SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:30:02 GMT SCCA Announces 2014 RallyCross National Championship Registration Procedures http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51836 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 9, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA RallyCross Board has approved changes to the registration process for the 2014 RallyCross National Championships, scheduled Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Entries for this year&rsquo;s event will be capped at 125. This number will accommodate a 20-percent growth from the actual number of entries from 2013. This is a change from years past, where no cap on the number of entries was imposed.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The RallyCross Board believes there are three key reasons for making these changes,&rdquo; RallyCross Board Chairman Steve Hyatt said. &ldquo;First, the entry cap allows us to make sure the National Championship provides a positive experience for competitors. RallyCross continues to be the fastest-growing program in SCCA and we want to be prepared for the challenges that come with that growth.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under our current two-day championship event format, we simply cannot accommodate many hundreds of entries due to the durability of our dirt racing surfaces. An entry limit will help make sure we can provide an appropriate number of runs for competitors.&rdquo;</p> <p>Changes to registration have been made to streamline the process of getting registered for the large event. Early registration will run from June 1 until Aug. 31. The registration fee during this time will be $115, a $25 discount from the regular entry fee.</p> <p>Additionally, from June 1-15, registration will be open to past RallyCross National Champions, past RallyCross TripleCross recipients and 2013 RallyCross Divisional Champions. These drivers will also have priority when registering car numbers. General registration opens on June 16 on a first-come, first-serve basis.</p> <p>&ldquo;Promoting early registration helps build excitement for the event as other drivers see who they&rsquo;ll be competing against,&rdquo; Hyatt said. &ldquo;Early registration also makes it much easier for organizers to plan and operate the event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Regular registration for all competitors will run from Sept. 1-Oct.1, and will be $140. 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 that 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>The 2014 edition of the SCCA RallyCross National Championships is scheduled to take place Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. To get more information on the SCCA RallyCross program visit www.scca.com/rallycross.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Convention Just 24 Hours From Opening Day http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51791 <p>Flights are being boarded and luggage is being tossed into the trunks of cars, as the SCCA Leadership and members are headed to Charlotte for the SCCA National Convention and the North American Motorsports Expo this weekend.</p> <p>The SCCA Convention gets underway on Friday with the Annual Meeting and Town Hall, an enlightening talk from SCCA Member, solo competitor, and Southwest Airline&rsquo;s Senior Manager, Customer Service Chris Robbins. Robbins will talk about customer service and how it relates to the SCCA and the Regions.</p> <p>Following a &ldquo;state of the Club&rdquo; address from Lisa Noble, the Convention attendees will walk from the Charlotte Westin to the Charlotte Convention Center across the street for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the MSX trade show.</p> <p>Saturday at the Convention features a full slate of seminars, including the Club Racing and Solo town halls with their respective competition boards.</p> <p>The highlight comes on Saturday evening, when Kathy Barnes, Bob Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Bob Hubbard and Jim Downing and Pete Hylton are inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame.</p> <p>Sunday at the Convention features another series of seminars and informative sessions for attendees.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the MSX Show opens for attendees on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Admission to the show floor on both Saturday and Sunday is free for SCCA members in attendance.</p> <p>A series of seminars and speakers geared to competitors are a part of the MSX action. A full schedule is available at<a href="http://www.msxexpo.com"> www.MSXExpo.com</a>, but is highlighted by keynote speakers Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim. Cost for the speaker series is $95 for SCCA members, with registration available online or at the gate.</p> <p>More information on the SCCA Convention, or the North American Motorsports Expo (MSX), is available through <a href="http://www.scca.com/convention">SCCA.com/Convention</a>.