Designed to grow the Sports Car Club of America® at all levels, Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack is investing directly in regions thanks to the Track Night Region Development Grant. Funded with $50,000 in 2019, SCCA regions began submitting grant requests in January.
Submissions were reviewed by a five-person committee made up of SCCA Board of Directors members and National Staff. Proposals were judged on both merit and need, with monies being offered to support any region development activity across the board.
Oregon Region received a grant for improvements to the region from registration to safety. The money will be used to update our computers and emergency services equipment, and for further recruitment of volunteers.
Several other innovative and interesting concepts received funding this year. Some of the 2019 grant recipients are as follows:
Sprint Bracket pilot race: Program designed to allow any “race” car to be competitive on the track. It will be marketed towards SCCA members who haven’t been active recently, as well as drivers from other sanctioning bodies who may have eligible cars, but haven’t been exposed to SCCA yet. Finances from grant will primarily be used for promotion.
TX Region Inaugural Targa Event: Region hosting first Targa event in 2019, which will consist of a Time Trial and Solo Event, linked by a Road Rally. Event will span two days and have the goal of increasing long-term, multi-discipline participation.
Worker Recruitment: Using track video screens, PA announcements, program ads and a booth at the track; promote the fun with cars opportunity when volunteering to work events.
Kansas City Region
Operation Growth-Through Better Communication/Marketing: Three-pronged approach to build Region’s membership and increase participation in Regional activities. First, revamp current website. Second, revive Regional Newsletter. Third, grassroots marketing at various events.
Finger Lakes Region
Finger Lakes Region SCCA Track Day: Establish the SCCA in Track Day Events at Watkins Glen International with the hopes of having a Track Night in America event in the future at the track.
Track Cross: Region will have events at Utah Motorsports Campus. Events will utilize the Region’s autocross timing equipment to record a lap time of a partial lap on a road race track.
Having just celebrated our 75th Birthday, SCCA now looks to the future and with excitement as it announces a new race series aimed at engaging a growing segment of motorsports participants.
The SCCA Spec Racer Ford® Challenge Presented by the Skip Barber Racing School will utilize the iRacing platform to digitally visit 12 of America’s greatest tracks and bring motorsports into the homes of thousands.
The program is more than eSports. Through partnership with Skip Barber Racing Schools and support from Track Night in America® Driven by Tire Rack, the series seeks to create a bridge between digital and analog motorsports.
Race winners will earn a free entry into an SCCA Track Night event and the highest finishing driver in the final points standings, who does not already have a SCCA recognized racing license, will earn a 3-Day Skip Barber Racing School and be on their way to an SCCA Full Competition License.
“This is a huge opportunity for fans and enthusiasts to get involved in SCCA racing,” Senior Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs, Heyward Wagner stated.
“We have 75 years of bringing people to the track in our history and as we look forward to our future, there is no greater way to create access to motorsports than to bring the tracks to people. The opportunity is especially powerful when we can partner with Skip Barber Racing Schools to use this program as a way to get an enthusiast behind the wheel on a real-life track.”
More and more car enthusiasts are turning to eMotorsports as their budget-friendly alternative to taking their own car on track, and rightfully so. The pros are turning to iRacing as a training tool to keep their skills sharp. Names like Ricky Taylor, Nick Tandy and even Will Power all use iRacing to keep their edge.
The Spec Racer Ford Challenge will be available to all iRacing drivers but only SCCA members will be eligible to win great prizes like free Track Night in America entries and even a three-day Skip Barber Racing School.
SCCA members must go to the registration page and fill out basic information.
Once registered, the top finishing SCCA member each week will receive a free Track Night in America entry.
At the end of the 12-week season, the top finishing SCCA member will receive a free three-day Skip Barber Racing School.
The season starts on March 12 at Autodromo “Interlagos”. Learn more by visiting https://www.iracing.com/
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