TOPEKA, Kan. (January 18, 2017) – SCCA Enterprises and SCCA Pro Racing have been merged into one subsidiary entity of the Sports Car Club of America, named SCCA Ventures Inc., the SCCA Board of Directors announced today. The former subsidiaries will continue to operate as independent divisions within the SCCA Ventures structure.
The move allows a more structured oversight and reporting process for the for-profit arms of the Sports Car Club of America, and provides a number of administrative advantages for the businesses.
"To the outside world and for the customers and clients of the entities, this change will appear seamless," Lee Hill, SCCA Inc. Chairman, said. "Pro Racing and Enterprises will continue to operate as before. Instead of each being SCCA wholly-owned corporate entities, they are now divisions of a single wholly-owned corporate entity, with some administrative tasks, such as accounting, combined."
The oversite of Ventures is a five-person corporate board, which reports to the SCCA Board of Directors. Dan Helman, Vice-chair of the SCCA Inc. Board of Directors, serves as Chairman, with a slot for an at-large appointment (former SCCA Chairman John Walsh), SCCA's senior finance employee (Mindi Pfannenstiel), and the respective Division presidents (Mike Collins and Roby Clark). Each division's current board will remain active as a committee to guide the respective operations.
TOPEKA, Kansas (Jan. 4, 2017) -- James E. "Jim" Kaser, the first head of SCCA Pro Racing®, passed away last week in Naples, Florida after an illness. Kaser oversaw the first SCCA® professional racing series, the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC), and will be inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame during the 2017 SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet taking place later this month.
The success of USRRC led Kaser to organize a series initially involving two Canadian races, thus giving birth in 1966 to the Canadian American Challenge Cup, more commonly known as the Can-Am series. Soon after, Kaser's Pro Racing department introduced America's longest running road racing series, the Trans-American Sedan Championship, later known as Trans Am®.
It was Kaser's success with these series that resulted in the most significant change ever to the Sports Car Club of America®. Lee Hill, SCCA's new Chairman of the Board of Directors, said that is when the Club turned from being solely an amateur's club to also become a professional, international sanctioning body and organizer.
"We were very sorry to hear of Jim's passing," Hill said. "He was a very significant figure in the early years of the club, was the first head of SCCA Pro Racing, and is probably best remembered as the architect of the USRRC, Can-Am and Trans Am."
Kaser was a driver but became a fulltime employee of the SCCA in 1963.
Campaigning mostly Alfas on Midwest circuits, Kaser dabbled with a Lotus II, Corvette, Porsche RSK and a Formula 1 Lotus 19.
He stated in 1963, "time being what was, I gave up racing when I went to work for the SCCA, though Chuck Stoddard and I did drive a factory Alfa to a class win at the '64 Sebring."
Photo: Jim Kaser, in sunglasses, chatting with driver Denny Hulme
Photo Courtesy of Kaser Family
TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 3, 2017) – The SCCA® Board of Directors has finalized its 2017 fee structure for dues, sanctions and insurance. The BoD approved the changes during its December meeting.
Of note is a small $5 increase in dues for both regular and weekend members. Lee Hill, the new SCCA Board of Directors Chairman, said the revised membership fee will go into effect March 1, 2017.
"Raising prices is never popular, but in preparing the budget for 2017 it became obvious that some increases were going to be required in order to maintain balance," Hill said. "The slight membership increase applies to both regular and weekend memberships, and is the first increase in eight years. The decision to change dues was not taken lightly, but was felt to be the most effective and equitable avenue available."
Sanction and Insurance fees were also finalized and are available for online review here.
The 2017 SCCA® Hall of Fame class will be officially inducted January 21 during the Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet that caps off this year's SCCA National Convention taking place at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But how are the inductees selected, you ask? That decision falls to committees composed solely of SCCA members who volunteer their time to this important process. Currently, the committees are searching for new members to be part of the decision-making team.
The three committees are as follows:
- Nomination Committee: Chooses slate of possible inductees based on member nominations.
- Legacy Committee: Focuses on nominations from the first third of the Club's history.
- Selection Committee: Selects annual inductees from recommendations.
Committee terms are limited and each year new volunteers are invited to join the process. Participation is not time-consuming and many consider it a very rewarding experience. By recognizing those who have had a significant impact on the Club and the sport, the Sports Car Club of America® Hall of Fame seeks to preserve our history and inspire our members.
Those interested in being involved with one of the three committees only need follow the steps below:
- Write a brief resume of your SCCA experience and involvement.
- Indicate your interest in participating in one of the SCCA Hall of Fame Committees.
- Email your information to SCCAHoF@scca.com or send it to SCCA Hall of Fame, 6620 SE Dwight St; Topeka, KS 66619.
- Submit your information before Feb. 1, 2017.
Individual Hall of Fame Banquet tickets for January's event can still be purchased online. Everyone is invited to come and recognize this year's eight inductees: Pete Brock, Dennis Dean, Larry and Linda Dent, Joe Huffaker Sr., Lyn St. James, Phil Hill and Jim Kaser. And be sure to take time now to submit your information to join a committee and be part of the process in the future.