When the SCCA and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced a formal collaboration aimed at connecting with motorsport enthusiasts, it cemented a long-time unofficial relationship between the two major motorsports parties. SCCA workers have long been behind the scenes at IMSA’s professional events, serving as corner workers, safety teams and more.
But when IMSA announced finalists for its first IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship, those ties became clear – SCCA members make an impact in IMSA, and vice versa.
The IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship finalists include:
Sabré Cook, 27, from Grand Junction, Colorado
Cook races most prominently in the W Series, internationally, but a visit to SCCA Super Tour events in 2021 (and before) would have shown her in a Porsche 911 or in a Formula Enterprises 2 car. She’s a three-time Runoffs competitor, most recently in 2020 in Formula Enterprises 2.
David Dalton, 23, from Charlotte, North Carolina
Dalton has run partial seasons in the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F4 United States Championship powered by Honda.
Christina Lam, 33, from Vienna, Virginia
Lam is the co-founder of the Hi-Speed Motorsports race team and is a regular at U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour races throughout the year. Most regularly, Lam has run in T1 and T3.
Sarah Montgomery, 27, of Lafayette, Louisiana
Montgomery has built a reputation as a driver who will jump into any car, any time. Track Night in America participants in the KONI Novice Program may remember Montgomery as their coach at events at NOLA Motorsports Park and beyond.
Kyle Loh, 22, from San Jose, California
Loh was recently named the 2021 Champion for the SCCA Pro Racing-affiliated Formula Pro USA FR Western Championships. A San Francisco Region member, he can often be found at U.S. Majors Tour events and Hoosier Super Tour races on the west coast.
To be eligible for the scholarship that was introduced on Aug. 10, drivers must have a strong desire to compete in IMSA, outstanding previous race results and/or proven on-track potential in junior racing categories and the ability to build a compelling business plan for securing the remaining funding needed to compete in a full season in 2022.
The IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship recipient will receive substantial support from IMSA and partners such as Michelin, VP Racing Fuels, OMP, RECARO and LAT Photo USA in 2022. Some scholarship benefits will extend toward a second season for the recipient in 2023.
IMSA will announced the inaugural recipient of the scholarship in November as part of the Motul Petit Le Mans event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.