SCCA - News Sports Car Club of America Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:25:02 GMT SoCal Sunshine Makes for Enjoyable Tire Rack SCCA Solo San Diego Champ Tour <p><strong>SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 8, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the National Football League&rsquo;s San Diego Chargers, played host to The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour this past weekend. The meet, which uses the traditional class-style competition, is the third of eight leading to the SCCA Solo National Championships in September.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Southern California weather did not disappoint any of the 221 entrants who came out to enjoy the event. Unlike the other National Solo events held thus far in 2014, the weather did not hamper the event in any way. The sun shone while temperatures were in the 70s on both Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p>The 18 competitors in Street Touring Xtreme put on a show for everyone in attendance at San Diego. Max Hayter (STX, Whiteline/Vorshlag/Moto-East Subaru BRZ), of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., emerged as the winner, but it was not easy by any means. After three runs on Saturday, Hayter was the overnight leader by roughly 0.1-second over Mack Tsang.</p> <p>On Sunday, Hayter started behind the eight-ball following two runs that were slower than Tsang. However, Hayter was able to turn on the heroics during his final lap of the course. He was the only competitor in STX to break into the 52-second barrier, while Tsang received a penalty for hitting a cone during his last run. Without the penalty, Tsang&rsquo;s best time would not have been enough to overcome the overnight deficit but it sealed the deal for Hayter.</p> <p>Mark Hasbun, of Nipomo, Calif., won by a razor-thin margin, of 0.054-second, in H Street over Barry Twycross. Hasbun (H Street, Mazda3) took at 0.137-second lead into the second day of competition, but Twycross added to the intrigue by bettering his rival&rsquo;s opening Sunday lap. In the subsequent two runs, neither competitor could better their times leaving Hasbun at the top of the standings.</p> <p>In E Street Prepared, Elliot Speidell, of Surprise, Ariz., was able to guide his Ford Mustang to a narrow victory over Britt Dollmeyer. Speidell set the fast time for the class on his third run on Saturday. The time Speidell banked was enough to hold off Dollmeyer who owned the fastest time of the fast time of the class on Sunday.</p> <p>James Yom (B Street, Tire Rack/Stock Shocks! Honda S2000) took the class win by surpassing Michael Heinitz during Sunday&rsquo;s three runs. Yom finished Saturday with a 0.1-second deficit to Heinitz. On his second run from Sunday, Yom put down the run that would clinch him the win by 0.115-second.</p> <p>Cyan Kalman (Formula Junior B, 0 Kadet Kart), of Porter Ranch, Calif., also pulled out a narrow class victory. Cyan beat out her co-driver, and twin brother Dane, by 0.266-second after sitting second heading into Sunday&rsquo;s trio of runs.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour Series heads to New Jersey to go to battle in the parking lot at MetLife Stadium, May 3-4. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at<a href="http://"></a>.</p> <p>More information, including full results, from the Tire Rack Solo San Diego Championship Tour is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Solo Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Female Drivers Rothmuller, Tooth Named Inaugural Recipients of SCCA Wendi Allen Scholarship <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 3, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America members tout themselves as a &ldquo;racing family,&rdquo; eager to lend a hand where needed and assist others whenever possible. The latest example of that comes in the Solo community, where Lori Rothmuller and Sarah Tooth were recently named the first recipients of the Wendi Allen Scholarship.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Wendi Allen Scholarship Fund provides support to promising young women Solo competitors, offering free entries to Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour events, a set of tires for The Tire Rack Solo National Championships from BFGoodrich Tires, and $1500 in cash to be used for event expenses throughout the year.