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.