SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:25:04 GMT Tire Rack Champ Tour Wraps at Crows Landing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52366 <p><strong>CROWS LANDING, Calif. (April 21, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack National Tour meet at Crows Landing, held April 18-19, was the fourth of nine events on the road to the Tire Rack Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Utilizing the same class-based competition as the National Champion-crowning event, the Crows Landing surface has a similar grip level, making it a natural choice for both a competitive weekend and a measuring stick for later in the year.</span></p> <p>Steve O&rsquo;Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net Mazda Miata), of Garden Grove, California, set the best overall indexed time. He also scored the class win by 0.470-second over Anthony Porta.</p> <p>Pulling out the win by the narrowest margin was Jami Olerich (A Street Ladies, Chevrolet Corvette Z06), of Fairview, Oregon. Olerich held the class lead after day one, but Lacey Otis made her best attempt at a comeback to score the win. In the end, Otis fell 0.080-second short.</p> <p>In Street Touring Xtreme, Joseph Sim (Nameless Performance/Kartboy Scion FRS), of Gig Harbor, Washington, scored the win by 0.090-second when the dust settled on Sunday. After Saturday&rsquo;s three runs he sat third in the standings, behind co-drivers Justin Tsang and Mack Tsang. However, he made his move on Sunday to clinch the win.</p> <p>Dallas Cutler (English Racing Mitsubishi Evolution), of Tigard, Oregon, was able to seal the class win in Street Modified on the strength of his Saturday runs. On his third run of the day, he logged a time in the 55-second rage. As the only car able to do that, he carried a 0.6-second lead into Sunday where he did what he needed to do in order to hold off Michael Yanase.</p> <p>John Tritsch (Subaru WRX), of Hillsboro, Oregon, left Crows Landing the winner in D Street. After finishing Saturday&rsquo;s competition in second, about 0.2-second behind Justin Moore, Tritsch came back for the second day of the meet like a man possessed. On his last run, after taking out a cone on his previous lap, he ripped off a time of 57.212. That allowed Tritsch to take the lead, and also the class win.</p> <p>Street Touring Ultra came down to a battle between Jonathan Lugod (OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT US Chevrolet Corvette), of Oceanside, California, and Jeff Stuart. Following Saturday&rsquo;s runs, Lugod held a tenuous lead over Stuart. Coming back from the overnight break, Lugod was able to stay one step ahead of Stuart by lengthening his lead. The result was a 0.451-second win for Lugod.</p> <p>For more information, including full results, from the Tire Rack Championship Tour at Crows Landing, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8373">here</a>.</p> <p>The next stop for the series is Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Summer Nationals, slated for May 24-25.</p> <p>Additional facts regarding the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at www.scca.com/solo.</p> <p>Remember to like the Club on Facebook, at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Peters wins Super Challenge at SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Event at El Toro http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52344 <p><strong>IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo season made its official start this past weekend at El Toro, after an aborted event in Blytheville, Arkansas, caused by extreme winter weather. Brian Peters, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, took the Super Challenge win in what may be the final event at the site, as the area is set to undergo commercial development later this year. Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, was the Ladies Challenge winner.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">An event attendance record was set as 235 entrants made their way to El Toro, which has become a favorite competition spot for Southern California autocrossers. The previous record was 234, set just two years ago.</span></p> <p>Cal Club Region played host to the event, which included a Friday night welcome party. The weather conditions were a non-issue, featuring clear, sunny skies throughout the event.</p> <p>Peters (E Street Prepared, ProParts USA Ford Mustang) began his march to the final round of bracket competition from the third overall seed. That seeding was a result of fast runs in the class-based portion on the meet, held Saturday and Sunday morning.</p> <p>In the first round, Peters defeated No. 30 seed Ryan Johnson (Super Street Prepared, Ryno Management Inc./Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise). Peters&rsquo; next matchup was against Tom Harrington (Kart Modified, Seventh-Gear.com Honda CRG Road Rebel). Peters got the best of Harrington and moved to the quarterfinal round.</p> <p>As one of the final eight drivers, Peters was pitted against Navid Kahangi (H Street, Edge Motorworks Ford Fiesta ST). Peters downed Kahangi to advance to the semi-finals against Michael Heinitz (Street Touring FWD, Acura RSX Type-S). Peters emerged the victor, earning the opportunity to face Jeff Kiesel for the Super Challenge win.</p> <p>Kiesel (Race Tire Index 1, Seventh-Gear.com KFR Turbo Sprite) earned his way to the final after starting the bracket competition as the top overall seed. He took out Leonard Cachola (E Street, Mazda Miata) in the first round.</p> <p>In the second round, Kiesel took out Steve O&rsquo;Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net/West End Mazda Miata), and moved on to face Jonathan Lugod (Street Touring Ultra, OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT USA/ARE Chevrolet Corvette) in the quarters.</p> <p>After beating Lugod, Kiesel met Chris Cox (F Street, Mike Maier Inc. Ford Mustang) in the semi-finals. Keisel bested Cox, earning a spot in the Super Challenge bracket final opposite Peters.</p> <p>Once the dust settled, Peters proved to be quickest driver of the two. In the third-place runoff, Cox completed to podium after winning the matchup with Heinitz.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a great weekend continuing strong momentum coming off a successful San Diego National Tour,&rdquo; Peters said. &ldquo;Winning the Challenge was especially satisfying given three second-place Challenge finishes, in the past.</p> <p>&ldquo;John Hogan&rsquo;s Mustang was working well this weekend, which allowed me to pull up to the line each time with my focus solely on execution. Ending up with late round pairings against some of the drivers I respect the most, such as Michael Heinitz and Jeff Keisel, pushed me to dig unforgettably deep.&rdquo;</p> <p>Monfort (Ladies Class 2, StranoParts.com Ford Focus ST) started as the third seed in the Ladies Challenge bracket. In her opening-round matchup, she took out Mindi Cross (Ladies Class 3, Scion Racing/JDL Auto Design Scion FRS) to move to the semi-final round.</p> <p>There Monfort met, and downed, Kristen Acharya (CUSCO/FRSport/TheRacersStore.com Scion FRS). In the final, Monfort met Christine Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX).</p> <p>En route to the final, Grice won matchups against Lisa Berry (Ladies Class 3, BMW 325 IS) and Teddie Alexandrova (Ladies Class 3, Roswell Driving Academy Nissan 350Z), respectively.</p> <p>Monfort wound up taking the bracket win over Grice, while Acharya completed the podium after beating Alexandrova in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels great - and oddly familiar - to take the Ladies Challenge win in the first event of the season,&rdquo; Monfort said. &ldquo;I took the win last year at the first Pro event in Washington, D.C. in another Focus.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope to get at least one more Pro event under my belt in L2 this year. I like campaigning the Focus because I'm least experienced in FWD cars, and because it's an affordable and practical current car that is also fun to race, which is good for our sport. As for a points championship, I'd love to go after it! It usually comes down to the finale for me, and I know I will have fantastic skilled women to compete with no matter what car I'm driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dennis Trevino (Street Touring Xtreme, Hank Yamfang Honda Civic Si), of El Cajon, California, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge bracket.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo series is scheduled for April 25-26, in Crows Landing, California.</p> <p>For additional information on the El Toro ProSolo event, including full results, visit http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8384. More information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program can be found at www.SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial</p> Solo Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Announces Winners of the Wendi Allen Scholarship http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52340 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 26, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Elisabeth Flannagan, of Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Wildenberg, of Menasha, Wisconsin, were named as the two winners of the Wendi Allen Scholarship for the 2015 Solo season. The two drivers were nominated by the general membership, with the award presented by a committee of well-respected female SCCA autocrossers.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In its second year awarded, the scholarship provides financial support to offset travel costs to National Solo events. In addition, the Club will waive entry fees to National events for these two drivers and work with the Solo community, and its commercial partners, to seek out other forms of support for the winners. This includes, but it not limited to, driver training, mentoring, product support and logistical assistance.</span></p> <p>The award is given to two female soloists who not only display a high level of driving talent, but also a deep involvement in the Solo Community.</p> <p>Flannagan, who works as a therapist for children in foster care, said she has been able to get some good behind-the-wheel experience near her home. Additionally, she will be using the scholarship funds to make sure she is at the Tire Rack National Championships, in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p>&ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t been able to stop smiling since I was notified that I won,&rdquo; Flannagan said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the biggest honor I have ever received in my life. To be recognized by these women is truly amazing.