It’s that time of year again. Autumn leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and in a few week’s we’ll be gathering with friends and family to give thanks while gobbling down turkey and dressing in dining rooms everywhere.
It’s also that time of year to look back on the race season that was, and look forward to the season that will be. Oregon Region has plenty to give thanks to regarding our past and the future.
2017 was a successful season for our region in many regards. Our Road Racing and Solo programs remain as some of the best in the nation. I can personally attest to the strength of our racing program because I participated in races held by six different SCCA regions. It’s always fun and enlightening to see how other regions administer their events and compare them to us. Oregon region events are as well run and operated as any. Our workers are a dedicated group of people who love what they do, and it shows. Our racers are a talented group who can compete with anybody. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year at the Runoffs. I also received so many well wishes via social media it makes one realize that Oregon Region really is like one big extended family. Seeing Dwain Panian named SCCA Starter of the Year at Indy was a moment our members can truly be proud of! Way to go Dwain!
Our Track Night in America events remain one of the most popular in the country. A great opportunity for anyone with a car to get on track at PIR with Oregon Region. These events, as well as, our Street Survival clinics are so popular that they are routinely sold out!
As Oregon Region Regional Executive for the past two years, I want to thank everyone I worked with towards making our club as strong as possible heading into the future. Like all successful things in life it takes hard work, and Oregon Region is not afraid to work hard and play hard. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2018 season, as a racer, and club member. Simply put, Oregon Region rocks!
I hope to see all of you at our end of year party on November 18th. And at the racetrack next spring!
It’s that time of year again. The Oregon Region race season is almost here. Plenty of excitement as drivers and workers anticipate our first SOLO event in March and our first Road Racing weekend in April.
As Oregon Region R.E. it’s equally exciting and terrifying. Putting on events is a production that takes a tremendous amount of effort and hard work before, during, and after each event. It also takes a huge amount of money. Track rental, insurance, etc., does not come cheap. Therefore, every race weekend is a calculated financial risk for our club. If the number of driver entries are high, we can make a profit. Moderate entries, and we may break even. But low entries for an event can be a backbreaker financially.
Keeping a club in the “black” is not a new problem for any SCCA region nationwide, but it is a concern for our club as we navigate our way into the future. To make the best use of our track time, and hopefully some money, we will continue to invite race organizations to come race with us. This concept has worked very well over the past few years as The Great American Stockcar Series (GASS), and the Formula Car Challenge (FCC) have attended our races. They will both continue to do that again this year by paying a flat fee for track time to Oregon Region. FCC will join us in May and GASS at our August race.
New for 2017 will be the addition of a Time Trial run group. This will be an opportunity for potential racers to run their street or track day cars on our weekends. Hopefully many of them will come from our very successful Track Night in America program. Please make them feel welcome if you see them in the paddock, and who knows, maybe someday soon they’ll be racing in wheel-to-wheel competition with Oregon Region.
Finally, I want to give a tip-of-the-helmet to Jeff Zurschmeide. The Oregon Region website and Loud Pedal have been completely revamped to be a better resource for our members, as well as, a better tool to market our club to potential new members. Thanks Jeff Z!
Onward and upward we go into the 2017 racing season. See you at the racetrack. And bring a friend so they can see firsthand how awesome Oregon Region truly is!