</p> <p>Keep an eye on <a href="http://www.scca.com">SCCA.com</a>, SCCA&rsquo;s Facebook page at <a href="http://facebook.com/SCCAOfficial">Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial</a>, or on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/SCCAOfficial">@SCCAOfficial</a> for news and updates throughout the show. <br /> &nbsp;</p> RallyCross Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Couple that Races Together Stays Together http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51782 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 14, 2014) &ndash;</strong> With all this talk about flowers, chocolates and love being in the air, we decided to talk to some of the couples from SCCA Solo to see what happens when two gearheads find each other. We talked to three couples and asked them what role SCCA racing plays in their relationship.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">PJ and Jenna Corrales, of Rocky Hill, Conn., may be one of the prime examples of the motorsports couple. Both PJ and Jenna were involved in racing before getting together, but an unsolved car problem brought the two together.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;We met during the offseason through an online car forum, 240sx Owners of New England (ONE),&rdquo; Jenna said. &ldquo;I had a 1990 Nissan 240sx with a vibration issue, and PJ was just re-entering the 240 scene after racing an Infinity G35 for a year. He read my post, and decided to come visit me and try to fix the issue. He took me to dinner after that, and the rest is history.&rdquo;</p> <p>In fact, racing became such an important part of their relationship that they tied the knot at the 2011 SCCA Tire Rack Solo Nationals.</p> <p>&ldquo;Racing is something we do together, and it&rsquo;s great that we can both talk about it and understand it,&rdquo; PJ said. &ldquo;It also helps that the majority of our friends race. Now, our family does too since my sister married Jenna&rsquo;s co-driver, when they raced the 240sx that I bought her as an engagement gift. We all love racing, she gets along with her in-laws and we both have a lot of common friends.&rdquo;</p> <p>While motorsports is this couple&rsquo;s primary hobby, they do share other interests including golfing and snowboarding. Both agree that they have some similar musical taste, but that the most important thing is that they share the same sense of humor.</p> <p>Corrin and Brian Tyson, of East Dublin, Ga., are soloists from the Middle Georgia Region SCCA that have taken on a leadership role in their local area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are both from the same small town in Georgia, but we didn&rsquo;t know each other until a chance meeting at a St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day car show, in 2009,&rdquo; Corrin said. &ldquo;From that day, we became friends, then boyfriend/girlfriend, then engaged and now happily married for almost three years. Over the course of those five years, we participated in many competitive motorsports events including car shows, drag racing, autocross, RallyCross and track.&rdquo;</p> <p>Throughout their relationship, the couple&rsquo;s involvement in motorsports has gotten deeper than in would have otherwise.</p> <p>&ldquo;If it wasn&rsquo;t for Brian, I would not be involved to the extent that I am,&rdquo; Corrin said. &ldquo;He forced me to compete in my first autocross, back in 2009, before either of us really knew what it was. In fact, he registered me the morning of the event behind my back and told me I had to do it now because my name was on the roster. I enjoyed it so much that we have not voluntarily missed a local event since then.&rdquo;</p> <p>Corrin credited their mutual enjoyment and participation in the sport as one of the things that makes their relationship so strong.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that because we both have an intimate understanding of the dynamics of the sport, we are able to emotionally support each other in a way that most couples wouldn&rsquo;t understand,&rdquo; Corrin said. &ldquo;Huge celebratory hugs when something goes well, like capturing the elusive 0.1-second of a second, and consolation whispers when the whole world crumbles, because first place has been stolen away due to a stupid cone. I think motorsports has helped to seal the bond that we have with each other into something that is very solid, understanding and real.&rdquo;</p> <p>David and Kim Whitener have been racking up trophies for the past three years and are defending STS and STSL National Champions, respectively. However, this couple was together in high school, before Kim even had a driver&rsquo;s license.</p> <p>&ldquo;Racing with SCCA allows us to spend time together and break away from other stress,&rdquo; the couple said. &ldquo;We have also been able to make vacations out of several of our out-of-town races, spending some extra days together across the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>What brought the couple to racing was a purchase that came with something extra.</p> <p>&ldquo;A few years after we were married, we bought a Subaru that came with a free SCCA membership,&rdquo; they said. &ldquo;This drew us to the sport. While we were not competitive the first several years of racing at the local level, we gradually improved and started enjoying the competition of national-level events.