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Philadelphia region is the best place to be an autocrosser. There are so many opportunities happening throughout the summer months. In fact, I knew that the ProSolo event at MetLife Stadium was going to fill up fast. So just after the event opened, I had to run out to my car in the middle of a ballet class just to make sure I got entered.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wildenberg, a student in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was equally happy to have the opportunity to compete in an expanded role with the help of the scholarship funds.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels amazing to be recognized like this,&rdquo; Wildenberg said. &ldquo;When I was first told about it, I honestly thought it many have been someone playing a joke on me.</p> <p>&ldquo;By winning this scholarship, I can attend a lot more events this season than I would have been able to do otherwise. I have already made plans to go to Wilmington (Ohio) for the ProSolo event, in addition to the mid-season visit to Lincoln (Nebraska) for the Championship Tour and ProSolo events. This will also be my first time going to Nationals. To say the least, I am really excited.&rdquo;</p> <p>The selection committee is made up of several influential female Solo National Champions. The committee includes Denise Cashmore, Tara Johns, Beth McClure-Strelnieks, Shelly Monfort and Patty Tunnell.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both of these women are dedicated members to their local regions,&rdquo; Johns, the chairperson for the selection committee, said. &ldquo;They also show promise and dedication to becoming extraordinary competitors. We are hopeful that both ladies will benefit from the scholarship and use this opportunity to thrive in our sport. We look forward to seeing them both compete on a national level this year.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We appreciate all of the nominations we received this year,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, Senior Director of Rally/Solo, said. &ldquo;It made the Selection Committee&rsquo;s job challenging, but they chose two great recipients. We look forward to working with them during the 2015 Tire Rack National Solo season, and beyond.&rdquo;</p> <p>The scholarship was developed as a wish of Wendi Allen, a Solo National Champion in her own right, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. In November of 2014, Allen lost her battle to the disease, while the scholarship in her name endures as a legacy of promoting female achievement in the male-dominated arena of motorsports.</p> <p>For additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program, please visit SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Oseth Named SCCA Pro Racing Vice President/General Manager http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52338 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Steve Oseth was named Vice President and General Manager of SCCA Pro Racing today, assigned with overseeing the day to day operations of the for-profit subsidiary of the Sports Car Club of America.</p> <p>Oseth will manage the staff and Pro Racing activities from the Topeka office, including the sanctioning of the Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am Championship and Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.</p> <p>Oseth comes to SCCA Pro Racing from AWRS International, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he owned the Nashville-area franchise of the automotive wheel sales and repair company. Prior to that, Oseth was the Founding President of Castle Concrete Corp., managing a company of more than 80 employees.</p> <p>He is a three-time SCCA Club Racing National Champion, winning the Runoffs&reg; three times &ndash; in 2003, 2006 and 2007, all in the Formula Vee class. Oseth is currently one of the Series Tech Coordinators for the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 and F1600 Championship Series.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to having Steve&rsquo;s experience and knowledge, both of motorsports and the business world, in house at SCCA Pro Racing,&rdquo; Robert Clarke, SCCA Pro Racing President, said. &ldquo;Steve will manage both our in-house and event staff, and work closely with each of the series that we currently sanction to give them all the support that we can provide.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oseth will begin in the new role immediately, and will soon relocate to Topeka from his Nashville-area home.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am excited about this appointment and the challenges it presents,&rdquo; Oseth said. &ldquo;I have been a member of SCCA for 36 years and now having the opportunity to work with the people and organization that has been such an important part of my life is really extraordinary.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc. - a 65,000-member organization dedicated to motorsports events. SCCA Pro Racing provides full-service organization, operation and sanction for numerous professional racing series, documented within this web site. Each series holds events on high-profile race weekends and annually crowns Champions.<br /> <br /> Known for its operational expertise, SCCA Pro Racing has been the choice of privately-owned racing series, as well as those promoted by automobile manufacturers, to conduct all facets of their Championships.<br /> <br /> SCCA held its first professional racing event on February 3, 1963 - a United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race won by Jim Hall at Daytona International Raceway. Throughout the years, SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans-Am, Can-Am, Formula 5000 and World Challenge. SCCA Pro Racing formally became a subsidiary of SCCA in 1993, and is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) - the FIA delegate for this country.</p> Solo Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Tire Rack Solo Championship Concludes SoCal Swing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52333 <p><strong>SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 24, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour event, from San Diego, wrapped up following two days of competition, March 21-22. The event was held in the parking lots surrounding Qualcomm Stadium, the home the National Football League&rsquo;s San Diego Chargers.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The San Diego Region SCCA played the role of host for the event as region member Peter Bollenbecker was the course designer for both days of competition. Festivities were started off with a welcome party hosted by the region, on Friday night, open to workers and competitors.</span></p> <p>The on-course action featured several close races toward the top of the standings in several classes. The closest of these finishes occurred in Street Touring Sport. Matt Ales (Thanks Pete! Mazda Miata), of Redondo Beach, California, was the winner by 0.064-second, but the intriguing story in this class was that of second-place finisher, Stephen Yeoh.</p> <p>The car of Yeoh, considered a contender for the class win early on, suffered some major mechanical damage requiring an engine change after completing only one run during Saturday&rsquo;s competition. By Sunday morning, Yeoh had a new engine in his Honda Civic thanks to the help of fellow competitors. Yeoh logged the quickest time of Sunday&rsquo;s runs, but it proved just shy of the time needed to unseat Ales for the class win.</p> <p>In Formula Junior A, Kevin Jung (Ciro Racing/7th Gear Tony Kart), of Laguna Niguel, California, scored a class win by another exceedingly narrow margin. The gap back to second-place driver Zak Kiesel was only 0.098-second. On Saturday, Jung owned the top time in the class. However, Kiesel made Jung work for the win on Sunday by setting the quickest time on his last run. The lap logged by Kiesel on Sunday was quicker than that of Jung, but Jung had built enough of a margin after Saturday&rsquo;s runs to allow him to take the win.</p> <p>Street Touring R also managed to produce some fireworks as Sebastian Rios (ProParts USA/Gearheads Garage Mazda MX-5) took the victory over Nick Bjoin by 0.104-second. After the opening day of competition, Rios held the class lead. He then was able to hold the lead utilizing his cushion from Saturday, as Bjoin was the owner of Sunday&rsquo;s fast time in class.</p> <p>Ricardo Quinonez (C Street, Scion FRS), of Fresno, California, was the top driver in class. Finishing second after Saturday&rsquo;s competition, Quinonez set the quickest time on Sunday allowing him to vault ahead of Adrian Cardenas.</p> <p>Jayson Woodruff (D Street, JayCorn Services Subaru Impreza WRX), of Huntington Beach, California, was the day-one leader, in class. On Sunday, he was unable to set the quickest lap on Sunday, but had built enough of a gap over the rest of the field to retain the winning position by 0.271-second.</p> <p>Jeff Stuart (Berry Family Racing Nissan 350Z), of Santa Barbara, California, got the winning nod in Street Touring Ultra, just 0.352-second over Jonathan Lugod. Heading into Sunday&rsquo;s competition, Lugod held the top spot. However, Stuart came roaring back by capturing the fast time on Sunday&rsquo;s course that allowed him to seal the win.</p> <p>Further information on the San Diego Championship Tour, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8371.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour will be April 11-12, at the Texas A&amp;M University Annex in College Station, Texas.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Tire Rack Solo Dixie Championship Tour Serves as Season-opening Autocross http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52324 <p><strong>ADEL, Ga. (March 17, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA&reg; Tire Rack National Solo&reg; Championship Tour opened the 2015 season at South Georgia Motorsports Park, this past weekend. This is the first of nine scheduled Championship Tour events, utilizing the standard class-based competition, scheduled in the lead-up to the Tire Rack Solo Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Dixie Region played host for this event, providing a barbeque dinner for Friday&rsquo;s welcome party. Robert Lewis held dual roles during the weekend, serving as event chair and course designer. Lewis designed a pair of courses that featured a good, challenging blend of many elements, which earned the praise of many drivers.</span></p> <p>Once competition began, Sam Strano (Super Street R, Stranoparts.com Chevrolet Corvette), of Brookville, Pennsylvania, scored a decisive 2.555-second win over Brandon Davis (Outdoorsolutions4u.com Chevrolet Corvette). Aside from a class win, Strano also finished the weekend with the fastest indexed time of the event.</p> <p>Tim White (E Prepared, Honda Civic), of Tucker, Georgia, took home a class win with the smallest margin of victory of the meet. Following day one of competition, Smith was the class leader by about 0.5-second. During Sunday&rsquo;s competition, Darrin DiSimo (Pronto Timing System Honda CRX) put down the quickest time in the class but White had built enough of a gap to hold onto the top spot.</p> <p>In A Street, John Owens (Chevrolet Corvette), of Frankfort, Kentucky, relied on consistency to score his class win. On both courses, Owen&rsquo;s best times were within 0.05-second of each other. Once the dust settled, Owens finished 0.153-second ahead of second-place finisher Jed Peterson (Honda S2000CR).</p> <p>Nick Amick (C Street, Walkers Trailer Sales/TranService Subaru BRZ), of Smyrna, Tennessee, completed the come-from-behind win. Sitting second after day one, Amick was able to best Jason Stroud by standing on his first run from Sunday&rsquo;s competition. In the end, Amick held the lead with a 0.214-second gap.</p> <p>The season-opening event also produced some first-time National Tour winners. Among them were Tevin Richardson (F Street, BMW 135i), of Canton, Georgia, and Randall Prince (Street Touring Xtreme, Subaru BRZ), of Auburn, Georgia. Both Richardson and Prince drove to victory behind the wheel of cars in which they previously had little time.</p> <p>Also scoring his first Tour win was Geoff Zimmer (F Street Prepared, Duckworks Volkswagen Rabbit), of Gastonia, North Carolina. Driving the same car, Maria Mayorga (F Street Prepared Ladies, Volkswagen Rabbit) also took home her first National Tour class win. En route to her victory, Mayorga also set the top indexed time for all ladies classes in the competition.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour will be across the country, in San Diego, California, slated for March 21-22. The two-day event will take place in the parking lots of Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the NFL&rsquo;s San Diego Chargers.</p> <p>Further information on the Tire Rack SCCA Dixie National Championship Tour event, including full results, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8370">here</a>. For more on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program, visit SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo at Blytheville Rescheduled For May 1-3 http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52313 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 6, 2015) &ndash; </strong>The SCCA&reg; Tire Rack ProSolo&reg; season opener in Blytheville, Arkansas, has been rescheduled for May 1-3 following its postponement for inclement weather.</p> <p>The date is the best available at the Arkansas Aeroplex, the host site of the event.</p> <p>While it does fall the same weekend as the Tire Rack Match Tour at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, recent investments in equipment and the expansion of the National Solo field staff allow operations of two events on the same weekend at the same high standards.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been fortunate enough to work with the airport president to reschedule the Blytheville ProSolo event after nine inches of snow on top of three inches of ice caused our March cancellation,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, Senior Director of Solo and RallyCross, said. &ldquo;Setting up the event would have been impossible, but more importantly it would have put our fellow members in harm&rsquo;s way trying to get there.</p> <p>&ldquo;However, the rescheduled event is not perfect, falling on the same weekend as the season opener for the Match Tour program in Bowling Green,&rdquo; Duncan continued. &ldquo;This will cause some angst for some folks, specifically those in Tennessee and Georgia, but Blytheville has traditionally been supported by those in Texas and the Midwest Division, while Great Lakes Division autocrossers will be the base of the Match Tour events. We&rsquo;re sorry for anyone now forced to choose between the two, but we&rsquo;re glad to keep the ProSolo schedule intact.&rdquo;</p> <p>The SCCA ProSolo is comprised of 11 events across the country featuring mirror-image courses with drag race-type starting lights. Each event has a class-based component that ranks competitors based on their best time around each course within a particular class. Points are allocated to top finishers in that portion of the competition. Those class results are also used to determine seeding for the Challenge rounds, where drivers go head-to-head in drag race fashion with start lights that are staggered based on class performance.</p> <p>The Match Tour format has been revised for 2015 with more class runs and simplified qualifying for Sunday Shootouts. The goal is to provide drivers a stepping stone to move from Regional to National competition. The traditional class-based competition makes up the first part of the weekend&rsquo;s activities, with competitors getting nine runs at the course, with head to head match-ups on Sunday afternoon for those who qualify.</p> <p>The Tire Rack Solo season gets underway with the Dixie Championship Tour at South Georgia Motorsports Park, March 13-15, under the traditional autocross format. This weekend marks the first event in the Speedway Motors CAM Challenge, at Crows Landing, California, run under the Match Tour format for Classic American Muscle cars.</p> <p>More information on all of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo programs, including detailed rules on the Match Tour format, are available at SCCA.com/Solo. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Inks Partnership with Garmin, Names VIRB Official Camera, Presenting Sponsor http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52311 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 4, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Sports Car Club of America has announced a new two-year partnership with Garmin naming the VIRB the &ldquo;Official Camera of SCCA.&rdquo; The Garmin VIRB will feature prominently at all levels of SCCA membership, presenting two Championship events as well as introducing new participants to the sport.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Garmin VIRB Elite is the ideal action camera for motorsport enthusiasts. In addition to recording 1080p HD video, VIRB Elite also has a built-in GPS sensor to gather metrics like speed, distance, heart rate and G-force. This data can then be embedded into the video using VIRB Edit, making user videos even more exciting. Featuring an easy-to-use slider switch and a 1.4&rdquo; Chroma display, VIRB Elite can record up to three hours of video on a single charge, and can be remotely controlled by other Garmin products or with the VIRB smartphone app.</span></p> <p>In addition to being named Official Camera, the Garmin VIRB becomes the presenting sponsor for the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo&reg; Nationals and SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;. The brand will also be named the &ldquo;Official Camera of the Tire Rack Solo Starting Line&rdquo; school, bringing new participants to motorsports and the VIRB all at once.</p> <p>Every Tire Rack Solo Starting Line student will have video and GPS data captured by a Garmin VIRB. At the end of the school, each student will receive their runs and data on a removable microSD card.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to welcome Garmin to the SCCA, and look forward to helping to introduce the Garmin VIRB, not only to the membership, but to the motorsports community,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA COO, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve learned the capabilities of the VIRB, and its ease of use and features are great for any of our competition disciplines, from Club Racing, to Solo to Rally.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Garmin VIRB will have a strong presence onsite at both the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by the Garmin VIRB and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships presented by the Garmin VIRB, providing event enhancements not previously available. More details will be forthcoming.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SCCA has a big influence on the motorsports community,&rdquo; Jon Cassat, Garmin&rsquo;s vice president of communications, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to partner with the organization as the official camera sponsor, and integrate VIRB into events nationwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>VIRB cameras will be used to record video in each of the competition programs for use in promotional materials. Find additional product informaton on the VIRB by clicking <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/action-cameras/virb-elite/prod119594.html">here</a>.</p> <p>The Garmin VIRB will join the circle of SCCA Official Partners, which includes Hawk Performance, Mazda, Mobil 1, SafeRacer, Sunoco and Tire Rack.</p> <p><u><strong>About Garmin</strong></u><br /> For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.</p> Solo Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 2015 Blytheville ProSolo: Postponed http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52312 <p><em><a href="http://www.scca.com/news/index.cfm?cid=52313">Edit March 6 - see the information on the rescheduled event, May 1-3, here!</a></em><strong><br /> <br /> BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (March 4, 2015) -</strong> It is with much regret that we must inform all of you that the Blytheville ProSolo schedule for this weekend (March 6-8) is being cancelled due to weather.</p> <p>At the beginning of this week all forecasts looked to be on the up-and-up satisfactory weather to have competition. However, as this week has continued the forecast has taken a turn for the worse. We just received a call that the city has put a curfew on the amount of driving folks can do. Safety is our utmost concern and with such drastic measures being taken by the city, we are left with no choice but to cancel the event.</p> <p>We will do our best to figure out a date to reschedule the event. If we are unable to reschedule, we will make every effort to get drivers who have purchased Blytheville with the ProSolo bundle into another event or refund a portion of the bundle. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please feel free to email solomatters@gmail.com.</p> Solo Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Contingency Awards Outlined for Tire Rack National Solo Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52304 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Top finishers at each Tire Rack&reg; SCCA National Solo event will have the opportunity to collect contingency from several manufacturers and racing-related companies.</p> <p>In many cases, podium finishes in Tire Rack Match Tour and Championship Tour class-based competition will be eligible for contingency rewards. In ProSolo prizes may be awarded in four different ways, including class and challenge competitions at each event, and year-end points in class or challenge.</p> <p>Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer a $300 award for a win in the class competition of each of the three types of events. Second place will be eligible for a $175 bonus. In the ProSolo series, eligible winners in the Super, Ladies and Bonus Challenges will be awarded $400 with second place earning $250. Prizes are also up for grabs based on ProSolo year-end points with the top three in class competition eligible to take home $1,000, $600 and $300, respectively. Year-end point leaders in the challenge events will have $600, $400 and $200 paydays available for the top three drivers, respectively.</p> <p>MINI USA and Subaru of America will be supporting all three National Solo programs. MINI USA has made $250, $100 and $50 prizes available to eligible drivers for a podium position in class-based competition. Eligible drivers can claim $1,000 from MINI USA for a ProSolo year-end championship in class. Subaru will also incentivize their customers to run with cash payouts for the three programs. At Match and Championship Tour events, eligible drivers can earn $250 for a win and $150 for a second-place finish in class competition. For the ProSolo program, a podium finish in the class portion of the event will be worth $250, $125 and $50, respectively. Top-three finishers in ProSolo Class and Challenge standings will be able to cash in with $1,000, $750 and $500 prizes, respectively.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development (HPD), Scion Racing and Toyota/TRD will offer awards to competitors in ProSolo. HPD will offer eligible drivers a $100 pay day for winning the class competition while second and third place will get a $50 and $25 payout, respectively. An eligible year-end points Champion will also be able to claim $200. Scion will award prizes of $200 and $100 to the top two positions in class competition, in that order, for drivers of the FR-S. Class Winners in other Scion models will be able to claim $200. Year-end Champions in class and challenge standings will be eligible for $1,000. Toyota/TRD will offer a $200 award to eligible drivers for a win in ProSolo class completion at each event, while eligible season-ending Champions in Class and Challenge standings will be able to claim $1,000.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are another big part of the contingency picture.</p> <p>BFGoodrich Tires will support all three National Solo programs. Eligible Championship and Match Tour class winners will be able to get their hands on two free tires with a win, and will earn one free tire for a second-place finish. On the ProSolo side, eligible winners in class competition will also earn two tires with second place earning one. Super and Ladies Challenge winners will be eligible for the same prize. Eligible year-end Champions in class points will be able to claim four tires while second place can get two tires. The season-long Champion in Super and Ladies Challenge points can claim four tires.</p> <p>Falken Tire will support select classes in all three divisions. In all cases they will offer cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to podium finishers, in that order, in class-based competition. GT Radial and Hoosier Racing Tire have also pledged their support for all three programs with identical payout schedules. Each company will provide two tires to eligible class winners in all three divisions, with second place good for one free tire. For ProSolo events, both companies will also offer two tires to all challenge winners, with second place getting one. All prizes will be doubled at the ProSolo Finale. Eligible season-long class and Super Challenge Champions can claim four tires.</p> <p>Kumho Tires is also participating with their own contingency program supporting all three National series. Eligible drivers can claim a $300, $200 or $150 product credit for a podium finish, in class. That amount is doubled for any Street or Street Touring category. Both a Match Tour Shootout and ProSolo Challenge top-three finishers will earn the same payout made available during class competition. In addition, a ProSolo class or Challenge season-long Champion can get their hands on four free tires.</p> <p>Bridgestone has put their name in the hat to support the Match and Championship Tour events. Eligible drivers can earn $200 for a class win, while the remaining two podium positions can earn $150 and $100.</p> <p>Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer product certificates to eligible, in-class podium finishers at Championship and Match Tour meets. The schedule breaks down to the winner earning a $100 certificate, second eligible for a $50 certificate with third able to claim a $25 certificate.</p> <p>FR Sport will be offering $150 product certificates to eligible winners in all three types of events. Bride Racing Seat has also jumped onboard to offer $100 product certificates to eligible ProSolo class winners, with second able to earn a $50 product certificate. OSGiken will also support ProSolo by offering a $200 product certificate to eligible class winners, while second- and third-place finishers can claim $100 and $50 product certificates.</p> <p>Each contingency opportunity requires pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=44518">here</a>.</p> <p>The Tire Rack National Solo Program kicks off its 2015 season with the Blytheville ProSolo and Crows Landing CAM Challenge, both scheduled for March 7-8.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT