TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 15, 2019) -- The Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour will be back in 2020 with a calendar that includes 10 events for a total of 20 Hoosier Super Tour races. For the fourth year in a row, the series will commence its exciting season in January and conduct at least one race weekend each month right through July.
As has become tradition, this year’s Hoosier Super Tour will again open at Sebring International Raceway in Florida before a February visit to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. However, this year’s stop at COTA will only be a two-day event. Then, competitors head west to Central California’s Buttonwillow Raceway Park in February this year instead of the traditional April visit, a new twist for the 2020 season.
March sees a return to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, followed by an early April date at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit just west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. That is followed by a weekend tentatively scheduled at VIRginia International Raceway along the border of North Carolina and Virginia.
One Hoosier Super Tour event will take place in May, and that will be out west at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Drivers then head back to the Midwest for a tentative date at Road America for the annual WeatherTech Chicago Region® June Sprints®, which would certainly serve as a “preview” for Runoffs competition since that venue is hosting the 2020 National Championship.
Next on the Hoosier Super Tour calendar is a June visit to beautiful Watkins Glen International in New York before the season concludes in July with a tentative date at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This will be the first time the series has capped off its “regular season” at Mid-Ohio, which has traditionally held its Hoosier Super Tour event in early June.
As always, the calendar is subject to change, but dates for the 2020 Hoosier SCCA Super Tour are currently as follows:
- January 10-12: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida
(Central Florida Region - Southeast Conference)
- February 8-9: Circuit of the Americas; Austin, Texas
(Lone Star Region - Southern Conference)
- February 21-23: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
(Cal Club Region - Western Conference)
- March 20-22: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Braselton, Georgia
(Atlanta Region - Southeast Conference)
- April 4-5: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Ark Valley Race Group - Mid-States & Southern Conference)
- April 10-12 (tentative): VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(North Carolina Region - Northeast & Southeast Conference)
- May 16-17: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
(Oregon Region - Western Conference)
- June 12-14 (tentative): Road America - WeatherTech Chicago Region® June Sprints®; Plymouth, Wis.
(Chicago Region - Northern Conference)
- June 19-21: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York
(Glen Region - Northeast Conference)
- July 17-19 (tentative): Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio
(Ohio Valley Region - Northern Conference)
Only SCCA Full Competition and SCCA Pro Racing License holders may register to compete at Hoosier Super Tour events.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 29, 2019) -- December just wouldn’t be the same without Sports Car Club of America® Runoffs® races airing on television for a wider audience to view and enjoy. And for a third year in a row, millions of households throughout the country will be able to experience the excitement and energy of SCCA® competition when select National Championship events from VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) air Sundays on CBS Sports Network.
Starting at 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Dec. 8, race fans will be treated to the very exciting Spec Racer Ford Gen3 event, followed at 5 p.m. Eastern by the tight Formula Vee race. A week later on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern, Spec Miata will wow the viewing audience, followed immediately at 4 p.m. Eastern by the high-powered GT-2 race.
Sunday, Dec. 22, is all about SCCA Production racing on CBS Sports Network. At noon Eastern, the surprising E Production race will be broadcast. Then the nail-biter that was F Production will air at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Runoffs coverage on CBS Sports Network then concludes Sunday, Dec. 29, with the Touring 4 battle at 3 p.m. Eastern, then a 4 p.m. Eastern broadcast of the suspenseful Super Touring® Lite event.
Each separate race, produced by Apex Broadcast for the 11th year in-a-row, will be 60 minutes in length and anchored by longtime Runoffs announcer Greg Creamer. Additional commentary is supplied by pro driver Tom O’Gorman, Runoffs announcers Andy Hollis and Larry MacLeod, SportsCar365 writer Ryan Myrehn, and Heyward Wagner again covering pit row. All broadcast times are Eastern and the schedule is subject to change. Check cable or satellite TV providers for local CBS Sports Network channels.
2019 Runoffs CBS Sports Network broadcast schedule:
- Sun., Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Eastern;
Spec Racer Ford Gen3
- Sun., Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Eastern;
- Sun., Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Eastern;
- Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m. Eastern;
- Sun., Dec. 22, Noon Eastern;
- Sun., Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Eastern;
- Sun., Dec. 29, 3 p.m. Eastern;
- Sun., Dec. 29, 4 p.m. Eastern;
Super Touring® Lite
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. The 56th annual Runoffs took place in 2019 at VIRginia International Raceway. It was the first time SCCA’s National Championship visited that venue found along the border of North Carolina and Virginia.
With broadcasts presented by Mazda, all 2019 Runoffs races from VIR are available for online viewing anytime at the 2019 SCCA Runoffs OnDemand webpage at SCCA.com.
Oregon Region’s Cindi and Fred Lux have had a storybook career in racing, culminating in the last several years with participation in the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am series. Cindi is well-known in her Dodge Viper, and Fred for his genius in development and at-track support.
For those considering a jump to pro racing, Lux Performance Group has opportunities for arrive-and-drive service in the Trans-Am series, and also for local car development and driver coaching services.
“We don’t rent cars,” Lux says. “They come in with their own cars. Then they show up with a helmet and we do everything else in between.”
The team is open to bringing on partners with any selection of vehicle.
“People associate us with Dodge,” Lux says, “but we’re happy to work with any brand, from Ferrari to Porsche – anything, really.”
Lux also offers more local services for club racers.
“We’ve been approached to provide trackside services for local guys,” Lux says, “and we can do that, too. We don’t usually do one-day things, but if someone’s in a bind and needs support at the track, we can do that.”
Additionally, Lux offers services like car development, where she will drive the client’s car on a test day and issue a report with recommendations to improve handling and overall performance. Driver coaching is also a specialty, as Lux has trained hundreds of drivers for both street and racing performance.
Find out more at www.cindilux.com or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCindiLux
The sizzling Texas heat didn’t slow down Wired Motorsport’s TA2 driver Brad McAllister. The Cope Ford Mustang sponsored by Periodontal Associates, www.PortlandImplantDentistry.com, claimed victory in the final race of the Trans Am presented by Pirelli West Coast Championship Series.
Wired Motorsports entered the weekend trailing the championship leader, Anthony Honeywell, by two points and only a few points ahead of third place, Michael Mihld. Only a perfect weekend would guarantee a shot at the championship.
McAllister’s first place finish gave the team a thin three point advantage, enough to win the championship.
COTA, host to the only US F1 race in a few weeks, is an extremely demanding track in the TA2 race cars. Drivers get an intense workout with no traction control or ABS, speeds of over 160mph and G forces in excess of 2 G’s, all while belted into a cockpit with temperatures near 150 degrees.
After McAllister qualified P2 in the West Coast group, the top three drivers McAllister, Wilson and Honeywell had a close battle with multiple lead changes during the 65 minute race. McAllister took the lead on lap 2 only to get passed back on lap 6. With the top three nose to tail for a good portion of the race it was lap 17 where McAllister’s Wilwood brakes prevailed and he was able to take the lead for the duration as Wilson’s pace slowed due to overheated brakes.
This opened the door for West Coast Rookie of the year, Mathew Buttson, to finish third. For most of the race there were 4 West Coast based drivers in the top 10, but at the checkered flag it was McAllister, Alan and Honeywell from the west coast that finished in the top 10 of the combined 32 car TA2 field.
The record heat took its toll during the weekend as McAllister’s crew chief Chris Rhom, www.RhomInnovations.com, and mechanic Kevin Craig had to go the extra mile to keep the MCS shock clad Mustang running in top form.
Team engineer, Gary McAllister dialed in the setup using the IR surface tire temperature data, which showed the Pirelli tire surface temps exceeding 250 degrees in the blistering heat. The team is marketing the IR temperature sensor system they have developed (www.IR4MaxGrip.com). The drivetrain was the only aspect of the car that did not seem bothered by the heat as the Austin Texas built Sampson Racing Engine with Mobil 1 oil along with Tilton Engineering and Quartermaster components took the heat and went the distance to give McAllister his fourth win of the season.
For several years McAllister has supported the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), helping raise funds towards its efforts. He and his Driven To Find a Cure teammates, www.JDRFbrad.com, have generated thousands of dollars in donations towards the effort while using race cars as a platform for increasing awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.
McAllister took action after seeing the impact of Diabetes first hand during his day job with Periodontal Associates, where he routinely treats the oral ramifications of Diabetes with dental implants and other reconstructive surgeries. The team is already looking forward to JDRF promotional activities and kicking off the 2020 West Coast Trans Am Championship Series at Thunderhill Raceways.
From the Runoffs to the Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour, U.S. Majors Tour to regional weekends, SCCA® road racing events are made possible thanks to the tremendous effort of SCCA workers. And each year a handful of workers are recognized for their enormous contribution. Those individuals are bestowed with Worker of the Year honors, presented by Mazda.
“When you combine both national and regional activities, more than 200 road racing events are conducted across the United States by the Sports Car Club of America each year,” said Michael Cobb, SCCA President & CEO. “That colossal mission just couldn’t be achieved without the thousands of highly skilled and incredibly helpful volunteers who are part of this Club. Worker of the Year awards identify a handful of these devoted volunteers. To the winners and absolutely everyone who helped pull off 2019 SCCA events, I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough for your passion and involvement.”
Award recipients have shown dedication throughout the season to their Specialty, events, Region, competitors, fellow workers and the SCCA; exhibited strong skills, good leadership, and a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected; and provide excellent customer service to everyone encountered. SCCA members submitted Worker of the Year nominations, and winners were then selected by the SCCA National staff with input from Division leadership.
The Flagging and Communications Worker of the Year is North Carolina Region’s Heather Clark. During her service to the SCCA Clark has served on the Region board, been Flag Chief and Assistant Chief for the last three years, and her experience and attitude has earned her the respect of fellow workers and drivers as she took on the role of a teacher and leader.
Cal Club’s Tracy Roper is the Grid & Pits Worker of the Year. Roper, who attended her first Runoffs® only a couple of years ago, has left a deep impression on the Club by never missing a race with her local region, being one of the first to arrive and always looking for more responsibility and things to learn.
Elizabeth Thiel, of Finger Lakes Region, has taken “plays well with others” to new heights in earning the Worker of the Year award for Race Administration. Theil presents a positive, professional attitude with track management, workers, drivers and partners as she handles the routine and not-so-routine events which pop up on race weekends for regions, the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour.
A 29-year SCCA member, New England Region’s Terry Roberts is the Registration Worker of the Year, an honor earned by being a wonderful ambassador to the SCCA at and away from the track in her years of service. At the track, Roberts has worked all over the East Coast in both Northeast and Southeast Divisions, and she has been a staple at the Runoffs® for more than a decade. Off track, Roberts’ can-do attitude has been flexed by coordinating annual meetings and serving as the Divisional Administrator.
The 2019 Scrutineering Worker of the Year is the “contagiously warm” Bernie Novak of San Francisco Region. Novak has participated in SCCA events as a scrutineer since 2011 and is known for her planning and coordination while interacting with drivers and fellow workers with a smile. Outside of her specialty, Novak has also gotten her competition license and participated in the Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour powered by Hagerty in a continuing quest to spread her enthusiasm on and off track.
Larry Kurkowski holds many specialty licenses, but it’s his time in the start stand which has earned this Florida Region member the SCCA Starter of the Year. On the way to the honor, this 36-year SCCA member has worked events from Florida to Minnesota and served on the Runoffs start team since 2008 as Assistant Chief and then Chief Starter.
The humility, grace, thoughtfulness and patience of Washington D.C. Region member Steve Pence has earned him the title of Steward Worker of the Year. Pence, who now splits his stewarding time between SCCA and FIA, has spent time in the SCCA as a driver, instructor, flagger, steward and Majors and Hoosier Super Tour Race Director. In each of those positions, Pence has garnered respect through transparent and sincere communication.
Steel Cities Region member Jeff Hutzelman is the Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year. Hutzelman strives to serve the SCCA wherever and whenever needed, working frequently out of division and at the Runoffs® setting examples for others with his dedication. It is Hutzelman’s delivery of excellence which leads him and the rest of the Worker of the Year group as shining examples of the SCCA spirit.