SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:40:04 GMT 2015 Blytheville ProSolo: Canceled http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52312 <p><strong>BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (March 4, 2015) -</strong> It is with much regret that we must inform all of you that the Blytheville ProSolo schedule for this weekend (March 6-8) is being cancelled due to weather.</p> <p>At the beginning of this week all forecasts looked to be on the up-and-up satisfactory weather to have competition. However, as this week has continued the forecast has taken a turn for the worse. We just received a call that the city has put a curfew on the amount of driving folks can do. Safety is our utmost concern and with such drastic measures being taken by the city, we are left with no choice but to cancel the event.</p> <p>We will do our best to figure out a date to reschedule the event. If we are unable to reschedule, we will make every effort to get drivers who have purchased Blytheville with the ProSolo bundle into another event or refund a portion of the bundle. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please feel free to email solomatters@gmail.com.</p> Solo Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Inks Partnership with Garmin, Names VIRB Official Camera, Presenting Sponsor http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52311 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 4, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Sports Car Club of America has announced a new two-year partnership with Garmin naming the VIRB the &ldquo;Official Camera of SCCA.&rdquo; The Garmin VIRB will feature prominently at all levels of SCCA membership, presenting two Championship events as well as introducing new participants to the sport.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Garmin VIRB Elite is the ideal action camera for motorsport enthusiasts. In addition to recording 1080p HD video, VIRB Elite also has a built-in GPS sensor to gather metrics like speed, distance, heart rate and G-force. This data can then be embedded into the video using VIRB Edit, making user videos even more exciting. Featuring an easy-to-use slider switch and a 1.4&rdquo; Chroma display, VIRB Elite can record up to three hours of video on a single charge, and can be remotely controlled by other Garmin products or with the VIRB smartphone app.</span></p> <p>In addition to being named Official Camera, the Garmin VIRB becomes the presenting sponsor for the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo&reg; Nationals and SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;. The brand will also be named the &ldquo;Official Camera of the Tire Rack Solo Starting Line&rdquo; school, bringing new participants to motorsports and the VIRB all at once.</p> <p>Every Tire Rack Solo Starting Line student will have video and GPS data captured by a Garmin VIRB. At the end of the school, each student will receive their runs and data on a removable microSD card.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to welcome Garmin to the SCCA, and look forward to helping to introduce the Garmin VIRB, not only to the membership, but to the motorsports community,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA COO, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve learned the capabilities of the VIRB, and its ease of use and features are great for any of our competition disciplines, from Club Racing, to Solo to Rally.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Garmin VIRB will have a strong presence onsite at both the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by the Garmin VIRB and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships presented by the Garmin VIRB, providing event enhancements not previously available. More details will be forthcoming.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SCCA has a big influence on the motorsports community,&rdquo; Jon Cassat, Garmin&rsquo;s vice president of communications, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to partner with the organization as the official camera sponsor, and integrate VIRB into events nationwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>VIRB cameras will be used to record video in each of the competition programs for use in promotional materials. Find additional product informaton on the VIRB by clicking <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/action-cameras/virb-elite/prod119594.html">here</a>.</p> <p>The Garmin VIRB will join the circle of SCCA Official Partners, which includes Hawk Performance, Mazda, Mobil 1, SafeRacer, Sunoco and Tire Rack.</p> <p><u><strong>About Garmin</strong></u><br /> For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.</p> Solo Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Contingency Awards Outlined for Tire Rack National Solo Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52304 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 23, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Top finishers at each Tire Rack&reg; SCCA National Solo event will have the opportunity to collect contingency from several manufacturers and racing-related companies.</p> <p>In many cases, podium finishes in Tire Rack Match Tour and Championship Tour class-based competition will be eligible for contingency rewards. In ProSolo prizes may be awarded in four different ways, including class and challenge competitions at each event, and year-end points in class or challenge.</p> <p>Mazda, the Official Car of SCCA, will offer a $300 award for a win in the class competition of each of the three types of events. Second place will be eligible for a $175 bonus. In the ProSolo series, eligible winners in the Super, Ladies and Bonus Challenges will be awarded $400 with second place earning $250. Prizes are also up for grabs based on ProSolo year-end points with the top three in class competition eligible to take home $1,000, $600 and $300, respectively. Year-end point leaders in the challenge events will have $600, $400 and $200 paydays available for the top three drivers, respectively.