SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:15:15 GMT SCCA Drivers Leading Charge After Six of 24 Hours In Daytona http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52277 <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> RallyCross Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Multi-time SCCA Trans Am Champion Tommy Kendall Named to Motorsports Hall of Fame http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52276 <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 http://www.mshf.com/.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross Contingency Awards Posted for 2015 http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52275 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 23, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America announced the official contingency programs for the 2015 SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Challenge events. In addition to the National Challenge events, these same companies will also give awards to top-three finishers at the RallyCross National Championship.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The National Challenge program is slated for nine events, with a majority of the dates and locations still to be announced. Four companies have pledged their support for this growing national-level program.</span></p> <p>Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer contingency payouts for both the National Challenge events and season-ending championship. At each Challenge event, Mazda North American Operations will award an eligible class winner $200, with second place earning $125. At the National Championship, an eligible driver who scores a national title can cash in on a $750 payday. A runner-up finisher, meeting the program requirements, at the National Championship will earn $500, with the third-place driver getting $250.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development will incentivize owners of Honda and Acura machines to complete in RallyCross competition with a contingency program, as well. Top three finishers in class at National Challenge events will be awarded $150, $100 and $50, respectively. HPD will also award eligible drivers, at the National Championships, with a $500 bonus for winning their class. Second place will be eligible to receive $300, with the eligible third-place driver pocketing $100.</p> <p>Subaru will also be offering cash prizes to those drivers competing with the marque. At National Challenge events the company will offer payouts of $300, $200 and $100 to eligible top-three finishers in each class, in that order. Subaru will also support the National Championships by awarding prizes to the podium finishers of eligible classes. The winner will be eligible for a $1,250 check. Second- and third-place drivers enrolled in the program will be eligible to earn $750 and $500, respectively. At both levels, Subaru will be supplying contingency funds for only the Stock Rear-Wheel-Drive, Stock All-Wheel-Drive, Prepared Rear-Wheel-Drive, Prepared All-Wheel-Drive, Modified Rear-Wheel-Drive and Modified All-Wheel-Drive classes.</p> <p>Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will award competitors during the season and at the National Championship. At National Challenge events, class winners meeting the program requirements will earn a $35 product certificate. Second and third places will also be eligible for product certificates in the amount of $25 and $10, respectively. Eligible National Champions will receive a $75 certificate, with second getting a $50 certificate and third getting a $25 certificate.</p> <p>Dates and locations of the 2015 RallyCross National Challenge events will be announced once the schedule is finalized, in the coming weeks.</p> <p>For further information on the SCCA RallyCross program, please visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross">http://www.scca.com/rallycross</a>/. Background on the RallyCross National Challenge series can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross/content.cfm?cid=50932">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club&rsquo;s Facebook page at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial. Follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA President Recognized by the Women's Sport Foundation Project Podium http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52229 <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 (www.lynstjames.com) 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 (www.womensportsfoundation.com) 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 (www.racetrackbusinessconference.com) 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 www.scca.com, like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/sccaofficial, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT New Class of SCCA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52228 <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 www.msxexpo.com.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America, including the SCCA Hall of Fame is available at www.scca.com.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, and like the Club on Facebook at facebook.com/sccaofficial.</p> <p>-30-</p> RallyCross Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Top Brass to Speak at Race Track Business Conference in Indianapolis http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52226 <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 www.racetrackbusinessconference.com.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 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