</span></p> <p>The scholarship was conceived and funded by the family of Wendi Allen, an eight-time National Champion who competed with her husband, Mark. Allen was a fixture at the National Championships from 1994 until 2005, when sidelined while pregnant with twin daughters Cassidy and Caitlin (now competing in the Formula Junior class). Allen competed every year at the Solo National Championships through 2012 before concentrating her strength on her current, long-time battle with cancer.</p> <p>Rothmuller and Tooth were selected by a committee of successful female drivers, chaired by Tara Johns and including Beth McClure-Strelnieks, Denise Cashmore, Shelly Monfort, and Patty Tunnell. Responsible for selecting two scholarship winners each season, the group has claimed 31 National Championships, in total, and is recognized as leaders on and off the course. The support for these recipients is not limited to financial backing, however as the program seeks to offer driver training, mentoring and event logistic assistance as well. For the Allen family, it is a way to ensure that the legacy Allen most wishes to leave in the sport is maintained.</p> <p>Rothmuller, 21, is a University of California, Davis student who heads the Davis Motorsports Club focusing on student participation in amateur motorsports, especially SCCA Solo. Not only a participant, Rothmuller draws other college students to the sport with her efforts. In her only previous visit to The Tire Rack Solo National Championships in 2011, Rothmuller finished fifth in B Street Prepared Ladies.</p> <p>&ldquo;Winning this award is almost surreal, and a huge honor,&rdquo; Rothmuller said. &ldquo;I wasn't familiar with Wendi Allen's story before I was nominated, but I am now, as well as knowing some of Shelley Monfort's story. Both women are incredibly inspiring. They are the top tier of female autocrossers, and to be picked for this award by them, to possibly someday emulate them is such an honor. Winning this scholarship means that I could, potentially, carry on this legacy, which is really exciting.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tooth migrated from Alberta, Canada to Houston, Texas two years ago to attend Rice University as a grad student, getting involved in the Houston Region events and regularly recruiting new SCCA members to events. A quick study, Tooth finished second in the Street Touring FWD Ladies class in her 2013 debut at the Tire Rack Solo National Championships. The scholarship package will be a sure boost to her early success.</p> <p>&ldquo;This scholarship is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as a driver,&rdquo; Tooth said. &ldquo;I'd like to win more often than I do, because that's fun. But I'd also like to gain a better understanding of how my car works, and how to set it up for particular effects. When I started I couldn't even change a wheel if I got a flat, so I've come a long way already.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pleased with the initial selection, the responsibilities for the committee are just beginning.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an amazing opportunity to get more women involved in this great sport,&rdquo; Johns said. &ldquo;As women, we tend to be more cautious entering into an intense sport, especially one that is dominated by men. I am hopeful that through this Fund, we will be able to mentor women who will develop into amazing competitors and assets to our community. I remember how intimidating it was to go to my first national-level event. I also believe that we can help these promising women ease into the sport and continue to grow competitive ladies classes.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on Allen can be found at</p> <p>More information on the SCCA Solo Program, including the Wendi Allen Scholarship Fund, can be found at Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or on Facebook at</p> Solo Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour Takes on Texas <p>COLLEGE STATION, Texas (April 1, 2014) &ndash; The Tire Rack SCCA Solo College Station Championship Tour, held on the Texas A&amp;M University campus, was the second of the eight events leading to the Tire Rack Solo National Championships in September. All Championship Tour meets use the traditional class-style competition that will be utilized to decide National Champions at the Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark.</p> <p>Like the two previous National Solo events already in the books, extreme weather conditions had an influence on the weekend&rsquo;s results. While the weather was palatable during competition on Saturday and Sunday, conditions became downright inhospitable late Friday afternoon as course designer Viveck Goel transformed his visions into reality.