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Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals Wraps on Sunday

BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky (September 29, 2019) – The Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals Powered by Hagerty crowned champions on Sunday at NCM Motorsports Park after 194 entries competed to post the quickest combined TrackSprint, Saturday afternoon lap, and Sunday lap in an event that focused on the SCCA experience and comradery as much as the competition. The event combined performance driving – with competitor experience levels ranging from Novice to Advanced and cars that covered the gamut from daily drivers to track specials – and the fun of a four-day cars and coffee. From the start, the tone of the event was focused on the experience even while drivers tried to improve their lap times with coaching. Drivers were welcomed with the Holley Performance Day and Welcome Party on Thursday, an impromptu and unofficial potluck on Friday night, and the Hagerty All-Participant Party on Saturday evening. With three hours and 50 minutes of total track time available for all four days, plus two runs at the TrackSprint portion of the track, participants and cars were tested throughout a hot, sunny weekend. All of that track time wrapped with the KONI Podium Celebration on Sunday evening. Holley Performance, who provided each and [...]

By |2019-09-30T10:29:59-04:00September 30th, 2019|Racing Life|

Nine 2019 DirtFish RallyCross National Champions Crowned

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 22, 2019) -- The 2019 DirtFish SCCA® RallyCross National Championship is officially in the books. The word for the weekend was traction. Courses started off on grass with minimal footing and quickly turned to gummy, grippy dirt that became super slick mud, leaving competitors creatively trying to find fresh grass for a toehold once the rains set in. Those who competed at the National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field in years past came prepared with mud tires in tow, while some first timers scrambled for traction solutions.   Saturday morning runs started off dry and tacky, making for some great competition and quick times on competitors’ three runs. The rains came in shortly after the start of run group three, turning the clutching dirt into a layer of slick mud with hard-packed clay beneath. Stock class cars with their tire limitations were having difficulties maintaining momentum, whereas Prepared and Modified classes with better tire options were able to maintain some speed, although times certainly got a bit slower. In the afternoon the heavy rain stayed away with only occasional light sprinkles, making the fresh course a blast for many competitors. The wide-open, sweeping corners and speeds even required some drivers to [...]

By |2019-09-23T11:15:18-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Featured, Rally|

2019 Tire Rack Solo Nationals: By the Numbers

Every year, drivers come from far and wide to compete in the Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals. And each year Solo’s “official-unofficial” historian, Rocky Entriken tracks the results of each in his Solo Stats book.  Entriken began the book as personal notes for writing the official SportsCar coverage of the event, something he has done every year since 1973 and the first Solo Nationals. Since then, it has come to be the record of every driver to compete and the authoritative account of event achievement, recording everything from winning streaks to margins of victory -- and a bit of a favorite for the Solo stats nerds in the community. So, without further ado, on to the numbers:   0.010 seconds - That is the margin of victory for Eric Stoltz in STS over Emanuel Martin. It is also the smallest margin of victory for the event. On the flip side, Mike Leeder’s win in DS was not only the largest of the event, but also a new record for any class with more than 50 entries, with a time of 2.608 seconds.   4 - The new, all-time number of women to win an open Championship, with Tamra Krystinik taking the win in [...]

By |2019-09-18T18:36:34-04:00September 18th, 2019|Autocross|

SCCA RallyCrossers — Will Work for Fun

Words and photo by Greggar Helgeland SCCA® RallyCross® brings people together for the thrills of competition, but that’s only part of the fun. Between racing sessions, RallyCross participants are required to “work.” That term, however, is used very loosely. RallyCross operates in what is referred to as a “run-work” format, similar to that used by the SCCA Solo program. A day of RallyCross is split in two with half the day devoted to racing and half to work. Providing this labor is what makes RallyCross self-supported and means organizers don’t have to hire course marshals. This is what keeps RallyCross affordable. Because most of the work is performed on the race course and in groups, it also provides several other benefits. Working out on course is when you experience a significant social aspect of the sport. You’ll find yourself working with like-minded people that live life to the fullest. After all, this is how they got into racing. While people say opposites attract, you’ll find the racing mindset makes for fast friendships that last a lifetime. You’ll be working alongside competitors, many of which are seasoned RallyCross racers. This is your chance to ask them [...]

By |2018-09-13T13:30:44-04:00September 13th, 2018|Rally|