Members of the Solo Community,
The 2018 SCCA Solo season will mark the 22nd year of the Club's unique Junior Driver Program (JDP) where younger SCCA members have been able to participate at Solo events with their families and become part of the Community. During these two decades of the JDP, we have seen a significant number of young drivers graduate into full size cars and continue their involvement with the Club. Many of these drivers have gone on to great success, both behind the wheel and as representatives of the Club, such as JT McClintock, Christine (Berry) Grice, and Julian Garfield. The program has certainly been of benefit to the Club in many ways and for folks like me that have been around a while, it has been a delight to see these young drivers evolve in so many ways.
Since 1997 the JDP has been relatively stable and has only evolved with some small rule changes such as alternate motors. 2018 will be a time of significant evolvement for the JDP. The desired outcome with these improvements is to insure all future Solo events that include JDP will be better organized and executed with consistent safety standards in place across all Regions. We believe these adjustments will not only insure that young drivers will have an improved experience, but this will improve and standardize the overall JDP program experience across the SCCA as well.
The Solo Events Board (SEB), the Solo Safety Committee (SSC), the Kart Advisory Committee (KAC), a special JDP Committee, and the National Staff have been working for over a year to develop rules, standards, and training to make the program better than ever and to ensure that it goes on for decades to come.
The key components of the upgrades to the 2018 JDP are focused in four areas; course standards, driver instruction, kart rules/inspection, event operations. While there will be some changes in the 2018 National Solo Rules to support these upgrades, the primary tool in accomplishing the upgrades will be training programs and materials that will aim to educate Region officials on JDP best practices and procedures. The completion of this training will result in the issuance of licenses to Solo event officials that will certify Regions to be sanctioned to operate a JDP at their Solo events. All SCCA Solo events after February 1, 2018 that include a JDP program must have licensed JDP officials for the event to be sanctioned.
How and when will this training and licensing happen?? The training materials and presentation are being finalized now, with the first training sessions happening at the NEDIV Convention on November 11, 2017 (https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2017-nediv-mini-con-hosted-by-wash-dc-turf-valley-resort-scca-washington-848411). This will be followed by training presentations at the SWDIV Meeting on January 13, the SCCA National Convention on January 18-20, 2018 (https://www.scca.com/pages/nationalconvention), the SEDIV Convention on February 3, 2018, the MIDIV Convention on February 10, 2018, the GLDIV Convention on March 10, 2018, and the CENDIV Convention on March 17, 2018. Information on these gatherings will be posted on the SCCA web site as it becomes available.
In addition to the above meetings, a webinar version of the training is being developed and we will post information on that when it is finalized. As this training program moves forward, the intention is to be training the trainers so Regions can ultimately have qualified instructors near them that will make face to face training within their Region practical.
What licenses will be part of the JDP?? The following licenses will be issued after training and are required for sanctioning Solo events with a JDP after February 1, 2018:
· Solo Safety Steward, JDP: Current Solo Safety Stewards (SSS) can have their license upgraded to include JDP after receiving the training. The JDP training will be incorporated into ongoing SSS training for new and renewing stewards, so after a few years we will revert to just one SSS license instead of two licenses (SSS and SSS/JDP)
· JDP Course Design License: If a member is only interested in designing courses and not becoming a SSS, they can take this specific part of the training for this license. If the Region does not have at least one SSS/JDP license holder, they must have a JDP Course Design license holder. If they do have a SSS/JDP license holder, a JDP Course Design license holder is not required, although recommended.
· Youth Steward License: The current Youth Steward licenses will lapse as of February 1, 2018 and will be replaced with a license that will be issued after receiving the upgraded training on driver instructions and event operations.
· JDP Tech License: This license will be issued after receiving training on the proper procedures to do a technical inspection of the unique components found on a kart.
In addition to this general letter to the Solo Community on the upgrades to the JDP, there will be other communications with greater detail in the coming weeks directed to specific groups of folks within the sport, such as Solo Safety Stewards, Region Solo Chairman, and the Solo Development Coordinators (SDC) in each Division. As a result, some of you will receive multiple messages on this subject, so please do not tune these out as this is important information regarding the JDP and our ability to sustain and improve this valuable program.
I would encourage everyone in the Solo Community to take this opportunity with these upgrades to the JDP to become more involved with your Region and to attend your Divisional Conventions, as well as the SCCA National Convention. You will find these gatherings to be fun, informative, motivating, and will introduce you to some new friends within the Club.
Thank you so much for your support of the SCCA.
Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director, Rally/Solo
LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 8, 2017) – Below are provisional results for each of 40 classes that concluded competition Friday during the 45th Tire Rack® SCCA® Solo Nationals at Lincoln Airpark in Nebraska. Each entry contains the class, winning driver, hometown, car, winning margin and number of championships. (Note: * Indicates not a National Championship event)
- A Modified: Marshall Grice; Redondo Beach, CA; ACME Special; 2.396 (Second National Championship, second in class)
- *A Modified Ladies: Kencey Christopher; Rowlett, TX; ACME Special
- A Street: Jason Frank; Mt Pleasant, WI; Chevrolet Corvette Z06; 0.440 (Fourth National Championship, first in class)
- A Street Ladies: Kandy Johnson; Glen Allen, VA; Chevrolet Corvette; 0.956 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- A Street Prepared: Tom Berry; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Mitsubishi Evo IX RS; 1.426 (Ninth National Championship, third in class)
- B Modified: Tom Ellam; Livermore, CA; Omnifab Cheetah; 1.894 (Ninth National Championship, second in class)
- *B Modified Ladies: Carol Burger; Noblesville, IN; LeGrand Mk18
- B Street Prepared: Tom O’Gorman; Mason, OH; Honda S2000; 0.660 (Third National Championship, first in class)
- B Street Prepared Ladies: Kristen Rosenthal; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Honda S2000; 3.971 (First National Championship)
- *CAM-C: Shaun Bailey; Royal Oak, MI; Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE; 0.517
- *CAM-S: Stephen Lee; Elizabethtown, KY; Chevrolet Z06; 0.196
- *CAM-T: Chris Carmenini; New York, NY; Ford Mustang; 1.535
- C Prepared: Brian Peters; Litchfield Park, AZ; Ford Mustang; 0.098 (Eighth National Championship, first in class)
- C Street: Daniel McCelvey; Houston, TX; Mazda MX-5; 1.297 (Third National Championship, third in class)
- C Street Ladies: Anne Robinson; Highland, IN; Mazda MX-5 Miata; 0.370 (Fifth National Championship, first in class)
- D Modified: Mark Huffman; Litchfield Park, AZ; Lotus Elan; 0.726 (Seventh National Championship, fifth in class)
- D Street: Mark Scroggs; San Ramon, CA; Chevrolet Camaro 2.0; 1.494 (Third National Championship, first in class)
- D Street Ladies: Julie Heaton; Omaha, NE; Subaru WRX; 0.704 (Third National Championship, second in class)
- E Modified: Jeff Kiesel; Poway, CA; KFR Turbo Sprite; 3.579(Twelfth National Championship, eleventh in class)
- E Modified Ladies: Shawn Kiesel; Poway, CA; KFR Turbo Sprite; 4.676 (Tenth National Championship, ninth in class)
- F Prepared: David Montgomery; Montgomery, OH; Porsche 914/6; 2.080 (Third National Championship, third in class)
- F Prepared Ladies: Amy Dilks; Pleasant Valley, NY; Honda S2000; 0.782 (First National Championship)
- F Street Prepared: Dan Costello; Omaha, NE; Honda CRX; 0.246 (First National Championship)
- F Street Prepared Ladies: Andrea Albin; Topeka, KS; Volkswagen Rabbit; 5.105 (First National Championship)
- G Street: Doug Rowse; Phoenix, AZ; Ford Focus ST; 0.205 (Fifth National Championship, first in class)
- G Street Ladies: Barbara Seeger; Pepperell, MA; Ford Focus ST; 0.307 (First National Championship)
- Street Modified: David White; Rutland, MA; Nissan 240SX; 0.673 (Four National Championship, four in class)
- Street Modified Ladies: Christy Carlson; Navarre, FL; Subaru Impreza; 1.638 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- Street Modified FWD: Robert Thorne; Littleton, CO; Honda Civic; 2.255 (Fourth National Championship, first in class)
- Street Modified FWD Ladies: Kristell Janusz; Hunlock Creek, PA; Honda Civic; 0.683 (First National Championship)
- Super Street: Scott Fraser; San Jose, CA; Porsche GT3; 0.146 (Fourth National Championship, second in class)
- Super Street Ladies: Laraine Wilkinson; Atlanta, GA; Chevrolet Z06; 0.047 (First National Championship)
- Super Street Prepared: Joe Tharpe; State Center, IA; Chevrolet Corvette; 0.916 (Fifth National Championship, fifth in class)
- Street Touring FWD: Daniel Gross; Frederick, MD; Mazda 3; 0.939 (First National Championship)
- Street Touring Ultra: Bryan Heitkotter; Fresno, CA; Nissan 350Z; 1.358 (Eighth National Championship, second in class)
- Street Touring Ultra Ladies: Mina Ingraham; Lake Oswego, OR; Subaru WRX STi; 0.203 (Second National Championship, second in class)
- Street Touring Xtreme: Jonathan Lugod; Gardena, CA; Subaru BRZ; 0.186 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- Street Touring Xtreme Ladies: Nicole Wong; Moorpark, CA; Scion FR-S; 0.410 (Seventh National Championship, first in class)
- X Prepared: Fred Zust; Tempe, AZ; Lotus Elise; 0.078 (Eighth National Championship, eighth in class)
- X Prepared Ladies: Tracy Lewis; Tallahassee, FL; Ford Mustang; 0.070 (Third National Championship, first in class)
For a complete rundown of competition, visit the Tire Rack Solo Nationals webpage.
Photo: Super Street racer Scott Fraser won his fourth National Championship Friday at the Tire Rack Solo Nationals
Credit: Christy Carlson
LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Below are provisional results for each of 35 classes that concluded competition Wednesday during the 45th Tire Rack® SCCA® Solo Nationals at Lincoln Airpark in Nebraska. Each entry contains the class, winning driver, hometown, car, winning margin and number of championships. (Note: * Indicates not a National Championship event)
- B Street: Ryan Clark; Calgary, AB; Porsche Cayman S; 0.141 (First National Championship)
- B Street Ladies: Tara Johns; Milton, TN, Chevrolet Corvette; 2.071 (Fourth National Championship, first in class)
- C Modified: David Fauth; Rogue River, OR; Van Diemen Honda FF; 1.233 (Sixth National Championship, first in class)
- C Modified Ladies: Sue Eckles; Malcolm, NE; Reynard Formula Ford; 2.104 (Fifth National Championship, first in class)
- C Street Prepared: Billy Davis; Auburn Hills, MI; Mazda Miata; 0.925 (Fourth National Championship, fourth in class)
- C Street Prepared Ladies: Katie Lacey; Apple Valley, MN; Mazda Miata; 1.351 (Third National Championship, first in class)
- D Prepared: Christopher Dorsey; Littleton, CO; Toyota Corolla GTS; 1.488 (Eighth National Championship, third in class)
- D Street Prepared: John Vitamvas; Glenwood, MD; BMW 330Ci; 0.316 (First National Championship)
- E Prepared: Brian Kuehl; Dover, NH; Honda Civic; 0.849 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- *E Prepared Ladies: Denise Kugler; Springtown, PA; Honda CRX
- E Street: Michael Ron; Waukegan, IL; Mazda Miata; 1.536 (First National Championship)
- E Street Ladies: Jennifer Bedell; Hillsborough, NC; Toyota MR2 Spyder; 0.163 (Second National Championship, second in class)
- E Street Prepared: John Laughlin; Akron, OH; Ford Mustang; 0.784 (First National Championship)
- E Street Prepared Ladies: Jessica Gauthier; Kirkland, WA; Ford Mustang; 0.372 (First National Championship)
- F Modified: Jason Hobbs; Saint Michael, MN; Novakar J9; 0.365 (Third National Championship, third in class)
- F Modified Ladies: Michelle Quinn; Land O Lakes, FL; KBS MK7; 8.030 (Seventh National Championship, seventh in class)
- F Street: Jeff Cashmore; BMW M3; New Berlin, WI; 0.194 (Eleventh National Championship, first in class)
- *F Street Ladies: Amanda Minen; Tappahannock, VA; Chevrolet Camaro
- *Formula SAE: John Price; Mansfield, TX; UTA F16; 0.201
- H Street: Mike King; Saint Johns, FL; Ford Fiesta ST; 0.062 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- H Street Ladies: Laney Blume; Wichita, KS; Mini Base JCW; 0.338 (First National Championship)
- *Formula Junior A: Mason Herrick; McPherson, KS; CRG Kart Santana; 0.836
- *Formula Junior B: Carter Heaton; Omaha, NE; Tony Kart; 2.907
- Kart Modified: Daniel Wendel; Advance, NC; Praga Dragon; 0.717 (Second National Championship, second in class)
- Kart Modified Ladies: Kate Regganie; Joliet, IL; Honda; 0.740 (Second National Championship, second in class)
- Super Street Modified: Randall Wilcox; Clarksville, TN; Mazda Miata; 1.096 (First National Championship)
- *Super Street Modified Ladies: Jenny Dunlap; Lakewood, CO; Toyota Spyder
- Super Street R: Sam Strano; Brookville, PA; Chevrolet Corvette Z06; 0.399 (Eighth National Championship, first in class)
- Super Street R Ladies: Stephanie Reeve; Sturbridge, MA; Corvette Z06; 2.064 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- *Street Touring Pony: Ryan Otis; Scappoose, OR; Chevrolet Camaro; 2.096
- *Street Touring Pony Ladies: Lacey Otis; Scappoose, OR; Chevrolet Camaro; 1.844
- Street Touring Roadster: Ian Stewart; Orlando, FL; Mazda MX-5; 0.323 (Second National Championship, first in class)
- Street Touring Roadster Ladies: Laura Campbell; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Mazda Miata; 0.530 (Second National Championship, second in class)
- Street Touring Sport: Ron Williams; Topeka, KS; Honda CRX Si; 0.025 (Sixth National Championship, first in class)
- Street Touring Sport Ladies: Kim Whitener; Fort Worth, TX; Mazda Miata; 1.578 (Fourth National Championship, fourth in class)
For a complete rundown of competition, visit the Tire Rack Solo Nationals webpage. Also, follow all the action with live timing and scoring at SCCA.com.
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Photo: John Vitamvas heading for a D Street Prepared victory at the Tire Rack Solo Nationals
Credit: Anthony Porta
TOPEKA, Kan. (September 13, 2017) – The 2017 Tire Rack ProSolo® season came to a close in Lincoln, Nebraska at the 2017 Tire Rack ProSolo Finale. While 300 drivers were competing for event honors, they were also shaking out the season-long point standings.
By virtue of winning the Ladies Challenges at Fort Myers and Mineral Wells, Jordan Towns’ ProSolo Finale Challenge win secured her the Ladies Challenge Points Championship, and the Fletcher Cup. Despite being eliminated from the Finale Super Challenge in the second round, Mark Scroggs’ two Challenge wins at Crows Landing and Packwood earned him the Super Challenge Points Championship.
To read the full coverage of the Tire Rack ProSolo Finale, click here.
The following drivers earned 2017 Tire Rack ProSolo Championships:
- Super Street: Monty Pack; Porsche GT3; San Francisco, CA
- A Street: Matt Jones; Chevrolet Corvette; San Diego, CA
- B Street: Jeremy Foley; BMW M1; Carrollton, TX
- C Street: Rick Cone; Mazda Miata; Lawrenceville, GA
- D Street: Mark Scroggs; Chevrolet Camaro; San Ramon, CA
- E Street: Michael Ron; Mazda Miata; Waukegan, IL
- F Street: Jeff Cashmore; BMW M3; New Berlin, WI
- G Street: Doug Rowse; Ford Focus ST; Phoenix, AZ
- H Street: Philip Mitchell; Ford Fiesta ST; White Lake, MI
- Super Street R: Matthew Braun; Chevrolet Corvette; Plymouth, MI
- Street Touring Roadster: Brian Karwan; Mazda Miata; Frederick, MD
- Street Touring Ultra: Bill Zerr; Subaru WRX; Tacoma, WA
- Street Touring Xtreme: Craig Wilcox; Mini Cooper S; Grain Valley, MO
- Street Touring Sport: David Whitener; Mazda Miata; Fort Worth, TX
- Street Touring FWD: David Hedderick; Acura RSX Type S; Pearland, TX
- Street Touring Pony Car: Jonathan Warlof; Ford Mustang; Willmar, MN
- Super Street Prepared: Mitch Fagundes; Audi R8; Clovis, CA
- A Street Prepared: Tom Berry; Mitsubishi Evo; Rancho Cucamonga, CA
- B Street Prepared: Anthony Porta; Mazda Miata; Yorba Linda, CA
- C Street Prepared: Billy Davis; Mazda Miata; Auburn Hills, MI
- D Street Prepared: Sam Strano; BMW 330CI; Brookville, PA
- E Street Prepared: Bryan Mancuso; Infiniti G35; Terryville, CT
- Super Street Modified: Jake Namer; Mazda RX7; Brooklyn, NY
- Street Modified: Daniel Stainback; Subaru WRX STI; Northport, NY
- Street Modified FWD: Chris Haydu; Honda Civic; Dallas, PA
- Kart Modified: Larry MacLeod; Honda Tony Kart; Ypsilanti, MI
- Formula Junior A: Mason Herrick; CRG Kart; McPherson, KS
- Formula Junior B: Carter Heaton; Tony Kart; Omaha, NE
- Classic American Muscle: Ryan Otis; Chevrolet Camaro; Scappoose, OR
- Ladies Index 1: Shelly Monfort; BMW 330 CI/Chevrolet Corvette; Saratoga, CA
- Ladies Index 2: Jordan Towns; Subaru WRX; Auburn, AL
- Ladies Index 3: Kim Whitener; Mazda Miata; Fort Worth, TX
- Race Tire Index 1: Jeff Kiesel; KFR Sprite; Poway, CA
- Race Tire Index 2: Fred Zust; Lotus Elise; Tempe, AZ
Photo: Jordan Towns navigates the course en route to the L2 ProSolo Finale win and Points Championship.
Credit: Rupert Berrington
Hey there race fans!! We have reached the end of August are in home stretch for the season. With only 2 regional events left, many points battles look to come down to the last event. While other have already been wrapped up. As it is in PPAX. James Paulson has been having a dominating season in his Mustang, and has clinched the class championship after winning both August events! The battle still rages for 2 and 3rd with Ryan Otis holding down 2nd at the moment, but both Jerry Jenkins and Myself will be looking to take that away in the final weekend. Carson Orud was able to also lock down the S2 championship with 2 strong wins while his closest competition, Blake Anghilante dealt a broken car at event 6 taking him out of the championship race. He will try and hold onto second in September.
Phil Snodgrass has a commanding lead in the NS3 class. Both Ben Cort and James Keller fresh of his first class win will be looking to steal it away. Many other classes see the points leaders heading in the final weekend with a firm yet tentative lead, Shawn Porter in NS4, Rio Rios in NS5, and Lorrin Mueller in S1.
Rafael Perez holds on to a slim 7 point lead over Garrett Cogburn in NS6. The Honda boys will be battling it out right down to the wire for sure. In Ladies PPAX, Lacey Otis takes the narrowest of margins into the final weekend with a 2 point lead over Mina Ingraham. These ladies will be fighting it out right down to the last run on Sunday and should be a blast to watch!
Our last two events will be the weekend of September 23-24 in Packwood, and you wont want to miss them!
On the National scene, we have a handful of region members heading east to the SCCA Solo Championships in Lincoln, NE. The Week will start off with the PRO Finale on Sept 2-3. Dan Bullis looks to make it back to back wins at the Finale in BS, while Ryan Otis will be looking to claim the win in a tough Cam class. Mina Ingraham and Lacey Otis will be representing the ladies as they hope to battle it out for the top 2 spots in a stacked L3 class. The PRO Finales is capped out at 300 racers along with a handful of juniors. The actions will be fast and furious for sure!!
The main event will start on Tuesday as the 2017 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals kick off. Over 1300 racers from across the globe have signed up to take part in the largest amateur auto racing event in the world! Last year saw 1304 racers take to the two large courses to find out who was the fastest in the country! This year looks to top that number with over 1320 already signed up. The competition will be broken down over 4 days, with racers running either Tues-Wed or Thur-Fri. Oregon region will be sending a number of fast racers down to try and claim the coveted red jacket. Here are the brave ones making the trek back east. May you all be safe in your journey, and kick some butt!!!
Dan Bullis(BS), Carson Orud(ES), James Paulson(FS), Jim Daniels(STR), Tami Daniels(STRL), Ryan Otis(STP), Lacey Otis(STPL), Phil Snodgrass(DP), Andy Howe(CM), Heather Howe(CML)
Des Toups(DS), Zeph Uusitalo(STX), Alex Paraskevas(STX), Mina Ingraham(STUL)Dennis Healy(CAMC)
Well, we are now in the heat of the summer and both the Packwood National Tour and PRO have come and gone. They were both fantastic weekends with many from the Oregon region taking home trophies. Karen Babb designed 2 fantastic courses for the Tours while our own Dan Bullis was the event chair. Many racers were in tight battles after Saturdays runs, but Sunday posed a tight finish which threw many for a loop. In the end, many were able to fight through and bring home some hardware. Ryan Otis was able to take home top PAX driver for the event, a huge accomplishment with the stacked competition at the event.
The PRO the following weekend proved to be much more of a tight course setup by NWR Tim Weiderman. As in overall PAX, it was ES taking the first 5 spots, it was not an easy course for the bigger cars. While the PRO (149) never draws as many racers as the Tour (267), still the competition was fierce, and many battles came down to the last run.
1st BS- Dan Bullis 2nd BS Lorin Mueller
2nd FS- James Paulson 4th BS- Dan Bullis
2nd HS- Tom Kotzian 4th STX- Alex Paraskevas
7th STR- Jerry Jenkins 1st CAM- Ryan Otis
3rd STX- Alex Paraskevas 2nd CAM- Dennis Healey
2nd STS- Oliver Taylor 3rd CAM- Jami Olerich
1st STP- Ryan Otis 1st L3- Mina Ingraham
1st STPL- Lacey Otis 2nd L3- Lacey Otis
2nd ASP- Perry Keller 1st R2- Josh McCall
1st ASPL- Andrea Keller 2nd R2- Zach Morgan
2nd SSM- Jared Still 4th R2- Jim Daniels
3rd SSM- Tim Bodingheimer
1st DP- Jim Daniels
1st DPL- Tami Daniels
1st FP- Zach Morgan
2nd FP- Josh McCall
3rd FP- Ben Cort
2nd CM- Andy Howe
1st CML- Heather Howe
1st FJA- Katherine Howe
With the National Events in Packwood over now, we can now turn our attention to the Oregon region points battles. With only 2 weekends remaining to pick up points, many classes are still up for grabs. Both remaining weekends will be taking place in Packwood, Washington. The site boasts a large fast lot, with panoramic views all around. The town itself is fun with many things to do for families. Camping on site is allowed, but plan ahead as the site has no power or running water on it. There are nearby campgrounds with all the amenities. Some local lodging as well with Hotel Packwood taking you back in time. On Saturday Aug. 19, we will be having a pot luck on site, so sign up to bring something and relax and just enjoy some down time with your fellow racers. Another perk for both weekend will be the Test’n Tune time at the end of both Saturday events. You MUST have run in the Saturday event to be able to participate in the TnT though, so make sure you show up! Get there Friday evening to get setup and relax.
With that, we hope to see you all in Packwood, and don’t forget SOLO National Championship is coming up fast as well. As of this article, over 850 racers have already signed up, and it promises to be the place to be in September! Dates Sept 2-9 in Lincoln, NE.
See you all at the races!
June is here and we are half way through our seasons points races. PIR is a thing of the past, as the remaining 2 event weekends will take place in beautiful Packwood Washington on Aug 12-13, and Sept 23-24. If you have not been to Packwood to run, you will be blown away by both the size of the lot, and the beauty of the surroundings! Camping is available on site, but no power or water is available.
June 10th and 11th events came and went, and it saw some new names top the standings, points battles tighten, and weather coming into play in a big way. Saturday saw a fun course design by Jon Balgley and Scott Turner. Heavy rain in the morning, and drying conditions in the afternoon kept everyone guessing on what fast times would be. Sunday saw a bumpy, yet fast and fun layout by the Orud family, as Carson and Lowell took a turn chairing their first event. Courses both days were fast and a ton of fun to drive.
In CAM, Patrick Highsmith has jumped into the point lead with back to back wins. He looks to keep that momentum going over Sean Fogli heading to the speedy Packwood sight.
NS1 saw new names take wins on both days. Saturday, it was Aaron Safstrom claiming his first win of the season as he and the PRE team continue to dial in the WRX. Sunday, it was the same car, but with Zack Morgan behind the wheel taking a commanding win as they seemed to have found the magic setup moving forward. NS1L has Andrea Keller running off the rest of the competition as she claimed two more wins.
NS3 followed NS1 with two new faces on top of the podium. Derek Loree was able to take a commanding win over the rest of the guys. But on Saturday Sunday, Ben Cort showed the Z is rounding into form this year, and ready to take on Phil and that Miata. Phil Snodgrass continues to lead in the points, but both Ben Cort, and Scott McCusker are closing in!
NS4 saw the points lead tighten up as Shawn Porter holds a slim 4 point lead over Orlando Rodriguez. Shawn was able to nail down second place finishes on both days as an out of towner showed up to ruin the party. John Jobin from the Sand and Sage racing family out of Tri Cities paid our region a visit taking the top spot both days before losing his transmission Sunday during his third run.
In NS5, Rio Rios was able to win back to back this weekend putting him 7 points up to Bernadette Kuehn. Rio has really been coming along in his STX Subbie this year, and will be looking to make some waves at the upcoming National Tour and PRO.
NS6 continues to be a dog fight as Rafael Perez and Garrett Cogburn sit tied atop the points after rounds 4 and 5. Garrett with 2 wins in the last 3 events has the momentum, but heading to Packwood anything can and will happen! Expect it all to come down to that Sunday event in September to see who is finally crowned.
PPAX has James Paulson taking a commanding lead over Ryan Otis and Dan Bullis. James was able to sweep the weekend events opening up his lead. Sunday saw him sneak out the win on his final run by just .080 over Dan who is looking forward to some more room for the big C5 Vette to stretch its legs. Ryan Otis found some amazing speed on Sunday, but it was 2 runs too late.
Mina Ingraham was able to pilot her lightning quick Subbie to wins on both days as Lacey Otis was racing out of town. Mina showed the STI can get the job done in both wet and dry conditions, and now has a 4 point lead heading north.
Moving to the street classes, S1 saw its point battle tighten up as well as Jon Balgley swept the weekend events, closing in on the strangle hold Lorin Mueller had. Jon showed some great speed taking the win both days by over a second. The sleeper in the group may be Skyler Card who will have some fresh rubber on the Corvette in Packwood, and will be one to watch. S1L still has the fast Jennifer Mueller showing the way with no end in sight.
The dog fight we predicted in S2 is turning into just that. Blake Anghilante rebounded from a disappointing 4th place finish at event #3 with back to back wins. Carson looks to get back on track in Packwood as his once large points lead is not just 4 with 4 events remaining. Dominic Stone has the experience in Packwood, and will be looking to make it a 3 dog fight.
The Trophy Challenge class saw its points leader widen up the gap a bit as Jake Hartough swept both weekend events. Sean Funk struggled on Saturday, but was able to rebound and finish in 3rd Sunday to keep some pressure on Hartough heading into Packwood. Bob Thomas sits in 3rd with Bret Stevens and Kris Allison closing in.
The series takes the month of July off as the SCCA National Tour and the PRO comes to Packwood. July 7-9 will showcase some of the best drivers from up and down the west coast as the SCCA National Tour rolls thought. Hotels are already full as a wedding in town has rooms scarce, but on track, the action will be hot as some fast names are already signed up. July 14-16 will put the drivers to the test as the National PRO points series comes a calling. If you have never ran a PRO before, think about coming out and diving it a try. Side by side competition with dueling courses is a sight to behold. Competition is always close and the challenges on Sunday are worth hanging around! Even if you can’t compete, come out and check out what the National level events are all about.
As usual, keep an eye out on our website and Facebook pages for updates, and fun facts. The looking ahead blog will continue to take questions, and try and steer you in the right direction for going faster! Have a safe and fun 4th of July, and hope to see you all in Packwood!!
Ok, it’s now time for the April installment of Hot to Autocross. This month, we are going to talk tires. First off, FORGET everything you think you know about what sticky tires are. Is it gone?? Ok good.
When you are getting into autocross, tires should be the first big investment you make for improving your car. One of the biggest mistakes new drivers can make is to listen to hype on a car enthusiast forum. This is one of those “the proof is in the pudding” things. When you look at national results, they will show you what tires everyone is racing on. Take a look at the class you plan on running in and see what most of the racers are running on. I promise you, you will see a pattern.
The tire manufactures are always working on improving their tires. It the Stock and Street Touring classes, you have a tread wear rating to 200 you have to stay at or above. As of this article, there are 4 players in that category. The Dunlop Star Spec Z2, and the Hankook RS3-V2 are number 3 and 4 on the list. Both are good tires, and will be a good tire to start on. Right now, the 2 top tires on the market are the BFG Rival S, version 1.5 and the Bridgestone RE71R. The recently released Rival S 1.5 is a good tire, but not the best when it’s cold, or chilly out. And the tire you will see on cars the most is the Bridgestone RE71 R. The Bridgestone is a great tire, but don’t expect long life out of it, especially if you intend to daily drive the car and tire.
A great option, if your budget allows it, is to invest in a second set of “race only” wheels for your autocross tires. Keep in mind, you want them as light as you can find. The major thing you need to watch when looking at wheels, is to make sure the size and offset specs will not bump you out of the class you intend to run in. In stock classes, you may go up or down in wheel diameter 1” only. And you may not go any wider than your stock wheels. This is one rule some racers might overlook. So make sure you are staying in that rule limit when looking.
With so many tires on the market, don’t let yourself get talked into getting something that a tire shop says will be fast. 99% of them have no idea what works best in our type of racing. Know what you are buying before you buy it! And know what size tire you are looking for. Ask around at a local event. See what sizes other in your class, or in a car like yours. Never be afraid to ask your fellow racers questions. We are always willing to help!
Hey there and welcome to Spring!! It’s been a long cold winter, and the sun is finally trying to come out. We are already set to run Events #2 and 3 on April 1st and 2nd. So hopefully you are reading this in time to make it out there!
March Event Recap
Our first event for 2017 came and went, and I think I may still be tired from it. On Saturday, the Starting Line School saw 22 new autocrossers take to the course. With Eric Clements in town to head the school, the wet and soggy day went off without a hitch! Tom Kotzian, Tasha Mikko, and James Paulson were all there to help instruct the students in what would be a tricky morning session with a lot or rain to deal with. By the afternoon, the rain was starting to let up, and with the great help from all the volunteers on site, we were able to get done an hour early! FUN RUNS for all!!
Sunday saw some cold temps move in, but no precipitation falling from the sky. By the time the counting was done, we saw 100 racers take to the fun and quick course. Rio Rios took his first stab at course design for the North Paddock, and it made for some close times!! Registration took a little longer with the huge turnout, but the hard work paid off as once the cars took to the course, the event ran smooth and many smiles were had by all. Grid was a social function with everyone chatting it up between runs, and comparing notes on their cars and the quick course.
In CAM, we saw 4 beautiful examples of great American muscle, with Kris Tucker taking the win in his 2001 Dodge Viper. When a Mustang Cobra, a Dodge Viper, a Pontiac GTO, and a 1968 Ford F100 with a Coyote engine pull the starting line, all eyes were fixed and ready to hear the beautiful sounds! Look for some great competition in this class this year as more cars join the fray.
NS1 saw a familiar face on top with Barry Cogurt taking home the win in the battle of Cayman’s and WRX’s. What was interesting to see, was after the counted runs, both WRX’s were able to put down the fastest times in the class. So look for this battle to heat up as the year goes on.
NS3 boys were all ready to play and we saw a new car in class take the top spot. Phil Snodgrass in his new to him DP Miata snag the win. Dan Kuehn and James Keller round out your top 3 in what was a fun class to watch. Was great to see some new cars come out, and see some familiar cars making a return. Look for many different names on top of this group from event to event.
NS4 saw a smaller than normal turn out with Shawn Porter taking the win over Orlando Rodriguez. We know there were a few racers that were unable to make it out for the first event, but should be out at the next. Can Shawn hold down the lead? Stay tuned to find out!
NS5 saw Alex Pareskevas in first in what will be tough class moving forward. Alex is quickly making a name for himself around the PNW with quick runs, and high finishes in overall PAX. Rio Rios was shaking down his stead after some off season changes, and the Spec B of Benadette Kuehn and Bryon Bromley will also be a force to be reckoned with.
NS6 saw a good turnout with the Honda Civic of Rafael Perez standing on top. His SMF Civic was able to take the win by just .500 over Garrett Cogburn in his 2001 Civic. With a great variety of cars in class, and some unusual car configurations, this should be a fun class to watch.
We jump into the Street class with S1 coming up first. Lorin Mueller and his beautiful 2016 Ford Focus RS took home the honors with a .600 win over a game Jon Bagley in his 2016 Gold R. Once you got past the AWD cars, it was co-drivers in the Sins C5 Corvette taking home 3rd and 4th with Eric Clements and Skyler Card behind the wheel. Chuck Spittal rounds out your top five in his 91 Corvette.
S2 was our largest class, and will be a dog fight until the last event, we are sure! With 19 cars taking the finish, it was Carson Orud standing alone with a little of .500 in the bank. A great return with a new car for Dominic Stone as he clawed his way up to second place, and championship contender Blake Anghilante in third on the podium. A mix of BRZ’s, WRX’s, and MR2’s with the occasional Boxster or VW sprinkled in, the amount of talent in this class is endless, and will be a blast to watch all year long!
In the ladies’ classes, we saw Andrea Keller taking home the win in NS1 ladies. Jennifer Mueller was fast and putting down a 33.417 run to take the win in S1 Ladies. In S2 ladies, it was Aimee Horst showing her Porsche Boxster had what it takes to get the job done taking the win.
With the help of the starting line school, the Trophy Challenge class saw 13 racers step to the starting line with Sean Funk in his fast Nissan 350Z winning. Jay Mallison in a brand new BRZ stayed in second, and John Stiteler sitting only .007 back in third! The competition was tough as last year’s champion Jake Hartough back in 5th. It was great to see some much new speed at the event, and I can’t wait to see how all these guys and girls improve throughout the year.
Pro PAX Ladies saw the always fast Mina Ingraham on top of the podium with Lacey Otis, and Leah Nagengast close on her heals. Sue Bewley and Danielle Paulson round out the field in what is always a tough group to conquer. Mina will be tough to beat, but the rest of the girls will be up to the challenge.
Pro PAX came down to the last run as Dan Bullis jumped to the lead with his third run taking the lead away from Jerry Jenkins by .065. That lead only lasted about 15 second as the vary next car being driven by a hot shoe from the NW region, Kevin Dietz. Kevin put down a blistering run to jump Dan, and take home the PPAX win, and set the top time of the day. With 1st through 7th only be separated by .800, the competition was fierce. With 13 drivers in PPAX and a bunch of red jackets, a dog fight it will be to knock Ryan Otis off his perch as defending class champion.
With a lot going on over the off season, we would like to say thank you to all who took the time to put in work on the trailer, the website, and all the other behind the scenes issues that needed attention. With every one of us being a volunteer, it takes a lot of selfless people to put all this on these events, and we have a great group!
As many gear up to head down to Crows Landing at the end of April for the National tour, and the PRO, it will be a busy month for sure!
It’s March, and racing season is finally here. It will be a busy year for many of us, with Crows Landing just around the corner in April. March will see our Starting line school taking place on March 18th with annual tech going on at the same time. Both in the North paddock at PIR. Event #1 on our points series will take place the next day on Sunday the 19th, also in North Paddock.
If you have never been to a national tour event, you are truly missing out. We are blessed to have one of the most scenic sites in the entire country in Packwood. But if you want speed, Crows Landing is the place to go. Last year at tour, we saw speeds of around 80mph for the fastest cars. Along with all that speed comes GRIP! The concrete surface gives you gobs of grip, something we don’t have a lot of here in the PNW, and it also gives you a little tune-up for what it’s like back at Nationals in Lincoln. The surface and people in rows are fantastic, and well worth the drive south!
With new classing and format in place for 2017, our local events promise to bring some new competition to our events. Here is what to look for in 2017
NS1- SSR, SSP, ASP, BSP, ESP
Clay Horst took home the class win last year in ASP, but with the classing bring some more competition in 2017, look or Aaron Stafstrom to bring a strong challenge to the class.
NS2-CSP, DSP, FSP
Bill Randleman in his NC Miata will be tough to beat as he continues to fine-tune the blue beast. Long time racer Derek Loree will be there to make sure it’s not a cakewalk for Bill.
NS3-All Prepared and Modified classes
Race tire PAX will be in this group. A dog fight it will be with the likes of Ben Cort, Andy Howe, Perry Keller, and the rest in this class. Scott McCusker is the defending RPAX class champion, and he will be doing all he can to back it up with another championship in 2017.
NS4-SM, SSM, SMF
We see the Street mod cars here in NS4. With a good mix of makes, and drive trans, look for Gilbert Calkins to have a strong year in his SMF Dodge Neon. Garrett Cogburn might have a new car to play with in SMF, and could give Gilbert a run for his money. When you start to mix in the likes of Brian Brummell in his bad to the bone Evo, Stuart Goldstein in his beautiful BMW, and Jared Still in his maxed out RX-7, you see how this class is stacked from top to bottom.
ST1-STS, STC, STF, STR
It will be interesting to see how many come to play in what should be an entertaining class. Look for Sam Boyce in his STR Miata, and Matt Westerskow to continue their fight from last year.
ST2-STX, STU, STP
We expect to see some familiar faces making an appearance here in ST2. Rio Rios in his FR-S, Jeff and Morgan Peterson in their RX8, and John O’Donnell will all be bringing fast cars to the class, and look for this championship to go down to the wire.
S1-SS, AS, BS, FS
The Street classes kickoff with the “V8” classes in S1. Mike Marum is up and coming in his Z06 Corvette, with long time racer Chuck Jarvie in his BS Porsche Boxster coming off a 2016 class championship. Darren Crop in his FS Camaro, John Bagley in his BS VW Golf R, and Skyler Card in a 1999 C5 BS Corvette, this class will be a tough one to come out on top of! Look for a lot of different drivers with event wins this year in a great mix of cars.
S2-CS, DS, ES, GS, HS
The best competition could come from S2 in 2017. With most of the Open PAX class from 2016 moving into S2, we find a bunch of drivers with a lot of class wins, and even some top PAX times here. It’s a great mix of both newer and experienced drivers and a wide mixture of cars. MX5’s, and BRZ/FRS will most likely be dominating this class in numbers, but it could be a surprise Mini or MR2 that could grab the class win. With names like Orud, Kuehn, Hicks, Boland, Turner, and Anghilante, this class is stacked from top to bottom with talent!
Lots of changes come in the PRO PAX class in 2017. With new faces to the class, and a bunch of changes in both cars, and car setups, the 2017 PAX championship is completely up for grabs. Ryan Otis has proven to be one of the top drivers in the entire country, grabbing both National titles last year back in Lincoln, as well as the local championship in PPAX, but he sees many changes to his top performing Camaro as he jumps into STP. James Paulson in his Mustang will be avoiding taking out both cones and corner workers as he looks at the STP build on his runner up from last year, and take over the top spot. Dan Bullis comes from a dog fight and class championship in OPAX in 2016, and will be a strong contender as well in his BS C5 Corvette. You start adding names like Jenkins, Clemons, Cutler, Czopek, and you find the competition is endless in this class.
With Lacey Otis stepping down as director, this will free up some more time to focus just on her racing. Like her husband Ryan, the car changing over to STP trim could be the wildcard in the picture for 2017. Lacey is a past National champion, and defending LPAX champion in 2016. She will have her hands full with Leah Nagengast, Becky Zacarda, and Mina Ingrham chasing her down. Look for Danielle Paulson, and a few other ladies that could be players depending on how many events they compete in for 2017.
Last Month, we started a kind of “How To” for autocross. We will make this a monthly section to try and help out with any questions racers might have. The section will be called “Starting to autocross”. Last month, it was about the cars, this month, let’s talk about the best way to get started once you have your car picked out.
The 2 best improvements you can make to a car are:
A) improving your driving skills. As a driver, you should never stop improving, and pushing yourself to find ways to go faster. With a great group of racers here in our region, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for one of them to go for a ride along, and get some pointers. We hope to be offering some instruction at the tail end of our PIR events, so keep a close eye out for that info to come.
B) TIRES! Most people want to go right for throwing parts on your car, Sway bars, intakes, and exhaust are all great options, but these could throw you into a new class. Tires are the BEST modification you can add to your car right off the bat. With a handful of great options out there, you will notice a HUGE performance increase when swapping out your stock tires for a set of good race rubber. If you can afford it, picking up a second set of wheel s for your race tires is a great investment as well.
Please if you have questions please feel free to send them to us, and we will try and cover them here in the next issue. Remember, you may not be the only one with that question, so please ask!
With that, we head out into the 2017 season later this month! Look for an event recap, and the next installment of “Starting to Autocross” in April. Until then, have a great month, and Lets Race!