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.