Who is Derrick Ambrose?
I am a business owner who has been in running CorkSport a Mazda performance company since 1998 here in the Portland area. I have participated in almost everything the Oregon region offers from rally cross, autocross, and road racing through the years. I figured it was time to give back to the local club who has afforded me the opportunity to race. The only thing missing is TSD which I hope to resolve at some point. If you are like me and recognize people by the cars they race then my past racecars have included a Silver Mazda 2 B-Spec, a White Mazda 3 sedan, and most recently a red Spec Miata.
My goal for this year it to get increase attendance in the demographic range of 18-26 auto enthusiasts which are noticeably missing from road racing events. TNIA has helped this but I feel we are still lacking a bit after seeing how large the attendance is in the TNIA in other regions and I haven’t seen much cross over in the paddock.
Hello to the Oregon region membership @large from your Director 1..(Aaron Bucci #73 silver VP2). I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! And I hope your cars are ready for 2018!
My Z is still in pieces , but not for long.
I would like to get everyones feed- back on the Banquet..?
Please let me know your thoughts, hopes , concerns maybe for next year @ ( bucciracing @ gmail.com) .
Also looking forward to some more good TNiAs for 2018..
Congrats to the Board members for stepping up...
2017 Oregon Region Awards Recipients
Vintage Driver of Year S.Twomey / M. Smith
Inspirational Driver of Year Scotty B. White
Regional Driver of Year Tony Opheim
National Driver of Year Todd Harris
Novice Driver of Year Matthew Butson
Norton Gaston Gary Frasier
Crew Chief of the Year Will Schrader
Regional Worker of the Year Doug James
Steward Appreciation Dwain Panian
2017 Western Conference Champions
American Sedan - Kevin Smith
GT-Lite - Bill Okell
GT-3 - Collin Jackson
Touring 4 - Derrick Ambrose
Westfield Vintage Series Champions
VP1 - Scott Twomey
VP2 - Mike Smith
VP3 - John Grant
VFSR - Ron Emmerson
Westfield Cup - Vintage Driver of the Year - Scott Twomey/Mike Smith (tie)
2017 Oregon Region Class Champions
CP-1 - Frank McKinnon
Formula C - Wade Carter
Formula A - Tony Opheim
GT-1 - Ernie Spada
ITS - Adam Achepol
Prototype 2 - Jason Perkins
SPU - Steve Middendorf
Touring 4- Derrick Ambrose
Spec Racer Ford 3 -
1 Randy McAyeal
2 Anson Pfaff
2 Calvin Harris
Spec Miata -
1 Will Schrader
2 Eric Jones
3 Gary Bockman
Thanks to the continued support of our drivers, sponsors, supporting race series (such as GASS and the Spec Miata Challenge) and our new Club Trial program the 2017 road racing season was profitable.
As for our drivers, thank you for continuing to choose Oregon Region SCCA to spend your dollar and your time with. Over the four 2017 race weekends we averaged 78 entries between triple, double and single entries. Our lowest number of entries was the June weekend at 50 and our most successful weekend was the Super Tour in May with 121 entries. August and April weekends turned out 75 and 67 entries respectively.
The support of our sponsors is so important and very much appreciated. From the Loud Pedal and website advertisers to those who sponsor a race group or weekend your financial support makes a big difference. If you are reading this and have not thought of sponsoring or making a donation before, please do so. Even a small donation of $50 from 10 people will change the bottom line and can keep us doing what we all love to do.
We have been very lucky to have supporting series such as GASS, the Spec Miata Challenge and Formula Car Challenge choose Oregon Region SCCA for one or more of their race events. These groups bring a lot of entries and dollars to our region. GASS supported the August event by paying a flat amount for their own run group. Spec Miata Challenge put two Oregon Region events on their schedule and they had a great showing of drivers. The Formula Car Challenge has been a consistent supporter for the last few years by joining us for our majors weekend.
The 2017 season was our pilot year for Club Trial and we were surprised and happy to see it brought in $4000 from entries over three weekends. Club Trials give track day enthusiast or licensed racers the chance to drive on track and race against the clock. This could be you needing an extra session in your race car or your mechanic getting a chance to drive on track and take a break from the long day or maybe you just bought a new car and want to test it out. For only $150 you get three 20 minute sessions!
We are looking forward to another successful racing season. PIR has confirmed our dates for 2018. We are scheduled to be on the same weekends as we ran in 2017.
April 14, 15 Regional
May 19, 20 Super Tour
June 9, 10 Regional
August 10, 11, 12 Regional
We hope you can join us for the end of the season party on November 18 to celebrate our workers and championship winners!
Road Racing Director
The 2017 Wemme Trophy for excellence and service to the sport of Vintage Racing was awarded to Dave Franks of Durham, Oregon.
Franks is well-known in the vintage racing community, and is a regular participant in SCCA, SOVREN, and other vintage racing events up and down the west coast.
Additionally, Franks is an SCCA steward, past board member of Oregon Region SCCA, and a member of SCCA's Vintage Committee.
On track, Franks is known for his sportsmanlike driving of his well-prepared 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite.
We have three regional events and one Super Tour event this year. Our first event is Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. Yes, this is Easter weekend. The reason is because it was the only weekend available in April at Portland International Raceway aside from the first weekend which conflicts with the San Francisco Region Majors event at Thunderhill. The April Double Regional schedule will allow for a Practice/Qualify/Race on Friday and a Qualify/Race on Saturday.
Our May 19-21 event is a Super Tour Majors. Our hope is that by having an earlier Majors event than previous years, we will see more support from those with a path to the National Runoffs.
Our June 10-11 event will be a Double Regional and we will finish our season with a Triple Regional on August 10-13.
NEW REGIONAL GROUPINGS
Due to lower car count for some classes which caused combined groups over the years we have assigned new group numbers.
2 SRF, SRF3
3 VFSR, VP1, VP2, VP3
4 AS GT1 GT2 GT3 ITE SPO SPM
5 T1 T2 PCA1 PCA2 PCA3 PCA4 SP911 SP944 B-Spec EP FP HP GTL STL STU T3 T4 CP1 CP2 CP3 ITA ITB
ITC ITJ ITR ITS PRO-3 SM5 SPU
6 P1 P2 FA FB FC FE FM ASR FS S2 SS2 FF FV F5 CF FST
ROAD RACING SUPPORT
We are adding a Time Trial (TT) to our April, June and August schedules. The TT is geared toward those who want to use their street cars (or track cars) in high speed, timed track sessions. Our April schedule will allow for three TT sessions on Saturday afternoon. Rules and schedule will be available early March on oregonscca.motorsportreg.com.
In an effort to keep our road racing program going, we will be asking our members for help. We have put together a sponsorship rate card that not only has many awesome benefits but helps our region tremendously. As a company or an individual, please consider sponsoring one or more of our road racing events. Thank you in advance for your support! (Link to: 2017 Sponsorship rate card)
Support race groups
We welcome and are excited to have support race groups during our road racing events. They make a big difference to our region financially and bring great people and great racing!
Formula Car Challenge (FCC) has been supporting the Oregon Region by attending one of our events for the last 7 years. We are looking forward to working with them at our May Super Tour event.
The NW Spec Miata Tour will join us for two events this year. We look forward to seeing them at our June and August events.
Great American Stockcar Series (GASS) has been supporting our region since 2013. GASS is back for our August Triple Regional event.
What an exciting line-up of races and competition! I am really looking forward to it. See you at the track!
Kristen Moore, Road Racing Director
IRVINE, Calif. (January 11, 2017) – Mazda Motorsports has earned the reputation for the most supportive company in grassroots road racing. Part of that reputation was earned by Mazda paying for performance, namely cash payout to club racers across the country. Total payouts to Mazda club racers for 2016 successes exceeded $1,000,000. This is in addition to the $1,300,000 Mazda awards to champions in the professional ranks in the Mazda Road to Indy and Mazda Road to 24.
For 2017, Mazda has made enhancements to the program after listening to their racers. This year, in many classes, the payments will go deeper into the pack. While a win at the SCCA Runoffs still earns $5,000, finishing in second, third, and—for the first time ever—fourth place and sometimes as deep as fifth, will earn a Mazda racer money back from Mazda.
It has been noted that racing is the intersection of sport, technology, and commerce. Without the commerce, there is no money to develop the technology that makes the sport thrive. It’s all about the numbers. To borrow a phrase from Marketplace Money, Let’s Do the Numbers for Mazda Motorsports:
Information on all of Mazda Motorsports, including complete details on the 2017 contingency program can be found online at www.mazdamotorsports.com.
Regional road racing contingency partners for 2017 include:
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Spec Miata)
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 2 tires2nd: 1 tire
- Mazda North American Operations (Select Cars & Classes)
(EP, FP, HP, GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, T1, T3, T4, B-Spec, STU, STL, P1, P2, FA)
Divisional Champs - 1st: $7502nd: $4753rd: $2254th: $100
(Spec Miata, FM)
Divisional Champs: 1st: $5502nd: $3003rd: $1754th: $100
- MINI USA (Select Cars & Classes)
1st: $5002nd: $2503rd: $100
Divisional Champs: $1,250
- Toyota/TRD (Select Cars & Classes - including Scion)
It is the responsibility of each driver to make sure they are eligible to receive any contingency awards in which they are interested. Be sure to check each requirement for each program by clicking here.