Forget the ball dropping in Times Square, the new year never really begins until trailers begin pulling into Sebring International Raceway for the first Hoosier Super Tour of the year.
This year’s event is the first of 10 on the 2022 calendar – and if it’s any indicator of what we’re in for this year, it’s going to be fantastic! An incredible 439 racers are on the entry list, kicking the season off in a big way.
While it’s the first Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour of the season, many locals and snowbirds alike got a jump on the season a week prior at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Homestead event annually pairs with the Sebring Super Tour, allowing racers to wave the green flag on the season the right way – and encourage many to get out of the snow for a few weeks!
Action begins on Friday, January 14 and runs through Sunday, January 16.
Big Car Counts
The 439 entries sounds like a big number, but it’s also worthy of some context. Last year was at the height of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, but there were 100 less entries at press time a season ago.
That momentum shows up in each of the seven run groups.
Want wheel to wheel action? How about 88 Spec Miatas or 75 Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 cars for some entertainment. Looking for thunder? 47 cars in the big bore group are ready to bring it. It’s going to be a show – that’s a guarantee at a track like Sebring.
IMSA Partnership Moves Both Directions
The SCCA continues its partnership with IMSA and the two organizations’ shared relationship that highlights motorsports enthusiasts. Many SCCA volunteers are instrumental behind the scenes in conducting IMSA professional events, and of course many IMSA drivers got their start in SCCA competition.
But drivers are drivers, and two 2021 IMSA race winners are on the Hoosier Super Tour entry list at Sebring.
Selin Rollan was a four-time race winner in the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup on his way to a third-place finish in the championship. Serving as a part-time driver and full-time owner of his Atlanta Speedwerks outfit, Todd Lamb won in IMSA Pilot Challenge competition at Watkins Glen in 2021. Rollan will run his MX-5 Cup car in T3 at Sebring, while Lamb competes in Spec Miata.
Volunteers Make The World Go ‘Round
If the Central Florida Region is going to host nearly 450 entries, they need the rest of the Club to come and support them. They have that support in droves, as nearly 150 SCCA members are registered to participate without a helmet (or at least without a race car), ranging from registration to timing and scoring to officiating and flagging. This is true at ever SCCA road racing event – contact your local region or race track to find ways you can be a part of the action!
Contingency Prizes Up For Grabs
At all Hoosier Super Tour events, there are literally thousands of dollars of cash and merchandise available through SCCA’s contingency partners for strong finishes. New for this year, all platinum, gold and silver contingency claims will be processed online – no more tracking down a tech inspector to sign the form that may or may not get lost in the trailer!
It’s still important to follow all of the instructions, however, including registering in advance and taking appropriate photos of your car at the event. The good news is, it’s all spelled out on this page. Take a look so that you don’t miss any opportunities!
Remember that Bronze-level programs (like Hoosier and SCCA Enterprises) still require paper forms returned to the partner.
Follow Anywhere In The World
The Hoosier Super Tour radio team is back again in 2022. The familiar voices from the Performance Motorsports Network return once again for live play-by-play and insight for those not about to make the event, live on the enhanced timing and scoring feed at SCCA.com.
More information on the 2022 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour at Sebring can be found on the event page here.
Photo by Mark Weber