams to Lincoln, Nebraska, June 18-21, for their final meet of 2014. The Club will not only host, but administer the event held at the Lincoln Airpark in association with its philanthropic subsidiary &ndash; the SCCA Foundation.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Promoted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), SCCA members play key roles in every aspect of the event. Throughout the three-day meet, specially developed cars designed and constructed by students from around the country, and the globe, are put through a battery of tests including autocross, braking, endurance and business plan competitions.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Formula SAE serves as a wonderful experience for students to combine education with an outside interest in a constructive, real-world way,&rdquo; SCCA Vice President of Rally, Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan said. &ldquo;For students with no prior experience in motorsports, this program gives them a taste of what our world is all about. While it gives students with a racing background a place to merge their passion and skills.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is vitally important that the Club be a part of this program. It gives these students an opportunity to see some of what SCCA is all about: problem solving, competition and having fun with our cars.&rdquo;</p> <p>Active SCCA members who volunteer to work the event have the opportunity to get rewarded for their time spent supporting this fun event. Eligible SCCA Club Racing workers can use this event to earn credits toward their Volunteer Incentive Program account. If you are a member of the Solo community, there is an opportunity to earn free entry into a Nebraska Region Solo meet that follows FSAE Lincoln on June 22.</p> <p>The competition, while hosted by SCCA, is put on by SAE, which is made up of more than 138,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, from all over the world. The goal of FSAE, in conjunction with the society&rsquo;s other educational programs, is to give collegiate-level students from all over the world the chance to use engineering and other related skills in a real-world environment.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the leaders in amateur motorsports in the United States, it is our responsibility to be involved in encouraging programs like Formula SAE,&rdquo; SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble said. &ldquo;It is about supporting the education of automotive engineers as they are the future of the motorsports industry. These highly-talented people will be the innovators and designers of the cars we race in the future.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is our opportunity to show FSAE competitors the passion,excitement and dedication that Club members have for our sport. And how it can be a part of their lives after graduation as they move into the workplace. This event also allows each of these students to better understand and appreciate the role that competition can play in the continued evolution of the automobile.&rdquo;</p> <p>In many ways, FSAE is like college athletics for motorsports. Teams made up of students are tasked with the goal to develop and build a prototype of a new autocross-specific car. Teams are allowed to use a variety of materials and performance enhancements, such as aerodynamic wings, to produce the car with the best performance.</p> <p>While this opens the door for teams to utilize advanced materials, such as carbon fiber, teams are also judged based on the cost to produce these vehicles, as the proposed end goal is to mass produce these vehicles for consumers interested in a high-performance autocross vehicle. That means these cars must balance performance with cost to both the manufacturer and consumer.</p> <p>Many of these students involved in the competition represent the future of the motorsports industry, and the automotive sector as a whole. Domestic and foreign auto makers, such as General Motors and Honda, use these events as a chance to find new, up-and-coming talent to add to their pool of engineers and designers.</p> <p>The close geographical proximity of Lincoln means that many of the Midwestern schools involved in the program may enjoy a slight &lsquo;home field advantage.&rsquo; A large number of schools from the SCCA&rsquo;s Midwest Division have traditionally attended this event, including Kansas State University, Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, St. Louis University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma. Many of the students that make up these teams are also Club members, with some having already claimed National Championship honors.</p> <p>If you are interested in volunteering, contact Clancy Schmidt, SCCA Project Manager, at <a href="mailto:Clancy@sunflower.com">Clancy@sunflower.com</a>, or Linda Duncan, SCCA Volunteer Coordinator, at <a href="mailto:lduncan65@hotmail.com">lduncan65@hotmail.com</a>.</p> <p>Information on FSAE Lincoln is available <a href="http://students.sae.org/cds/formulaseries/west">here</a>.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Foundation can be viewed by visiting <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44407">this page</a>.</p> RallyCross Fri, 30 May 2014 00:00:00 GMT