&rdquo;</p> <p>After hearing these stories, an argument could be made that SCCA may want to get into the match-making business. But then again, we&rsquo;ll just stick to what we know best: showcasing some of the best amateur racing talent in the United States.</p> <p>From all of us here at SCCA, we wish everyone a happy St. Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <p>Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. More information on all of our racing programs can be found at www.SCCA.com.</p> RallyCross Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Announces Date and Location for RallyCross National Championships http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51769 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 21, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America will hold the 2014 edition of the RallyCross&reg; National Championship Oct. 4-5, at the I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Neb.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The I-80 Speedway will be the fifth different venue to host the National Championship event, which had previously been run at Tulsa (Okla.) Raceway Park. Since its inception, the event has seen a steady increase in the number of competitors and the level of competition.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;As Chairman of the RallyCross Board, I feel honored to have the 10th running of a season culminating RallyCross National event on my reign,&rdquo; said Stephen Hyatt. &ldquo;The first two National events at Motorsports Park Hastings launched the National Challenge program and it has taken a lot of hard work from many people to get RallyCross to this point where we will now be having our 8th National Championship. I hope a significant number of RallyCross competitors make a special effort to attend this year&rsquo;s event at I-80 Speedway to celebrate our tenth year of National competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>Stay tuned to SCCA.com for further details regarding the 2014 RallyCross National Championship. Also, follow the Club on Facebook and on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 RallyCross Rules Summary http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51738 <p>&nbsp;<b style="text-align: center;">RALLYCROSS RULE CHANGES FOR 2014</b></p> <div>The new rule book is here!&nbsp; The SCCA Board of Directors (BOD) approved the updated RallyCross rules at its December 2013 meeting.&nbsp; The RallyCross rule-making process is member-driven, beginning with proposed changes submitted by members during the first half of the year, followed by a member comment period, and then the RallyCross Board (RXB) reviews the proposed changes and makes a recommendation to the SCCA BOD for final approval.&nbsp; The 2014 rules include a few modest changes summarized below.&nbsp;&nbsp; The updated rules are effective January 1, 2014, and the complete rule book is available under the &ldquo;Cars and Rules&rdquo; tab on the SCCA RallyCross web page at SCCA.com.</div> <div>Here are the key rule changes for 2014:</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in; text-indent:-.25in;">1.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Added the requirement that <b>the entire RallyCross rulebook and supplemental regulations are mandatory for any event in which RallyCross National Contingencies will be paid</b>.&nbsp; This change is intended to provide a consistent rule set for any events that receive national contingency support.&nbsp; Regional events without national contingencies may continue to allow variances from some rules.&nbsp; Section 4.2.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">2.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Allow drivers with learner&rsquo;s permits</b> to compete in rallycross events with an approved passenger.&nbsp; Previously, only licensed drivers were allowed to compete. &nbsp;Section 5.2.B.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">3.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Allow passengers at Regional and Divisional events </b>if the Region or Division so chooses. &nbsp;Passengers are still not allowed during competition runs at National events.&nbsp; Section 5.2.C.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">4.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Allow studded tires in Stock classes at Regional and Divisional events any time</b>, even if snow or ice is not present.&nbsp; This will allow novices who show up for their first event with snow tires to compete.&nbsp; Studs are still only allowed at National events if snow or ice is present.&nbsp; Section 6.2.C.2.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">5.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Clarify that <b>replacement shocks/dampers in Stock classes must be unmodified and may be rebuilt to original specifications</b>.&nbsp; Re-valving is not permitted.&nbsp; Section 6.2.C.13.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">6.