</p> <p>Strong winds picked up dust, dirt and any other small items not tied down. Rain drops and hailstones then fell on anyone that had not already sought shelter. In addition to the already marked course, the atmospheric outburst left standing water on the course for drivers to navigate during Saturday&rsquo;s opening runs.</p> <p>One member of the Texas SCCA Solo community who was missing was Tommy Saunders, who passed away in mid-March. During Saturday night&rsquo;s traditional cookout for competitors and volunteers, Casey Weiss led the group in prayer for the Saunders family and a toast in honor of the 12-time SCCA Solo National Champion.</p> <p>The big-block, high-horsepower muscle cars of C Prepared were part of the first run group to venture out on the rain-soaked course Saturday morning. While the damp conditions forced drivers to take a conservative approach during early runs, the times quickly fell. The result was a slim 0.138-second margin of victory, the smallest of the entire two-day competition.</p> <p>The eventual class winner, Robert Lewis (CP, Sledge Hammer Racing/MCS Ford Mustang), of Tallahassee, Fla., ended Saturday&rsquo;s three runs sitting in second behind Todd Farris but ahead of 2013 Driver of Eminence Mark Madarash. On Sunday, luck shone down on Lewis as was the recipient of several re-runs during the day. The best time of his three completed runs allowed him to leapfrog Farris for the class win.</p> <p>With 19 drivers, Street Touring Roadster was the largest class during the meet. The large numbers resulted in stiff competition, proved by the aggregate times of the top-four cars being covered by just over one second. Robert Irish (STR, MR Irish Contracting Honda S2000), of Austin, Texas, was able to hold the class lead after his three runs from Saturday. While he was not the fastest driver on Sunday, Irish had banked enough of a gap to hold off challenges from Jon Pomrenke, Jeff Warden and other drivers to take the win by 0.306-second.</p> <p>X Prepared also produced a nail-biting finish, which was decided by only 0.218-second. Vitek Boruvka (XP, AXWare Systems Mazda MX-5), of Austin, Texas, would end up the winner, but Thomas Thompson certainly made things interesting. Boruvka was the over-night leader in the class with a best time of 66.130. While he only ran the second-quickest time during Sunday&rsquo;s three runs, Boruvka was able to hold his lead.</p> <p>Stefan Waller (Street Touring Xtreme, Corr-Performance/Bad Panda Motorsports), of Lafayette, La., emerged as the victor in STX. Waller trailed Christy Carlson after three runs on Saturday, but was able to set down a scorching time during his final run on Sunday. The time, which was almost a second quicker than that of Carlson, was enough to vault Waller to the lead with a 0.375-second gap.</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour is set for April 5-6, at QualComm Stadium, in San Diego, Calif. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at</p> <p>More information, including full results, from <a href="">The Tire Rack Solo College Station Championship Tour is available here</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Whiteners Sweep First Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Super Challenge of 2014 <p><strong>BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (March 25, 2014) &ndash;</strong> David Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas, drew first blood in the season-opener of the 2014 Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Championship, held over the weekend at the Arkansas Aeroplex. David took home the Super Challenge win while Kim Whitener, his wife, notched a victory in the Ladies Challenge. The husband/wife win was the first since Paul and Meredith Brown did the same two years ago at Farmington.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Wind and cool temperatures were the prevailing conditions that the 146 competitors had to endure throughout the weekend. In fact, a propane heater was needed on Sunday morning to help cure material used to make some minor course repairs that were put down Saturday night.</span></p> <p>The challenging conditions did not deter members of the Mid-South and Arkansas Regions, who hosted the event. Aside from putting on a Friday-night cookout, event organizers had access to an expanded area at the Arkansas Aeroplex. The additional space allowed course designer Grady Wood to create large, but technical courses that challenged each competitor throughout the weekend. The extended courses resulted in layouts that were about five seconds longer than typical Tire Rack ProSolo courses.</p> <p>Whitener qualified for the start of Sunday afternoon&rsquo;s 32-car Super Challenge after winning the Street Touring Compact Class in his Black Armor Helmets Honda Civic Si.</p> <p>During the bracket-style competition, Whitener took a first-round win over Andy Hohl (SP/SM Index A, Evolution/Thanks Joe Chevrolet Corvette). Then, he advanced to the round of eight by shutting down class-winner Lee Chhit and his Street Touring FWD Mini Cooper.</p> <p>With eight drivers left in the Super Challenge bracket, Whitener defeated Street Touring X top-qualifier Craig Wilcox (OS Giken/NM Engineering/Way Motorworks Mini Cooper S) to earn a spot in the semi-finals.</p> <p>Whitener punched his ticket to the final by beating Chris Harvey (The Tire Rack Mazda MX-5). Darren Seltzer was the only other driver left standing.</p> <p>Seltzer (Bump Class, Raptor F500) got to the finials by beating Darrin DiSimo (Street Touring Sport, Mazda Miata) in the quarter finals, and Eric Peterson (Street Index RWD, Solo Pro/Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder) in the semis.</p> <p>Whitener took the final-round victory over Seltzer. In the third-place runoff, Harvey captured the final podium spot.</p> <p>Kim Whitener started the weekend&rsquo;s competition by winning the Ladies Class 3 in her Texas Track Works/Black Armor Helmets Honda Civic. She put down Kathy Grunenwal (Ladies Class 3, T-Bones Home for Wayward Women Honda Civic Si) and Shelly Monfort (Ladies Class 1, Iced Tea Chevrolet Corvette GS), in the first two rounds.</p> <p>In the final matchup, Whitener defeated Tara Johns (Ladies Class 1, Tweakit/ABC Plumbing Mazda Miata). The win put Whitener in the early season-long points and in the catbird seat to repeat as the ProSolo Ladies Challenge Champion. Chris Peterson (Ladies Class 2, Toyota Spyder) took home third after winning the runoff against Monfort.</p> <p>John Mensch, of Minneapolis, Minn., drove his Frugal Racing Enterprise Mazda Miata to a Bonus Challenge win.</p> <p>Information on the Blytheville round of Tire Rack ProSolo Series can be found <a href="">here</a>. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at <a href=""></a>.</p> Solo Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Contingencies Ready for 2014 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Beginning with this past weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Dixie Championship Tour, top finishers in the Tire Rack SCCA Solo program can take home contingency cash and prizes from a host of companies.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Prizes are available for class winners at Championship and Match Tour events and for class and challenge winners at Tire Rack ProSolo&reg; events.</span></p> <p>Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer $300 payouts for event class winners in all three formats of competition. Second-place class finishers will be eligible to earn $175. ProSolo Super, Ladies and Bonus Challenge winners will earn $400 for a win and $250 for second-place finish. Year-end ProSolo points leaders, in-class, will get a $1,000 bonus, with second getting $600 and third receiving $300. The payout schedule for any challenge year-end points will be $600, $400 and $200 to the top three, respectively.</p> <p>MINI USA will be offering cash prizes to eligible participants in the three formats of competition. Class winners can claim a $250 prize, while second and third can get $100 and $50, respectively. The ProSolo year-end points winner in each class can also get a $1,000 payday.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development, Toyota/TRD, Scion Racing and Subaru of America will offer awards to ProSolo competitors driving their cars. A win in a Toyota or Scion will equal $200. A year-end Class or Challenge Championship will be worth $1,000. Additionally, Scion FR-S drivers finishing second in class will be eligible to receive $100. Honda will reward class podium finishers with $100, $50 and $25 prizes, respectively. A $200 reward is also up for grabs for a Honda driver who wins the year-end class or challenge title. Subaru will award class winners $150, with second getting $100 and third eligible for $50.</p> <p>Like the auto manufacturers, tire makers are throwing their support behind all three Tire Rack SCCA National Solo programs.</p> <p>BFGoodrich Tires, the Official Street Tire of SCCA, will be offering prizes in the form of tires. First place finishers in ProSolo Super and Ladies Challenges, as well as class winners in any of the three divisions, will be eligible to redeem two tires. Second place finishers in each of those categories can claim one tire. In addition, ProSolo year-end point leaders in class can be awarded four tires, with second getting two tires. The top finishers in year-end ProSolo challenge points will also be awarded four tires, provided they meet the program&rsquo;s requirements.</p> <p>Hoosier Racing Tire&rsquo;s program is identical to that of BFGoodrich Tires for National Tour and ProSolo class event wins. Upping the ante for the ProSolo Finale, Hoosier Racing Tire will give class and challenge winners four tires, with two going to second place. In addition, four tires will be doled out to the ProSolo year-end Class Champion and Super Challenge Champion who meet the program&rsquo;s requirements.</p> <p>Kumho Tires will award ProSolo class and challenge winners, in addition to class and Match Tour Shootout winners, $300 in product credit. Second place will get a $200 credit, with third eligible to get a $150 credit. In addition, Kumho Tires will be awarding four tires for a ProSolo year-end class or challenge points title. Street and Street Touring class winners will get a bump in the form of a $600 product credit from Kumho Tires, regardless of event format, with second-place getting a $400 credit and third-place receiving $300.</p> <p>Hankook Tires will also be providing contingency payouts in 2014, but has not released the details of the program. Those prizes will be announced at a later date.</p> <p>Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will award certificates to the top three eligible finishers in each class at Championship and Match Tour events. Winners will get $100 certificates, with second and third getting certificates worth $50 and $25, respectively.</p> <p>Each contingency opportunity requires pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available at</p> <p>With The Tire Rack Dixie Championship Tour in the books, the next event on the National Solo calendar is Round One of The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Championship, March 22-23, at Arkansas Aeroplex, in Blytheville, Ark.</p> <p>More information on Tire Rack SCCA Solo can be found at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Solo Champion Saunders Passes <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 19, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America family was saddened to learn of the passing of one of its greatest Solo champions, Tommy Saunders, in an accident in Panama City Beach, Fla. on Wednesday morning.</p> <p><br /> Saunders was a 12-time SCCA Solo National Champion, trailing only John Thomas&rsquo; 17 open-class titles. Saunders was the 2006 Driver of Eminence winner and the 2008 recipient of the Roger Johnson Spirit of the Sport Award. The 62-year-old had the second-longest tenure between his first and last National Championship, covering the 25 years between 1983 and 2008.</p> <p>Off the track, Saunders was known for his big personality. Despite his successes, Saunders remained approachable to anyone at events.</p> <p>More information will be posted here as it becomes available. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Schedule Kicks off at Dixie Championship Tour <p><strong>ADEL, Ga. (March 19, 2014) &ndash;</strong> For SCCA soloists, this past weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack SCCA Solo&reg; Dixie Championship Tour event marked the much-anticipated beginning of the National Solo calendar, boasting a full entry list of 285 participants. This marked the eighth year that the opening event for the program was held at South Georgia Motorsports Park.</p> <p>While the weather was good for most of the weekend, it played havoc with the end of Sunday&rsquo;s competition. With severe weather rolling in, a deluge of rain and howling winds, officials made the difficult decision to cancel the three runs scheduled for the fifth, and final, group of the day. As a result, Saturday&rsquo;s best times dictated the finishing order for the G Street, Street Touring Compact, Street Touring Sport Ladies, E Street Prepared, C Prepared and Kart Modified classes.</p> <p>&quot;The situation with the weather was unfortunate, but the safety of our competitors and workers is always our first priority,&rdquo; SCCA Vice President of Rally/Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan said. &ldquo;Measures were taken to speed the event in hopes of completing all heats before the storm. However, with the severe weather warnings in effect, more rain on the way and the amount of time left in the day, stopping the event was our only option.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is never an easy decision to call an event before it is complete and it is especially difficult for an event like Dixie, where folks typically travel long distances to attend.&quot;</p> <p>Regardless of Sunday&rsquo;s adverse weather, the event was a great start to the 2014 National Solo calendar. During Friday&rsquo;s Test and Tune, nearly 700 runs were made over a five-hour timespan. The day was punctuated with a cookout, hosted by the Dixie Region with assistance from Atlanta Region, which featured beef brisket and brats.</p> <p>The fierce competition during the two-day event showed that many of the entrants were itching to get the season started. Winners of six classes were decided by less than 0.2-second on the Sam Strano-designed course.</p> <p>In Street Touring Compact, David Stanford, of Arden, N.C., took the class win by 0.060-second in his Honda Civic Si. Stanford was not the quickest driver out of the chute, but chipped away at his time to record a best run of 45.600 seconds on Course One. Due to the weather-related cancellation, the STC-class drivers were unable to compete on Course Two.</p> <p>Jason Huepenbecker, of Winter Park, Fla., emerged victorious in F Street, beating out Chi Ho by only 0.110-second. Driving his Dynasty Automotive/Thank you Chi! BMW M3, Huepenbecker finished Saturday behind Ho, but came roaring back on Sunday as he was the only car in his class to break the 46-second barrier on Course Two.</p> <p>Randall Wilcox, of Clarksville, Tenn., was the winner of a close battle that was decided by 0.123-second, in Super Street Modified. Following Saturday&rsquo;s three runs, Wilcox was second in the class behind Matthew Glagola. On Sunday, Wilcox was able to shine as he drove his Greyhound Pets of America Mazda Miata to victory after recording a run that was nearly 0.5-second faster than Glagola&rsquo;s best Course Two run.</p> <p>The G Street class was another of the classes decided by day-one runs. Michael Moran, of Fairfield, Pa., took the class win by 0.142-second over Ian Stewart. Heading into Saturday&rsquo;s final runs, Moran was the class of the G Street field. On his third run, Moran pulled out all the stops and ripped off the only sub-46 second lap in his Toyota Celica GT.</p> <p>D Street Prepared featured a close finish in which Doug Keiler, of Virginia Beach, Va., emerged as the winner in his PF Tuning BMW 323. He started Sunday&rsquo;s runs behind eventual second-place finisher Michael Kuhn, but Keiler put together a solid last lap that was enough to erase his deficit and propel him to the win by 0.171-second.</p> <p>Jeff Cox, of Knoxville, Tenn., took the rain-shortened E Street Prepared win by 0.197-second over Jadrice Toussaint, in his Ford Shelby Mustang. On his final run of Saturday&rsquo;s competition, Cox was able to move around Toussaint on the time sheets for the win.</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour &ndash; running the traditional National Tour format - is slated for March 29-30 at the Texas A&amp;M Annex, in College Station, Texas. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>More information, including results, from The Tire Rack Solo Dixie Championship Tour is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, and like the Club on Facebook.</p> Solo Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo, Majors Tour Both In Action This Weekend <p>It's a big weekend of action in the top level of both the SCCA's Tire Rack Solo Championship Tour, and the SafeRacer Club Racing program's U.S. Majors Tour. Both events run Saturday and Sunday, with information, including timing, from the <a href="">Dixie Championship Tour here</a>, and the <a href="">Eagles Canyon Majors Tour here.</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> There's plenty to look for this weekend. From the Dixie Tour at South Georgia Motorsports Park:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Season Opener:</strong> This year&rsquo;s season opener currently holds 282 names on the entry list. While the hometowns of the competitors focus mostly around the southeast, many northern drivers have used the early-season run to get out of the garage and back to competition.</p> <p><strong>New Class Offerings:</strong> The Dixie Tour is the debut of the Street Category classes, requiring tires that are DOT legal and offer a treadwear rating of at least 140. A topic of conversation in the series for several months, this weekend the rubber meets the road. Will the same cars and drivers remain up front, or can new drivers capitalize? Those questions will be answered by Sunday&rsquo;s trophy presentations.