</p> <p>MINI USA and Subaru of America will be supporting all three National Solo programs. MINI USA has made $250, $100 and $50 prizes available to eligible drivers for a podium position in class-based competition. Eligible drivers can claim $1,000 from MINI USA for a ProSolo year-end championship in class. Subaru will also incentivize their customers to run with cash payouts for the three programs. At Match and Championship Tour events, eligible drivers can earn $250 for a win and $150 for a second-place finish in class competition. For the ProSolo program, a podium finish in the class portion of the event will be worth $250, $125 and $50, respectively. Top-three finishers in ProSolo Class and Challenge standings will be able to cash in with $1,000, $750 and $500 prizes, respectively.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development (HPD), Scion Racing and Toyota/TRD will offer awards to competitors in ProSolo. HPD will offer eligible drivers a $100 pay day for winning the class competition while second and third place will get a $50 and $25 payout, respectively. An eligible year-end points Champion will also be able to claim $200. Scion will award prizes of $200 and $100 to the top two positions in class competition, in that order, for drivers of the FR-S. Class Winners in other Scion models will be able to claim $200. Year-end Champions in class and challenge standings will be eligible for $1,000. Toyota/TRD will offer a $200 award to eligible drivers for a win in ProSolo class completion at each event, while eligible season-ending Champions in Class and Challenge standings will be able to claim $1,000.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are another big part of the contingency picture.</p> <p>BFGoodrich Tires will support all three National Solo programs. Eligible Championship and Match Tour class winners will be able to get their hands on two free tires with a win, and will earn one free tire for a second-place finish. On the ProSolo side, eligible winners in class competition will also earn two tires with second place earning one. Super and Ladies Challenge winners will be eligible for the same prize. Eligible year-end Champions in class points will be able to claim four tires while second place can get two tires. The season-long Champion in Super and Ladies Challenge points can claim four tires.</p> <p>Falken Tire will support select classes in all three divisions. In all cases they will offer cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to podium finishers, in that order, in class-based competition. GT Radial and Hoosier Racing Tire have also pledged their support for all three programs with identical payout schedules. Each company will provide two tires to eligible class winners in all three divisions, with second place good for one free tire. For ProSolo events, both companies will also offer two tires to all challenge winners, with second place getting one. All prizes will be doubled at the ProSolo Finale. Eligible season-long class and Super Challenge Champions can claim four tires.</p> <p>Kumho Tires is also participating with their own contingency program supporting all three National series. Eligible drivers can claim a $300, $200 or $150 product credit for a podium finish, in class. That amount is doubled for any Street or Street Touring category. Both a Match Tour Shootout and ProSolo Challenge top-three finishers will earn the same payout made available during class competition. In addition, a ProSolo class or Challenge season-long Champion can get their hands on four free tires.</p> <p>Bridgestone has put their name in the hat to support the Match and Championship Tour events. Eligible drivers can earn $200 for a class win, while the remaining two podium positions can earn $150 and $100.</p> <p>Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer product certificates to eligible, in-class podium finishers at Championship and Match Tour meets. The schedule breaks down to the winner earning a $100 certificate, second eligible for a $50 certificate with third able to claim a $25 certificate.</p> <p>FR Sport will be offering $150 product certificates to eligible winners in all three types of events. Bride Racing Seat has also jumped onboard to offer $100 product certificates to eligible ProSolo class winners, with second able to earn a $50 product certificate. OSGiken will also support ProSolo by offering a $200 product certificate to eligible class winners, while second- and third-place finishers can claim $100 and $50 product certificates.</p> <p>Each contingency opportunity requires pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=44518">here</a>.</p> <p>The Tire Rack National Solo Program kicks off its 2015 season with the Blytheville ProSolo and Crows Landing CAM Challenge, both scheduled for March 7-8.</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Convention Ends on a High Note with the Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52303 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) </strong>&ndash; The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club&rsquo;s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day.</span></p> <p>Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am so surprised by this that I don&rsquo;t know what to say,&rdquo; Pallotta said. &ldquo;Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can&rsquo;t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn&rsquo;t have been possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>Next up on the docket was the President&rsquo;s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President&rsquo;s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe&rsquo;s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era.</p> <p>The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year&rsquo;s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award.</p> <p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe I am up here receiving this award,&rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>To finish the evening&rsquo;s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Koveleski.