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Allow any type of battery</b> (e.g. lead-acid, lithium-ion, absorbed glass mat, gel cell, etc.) in Stock classes.&nbsp; Battery group size and location must remain as originally equipped.&nbsp; Section 6.2.C.16.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">7.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Clarify <b>the types of non-metallic bushings that may be replaced in Rally Prepared classes</b>. &nbsp;Section 6.2.D.12.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">8.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Clarify that <b>cameras and cell phones are considered hand-held items</b> and not allowed during competition runs.&nbsp; This change was implemented mid-2013 and makes it clear that passengers are not allowed to take photos/videos with hand-held cameras during runs.&nbsp; Cameras or video recorders on fixed mounts are still allowed. &nbsp;Section 6.3.A.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">9.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><b>Allow alternate steering wheels in Rally Prepared classes</b> <b>if the vehicle was not originally equipped with an airbag.</b> &nbsp;Note that this change is limited to vehicles that did not have OEM airbag wheels.&nbsp; There is still an ongoing safety debate as to whether Rally Prepared vehicles originally equipped with airbag wheels should be required to retain an airbag since most Rally Prepared cars are driven on the street.&nbsp; Section 6.2.D.23.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in;text-indent:-.25in;">10.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Add language that <b>requires all drivers and passengers to wear helmets during competition runs</b>.&nbsp; Surprisingly, the rules required that occupants must HAVE helmets but did not specifically state that they had to WEAR helmets.&nbsp; Section 6.3.P.</div> <div style="margin-left:.25in; text-indent:-.25in;">11.<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Clarifies that <b>Safety Steward licenses are valid for three years</b>, explains the license renewal process and provides details on the process for suspending a license.&nbsp; See RallyCross Safety Steward Training Program Section 4 &amp; 5.</div> <div>Other changes that were submitted for consideration as part of the 2014 rules package but not approved included a proposal to allow alternate wheels by the same manufacturer in Stock and a proposal to allow alternate radiators and the addition of engine/transmission/differential oil coolers in Stock.</div> <div>Do you have any suggestions for future rule changes?&nbsp; The RXB welcomes your feedback on current rules and proposals for future rule changes.&nbsp; The member rule change submission period runs from January 1 to June 15 each year, so be sure to submit your comments and proposed changes to <a href="mailto:rxb@scca.com">rxb@scca.com</a> or via the SCCA Forums link.</div> RallyCross Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Tire Rack Solo Schedule Now Available http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51705 <p><em>Editor's Note: The dates for the ProSolo in Irvine and the Championship Tour in San Diego were originally reversed. They are correct here. &nbsp;</em><strong><br /> <br /> TOPEKA, Kan. (November 14, 2013) </strong>&ndash; The 2014 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo&reg; schedule, including Championship Tour, Match Tour, and ProSolo events, was announced today to participants. The schedule features 27 events, spread out over the three formats.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA Championship Tour season begins March 15-16 in Cecil, Ga., at the South Georgia Motorsports Park. A traditional location on the Solo calendar, the event falls just one week after the SCCA National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. &ndash; close enough for those across the country to participate in both events.</p> <p>The Tire Rack ProSolo Series season begins one week later at another traditional site, March 22-23 in Blytheville, Ark. Blytheville also appears at the end of the Championship Tour schedule, Sept. 27-28 following the Tire Rack Solo National Championships. The end of the season event will feature a permanent course beginning in 2014, to remain consistent moving forward, with the local community working with SCCA to develop incentives and rewards for track record holders &ndash; by nature, a rarity in the Solo community.</p> <p>The second season of the Tire Rack Match Tour format begins April 12-13 in Wilmington, Ohio. The former hub of DHL Shipping&rsquo;s US operations, the airport site is wide, smooth and provides options for a variety of courses.</p> <p>The options available at Wilmington make the area a prime site for Solo competition, and the schedule reflects that. Wilmington is the only location on the schedule to host all three formats, as the ProSolo and Championship Tours will visit on back to back weekends, July 26-27 and August 2-3.</p> <p>Packwood, Wash., hosts back to back events in early July. The Championship Tour visits July 5-6, followed immediately by the ProSolo July 12-13. The Packwood site is legendary for its scenery, beauty, and all around good fun, providing an excellent vacation destination for out-of-towners.