Targa Southland Returns in 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (March 21, 2017) -- After a roaring success last year in its inaugural tour, the Sports Car Club of America® is bringing back in 2017 the adventure that is Targa Southland.  Taking place August 11-13, Targa Southland participants will again start their voyage in North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s zMax Dragway.  But this year, the festivities will wrap up at Memphis International Raceway in Tennessee.

“Targa is a unique way for Club members to have fun with cars and showcases the SCCA lifestyle across multiple activities wrapped into one event,” said Heyward Wagner, SCCA’s Director of Experiential Programs.  “SCCA Targa connects three pre-existing events planned by different SCCA Regions. Activities include Road Rally, Autocross, Track Night in America, Time Trials and TrackCross.”

The voyage begins Friday morning, August 11, with check-in at zMax Dragway where an autocross will be held Friday afternoon.  Then there’s a Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack experience Friday evening across the street at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with dinner included.  Drivers will then head to Georgia that night for a track session and Time Trial event Saturday morning at Atlanta Motorsports Park.

Early Saturday afternoon, the Targa Southland RoadRally will be conducted, followed by a trip to Memphis later in the day.  Saturday night will be spent whoopin’ it up at the world-famous Charles Vergos' Rendezvous restaurant, and a likely visit to Beale Street.

The fun with cars continues Sunday morning with lapping sessions at Memphis International Raceway, followed by a Sunday afternoon TrackCross at the same venue.  An “awards” ceremony then concludes the three-day challenge.

SCCA Targa is a team event.  Vehicles must have at least one licensed driver and at least two team members above 14 years old. Participants can only use street-legal vehicles and must drive from one destination to the next -- no trailering.  Targa will have two options for participation:  Targa Competition and Targa Experience.  Targa Competition will have seven classes, based on Solo® classing, which will be scored and winners will receive trophies.  Targa Experience will have three groups: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.  The Novice Class will also have a Novice coach to guide participants through their Targa experience.

Entry fee for Targa Southland is $595 per team and includes the Friday night dinner.  A hotel stay Friday night with Saturday breakfast included can be added for an additional $125 per team.  An all-inclusive dinner Saturday night at Rendezvous is an additional $75 per team, and hotel accommodations Saturday night in downtown Memphis are being offered at $150 per team.

So, clear August 11-13 calendar dates now for what will undoubtedly be another amazing Targa Southland.  For more information, visit the Targa Southland webpage.

Ron Earp

This document states: " Vehicles must have at least one licensed driver and at least two team members above 14 years old".

So, would my daughter, who is 15 and on a NC learners permit, be allowed to participate and drive in the on-track events?