RESULTS: 2022 Midnight Madness (NERRC #6)

Russell Zea winning his first ever race in ITB. Look at that smile! Photo taken by Allen Briere 3rd Annual Night Race It started out as a random idea three years ago. "What if we did a night race?" CRB Chairman, JB Swan thought the region could make it happen, and then he did. Now in it's third year, NER's Midnight Madness has worked out many of the kinks - using marker lights instead of headlights, where to place the track lights, moving flag stations for better visibility in the low light hours. And it's gaining a following. 115 cars registered to race in this 2022 event at Thompson Speedway. In fact, even Grassroots Motorsports picked up on the growing popularity and promoted it. Congratulations to four drivers that mastered the dark track and set new lap records that weekend. Those were done in FX by Keaton Van Thof , GTX by Maurizio Cerasoli, ITB by Zachary Kelly, and in SM2 by Christian Sarnecki. Final results from the event, along with all the photos taken by James Ray, are included in the links below. Next on the NER Road Racing schedule is the Pig Roast event at Palmer [...]

By |2022-08-30T10:45:49-04:00August 30th, 2022|Featured, Road Racing Results|

RESULTS: NHMS Summer Luau / RAL – NERRC #5

Photo by James Ray It was a HOT one! There wasn't enough cold water, fans, air-conditioning or breeze to handle the heat and humidity that descended upon New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend. With temps in the mid-90's each day and 70% humidity, it was hot and sticky. While the drivers suffered through blazing hot sessions in driver's suits and enclosed cars, the real heroes of the weekend were the volunteer workers, particularly those on the corners, grid, pit lane and in tech, that stood and worked in the heat for two full days. 124 cars paddocked and qualified at NHMS for the fifth NERRC event of the year, our annual Summer Luau and Racing Against Leukemia weekend. This included 10 drivers in the OWDE and 6 in the CRE. Unfortunately, the weekend also saw it's fair share of wreckage, and by Race 3 on Sunday, only 98 drivers took a green. NERRC #5 hosted 8 run groups, which included the CRE and OWDE. Getting a qualifying and three races in for 8 groups makes for some very long days. Another reason the volunteer workers are to be applauded for being on station so [...]

By |2022-08-10T10:13:42-04:00August 10th, 2022|Featured, Road Racing, Road Racing Results|

RAL Online Giving / Donations Link

Racing Against Leukemia Weekend This coming weekend is our annual RAL weekend of events. ROAD RACING: The road racing program will be hosting the RAL races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with their silent auction and fundraising activities on Saturday night at the event party. This year, Nick Leverone, has offered up his flowing locks to be placed on the auction block. Donations are still be accepted for the auction. If you have goods or services you are willing to donate for the cause, please contact Abhi. RALLY: The rally program is hosting a Rally Against Leukemia, a road rally event starting and ending out of NHMS on Saturday. This is a 9 question Scavenger Hunt type Rally where the most answers correct in the least amount of miles wins. Questions and locations will focus on the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Registration is still open. AUTOCROSS: Solo ran one of their points events last weekend and encouraged their participants to donate via the online giving portal available with the UMass Memorial Medical Center. Online Giving Whether attending one of the RAL specific events or not, NER members are encouraged to help [...]

By |2022-08-02T16:16:19-04:00August 2nd, 2022|Autocross, Featured, RAL, Rally, Region News, Road Racing|

International Visitors at Lime Rock Park Paddock Crawl

Written by Laurie Sheppard Family connections are found throughout SCCA and New England Region. You will often see siblings, cousins, grandparent-parent-child all working and competing together at various events. But even in a region where such relationships are commonplace, what happened at the Lime Rock Park Paddock Crawl Regional Race was unusual. Such family get-togethers generally don’t involve passports, visas, and international flights. This story actually begins a couple of decades ago and an ocean away, when Gerard Callaghan and his brother-in-law, Brian Kelly bought a Formula Vee to compete in Ireland’s Formula Vee Championship Series. Soon, Gerard bought a second car and the pair enjoyed racing together. Brian went on to win three championships in that first car. Fast forward and a continent later, Gerard and his family are living in the United States, and it was only natural that they found SCCA and NER’s Formula Vee racing community. Racing continues to be a family hobby and the FV paddock welcomed them. Gerard’s son, Gerard Owen Callaghan was the 2020 Rookie of the Year in the Northeast Formula Vee series and is the 2021 NEDIV and NERRC Champion in the class. Brian and his [...]

By |2022-07-06T17:21:13-04:00July 6th, 2022|Featured, Road Racing|