</p> <p>Crows Landing, near Patterson, Calif., returns to the schedule in a big way after a 20 year absence. The large concrete pad, used in the past by both the military and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for training exercises, hosts a Pro Solo, June 7-8, and a Championship Tour, June 14-15. The last SCCA National event held at the site was a ProSolo in 1994.</p> <p>While an event &ldquo;in Atlanta&rdquo; has been on the schedule several times over the years, for the first time in recent history the event will occur in the city proper. The Turner Field parking lots have been secured for the May 17-18 Match Tour event.</p> <p>Also returning are the traditional Spring Nationals at the Lincoln Airpark on Memorial Day weekend, featuring the ProSolo on Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, and the Championship Tour, May 25-26.</p> <p>Collectively, the events make up the &ldquo;Road to Lincoln&rdquo; and the 42nd Tire Rack Solo National Championship. The week-long event begins with the ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, and the crowning of National Solo Champions September 2-5 at the Lincoln Airpark.</p> <p>The National Solo schedules are:</p> <p><u><strong>Tire Rack ProSolo Series</strong></u></p> <p>March 22-23: Akansas Aeroplex (formerly Eaker AFB) in Blytheville, AR<br /> April 12-13: El Toro ex-Marine base in Irvine, CA<br /> April 26-27: Fed Ex Field in Largo, MD, near Washington, D.C.<br /> May 3-4: Mineral Wells Airport in Mineral Wells, TX<br /> May 23-24: Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE <br /> June 7-8: Crows Landing Air Facility, near Patterson, CA<br /> June 28-29: Toledo Express Airport in Toledo, OH<br /> July 12-13: Former Hampton Mills Lumber Plant in Packwood, WA<br /> July 26-27: Wilmington Airpark in Wilmington, OH<br /> August 30-31: ProSolo Finale at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE</p> <p><u><strong>Tire Rack Championship Tour</strong></u></p> <p>March 15-16: South Georgia Motorsports Park in Cecil, GA<br /> March 29-30: Texas A&amp;M Annex near College Station, TX<br /> April 5-6: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA<br /> May 3-4: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ<br /> May 25-26: Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE<br /> June 14-15: Crows Landing Air Facility, near Patterson, CA<br /> July 5-6: Former Hampton Mills Lumber Plant in Packwood, WA<br /> August 2-3: Wilmington Airpark in Wilmington, OH<br /> September 2-5: 42nd Tire Rack Solo National Championships at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE<br /> September 27-28: Arkansas Aeroplex (formerly Eaker AFB) in Blytheville, AR</p> <p><u><strong>Tire Rack Match Tour</strong></u></p> <p>April 12-13: Wilmington Airpark in Wilmington, OH<br /> May 17-18: Turner Field in Atlanta, GA<br /> June 7-8: Devens Airfield Police Training Facility in Ayer, MA<br /> June 14-15: Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, CO<br /> July 5-6: Grissom Airpark near Peru, IN<br /> August 16-17: Milwaukee, WI<br /> October TBA: western location tbd<br /> &nbsp;</p> RallyCross Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Member of Excellence Nominations Due Soon http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51696 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 6, 2013) &ndash;</strong> Sports Car Club of America is, once again, seeking nominations for the Member of Excellence award to be presented at the 2014 SCCA National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In addition to being recognized in front of their Club colleagues, the recipient earns a trip to any motorsports event, anywhere in the world.</p> <p>The award goes to a member who provided a great contribution in the previous 12 months to the Club, regardless of competition area, as selected by the SCCA Board of Directors. Included below are the official criteria for this honor:</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>This year&rsquo;s honoree will join 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>Nominees should be submitted to president@scca.com or faxed to the attention of the SCCA President at (785) 232-7228. Nominations must be received by close of business November 29, 2013, for consideration. </p> RallyCross Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nine RallyCross National Champions Crowned In Tulsa http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51617 <p>TULSA, Okla. (October 8, 2013) &ndash; The third event in the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s stand-alone National Championship season came to a close on Sunday with the crowning of nine National Champions and the conclusion of the RallyCross&reg; National Championship event at Tulsa Raceway Park.</p> <p>At the RallyCross National Championship event, each of the 103 participants used the aggregate time of 10 weekend runs to determine their time for the weekend, with each cone hit worth a two second penalty. This is in contrast to a Tire Rack SCCA Solo event, where only the best runs on each day count toward the final time.</p> <p>The pre-event buzz at Friday night&rsquo;s class inspection was only tempered slightly by the overnight storms that dumped nearly an inch of rain on the area. The precipitation delayed the opening runs by an hour on Saturday morning, and sent the Stock Category machines out on a muddy and slippery track that separated the drivers at the top of their games on the first of three different courses.</p> <p>By the conclusion of Saturday afternoon&rsquo;s runs, sunglasses were on and the jackets had come off for all involved. Though cool on Sunday, sunshine filled the sky for a picture-perfect day.</p> <p>Even after aggregating all 10 runs, two classes over the weekend were settled by less than a second. Ron Foley, of Birmingham, Ala., took the lead on the opening run of the Stock &ndash; Front Wheel Drive class in his RCG Inc Consulting and Planning Honda Civic. Tim Hardy, of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead back in the second run, then kept his Ford Escort GT in front through Saturday afternoon.</p> <p>Foley came flying back on Sunday, consistently running times quicker than Hardy through the day. It wasn&rsquo;t enough, however, and Hardy earned the National Championship by 0.964-second. Michah Nickelson and Jacob Perkins also earned trophies in the class.</p> <p>Warren Elliott, of East Haddam, Conn., and Brian Ballinger, of Fort Wayne, Ind., swapped the Modified &ndash; All Wheel Drive class lead multiple times on Sunday, and entered the final runs with Elliott&rsquo;s Hale Motorsports Mitsubishi Evo in front by 0.228-second. Ballinger&rsquo;s Fat Kitty Tuning/Ft. Wayne Subaru Subaru Impreza WRX couldn&rsquo;t close the gap in the final run, falling 0.833-second short of Elliott&rsquo;s National Championship. Orion Fairman, Kubo Kordisch, Peter Zlamany, and Kevin Corn made up the class trophy runs.</p> <p>Charles Wright, of Decatur, Ala., laid down some times on Sunday that were absolutely flying to come from behind for a Stock &ndash; All Wheel Drive National Championship. Wright&rsquo;s teamTAC.org Mitsubishi Evolution grabbed the lead from overnight leader Ed Turdeau&rsquo;s Subaru Impreza, then laid down the fastest time in the class on his final run to walk away from the field by 4.546 seconds. Gonzalo San Miguel, Jon Trudeau, Jan Gerber and Karl Sealander earned trophies for their efforts.</p> <p>Like the Stock &ndash; All class, the Modified &ndash; Rear Wheel Drive featured a change in the overnight lead. Michael Cadwell, of Lafayette, Calif., steadily chipped away at Columbus, Ohio&rsquo;s Evan Arthur throughout Sunday&rsquo;s runs, going just quicker through each of the rounds. When the times were tallied, Cadwell&rsquo;s BMW 325i sat 1.896-second ahead of Arthur&rsquo;s MAZDASPEED/ORI Mazda Miata for the National Championship. Chris Hastings joined the two front runners in a trophy position.</p> <p>Jayson Woodruff of Huntington Beach, Calif., punched out to an early lead on Saturday and never looked back to claim the Stock &ndash; Rear Wheel Drive class title. Woodruff&rsquo;s JayCom Services Mazda Miata topped Patrick Matecki, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his Bristol Brewing/AMR Engineering Mazda Miata. Brianne Corn earned a trophy in the class as well.</p> <p>Chang Ho Kim, of Maynard, Mass., took the Prepared &ndash; Front Wheel Drive class lead by 2.3 seconds on Saturday&rsquo;s opening runs, and then hung on in a near even duel with Jim Rowland, of Rogers, Ark., for a 2.585-second win. Kim&rsquo;s FunHondas Honda Civic Si and Rowland&rsquo;s Miss You Ann Vogel! Nissan Sentra SE-R ran nearly identical times for the rest of the weekend, with Kim remaining just in front. Don Hardy and Robert Seelig also finished in trophy positions.</p> <p>Sam Henry, of Republic, Mo., outdrove his co-driver and brother, Martin Henry, of Claremore, Okla., for a 10.488 second National Championship in the Springfield Dyno/SafeRacer Mazda Miata in the Prepared &ndash; Rear Wheel Drive class.</p> <p>Prepared &ndash; All Wheel Drive went to Edwin Cunill, of Birmingham, Ala., in the Element Garage Mitsubishi Evo by 7.681 seconds. Cunill&rsquo;s Element Garage Mitsubishi Evolution fell behind Cody Hatfield, of Thornton, Colo., during Saturday&rsquo;s early runs, but Cunill stormed back to pass the www.circuitmotorsports.net Subaru 2.5i and stretch his advantage despite three cone penalties. Dan Quiet and Keith Lightfoot earned trophies in the class, as well.</p> <p>Leon Drake, of Gurley, Ala., used the strength of one Saturday afternoon run to catapult to a 8.268-second National Championship in the Modified &ndash; Front Wheel Drive Class. Drake&rsquo;s Dynatorch Volkswagen Golf&rsquo;s fifth run of the weekend was 8.7 seconds faster than Aaron Miller, of Elizabeth, Colo., and relegated Miller&rsquo;s Honda Civic to runner-up. Jon Olschewski, Colin Ravenscroft, and Ian Hunter garnered trophies in the class.