SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:10:03 GMT SCCA and Speedway Motors Partner for CAM Challenge, Invitation To Goodguys Autocross Finals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52281 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 27, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Sports Car Club of America and Speedway Motors have come together to create the 2015 Speedway Motors CAM Challenge, consisting of three stand-alone autocross events held across the country, specifically for American muscle cars.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The competitions, operated by SCCA, are open to drivers of muscle cars from the 60s to present day. The top driver in the CAM-T or CAM-S at each event will earn an invite to the Goodguys AutoCross Finals, Nov. 20-21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. SCCA and Goodguys events run very similar rule sets for easy crossover.</span></p> <p>This year&rsquo;s CAM Challenge will open the season out west, near San Francisco, at Crows Landing, March 6-8. The eastern regional event will take place Aug. 7-9 at Grissom Air Force Base, near Indianapolis. The Invitational Championship is slated for Sept. 4-6, to run in concert with the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, in Lincoln, Neb.</p> <p>The three CAM Challenge events will include each of the three SCCA CAM classes - CAM-Traditional, CAM-Contemporary and CAM-Sport. The first two events of the season will utilize the Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour rules, while the final will run based on the ProSolo format.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased that Speedway Motors has decided to create the CAM Challenge, specifically designed for muscle cars, and that these exciting events will be powered by the SCCA&rsquo;s rules and administration,&rdquo; Raleigh Boreen, SCCA Region Development Manager, said. &ldquo;SCCA also provides CAM enthusiasts opportunities to autocross locally at over 1000 Solo events, nationwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>The SCCA&rsquo;s CAM classes were developed to give traditional and contemporary American muscle car sedans and coupes, with front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configurations and American sports cars from the 1960s and 1970s a place to compete in a controlled environment. Each car must be street legal, licensed, insured, have intact interiors and use a 200 treadwear street-legal tire.</p> <p>For additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo or the CAM rules, visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">www.scca.com/solo</a>. Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Drivers Leading Charge After Six of 24 Hours In Daytona http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52277 <p><strong>DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 24, 2015) -</strong> Sports Car Club of America members, champions and racers have represented well for the opening six hours of the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona, though at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday night the race was only a quarter of the way finished. Three of the five IMSA classes contesting the race are being led by SCCA members at the quarter distance at Daytona International Speedway.</p> <p>In the overall lead is the familiar No. 01 Ford EcoBoos/Target Riley/Ford from Chip Ganassi Racing (himself a Runoffs podium finisher as a driver), led by four-time Rolex 24 winner and two-time Trans Am Series Champion Scott Pruett.</p> <p>Anthony Lazzaro, the 1993 Formula F gold medalist at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, led his entire stint in the No. 63 Robert Graham/Royal Purple Ferrari 458 Italia. Lazzaro had enough cushion to pit and pass the car to teammate Jeff Segal while keeping the lead in the GTD class.</p> <p>Just after 8:00, however, following a full course caution and ensuing restart, the No. 93 TI Automotive Dodge Viper SRT moved to the GTD lead with a pair of SCCA members behind the wheel. Defending Trans Am 2 winner Cameron Lawrence and multi-time Pirelli World Challenge race winner Kuno Wittmer and teammates were forced to start from the rear of the field, with Wittmer in control to start the second quarter of the twice-around-the-clock race.</p> <p>With a full lap on nearly all of their class competition, Pirelli World Challenge race winner Mark Wilkins has his Prototype Challenge No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09/Chevrolet up front as well as the race charges into the night period.</p> <p>Making the highlight reel early in the night is former SCCA SafeRacer Club Racing program racer and 2005 SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup champion Tom Long, who scored a couple of firsts for SCCA Official Car Mazda in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Long drove the No. 70 Mazda/Castrol/ModSpace Mazda SKYACTIV-D Prototype to the overall lead, becoming the first Mazda and the first diesel-powered car to lead overall in the 24 hour race in the 53-year history of the event.</p> <p>In addition to the on-track action, each of the corners at the 3.56-mile circuit are covered by SCCA flagging and communication crews led by the Central Florida Region with workers from across the country.</p> <p>The race continues until 2:10 p.m. on Sunday at the site of the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Multi-time SCCA Trans Am Champion Tommy Kendall Named to Motorsports Hall of Fame http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52276 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 23, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Tommy Kendall, a multiple-time Sports Car Club of America Trans Am series Champion, has been announced as part of the 2015 class of inductees to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Kendall, and his six fellow inductees will be formally honored at during a ceremony scheduled for June 18, at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit.</p> <p>Starting in 1995, Kendall won the Trans Am series title in three consecutive seasons. In those seasons, Kendall piloted his Jack Roush Racing Ford Mustang to a total of 16 wins, and 27 podium finishes, in 38 races. Kendall also has experience in many other forms of racing, including multiple starts in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition and two starts in the 24 Hours of LeMans.</p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of the names on this year&rsquo;s hall of fame are heroes of mine,&rdquo; Kendall said. &ldquo;[Being on the same list] doesn&rsquo;t really compute. I&rsquo;ve been lucky to have good things happen during my career. To be mentioned with names like that &hellip; at the end of the day it&rsquo;s nice to be recognized for the work you did.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ricky Carmichael, Walker Evans, Warren Johnson, Mark Martin, Duke Nolan and Lloyd Ruby round out the remainder of the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees who were announced at Daytona International Speedway, as part of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.</p> <p>The Motorsports Hall of Fame includes 216 members who represent all forms of motorized competition. The 99-member nomination panel includes such names as Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Craig Breedlove and Richerd Petty.</p> <p>Additional information on the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America can be found at http://www.mshf.com/.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Barbato, Pollotta, and Seltzer Named Solo Driver of the Year Finalists http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52270 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (January 19, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Three finalists displaying outstanding ability at the 2014 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships have been nominated for the Solo Driver of the Year award, with the winner to be revealed at the 2015 SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet presented by Mazda on Saturday, February 21 in Charlotte, N.C. Nick Barbato, of Wethersfield, Conn., Andrew Pallotta, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Darren Seltzer, of Orlando, Fla. each earned finalists spots.</p> <p>For the first time at the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet, the winner of the year&rsquo;s best autocross competitor will be announced at the same banquet that honors the 2015 Hall of Fame class.</p> <p>&ldquo;Congratulations to Nick, Andrew and Darren on their nominations to the Solo Driver of the Year award,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;Each of them is a worthy recipient of the honor, and we&rsquo;ll find out at the SCCA Hall of Fame banquet who takes the prize. Each of these outstanding autocrossers deserves attention and recognition on our biggest stage of the year. It will be outstanding to bring Solo&rsquo;s highest competition honor to the awards ceremony as we recognize one of them as the Solo Driver of the Year on the same stage as our SCCA Hall of Fame legends.&rdquo;</p> <p>Barbato earned his nomination after winning the Street Touring R class in the KARCEPTS/Adidas Motorsports Honda S2000. The 32-year-old won the normally very competitive 41-car class by 0.604-second, with nearly the entire margin coming on the first day of competition. Barbato was the fourth-highest indexed driver during his session, and won every National Solo event he entered in 2014.</p> <p>Pallotta&rsquo;s Street Touring Xtreme title came in the ChaseRace/Strano Parts/Drift Off Scion FRS over the largest class at the event. The 27-year-old&rsquo;s title came by 0.409-second in a class of 67 top-notch entrants. Pallotta&rsquo;s title came despite never driving the Scion until he arrived at Lincoln for the event.</p> <p>Seltzer was nominated on the strength of his dominating three-second win in F Modified. The 29-year-old topped 26 competitors in the class and was the top indexing driver in the entire event, further demonstrating his skill at the event.</p> <p>Also included in the banquet are the Club Racing President&rsquo;s Cup award winners, the SCCA Member of Excellence, the RallyCross Dirty Cup, and the Woolf Barnato Award. The finalists for the President&rsquo;s Cup will be announced on Tuesday, January 20.</p> <p>Roger H. Johnson, Oscar Koveleski, Ron Sharp, Dr. George Snively and Bob Tullius will officially enter the SCCA Hall of Fame during the evening&rsquo;s festivities.</p> <p>The MSX Expo and SCCA Convention will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center February 20-21 and the SCCA Hall of Fame celebration will be Saturday, February 21 at the Hilton Charlotte Hotel. Hotel cutoff for special rates has been extended to January 27; reservations can be made <a href="https://aws.passkey.com/g/27699140">https://aws.passkey.com/g/27699140</a> online or by phone 877-667-7213.</p> <p>For more information or to register, visit <a href="http://MSXExpo.com">MSXExpo.com</a>. Tickets for the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet are $100, and SCCA Members can include either the SCCA National Convention or the MSX Conference, complete with speakers designed to improve motorsports skills, for an additional $95. Admission the MSX Expo show floor is free for SCCA members. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Solo Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Classic American Muscle Car Owners Classified For 2015 Tire Rack Solo Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52231 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 22, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Drivers of both contemporary and traditional muscle cars have a clearly defined place to push their cars to the limit in the upcoming Tire Rack SCCA Solo&reg; season with the continuation of the Classic American Muscle category in 2015.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The category, which ran for the first time at the end of the 2014 season, was developed to provide a fun environment in which to put their muscle cars to the test. Only domestic cars of front-engine/rear wheel drive configuration or pickup trucks are allowed to compete under CAM regulations. In addition, all vehicles must be fully licensed, street legal and have a &lsquo;finished&rsquo; look. Some modifications are allowed, but are only open to a few areas. Each of these cars will also be required to run on DOT-approved tires with a minimum UTQG treadwear of 200.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The CAM concept was developed primarily as a tool for SCCA Regions to be able to attract this new group of autocrossers, whether they use the three National Solo classes or a single CAM class depending on local demand,&rdquo; Vice President of Rally/Solo Howard Duncan said. &ldquo;In some areas of the country, CAM cars already make up nearly 10 percent of their entries and the potential for even more CAM drivers is significant.&rdquo;</p> <p>The rule set will govern three national-level CAM classes. CAM-T (Traditional) is for sedans, designed to seat four adults, with body styles that originated from 1954-1972. CAM-C (Contemporary) is for sedans, designed to seat four adults, with body styles originating from 1978-present.</p> <p>While the Traditional and Contemporary classes allow limited modifications, the CAM-S (Sports) class is more open. This class is for cars designed to seat at least two adults, with a minimum wheelbase of 90 inches. Examples of allowable modifications on these hotrods include the replacement of heavy side window glass and the removal of floor liners.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2015 CAM rules were developed with the help of a number of folks from the muscle car autocross community,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;We are confident they will serve this group well by providing a rule set that allows for creativity within defined boundaries for not only the traditional muscle cars, but also for the newer muscle cars that are being developed.&rdquo;</p> <p>Regions are encouraged to offer this class as a stand-alone class for local meets, with the three supplemental classes available at all National Solo events. Details regarding the CAM specifications can be found at scca.com/solo.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA President Recognized by the Women's Sport Foundation Project Podium http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52229 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong> SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble was awarded the 2014 Women&rsquo;s Sports Foundation Project Podium Leadership Award by Lyn St. James, the second woman to race in the Indianapolis 500, at the Race Track Business Conference held, Dec. 10, hosted by the National Speedway Directory at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Leadership is described and demonstrated in so many ways,&rdquo; St. James said. &ldquo;Lisa's character, charisma, and commitment to support cultural change without disrupting the core values of sports car racing is powerful. She is the perfect person to receive this year's award.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&ldquo;It is an honor to be recognized by the Women&rsquo;s Sports Foundation with their Project Podium Award,&rdquo; Noble said. &ldquo;As leaders in motorsport, it is our responsibility to encourage and mentor the next generation of competitors, to set the bar for them to achieve their best and to meet their personal goals. Project Podium offers that opportunity for growth through their scholarships.</p> <p>&ldquo;The award was especially meaningful to me as it was presented by one of the most ground-breaking drivers in the sport, Lyn St. James, and because it is a part of Paul Newman&rsquo;s legacy. Mr. Newman was a hero of mine as well as an SCCA legend and that ties the award back to our wonderful Club, making it something of which we can all be proud.&rdquo;</p> <p>The leadership award was established in 2008 to honor Paul Newman whose support helped St. James launch Project Podium. Past winners of the Leadership award include NASCAR President Mike Helton, USAC founder and former Indy 500 Chief Steward Tom Binford, and former Director of Ford Racing Dan Davis.</p> <p>Josten's has graciously provided the beautiful trophy presented each year.</p> <p><strong>About Lyn St. James</strong><br /> Lyn's (www.lynstjames.com) passion, focus and determination made her a fierce competitor on the track where she achieved many firsts in racing. That same passion has made her an advocate for the next generation of racers and an incredible motivational speaker. As former President of the Women's Sports Foundation, she was able to establish the Women's Sport Foundation Project Podium Scholarship for women in racing and the Leadership Award to recognize outstanding leadership in the racing industry.</p> <p><strong>About Women's Sports Foundation</strong><br /> Founded in 1974 by tennis legend Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation (www.womensportsfoundation.com) is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. Project Podium teamed up with the Women's Sports Foundation in 2013 under the leadership of past president, Lyn St. James.</p> <p><strong>About Race Track Business Conference</strong><br /> The annual Race Track Business Conference (www.racetrackbusinessconference.com) hosted by the National Speedway Directory provides a platform for industry leaders to collaborate, analyze, and conceptualize around the business of motorsports. Shared insights from all forms of racing creates dialogue and interaction in a unique intellectual environment.</p> <p><strong>SCCA</strong><br /> Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 40,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, which includes the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour and the U.S. Majors Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Road America; and The Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb. For more information, please visit www.scca.com, like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/sccaofficial, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> 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