Note from Area Director Jeff Zurschmeide - This change in policy was argued strongly on the board. While this is a setback for west coast racers, we will continue to argue for a west coast rotation for future Runoffs.
After a run of seven different venues over seven years, Sports Car Club of America’s leadership will shift its strategy beginning in 2022 for the iconic SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®.
A thorough analysis of the entire Runoffs venue rotation program, which included member/participant feedback from National Championships and participation trends from each of SCCA’s nine divisions over the last seven seasons, has resulted in a decision to again focus on Runoffs venues east of the Mississippi following the 2021 National Championship. Additionally, Sports Car Club of America® will now also consider two-year stints at select venues in the future.
While Runoffs rotation did offer some members an opportunity to compete who otherwise would not have, analysis shows rotation also introduced inconsistency across divisions. Participation typically increased locally when the Runoffs was “coming to town.” However, in off years, involvement actually decreased below levels seen prior to the rotation. Research revealed that even some of the most dedicated national racers opted to skip a Runoffs event because of location in a single year.
SCCA leadership -- which includes the Board of Directors, Club Racing Board and national staff -- recognizes any strategic shift may disappoint some of the membership, and difficult decisions such as this are not made lightly. However, these changes are appropriate to support the goals of the organization as a whole -- to fuel a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for automotive enthusiasts -- as well as build healthier, more stable road racing programs across the country. The decision to adjust the Runoffs rotation comes in concert with creation of a Runoffs Appearance Fund for 2020, an initiative designed to assist top performing racers during the season with funds to attend the Runoffs, particularly those competitors who travel a great distance.
As for conducting Runoffs events for two consecutive years at some venues, that decision resulted from feedback provided by drivers, teams, workers and fans. They voiced a desire to develop greater familiarity with a track, facility and surrounding areas with visits in consecutive years. Two-year stints will also allow event organizers the opportunity to amortize new venue expenses and focus on other elements of the Road Racing program.
SCCA’s Runoffs -- the year-end, winner-take-all championship event for the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program -- began its rotation back in 2014 with a visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California. Daytona International Speedway then hosted the Runoffs in 2015, followed by Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2017, Sonoma Raceway in 2018 and VIRginia International Raceway this past year. In 2020, the event will return to Road America, which previously hosted the National Championship from 2009 to 2013, before returning in 2021 to Indianapolis Motor Speedway
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 5, 2019) -- The Sports Car Club of America® Board of Directors has approved changes to Runoffs® qualifying criteria for the 2020 U.S. Majors Tour season. Highlighted by the return of a point standings performance criteria, the changes will be applied to drivers attempting to compete at the 2020 National Championship Runoffs taking place Oct. 5-11 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
While the first step toward qualifying for the Runoffs through the U.S. Majors Tour program is to participate in three separate events, for 2020, the requirement for three race “starts” criteria has been replaced with three U.S. Majors Tour race “finishes.” A finish is defined as completing at least half of the laps of the overall race winner.
Also for 2020, performance requirements have been reinserted into Runoffs qualifying criteria for the U.S. Majors Tour path. Those receiving an invite to the 2020 Runoffs must place in the top half of a car class’s Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour Points Championship or a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Points Championship by the end of the “regular” season. For classes with 20 or fewer participants, Runoffs invitations will be offered to those finishing in the top 10 of the class.
“The Runoffs is the culmination of our Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing season,” said SCCA Road Racing Director Deanna Flanagan. “It is a great celebration for our Club, but also a gathering of the best-of-the-best. Bringing a performance requirement back into Runoffs qualification supports that goal, while also encouraging more competition throughout the year.”
A Divisional Path to Runoffs qualification still exists for the 2020 season and is unchanged from 2019. There, competitors must participate in four Runoffs qualifying event weekends in a single Division in the same class, and finish in the top three -- or top five if competing in Spec Miata or Spec Racer Ford Gen3 -- in a Division’s Point Standings for the class. Divisions may count Regional or U.S. Majors Tour events within a Division toward this criterion. Drivers should check local Division Championship programs for further details.
SCCA Regional events are also still an option for the 2020 Runoffs. For that alternative, one U.S. Majors Tour event weekend may be substituted with participation in two Regional event weekends. However, drivers must still complete the U.S. Majors Tour race finish and point standings portion of the qualification criteria. Regional events must occur between January 1, 2020, and a date not less than two weeks prior to the start of the Runoffs (September 22, 2020) and may be in any division. Enduros are excluded from this pathway.
There also remains an SCCA Pro Racing provision for 2020 Runoffs qualification. Drivers in specific classes, as defined in GCR 3.7.4.A.1.a, may swap participation in up to two Majors event weekends with SCCA Pro Racing weekend(s). Drivers doing such must still record a minimum number of individual Majors/Super Tour race finishes and also satisfy the U.S. Majors Tour Path point standings requirement. Drivers must request this replacement via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 16, 2020.
Last but not least, current defending National Champions may enter the 2020 Runoffs in classes being defended, without meeting any of the noted criteria. This provision may not be invoked two consecutive years in the same class, even if a driver repeats as a National Champion.
Full details of the 2020 SCCA National Championship Runoffs qualification process will be available in the January 2020 SCCA General Competition Rules (GCR). A flow chart is provided on the next page of this issue of Loud Pedal.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 17, 2019) -- SCCA’s Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing program will see two new classes in 2020, one that combines existing cars into a new class, and the other created to invite a different “type” of racecar out to Sports Car Club of America® events.
The SCCA® Club Racing Board (CRB) has created a new Formula X (FX) class intended for winged, open-wheel formula cars of modest power and performance below that of Formula 1000 or Formula Atlantic vehicles. Cars falling within Formula X for 2020 include Formula Mazda, Formula 4 and tube frame USF2000 vehicles. This change means Formula Mazda will no longer be its own car class at SCCA Road Racing events.
Formula X was designed to include cars built in significant numbers, but not quite sufficient enough to populate their own class; as well as those vehicles not constructed to existing SCCA General Competition Rules formulas but which still meet FX class criteria. According to SCCA CRB Chairman Peter Keane, FX will be deployed in 2020 at all Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing Regional, U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour events, and is a Runoffs-eligible class.
“The CRB is tasked with looking after the overall health of all SCCA competition classes, including formula cars,” Keane said. “We see Formula X as a way to enhance formula car participation in Club racing. It serves as a means for cars used in pro series to get involved in SCCA Club events, and can function as an incubator for the growth of new formulas that may one day have a specific competition classification.”
The second new SCCA car class added by the CRB for 2020 is named Prototype X (PX) and will also be deployed at all SCCA Road Racing Regional, U.S. Majors Tour and Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour events. Similar to the GT-X class created in 2019, PX is open to various prototype vehicles that have been competing in U.S. road racing over the past several years. Deanna Flanagan, SCCA’s Road Racing Director, said examples include Daytona Prototype and Le Mans Prototype cars, as well as older IMSA GTP and Camel Light race cars. The PX class, however, will not be Runoffs-eligible in 2020.
“Across the country there are a number of competition-ready cars, now privately owned, that fall within SCCA’s new Prototype X classification,” Flanagan said. “The idea behind creation of Prototype X is to provide a way for these beautiful machines to participate at SCCA road races. It’s another way SCCA makes itself accessible to motorsports enthusiasts who love to have fun with cars.”
Another change in 2020 for the SCCA Summit Racing Equipment Road Racing program includes Formula Enterprises (FE) now being eligible only at Regional events, a development communicated two years ago with creation of the Formula Enterprises 2 (FE2) class. Also, Formula 1000 (FB) has been folded into the Formula Atlantic (FA) competition class.
The 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, being held Oct. 3-11 at Road America in Wisconsin, will feature three days of testing, three days of qualifying, and three days of racing. Runoffs qualification criteria has changed for 2020, so those intending to compete for a National Championship should check SCCA.com for the latest guidelines. The 26 Runoffs-eligible classes for 2020 are as follows:
Formula Enterprises 2
Spec Racer Ford Gen3
Super Touring® Lite
Super Touring® Under
Photo - Daytona Prototype by Digital Automotive Depictions
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 20, 2019) -- Sports Car Club of America® has announced the return of a driver-funded contingency program to support competitors achieving success throughout the SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® in their efforts to attend the National Championship Runoffs®.
Recently approved by the SCCA Board of Directors, the Runoffs Appearance Fund is a re-imagined, modern version of the former “Tow Fund” that existed until 2015 in SCCA’s top road racing program. The Runoffs Appearance Fund is a self-funded contingency program that will pay out to Runoffs participants that finish atop a U.S. Majors Tour Conference points championship or in the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour points standings. Deanna Flanagan, SCCA’s Road Racing Director, said the number of positions paid will be determined by the average car count per class throughout the U.S. Majors Tour season.
Beginning with 2020, $20 from each Majors entry will go toward the fund. At the end of the season, the entire fund will be distributed to drivers based on their finish in one of the six Conference Championships (Northeast, Southeast, Northern, Southern, Mid-States and Western) or the Hoosier Super Tour points standings prior to the Runoffs. Actual payout amount will vary based on one-way distance “as the crow flies” from a driver’s home address to the Runoffs venue, which in 2020 will be Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Drivers within 300 miles of a Runoffs venue will not be eligible to receive a fund payout.
The most significant difference from the new Runoffs Appearance Fund and the former Tow Fund rests in the number of drivers per class eligible for payout. The Runoffs Appearance Fund will pay more drivers for classes that average more entries over the Majors season, thus providing more support to the classes that contributed more to the fund. The number of drivers eligible for the fund per class will be based on the following chart
As an example, if a class averages 8.3 entries per event in 2020, the top five drivers from each Majors Conference and the Hoosier Super Tour (regular season) standings would be eligible to receive a Runoffs Appearance Fund payout based on their one-way mileage to Road America. A driver may only receive one payout per class, so if they finished in the top five in two conferences and the Hoosier Super Tour, they would only receive one payment. As was the case with the previous Tow Fund, the total amount in the fund escrow is divided by the total number of one-way miles of eligible drivers to determine a one-way, per-mile rate. Eligible drivers will receive the payment after the Runoffs event.
Visit the SCCA Contingency Webpage for full details
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 27, 2019) – Contingency registration is now open with partners pledging support for 2020 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour® and Regional Road Racing competitors through contingency sponsorship programs. The group of corporate partners includes automakers, tire manufacturers, brake manufactures and other companies that make and sell motorsports-related equipment.
A full rundown of contingency offerings can be found at https://www.scca.com/pages/main-contingency. Many contingency opportunities require pre-registration with SCCA and/or with the sponsoring company. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available at the SCCA contingency webpage. It is the responsibility of each competitor to make sure they are in compliance with each program for which they would like to enroll.
U.S. Majors Tour/Hoosier Super Tour Contingency Partners (Updated 12/27/19):
- Hawk Performance, Official Brake Products of SCCA (Select Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate 2nd: $75 Product Certificate 3rd: $50 Product Certificate
- Honda Performance Development (Select Cars & Classes)
- Summit Racing Equipment (All Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate 2nd: $75 Product Certificate 3rd: $50 Product Certificate
- Ford Performance (Select Cars & Classes)
1st: $500 2nd: $300 3rd: $200
SRF3 Hoosier Super Tour Sun.- 1st: $275 2nd: $250 3rd: $225 4th: $200 5th: $175
Formula F Conf. Points Champs: 1st: $1,000
- Goodyear Tire (Select Classes)
1st: 2 tires 2nd: 1 tire
- Nissan (Select Classes)
- Pirelli Tire (Select classes)
1st: 2 tires 2nd: 1 tire
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Select Classes)
Hoosier Super Tour
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 4 tires 2nd: 2 tires 3rd-8th: 1 tire
U.S. Majors Tour (non-Super Tour events)
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 2 tires 2nd-3rd: 1 tire
All U.S. Majors Tour Events
(All other eligible classes) - 1st: 2 tires 2nd: 1 tire
- Carbotech Performance Brakes (Select Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate 2nd: $75 Product Certificate 3rd: $50 Product Certificate
- G-LOC Brakes (Select Classes)
1st: $100 Product Certificate 2nd: $50 Product Certificate Highest Finisher: $100 Product Certificate
- Mazda North American Operations (Select Cars & Classes)
(EP, FP, HP, GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, T1, T2, T3, T4, STU, STL)
1st: $600 2nd: $350 3rd: $150 4th: $125 5th: $100
(Spec Miata, B-Spec, FA, P1, P2)
1st: $525 2nd: $250 3rd: $150 4th: $125 5th: $100
1st: $250 2nd: $175 3rd: $140 4th: $125 5th: $100
For complete program requirements and payout information including Points Championship and STL Majors Bonus payouts please click here.
- SCCA Enterprises (Select Classes)
Hoosier Super Tour SRF3, FE2 Sunday Only
1st: $250 PCV 2nd: $225 PCV 3rd: $200 PCV 4th: $175 PCV 5th: $150 PCV
- Toyota Racing Development (Select Cars & Classes)
Regional Road Racing Contingency Partners (Updated 12/27/19):
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Spec Miata Class)
1st: 2 tires 2nd: 1 tire
- Mazda North American Operations (All Classes)
Divisions with 8 or fewer races: 1st: $500 2nd: $300 3rd: $175 4th: $125
Divisions with 9-13 total races: 1st: $550 2nd: $350 3rd: $200 4th: $125
Divisions with 14-19 total races: 1st: $650 2nd: $425 3rd: $225 4th: $150
Divisions with 20 or more races: 1st: $750 2nd: $500 3rd: $250 4th: $175
For complete program requirements and payout information including Points Championship and Penske Shocks Bonus payouts please click here.
- Toyota Racing Development (Select Events, Cars & Classes)
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.