</p> <p>The Sunday night awards banquet featured the presentation of the True Grit Award for the first time. Presented and selected by the RallyCross Board, and eventually to be selected by the previous three winners, goes to the driver who had an unusual effort or experience for the event. The board selected the Modified &ndash; Front Wheel Drive champion Drake, who put a car together in the month preceding the event just to participate and wound up taking home the big trophy.</p> <p>It was announced at the conclusion of the event that the 2014 RallyCross National Championship will take place at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., Oct. 4-5.</p> <p>More information on the <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=5589">RallyCross National Championship is available at here</a>. Like SCCA on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/SCCAOfficial">Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial</a>, or follow on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/SCCAOfficial">@SCCAOfficial</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> RallyCross Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross National Championship Features Contingency For Top Finishes http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51612 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (October 2, 2013) &ndash;</strong> At this weekend&rsquo;s SCCA&reg; RallyCross&reg; National Championship at Tulsa Raceway Park, Oct. 4-6, contingency partners will reward top finishes with cash and prizes.</p> <p>Mazda North American Operations, the Official Car of SCCA, will award eligible National Champions $750, with $500 and $250 going to podium finishers.</p> <p>Subaru and Volkswagen of America, longtime supporters of the RallyCross program, offer matching payouts of $1,250 for a win, $750 for a runner-up, and $500 for third place for those who fulfill the requirements. Honda offers $500 for a win, $300 for second place, and $100 for a third-place finish at the National Championship event.</p> <p>Every National Champion in 2014 will receive a GoPro HERO3 camera from GoPro, the Official Camera of SCCA.</p> <p>Grassroots Motorsports Magazine will, once again, reward National Champions who are a current subscriber to the magazine with a $100 payout.</p> <p>New for RallyCross National Championship participants in 2013 is a program from Summit Racing Equipment. Eligible first and second-place finishers in each class will be awarded a $50 product certificate for the retailer.</p> <p>To get the full details and requirements on the <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross/content.cfm?cid=51127">2013 RallyCross National Championship contingency program, click 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>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.<br /> &nbsp;</p> RallyCross Wed, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Registration Remains Open for the RallyCross National Championships http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51561 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 16, 2013) &ndash;</strong> Online registration for the ninth annual SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championship, scheduled for Oct. 4-6 at Tulsa (Okla.) Raceway Park, is still available for those wanting to take part. The online portion of registration will remain open through Oct. 2, at 11:59 a.m. (CDT).</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;"><a href="http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/D11DAE3C-F4EA-6327-F3D9DEEAE4DD8DD6#.Ujdfs8akqeQ">Register online for the event by following this link</a>.</span></p> <p>With RallyCross insider Peter Zlamany releasing his prognostications for the 2013 National Champions, excitement for the ninth installment of the event is building. With 66 entries, there is still plenty of space to join in the fun of the dirt-slinging National Championships. Organizers are anticipating over 100 racers from all over the nation when the cars finally take to the course.</p> <p>Titles are scheduled to be awarded in nine classes, featuring stock to modified cars running three courses over the span of two days. Aside from receiving a trophy and the adulation of fellow competitors, the newly-crowned National Champions will also be awarded brand new GoPro cameras to capture their future on-course exploits.</p> <p>TRP has been a motorsports fixture in Tulsa for over 40 years. The established facility hosts a full stable of amenities, and sits at the crossroads of I-244 and US 169 for easy highway access. Local restaurants, hotels and the Tulsa airport are located nearby the facility.</p> <p>The NEOKLA Region will play host to the event, though many of the operations of the event will be handled by officials from around the country, the RallyCross Board, and the SCCA National Staff in the same fashion as other SCCA National Championship events, including The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p>The cost of registration is $128. While online registration ends Oct. 2, at 11:59 a.m. (CDT), registration forms will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 5, at 5:00 p.m. (CDT) by emailing them to <a href="mailto:bharmer@scca.com">Brian Harmer</a>.&nbsp;</p> RallyCross Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT