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.
TOPEKA, Kan. (August 23, 2019) – The SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® Western Conference has wrapped up its 2019 calendar. Nearly 400 racers took part in the Western Conference’s 14-round season that held court at seven different venues. Drivers who excelled rightfully earned a 2019 Western Conference championship.
Of the 28 different car class battles that took place this year in the Western Conference, the F Production fight was the tightest. At season’s end, Steven Hussey and his Lotus 7 were tied with the MG Midget of Joe Huffaker. Both drivers amassed 50 points, but it was Hussey who was crowned champion having earned five wins to Huffaker’s two. The GT-3 class fight was just about as close as Taz Harvey’s Mazda RX-7 edged out the Mazda RX-3 of Gary Bockman by only one point after both drivers had competed in eight races. Harvey also drove a Mazda MX-5 to the Western Conference GT-Lite championship this year.
Three points was the margin of victory in two different Western Conference car classes. Formula Vee® saw Charles Turner, in a Vortech 01, edge out the Caracal C1 of Marjorie Lundberg 169 points to 166 points, Turner having competed in each of the Conference’s 14 races. Then in B-Spec, Frank Schwartz and his MINI Cooper claimed the class championship with 142 points as compared to Cherie Storms and her Mazda 2 which accumulated 139 points.
The GT-2 class was also pretty close this year as Kristofer Olson, in an Acura NSX, claimed the championship by four points over the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 of Oli Thordarson. And five points was the championship difference in E Production with Joe Carr, in a Honda Group 2000, gathering up 143 points as compared to the 138 points of Glen McCready and his Mazda MX-5 racecar. In third, only three points behind McCready, was the Mazda RX-7 of Kale Swifts.
Rounding out close Western Conference battles this year was American Sedan® where Clark Nunes, driving a Ford Spec Mustang, claimed the championship with 150 points as compared to the 142 points of runner-up Michael Thompson in his Chevrolet Camaro.
It was January when the Sports Car Club of America® U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference opened its competition season with Round 1 and Round 2 at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California. Next was a stop at Auto Club Speedway just east of downtown Los Angeles in February. Then in March, the Conference held Round 5 and Round 6 at Willow Springs Raceway north of Los Angeles. April saw the Western Conference’s first Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour event of the year conducted at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, followed in May by a second Hoosier Super Tour weekend at gorgeous and green Portland International Raceway in Oregon. What followed was Round 11 and Round 12 in the state of Washington at Pacific Raceways before the schedule closed in July with a first-ever Hoosier Super Tour visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca located alongside beautiful Monterey, California.
Conference points are awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class. Winners earn 25 points, and 21 points go to second. Points are then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher. Only the best eight finishes at Western Conference races count towards a driver’s point total. Below are Western Conference Champions with Class: Name, Hometown, SCCA Region and Car.
-American Sedan®: Clark Nunes; San Jose, CA; San Francisco Region; Ford Spec Mustang
-B-Spec: Frank Schwartz; Ann Arbor, MI; Detroit Region; Mini Cooper
-E Production: Joe Carr; Petaluma, CA; San Francisco Region; Honda Group 2000
-F Production: Steven Hussey; Los Altos, CA; San Francisco Region; Lotus 7
-H Production: Michael Cummings; Martinez, CA; San Francisco Region; Austin Healey Sprite
-Formula 500: Lance Spiering; Beaverton, OR; Oregon Region; KBS MK VII
-Formula 1000: James Blackwell; Olalla, WA; Northwest Region; Edge F1000
-Formula Atlantic®: Robert Merritt; San Diego, CA; San Diego Region; Star-ELAN Pro Formula Mazda
-Formula Continental®: Jason Reichert; Henderson, NV; Las Vegas Region; Van Diemen F2000
-Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read; Vacaville, CA; San Francisco Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Tom Burt; Woodway, WA; Northwest Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: Chuck Horn; Los Gatos, CA; San Francisco Region; Swift/Honda DB6
-Formula Mazda: Steve Martin; Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; Cal Club; Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee®: Charles Turner; Mission Viejo, CA; Cal Club; Vortech 01
-GT-1: Michael Fine; W. Sacramento, CA; San Francisco Region; Weaver TA Camaro
-GT-2: Kristofer Olson; Shingle Springs, CA; San Francisco Region; Acura NSX
-GT-3: Taz Harvey; Danville, CA; San Francisco Region; Mazda RX-7
-GT-Lite: Taz Harvey; Danville, CA; San Francisco Region; Mazda MX-5 Miata
-Prototype 1: John Manfroy; San Jose, CA; San Francisco Region; Dauntless-Stohr P07d
-Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr; Scottsdale, AZ; San Francisco Region; Stohr WF1
-Spec Miata: Steven Powers; Phoenix, AZ; Arizona Region; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford3: Mike Miserendino; Bakersfield, CA; Cal Club; SCCA Enterprises SRF3
-Super Touring® Lite: Kristina Etherington; Henderson, NV; Las Vegas Region; Mazda RX-8
-Super Touring® Under: Nathan Pope; Fremont, CA; San Francisco Region; Honda CRX
-Touring 1: Marc Hoover; Shingle Springs, CA; San Francisco Region; Chevrolet Corvette
-Touring 2: Denis Nowak; Edmonton, AB; Oregon Region; Chevrolet Corvette Z06
-Touring 3: Cole Loftsgard; Pahrump, NV; Las Vegas Region; Ford Mustang
-Touring 4: Dave Mead; Spanaway, WA; San Francisco Region; Mazda RX-8
Part of the Rose Cup tradition is the Wemme Trophy vintage feature race. Ken Sutherland of Sherwood drove his No. 3 Mitchell Machine 1965 Shelby Cobra to first place on the track, but in keeping with the traditions of vintage racing, the Wemme Trophy was awarded for lifetime achievement in racing.
This year’s Wemme Trophy went to Erik Dolson of Sisters. Dolson’s No. 95 1969 Chevrolet Corvette is a consistent front-runner in the vintage group. Dolson finished second to Sutherland in Sunday’s feature race.
“There are people out here who have done far more than I have for racing,” Dolson said, “but I appreciate it very much. It means a lot to me.”
Will Schrader of Happy Valley drove his No. 87 Miatacage.com/Midas Miata to the Spec Miata win.
“This is the best kind of racing there is,” Schrader said. “Racing with all your friends. We have fun, we support each other and it’s no-pressure fun. We welcome anybody who wants to get started. We’ll show you what you need to do to get racing.”
The Spec Racer Ford drivers opened Sunday with an exciting race. John Black of Olympic Valley, California, made the trip north to be part of the weekend in a borrowed car, and took home the first-place trophy.
“I want to thank Flat Out Racing for giving me the opportunity to drive one of their cars today,” Black said. “They put me in a really great car, and it made all the difference.”
The SRO Pirelli GT4 America series headlined the professional racing portion of the three-day weekend, and victory went to Harry Gottsacker and Jon Miller in the No. 28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4.
“The race went well. I was able to have a clean start, held my ground and was able to give Jon (Miller) a great race car,” Gottsacker said in a victory circle. “Jon literally just tore them up out there and went straight to the front and got a good gap to finish it.”
“It was an awesome race,” Miller agreed. “It plays into our strategy. Harry set the pace and left me some tires at the end. Super happy!”
SRO’s Touring Car America series also raced over the weekend. Johan Schwartz took Sunday’s win in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup car. Schwartz battled SCCA veteran Toby Grahovec in his No. 26 BMW M240iR Cup car. The cars had substantial contact during the race, and Grahovec retired early.
“We had such a great battle,” Schwartz said. “It’s unfortunate because I wanted us to finish 1-2, even if he had won. We put on a great show, though.”
Touring Car America also brought the lower-powered TCR/TCA classes to the weekend. The two classes race together and feature more affordable cars than the main Touring Car series. Michael Hurczyn won the TCR class driving the FCP Euro No. 71 Golf GTI. In TCA, Mark Pombo claimed the top spot in the No. 59 MINI Cooper JCW.
Last on the bill came the Saleen Cup. This new arrive-and-drive series features new Saleen 1 exotic cars and is designed for drivers who want to break into pro racing.
Sunday’s winner, Brandon Davis of Napa, California, drove the No. 4 Saleen 1.
“Any time you come to the track the goal is to win, and we did that,” Davis said. “It feels good to come away with a good finish.”
Peter Baljet of Duncan, British Columbia, won the 59th Rose Cup race on Sunday, July 14 at Portland International Raceway.
The longtime driver qualified his No. 81 Bentley GT3 on the pole and led the race from the first corner.
By the time the checkered flag flew, Baljet enjoyed a 24-second lead.
“It’s a spectacular honor,” Baljet said from the podium. “The race was really uneventful, but I want to commend the city of Portland for holding this race. Without the city and the Friends of PIR, none of this happens.”
The only driver who might have been able to challenge Baljet was runner-up Tim Brown of Vancouver, B.C.
Brown qualified his No. 67 Ford Matech GT3 on the outside pole just 0.3 seconds slower than Baljet. However, Brown got a nudge from behind at the start and quickly dropped to last place.
“I got in there and a car bumped me,” Brown said. “Then I was past the turn-in for the chicane, so I had to wait to re-enter the course.”
Brown put on an impressive show, though, working his way through the field throughout the 35-minute race.
“I made it back to second,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way things are.”
Cindi Lux of Aloha was third. Lux had qualified her No. 45 Dodge Viper in sixth place, and ran as high as second before Brown reclaimed the spot.
“It was a good race,” she said. “I had a good start, and the car was really good. We made a huge change just before the start of the race. It was kind of a Hail Mary thing, where you end up as a hero or a zero. It was good, and my car was awesome.”
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 15, 2019) – The 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® are right around the corner. That means it’s also time for competitors to again register for a multitude of Runoffs-specific contingency opportunities before the event’s first-ever visit to VIRginia International Raceway October 8-13, 2019.
Registration for contingencies opens Wednesday, July 17, and will be conducted through MotorsportReg.com to streamline the procedure. Competitors can simply sign up online for the appropriate contingencies. Changes can also be made up to Sunday, September 22 through MotorsportReg.com. After that, drivers will only be able to adjust contingency selections at VIR at the Contingency Services table.
Nearly 30 companies have stepped up to support racers by offering contingency sponsorship programs. Many contingency opportunities require pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available at the SCCA Contingency webpage. U.S. Majors Tour contingency registration does NOT include the Runoffs. It is the responsibility of each competitor to make sure they are in compliance with each program for which they would like to enroll. Below is a quick glimpse at what is currently available this year.
- Hawk Performance, Official Brake Products of SCCA (Select Classes)
1st: 5 Free Axle Sets 2nd: 2 Free Axle Sets 3rd: 1 Free Axle Set
4th: $125 Certificate 5th: $100 Certificate 6th: $90 Certificate
7th: $80 Certificate 8th: $70 Certificate 9th: $60 Certificate
10th: $50 Certificate
Track Record Breaker: $200 Certificate
- Sunoco, Official Fuel of SCCA (All Classes)
Hard Charger Award: $100
- Tire Rack, Official Tire Retailer of SCCA (All Classes)
Pole Qualifier: $500 TireRack.com Product Certificate
5th: $50 Product Certificate
- Honda Performance Development (Select Cars & Classes)
(All eligible classes except Civic/NSX below)
1st: $1,500 2nd: $1,000 3rd: $500
(Civic Si 2016+, Civic Type R 2017+, NSX 2016+)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $2,000
Start Championship Race (except Civic/NSX below) - $150 HPD Bucks
Start Championship Race (Civic Si 2016+, Civic Type R 2017+, NSX 2016+) - $1,000
Tow Funds – See Program requirements for details
- Summit Racing Equipment (All Classes)
1st: $150 Certificate 2nd: $100 Certificate 3rd-6th: $50 Certificate
Hard Luck - $50 Certificate
- Bell Helmets (All Classes)
Bell Helmet Users: 1st: $100 2nd: $75 3rd: $50
All Runoffs Competitors: 20% off on any Bell Helmet sold by OG Racing at the event
- BFGoodrich Tires (Select Classes)
1st: 12 Tires 2nd: 6 Tires 3rd: 4 Tires 4th: 2 Tires
- Carbotech Performance Brakes (Select Classes)
1st: Product Sponsorship (6 Axel Sets with contract)
2nd: $300 Certificate 3rd: $250 Certificate 4th: $200 Certificate
5th: $175 Certificate 6th: $150 Certificate 7th: $125 Certificate
8th: $100 Certificate 9th: $75 Certificate 10th: $50 Certificate
- DirtFish Rally School (All Classes)
Entered to win one of four DirtFish Rally School Entries
- Eibach Springs (Select Classes)
1st: 4 Eibach Springs 2nd: 3 Eibach Springs 3rd: 2 Eibach Springs
- Ford Performance (Select Cars & Classes)
Eligible Classes: 1st: $2,000 2nd: $1,000 3rd: $750
SRF3: 1st: $275 2nd: $250 3rd: $225 4th: $200 5th: $175
- Goodyear Tire (Select Classes)
1st: 3 Tire Sets 2nd: 2 Tire Sets 3rd: 1 Tire Set
- Hyperco Suspension Coils (Select Classes)
1st-2nd: 2 Free Hypercoils Certificate 3rd: 1 Free Hypercoil Certificate
- Nissan Motorsports (Select Cars & Classes)
(GT-R, 370Z 2009-2019, Sentra 2014-2019, Versa Note 2014-2019)
1st: $3,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $1,000
(Non-current Nissan/Datsun models)
1st: $1,000 2nd: $500 3rd: $250
- PAGID Racing (Select Classes)
1st: 1 full-car set of brake pads 2nd: 1 axle set of brake pads
- Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (All Classes)
4th: $75 Certificate 5th: $50 Certificate 6th: $25 Certificate
Super Sweep Winner - $250 Certificate
- Penske Racing Shocks (All Classes)
1st: $150 Certificate 2nd: $75 Certificate 3rd: $50 Certificate
- Pirelli Tire (Select Classes)
1st: 2 Tires 2nd: 1 Tire
- Red Line Oil (All Classes)
1st: Helmet or $600 Product Certificate 2nd: 2 Cases/Product 3rd: 1 Case/Product
- SCCA Enterprises (Select Classes)
1st: $700 2nd: $500 3rd: $300
- SPA Technique (All Classes)
1st: $100 SPA Technique Certificate 2nd: $50 SPA Technique Certificate
3rd: $25 SPA Technique Certificate 4th: $50 SPA Technique Certificate
- Tilton Engineering (Select Classes)
1st: $200 Certificate 3rd: $100 Certificate 5th: $50 Certificate
- Toyota/TRD (Select Cars & Classes)
GT2-GT3 - 1st: $5,000 2nd: $3,000
Other Eligible Classes - 1st: $3,000 2nd: $2,000
Pole Qualifier: $1,000
Super Sweep Award: $1,000
Tow Money: $1/mile ($1,500 max)
- G-LOC Brakes (Select Classes)
1st: $500 2nd: $400 3rd: $350 4th: $250 5th: $200
6th: $150 7th: $125 8th: $100 9th: $75 10th: $50
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Select Classes)
Spec Miata - 1st: 16 Tires 2nd: 8 Tires 3rd: 6 Tires
4th-5th: 4 Tires 6th-10th: 2 Tires
All Classes (except SM): 1st - 4 Tires, plus 4 tires for each ‘20 Majors Tour event
- Mazda North American Operations (Select Classes)
(GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, EP, FP, HP, T1, T2, T3, T4, STU, STL, SM, B-Spec) -
1st: $5,000 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,500 4th: $1,250 5th: $1,000
(FM, FE2, FA, P1, P2) -
1st: $4,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,250 4th: $1,000
Tow Fund - Up to $750
Super Sweep - $1,000
- Winding Road Racing (All Classes)
1st: $100 WRR Store Credit
2nd: $50 WRR Store Credit
3rd: $25 WRR Store Credit
Again, 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 visiting https://www.scca.com/pages/main-contingency.
For additional information on the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs -- including schedules, registration and an entry list -- visit https://www.scca.com/events/1992861-2019-scca-national-championship-runoffs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 16, 2019) -- Driver and worker online registration will open at 10 a.m. Central on Wednesday, July 17, for the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® taking place Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. Below are a couple items of which people should be aware.
Competitors are advised to first log into their MotorsportReg account to make sure SCCA member numbers, license expiration date and vehicle profile information are all up to date in the system. This will save time and reduce frustration during the actual registration process.
Drivers will be able to sign up for four Test Days -- taking place Friday, Oct. 4 through Monday, Oct. 7 -- during event registration. If a test day group is sold out, competitors can be added to a waitlist by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and should include their name, contact phone number, SCCA membership number, class and test day date preference. Also during registration, drivers can sign up for Official SCCA Runoffs Coaching Oct 4-7 at VIR with Speed Secrets’ Ross Bentley, IMSA driver Tom Long, and the VIR-based Kaizen Autosport coaching team. Learn more at https://www.scca.com/pages/2019-runoffs-test-day-coaching-services.
While the single-car paddock online reservation process does NOT begin until Wednesday, August 21 at 12 p.m. CDT, competitors will be asked during Runoffs registration to declare their paddock intention (Single-Car space, Prep Shop, Multi-Car Team or Manufacturer if offered). There will not be manufacturer tents this year, but space has been designated for Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota drivers. Space will be limited, but attempts will be made to accommodate as many requests as possible. Those who plan to paddock with a Prep Shop or Multi-Car Team should be sure to list the team name during registration.
A limited number of free worker/competitor tent or RV camping spots at VIR are available on a first registered, first reserved basis. Individuals will need either a General Camping Pass or Reserved RV Pass, either of which should be requested during the Runoffs registration process. As has been the case the last several years, participants may also camp within their paddock space at no additional charge. More information is contained within the Participant Camping document found at the VIR Runoffs event page. Those seeking information about hotel accommodations should visit https://www.scca.com/pages/vir-hotels.
Runoffs contingency registration is again included in driver registration through MotorsportReg.com. Competitors can simply sign up online for appropriate contingencies beginning July 17 when Runoffs registration opens. Changes can be made up to September 22 through MotorsportReg.com. After that, drivers will only be able to adjust contingency selections at VIR at the Contingency Services table. A brief rundown of Runoffs contingencies for 2019 can be reviewed at https://www.scca.com/pages/main-contingency.
The 56th running of SCCA’s Runoffs will again crown national champions in 28 separate classes over three days of racing. This will be the first time the Runoffs has visited VIR and conducted the National Championship on the 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit found along the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
Recognized as one of Car and Driver magazine’s top six road courses in the nation, VIR draws thousands of spectators each year for some of the best road racing in the country. Its uphill Esses and sharp elevation changes not only make it a fan and driver favorite, but VIR has also received international acclaim and rave reviews as one of the most exciting road courses in all of motorsports.
Located near Danville and South Boston, Virginia, the circuit is within 45 minutes of 1,500 hotel rooms and 100 restaurants. Contact VIR at email@example.com or call (434) 822-7700 x101 for lodging assistance.
The Rose Cup Races have never had more to offer than this year. If you love sports car racing, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Pro Racing is Back
The Portland racing community has worked hard to attract the newly named
Pirelli GT4 America and TC America professional racing series. The GT4 series includes FIA-homologated production cars, carefully prepared to European racing standards. This series replaces the GTS class that raced in Portland last year. GT4 is part of the Blancpain GT World Challenge racing organization. Look for intense action in the pits as these cars pursue a one-hour race with a mandatory driver change.
The TC America series is returning with two race groups this weekend. The main Touring Car group includes powerful racecars from BMW, Nissan, and Hyundai. The TCR and TCA classes will run together in their own race group. TCR includes race-prepared current model sports cars from Honda, Mazda, Audi, Hyundai, MINI, Alfa Romeo, Subaru, and Volkswagen. The TCA class offers many of the same cars in a limited-preparation format.
As a special guest, the Saleen Cup series will put on a show this year. Piloted by aspiring pro drivers, the Saleen Cup races in identical Saleen 1 exotic cars built and maintained by the Saleen factory in California.
The Best of Northwest Racing
In addition to the professional race groups, the Rose Cup Races will again showcase the finest of local racers in four race groups:
• The Rose Cup Big Bore Feature Race presented by Proficio Singapore includes the fastest and most powerful racecars in the Pacific Northwest. Drivers give everything they’ve got to win this one.
• Spec Miata presented by Casa Bella Granite, Marble & Quartz is sure to be one of the best races of the weekend. Spec Miata drivers race in similarly prepared Mazda Miata sports cars. These highly competitive drivers always delivered an all-out battle for the win.
• Spec Racer Ford presented by Market of Choice is among SCCA’s leading race groups. Spec Racer Ford cars are identical, purpose-built racing machines with factory-sealed engines. It takes both talent and skill to get ahead of the pack in one of these cars.
• The Wemme Trophy Vintage Group presented by Columbia Roofing showcases the best of yesterday’s racecars. Take a trip down memory lane to see how the great Rose Cup races of the past are still racing today.
All race groups will be on track several times each day, so you won’t miss any of the great racing action at this year’s 59th annual Rose Cup Races.
The Rose Cup Races weekend features practice and qualifying on July 12, and racing events on July 13 and July 14. Gates open at 7:30 am daily, with cars on course by 8:30 am on Friday and Saturday, and by 9 am on Sunday. Races run until early evening each day.