Off season. That time between the last event of the year, and the anticipation of things to come the following year. What are your plans this off season?? Do you have a plan put together? Do you have a stock pile of parts you have been waiting to put on? Let’s talk about a few key areas racers might tend to overlook.
First off, the ever elusive driver mod. It’s a good time to reflect back on the year, and try and look at where you are as a driver. What areas do you feel you need to work on? How can you work on those areas? Well, first off start by asking questions. Talk to those PAX drivers, talk to anyone who may be faster than you. Ask for a ride along, ask them to ride along with you. We all want to get faster, every the best drivers are always looking to improve, and that may not come over night. Don’t get down on yourself, it just means it’s time to put in the work. Keep in mind, it’s never a bad idea to put someone faster in your car to see what speed you might be missing out on. Too often you hear drivers say my car is not fast enough, I need to make some changes. While this may be true, as cars can almost always be improved upon, make sure you as a driver are getting all out of it as you can as it sits. By putting a faster driver in your car, this may give you some perspective on where you are as a driver.
Next, what are you plans for next year? What class do you want to run in? Are you planning to stay in the same class, or do you want to move up in prep level? If you are planning on moving up, what parts will you need to do so. One key thing to keep in mind, unless you have a lot of extra money laying around (we are racers, we have none) it may take a few years to reach that next prep level. Set reasonable expectations. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t make the full prep level for that next class right away. Lay out a realistic game plan for those car improvements, and put that plan into play. Reach out to other in that class, and for their feedback on what they feel is the best way to attack the changes.
Don’t forget the simple things! Sometimes it’s just getting a real setup on the car. Getting the proper alignment can make a world of difference. Just getting the air pressures right for where they fit your driving style can give you a time gain. Often, people tend to overlook the little things that the best drivers will tell you, can make a world of difference.
As always, one of the most important things to keep in mind though out everything is every driver is different. What may work for other, may not work for you. Remember, it never hurts to try things. You can always go back to where you were. Unless you’re Dennis Healy that is.
Push those comfort zones. Have you been thinking about trying a National event? Have you been wanting to travel to try some other sites out? DO IT! Running at a National event can be scary that first time. Reach out to those drivers who have done them. Ask for hints on what to do to prepare, and how to go about those weekends. Mays its trying National Tour in Packwood, maybe you have been wanting ot head down to Cali and see what Crows Landing is all about. You are the only one that can make those things happen, and I promise, you will not regret it. Its an introduction to another level of drivers, of cars, and of competition. There is a good chance that it will stoke that fire within you, and you will want to do more of them.
Maybe you want to head north, and run an even with our great partners in NW Region, it could be heading up to Vancouver, and running with their great club. EESCC is a fantastic club down in Eugene with some fantastic people, maybe its heading out to try one of their events and meeting new people. We are blessed to have such a strong Autocross community here in the PNW. There are clubs in every direction, so check their schedules, and maybe plan a trip to try something new.
We would also like to welcome a new leader to our club, Bernadette Kuehn has stepped up to take change of our great club. By her side, Jason Hicks has taken over as second in charge, and under their leadership, our future looks extremely bright! We wish them both best of luck as we move forward into 2020!
New things are in the works, and the best way to find out about them is to get involved! Attend a monthly Meeting. Those take place on the second Tuesday of the month at the Round Table Pizza on Barbur Blvd. Sign up for a permanent work assignment, the club is always looking for more help!
The 2020 season is coming up fast, so eat all that Holiday turkey and Ham you can, and then get to work! The season ill be here before you know it. Have a Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New you Year. And as always, we will see you at the races…..
Well another SCCA Nationals Solo Championship week has come and gone. The Oregon Region was able to send out a handful of racers to chase the elusive red jacket back in Lincoln, NE. With 1274 racers taking times during the week, obtaining that red jacket is a daunting task to be sure. Even coming home with a trophy in fields of over 50 drivers is a great feat. HOT, HOT weather greeted the driver as they arrived in Lincoln for the 4 day event. Temperatures in the mid 90’s, the racers took to two 60+ second courses there would test both man and machine. Tire maintenance would be a key element throughout the week, with many searching to find ways to keep the tires cool between runs.
In A-Street, Dan Bullis put down a blistering first run that would have him in the lead of the largest class at Nats, 71 cars strong. By the end of the first day, that time would hold up to have him standing in second place, just .183 back. On Day two, he was unable to find the speed necessary to stay on the podium, falling back to claim a well-earned 5th place. Trophy.
DS was posed a tough challenge as the Civic Type R seemed to be the car to have. Ryan Otis took on the open field of 53 drivers in his Focus RS. After a day one where fast times, and a tricky course would prove difficult for many racers, Ryan found himself mired back in the pack sitting 14th in class. A tire brand change overnight, and the car came to life allowing Ryan to put down a blistering quick day 2 time, notching him 4th place in the field. While on the ladies side, his lovely wife Lacey found the Type R Civic to be just as frustrating. Lacey though would find herself sitting in a great spot sitting second on day one, and was able to continue that momentum on day two holding off a tough field of ladies to keep her second place trophy, and a spot on the podium.
Street Mod saw an extremely fast group of racers take to the two courses. Our own Dallas Cutler in his SSB Designs Mitsubishi Evo secured a speedy co-driver to put in the car to warm tires for him, and the move looked to pay off. After day one, both SSB drivers found themselves sitting first and second with Dallas holding on to a narrow .167 lead. On day two, the script would flip as the hot shoe tire warming for Dallas would put down a time that proved too tough to beat. While it still being a SSB top two finish, Dallas would end up just .735 back to claim second on the podium.
CAM-C would find the final trophy winner for the region, James Paulson. 37 cars would take time in the Classic American Muscle field, comprised of mostly Mustangs, Camaros, and an oddball Cadillac. Day one saw James in a fairly under prepped Mustang, cling to tough second place with just .241. ON day tow, James was able to close that margin, but wound up falling short to the class campion by a scant .125.
All in all, it was a great week with many new memories being made by all who showed up. Lincoln possess a great challenge for those of us from the PNW. A surface we don’t see unless traveling to Cali, temperatures and humidity now commonly found locally, and a level of drivers and competition that is outstanding. S0 a huge congratulation to all who showed up and made the region proud.
Driver and class finishes
AS- Dan Bullis – 5th , AS- Tom Kotzian – 55th , DS- Ryan Otis- 4th, DSL-Lacey Otis- 2nd, SSC- Andy Howe- 42nd, STX- Cassidy Coghlin- 31st, STX- Rio Rios- 34th, SM- Dallas Cutler- 2nd, CAM-C- James Paulson- 2nd, CAM-C- Danielle Paulson- 34th,
The fat lady has sung, Elvis has left the building, and the 2019 points championship has come to and end. With the final weekend taking place on September 21-22, new champions were crowned, and everyone got a little wet.
We start in Cam with Brian Duncan edging out Aaron Folkerts by just 12 points. Both won 4 events in 2019, but it was Brain who never finished lower than second that was able to claim the championship. Duane Schafer rounds out the podium in third.
In NS1, it was the Subaru WRX of Perry Keller showing how to dominate a class winning 9 of 10 events taking home the hardware.
NS2 was a two horse race with Aaron Mauldin and his Honda Del Sol sweeping the final weekend to take the championship away from David Russell in his Miata.
Scott McCusker has the car owner, Ben Cort to thank for an outstanding year piloting the 240Z to the championship in NS3. Ben would gather enough points to lay claim to second, as James Keller battled his way to the third and final podium spot.
NS4 was a battle right to the end with Garrett Cogburn stealing the championship away from Jake Hartough by a slim 22 points. Garrett was the lone STS car on the podium, as both Jake and Dan Kuehn drove STX BRZ’s to podium positions. Dan found himself in a tie with the car owner, Rio Rios for that podium spot, but Dan will get the nudge having complied 2 seasons wins compared to just one for Rios.
NS5 saw Brian Robards at the wheel of his Mazda RX7 winning 4 of his 6 events, and taking home the crown.
Looking to the street classes, S1 was a V8 fest with Mustangs coming home in 1st and 3rd. Shane Kienholz would claim that top spot winning 4 events during the season. Brian Bromley proved he could step up in horsepower leaving his Miata behind and piloting the other podium Mustang to third. The C4 Corvette of Chuck Spittal was able to split the Mustangs, as his 3 wins in during the seasons secured him the second spot.
The typically crowded field of S2 ended up being a new comer to Oregon, George Emery surprising everyone. Locking up the championship early, his Ford Focus ST proved to be a tough act to beat winning 6 of the 13 events.
A familiar car was in the second spot, this year with a new driver. The Yellow MR2 formerly owned and driven by Blake Anghilante had a new owner in Allen Westenskow. Allen showed he knew just how to handle the agile car, and kept the car in the second podium spot. Matt Turned was able to edge out Michael Pinto on the final day by taking a 5th place in the event. That 5th would give Matt the 3 extra points he needed to skate by Michael by 1 point, taking the final podium spot in class.
Two classes that saw rather low attendance all year, S2L and SSC still had two fantastic drivers take home championships. Suzi Schieber had an easy time of it as she takes the win in S2L putting down fast times all season long. And Dominic Stone drove the wheels off his SSC BRZ to win all things in class.
The newcomers in the Trophy Challenge class saw a fierce battle right up until the end. It was Ben Holmesmith in his beautiful blue Subaru taking the top spot. In second, Laura Duncan took two wins during the year, and showed she will be one to watch moving forward. Janik Knittle showed great speed and kept improving all year to claim 1 event win on the final weekend, and secure the third spot in class.
PAX classes were both decided prior to the final weekend with the last name of Otis on top of both. On the Ladies side, it was Lacey Otis who had a strangle hold on the class. Her Ford Focus RS was fast at every event, and she was able to win 8 out of the 12 events she ran in. Danielle Paulson showed great speed this year as well, as she grew more comfortable with the CAM changes to their Mustang. That speed nabbed her 1 win this year, and had her securely in second place in the points. Bernadette Kuehn borrowed a Miata from Dave Russel, and she ran that to third in the season points.
Looking at the Open side of PRO-PAX, it was Ryan Otis who showed the way winning 6 event wins was too much to overcome for second place James Paulson. James would win 1 event during the year, but it was his consistent finishes that would have him lock down that second spot. Dallas Cutler rounds out the Podium in class with the SSB Designs Evo coming home third.
It was a fantastic year, which saw many new faces join the Oregon Region family. Fun courses, and great people keeps our region strong. PIR events saw some strong numbers, with the final Saturday having 90 racers take time. Event 3 saw the largest car count in recent years, with 108 taking runs. 2020 looks to be a stellar year with fierce competition coming our way. So get on to those off season projects soon!!
The awards banquet will be taking place on Saturday September 9th. Information and links can be found on the website, oregonscca.com. We look forward to see you at the banquet.
Until then, we will see you at the races….
Sports Car Club of America is excited to announce that longtime Solo competitor and Club member Mike King has been selected to serve as SCCA’s next Director of Solo and Rally. October 1 is when King, a multi-time Solo champion, will officially take on his new role.
In his new position, King will be tasked with planning, directing and coordinating the activities of the Rally and Solo competition departments. He will oversee development of new programs, products and services, as well as develop new approaches to existing programs, products and services. The incoming Director of Rally/Solo will begin a new chapter for the programs, building on a solid foundation with a focus on member experience, operational excellence, technology and program development. He will also serve as a member of SCCA’s senior staff in the establishment of strategic and operational plans for the organization.
“Motorsports is a strong passion of mine and has always been since discovering it through the Sports Car Club of America almost 30 years ago,” King said. “From my very first experience at an SCCA Solo event, the Club has been an integral part of my life. To now have the opportunity to work every day on these incredible programs at the national level is nothing short of amazing for me. I look forward to working with the team to achieve the common goal of providing SCCA’s members the best Rally and Solo program experiences possible.”
An SCCA member for nearly 30 years, King is a four-time Tire Rack Solo Nationals Champion, two-time Tire Rack ProSolo National Champion, and a two-time Solo Triad Award winner. Beyond involvement in both SCCA Solo and Road Racing activities, King has been active in the Club as a member of the Buccaneer Region Board of Directors, an Assistant Regional Executive, Regional Solo Chairman and Event Chairman for Divisional, National Tour and ProSolo events. He has also worked as an Event Manager for Evolution Performance Driving School, and SCCA’s Starting Line and Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack programs.
It was in June 2019 that SCCA announced a restructuring of Rally/Solo Senior Management as program leader Howard Duncan, who joined the staff in 1990 and has been instrumental in the creation and continued development of the National Solo program, shifts his focus to the newly-created Sr. Manager of National Solo Field Operations position.
“I am looking forward to being able to concentrate my efforts on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program and to having the new Director bring a fresh perspective to business operations and the development of the Solo and Rally programs throughout the country at all levels,” Duncan previously said. “As the complexity and reach of all of these programs has grown over the years, it became increasingly clear to me that we needed to take this approach to see the Club grow to its full potential.”
Photo Credit: Rupert Berrington
At both the 2019 Packwood National Tour, and the 2019 Packwood PRO in the books, Oregon Region racers were able to shine, bringing home over 30 trophies in the two weekends of competition.
Tour came first with the competition fast and furious as over 281 racers took times throughout the weekend. Many class battles came down to last runs, with both wins and trophies changing hands in rapid succession.
In B-Street, PNW Region racer Piotr Szarkiwicz had Dan Bullis by .008 after day one. Bullis then had to wait until his third run to finally get a clean run, taking the win over Szarkowicz by .643 in the end.
Ryan Otis lead the way from start to finish in a talent heavy D-Street class taking the final win by .344 over the always fast Des Toups. Ryan will look to be one of the favorites heading back to Lincoln.
In F Street, Roy Hocket was able to hold off a pesky BMW to pilot his Mustang to the win, while in G Street, Dennis Healy found himself in the similar position as his White GTI was able to carry him to victory.
STX saw a first time national tour winner from Oregon region. Alex Paraskevas took the win in a class that has 5 drivers within .100 of each other after day one with a dead heat for second place down to the thousandth. Alex however was able to put down a flier on his second run on Sunday to edge out the win by a scant .078!!
Dallas Cutler was able to navigate his extremely speedy Evo around the tough course to take a commanding win in Street Mod by over 1.6 seconds. Look for him to bring that same speed to Lincoln in September.
Staying in the Evo ranks, co-drivers Josh McCall and Zach Morgan were able to take charge in a tough field of X-Prepared cars to not only win but dominate, taking both first and second place by over 2 seconds. Scott McCusker from OR slid in to claim the third and final trophy spot in class making it an Oregon sweep.
In Cam action, it was the beautiful Mustang GT of James Paulson showing the way as he took top honors over fellow Oregon Region member Steve Wynne by 1.8 second in Cam C. Meanwhile in Cam T, it was the sexy Blue Mustang of Chris Pokornie taking first place.
Rounding out the winning ways, Ashley Boedigheimer put down some speedy times in her dad’s extremely fast ‘89 Corvette to win in Super Street Mod Ladies.
We now turn our attention to the PRO weekend. It may have been a different weekend, but it was many of the same stories taking place as Oregon Region was able to claim 6 more class victories! Dan Bullis, James Paulson, Dallas Cutler, and Ryan Otis were all able to complete the double header sweep backing up their tour wins with PRO wins. Adding to the class winning, John Tritsch moved up from second in tour to the top spot in the PRO in C-Street, and Zach Morgan got the Better of Josh McCall this time around to claim the win in R2.
With the class battles over with, we turned out sights on the Super Challenge with many racers entered in. In the first round, it was Adam Ruff facing off against car Owner Tritsch with Adam able to sneak away with the round win. The second round saw Paulson go head to head with Bullis. With Dan taking a cone on his first run, James cruised to the win. Both Ruff and Paulson would see rounds fall their way as both would find themselves in the final paired up. Ruff would take a large lead on the faster left side course after the first run. But overheated tires and a tough right side course would jump up to bite him as Paulson was able to put down a blazing fast left side run to come from behind to take his first ever Super Challenge win in heart pounding fashion. A huge congrats to both racers for putting on a heck of a show in the final.
The Oregon region in total brought home 32 trophies between the two weekends, a fantastic showing considering the stiff competition. With Nats just around the corner, the region will be looking to bring home some more from Lincoln as well! Best of luck to all traveling back from the PRO Finale and the SCCA Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dan Bullis 1st BS, John Tritsch 2nd CS, Adam Ruff 4th CS, Ryan Otis 1st DS, Allen Westerskow 4th ES, Roy Hocket 1st FS, Dennis Healy 1st GS, Alex Paraskevas 1st STX, Garret Cogburn 6th STS, Dallas Cutler 1st SM, Tom Mill 4th SM, Ashley Bodigheimer 1st SSM, Josh McCall 1st XP, Zach Morgan 2nd XP, Scott McCusker 3rd XP, Jason Braunberger 3rd CP, Tim Bodigheimer 4th CP, Jim Daniels 2nd DP, Sam Otis 2nd FJB, James Paulson 1st CAM-C, Steve Wynne 2nd CAM-C, Chris Pokornie 1st CAM-T
Dan Bullis 1st BS, John Tritsch 1st CS, Adam Ruff 2nd CS, David Santel 2nd STX, Dallas Cutler 1st S1, Ryan Otis 1st S4, Lorin Mueller 3rd S4, James Paulson 1st CAM, Zach Morgan 1st R2, Jim Daniels 2nd R2, Josh McCall 3rd R2, Sam Otis 1st FJB
August 3-4 saw the final Packwood events for the year roll around. The weather was hot, and so was the action as both Saturday and Sunday saw strong turnouts. With big numbers and fast drivers, taking top honors was a real feat.
In CAM, Brian Duncan in his Corvette took wins on both days as he works to take home the season championship. After both wins, he now holds a 5 point lead over Aaron Folkerts who missed this past weekend. Duane Schaefer holds down the third spot.
As we said good bye to Packwood for the year, this means the Juniors Championships closed out as well. In FJA, it was a brother dual as Andrew and Gabriel Nolke went head to head. It was a HUGE Sunday as Gabriel was able to claim his first ever win over his big brother. But it was Andrew who would have the lst laugh as he takes the season Championship by 16 points over little brother.
FJB action has been tight all year with Sam Otis showing blistering speed. He will claim the season win with Ember Safstrom, Torin McCusker, and Abby Paulson rounding out the class. And in FJC, the master of the ‘Game face” Rachel Kuehn taking top honors. With talent like this, the future is bright for the region!!
Perry Keller scared away all the competition in NS1, and looks to have a lock on the class as he took another win on Saturday. NS2 saw Dave Russel close the gap to Aaron Mauldin as with two events left, it now stands at 20 points.
NS3 see’s a fight for second place as Ben Cort and James Keller do battle. Both trying to catch the always fast Scott McCusker. Phil Leavens said goodbye to Groot this past weekend and was able to put some ridiculous times to take the win on both days. Look for a new B-Mod car next year form Phil which should be lightning quick!!
NS4 is also tight with Garrett Cogburn leading the way over Jake Hartough. Rio Rios sitting in third will have something to say before its all over as well as this class will come down to the final weekend. Dan Kuehn and Carl Tanner played spoilers this weekend as both split the weekend wins. Dan sits in 4th, and might be a thorn in the side for the top 3.
S1 has Shane Kienholz sitting on top as Chuck Spittal is trying to mount a late season charge. Will it be too little, too late?? PIR will decide.
S2 saw George Emery leading the way with 2 more wins on the season. He has shown amazing speed in his Ford Focus ST, and is holding on to a 20 point lead over the speedy Allen Westernskow. Michael Pinto sits third, and will need some luck to come his way to try and jump up in to one of the top spots. Matthew Turner is only 4 points off of the podium, and has his sights set on the back of the Pinto Porsche.
Trophy Challenge is a real dog fight as both Ben Holmessmith and Laura Duncan have been going back and forth all season. With two big wins this last weekend, its now Ben’s to lose as he will take a narrow 9 point lead into the final weekend. Can Laura keep the spins away to reclaim the top spot? Only time will tell.
PRO PAX Ladies looks to be an uphill climb as Lacy Otis has been showing amazing speed in the Otis Family Racing Focus. With her putting down top 10 PAX times all years, she has been extremely hard to beat. She holds a large lead in the point over the always fast Danielle Paulson. Annie Gill stopped by to play spoiler on Saturday taking the win, but it was Lacy jumping back on top on Sunday with a time that put her 7th on overall PAX. Great driving by all the ladies in class.
And in PRO PAX, its more of the same as the last name of Otis sits on top. Ryan Otis holds a commanding lead over second place James Paulson who finds himself tied with Dallas Cutler. Oddly enough, neither would find themselves on the top spot this past weekend as it was Jim Daniels who stole that honor. Jim in his DP Miata was flying all weekend long as he edged out Dan Bullis on Saturday, and then Dallas Cutler on Sunday to take both wins. Cutler and Paulson will be going at it tooth and nail the last weekend of the year as they try and sort out the final two steps on the podium.
Saturday evening saw the second annual Region Potluck take place on site in Packwood. Fellow racers and family came together to enjoy great food, and great friends in what looks to be a long standing tradition. Packwood truly is a magical place, and we are lucky enough to share in this great town. If you have yet to make the trek up to the base of Mt Rainer, DO IT!!!!
The racers will have some time off as many get ready to make the trip back to Lincoln, Nebraska. The PRO Finale and SCCA Solo Nationals will be taking place the first week of September, and it will be a sight to see. With 1325 racers signed up, selling out in a mere 25 hours, Solo Nats will be the hottest place on the planet! Follow all the action live as it happens. Find the links from the SCCA Home page. We wish safe travels, and the best of luck to all who are making the trek out East. May your runs be clean, and your times fast!!
One weekend stands between us and the finish line. With many points battles left to finish, the action will be ferocious. So Portland International Raceway, September 21st and 22nd will be the place to be. Mark it down and come on out and enjoy the family that is Oregon Region Autocross!!!
Until then, we will see you at the races……
SCCA recently revealed a restructuring plan with the senior management of its Rally and Solo programs beginning in 2019.
Longtime program leader Howard Duncan will shift his focus to event operations for the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program, with the search beginning for a new hire to take on the role of oversight and development for the Rally and Solo departments.
Duncan, who joined the staff in 1990 and has been instrumental in the creation and continued development of the National Solo program, will remain in his current Sr. Director of Rally/Solo position through the 2019 Championship season before moving to the newly-created Sr. Manager of National Solo Field Operations position this upcoming offseason.
“The demands of running the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo series make it extremely difficult to also develop and manage the business side of the programs—these really need to be two different positions,” said SCCA Vice President and COO Eric Prill. “There wouldn’t be a National Solo program without Howard’s vision and dedication over the last three decades. He’s been flat-out through that time period, developing the series while managing all aspects of the autocross and rally programs and being a key member of the national staff.”
“I am looking forward to being able to concentrate my efforts on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program and to having the new Director bring a fresh perspective to business operations and the development of the Solo and Rally programs throughout the country at all levels,” said Duncan. “As the complexity and reach of all of these programs has grown over the years, it became increasingly clear to me that we needed to take this approach to see the Club grow to its full potential.”
The incoming Director of Rally/Solo will begin a new chapter for the programs, building on its solid foundation with a focus on member experience, operational excellence, technology and program development.
Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.scca.com/careers.
A detailed look at contingency programs for 2019 Tire Rack Solo Nationals can be found here.
With tiered registration beginning June 18 for the 2019 Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals, it’s time to take a look at all the companies lined up to support competitors at the 47th running of the event taking place Sept. 2-6 at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sign-up for contingency programs is conducted within online Solo Nationals event registration. Competitors may add or subtract contingency programs up to Sept. 2 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Late changes can be made upon arrival at the Solo Nationals venue at the registration tent.
A full list of programs, including details and instructions, can be found by clicking individual contingency links in the Solo Nationals dropdown menu at https://www.scca.com/pages/solo-contingency. Many opportunities require pre-registration with SCCA and/or with the sponsoring company. It is the responsibility of each competitor to make sure they are in compliance with each program for which they would like to enroll, including registration, product use and decal placement. Once competitors have reviewed requirements for specific contingencies, registration for the various programs is conducted through a special MotorSportReg.com webpage.
Below is a quick glimpse at 2019 Solo Nationals contingency sponsors:
Hawk Performance, Official Brake Products of SCCA (All Classes)
1st - $100 certificate, 2nd - $90 certificate, 3rd - $80 certificate, 4th - $70 certificate, 5th - $60 certificate
Honda Performance Development (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st - $300 HPD Bucks, 2nd - $200 HPD Bucks, 3rd - $100 HPD Bucks
Bridgestone Tires (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $100
Falken Tire (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $200, 4th–15th - $100
BFGoodrich Tires (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st – 4 free tires, 2nd – 2 free tires, 3rd – 1 free tire
Supplemental classes: 1st – 2 free tires, 2nd – 1 free tire
Design Engineering, Inc (DEI) (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st - $300 certificate, 2nd - $200 certificate, 3rd - $100 certificate
Eibach Springs (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st – 4 free springs, 2nd – 3 free springs, 3rd – 2 free springs
Nissan Motorsports (Select Cars & Classes)
Eligible classes (Current Select Models): 1st - $750, 2nd - $500, 3rd - $250
Eligible classes (Non-Current Models): 1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $125
#DrivingForwardTogether (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st - $100 and #DrivingForwardTogether T-Shirt
Hoosier Racing Tire (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st – 4 free tires, 2nd – 2 free tires
Mazda North American Operations (All Classes)
1st - $800, 2nd - $500, 3rd - $250, 4th - $175, 5th - $150, 6th - $125
Solo Triad Award - $600
Competitors Bonus: Competitors who have competed in at least three National events without earning contingency from Mazda in 2019 are eligible to compete for $500 at the Tire Rack Solo Nationals. Mazda will award the top 10 of those competitors based on PAX finishing position.
Women’s Initiative (WI): Mazda will award any female Mazda competitor who finishes in Open Class 2nd-10th place a $150 WI bonus.
Nexen Tire (Select Classes)
Eligible classes: 1st - $800, 2nd - $500, 3rd - $300, 4th - $200, 5th - $100
Toyota/TRD (All Classes)
1st - $1,000
Again, it is the responsibility of each driver to make sure they are eligible to receive any contingency awards in which they are interested. Check requirements for each program by clicking here, and check back often for added programs.
Additional background about Tire Rack Solo Nationals is available at https://www.scca.com/pages/national-championship.
Photo Credit: Rupert Berrington
The end is in sight!!
With the 2019 Autocross season already 9 events in, the racing has been fast and furious! June 15th and 16th brought events 8 and 9 around, leaving only 4 events left on the schedule for 2019. July will bring the 2 Packwood National weekends.
The National Tour taking place July 13-14, and the National PRO Solo the following weekend, July 20-21. Registration is currently open for both.
If you have never done one, I would highly recommend it as they are both fantastic event, and its always fun to see and meet some new racers from around the country,
With our June events taking place on Father’s Day weekend, it was great to see so many fathers and sons/daughters racing together! As Saturday rolled around, the weather was crisp and cool with overcast skies above.
The racing was hot and heavy though as Ryan Otis talked his way into a 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1, owned by Waylon Goebel. Ryan used Saturday to get a feel for the car, coming home in Second place in Pro Pax.
Ron Bauer came down from the speedy NW Region to wrestle the top spot away with a BLISTERING 50.854 time on his third run. This would give Ron the top PAX time for the day for all the non-junior cars. On Sunday, it was Ryan showing just how fast the big Chevy could be taking the win over Dan Bullis by .345
In the Juniors, it was Andrew Nolke for the win in JA as both his brother, Gabe and himself set down some quick times all weekend long. Andrew was able to take the win on both days. In Junior B, it was that Otis family getting another win on Saturday, this time with Sam at the wheel. He was able to just sneak around the always fast Torin McCusker to take home the win.
Sunday saw Gabe running in Junior B, securing the win with Sam, Torin and Abbie Paulson rounding out the top 4 spots. Spitfire Rachel Kuehn took top honors on both Saturday and Sunday in Junior C.
The always popular S2 class saw some late run drama with Allen Westerskow throwing down a flier on run 3 to edge out George Emery on Saturday. George would get his revenge on Sunday taking over the top spot, with Matt Turner jumping up to take second away from Westenskow late by just .205.
NS3 saw some close action all weekend with the 2 C-Mods of Phil Leavens and Andy Howe leading the way both days. Saturday saw Phil taking the win by a mere .200 with Sunday being even closer as Howe would again fall just short, losing by scant .031 in the closet battle all weekend.
Pro Pax Ladies would be a weekend long battle with Lacy Otis taking a second on Saturday, and a first on Sunday to add to her points lead. NW Region, and National Champion Jessie Gauthier played the role of spoiler grabbing the win Saturday.
The ever quick Danielle Paulson sits in second place, and will be looking to chip away at Lacy’s lead at the August events.
With the season end on the horizon, many points battles are still up for grabs. CAM will be down to the wire with Aaron Folkerts holding a narrow 4 point lead over Brian Duncan.
NS4 see Garrett Cogburn hanging on to a slight advantage over Jake Hartough with Rio Rios hot on both their heels. S2 is shaping up to be a battle to the end yet again, this year with George Emery and Allen Westenskow sitting just 12 points apart.
And in our Trophy Challenge class, Laura Duncan who has been showing great speed all year is sitting on top by just 7 points over Ben Holmesmith.
With only 4 events left, the gloves will be off and everyone will be out for blood as we return to Packwood August 3rd and 4th.
Oregon Region SCCA member Mark Darby, 55, passed away recently. He is greatly missed by his friends.
Some of the tributes to Mark posted to social media include:
“I love and miss you my man. You will forever be one of the biggest parts of my childhood. I’ll never forget all the days and nights we spent talking about love, life, music, and whatever else are crazy asses could think of. All the meals you cooked for us, the lessons you taught us, the home you made for us and the laughs you gave us. You will live forever in our hearts.”
- Asher Fairbanks
“Mark Darby raced cars. He worked for Journey in their heyday. Sammy Davis, Jr., held him on his knee and sang “Happy Birthday” to him when he was four.
He had an infectious laugh, LOVED all things guitar, and his inner 14-year-old lurked VERY close to the surface.
Mark had a blast living more life in his 55 years than most do in 80 or more. Godspeed, Buddy.”
- Jonathan Weaver
“Mark Darby, was eternally optimistic, no glass was EVER 1/2 empty. He had the most infectious laugh and brightened every room he ever entered. He was selfless, generous, kind and loving. And funny as HELL! He was one of the good ones that made the world a better place. He is loved and will be missed so much. My heart goes out to his sons. He was so incredibly proud of them. RIP love...though we all know you’re smokin’ and jamming with all the greats.”
- Joy Eubanks-Jewell
A celebration of life for Mark was held in Portland on April 20.