TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 15, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has announced results for the SCCA® Board of Directors elections conducted in five of the SCCA’s geographic Areas. Two new board members were selected, and three incumbents rejoin the board for another three-year term in office.
Bob Dowie, of Chester, New York, retains his position as Area 1 Director. Peter Jankovskis, of Lisle, Illinois, won his bid for the Area 5 Director seat.
In Area 7, Dan Helman, of Huffman, Texas, retains his position, as does Area 8 Director Arnie Coleman of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
And finally, Jeff Zurschmeide, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, won his bid for the Area 13 Director seat.
2018 Board of Director election results are as follows:
Area 1: Encompasses the Northeast Division, including the New England, New York and Northern New Jersey regions.
- Incumbent Bob Dowie ran unopposed
Area 5: Encompasses the Central Division, including: Badlands, Central Illinois, Great River, Lake Superior, Milwaukee, Blackhawk Valley, Chicago, Iowa and Land O’ Lakes regions. Outgoing Director is Bruce Lindstrand.
- Peter Jankovskis: 374
- Bill Trainer: 279
Area 7: Encompasses the Southwest Division, and regions such as: Alamo, Delta, Lone Star, Texas, South Texas Border, Central Louisiana, Houston, Red River, Southwest Louisiana and West Texas.
- Incumbent Dan Helman ran unopposed
Area 8: Encompasses the Rocky Mountain Division including the Colorado, Utah, Southwest Montana, Yellowstone, Rio Grande, Pan Am and Continental Divide regions.
- Incumbent Arnie Coleman ran unopposed
Area 13: Encompasses part of the Northern Pacific Division, including: Northwest, Big Sky, Arctic Alaska, Oregon, Montana and Snake River regions. Area 13 post open due to current Director, Jim Weidenbaum, relocating outside Area’s border.
- Jeff Zurschmeide: 319
- Monty Holt: 98
The full 2019 SCCA Board of Directors is as follows:
Area 1 - Bob Dowie
Area 2 - Jack Burrows
Area 3 - Lee Hill
Area 4 - Marcus Merideth
Area 5 - Peter Jankovskis
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 - Jeff Zurschmeide
Election ballots were received 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, 2019.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 5, 2018) -- Registration is now open for the 2019 Sports Car Club of America® National Convention that will officially commence the Club’s yearlong celebration of its 75th Diamond Anniversary! This year’s Convention -- themed “Celebrating Our Legacy, Building Our Future” -- takes place January 17-19 again at South Point Hotel and Casino in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada.
As always, the National Convention will consist of engaging and educational presentations, fun social gatherings, the Club’s Annual Meeting, and the SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. This year also features new ways for participants to enjoy the experience.
Leadership Summit seminars Friday and Saturday provide SCCA® members with opportunities to further develop leadership skills, acquire specific SCCA training and network with others. There will be 10 session focused just on skills to help Club members become better leaders, and over two dozen classes offering ways to build stronger Regions.
Another 30 seminars are designed to provide insight on how to further the quality of local events. No matter how long someone has been an active SCCA member, there’s a new nugget of knowledge to be gleaned from the National Convention.
Once the work is done, National Convention offers a whole host of fun activities where participants can reconnect with friends and mingle while networking with others from across the country. Extracurricular activities include the Welcome Party, hosted lunches, evening karting, group bowling, a pinewood derby, bingo and everything else Las Vegas has to offer. Of course, there is also Saturday evening’s Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet that wraps up festivities.
General Admission is only $275 per attendee. That offers access to the Welcome Party, Leadership Academy seminars, and Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. New this year are special Founders Club and Diamond Club registration options. Founders Club admission is $350 per participant and enhances General Admission with a commemorative 75th Anniversary SCCA Foundation coin, a special SCCA Foundation t-shirt, commemorative drinking glass and Founders Club badge.
A Diamond Club entry, costing $400 per person, offers additional perks that include preferred seating at the Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet, access to the Diamond bar during the Welcome Party and Hall of Fame cocktail hour, and a Diamond Club badge. A portion of Founders Club and Diamond Club registrations go towards the SCCA Foundation.
More information on ways to attend the National Convention can be found at https://www.scca.com/pages/convention-ways-to-attend. December 16, 2018 is when pre-registration ends. Afterwards, a non-negotiable late-registration fee of $60 will be applied to any registration.
A block of rooms at South Point Hotel and Casino have been set aside for SCCA National Convention attendees. 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 attendees of the SCCA National Convention or supply the group code SCC2019, which will entitle a rate of $75.00/night midweek and $120.00/night during the weekend with no resort fee. However, some additional fees and taxes may apply.
The block of rooms for convention attendees will be held until December 25, 2018. 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.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 31, 2018) -- 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 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 that inspires enthusiasts to seek out and become members of the Club.
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 criteria for volunteers are simple: 1) At least a decade of involvement with the SCCA, 2) An interest in the history of the SCCA, and 3) The desire to preserve Club history by serving on one of the Hall of Fame committees. Interested members should submit their information to Howard Duncan at HDuncan@scca.com.
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 those with a passion for motorsport find it an extraordinarily interesting and rewarding experience.
Those interested in being involved with one of the three committees should simply follow these steps:
- Write a brief résumé of your SCCA experience and involvement.
- Indicate which of the three Hall of Fame committees you would prefer to serve.
- Email your information to HDuncan@scca.com or send it to Howard Duncan, 6620 SE Dwight St.; Topeka, KS 66619.
- Submit your information by Jan. 4, 2019.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 30, 2018) – The nomination deadline for the Sports Car Club of America® Member of Excellence award is Monday, Nov. 19. The honor is presented to the winner at the 2019 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 Ron and Monica Shaw (2017), 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 marvelous trip is funded with a 20-year private endowment by an anonymous SCCA member. Nominations should be submitted to email@example.com. Nominations must be received by close of business Nov. 19, 2018, for consideration.
TOPEKA, Kan. (October 9, 2018) – Following the momentum of the Tire Rack SCCA® Time Trials Nationals at NCM Motorsports Park, SCCA has announced a 2019 launch of the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials National Tour. The series will be a coast-to-coast National Level Time Trials program with stops at 10 of America’s best and most challenging tracks.
Jon Krolewicz, the SCCA Time Trials program manager, sees this as a chance to take the energy and buzz from the NCM event on the road. “We want to capture the positive social and competitive experiences shared by the participants of Time Trials Nationals and bring that same overall vibe to various tracks across the nation.” Krolewicz continued, “By expanding across the country with the series and with the support of Tire Rack, we can bring a best of motorsports experience to a much larger audience while also providing SCCA Regions resources to help them grow their own Time Trials and Track Events.”
Matt Edmonds, Executive Vice President at Tire Rack, shares in the excitement of the concept and sees this as a natural step in the SCCA and Tire Rack relationship. “Tire Rack has long supported SCCA Solo® events and has been on board with Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack since day one,” Edmonds noted. “We see Time Trials as a way to bring these worlds together, as well as engage driving enthusiast and introduce them to Tire Rack and SCCA.”
Time Trials National events will not be a points series, but one-off events based on the Tire Rack Solo Championship Tour model, with collaboration between host Regions and National staff leading up to the 2019 Time Trial Nationals, which will be held once again at NCM Motorsports Park.
The desire is for the Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour to have at least eight stops, with events currently being planned at Pittsburg International Race Complex, High Plains Raceway, Carolina Motorsports Park, Portland international Raceway, GingerMan Raceway, Heartland Motorsports Park, Thunderhill Raceway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Heyward Wagner, Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs at SCCA, is excited about the potential of this series for both participants and SCCA Regions. “The feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive; participants have been very vocal about the amazing experience they had, both on and off the track. Our goal now is to take what we have learned to Regions and equip them to be able to build Time Trials and Track Events that can produce the same results.” For Wagner, this means much more than competition. “We want to bring that same level of camaraderie and social interaction everyone enjoyed to other parts of the country, and work with the Regions in an effort to continue to develop this new vision of what Time Trials events can be.”
Stay tuned for additional Time Trials news at SCCA.com.
In its first year, the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials Nationals drew 123 driver entries from across the country, the furthest traveling from Portland, Or. Drivers competed in eight individual events, with the best HotLap and TrackSprint times from each day contributing to the drivers’ placements.
In addition to the traditional class placements, eight superlative awards were given during the Koni Podium Celebration to highlight some exemplary individuals. The first was the Top Time of the event. Two cars battled for this honor all weekend: Chris Ingle in his Dodge Viper GTS-R and Andy Hollis in his McLaren MP4-12C. Each claimed the win in their respective classes handedly. The competition stayed close through the last event, but by less than two seconds Ingle took the honors. Not to be left out, Hollis took home some additional hardware, claiming the Top Time in a Street-Legal car.
In the spirit of low barriers to entry for the SCCA Time Trials program, the driver with the Top Time in a Car Driven to the event was presented to the sixth-fastest driver overall, Patrick Daugherty. The Top Novice was also recognized. This award was given to the Novice driver who came the closest to winning his or her class. This honor was won by Chris Finnigan, finishing second in Tuner 5.
Throughout the weekend, a small band of volunteers made the event possible. Sunday, these volunteers voted for their favorite car from the event. The winner, in one of the most identifiable cars of the event, was Mike Breakey in his 1971 Lotus Seven. One of those volunteers jumped on board just after the event was announced earlier in the year. His enthusiasm for the event and willingness to help out made him an easy choice for the Spirit of Time Trials Award. From Unlimited 2, Andrew Maffessanti took home this honor.
The people at the Grassroots Motorsports and Classic Motorsports Magazines presented two awards to drivers who embodied the spirit of their publications. In his 1981 Pontiac Trans Am, John Krupa claimed the Top Classic award. The True Grassroots Award went to two drivers in a 1996 Ford Probe GT with a livery for “Wu Tang Financial,” Stephen Lee and Cody Willett.
Complete results from the Inaugural Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials Nationals can be found on the event page here. Additional news from the event will be available soon. Stay tuned for additional news at SCCA.com.
A full list of class winners with car make & model, and margin of victory is below:
S1, Andy Hollis, McLaren MP4-12C, 11.1
S2, Doug Francis, Chevrolet Corvette FRC, 11.9
S3, Warren Barnes, Ford Mustang, 15.9
S4, David Melton, 0.2
S5, John Hunter, Mazda MX-5, 6.3
S6, Adam Benaway, Scion FR-S, 3.9
T1, Chris Ingle, Dodge Viper GTS-R, 34.9
T2, Ian Stewart, Chevrolet Corvette, 14.3
T3, Dennis Barrett, Nissan 350Z, 20.7
T4, Tom O’Gorman, Honda Civic Si, 13.7
T5, Justin Tilus, Honda Civic Si, 12.7
M1, Barry Luterek, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, 10.4
M2, Alex Artayet, Subaru WRX STi, 4.8
M3, Michael Neat, Scion FR-S, 7.1
U1, Heikki Rinta-Koski, Locost Seven, 1:47.7
U2, JG Pasterjak, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 8.8
The inaugural Time Trials Nationals, scheduled to take place Sept. 28-30 at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is less than two weeks away! Here are five reasons you should be planning to join the party if you haven’t registered already!
1) Awesome track. While there are several tracks around the country that would be well suited for an event like this, NCM Motorsports Park is a near perfect blend of fast and technical, offering competitors the type of variation that will keep them both entertained and challenged. From the tight and twisty, to the long straights and flowing offsets, this track will not disappoint. It’s also kind of cool that it’s across the “street” from the Corvette Museum. You know, in case you’re into that sort of thing.
2) A bevy of trophies. There are a total of 16 classes in which a competitor can compete. From bone-stock Miatas to purpose-built, full-on track rats, there is a place for all to play. And while each of those classes offer a trophy for taking the win, there are a bunch of “Special Trophies” that will be handed out. These include: Top Novice (which is given to the best finishing position in a class from the novice group), Top Time of the Event, Top Time Street Legal, Top Time Driven to the Event, Workers Choice (voted by the flaggers), Spirit of TT (for an individual who embodies the purpose of the program), True Grassroots (given by the crew at Grassroots Magazine for a participant that is excelling at embodying the spirit of a Grassroots effort), and Top Time Classic (given to the fast time set by a vehicle made before 1979, or is a continuation of that model line.)
3) Party time!! Days of quality competition are best complimented by evenings with great friends, good food, and maybe an adult pop or two. Event partner Hagerty is sponsoring a Friday night dinner to help kick the event off the right way. And while the food and drinks will be supplied by a local brewery, the bench racing is totally “BYOBR.”
4) Karting! Yes, you read that right! Yo! We heard you like racing! So, we are putting some racing in your racing so you can race while you race. Compete for real, or just for laughs – It doesn’t matter as long as you’re having a great time with your fellow participants! And what better way to do that then to hop on the small track and battle some more in go karts!!
5) Have we mentioned that this is the inaugural event? From what we remember from our time spent book learnin’, that means it’s the first. And who doesn’t want to be first?! Pretty sure the solid majority of us are gunning for that on a regular basis.
This year’s Time Trials Nationals opens with track lapping sessions for testing, practice or licensing and finishes up the first day with a point-to-point competition on the circuit. The second day begins with 20-minute, timed lapping sessions on track, followed by more point-to-point events in the afternoon. The final day of TT Nationals will encompass both timed lapping sessions and point-to-point runs. Overall, there will be plenty of track time and lots of fun to be had.
So, come join us at the first Time Trials Nationals. With folks coming from places like California, New York, Florida and even Nebraska, we are sure that if you don’t run into an old friend, you are bound to make a new one.
The SCCA Foundation wants to send you and a friend to the United States Grand Prix. This year’s Formula 1 Pirelli 2018 United States Grand Prix takes place at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, October 19-21.
In addition to the pair of tickets, the prize package also includes: VIP suite access, F3/F4 paddock and pit lane access, team gear, an invite to the F3/F4 Champions Award Banquet, and $5000 in cash for travel and lodging. Ticket sales end on Sept 4, 2018. The winner will be picked on September 5, 2018, during the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship awards banquet. Sweepstakes tickets for this trip can be purchased at: WinFormula1trip.org.
About the SCCA Foundation:
The SCCA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Sports Car Club of America. www.sccafoundation.org The Foundation’s programs are as follows:
- Saving the Lives of Teen Drivers: Through the Tire Rack Street Survival program, the SCCA Foundation and local SCCA Regions host day-long skills training programs to help teen drivers learn how to avoid and deal with emergency car handling situations on the street. This program reaches hundreds of teen drivers each year and continues to grow thanks to your financial support.
- Preserving the History of American Motorsport: The Foundation funds the preservation work taking place at the SCCA Archives at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY. The SCCA Archives contains the history of the SCCA, all the types of events it has sanctioned, and member and car histories since the inception of the SCCA.
- Encouraging Future Automotive Passion: The Foundation provides support and prizes for the national Formula SAE competitions held in Michigan and Nebraska each year, to encourage the automotive and race engineers of tomorrow.
- Women on Track: The Foundation helps to fund and manage the Wendi Allen Scholarship program that recognizes and encourages increased participation in autocross and Region leadership positions by women across the country.
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 3, 2018) -- To better express core concepts that drive the Sports Car Club of America®, an updated Welcoming Environment Statement has been drafted.
Efforts to craft the statement began earlier this year, and the Board of Directors approved the new statement in May. It is the hope that this new declaration will henceforth be noted in event Supplemental Regulations and find a home at Region websites or in publications to remind everyone of standards the Club strives to maintain.
The updated statement reads as follows:
The Mission of the SCCA® is to fuel a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for automotive enthusiasts. The Club’s Vision is to be the preferred motorsports community in the United States, built on fun, shared passion and access to an exhilarating motorsports experience. In all its activities, the SCCA seeks to foster an atmosphere that encourages living the Values of the SCCA, which include:
Excellence: The Spirit of a Competitor
Service: The Heart of a Volunteer
Passion: The Attitude of an Enthusiast
Team: The Art of Working Together
Experience: The Act of Wowing our Community
Stewardship: The Mindset of an Owner
The SCCA strives to ensure ALL participants at its events and activities enjoy a welcoming environment.
The SCCA supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants, and will make every effort to maintain an environment that is free of harassment, discrimination and any behavior that interferes with a safe, fun and exciting experience.
A commitment to a welcoming environment and the SCCA Values is expected of all members and attendees, including drivers, workers, crew, guests, staff, contractors and exhibitors, and other participants at SCCA activities, sessions and social events when representing the SCCA in print or electronic media.
SCCA President & CEO Mike Cobb said, “As a member-based organization that is approaching its 75th Anniversary, it is important for us to grow and evolve to better serve motorsports enthusiasts while leveraging the core DNA of the Club.
And while the spirit of competition is essential to this Club at its core, it’s also important to understand we are all members serving one another with the aim of delivering a great motorsports experience.
“Our new welcoming language is simply an extension of our updated Mission and Vision and is intended to remind us that we are indeed a community of individuals who all love having fun with cars,” Cobb continued, “and it is the duty of all SCCA members -- staff, leadership, officials, members, etc. -- to deliver an environment and an experience that is welcoming to all who choose to participate.”
An expanded definition of Club Values has been created for SCCA employees and now resides in the Employee Handbook to serve as a guide for those serving members and those who serve the members.
These concepts build on core competencies SCCA President & CEO Mike Cobb introduced during the 2018 National Convention in Las Vegas. An expanded version of SCCA Values are provided below to also serve as a guide for Region leaders, volunteers, workers, event organizers and participants.
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 31, 2018) – For 2019, the annual SCCA National Convention will return January 17-19 to South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
This year’s National Convention will be very special as its theme is “Celebrating Our Legacy, Building Our Future” and serves as the official start of the Club’s 75th Anniversary celebration.
The Convention will again be a familiar format that encompasses leadership development and skills training for Club members. Details on times and a full schedule will be announced later this year.
But as usual, the Annual Meeting and welcome reception will be held Thursday, followed by two days of training.
Various fun social activities will certainly be included, too. The SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet on Saturday night then caps festivities.
Organizers are also seeking additional topics and presenters for Convention leadership and training sessions. Those who believe they have subjects of interest can submit a presentation proposal at https://www.scca.com/pages/speaker-application. Presentations are usually done in one-hour blocks. Longer presentations are allowed under rare circumstances. The submission deadline is June 15, 2018, for presentation proposals.
More information about the 2019 SCCA National Convention and special lodging packages will be made available at https://www.scca.com/pages/nationalconvention in the coming months.
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