TOPEKA, Kan. (July 3, 2019) – Again in 2020, the annual SCCA® National Convention will return January 16-18 to South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
This is where voices are heard and decisions made. Be the first to learn of the Club’s strategic objectives and goals for the coming year, and learn ways to forward the SCCA Mission, Vision and Values
The Convention will again be a familiar format that encompasses leadership development and skills training, and is a great opportunity to network with leaders from across the country and learn ways to develop a stronger Region.
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 2020 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 July 28, 2019, for presentation proposals.
More information about the 2020 SCCA National Convention will be made available at https://www.scca.com/pages/nationalconvention in the coming months.
More information about hotel lodging deals can be found at https://www.scca.com/pages/2020-national-convention-book-a-room.
It’s one of our favorite times of the year, when we get to start releasing details about the Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals and the food, fun and ferocious competition coming your way at NCM Motorsports Park September 27-29, 2019.
Registration for the event opened at 12:00PM CDT on Wednesday July 17, and in addition to the three days of camaraderie and competition, our partners and Holley Performance are helping give all entrants a fourth day – Holley Performance Day – at no extra cost.
The second-ever Time Trials Nationals puts an exclamation point on the inaugural Time Trials National Tour and will be three days of competition with practice and Time Attack sessions Friday followed by TrackSprint and TimeAttack Saturday and Sunday. Some will get to stand atop the KONI Podium, and all will get to enjoy parties, food and fun each day, creating an experience you don’t want to miss.
As we teased above, the opening the event will be the first Holley Performance Day on Thursday, September 26. With support from SCCA partners and Holley brands, those of you who enter Time Trials Nationals will have access to lapping sessions, a car-control clinic on the SCCA Starting Line Autocross Course and chalk talks from our partners, including Racers360 and ApexPro. Rumor has it we might even have some pro-level driving coaches who can take you for a spin in your own car if you desire.
Many of you came last year, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you back and lots of new faces for the second annual edition celebrating automobile competition and enthusiasm.
As always, you can learn more about SCCA Time Trials, the Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals and the Holley Performance day at https://timetrials.scca.com/.
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 24, 2019) -- Sports Car Club of America® (SCCA®) and Global Time Attack (GTA) have reached an agreement where SCCA, through its SCCA Pro Racing division, will become the official sanctioning body for 2019 Global Time Attack events throughout the United States.
This agreement includes a licensing program that allows new drivers to gain experience and accreditation to earn their way into pro time attack ranks, a system utilized by GRIDLIFE. SCCA and GTA will also be working together to produce unique, cooperative events during a number of weekends this year. Additionally, top-performing SCCA Time Trials Nationals (TTN) drivers will earn their way into GTA events, and the top 2019 TTN finisher will receive an invite to the 2020 Super Lap Battle organized by GTA.
Heyward Wagner, SCCA’s Senior Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs, said the concept of working together with GTA was piloted at the February Super Lap Battle conducted at Circuit of the Americas, an event sanctioned by SCCA.
“This latest partnership formalizes steps taken by the North American Time Attack Council to align GRIDLIFE, Global Time Attack and SCCA,” Wagner said. “This latest development is a solid foundation where each organization can experiment, learn and grow to produce exciting, top-notch events within a unique sector of motorsport. Plus, this now gives SCCA’s burgeoning Time Trials program a means for producing drivers who proceed up the ladder to highly competitive events hosted by other North American Time Attack Council organizations.”
Jason Dienhart, President of Global Time Attack, agreed that SCCA and GTA working together further legitimizes time attack activities in North America and positions the sport for growth.
“We now have a clear path towards Global Time Attack for drivers with little or no previous experience through this new licensing program and the Tire Rack SCCA Time Trials Nationals presented by Hagerty,” Dienhart said. “This is an exciting time for time attack.”
SCCA, GTA and GRIDLIFE are the founding members of the North American Time Attack Council (NATA) dedicated to the development, evolution and success of time-based, competitive motorsport events such as Time Attack and Time Trials.
The goal of the Council is the progression of motorsports through the consultation and collaboration of its members in the planning and execution of programs and events.
NATA and its member organizations seek to represent the interests of all drivers, from beginner to professional competitor, in order to ensure access, inclusivity, consistency and a high-quality driver experience.
Based in Torrance, California, Global Time Attack was established in 2010 with the simple desire to assemble the world’s fastest dedicated time attack cars together on a particular circuit.
