Hello. My name is Hiroshi Hatano and I am running for election to the board of directors for the New England Region SCCA. I have always had a passion for motorsports since I was a little child. My dream was to become a race car driver. Somehow I became a CPA (instead of a professional race car driver), but never lost the passion for driving. Over the years, I’ve experienced motorcycles, go-karts, autocross, DE’s and finally club racing. For me, it was always a little bit intimidating to get into the sport unless you knew someone who was already in that sport. Even certain clubs felt more difficult to get into than others, and I’ve found SCCA to have just the right balance of family, friendship and competition. Each and every time I come to one of the events, I enjoy every moment of it. My son also started racing with SCCA at 16, and he too enjoys the races, seeing and interacting with all the grown-ups(?) who have always welcomed him and encouraged him.
I am retiring from my regular work next year, and I feel that now is the time to give back what I can to SCCA. If elected, I would like to focus on increasing the membership, making SCCA experience easy to get into even if you don’t yet have friends in SCCA. Just like me, I believe there are many people who always had the passion for cars, but didn’t know how to get in. In my professional life as an auditor, I am always working with, and leading teams of people who are of various backgrounds, young and older. I would love to contribute my skills and knowledge to make our club even better than what it already is.