</p> <p><strong>Previewing The Battles:</strong> With the event at capacity, the stage is set for some excellent competition. In Street Touring Sport, Darrin DiSimo and John Brown, codriving a Mazda Miata will be fighting Darren Madaffari and Kerry Coughlin, both in Coughlin's Honda CRX&hellip;Fresh off her Street Touring Xtreme Ladies win at Nationals, Jordan Towns jumps to G Stock and will drive with Clay McCool in his Dodge SRT4 for an overall win. Towns needs to defeat last year's defending Dixie class winner, Andy Thomas&hellip; Last year's Super Stock podium is back this year in Super Stock R, with Sam Strano, Scott Hurley, and Adam Schoonmaker all vying for the class win... Street Touring R has last year's second through fifth place drivers returning after Jason Collett's win from last year. David Marcus, Geoff Walker, Justin Neal, all in Honda S2000s, will be running against James Cathers in his Mazda Miata, to see which driver and car has supremacy on this course.</p> <p><strong>STX Field Brings Highlights:</strong> The largest class at Georgia Motorsports Park, Street Touring Xtreme will be the one to watch. After dominating D Street Prepared last year, Bryan Heitkotter will be seeking yet another Tour win, codriving with Teddie Alexandrova in her Mazda RX-8. Challenging them are last year's second and fourth place finishers at the Dixie Tour, Jason Ruggles and Mike King, will both also be in RX-8s, hoping to see if they can rein in another victory. Never discount local favorites Dennis Sparks and Randall Prince; both have been fighting for trophies in past years and constantly developing their cars. Bill Cook and Andy Hohl in Subaru BRZs, with yet another year of development behind them and quickly proving to be fast, capable cars, will also be throwing their hat in the ring for the win.</p> <p><strong>Far From Spec:</strong> STX, G Stock, C Stock, and B Stock are just a few of the classes that show a wide variety of cars in class. With fresh newcomers in the autocross world, like the Ford Focus and Fiesta ST, rising stars like the Toyota FRS/Subaru BRZ, and established front runners including the BMW 3-series and Mazda RX-8, the potential for exciting competition remains high. Especially with the reclassing within the Street categories, previous &ldquo;cars to have&rdquo; will have stiff competition from other vehicles, which may not have been as dominant in years past.</p> <p>Meanwhile, at Eagles Canyon, for Rounds Three and Four of the Mid-States Conference:&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Another First Time Visit:</strong> The Mid-States Conference opened the season with the debut of NOLA Motorsports Park, and makes its second doubleheader stop at Eagles Canyon Raceway for the first time.</p> <p>While the 2.55-mile circuit is a first on the U.S. Majors Tour schedule, it&rsquo;s no stranger to the SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing program. The seven-year-old circuit has hosted Regional and previous National events on the Texas event schedule.</p> <p><strong>Solid Crowd:</strong> The entry list for the Eagles Canyon Majors features 147 cars in the SCCA&rsquo;s 27 Runoffs-eligible classes.</p> <p>The production-based group features 35 cars, spread out over the 2.55-mile layout. Joe McClughan, a former National Champion, is in B-Spec, while E Production National Championship challenger Matt Reynolds appears on the entry list. The father and son duo of John and Nigel Saurino are on the watch list in F Production, and the T3 battle between Colorado-residents Jason Ott and Jim Leithauser could prove entertaining.</p> <p><strong>Spec Racing Challenge:</strong> The season opener at NOLA saw four different Spec Racer Ford drivers on the podium in two races, with Keith Verges and Denny Stripling both securing wins. Along with Daryl Wills and Chris Funk, the top spots lead a field of 28 Spec Racer Fords to Eagles Canyon, setting up a rematch and showdown. </p> Solo Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Convention Just 24 Hours From Opening Day <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=""></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=""></a>.</p> <p>Keep an eye on <a href=""></a>, SCCA&rsquo;s Facebook page at <a href=""></a>, or on Twitter <a href="">@SCCAOfficial</a> for news and updates throughout the show. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Couple that Races Together Stays Together <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</p> Solo Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT