The Sports Car Club of America®, Inc., (SCCA) founded in 1944, is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions over 2,000 amateur and professional motorsports events each year through its 116 Regions and subsidiary divisions.
There are four main areas of concentration for SCCA: Club Racing, Rally, Solo/Autocross and Pro Racing.
Club Racing is the backbone of the SCCA, holding more some 300 high-speed racing events annually. Of the Club’s members, more than 49 percent are involved on the amateur level either as drivers, crew, workers or officials. More than 8,000 SCCA members are eligible to compete within SCCA’s Club Racing programs.
SCCA Club Racing has three levels of events—Time Trials, which range from driving your street car on a track for fun to competing against the clock; Regionals, for entry level wheel-to-wheel action; and Nationals, for the top level of competition culminating with the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour and, finally, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
Solo is the SCCA brand name for autocross competition, and the place where many members scratch their motorsports itch. Solo competition doesn’t involve the high cost or elevated risk associated with club racing. Participants often use their own vehicles to navigate the Solo course.
These events are driving skill contests that emphasize the driver’s ability and the car’s handling characteristics by driving a course designated by traffic cones on a low hazard location, such as a parking lot.
Solo makes up the majority of SCCA’s events, with approximately 1,200 competitions held each year. The pinnacle of SCCA Solo competition is the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program, made up of the Tire Rack ProSolo National Series, the Tire Rack Solo National Tour and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.
There are two main types of Rally competition in SCCA— RallyCross and RoadRally.
RallyCross, the more popular of the two and one of the fastest-growing types of grassroots motorsports competition in America, is like a Solo competition on a low-grip surface. Events are often held on dirt, gravel and even ice.
RoadRally involves two or more people, in ordinary cars, on regular roads, traveling within the legal speed limit. This race is about accuracy, not speed.
One of the most revered names in professional motorsports, SCCA Pro Racing is a subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, operating and organizing road racing events across the country with series such as the Pirelli World Challenge Championships, Trans-Am Series, Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, Formula Ford 2000 and 1600 Championships and Formula 1000 Championship.
SCCA is also involved in a number of other activities through its Foundation, including a partnership with the BMW Car Club of America Foundation with the Tire Rack Street Survival Program. This is a teen driving program that helps new drivers learn the basics on how to stay safe on the streets.