If you haven't heard, we have some big news about SCCA Time Trials that's been released in the last week. First things first, last Friday we announced an alliance with GRIDLIFE and Global Time Attack to form the North American Time Attack Council (NATA). We're excited to learn from these other great organizations and share some of our own wisdom!
The next big news was a new virtual home for SCCA Time Trials at TimeTrials.SCCA.com. Here, you'll find everything you need to know about our TT program, from rules to upcoming events, both National and Regional. If you're interested in what SCCA TT has to offer, you should bookmark this URL now!
With all of this news, Heyward Wagner, Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs, thought he should give people a chance to ask questions. So Wednesday Night he joined JG Pasterjak on Grassroots Motorsports LIVE! to talk about all of the TT news. If you missed the live webcast or want to watch again, you can see the video here.
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Do you have a car-loving friend who hasn't joined SCCA? Maybe it's time for you to introduce them to our world of #FunWithCars! Whether it's letting them ride along at an autocross or RallyCross, or inviting them to spectate or crew at a road race, there are many opportunities to bring your friends along. You can always find local events that may be the perfect welcoming environments at SCCA.com/Fun.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 6, 2018) -- Sports Car Club of America's Board of Directors approved the rule set to create GT-X, a new Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing class designed to capture internationally-homologated cars and tube-frame cars outside of the current available classes. Eligible cars will include those homologated to FIA GT3, SRO GT4 and TCR specifications.
The GT-X class will be eligible at all Regional, Majors and Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour events in 2019. That will not include the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, although it could be considered for future Runoffs events.
"There is a huge movement worldwide for homologated GT and Touring-style racecars, but there hasn't been a clear way for all of these cars to race with SCCA," SCCA Vice President and COO Eric Prill said. "The Club Racing Board's introduction of the GT-X class is a very simple and elegant solution for people to enjoy these spectacular cars with SCCA."
In addition to the FIA GT3, SRO GT4 and TCR classes, which will follow international vehicle regulations, GT-X will also welcome tube frame cars currently classified in SCCA GT-1 that wish to add additional aerodynamic, wheel, brake and fuel delivery modifications, as well as cars built previous to Grand-Am tube-frame specs.
"The purpose of GT-X is to provide a place for these cars to race within SCCA, not necessarily balance performance of each car or one specific class rule set to another," SCCA Club Racing Board Chairman-Elect Peter Keane said.
Because it is not a class that will be actively managed with balance of performance adjustments once the season has started, GT-X will race for event awards and contingency prizes, but for 2019 will not recognize Majors Conference or Hoosier Super Tour championships.
SCCA has obtained permission to use the current rule sets through their respective organizing bodies, including the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA), Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) and World Sporting Consulting (WSC).
SCCA Confirms 28 Classes for 2019 Runoffs
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 5, 2018) -- Sports Car Club of America confirmed no changes to the eligible classes for its 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, scheduled for Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway.
The same 28 classes that made up the 2018 Runoffs, held in October at Sonoma Raceway, will compete at the 2019 event. New regulations announced in May guaranteed places in the preeminent SCCA event for classes reaching a certain level of entries over the past two seasons, with additional classes being included based on venue space and event format.
Per SCCA General Competition Rules section 3.7.4.C (Invited Classes), "The Road Racing department, in consultation with the Club Racing Board, will determine and announce by January 1 the Runoffs-eligible classes invited to the next Runoffs consistent with the event format and venue."
"Based on initial surveys, we expect a strong car count for the Runoffs at VIR," SCCA Director of Road Racing Deanna Flanagan said. "We will plan the event based on the same 28 classes from 2018, with the understanding that grouping classes together for qualifying and races will continue to be necessary."
The 2018 Runoffs classes are: American Sedan®, B-Spec, E Production, Formula 500, Formula 1000, Formula Atlantic®, Formula Continental®, Formula Enterprises, Formula Enterprises 2, Formula F, Formula Mazda, F Production, Formula Vee®, GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, GT-Lite, H Production, Prototype 1, Prototype 2, Spec Miata, Spec Racer® Ford 3, Super Touring® Lite, Super Touring® Under, Touring 1, Touring 2, Touring 3 and Touring 4.