</p> <p>Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively&rsquo;s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William &ldquo;Pete&rdquo; Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because of inadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices.</p> <p>Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity,&rdquo; Sharp said. &ldquo;Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,&rdquo; Tullius said. &ldquo;My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.</p> <p>Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Koveleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Koveleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Hall of Fame, including past year&rsquo;s inductees, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44406">here</a>. Also, information on the Club&rsquo;s various awards, including past winners, can be found<a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418"> here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Day Two of SCCA National Convention Filled with Program-specific 2020 Sessions http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52302 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015) &ndash;</strong> In staying with the SCCA Convention&rsquo;s forward-looking theme, Saturday&rsquo;s docket comprised of a series of panel discussions focused on specific areas of competition. Sessions were held for the Solo, Club Racing, Time Trials and RallyCross communities at the Charlotte Convention Center, on Saturday.</p> <p>The subject of SCCA Solo competition was the first item on the list. VP of Rally/Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan started the discussion with an overview of where the program has been a in the past and the overhead view of the future direction. Eric Prill, SCCA COO, moderated the deliberation that included Duncan, Steve Hudson (Past Solo Events Board Chair), Brian Connors (Current SEB Chair), Raleigh and Velma Boreen (Regional Solo Development).</p> <p>Panelists tackled many subjects including participation, attempting to keep rules current with technological advancements in the auto industry and event format. Digital technological advancements, in regards to membership interaction, were also part of the discussion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Test-n-Tune events seem to be on the rise, especially at the regional level,&rdquo; Raleigh said. &ldquo;With these types of low-key events, the focus is more on fun rather than competition. There isn&rsquo;t the pressure knowing all I have is four runs to get it right. That allows for a more social aspect among the participants.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Club Racing program was the next to take center stage. Like Duncan, Prill broke down the past and future direction of the program. When the discussion portion opened, Greg Creamer posed questions to the panelists, which included Prill, Deanna Flanagan (Senior Manager, Club Racing), Jim Wheeler (Club Racing Board Chair) and David Arken (CRB member).</p> <p>Many of the topics were future-focused with as it pertains to rules, future events &ndash; such as the yearly movement of the National Championship Runoffs &ndash; and the social aspect surrounding each race event. A renewed focus on camaraderie at Club Racing events was the hot-button topic.</p> <p>&ldquo;As evidenced by the Runoffs at Mazda Raceway, the social aspect of our events has fallen flat over the past 10 to 20 years,&rdquo; Flanagan said. &ldquo;We do the on-track stuff very well, but engaging an increasing number of people is important. The Runoffs held at Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio were before my time, but I&rsquo;ve heard the stories that many of you have lived. The overall goal is to increase the fun factor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Technology was another issue touched on by each of the four panelists. Flanagan highlighted the importance of the technological integration in the participant-facing applications, with enhanced registration on the forefront. Prill also teased a more interactive aspect of the Club&rsquo;s website, which will be rolled out later in the year, in addition to a new potential corporate partnership with a major consumer electronics company.</p> <p>Wheeler and Arken addressed issues pertaining to technology as it relates to technical rules and regulations. The topic centered mostly on the collection of data and its usage in governing performance characteristics within each class of racing.</p> <p>The Time Trials session was led by Heyward Wagner with a panel that included SCCA Board of Director members Brian McCarthy and Tere Pulliam. Discussion centered on bringing more participants into the Club. The session participants agreed that getting potential participants the opportunity to sample what SCCA has to offer is the best way to convert those prospects into full members.</p> <p>The RallyCross 2020 session was the final of the program breakout sessions. Steve Hyatt, the RallyCross chairman, led the final 2020 session of the event. Hyatt reported on the RallyCross program in from 2014. The discussion soon shifted to spit balling ideas to get more participation in the program. The idea of creating women&rsquo;s class, in addition to brainstorming ways to get the message regarding the program in front of the general public, were two examples of what was discussed to help grow the program.</p> <p>The day&rsquo;s festivities will come to a close with the 2015 Awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Presented by Mazda, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Charlotte Center City.</p> <p>Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.</p> Solo Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Panel Discussion on SCCA Future Caps Opening Day of Club Convention http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52301 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA 2020 panel discussion featuring SCCA Club and partner executives deliberating the future of the motorsports industry and the Club&rsquo;s role within it capped off the first day of the 2015 Sports Car Club of America National Convention and MSX Expo on Friday, held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Lisa Noble (CEO/President), Eric Prill (COO), Robert Clarke (SCCA Pro Racing President and SCCA VP of Business Development) and Tire Rack Vice President Matt Edmonds held a conversation to tackle some of those issues. Moderated by long-time Club member and professional motorsports broadcaster Greg Creamer, the talk took on many of the toughest questions facing those in the motorsports industry. Much of the early discussion was centered on how to get younger generations involved in motorsports.</span></p> <p>To that end, Noble made her opening comments with an eye on getting the general public interested in their vehicles once again. She made the point that the Club was not created solely for the sake of competition, but to promote a community of auto enthusiasts.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our broader goal should be to attract those who do not yet know they are interested in cars,&rdquo; Noble said. &ldquo;The number of car owners out there is huge, but many of those people would not consider themselves car people. Often times they do not realize it, but there is an emotional connection forged with their vehicle. The key should be to emphasize that connection.&rdquo;</p> <p>Creamer&rsquo;s initial question was on the overall health and interest in motorsports in today&rsquo;s world. This served as the stepping-off point for the discussion.</p> <p>&ldquo;What we have is a basic erosion of interest in motorsports, and sporting events in general,&rdquo; Clarke said. &ldquo;What we have to do is understand how to engage the younger generations in what we are about, which is cars. There are so many different things for our younger generations with which they get involved. It&rsquo;s hard to compete amongst all the background noise.&rdquo;</p> <p>Clarke went on to explain that neither the vehicles nor the format featured in motorsports competition catch the eyes of younger generations. The challenge not only lies in finding exactly what attracts those younger viewers, but then understanding how to engage those points.</p> <p>As the conversation continued, the focused narrowed on SCCA&rsquo;s role in this over-arching process. Each panelist agreed that SCCA is in a prime position to lead the effort to push motorsports, and the automobile, back into the public&rsquo;s general consciousness.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Club is at an interesting point in time,&rdquo; Prill said. &ldquo;There are many of us that have been members for years, but there are also many other folks out there who would like to get involved in a more personal way. Our goal should be to bring down those barriers to make our organization more accessible.&rdquo;</p> <p>One of the remaining challenges discussed was how to make non-members aware of what SCCA has to offer, even if not strapped into a racecar. The recognition and gratitude surrounding the sheer number of volunteer hours needed to put on a successful event was one echoed all four panelists.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to look at the participation in our Club from a personal aspect,&rdquo; Edmonds said. &ldquo;As a major part of the Tire Rack Street Survival program, we have people in our organization interested in getting more involved all the time. We need to get as many people out to an event as we can. It&rsquo;s not just about competing. There are some many different aspects in which to get people involved.&rdquo;</p> <p>The conversation ended with a soft reveal of the Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack.com concept, promising a formal announcement in the coming days.</p> <p>Heyward Wagner, Director of SCCA Experiential Programs, introduced the program that promises evening lapping sessions at a reasonable price, at tracks across the country. Further details outlining the program will be made available in the coming days.</p> <p>Day Two of the SCCA Convention is slated to begin Saturday, at 8:30 a.m., with the MSX Expo floor set to re-open at 10:00 a.m. The entire event will conclude with the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet Presented by Mazda, scheduled for Saturday at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p>Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found at www.msxexpo.com.</p> Solo Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Members Recognized With National Level Awards http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52300 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 20, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Eight SCCA Club Racing, RallyCross and Solo awards were presented to the respective winners at three Divisional Conventions, and two Regional Conventions, during the month of January. The presentation of these awards, which have historically been given out as part of the SCCA National Convention, were moved to the Regional and Divisional Conventions to present the awards in front of each driver&rsquo;s friends and peers.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">As part of the Rocky Mountain Divisional Convention, held Jan. 25, Rupert Berrington was given the Spark Plug Award. This is an annual award given to an individual, Region or Division that has made an outstanding effort in promoting and publicizing RallyCross using many media platforms.</span></p> <p>In total three awards were given out at the Southeast Divisional Convention, on Jan. 31. Charles Wright, the SEDIV RallyCross steward, accepted the Divisional RallyCross Program of the Year award on behalf his division. The Tennessee Valley Region was presented with the RallyCross Region of the Year.</p> <p>As part of the festivities, Rick Mitchell was given Club Racing&rsquo;s David Morrell Award. This honor is given to an active National Chief Steward for exhibiting outstanding performance and dedication to the sport while upholding the highest of principles. Morrell was selected by the Chairman of the Stewards and the remaining Executive Stewards.</p> <p>Presented the same day on the opposite coast at the San Francisco Region Solo Awards Banquet, Mark Scroggs took home Solo Rookie of the Year honors. Scroggs earned the award after claiming the G Street National Championship in his first trip to the Tire Rack Solo National Championship. With limited competition experience, he earned the title with a 0.4-second margin of victory over 26 other drivers.</p> <p>On Feb. 6, two awards were presented at the Chicago Region awards dinner. Al Varacins was awarded the Club Racing Crew Chief of the Year, while Daniel Bender was named the winner of the Kimberly Cup for being the most improved Club Racing driver after winning a Touring 4 National Championship.</p> <p>At the Midwest Division Convention that same night, Cliff Ira was named the Jim Fitzgerald National Rookie of the Year in Club Racing. Ira was the Super Tour Lite National Champion in 2014.</p> <p>Still to be given out at the SCCA National Convention during the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet presented by Mazda on Saturday, Feb. 21, are the Woolf Barnato Award, Member of Excellence, President&rsquo;s Cup and Solo Driver of the Year. The RallyCross Dirty Cup will be awarded to the winner at a future time.</p> <p>Below is a summary of awards and the winner, broken down by discipline.</p> <p><strong><u>Club Racing</u></strong><br /> Crew Chief of the Year: Al Varacins, Chicago Region<br /> David Morrell Award: Rick Mitchell, Atlanta Region<br /> Jim Fitzgerald National Rookie of the Year: Cliff Ira, Buccaneer and Kansas City Regions<br /> Kimberly Cup: Daniel Bender, Chicago Region</p> <p><strong><u>RallyCross</u></strong><br /> Divisional RallyCross Program of the Year: Southeast Division<br /> RallyCross Region of the Year: Tennessee Valley Region<br /> Spark Plug Award: Rupert Berrington, Colorado Region</p> <p><u><strong>Solo</strong></u><br /> Solo Rookie of the Year: Mark Scroggs, San Francisco Region</p> <p>Additional information on each award presented by SCCA can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44418">here</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Solo Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA National Convention Kicks off With Annual Meeting http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52299 <p><strong>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The Annual Meeting served as the starting gun to the 2015 Sports Car Club of America National Convention and MSX Expo, held at the Charlotte Convention Center on Friday morning. The meeting was the first of several leadership and informational sessions for SCCA members.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The over-arching theme of the Convention is 2020. Not only does the theme encompass a look forward in a five-year timeframe, but also a clear look back at where the Club has been in the past year and throughout our history. By referencing what worked in the past and what did not, the goal is to move forward with a clear vision and renewed vigor in what we can do in moving SCCA forward.</span></p> <p>SCCA President/CEO Lisa Noble opened the meeting, welcoming members of all stripes. The mic was then handed off to Chairman of the SCCA Board of Directors John Walsh. Aside from welcoming members on behalf of the Board, Walsh also spoke to many of the personnel changes within the organization. That included the induction of two new board members, Area Three Director Lee Hill and Area 11 Director KJ Christopher.</p> <p>Noble then took over the stage to outline the direction of the Club moving toward the future. One highlight put forth by Noble was the creation of new programs to further enhance the Club membership experience. New programs like Track Night in America, the Classic American Muscle Challenge, Solo Trials, Track Fest, Starting Line program enhancements and the ongoing push for an SCCA Kids Club were some of the notable programs that were introduced.</p> <p>Robert Clarke, SCCA Pro Racing President, stepped into the spotlight to review past events put on by the organization and what to look to for the upcoming race season. Clarke touted the increased participation in the flagship programs of SCCA Pro Racing, including Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am and the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich. Servicing the FIA Formula E international racing series and Formula Lites series, here in the States, are the largest two new lines of business for Pro Racing. Clarke closed his remarks by sharing his reflections of what Pro has meant to the Club, emphasizing the importance of the independently-owned subsidiary moving forward.</p> <p>Eric Skirmants, the Principal of SCCA Enterprises, stepped up to the podium to review 2014 an look toward 2015 plans. The Spec Racer Ford Gen3 rollout was a focal point for Skirmants. He made a point to speak to the importance of moving their suite of products forward.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the core, participation is our biggest focus,&rdquo; Skirmants said. &ldquo;When we get more racers to buy our products that creates more customers for the Club in the form of race entries. The importance of the synergy between our organizations is paramount.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mindi Pfannenstiel, SCCA Senior Director, Finance and Human Resources, broke down the financial performance of the Club. That included a net income just under $56,000, and the assurance that the organization is on the correct financial pathway moving toward the future.</p> <p>Raleigh Boreen, Chairman of the SCCA Foundation, wrapped up the program-based portion of the meeting with a review the Club&rsquo;s philanthropic arm. The Foundation is charged with running the Tire Rack Street Survival and Formula SAE programs, as well as proper preservation of the Club&rsquo;s archives. The biggest project facing the Foundation in the next year is the relocation of the archives from their current facility in Indiana to the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, New York.