Through its events, live broadcasts and partnerships with independent media outlets, GTA presents this motorsport in an exciting, engaging and involving manner in order to elevate this community as a whole – including teams, fans, manufacturers, supporters and sanctioning bodies.
The goal is to provide an accessible and challenging forum for the growing community of time attack motorsports enthusiasts, from the drivers to the builders.
SCCA Pro Racing is a division of Sports Car Club of America and provides full-service organization, operation and sanction for numerous professional racing series like F4 U.S. Championship and Trans Am. SCCA Pro Racing is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) - the FIA delegate for the United States.
The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions.
Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.
Photo Courtesy of Global Time Attack
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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Each year, Sports Car Club of America® recognizes great performers for their skill, hard work and dedication. The first batch of 2018 award winners come from within the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA® Road Racing program.
First is the Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year honor, which goes to Formula Continental® driver Jason Reichert from the Las Vegas Region. The award is presented to the SCCA® Road Racing competitor showing the greatest promise and is based on driving ability demonstrated during the first season of National competition. Winners are selected by the Club Racing Board based on nominations submitted by Executive Stewards.
At the 2018 SCCA National Championship, Reichert showed great skill by remaining focused throughout the 20-lap event on Sonoma Raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile circuit. He eventually inherited the lead with only a couple laps remaining and fended off a strong second-place challenger to bring home a win in his first Runoffs appearance.
Next is the Kimberly Cup, which is awarded to the SCCA driver who has shown the greatest improvement in the past year and is chosen by the Club Racing Board. The 2018 Kimberly Cup recipient is Formula F (FF) driver Jonathon Kotyk of the Buccaneer Region. After finishing fourth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 2017 National Championship, Kotyk came back strong in 2018 at Sonoma Raceway to claim a dominant flag-to-flag victory for his first Runoffs win. Kotyk also was the 2018 FF U.S. Majors Tour Northeast Conference Point Champion.
Then there’s the 2018 Mechanic of the Year award, which goes to Joe Carr -- Chief Mechanic at Huffaker Engineering and a member of the San Francisco Region. Mechanic of the Year is selected by SCCA technical staff based on submissions received through a survey completed at SCCA.com or through email invitation. To be considered for Mechanic of the Year, nominees must demonstrate a strong commitment to their duties and to the drivers they support.
As validated through numerous nominations, Carr consistently puts his customers/drivers ahead of himself, devoting whatever time is necessary to get cars in top form and on track, showing amazing innovations and a can-do attitude. He has prepared numerous drivers for the Runoffs, is an exceptional person, and a truly talented mechanic in countless ways.
while the Club eagerly looks forward to the future, it is at the annual convention that awards are given out in recognition of wonderful work conducted during the past year. Below is a rundown of awards presented so far at the 2019 National Convention.
Member of Excellence: Lori Vitagliano, Florida Region
Selected by SCCA’s Board of Directors, this award is presented to the volunteer who shows the greatest commitment to SCCA activities. The recipient can be involved in Solo, Rally and/or Road Racing. This person personifies 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 motorsports event.
John McGill Award: Jim Wheeler, Kansas City Region
Presented for significant contribution to the Road Racing Program. The winner is chosen by the Club Racing Board and the Vice President of Road Racing.
Driver of the Year: Jonathan Lugod, Cal Club
Presented to the Solo® driver who has demonstrated exceptional skill or has overcome major obstacles to produce an outstanding performance at the Solo National Championship. The winner is selected by the Solo Events Board from nominations submitted by the membership at large.
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Field, New England Region
Presented for an outstanding performance at a first Solo National Championship by a driver with limited competition experience.
Divisional RallyCross Achievement: Midwest Division
This award is presented in recognition of a Division’s activities in RallyCross for a new or on-going program. This may include events, promotions, attendance, innovation in public relations, etc. Nominations clearly indicating the qualifying details may be made by any Rally participant, with the recipient being selected by the RallyCross Board.
Regional RallyCross Achievement: St. Louis Region
This award is presented in recognition of a Region’s activities in RallyCross for a new or on-going program. This may include events, promotions, attendance, innovation in public relations, event participation, etc. Nominations clearly indicating the qualifying details may be made by any RallyCross participant, with the recipient being selected by the RallyCross Board.
Robert V. Ridges Memorial Award: John Emmons and Lois Van Vleet, Land O’Lakes Region
Bob Ridges was Secretary of the RoadRally Board from the inception of the National program in 1957 until his death in 1965. This award is presented to the SCCA member who exemplifies the highest degree of dedication and sportsmanship in the sport and who has made an outstanding contribution to the success of an event. This award is not intended for sitting RRB members, Official Observers, Rallymasters, or Officials unless they have clearly demonstrated extraordinary dedication, achievement, and/or sportsmanship above and beyond the duties and responsibilities of their office. The recipient is selected by the RRB based on recommendations of any Rally participant or Board member. This is the highest honor within the SCCA Rally Program and may not be presented each year.
Arthur J. Gervais Award: Roads Scholar; Jim Crittenden, Milwaukee Region
Arthur Gervais was a longtime Rallymaster of the Historic New York National RoadRally. The award is presented annually to year’s outstanding National Course Rally. The winner is chosen via a vote of the top 20 competitors in each class who have competed in at least four events. Prior to 1989, this award encompassed all National Rallies each year.
W. David Teter Tour Rally of the Year: Laurel Run; Richard Beattie/Jeff Hutzelman, Steel Cities Region
W. David Teter was the editor of the modernized and comprehensive RoadRally Rule Book, Rallymaster of seventeen consecutive March Lamb Regional rallies, and an outstanding competitor on the NTR circuit. This award is presented annually in recognition of the outstanding NTR. Selection is made by vote of the top 20 competitors in each class who have competed in at least three events in that class.
Divisional RoadRally Achievement: Northeast Division
This award is presented in recognition of a Division’s activities in RoadRally for a new or on-going program. This may include events, promotions, attendance, innovation in public relations, etc. Nominations clearly indicating the qualifying details may be made by any Rally participant, with the recipient being selected by the RoadRally Board.
Regional RoadRally Achievement: St. Louis Region
Presented in recognition of a Region’s activities in RoadRally for a new or on-going program. This may include events, promotions, attendance, innovation in public relations, event participation, etc. Nominations clearly indicating the qualifying details may be made by any Rally participant, with the recipient being selected by the Road Rally Board.
The Tom Burke Awards
The Tom Burke Awards are presented to Regions for exemplary efforts to activate and grow the SCCA. Formerly named the Chairman’s Award prior to 1987, one award is given to the RE of a Region in each of the Region Size categories from the preceding year. The awards are given in honor of SCCA member Tom Burke. His love of SCCA and passion for what we do not only ignited in others a desire to become SCCA members, but also served as a call to engage in SCCA activities. Mr. Burke’s ambassadorial approach to prospective and current members served as a model for the spirit of the SCCA.
- Small Regions (under 200 members): Yellowstone Region; Bill Blaquiere, Regional Executive
- Medium Regions (201-400 members): Eastern Tennessee Region; Mark Pilson, Regional Executive
- Large Regions (401-800 members): Susquehanna Region; Kristen Poole, Regional Executive
- Jumbo Regions (over 800 members): Central Carolinas Region; Brian Gause, Regional Executive
Since its inception in 2015, SCCA® Track Night in America® Driven by Tire Rack has helped tens of thousands of automotive enthusiasts turn their dream of getting on track into a reality. With the release of the 2019 schedule, one that features a return to iconic tracks from last year, as well as an exciting new addition, the program is once again set to make dreams come true.
With 29 circuits spread across the continental United States, Track Night in America is as easy to participate in as ever. Along with the program returning to many of the excellent venues seen throughout the ground-breaking program’s history, there are a couple exciting additions to this year’s schedule. On the West Coast, the full course at Auto Club Speedway just outside Los Angeles will be used for the first time. While on the East Coast, there will be a return to the historic endurance racing circuit, Sebring International Raceway. And located somewhere vaguely in between, Track Night in America is very excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the program will be held at the visually stunning, and equally historic, VIRginia International Raceway -- home of the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®!
Track Night in America is a non-competitive, no-stress, entertaining, easy and inexpensive way for nearly anyone who loves cars or motorsports to get on a real racecourse in their own vehicle during weeknights. All that is required is that participants be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license and have access to an approved helmet and street car in good working condition.
The price to participate is usually around $150 per event. Some special events and certain tracks may be a bit more. No previous on-track experience or SCCA membership is required to join in the fun. Drivers participate in the Advanced, Intermediate or KONI Novice Experience group so on-track activities remain fun for all, and everyone gets three 20-minute sessions on course -- as well as feedback from SCCA driver coaches on site. Admission is free for people who just want to stop by and watch the fun, and leisurely circuit parade laps are provided for all Track Night in America guests.
Registration is already open for some February events -- but March 5, 2019 is when general event registration is scheduled to open. However, a handful of additional events may open for registration prior to that date. Check the Track Night in America website for details. The 2019 event calendar is subject to change, but the current schedule is as follows:
Atlanta Motorsports Park; Dawsonville, GA
April 3, May 8, June 5, July 10, August 7, September 11
Auto Club Speedway; Fontana, CA
February 23, April 5 (Full Sports Car Course), June 22, August 24
Blackhawk Farms; South Beloit, IL
May 2, June 12, July 16, August 7, September 11
Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, SC
May 10, June 26, August 6, September 10, October 16
Charlotte Motor Speedway; Concord, NC
April 26, June 6, July 19, August 16
Dakota County Technical College Driver Training Facility; Rosemount, MN
May 17, June 21, July 25, August 15, September 13
Dominion Raceway; Woodford, VA
April 18, May 17, June 27, August 15, September 19
GingerMan Raceway; South Haven, MI
May 16, June 13, July 17, August 8, September 12
Harris Hill Raceway; San Marcos, TX
March 20, April 10, May 8, June 5, September 18, October 16
Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, KS
April 25, May 17, June 13, July 12, August 8, September 19, October 17
High Plains Raceway; Deer Trail, CO
May 29, July 17, August 14, September 18
Lime Rock Park; Lakeville, CT
May 22, May 23, June 13
Memphis International Raceway; Millington, TN
March 26, April 23, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10
MotorSport Ranch; Cresson, TX
March 19, April 9, May 7, June 4, September 17, October 15
New Hampshire Motor Speedway; Loudon, NH
New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, NJ
April 23, May 21, June 25, July 24, August 13, September 10
NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, LA
March 21, April 11, May 16
Pacific Raceways; Kent, WA
May 24, June 21, July 17
Palm Beach International Raceway; Jupiter, FL
February 19, March 19, April 23, May 21, June 18, August 20, Sept 17, Oct 22, Nov 12, Dec 10
Palmer Motorsports Park; Palmer, MA
May 2, June 6, June 27, July 18, August 8, September 5
Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Wampum, PA
April 24, May 22, June 6, June 22, July 23, August 14, September 11
Pocono Raceway; Long Pond, PA
April 17, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 27, September 16
Portland International Raceway; Portland, OR
May 17, June 7, July 5, August 9
Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, WA
May 16, June 6, July 23, August 7, September 12
Road Atlanta; Braselton, GA
April 24, June 27, July 26
Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, FL
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; Thompson, CT
April 23, May 9, June 18, July 11, July 30, August 22, September 12, October 3
Thunderhill Raceway Park; Willows, CA
March 21, April 18, May 23, June 13, August 15, September 12
VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, VA
2019 SCCA Hall of Fame Inductees Selected
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 5, 2018) -- Another seven individuals, all who have made significant contributions to the Sports Car Club of America® and world of motorsports, have been announced as the Club's newest Hall of Fame class, adding their names to a list of timeless superstars. David Ammen, Dr. Frank Falkner, George Follmer, Patricia "Patc" Henry, John McGill, Dorsey Schroeder and Henryk Szamota make up the 2019 Hall of Fame class which joins the prestigious ranks.
As usual, this current group will be formally inducted during the SCCA® Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. That event takes place Saturday, January 19 and serves as the capstone of the three-day SCCA National Convention taking place again in 2019 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Along with the accomplishments of all previous inductees, the new Hall of Fame members listed below helped position the building blocks that elevated SCCA's stature in the world of motorsports over the last 75 years.
An SCCA member for more than 60 years, Ammen spent nearly half that time as a competitor who made nearly 20 National Championship appearances through the '60s, '70s and '80s. An accomplished driver, the New England Region member is also well known for his hard work behind the scenes. He was a Road Racing Steward until the 2000s, participated on the Competition Committee, served consecutive years on the Board of Directors, and is a Woolf Barnato Award winner.
Dr. Frank Falkner
Born in England, Dr. Falkner moved to the United States in 1956 and soon joined the Sports Car Club of America where he became a Regional Executive and helped host an SCCA National Convention. In 1960, Dr. Falkner became a member of the newly formed SCCA Competition Events Committee, and served as the Committee's Chairman one year later. It was during his tenure that the Club introduced the Stewards program. Also during the '60s, Dr. Falkner was elected to the SCCA Board of Governors, became Vice Chairman in 1965, and Chairman of the Board a year later. After retiring from the Board of Governors, he became a member of SCCA's Professional Competition Board and was a Woolf Barnato Award winner.
Follmer started racing in 1959 and was immediately successful. Over the following two decades, he competed in virtually every form of racing, including the United States Road Racing Championship, USAC, NASCAR, IROC, Fast Masters, SCCA's RaceTruck Challenge, Formula 5000, Formula One, the World Endurance Championship, IMSA, and both SCCA Trans Am and Can-Am. In 1972, he earned the unique honor of winning the Trans Am and Can-Am championships in the same year -- the only driver ever to have done so.
Patricia "Patc" Henry
Henry has been a member of SCCA for 54 years. During the first 18 years of her membership, she was a vital member of the Nebraska Region, filling many positions and winning many awards. And while her string of accomplishments in the early days left a strong impression on the SCCA locally, it is her work both in SCCA Road Racing and SCCA Pro Racing for which she became nationally and internationally known. During her ten years at SCCA Pro Racing, her detailed and dedicated work made her a fixture on the professional sports car racing scene in the United States. Henry later moved to the SCCA Road Racing department and became known for her extraordinary work in managing all of SCCA's Road Racing activities. In that role, her experience guided a booming racing program and its crown jewel – the National Championship Runoffs®.
McGill was a longtime member of SCCA and a Regional Executive of the Mahoning Valley Region. But what he's perhaps best remembered for is his untiring work as track manager of Nelson Ledges Road Course in Northeast Ohio. During his tenure at the track, McGill helped bring about use of "tire walls" to improve safety. Because of his dedication, SCCA created the John McGill Award in 1975 that honors those that make a significant contribution to the Road Racing program, and McGill was the first person to receive that award.
One of the youngest drivers to earn an SCCA competition license more than 45 years ago, Schroeder went on to become an accomplished competitor in SCCA Road Racing, SCCA Pro Racing, IMSA, IROC, Grand Am, ARCA and NASCAR. He has been a broadcast television race commentator for many years and continues to serve the motorsport community today as Chief Steward of SCCA's Trans Am presented by Pirelli. Additionally, Schroeder is Competition Director for the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) series, and formerly worked as Race Director for Pirelli World Challenge.
A member of SCCA's New York Region since 1950, Szamota was an active and dedicated SCCA competitor, supporter and patron. His commitment progressed through Region involvement that included Race Chairman, Assistant Regional Executive and many years as Regional Executive. Beyond his own region, Henryk is credited with founding the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship (NARRC), collectively run by the New York, North Jersey, Mohawk-Hudson and New England Regions for many years. In 1961, Szamota was elected to the National Board of Governors. There he served for 14 years, but then decided fresh leadership was instrumental for the Club and helped create the two-term Board of Directors limit that stands today. For his work and dedication to the Club, Szamota received in 1977 the Woolf Barnato Award.
The new class of eight inductees join the list below of 83 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
2018: William C. Bradshaw, Peter Cunningham, Janet Guthrie, August Pabst, Dave Stremming and Loren Pearson, Bob Sharp, Dr. Dick Thompson
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.
Temperatures have dropped and the snow is starting to pile up! It's that time of year where we all cozy up at home for our favorite winter activities- hot chocolate drinking, fireside sitting, and booking travel for Convention!!! With many airlines running special sales for Cyber Monday, it's the perfect time to get your flights locked down and your registration finalized. With just under 2 months to go until our VegasVacation Convention, if you haven't thought about your travel plans yet, now is a good time to start. Maybe now is the time to plan to stay an extra night to see that Vegas show you've always wanted to check out!
As we start our 75th year, the SCCA Convention sets the tone for the whole season to come. We're working hard to make this the event that launches the Club and its leadership forward in 2019. The Convention is for EVERYONE, but it is particularly beneficial for our Leaders. If you are one, or you're looking to become one, you should be here.
Here are the TOP FIVE REASONS for Region Leaders to attend:
Speaking of FUN, we'll work hard but also play hard in fabulous Las Vegas! There will be social events like the Welcome Party, karting, and the most outrageous competition of the year – the Pinewood Derby! Join us for a "NEW and IMPROVED" SCCA Hall of Fame Induction, and an autocross event Sunday morning with "special classing!" Throughout the event, you'll get to mix and mingle with some of the most accomplished and influential people in American Motorsport. And we'll begin our year-long celebration of our 75th Diamond Anniversary!
Don't miss out! Register here!
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