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It’s Official: Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals Resets Record

  TOPEKA, Kan. (September 12, 2018) – This year’s 46th running of the Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals has indeed reset the event record for number of participants to cross the start line on one of two courses constructed Sept. 4-7 at Lincoln AirPark in Nebraska. The Sports Car Club of America® record book will show that 1,375 drivers participated in the 2018 Solo Nationals, beating the previous record set in 2017 by 58 competitors. And of those 1,375 drivers, nearly 240 were first-time competitors at the year-end competition. After a week of rain and shine, including one day that delivered a record-breaking 2.15 inches of rain to Lincoln, a total of 76 winners were crowned across as many car classes. There were 43 class winners named after the first half of the four-day event, and an additional 33 identified by end of competition Friday. Howard Duncan, SCCA Rally/Solo Senior Director, said that list of winners includes 25 first-time champions. “I’ve been involved with the Solo Nationals for 34 years, and each one is slightly unique. As an example, this year we raised the entry cap to 1,400 drivers and rapidly reached that cap,” Duncan said. “Of course, there is [...]

By |2018-09-13T13:30:54-04:00September 13th, 2018|Autocross|

Win F1 Adventure for Two through SCCA Foundation Sweepstakes

The SCCA Foundation wants to send you and a friend to the United States Grand Prix. This year’s Formula 1 Pirelli 2018 United States Grand Prix takes place at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, October 19-21. In addition to the pair of tickets, the prize package also includes: VIP suite access, F3/F4 paddock and pit lane access, team gear, an invite to the F3/F4 Champions Award Banquet, and $5000 in cash for travel and lodging. Ticket sales end on Sept 4, 2018. The winner will be picked on September 5, 2018, during the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship awards banquet. Sweepstakes tickets for this trip can be purchased at: WinFormula1trip.org. About the SCCA Foundation: The SCCA Foundation is the charitable arm of the Sports Car Club of America.  www.sccafoundation.org   The Foundation’s programs are as follows: - Saving the Lives of Teen Drivers: Through the Tire Rack Street Survival program, the SCCA Foundation and local SCCA Regions host day-long skills training programs to help teen drivers learn how to avoid and deal with emergency car handling situations on the street. This program reaches hundreds of teen drivers each year and continues to grow thanks to your financial support. - Preserving the History of American [...]

By |2018-07-17T16:20:16-04:00July 17th, 2018|SCCA|

Tire Rack Solo Nationals Quickly Reaches Cap

TOPEKA, Kan (July 10, 2018) -- In only four days and four hours, the 2018 Tire Rack SCCA® Solo® Nationals reached its entry cap of 1,350 participants, an unprecedented feat for the Sports Car Club of America®.  Those who registered after the cap was reached have now been added to a waitlist.  If entry cancellations come in, persons will be offered a slot at the Sept. 3-7 event in Lincoln, Nebraska according to their position on the waitlist. Howard Duncan, SCCA’s Rally/Solo Senior Director, said, “I have been working with SCCA’s Solo Department a long time and never imagined that the Solo National Championship could possibly sell out so quick! This is truly a testament to the ever-increasing interest in Solo’s top-tier event AND the welcoming environment existing in Lincoln each year.” Last year, in 2017, the Tire Rack Solo Nationals set a participation record with 1,317 entries. That record may very well fall this year.  Whether it does or not, there is no denying the meteoric growth Solo Nationals has experienced over the last several years. A lot of that can be attributed to changes in the Solo landscape dating back more than a decade. In the 1990s, Solo Nationals already had a strong [...]

By |2018-07-17T16:17:33-04:00July 17th, 2018|Autocross|

The RallyCross Learning Curve

In SCCA® Rallycross®, the shortest path to success runs through the driver seat, not the garage. Most RallyCross competitors agree that better performance is easier to find through driver preparation and education than it is through vehicle upgrades. Preparing your car is still beneficial, but driver development should always be the first priority. While learning how to find speed is part of the fun, the learning curve can be shortened through more formalized and planned education. For most, this means attending a novice school put on by your local region. These are classes that are taught by experienced racers and they’re usually done during the first or second race weekend of the year. These classes not only teach racing knowledge and skills, they also explain the workings of a race day so new competitors feel more comfortable at their first few events. For those seeking an even higher level of education, there are schools such as DirtFish that are specifically dedicated to teaching the art of driving fast in rally conditions. If such classes are not available, there are still other options. The first is the use of a simulator. While some may scoff at learning through what is [...]

By |2018-08-03T17:50:06-04:00June 21st, 2018|Rally|

2020 SCCA Runoffs Returns to the Midwest and Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 15, 2018) -- Continuing the recent tradition of moving the Sports Car Club of America® annual National Championship to a different region of the country each year, the SCCA® announced today that the Runoffs® will return in 2020 to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and Road America's beautiful 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit. The 57th SCCA National Championship Runoffs is scheduled to take place Oct. 5-11, 2020, at the storied track located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Runoffs last visited the Midwest in 2017 during a record-breaking event that included nearly 1,000 entries and took place on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Previously, the Runoffs called Road America "home" from 2009 to 2013, noted SCCA Vice President/COO Eric Prill. Since the last Road America Runoffs, the facility has continued to develop in multiple ways. "Some of the most memorable races in SCCA history have occurred at Road America, a track that requires a blend of car performance, skill and courage," Prill said. "We look forward to returning in the fall of 2020 to beautiful Elkhart Lake. From the new Paddock Shop to new restroom and shower locations, and a new trail allowing access to fantastic [...]

By |2018-07-17T16:20:39-04:00June 17th, 2018|Racing Life|

2019 SCCA National Convention Dates and Location

For 2019, the annual SCCA National Convention will return January 17-19 to South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This year's National Convention will be very special as its theme is "Celebrating Our Legacy, Building Our Future" and serves as the official start of the Club's 75th Anniversary celebration. The Convention will again be a familiar format that encompasses leadership development and skills training for Club members. Details on times and a full schedule will be announced later this year. But as usual, the Annual Meeting and welcome reception will be held Thursday, followed by two days of training. Various fun social activities will certainly be included, too. The SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards banquet on Saturday night then caps festivities. Organizers are also seeking additional topics and presenters for Convention leadership and training sessions. Those who believe they have subjects of interest can submit a presentation proposal athttps://www.scca.com/pages/speaker-application. Presentations are usually done in one-hour blocks. Longer presentations are allowed under rare circumstances. The submission deadline is June 15, 2018, for presentation proposals. More information about the 2019 SCCA National Convention and special lodging packages will be made available at https://www.scca.com/pages/nationalconvention in the coming months.

By |2018-07-17T16:20:30-04:00May 31st, 2018|Events|

Future Runoffs Class Criteria Established

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 16, 2018) -- Planning for the potential expansion of Runoffs-eligible classes in the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA® Road Racing program, Sports Car Club of America's Board of Directors approved a process by which classes would be selected for future National Championship Runoffs® events. The new process will provide each class an opportunity to guarantee its invitation based on its respective entry total over the previous two seasons. Beginning in 2019, any Runoffs-eligible class averaging 4.0 cars per event over the two previous U.S. Majors Tour® and Runoffs seasons will automatically be invited to the Runoffs. Additional classes will be added as venue space and event format allow. Eric Prill, SCCA Vice President and COO, said this new method provides a clear, understandable and transparent process for participants to have control over their class destiny, should the number of classes and run groups need to be limited at future Runoffs. "Planning the Runoffs is a delicate balance of providing a championship event, a significant motorsports atmosphere and a quality experience all while being respectful of everyone's time and resources," Prill noted. "For Sonoma [2018] and VIR [2019], we have shortened the time commitment by two days total [...]

By |2018-07-17T16:20:56-04:00May 16th, 2018|SCCA|