</p> <p>Walsh closed the annual proceedings and called for an adjournment to the meeting.</p> <p>Additional information on the Convention and MSX Expo, including schedules, session descriptions and registration information, can be found <a href="http://www.msxexpo.com">here</a>.</p> Solo Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Show that SCCA Features the Best Drivers in America at MSX http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52296 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 10, 2014) &ndash;</strong> As part of the North American MotorSports Expo (MSX) set to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, the GoPro Motorplex, located in nearby Mooresville, will host the MSX Grand Prix &lsquo;Put Up or Shut Up&rsquo; Challenge.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">It&rsquo;s your time to help show everyone that SCCA has the most talented amateur racers in the country. Simply sign up for a timeslot at the GoPro Motorplex booth on the expo floor, while space is available. There is no charge for registration and the fastest driver will take home $500, with second winning $100 and third earning $50.</span></p> <p>Each driver who signs up will have the chance to throw down their best lap time in a qualifying-like session. The best times logged by each driver will determine the final finishing order of the competition.</p> <p>The only way you can get in on this chance to prove your on-track prowess, and have an opportunity to walk away with $500, is to sign up and attend MSX.</p> <p>The MSX Expo is slated to feature more than 60 of the amateur motorsports industry&rsquo;s most influential organizations, including Mazdaspeed Motorsports, Bell Racing and Grassroots Motorsports. The Expo also features 34 conference sessions and keynote speakers on Friday and Saturday. Remember to set aside some time to network with fellow racers at Friday night&rsquo;s Opening Night Happy Hour, Feb. 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>In concert with MSX will be the SCCA National Convention proceedings. Spanning Feb. 20-21, there will be 14 time slots for SCCA-only items including the annual meeting and discussion sessions ranging from growth of the Club to traditional forums for each area of competition. The convention culminates with the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet presented by Mazda on Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.</p> <p>Tickets for the MSX Conference, which includes access to the conference session, expo floor, floor presentations and two free drink tickets to the MSX Opening Night Happy Hour, are $95 for SCCA members. To add access to the SCCA National Convention, which includes all the above plus one dinner ticket for the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet, the price of admission is $195. VIP tickets for the Convention proceedings, which includes the above with the addition to two free drink tickets to the SCCA Hall of Fame Reception, an invitation to attend a private reception with the Hall of Fame Inductees and reserved seating at the SCCA Awards Banquet, are available for $295.</p> <p>For additional information on MSX, visit <a href="http://www.msxexpo.com">MSXExpo.com</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial or follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> <p>-30-</p> Solo Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Wendi Allen Scholarship Nominations Open Through Feb. 16 http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52295 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 9, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America is now accepting nominations for the Wendi Allen Scholarship, a fund developed to give deserving female Soloists financial assistance to further their driving ambitions. Nominations should be submitted to Howard Duncan, at hduncan@scca.com, by Monday, Feb. 16.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Two deserving female Solo drivers will be selected by a committee of influential female Solo National Champions. This year&rsquo;s selection committee is once again comprised of Denise Cashmore, Tara Johns, Beth McClure-Strelnieks, Shelly Monfort and Patty Tunnell.</span></p> <p>The selection committee will deliberate and make their decision on the recipients during the week leading up to the SCCA National Convention, where the winners will be revealed to the public.</p> <p>Winners of the award will be based on two basic criteria. First, the selected drivers will have displayed a certain level of success and skill behind the wheel. Both winners will also be very involved individuals in the Solo Community.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased that, once again, we are able to support the efforts of two women drivers that want to improve their driving skills and be contributing members of the Club and the sport,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, SCCA Vice President of Rally/Solo, said. &ldquo;The SCCA Solo Community appreciates the Allen family for establishing this fund in honor of Wendi, and we hope that others also contribute to this effort and to other initiatives to get more women involved in Solo&rdquo;.</p> <p>The winners of this award will be eligible to receive $1,500 to support travel to National Solo events and the Solo National Championship throughout the year. In addition, SCCA will waive entry fees for the scholarship recipients to all National Solo events throughout 2015. The Club will also work with the Solo community and its commercial partners to seek out other forms of support for the winners, including driver training, mentoring, product and logistical assistance.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Solo program 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, 09 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT