LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Jan. 19, 2018) -- Unveiled today during the 2018 SCCA® National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Sports Car Club of America® announced creation of a new Time Trial Nationals event that joins the ranks of the National Championship Runoffs®, Solo Nationals, RallyCross National Championship and Unites States Road Rally Challenge.
Scheduled to take place Sept. 28-30 at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Time Trial (TT) Nationals will open with a full day of track lapping sessions for testing and practice, or can be used for participants to earn their TT novice license permit.
Heyward Wagner, SCCA's Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs, said, "If you've never participated in a TT event before, people can come out Friday and earn a TT novice permit. That will let them compete the rest of the weekend and, if everything goes well, receive an SCCA TT license by the end of the weekend."
The second day of TT Nationals will open with 20-minute seeding sessions used to determine run groups and orders, followed by a traditional time attack in the afternoon where drivers get one warm-up lap, then have a single lap to post their best time.
For the final day of TT Nationals, NCM Motorsports Park will be divided into sections for point-to-point runs. Each competitor will have multiple chances to put down their best time on the shortened segments of track.
Wagner said a committee consisting of SCCA members and national staff is currently constructing a rules set for TT Nationals, as well as addressing car classes for the event. Fourteen classes are being considered and include slots for vintage cars and electric vehicles.
"This year we aim to establish SCCA as the leader in amateur Time Trials competition in the United States," Wagner said. "Additionally, we will look to generate an event format for the TT Nationals that can be adopted in whole or parts by regions for their TT events. We want to help regions see how TT can be a useful tool for drawing automotive enthusiasts to the Club to have fun with cars."
Mike Cobb, SCCA President & CEO, said partnering with the SCCA for the TT Nationals will be Mobil 1, Koni, Hawk and the NCM Motorsports Park.
"With the help of partners and an experienced group of SCCA members, I'm sure the TT Nationals will grow to be another gem in our Club's championship crown," Cobb said. "To some degree, TT Nationals combines the Runoffs with Solo Nationals. There will be competition, there will be comradery, and there will be plenty extracurricular social activities."
Announcement of the TT Nationals comes on the heels of the recent rebranding of a group of activities existing between autocross and road racing, activities that occur on closed courses but do not involve door-to-door competition. This group of activities, which were once all bundled under the Time Trials banner, now each have a separate identity within the SCCA. Moving forward, all on-track, competitive, timed events will be branded as Time Trials (TT). Non-competitive events will be branded as Track Events (TE), and Hillclimbs remain unchanged. This rebranding, however, does not impact how divisions or regions run programs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 5, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® offers an array of motorsport activities to satisfy the passions of nearly any automotive enthusiasts. Recently, the SCCA® Board of Directors approved rebranding efforts for a group of activities existing between autocross and road racing, activities that occur on closed courses but do not involve door-to-door competition.
This group of activities, which were once all bundled under the Time Trials banner, now each have a separate identity within the SCCA. The decision to rebrand, made after receiving input from the Divisional Time Trials Committee and members of the national staff, is meant to clarify SCCA programs and follows in the footsteps of similar efforts conducted earlier in 2017 rebranding Solo as SCCA Autocross and Club Racing to SCCA Road Racing.
Lee Hill, Chairman of the SCCA Board of Directors, said, "Those already involved in SCCA have an understanding of all the Club's motorsports activities. But we've heard for a long time that outsiders have trouble understanding all the different ways they can be involved and have fun with our Club because the nomenclature we use can be confusing. So, we embarked on a mission to clarify the names of several programs so others find our Club culture easier to understand and more inviting."
Moving forward, all on-track, competitive, timed events will be branded as Time Trials (TT). Non-competitive events will be branded as Track Events (TE), and Hillclimbs remain unchanged. This rebranding, however, does not impact how divisions or regions run programs.
An additional goal for rebranding is to make it easier for those unfamiliar with motorsports to better comprehend certain activities and feel more comfortable engaging in those activities through SCCA regional events. The new terminology is also designed to build a clear pathway from one SCCA activity to another.
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PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 2, 2018) – Event promoter Friends of PIR announced today the supporting races for the 58th annual Rose Cup Races, taking place July 13 to July 15 at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Four support race groups will join four race groups from the Pirelli World Challenge, North America’s top GT production-based road racing sports car series, which is returning to PIR following a 13-year hiatus.
A sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival, the Rose Cup Races is the premier amateur road racing event in the Pacific Northwest, featuring racing competitors from both the Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America and the Cascade Sports Car Club.
The 2018 four supporting race groups include:
These four amateur race groups will augment the four professional race groups that feature all seven of the Pirelli World Challenge professional racing classes, which will compete in doubleheader Saturday/Sunday races: two 60-minute GT SprintX events, two 60-minute GTS SprintX races, two 40-minute Touring Car (TCR and TCA) and two 40-minute TC Car contests (TC). Over 100 Pirelli World Challenge cars and drivers are expected for the event.
The Rose Cup Races weekend will feature practice and qualifying on July 13, and racing events on July 14 and July 15. Tickets for the event will go on sale no later than March 15; visit PortlandRaceway.com or follow @PortlandRaceway on social media for the latest information.
Learn more about the Rose Cup Races and all the 2018 events taking place at PIR – including the latest for sponsorship, ticketing and hospitality offerings – at the PIR booth at the Portland International Auto Show, Jan. 25 to Jan. 28 at the Oregon Convention Center.
The Rose Cup Races was the first major event ever held at PIR in 1961 and has taken place annually ever since. Learn more at RoseCup.com and follow @RoseCupRaces on social media (#RoseCup2018 #RoseCup58 #RoseCupRaces).