Five classes (Formula 500, Formula 1000, Formula Atlantic, Formula Enterprises 2 and GT-1) will be on probation for the 2019 Runoffs because they were below 10 cars at the 2018 event. If they do not have a minimum of 10 participants at the 2019 event, the class will run as a supplemental race, but no National Champion will be named.
Aloha, Oregon, November 29, 2018| 13 might not be considered a lucky number by most but for Lux Performance Group, it is the number of success. The Aloha, Oregon-based motorsport operation captured its 13th-career road racing championship in 2018. With Cindi Lux (Aloha, Oregon) behind the wheel of the No. 45 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper ACRX, the Northwest's premier sports car racing team captured the inaugural Trans Am Northern Cup Championship for TA3 cars. Combined with Dirk Leuenberger (Redmond, Washington) in the No. 35 Dodge Viper ACRX, Lux Performance earned six podium finishes including a victory in their nine combined starts.
The Northern Cup, a championship-within-a-championship, was made-up of Trans Am races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Pitt), the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Watkins Glen International. Cindi scored the team's sole victory, from the pole position, at Pitt on August 5. Leuenberger's best finish came with a second-place at Watkins Glen in September.
Engineered by team principal Fred Lux, the two-Viper program earned a total of one pole position (Pitt), two second-places, three third-place results and two track records (Pitt and Road America). That accounts for a 67 percent podium tally for both cars.
Lux Performance Group is currently evaluating 2019 customer programs. The effort has competed in the Trans Am since 2015. In condensed seasons each year, the program has still raced its Vipers tonine TA3 class victories, 17 podiums, five pole positions and five track records. A long-time Dodge entrant and factory team since 2012, Lux Performance Group is the leading Viper entrant in North America.
In 2018, Lux Performance continued its longstanding relationship with Black Rock Coffee Bar. The chain of coffee specialists currently has locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. Joining Black Rock on the No. 45 Viper were CoolShirt, Forgeline Wheels and MCS shocks.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 2, 2018) -- It was a fantastic three days of competition Oct. 19-21 at Sonoma Raceway in California during the 2018 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®.
For those who couldn’t make it to the track or missed the live online broadcast of races, it’s now possible to catch up on all the action with free 2018 Runoffs race videos available for viewing at SCCA.com.
Later this year, certain 2018 Runoffs races will also air on CBS Sports Network.
With nearly 500 entries across 28 different car classes, this year’s 24 events featured exciting competition, close racing throughout the fields, a handful of surprises and some great storylines.
Video coverage, presented by Mazda, was again anchored by Greg Creamer with guests Ryan Myrehn (SportsCar365 writer), Tom O’Gorman (pro driver), Heyward Wagner (pit reporter), Andy Hollis and Larry MacLeod (SCCA Solo Nationals announcers) providing additional insight and commentary.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports.
Since 1964, the SCCA has crowned Road Racing’s National Champions at the winner-take-all, single race Runoffs format through dozens of separate races over three days.
As host of the 55th Runoffs, Sonoma Raceway became only the third California track to host SCCA’s National Championship, joining Riverside International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 12, 2018) -- While the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour 2019 schedule has already been announced, let us take a moment before moving forward to fête the 2018 Hoosier Super Tour point champions from across 28 different classes.
One standout this year is driver Robeson Clay Russell, the 2018 Hoosier Super Tour point champion in Spec Racer Ford Gen3 (SRF3). He also earned the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour® Southeast Conference SRF3 championship, took the SRF3 Tire Rack Pole Award at the 2018 National Championship, and brought home a Runoffs® win at Sonoma Raceway in his Angry Llama/SVN/Comprent Motorsports SRF3 racecar. As such, Russell becomes the sole competitor in 2018 to earn an SCCA Road Racing Super Sweep award.
There were several tight finishes in the Hoosier Super Tour point championship this year. The Formula Enterprises 2 battle came down to a tie, with Thomas W. Burt and Rhett Barkau both earning 137 points. However, Burt and his Bulldog Motorsport SCCA FE2 Mazda claimed the point championship based on his fifth-place finish at the Runoffs as compared to the eighth-place finish of Barkau.
The point championship battle was nearly as close in the Formula F (FF) class. There, David Livingston Jr., in a Spectrum 14H, eked out a win by one point over Yuven Sundaramoorthy’s Mygale. Jonathon Kotyk, the 2018 FF Runoffs winner who also drives a Mygale, finished third in the point championship only three points off Livingston.
Four points were the deciding factor in two Hoosier Super Tour class point championships. The Formula 1000 point champion in 2018 is Gary Hickman in his Edge Engineering Phoenix F1K.12 Suzuki. Hickman compiled 75 points as compared to the 71 points of Jeremy Hill, in a Photon VD07, and the JDR F1000 of Nicholas Vardis. And in Super Touring® Under (STU), Kevin Koelemeyer and his OPM/HPD/G-Loc/Hoosier Honda Civic grabbed the Hoosier Super Tour point championship by four points over Runoffs STU winner Kevin Boehm, also in a Honda Civic.
Two other close point championships to note occurred in the Touring 4 (T4) and Spec Miata (SM) classes. The T4 point championship went to the Hoosier Mazda RX-8 of Ross Murray who amassed five more points than runner-up Gresham Wagner driving a Mazda MX-5. And in SM it’s Chris Haldeman, in his X-Factor Racing/Sunoco/G-Loc Mazda Miata, who claimed the Hoosier Super Tour point championship by eight points over Michael Carter.
Only the top six regular-season finishes counted toward a driver’s 2018 point total. Points were also awarded for a seventh and final race, the Runoffs. For each race, points were awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class. Winners earned 25 points, and 21 points went to second. Points were then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher.
Below is a rundown of the 2018 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour point champions. A full accounting of the standings can be viewed at the Hoosier Super Tour points webpage. Congratulations to one and all for a fantastic effort this season.
-American Sedan®: Brian Himes; Slidell, LA; Delta Region; Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: John Phillips; Sealy, TX; Houston Region; Honda Fit
-E Production: Matthew Reynolds; Boerne, TX; Alamo Region; Mazda Miata
-F Production: Charlie Campbell; Corry, PA; Mohawk Hudson Region; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Nick Engels; Bedford, TX; Texas Region; Toyota MR-2
-Formula 500: Russell Strate Jr.; Alden, NY; Western New York Region; Scorpion S-1
-Formula 1000: Gary Hickman; Alpine, CA; San Diego Region; Phoenix F1K.12
-Formula Atlantic®: Paul Ravaris; Aledo, TX; Texas Region; Pro Formula Mazda
-Formula Continental®: Charles Moran; Oakton, VA; Old Dominion Region; Van Dieman RF99
-Formula Enterprises: James Libecco; Solon, OH; NeOhio Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Thomas W. Burt; Woodway, WA; Northwest Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: David Livingston Jr.; Nashville, TN; Tennessee Region; Spectrum 14H
-Formula Mazda: Bryce Cornet; Norman, OK; Oklahoma Region; Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee®: Andrew Whitston; Neenah, WI; Milwaukee Region; Protoform P2
-GT-1: David Fershtand; Fort Worth, TX; Texas Region; Oldsmobile Cutlass
-GT-2: Max Nufer; Wildwood, MO; St. Louis Region; Chevrolet Camaro
-GT-3: Jeff Dernehl; Roswell, GA; Atlanta Region; Mazda RX-7
-GT-Lite: Larry Svaton; Alvin, TX; Houston Region; Mazda MX-5 Miata
-Prototype 1: Darryl Shoff; Fort Myers, FL; Northeastern Pennsylvania Region; Elan DP02
-Prototype 2: Armen Megregian; Naples, FL; Central Florida Region; Ligier JS 51
-Spec Miata: Chris Haldeman; McKinney, TX; Texas Region; Mazda Miata
-SRF Gen3: Robeson Clay Russell; Spartanburg, SC; Central Carolinas Region; Spec Racer Ford Gen3
-Super Touring® Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region; Mazda MX-5
-Super Touring® Under: Kevin Koelemeyer; Fort Myers, FL; Central Florida Region; Honda Civic
-Touring 1: Brad McCall; Boca Raton, FL; Florida Region; Porsche Cayman GTS
-Touring 2: Bill Collins; Saint Paul, MN; Land O’Lakes Region; Chevrolet Corvette
-Touring 3: William Hendrix; Oxford, MA; New England Region; Nissan 350Z
-Touring 4: Ross Murray; Marina Del Rey, CA; Cal Club; Mazda RX-8
The 2018 Hoosier Super Tour season opened in January with Round One and Round Two at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The second event then took place in February at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Competitors got a month off before Round Five and Round Six at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, followed by April stops at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Oklahoma, and VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The Hoosier Super Tour then headed west for weekends at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Round 15 and Round 16 were then held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course before the WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints® at Road America. The 10-event, 20-race Hoosier Super Tour regular season then came to a close in June at Watkins Glen International in Upstate New York.
Photo: Robeson Clay Russell (driver) was the Spec Racer Ford Gen3 2018 Hoosier Super Tour point champion, and the only racer in 2018 to earn an SCCA Road Racing Super Sweep
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 14, 2018) -- Racers intending to compete in the 2019 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour® or Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour can now apply online for Series Registration at MotorsportReg.com.
Those paying the $50 Series Registration fee can reserve a single or two-digit number in a Conference of their choosing. The same number can also be reserved, if available, in other Conferences for an additional $50 per Conference. Per GCR section 9.3.28.a, the numeral “1” shall be exclusively reserved for current National Champions in each class for National events. A Series Registration fee of $150 allows competitors to register a three-digit number, with the leading digit required to be “1”, for all Conferences.
Racers with a 2018 U.S. Majors Tour series registration will have until November 21 at 9 a.m. Central Time to reserve the same number within a Conference for the coming year. At that time, unreserved numbers will be released back into the general pool.
Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register for the U.S. Majors Tour or Hoosier Super Tour series. Registration allows drivers to prepare number graphics for their cars that will be good for the 2019 season. Registered participants can receive a special U.S. Majors Tour hard card, but only if they have a headshot photo associated with their SCCA member profile. Those who do not have a headshot photo on file can submit a picture via email to the SCCA Membership Department at email@example.com. Registrants will also receive series decals for car placement prior to events, as well as a discount coupon on merchandise at www.sccagear.com.
Reserved numbers will be honored until two weeks prior to an event. In-Conference reserved numbers will be given priority over out-of-conference reserved numbers for event registration. In the case of a dual-conference event, any duplicate reserved number requests will be resolved by earliest event registration. The word “reserved” does not mean “permanent.” If class run groups for any event differ from a norm, then number assignments for that event will give preference to the in-conference drivers who register first, then further duplicate requests will be resolved by earliest event registration. The reserved number program does NOT apply to the SCCA Runoffs.
Both the U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Super Tour serve as paths to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held this year at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. Visit www.scca.com for more information.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 14, 2018) -- The Western Conference has released its 2019 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® competition calendar. Seven different venues will host Western Conference events this year for a total of 14 races. The season opens in Southern California in January and travels up the Pacific Coast during the year before coming to a close in July back in California at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Four of the seven events will be three-day weekends, and two tracks on the schedule previously hosted the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. Additionally, three events on the Western Conference schedule are Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series dates, with those events taking place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Portland International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
As always, the calendar below is subject to change, but the current 2019 U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference schedule is comprised of the following:
- January 12-13: Sonoma Raceway; Sonoma, California
- February 1-3: Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, California
- March 2-3: Willow Springs Raceway; Rosamond, California
- April 26-28: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
- May 18-19: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
- May 25-27: Pacific Raceways; Kent, WA
- July 26-28: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Salinas, California
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 1, 2018) -- The haulers and tow vehicles have barely made it home from this year’s Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway, but it’s already time to look ahead to the 2019 Summit Racing Equipment SCCA® Road Racing season and the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour. Next year, the Hoosier Super Tour features 11 events beginning in January and closing out in July. The lineup of tracks includes old favorites along with a couple venues new to the series.
Once again in 2019, the Hoosier Super Tour will open at Sebring International Raceway in Florida before a February visit to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. In March, the Hoosier Super Tour makes its first visit to Georgia’s recently-renamed Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta since the series re-launched in 2017, then it’s off to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma.
April will see the Hoosier Super Tour make its annual stop at VIRginia International Raceway. Participation is expected to be very high that weekend as VIR is home to the 2019 SCCA® Runoffs® taking place in October, so plenty of competitors will use that three-day event as a warmup for the National Championship. After VIR, Hoosier Super Tour action heads west with stops at California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Portland International Raceway in Oregon.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is again on the Hoosier Super Tour this year, as well as the WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints at Road America in Wisconsin. The month of June closes out with racing at Watkins Glen International in New York. The final race weekend on the schedule then takes place in July on the West Coast at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, also a first-time location for the Hoosier Super Tour.
As always, the calendar is subject to change, but dates for the exciting 2019 Hoosier SCCA Super Tour are currently as follows:
- January 11-13: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida
(Southeast Conf., Central Florida Region)
- February 8-10: Circuit of the Americas; Austin, Texas
(Southern Conf., Lone Star Region/Southwest Division)
- March 15-17: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia
(Southeast Conf., Southeast Division)
- March 30-31: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Mid-States Conf./Southern Conf.; Ark Valley Race Group)
- April 12-14: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(Northeast Conf./Southeast Conf., North Carolina Region)
- April 26-28: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
(Western Conf., Cal Club Region)
- May 17-19: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
(Western Conf., Oregon Region)
- May 31-June 2 (tentative date): Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio
(Northern Conf., Ohio Valley Region)
- June 14-16: Road America - WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints; Plymouth, Wis.
(Northern Conf., Chicago Region)
- June 21-23: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York
(Northeast Conf., Glen Region)
- July 26-28: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Salinas, California
(Western Conf., San Francisco Region)
Hoosier Super Tour venues are selected based on various attributes. Some have decades of history with a record book featuring the biggest names in all of motorsport. Other sites are top “pro” tracks offering the best quality racing surface and amenities. And certain tracks were selected because they are the best “club” courses in the country, where challenging layouts are matched with warm hospitality and a “family feel” to the paddock area.
According to Deanna Flanagan, SCCA’s Director of Road Racing, “We have done some fine-tuning on this year’s schedule based on participant feedback, including adding a week between the Hallett and VIR races. Additionally, we’ve added to the schedule two world-class facilities in Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca—each of which has a rich history with SCCA in Regional activities and as past Runoffs hosts. We anticipate another exciting Hoosier Super Tour season and, as always, thank our host SCCA Regions for putting on such great events.”
Beyond the venues, the Hoosier Super Tour offers a heightened experience for both competitors and race fans. Weekends include segmented timing and scoring, a service simply unavailable at most amateur motorsports events. The series also boasts a dedicated “Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire” team of announcers capable of providing consistent insight and entertainment heard at tracks or online at SCCA.com.
Dedicated staffing with a series race director, administrator and technical inspector working in conjunction with local event personnel is an additional feature of the Hoosier Super Tour. Up to two static cameras broadcast races live online at SCCA.com, and onsite SCCA public relations staff provide weekend media coverage. Hoosier Super Tour dates also have enhanced weekend social activities.
The Hoosier Super Tour serves as the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing’s nationwide point championship. The point structure remains the same as previous years with the best six Hoosier Super Tour races, plus a Runoffs finish, going toward identifying class champions. Point totals for the Hoosier Super Tour are managed by SCCA national office staff and can be viewed at SCCA.com.
Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register to compete at Hoosier Super Tour events. The Hoosier Super Tour also serves as a path to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway.