TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 6, 2017) – Eight individuals who have made significant contributions to the Sports Car Club of America® and the world of motorsports have been announced as the Club's newest Hall of Fame class, adding their names to a list of timeless superstars. William C. Bradshaw, Peter Cunningham, Janet Guthrie, August Pabst, Dave Stremming and Loren Pearson, Bob Sharp and Dr. Dick Thompson comprise the latest class to join the select ranks.
As in years past, this group will be formally inducted during the SCCA® Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. That event takes place Saturday, January 20 and serves as the capstone of the three-day SCCA National Convention taking place again in 2018 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Along with the accomplishments of the 75 previous inductees, these Hall of Fame members positioned the building blocks that have elevated SCCA's stature in the motorsports world for more than 70 years.
William C. Bradshaw
Over his 50+ years as an SCCA member, William "Bill" Bradshaw held many positions within the Club and earned many awards, including The Carl Haas Award for outstanding service to SCCA, Glen Region's Jacquelyn Homan Race Worker of the Year Award, Glen Region RE's Award, and the Northeast Division's Floyd Stone Award for excellence among Stewards. As a steward, he took an interest in driver safety, gathering statistics on incidents and outcomes to create risk management profiles. His process for data collection, analysis and reporting helped form the current Club Racing Safety Steward model. Bradshaw's commitment to safety extended to supporting and promoting the recognition of Emergency Services as a separate, unique specialty, an effort that resulted in the creation of a stand-alone license for Emergency Services.
In 1975, Finger Lakes Region requested Bradshaw's assistance as they attempted to create a stage rally in northern Pennsylvania. The Susquehannock Trail Pro Rally (STPR) became a perennial highlight of the SCCA Pro Rally season and Bradshaw continued to tirelessly support it. In 2004, the Pro Rally community created the Bill Bradshaw Award for volunteerism.
Bradshaw's commitment to SCCA and the Northeast Division never waned. In the 1990s, he ran for a position on the SCCA Board of Directors (BOD) to represent Area 10. However, Bradshaw did not reside within the Area's geographic boundaries. But the support for Bradshaw's candidacy was such that the Central Pennsylvania Region, where he lived, actually ceded Bradshaw's home county to Glen Region in Area 10, thus forever redefining the border between the two areas. Bradshaw went on to serve two full terms on the BOD.
Shortly after graduating from high school in 1980, Peter Cunningham began participating in SCCA Solo events, claiming one national championship along the way. In the early '80s, he started contesting SCCA road races in the Showroom Stock class before making the jump quickly in 1985 to the pro ranks. In 1987, he founded RealTime Racing which, to date, has claimed nearly 90 race victories.
Cunningham has never strayed far from the Club. He has been a factory Honda, Acura, BMW, Nissan and Audi driver in his career. Beyond road racing, Cunningham has also ventured into ice racing, SCCA Pro Rally, and even gave the SCCA RaceTruck Challenge a go. While he stopped driving full-time in 2017, his RealTime Racing team continues to be at the forefront of North American motorsports, and he continues to be an ambassador for the sport and for SCCA. Under his leadership, RealTime Racing contributed significantly to the SCCA-sanctioned World Challenge record book, taking 14 driver championships -- seven of which were claimed by Cunningham himself. The team has also earned 14 manufacturer championships.
Janet Guthrie grew from grassroots SCCA regional racing to be a pioneer in Indy cars and NASCAR, inspiring others to imagine the impossible. Early on, she campaigned a Jaguar XK 120 coupe, competing in autocrosses, hill climbs and field trials in the New York Region. She then moved to a Jaguar XK 140 for competition in SCCA regional and national races. Guthrie built her own engines, towed the car to races and was her own crew. By 1972, she was a full-time racer, and a year later won the SCCA North Atlantic Road Racing championship in a BS Toyota Celica. She also managed to achieve a couple Sebring class wins.
In 1976, Guthrie tested an Indy car and was also the first woman to run a NASCAR superspeedway race. In 1977, she was the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indy 500, and was the first woman and top rookie at the Daytona 500 that same year. Her driver's suit and helmet are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and she is also a member of both the NASCAR Hall of Fame and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
During his 10-year racing career, August "Augie" Pabst teamed with some of the best in the motorsport world, including SCCA Hall of Fame members Roger Penske and Briggs Cunningham, as well as Walt Hansgen and Harry Heuer. He piloted some of the best and most famous cars of the era – Ferrari, Scarab, Maserati, Mercedes and Corvette -- and won countless races, along with two National Championships driving for Peter Hand. Additionally, Pabst was part of a group of drivers who helped bring about payment for drivers involved in U.S. road racing.
In his short, but storied career, Pabst not only competed against but often beat competitors such as Carroll Shelby, Roger Penske, Bob Holbert, Jim Hall, Bob Sharp, Sterling Moss and Dan Gurney. He is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, remains a supporter of local Club events and serves on the Road America Board of Directors. Of course, Pabst is also well known as one of the impish individuals responsible for landing a Ford Falcon rental car at the bottom of a hotel pool in Monterey, California.
Dave Stremming and Loren Pearson
In 1994, the Solo Championships were in danger of either discontinuing or having to soldier on in a sub-standard manner at the competition site in Salina, Kansas. In the fall of 1994, Topeka's Forbes Field was suggested as an alternative venue. In desperation, SCCA Solo organizers set up a meeting with Forbes Field airport president Dave Stremming and local SCCA representative Loren Pearson. What resulted was an 11-year partnership that changed the future of Solo in profound ways.
Pearson was a cheerleader for SCCA and the Topeka area. And while Stremming had every reason to say "no" to the potential use of Forbes Field for a motorsports event, he, too, saw the potential of it being a benefit to the local community. Stremming convinced the airport board to make an investment in the Solo Nationals because it would be good for Topeka.
Once the airport board was aboard, Stremming and Pearson teamed up to garner support from regional and state government officials, the visitors' bureau, local media and local businesses. It quickly became apparent that while Salina had been a great home for the event for many years, something special was brewing in Topeka and the event could move to the next level, which it most certainly has over the following decades.
An example of the dedication Stremming and Pearson showed to the Solo Nationals program took place the week of September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks on the United States. The attacks occurred just minutes after Solo Nationals began, and the Air National Guard needed to secure the Forbes Field runways. Pearson and Stremming were not only instrumental in helping to evacuate the site, but were also responsible for the Club's return to the venue later in the week to complete Solo Nationals.
In 1960, after serving in the Army and while attending college, Bob Sharp began racing a 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite despite it being his "daily driver" used to go back and forth to school. He competed across the northeast in SCCA competition, and switched to a Lotus Seven for a couple seasons before driving a Datsun, a partnership that would last 35 years.
Sharp was a salesman at P. Bruck & Son in Greenwich, Connecticut, selling Ramblers and Datsuns. He approached his boss, Paul Bruck, about racing a Datsun "Fairlady" 1500 Roadster to help promote the dealership. The car was a rarity in SCCA competition at that time, but Sharp's success changed that as he was an expert at tuning the 85-hp, 1500cc engine and suspension to maximize performance. At only 24 years old, Sharp started his own car dealership and repair station in Wilton, Connecticut, with a three-bay garage/Gulf gas station and a used car dealership, and operated a race shop in one of the garage bays. To help fund his racing, he convinced the head of Nissan USA-East Coast in 1965 to sponsor his team, which became the first factory-backed racing sponsorship.
Between 1967 and 1975, Sharp won the Sports Car Club of America National Championship six times racing for Datsun. His success led to greater factory support for his team and paved the way for Nissan to support other Datsun campaigners around the country. Even after his driving career ended, Bob Sharp Racing would be the springboard from which several top drivers of the era would leap to the pinnacle of success, including Sam Posey, Brad Frisselle, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Paul Newman.
Dr. Dick Thompson
Dr. Dick Thompson, known as The Flying Dentist, began racing in 1952 when he purchased an MG TD to drive on the street and entered competition events as well. He competed in the first 12-hour race at Sebring, when he took his MG to the track and co-drove to an eighth-place finish. The following season, he purchased a Porsche 356 and ran it regularly in SCCA races for a couple of seasons, winning the 1954 F Production National Championship. That same year, Thompson ran some demonstration laps in a Chevrolet Corvette and immediately recognized the vehicle's potential. He sold his Porsche and a Jaguar XK 120, bought a Corvette, and embarked on a path that brought the Corvette to prominence in motorsport. Behind the wheel of Corvettes, Thompson tore through the record books, earning a class victory at Sebring and several National Championships. His success with Corvettes was inspirational in making the car a viable part of the SCCA race scene, and he was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2000, and then in 2013 joined the Le Mans Hall of Fame.
The new class of eight inductees join the list below of 75 previously-entered SCCA Hall of Fame members:
2005: Cameron Argetsinger, A. Tracy Bird, John Fitch, Arthur Gervais, Harry Handley, Vern Jaques, Bill Milliken, Sue Roethel, Art Trier, Rob Walker
2006: John Bornholdt, John Buffum, Mark Donohue, Denise McCluggage, Grant Reynolds
2007: Marge Binks, Marc Gerstein, Carl A. Haas, General Curtis E. LeMay, Theodore F. Robertson
2008: Roger E. Johnson, Don and Ruth Nixon, Kjell Qvale, Robert Ridges, Fred Schmucker
2009: Bill Chambres, Bill Johnson, Jim Kimberly, Paul Newman, John Timanus
2010: Nick Craw, Briggs Cunningham, R. David Jones, Burdette "Berdie" Martin, Wayne Zitkus
2011: Karen Babb, John Bishop, Jim Fitzgerald, Tracer Racing, Harro Zitza
2012: Charlie Earwood, Jim Hall, Gene Henderson, Dr. Peter Talbot, Bryan Webb
2013: Skip Barber, Bill Noble, Bobby Rahal, Carroll Shelby, Andy Porterfield
2014: Kathy Barnes, Robert "Bob" Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Robert "Bob" Hubbard and Jim Downing, Pete Hylton
2015: Roger H. Johnson, Oscar Koveleski, Ron Sharp, Dr. George Snively, Bob Tullius
2016: Hubert Brundage, Bob Henderson, Roger Penske, Randy Pobst, Alec Ulman
2017: Pete Brock, Dennis Dean, Larry and Linda Dent, Joe Huffaker Sr., Lyn St. James, Phil Hill, Jim Kaser
The purpose of the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame is to preserve, protect and record the history and accomplishments of the Club for current and future members by recognizing those members who have had a significant impact on the Club and the sport. This may be through service to the national organization, achievements in competition, advancement of the sport, or bringing recognition to the SCCA.
The Hall of Fame is overseen and guided by four Committees. The Steering Committee oversees the entire process. The Legacy Committee focuses on nominees from the first third of SCCA's history. The Nomination Committee focuses on nominees from the last two-thirds of the Club's history. The Chairs of the Legacy and Nomination Committees are encouraged to liaison with each other in cases where nominees might reasonably fall under the purview of both committees. The Selection Committee then picks each year's inductees.
Online registration for the SCCA National Convention can be found here and includes the Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. Additional information about the upcoming SCCA National Convention can also be found here.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Sports Car Club of America announced the results of the SCCA Board of Directors elections held in four of the SCCA's geographic Areas. One new board member was elected, with three incumbents rejoining the board for three-year terms in office.
Chairman of the Board, Lee Hill, of Brandon, Florida, will retain his position as Area 3 Director. In Area 4, Marcus Merideth, of Westland, Michigan, will retain his position. Charlie Davis, of Vallejo, California, ran unopposed to retain the Area 9 Director seat. Finally, in Area 11, Jason Isley, of Coto De Caza, California, ran unopposed to claim that position on the Board.
2018 Board of Director Election results are as follows:
Area 3: Encompasses part of the Southeast Division, including the Florida, Gulf Coast, Wiregrass, Central Florida and Dixie Regions.
- Incumbent Lee Hill ran unopposed.
Area 4: Encompasses the Great Lakes Division and each Region contained within it.
- Marcus Merideth: 562
- Patrick McCammon: 539
Area 9: Encompasses part of the Northern Pacific Division, including San Francisco and Reno Regions.
-Incumbent Charlie Davis ran unopposed.
Area 11: Encompasses the Southern Pacific Division, including Arizona, Cal Club, Hawaii, San Diego, Las Vegas and Arizona Border Regions.
- Jason Isley ran unopposed
The 2018 SCCA Board of Directors:
Area 1 - Bob Dowie
Area 2 - Jack Burrows
Area 3 - Lee Hill
Area 4 – Marcus Merideth
Area 5 - Bruce Lindstrand
Area 6 - Chris Albin
Area 7 - Dan Helman
Area 8 - Arnie Coleman
Area 9 - Charlie Davis
Area 10 - Earl Hurlbut
Area 11 – Jason Isley
Area 12 - Tere Pulliam
Area 13 - Jim Weidenbaum
Election ballots were received through November 15, 2017, and counted by Mize, Houser & Company, Certified Public Accountants. The current board is set to have one more meeting in December, with new BoD members officially taking their seats January 1, 2018.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 16, 2017) -- The SCCA® Mechanic of the Year honoree is selected annually by the technical staff at Sports Car Club of America® based on submissions received through a survey completed at SCCA.com or through email invitation. The names of 55 mechanics were submitted during the nomination process this year. But after much discussion, Michell Hemus, of the San Francisco Region, has been named 2017 Mechanic of the Year.
Michell, who works with M & L Racing, received nearly 40 unique nomination submissions from SCCA members. She has been a life-long supporter of the Club, beginning as a volunteer worker, and been a driving instructor for San Francisco Region's Competition Driving Ground School. Along the way, she has transformed into a first-class mechanic for one of the most competitive racing teams on the West Coast, and many claim she is one of the most car-savvy, hard-working people in the Region
To be considered for Mechanic of the Year, nominees must demonstrate a strong commitment to their duties and to the drivers they support. Michell, widely considered the epitome of excellence and hard work, has shown a dedication to preparing race cars conscientiously, reliably and immaculately, displaying the utmost of skill and dedication to her craft. She has led her team to countless race wins, multiple regional championships, and sent drivers on to pro careers. Additionally, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge by training young mechanics starting out in the trade.
Michell is patient and encouraging with a welcoming smile and infectious personality that makes her a friend for everyone in the paddock. She is known to be the "go-to" person for questions, tips and assistance for anyone, ready to lend a hand in any capacity necessary, be it hauling equipment to the track for the Tech crew or repairing broken equipment for the Start crew. She takes time to thank emergency personnel for getting cars and drivers back safely, and has gained the admiration of peers, competitors and volunteers alike.
An inspiration to all, Michell is making the SRF/SRF3 class, the Region and the Club better. Always showing pride and professionalism, she embodies all that is good and right about Club racing, and is a superb ambassador for the sport.
Kudos to Michell for earning the Mechanic of the Year award and for all the tremendous work she has done across the board for so many years.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 16, 2017) - Rick Harris, a 15-year member of Sports Car Club of America® and the 2008 F Production National Champion, will join the SCCA national staff beginning Dec. 1 as the Road Racing Technical Manager.
In his new role, Harris will be based in Topeka, Kansas and be responsible for managing member communications related to SCCA Road Racing rules and specifications. He will support and oversee member inquiries and the rule request processes, as well as work closely with and support the Club Racing Board. Harris will also be charged with developing and presenting training programs for scrutineers, and manage at-track compliance visits as required.
"I am super excited to join the SCCA Road Racing Staff," said Harris, who has raced in SCCA's Spec Miata, F Production and now the E Production class. "It's very humbling to be professionally involved in one of my hobbies. I have been a car guy my entire life having owned over fifty automobiles since I was 16 years old. I can't wait to get started on this new adventure and serve my fellow racers."
While living in the Boulder, Colorado area the last several years, Harris has worked as Director and Senior Director for Seagate Technologies and Dot Hill Systems, companies on the leading edge of cloud data storage technology. There, he was responsible for providing leadership and organizational structure to the entire Cloud Systems Support Team servicing three platforms, and offered strategic guidance to cross-functional teams that delivered resolutions to customer issues. Before that employment, Harris spent a decade working in Wichita, Kansas, for NETApp/LSI Corporation as a Director and Senior Manager of Global Technical Support Services, Facilities Executive, and a Technical Support Sr. Manager. His Information Technologies career began in 1994 at IBM as an Operations/Technical Support Manager.
Eric Prill, SCCA's Vice President and COO, noted that John Bauer, who has served dual roles in the SCCA competition and information technology departments since 2014, will now focus more on IT projects moving forward while remaining closely aligned to each of SCCA's competition programs.
"The addition of Rick to the team and the revised role for John gives the national office a great start to 2018," Prill said. "As the Club and motorsports industry evolves, so too do staffing needs. Rick's professional background in leading support service teams will be a great fit for the SCCA as our primary focus is to serve member needs."
Registration is now open for the 2018 SCCA® National Convention taking place in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada, January 18-20 at South Point Hotel and Casino. The cost is currently only $275 per attendee and grants access to more than 40 educational seminars, as well as the Annual Meeting and Welcome Party Thursday evening and Saturday's SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet. The cost to attend goes up beginning December 25 to $335 per person.
Leadership Summit seminars Friday and Saturday are designed to provide SCCA members with opportunities to further develop leadership skills, acquire specific SCCA training and network with others from the Club. The tentative schedule is available online and shows a wide range of topics to be addressed during sessions. A few featured topics this year include:
- Junior Karting: A panel presentation on the 2018 Solo Junior Driver Program, including an overview of the revised program and training to fulfill licensing requirements in the critical areas of course design, driver instruction, kart rules/inspection, and event operations.
- Critical Incident Management: A panel discussion outlining steps to be taken in the event of a critical incident during any type of SCCA activity. From defining a "critical" incident to appropriate public relations procedures, attendees will be better equipped to manage such situations.
- Leadership 101/201: Effective leaders build and maintain strong relationships, so the ability to build trust and credibility is crucial! In these sessions people will learn to evaluate their own credibility, and develop an action plan to build and maintain trusting relationships.
Mike Cobb, SCCA President and CEO, said, "As a Club, we are working to define our collective Regional, Divisional and National paths forward, and the annual National Convention is essential in aligning concepts with 'real world' actions. The convention is where useful tools are provided to better serve members, those who serve the members, and the Club overall."
A block of rooms has been set aside for SCCA National Convention attendees, and guests can book a stay by contacting the hotel's reservations department directly at 866-791-7626 or visit the hotel's reservation webpage. In order to obtain the special group rate, guests need to identify themselves as being with SCCA 2018 National Convention or supply the group code SCC2018, which will entitle a rate of $70.00/night Monday through Thursday, and $110.00/night for Friday and Saturday. Additional fees and taxes may apply.
The block of rooms for convention attendees will be held until December 25, 2017. So, don't delay in making reservations. The hotel requires a first night's deposit of room and tax, per room, to guarantee individual reservations, and a credit card will be charged for the first night's room and tax. Guaranteed reservations will be held until 6:00 a.m. the following date.
The nomination deadline for the Sports Car Club of America® Member of Excellence award is Monday, Nov. 20. The honor is presented to the winner at the 2018 SCCA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, during the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. Aside from the recognition, the recipient is given the opportunity to attend any motorsport event of their choosing, with an expense cap of $5000, anywhere on the planet.
The award, selected by the SCCA Board of Directors, is given to a member who provided a great contribution to the Club during the previous 12 months, regardless of competition area. Below are the official criteria:
"The award is presented to the volunteer who shows the greatest commitment to SCCA Motor Sports activities. The recipient can be involved in Solo, Rally and/or Club Racing. This person should personify the SCCA volunteer who gives of his/her time and effort to helping organize, work in a specialty or any volunteer role necessary to a motor sports event."
