SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:15:03 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> Solo 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> Solo 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> Solo 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> Solo Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Triad Winners and Majors Champions Profiles Online http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52211 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 14, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Individual profiles for each of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Conference Champions and Solo Triad Award winners have been posted on SCCA.com, for the reading pleasure of friends, families, supporters and fellow competitors.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">These profiles are aimed at giving the reader an &lsquo;inside the helmet&rsquo; perspective of how each of these Champions earned their titles. Amateur motorsports certainly does not happen inside a vacuum, and these stories highlight the season-long battle on and off the track.</span></p> <p>While these stories honor our Champions for their on-track achievements, each story illustrates not only the dedication and passion for racing and competition but also the support from family and friends that was afforded to each member.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the 108 Majors Champions in 2014 can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/clubracing/content.cfm?eid=6551&amp;cid=52020">here</a>.</p> <p>Profiles and photos of the six Solo Triad award winners can be seen <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=52114">here</a>.</p> <p>This is an ongoing project that requires the help of our members to help us make sure this information is correct. Featured drivers who wish to add or make corrections to their personalized profile should email Chris Berg, SCCA PR Coordinator, at cberg@scca.com.</p> Solo Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Schedule Revealed http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52189 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 11, 2014) &ndash; </strong>Sports Car Club of America released the 2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo schedule today, with the two national-level tours, as well as the Tire Rack ProSolo series, slated to visit many of the competition sites that have helped elevate the autocross program. A new facility is also on the docket for the upcoming season.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will play host to its first SCCA National Solo event when the Tire Rack Match Tour travels there for a mid-season event, May 2-3. The facility is a multi-purpose motorsports facility that opened fall of 2014. The Match Tour event will utilize the Autocross/Skid pad.</span></p> <p>The Tire Rack Match Tour is also scheduled to stop in Moultrie, Georgia, June 6-7. This year&rsquo;s visit will be the first time a National Solo event utilizes the facilities at Spence Field since 1996.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s ProSolo event at the El Toro Airfield, in Irvine, California, April 25-26, will be the last National Solo event held at the site that has become a favorite to many drivers. The first event at El Toro was held in 2001, and was used by the local SCCA Region before that. Almost every year since, the location has been utilized as a stop on the ProSolo schedule. However, commercial development is set to begin on the area in late 2015.</p> <p>The Tire Rack ProSolo series will make two visits to Wilmington, Ohio, this season, with the first event scheduled for May 20-31, and the return visit slated for Aug. 1-2.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo schedule is one of the strongest we have had in years with a good geographic spread and an excellent probability of great competition through well attended events,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, SCCA Vice President of Rally/Solo and Special Programs,said. &ldquo;The schedule came together in record time and I want to thank the organizers for their cooperative efforts in being flexible to the ever-changing nature of building a nationwide calendar of events. The new season cannot begin soon enough for the National Solo field staff team!&rdquo;</p> <p>The site for the Utah Match Tour is still under consideration, but the date, set for June 27-28, is confirmed. A final decision on the location should be coming within the next month.</p> <p>Below is a complete list of the national-level Solo events scheduled for the upcoming year:</p> <p><strong>2015 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Schedule</strong></p> <p><strong>Tire Rack National Tour (Champ Tour and Match Tour): 13 events</strong><br /> &bull;March 14-15: Cecil, Ga. &ndash; South Georgia Motorsports Park (CT)<br /> &bull;March 21-22: San Diego, Calif. &ndash; Qualcomm Stadium (CT)<br /> &bull;April 11-12: College Station, Texas &ndash; Texas A&amp;M University Annex (CT)<br /> &bull;April 18-19: Crows Landing, Calif. &ndash; Crows Landing Air Facility (CT)<br /> &bull;May 2-3: Bowling Green, Ky. &ndash; NCM Motorsports Park (MT)<br /> &bull;May 24-25: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Air Park West (CT)<br /> &bull;June 6-7: Moultrie, Ga. &ndash; Spence Field (MT)<br /> &bull;June 13-14: Fountain, Colo. &ndash; Pikes Peak Int&rsquo;l. Raceway (CT)<br /> &bull;June 13-14: Ayer, Mass. &ndash; Devens Airfield (CT)<br /> &bull;June 27-28: Utah &ndash; TBD (MT)<br /> &bull;July 11-12: Packwood, Wash. &ndash; Hampton Mills (CT)<br /> &bull;July 18-19: Toledo, Ohio &ndash; Toledo Express Airport (MT)<br /> &bull;August 15-16: Wilmington, Ohio &ndash; Wilmington Airport (CT)</p> <p><strong>43rd Tire Rack Solo National Championship</strong><br /> &bull;September 8-11: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Airpark West</p> <p><strong>Tire Rack ProSolo National Series: 11 events</strong><br /> &bull;March 7-8: Blytheville, Ark. &ndash; Arkansas Aeroplex<br /> &bull;March 28-29: Irvine, Calif. &ndash; El Toro Airfield<br /> &bull;April 25-26: Crows Landing, Calif. &ndash; Crows Landing Air Facility<br /> &bull;May 9-10: East Rutherford, N.J. &ndash; Met Life Stadium<br /> &bull;May 22-23: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Airpark West<br /> &bull;May 30-31: Wilmington, Ohio &ndash; Wilmington Airport<br /> &bull;June 6-7: Mineral Wells, Texas &ndash; Mineral Wells Airport<br /> &bull;June 27-28: Toledo, Ohio &ndash; Toledo Express Airport<br /> &bull;July 18-19: Packwood, Wash. &ndash; Hampton Mills<br /> &bull;Aug 1-2: Wilmington, Ohio &ndash; Wilmington Airport<br /> &bull;September 5-6: Lincoln, Neb. &ndash; Lincoln Airpark West</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo.</p> Solo Tue, 11 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> Solo Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Race Winners Take on Tire Rack Solo Nationals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52015 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 10, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The 2014 edition of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals featured two professional-level racers who faced off against one another in the same class. Both drivers have Pirelli World Championship race wins to their names, but, confirming the strength of the competition in Lincoln, neither was able to take home the winner&rsquo;s hardware.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In 2009, Tony Rivera, of Vista, California, took home two wins in the GT class while piloting a Porsche 911 GT3, and this year has driven the No. 08 Brass Monkey Racing Scion FR-S Coupe in the Touring Car class. Last week, as part of the Nationals, Rivera was driving his No. 133 Hoosier/Penske Nissan 350Z in the B Street Prepared class. He ended two days of competition in the trophies, finishing fifth out of 17 other drivers.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;To be honest with you, this [the Solo Nationals] is the place where I have the most fun,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the least amount of stress. You&rsquo;re not dealing with the logistics of a team. You&rsquo;re also not dealing with the personalities that you can run into at the professional level. You can see your friends every year and just have some fun.</p> <p>Robert Thorne, of Littleton, Colorado, also took part in the Nationals, competing in his BSP-classed No. 180 3RAuto.com/CorsportUSA.com Honda S2000. Like Rivera, Thorne is also a race winner in Pirelli World Challenge, and the current driver of the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3. Thorne&rsquo;s Pirelli World Challenge win came in 2011. At this year&rsquo;s National Championships, Thorne was unable to defend his BSP title from last year. Instead Thorne finished this year in second, 0.038-second behind his co-driver Christopher Mayfield.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not just for the Solo world is this the largest event,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;But, this is the largest motorsports event in the United States. Having a track this size, plus the drivers who have as much experience as some of these guys and gals puts a whole new perspective on how quickly one can learn a new course and put down a quick time.&rdquo;</p> <p>While it may see like Solo and professional road racing are worlds apart, these two veteran drivers say things aren&rsquo;t so different. While Solo courses are smaller and the top speeds are lower, many pivotal skills needed to go fast at a famous road course like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can be developed on the autocross course.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Solo, having three runs per day is a very different situation than what we have at the race track where we have many laps to figure things out,&rdquo; Thorne said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great mind training device and has really helped my qualifying out in the Pirelli World Challenge this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Of course, there are certain things that translate between Solo and professional racing and others that don&rsquo;t. Car control and learning to be on line all the time are two important things on which one can draw. The tradeoff of distance versus speed when going through a corner can also be transferred, and that&rsquo;s a big lessons that most in road racing don&rsquo;t see.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Solo is challenging,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great place to hone your skills. A lot of people compare autocrossing to road racing. Others say one is better than the other. I&rsquo;m not going to compare them, because they are completely different. But, both are a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>While bench racers could debate the merits of Solo competition helping to make a road racer better, the ferocity of the competition cannot be overlooked. In fact, that is one thing that keeps Rivera returning to the Solo Nationals year after year.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s challenging to go against such top drivers,&rdquo; Rivera said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why a bunch of guys who have gone pro racing come back. Any one driver can be beaten on any given day. When you&rsquo;re coming down to the 0.001-second, locking the brakes while entering a corner can be the difference between winning and losing. There&rsquo;s no way to make up for that little mistake.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver, you have to be on your &lsquo;A&rsquo; game and I really like things that challenge my mind. I&rsquo;ll continue to be back. This year, running with my fianc&eacute;, has made the experience that much better.&rdquo;</p> <p>For Thorne, it wasn&rsquo;t until returning to the sport that he gained a greater appreciation for Solo racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;At 18 years old, I got out of the sport for a while. When I got back into it, after buying and competing in my own car, and re-learning how to drive I had a greater appreciation for autocross than I did when I was young. So, I&rsquo;d have to say that Solo racing is my first love.&rdquo;</p> <p>National Champions have been crowed in 70 classes, the Tire Rack National Solo program has one remaining event on the schedule. The St. George Match Tour is slated for Oct. 18-19, at the St. George (Utah) Airport. This will also serve as the final opportunity for eligible drivers to complete the requirements for the prestigious Solo Triad.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">www.scca.com/solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Final East Course Champions Crowned In Lincoln http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52014 <p>LINCOLN, Neb. (September 5, 2014) &ndash; The final four National Champions were crowned on the East Course of the Lincoln Airpark during heat five on Friday at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, which ended just minutes before rain began falling again.</p> <p>It was fortuitous timing for Mark Scroggs, of San Ramon, Calif., who needed his final run to win G Street in the No. 49 Stranoparts.com/Edge Motorworks Ford Focus ST. Scroggs moved around runner-up Trevor Jones with his final run to win by 0.390-second for his first title.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel very, very good,&rdquo; Scroggs said. &ldquo;It hasn&rsquo;t sunk in just yet. Trevor has been pushing me all week. I knew it was going to be tight between the two of us. I could see him go out because he was ahead of me and I watched him complete his run and I knew all I needed was a tenth. All week, I have been playing protect mode, be safe, get runs in the books. For the first time this entire week, I felt like I good go autocrossing right there. It was all or none. It felt pretty good most of the way though. I couldn&rsquo;t believe the timer when I came in. It felt really good to get that run out when I really needed to.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dave Montgomery, of Cincinnati, Ohio, picked up last year&rsquo;s F Prepared winning Porsche 914/6 and added to its lore, winning his first National Championship by just 0.292-second over Troy Acosta.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t come here expecting to win,&rdquo; Montgomery said. &ldquo;I knew the car was good enough to win, but I had some really stiff competition all year. I am just over the moon, I&rsquo;m so excited. I was nervous after yesterday because it was like a reset button between me and Troy. I came into today just thinking I had to nail it. I must have gone over the course 100 times in my mind. And then there was the threat of weather, so I was just a big ball of stress all day.&rdquo;</p> <p>No one knows how sweet a National Championship can be after falling just short better than Holly Schwedler, of Lakewood, Ohio, who has narrowly missed a title for four consecutive years before locking down the H Street Ladies crown this year. Schwedler won by 1.648 seconds for her first National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m beyond excited excited!&rdquo; Schwedler said. &ldquo;This is my fifth Nationals, and every year I&rsquo;ve been the runner-up until now. I don&rsquo;t even know what to say. I was just hoping for dry runs. I run really well in the wet, in general, but the course just looked so fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lacey Otis, of Scappoose, Oregon, dropped a final run that was low enough to win A Street Ladies by just 0.037-second in the No. 80 LocketsByLacey.OrigamiOwl.com Chevrolet Corvette. Otis topped Kandy Johnson with her final run for her first Nationals victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m still in shock,&rdquo; Otis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited and happy, but definitely shocked. When we came, my expectations were that I might finish in the middle of the group. I don&rsquo; t compete against these ladies very often, but I listen on Ustream and know how they&rsquo;re doing and I know it&rsquo;s a really fast group of ladies. I&rsquo;ve been driving this car since 2009, but probably in just the last year have gotten more serious in my autocross and trying to learn from my husband Ryan. I don&rsquo;t have a lot of trust in the car, it&rsquo;s a little bit scary for me because to go fast you have to drive it at the limit. Coming here, I knew it was tough competition and thought if I finished in the middle of the pack I&rsquo;d be doing well.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Champion Titles Given Out in SSRL, SSP, SM, SMF, FML http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52013 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Heat five on the West Course marked the end of the 2014 edition of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals from Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark. Champions in Super Street R Ladies, Super Street Prepared, Street Modified, Street Modified F and F Modified Ladies were the final ones to be decided.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The newly ordained Solo Driver of Eminence, Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, showed one of the reasons she received that award. She drove her No. 41 Strano Performance Parts, Shameless Tea Chevrolet Corvette to a 1.397-second win in conditions that fluctuated between wet and dry.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;After I found out I won the Driver of Eminence, I just needed to break the curse,&rdquo; Monfort exclaimed. &ldquo;I had a pretty good advantage on the first course. I was very conservative with my first run, just to get one in the books. And then you just build from there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ryan Johnson, of Draper, Utah, made the most of unfavorable weather conditions late on Friday afternoon and scored the SSP National Championship. His margin of victory, in his No. 59 Ryno Management Inc\Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise, was a scant 0.192-second, but it was enough to earn the title.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really didn&rsquo;t come with the highest of expectations, just to try my best,&rdquo; Johnson said. &ldquo;It started with the ProSolo. Tom Berry has been beating me by a second each day of each Pro this year. To be really close with him here, I started to get it in my mind that I might have a chance. Just focused on driving the best runs I could.</p> <p>&ldquo;This really means a lot. That&rsquo;s why we keep coming. You begin to think it&rsquo;s elusive after the eight years I&rsquo;ve come to the event. It just is good to finally get to the top.&rdquo;</p> <p>In SM, Todd Kean, of Wallingford, Conn., came from behind to win his first National Championship behind the wheel of the No.99 G-Fab Racing Nissan 240sx. Kean overcame his day-one deficit and finished with a 1.645-second margin of victory over Jason Merritt.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve only driven the car a handful of times this season,&rdquo; Kean said. &ldquo;I got some good pointers from other drivers that ran earlier in the day and earlier in the week. I knew that the car had the pace to get it done. Today, with the weather, my primary goal was to get a clean run in on the first run and then just work from there to get a little bit faster without getting too crazy in pushing it.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is something I&rsquo;ve been working toward for years. I&rsquo;ve been coming out most of the time with a darkhorse car&mdash;not the car for the class, or broken cars. It&rsquo;s been a struggle. This really means a lot to me. P.J. [Corrales] has done a wonderful job putting the car together, putting me in Street Mod instead of SSM.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andy Hollis, of Austin, Texas, was the top driver in SMF, once the dust settled. In his No.1 GRM/HVT/949/OS Giken/Fast Brakes/Soulspeed/FTW/JC Auto Spec Honda CRX, Hollis took the victory over Brian Kuehl, and the remainder of the field, by 1.180 seconds.</p> <p>&ldquo;I came in here very laid back,&rdquo; Hollis said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had a lot of issues with the car coming into the week. The motor I put into the car for this event broke. I had 18 hours to put the new motor in, pack and leave to get here. By then, I wanted the car to last through the week and just drive well. The motor I put in&mdash;the old motor, and the transmission that goes with it, pops out of second gear. So I drove the whole ProSolo finale and this event with bungee cords holding the shifter in gear.&rdquo;</p> <p>In FML, Michelle Quinn, of Dublin, Ohio, walked away with the National Champion title while driving the No. 96 Thanks Jeff! KBS MK7. As the leader after day one, Quinn did enough to secure her victory in her second run of day two.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t run at all this year,&rdquo; Quinn said. &ldquo;Jeff [Blumenthal] had an injury road racing. I came out here to just have fun. I didn&rsquo;t care about times. I didn&rsquo;t want anyone to tell me my times until I was done. I just wanted to go out and attack the course.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships can be found at SCCA.com/SoloNationals.</p> Solo Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT