TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Sports Car Club of America announced the results of the SCCA Board of Directors elections held in four of the SCCA's geographic Areas. One new board member was elected, with three incumbents rejoining the board for three-year terms in office.
Chairman of the Board, Lee Hill, of Brandon, Florida, will retain his position as Area 3 Director. In Area 4, Marcus Merideth, of Westland, Michigan, will retain his position. Charlie Davis, of Vallejo, California, ran unopposed to retain the Area 9 Director seat. Finally, in Area 11, Jason Isley, of Coto De Caza, California, ran unopposed to claim that position on the Board.
2018 Board of Director Election results are as follows:
Area 3: Encompasses part of the Southeast Division, including the Florida, Gulf Coast, Wiregrass, Central Florida and Dixie Regions.
- Incumbent Lee Hill ran unopposed.
Area 4: Encompasses the Great Lakes Division and each Region contained within it.
- Marcus Merideth: 562
- Patrick McCammon: 539
Area 9: Encompasses part of the Northern Pacific Division, including San Francisco and Reno Regions.
-Incumbent Charlie Davis ran unopposed.
Area 11: Encompasses the Southern Pacific Division, including Arizona, Cal Club, Hawaii, San Diego, Las Vegas and Arizona Border Regions.
- Jason Isley ran unopposed
The 2018 SCCA Board of Directors:
Area 1 - Bob Dowie
Area 2 - Jack Burrows
Area 3 - Lee Hill
Area 4 – Marcus Merideth
Area 5 - Bruce Lindstrand
Area 6 - Chris Albin
Area 7 - Dan Helman
Area 8 - Arnie Coleman
Area 9 - Charlie Davis
Area 10 - Earl Hurlbut
Area 11 – Jason Isley
Area 12 - Tere Pulliam
Area 13 - Jim Weidenbaum
Election ballots were received through November 15, 2017, and counted by Mize, Houser & Company, Certified Public Accountants. The current board is set to have one more meeting in December, with new BoD members officially taking their seats January 1, 2018.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 16, 2017) -- The SCCA® Mechanic of the Year honoree is selected annually by the technical staff at Sports Car Club of America® based on submissions received through a survey completed at SCCA.com or through email invitation. The names of 55 mechanics were submitted during the nomination process this year. But after much discussion, Michell Hemus, of the San Francisco Region, has been named 2017 Mechanic of the Year.
Michell, who works with M & L Racing, received nearly 40 unique nomination submissions from SCCA members. She has been a life-long supporter of the Club, beginning as a volunteer worker, and been a driving instructor for San Francisco Region's Competition Driving Ground School. Along the way, she has transformed into a first-class mechanic for one of the most competitive racing teams on the West Coast, and many claim she is one of the most car-savvy, hard-working people in the Region
To be considered for Mechanic of the Year, nominees must demonstrate a strong commitment to their duties and to the drivers they support. Michell, widely considered the epitome of excellence and hard work, has shown a dedication to preparing race cars conscientiously, reliably and immaculately, displaying the utmost of skill and dedication to her craft. She has led her team to countless race wins, multiple regional championships, and sent drivers on to pro careers. Additionally, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge by training young mechanics starting out in the trade.
Michell is patient and encouraging with a welcoming smile and infectious personality that makes her a friend for everyone in the paddock. She is known to be the "go-to" person for questions, tips and assistance for anyone, ready to lend a hand in any capacity necessary, be it hauling equipment to the track for the Tech crew or repairing broken equipment for the Start crew. She takes time to thank emergency personnel for getting cars and drivers back safely, and has gained the admiration of peers, competitors and volunteers alike.
An inspiration to all, Michell is making the SRF/SRF3 class, the Region and the Club better. Always showing pride and professionalism, she embodies all that is good and right about Club racing, and is a superb ambassador for the sport.
Kudos to Michell for earning the Mechanic of the Year award and for all the tremendous work she has done across the board for so many years.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 16, 2017) - Rick Harris, a 15-year member of Sports Car Club of America® and the 2008 F Production National Champion, will join the SCCA national staff beginning Dec. 1 as the Road Racing Technical Manager.
In his new role, Harris will be based in Topeka, Kansas and be responsible for managing member communications related to SCCA Road Racing rules and specifications. He will support and oversee member inquiries and the rule request processes, as well as work closely with and support the Club Racing Board. Harris will also be charged with developing and presenting training programs for scrutineers, and manage at-track compliance visits as required.
"I am super excited to join the SCCA Road Racing Staff," said Harris, who has raced in SCCA's Spec Miata, F Production and now the E Production class. "It's very humbling to be professionally involved in one of my hobbies. I have been a car guy my entire life having owned over fifty automobiles since I was 16 years old. I can't wait to get started on this new adventure and serve my fellow racers."
While living in the Boulder, Colorado area the last several years, Harris has worked as Director and Senior Director for Seagate Technologies and Dot Hill Systems, companies on the leading edge of cloud data storage technology. There, he was responsible for providing leadership and organizational structure to the entire Cloud Systems Support Team servicing three platforms, and offered strategic guidance to cross-functional teams that delivered resolutions to customer issues. Before that employment, Harris spent a decade working in Wichita, Kansas, for NETApp/LSI Corporation as a Director and Senior Manager of Global Technical Support Services, Facilities Executive, and a Technical Support Sr. Manager. His Information Technologies career began in 1994 at IBM as an Operations/Technical Support Manager.
Eric Prill, SCCA's Vice President and COO, noted that John Bauer, who has served dual roles in the SCCA competition and information technology departments since 2014, will now focus more on IT projects moving forward while remaining closely aligned to each of SCCA's competition programs.
"The addition of Rick to the team and the revised role for John gives the national office a great start to 2018," Prill said. "As the Club and motorsports industry evolves, so too do staffing needs. Rick's professional background in leading support service teams will be a great fit for the SCCA as our primary focus is to serve member needs."
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