As we head into June, we’re coming off of two great events here in the Pacific Northwest. First, the SCCA Super Tour Majors at Portland were a great success, and you can find the results of those races in this issue.
The very next weekend, Northwest Region held their most successful Majors event in years. Thanks in large part to R.E. Scotty B. White’s efforts to attract Conference and SOVREN drivers to the event, Northwest pulled about the same number of cars as came to the Super Tour. Scotty is proving that outreach and a relentless focus on a good customer experience really works.
I attended both events and entered the Time Trials group at the Pacific Raceways event. We were fortunate to get coaching from ProFormance Racing School founder Don Kitsch throughout the day - that’s a value you won’t find on the entry form, but it’s real. Just taking a couple laps with Don to coach me about the newest racing line at Pacific was worth the price of my entry.
So, that’s all a lead-up for my pitch to all SCCA members - SCCA’s newest competition program is Time Trials, and it has a National Tour like Solo, and that show is coming to PIR on the weekend of June 8-9.
Drivers will race for the best single lap during TimeAttack lapping sessions and combine that with a furious no-endurance needed point-to-point TrackSprint event. The best times from each will be combined to determine finishing order and the top three overall and in each class stand on the KONI Podium and take home the trophies.
The entry fee is just $250, and you can register here. You can run this event in your street car with just a helmet. I’ve been competing in my Subaru this year and having a great time.
There will also be a Track Night in America in conjunction with the Time Trials National Tour, so there’s really something for everyone.
Our focus in SCCA nationally is Fun With Cars. That’s leading the club to create new kinds of events in Rally, Solo, and Road Racing. Some of them are just rediscovering old formats that were abandoned. But times change, and what didn’t work in the 1990s may work better today.
Whether you plan to enter or not, please come out to PIR for the Time Trials National Tour - maybe there will be something there for you that you didn’t expect?
By Jeff Zurschmeide
Area 13 Director,