To be selected, the member must have rendered long-term service working SCCA events or activities for a five-year minimum. The recipient cannot be a paid SCCA staff member, current Board of Directors member or any member who is a paid consultant to SCCA.
The winner of this year's award will join Sydney Davis-Yagel (2016), Paula Hawthorne (2015), J.D. King (2014), Jerry Cabe (2013), Mary Shiloff (2012), Arnie Coleman (2011), Marina Kraft (2010), Dave Deborde (2009) and Carol Cohn (2008) as previous recipients.
The fabulous trip is funded with a 20-year private endowment by an anonymous SCCA member. Nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by close of business Nov. 20, 2017, for consideration.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 28, 2017) -- 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.
"Running an event the scale of this year's Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway requires a lot of event officials and a lot of workers as well," said Michael Cobb, SCCA President and CEO. "Fortunately, the SCCA has the best in the business on both fronts supporting all our Club events. But this year they took their collective leadership to a whole new level with an all-new Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series and a Runoffs for the record books. It is in this spirit that we are proud to honor this year's SCCA Workers of the Year."
The Flagging & Communications Worker of the Year is Tiffany Stiller of the Milwaukee Region. From the same Region, Michael Holz was named Sound Worker of the Year. And Glen Thielke, another Milwaukee Region member, received the Race Data Technician Worker of the Year award.
Dennis Bednar, of the Chicago Region, was awarded the Grid/Pit Worker of the Year. Kevin Coulter, also of the Chicago Region, was named Steward Worker of the Year.
Rosa Lee Smart, of Houston Region, earned the Registration Worker of the Year. Fellow Houston Region member Bill Skibbe also received Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year.
Scrutineer Worker of the Year was received by Matt Wojtkowiak Sr. of the South Jersey Region. Dwain Panian, of the Oregon Region, was named Starter Worker of the Year. The Emergency Services Worker of the Year is William Carter of the Colorado Region, and Race Administration Worker of the Year is Mark Smith of Cal Club.
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.
When: January 18-20, 2018
Where: South Point Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Registration Opening Soon!
Convention registration will be opening October 9. Registration will be accessible from the SCCA.com Convention Page
The Ascenders Program is returning!
The program is designed to bring new and emerging leaders to the Leadership Summit. Simply, Regions who register 3 members for Convention can bring an Ascender for free.
Ascenders are defined as an SCCA member who is new to a leadership role within their Region, or has been identified by the Region's leadership as a future leader in the organization.
Once you have your 3 standard registrations completed, send Rick Myers an email rmyers@SCCA.com and he will get a code for you to register your ascender. Sign up for the Ascenders Program will be open until the close of regular Convention registration.
For any Region who hasn't sent a representative in the last three years, we'll comp one free entry per Region! This offer will be limited to those who contact me, John Burchardt, at email@example.com before August 1st.
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Sports Car Club of America
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 15, 2017) -- After an extensive and thoughtful search process, Sports Car Club of America® proudly announces Michael Cobb as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. An SCCA® member with more than 25 years of diverse experience transforming brands, companies and cultures, Cobb will officially embrace his new role June 1 with the Club.
The Dallas-area resident comes to the SCCA after serving as Chief Marketing Officer for Gold’s Gym, one of the most recognized names in fitness. During his tenure at Gold's Gym, Cobb leveraged his marketing, business development and operations leadership skills to help reposition the company, expand the brand's footprint and deliver new products that capitalize on emerging consumer trends.
Lee Hill, Chairman of SCCA’s 13-member Board of Directors, said Cobb emerged as an extremely strong candidate from the seven finalists considered for the position. After a 13-0 vote, Cobb was identified as the unanimous choice by Board members.
“There were three very strong candidates at the end of the interview process who all met the criteria being sought,” Hill noted. “Michael’s skill and experience in marketing and as a franchisor gave him an edge, and all 13 members of the Board believe he’s best for this position. Michael can come into this exciting opportunity knowing the Board is solidly invested in his hire, which will give him a strong foundation for future success.”
Prior to Gold’s Gym, Cobb established a strong track record developing and operating several different agency business units for Omnicom, one of the most dynamic marketing communication companies in the world. He has led marketing efforts for brands such as Pizza Hut, Burger King, Pepsi, Lipton, KFC, Dannon and Frito-Lay. He has shown a particular knack for “activating” brands and businesses with solutions that attract customers, inspire stakeholders, create community and drive growth.
Cobb graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Sam Houston State University, and went on to graduate from Omnicom's Global Senior Management Program and The STAGEN Integral Leadership Program. In his new position as SCCA President/CEO, Cobb is tasked with structuring, building, managing and leading effective staff and operational efforts. He will partner with the Board of Directors and staff to craft, update and forward the vision, mission and strategic goals of the organization. His role includes functioning as a leader, ambassador, spokesperson and representative, as well as becoming the “face of the SCCA.” The assignment requires collaboratively engaging with and supporting the Board of Directors to ensure highly effective governance, leadership and policy setting efforts. He will model and inspire a positive, cooperative, inclusive and fun Club culture and brand, as well as advance the highest safety and ethical standards on behalf of SCCA members, regions, participants, staff, spectators and other key stakeholders.
“At the highest level, this opportunity is about building relationships and stewardship,” Cobb said. “Strengthening relationships based on trust across the BoD, regions, staff, membership and our valued partners will continue to be job one. And with regard to stewardship, it is about doing all we can, collectively, to ensure we build a solid foundation that sets the SCCA up for much more success across the next 70 years.”
While Cobb arrives at the SCCA with fantastic professional credentials, he also brings with him a love of motorsport. He grew up in admiration of his father, an autocrosser who won local SCCA events with regularity. Racing firmly embedded in his DNA, Cobb established his competition “career” at an early age by winning a Texas Soap Box Derby event, and competed in the Nationals in Akron, Ohio. In 2007, he began participating in SCCA autocross with the Texas Region, claimed the Novice of the Year award in his first full season of competition, and competed in the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals. Through such participation, Cobb discovered what keeps SCCA members returning year after year.
“Of course, the thrill of competition and having fun with cars is a big part of the SCCA lifestyle,” Cobb noted. “The camaraderie and ‘relationships’ built through Club activities are a huge part of the equation, too. I am just as passionate about building relationships based on trust, respect and integrity as I am about winning my class at the next autocross event.”
The search for a new President/CEO began late last year. Before applicants were sought, SCCA’s Board of Directors worked extensively with a consulting firm to outline attributes for an ideal candidate. Nearly 100 people applied for the position. The Board of Directors, after two anonymous votes, narrowed the field down to seven candidates for the interview phase. The finalists completed surveys that helped identify strengths and management styles in March 2017 before in-person interviews with the Board of Directors.
Multiple enhancements have recently been made to SCCA's Live Timing webpage for Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour events. The improvements reveal more data and provide greater detail so competitors and fans can better follow on-track developments during Hoosier Super Tour practice, qualifying and race sessions.
"We race in an age where the desire for data and information is greater than ever before," said Eric Prill, SCCA Vice President and COO. "The latest enhancements provide information to teams and spectators typically only available through professional racing series. It is a service SCCA Road Racing is proud to provide for free to our participants and motorsport fans."
Visitors to the Live Timing webpage can now select a driver in any session to see individual lap times and corresponding lap data, including segment times and speed trap results. It is also possible to click on "Other Sessions" for a menu of all sessions for a weekend, complete with expanded driver data functionality.
For ease of viewing, each car only takes one display line, with the additional data for each available by selecting individual drivers. When individual classes are selected, the purple (best of session) times and speed are based on the best-in-class, and the gaps are now based on the class leader. Additionally, segment and speed trap order display chronologically for each event. Segments go blank on a new lap after the first segment time is registered to identify where a car is on a given lap. The new functionality made its debut at Circuit of the Americas, with event results and information available at https://www.scca.com/events/1986974-cota-grand-prix-super-tour-circuit-of-the-americas-swdiv-lone-star-region/event_sessions/latest.
The SCCA is continually looking for ways to develop and improve technological offerings. Stay tuned for future updates and follow all the action of Hoosier Super Tour weekends live at www.scca.com/live.