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.
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 4, 2018) -- From a handful of car enthusiasts meeting in a brick home at 140 Mount Vernon Street in Boston, to a nationwide Club boasting 67,500 members, the Sports Car Club of America® has come a long way since its 1944 inception.
On February 26, 2019, the SCCA® will officially celebrate 75 years of having fun with cars. To commemorate the achievement, a special SCCA 75th Anniversary Diamond logo badge has been designed and will be featured in 2019 across the width and breadth of Club activities.
The logo, created especially for the SCCA, is meant to communicate three key points. Through the overall design and use of a “diamond shape” as its foundation, the logo conveys a sense of past, present and future for the SCCA. In concert with the above, the design has at its heart SCCA’s legacy mark -- the “wire wheel.” Boldly atop the special mark is SCCA’s “birth” year, 1944, and the year of its 75th anniversary, 2019, with an ornate “75” graphic curling throughout to draw together all the design elements.
Mike Cobb, SCCA President & CEO, noted a preliminary draft of the SCCA 75th Anniversary Diamond badge was introduced at the 2018 SCCA National Convention in January. Beginning late in 2018, and throughout the entirety of 2019, the badge will be deployed across a broad range of communication tools and branded products.
“You only get one 75th anniversary, so we want to make the most of it,” Cobb said. “We are looking into many other unique ways and opportunities to highlight the Club’s momentous milestone, so stay tuned to see what we have in store.
Graphic: The SCCA 75th Anniversary Diamond logo
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 19, 2017 – The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), through a grant from the SCCA Foundation, will kick off the second year of its celebrated veteran outreach program this weekend. The program, which will again be run in partnership with the award-winning non-profit VETMotorsports, works to help reduce the suicide rate among injured veterans by engaging them in transformative motorsports experiences. As part of the program, post-9/11 veterans with service-connected injuries are placed inside the ropes and behind the wheel at select SCCA events, and mentored by SCCA members and staff.
The 2018 program officially kicks off with the West Coast Tire Rack CAM Challenge Powered by SCCA event April 20-22 at Crows Landing, CA. The plan is to place veterans behind the wheel at all national Tire Rack CAM Challenge events; establish regional outreach programs in Arizona, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin; and find other opportunities to work one-on-one with veterans throughout the season.
“We are very grateful to the men and women who have served our country in defense of our freedom,” said Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Rally/Solo. “Military service builds leadership skills, teamwork, and dedication to task -- all of which are applicable to motorsports. The SCCA Foundation is pleased to give back to our veterans through this program and welcome them to be part of the SCCA family in every community across the country.”
“We continue to do everything we can to try and reduce the veteran suicide rate, which stands at an unconscionable 22 veterans a day,” said VETMotorsports Founder and Executive Director Peter Cline. “Having the SCCA Foundation and the SCCA work hand in hand with us for a second year, to honor and empower these brave service men and women, is incredibly validating and gratifying. We can’t thank everyone at the SCCA enough for taking up this important cause. They understand and embrace what we’re doing, and they’re going to make a tremendous difference in these veterans’ lives.”
VETMotorsports is an award-winning, non-profit, non-clinical outreach program that honors and empowers injured post-9/11 service members by embedding them with professional racing teams and putting them behind the wheel to race in amateur events. By placing veterans in hands-on, high-stress, team environments that mimic active duty, the organization gives them direction, empowerment and challenges that help them focus on ability and moving forward rather than disability and the past. Since its founding in 2012, VETMotorsports has helped more than 190 veterans with service connected injuries and caregivers participate in more than 75 motorcycle and auto racing events across the United States. More information about the organization is available at www.VETMotorsports.org.
TOPEKA, Kan. (March 21, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® announced today that Chevrolet will continue in 2018 to provide critical support for several SCCA® competitive activities. For a third year, Chevrolet is the "Official Truck" of the Sports Car Club of America and provides the Club with multiple Silverado pickup trucks -- the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road -- as well as an Express Cargo van.
The legacy of dependability built by Chevrolet will be called upon to execute the busy competition calendar of the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo® and Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour programs, as well as the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. Mike Cobb, SCCA President and CEO, said the Silverados will be trusted with hauling three National Solo equipment trailers essential for the implementation of nearly 30 events this year, including the year-end Tire Rack Solo Nationals.
"We're ecstatic Chevrolet has again chosen to support the SCCA in 2018," Cobb said. "Trucks play a large role in the lives of our members, whether it is towing a racecar, helping their business operate or serving as a family vehicle."
Each year, the National Solo program covers nearly 70,000 miles hauling equipment trailers to Championship Tour, Match Tour and ProSolo events. Those trailers, ranging from 20-feet to 28-feet long, weigh between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds. Silverado 2500HD is more than up to the task: with the Duramax 6.6L, turbo-diesel V-8, it is the most powerful Silverado, ever – delivering 445-hp, 910 lb-ft of torque, and up to 18,100 pounds of trailering capacity for the 2500HD models. The Express Cargo van is equipped with a Vortec 6.0L V-8 and nearly 240 cubic feet of cargo space inside. All of that should come as good news to the more than 12,000 racers that compete at SCCA Solo, RallyCross and Road Racing meetings over the course of a year.
"Chevrolet is proud to partner with the SCCA as the Official Truck of the Sports Car Club of America, and proud that SCCA counts on Chevrolet to haul its important equipment and vehicles from event to event," said Jim Campbell, vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Chevrolet has a long history in performance and racing, and supports the efforts of SCCA racers from all around the country. Chevrolet also has a long history and tradition of building durable, long-lasting trucks that get the job done when pulling a trailer full of race cars, parts and equipment, which is why we're excited about this partnership."
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 17, 2018) -- B-Spec, B Street, American Sedan, Classic American Muscle, Prepared All-Wheel Drive, E Street Prepared, GT-1, Touring 1 .... Admittedly, participation options within the Sports Car Club of America® can be varied, confusing and daunting for newcomers. Be it road racing, autocross, RallyCross®, RoadRally or other SCCA® activity, the immense complexity of motorsports itself sometimes acts as a barrier to entry.
But thanks to support from Hoosier Racing Tire, the SCCA is producing the Hoosier Shop Manual series -- a set of videos taking a quick look at some of the ways Club members have fun with cars. Each short video provides a glimpse into a competition activity and a specific way to get involved. Videos will be rolled out early in 2018 and can be viewed at SCCA.com.
Mike Cobb, SCCA President and CEO, said the videos are being created to help automotive enthusiasts gain a better grasp of the SCCA member experience. The first set of videos focus on specific car classes across several Club. In the future, the Hoosier Shop Manual series also hopes to explore various volunteer specialties.
"We want SCCA Regions to use these Hoosier Shop Manual videos as a tool for explaining just what this Club is all about and what we offer to those who want to have fun with cars," Cobb said. "I'm sure many current Club members have experienced a time when they've tried to explain the SCCA lifestyle to someone outside the Club and it just becomes a little confusing. With these videos, regions now have an online destination where prospective members can learn more from those actually taking part in specific SCCA motorsport pursuits."
The first Hoosier Shop Manual video is now available for viewing here and focuses on Beth Aquilante and her SCCA road racing American Sedan Camaro. Check back to SCCA.comfrequently as new videos are uploaded in the coming months.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 4, 2018) -- Beginning immediately, the Sports Car Club of America® has hired Chris Robbins as the new Director of Region Development. Robbins will now lead both the Region Development and Member Services departments.
In his new role, Robbins will focus on helping SCCA® regions grow by developing and deploying an effective mix of membership acquisition, membership service and training, and program creation as part of an overall development plan for regions. He will work closely with staff, regional leadership and member services to provide regions with effective growth strategies.
Robbins worked at Southwest Airlines for more than two decades. From 2011 until his retirement in 2017, he served as a Customer Service Senior Manager, as well as a Curriculum Development Senior Manager and Senior Program Lead at Southwest Airlines University. He was part of the original leadership team focused on centralizing training for Southwest Airlines, provided leadership for a team of curriculum designers and developers, and managed customer service/hospitality training for over 54,000 employees. Additionally, Robbins has been a guest speaker at several SCCA National Conventions.
"The SCCA has been part of my life since childhood, attending SCCA events in Ponca City and Salina with my dad," Robbins said. "It's now an honor to join the staff of one of the most recognized brands in motorsports to actively engage Region Leadership, Members, Staff and Stakeholders in service of growing SCCA participation and membership."
Joining the SCCA in 2007, Robbins is a member of the Texas Region and served from 2012 to 2014 as the Region's Membership Chair where he produced a quarterly newsletter, fielded questions about SCCA membership and Texas Region activities, and acted as Region ambassador at autocross, road racing and car show events. He is an active autocrosser who also participates in Club Trials.
Michael Cobb, SCCA's President and CEO, said, "Chris is a great addition to the SCCA team as we work to accomplish our Mission of fueling a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for auto enthusiasts. His professional 'tool box' and leadership experience of over 20 years at Southwest Airlines certainly provides him with a unique set of skills which can be fully leveraged in support of serving our Members and those that serve our Members."
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: Chevrolet, the Official Truck of the SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Mobil 1, the Official Oil 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: Chris Robbins
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