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  • UPDATE 5/17/21:We are excited to welcome novices back to our events beginning with the May 31st event! We have in car instructors available for novices.

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Sports Car Club of America Archive

CleanSCCAlogo8-03The International Motor Racing Research Center manages the Sports Car Club of America archive. In 2017, the IMRRC launched the first phase of processing two tractor-trailer loads of papers, publications and photographs documenting the history of the SCCA that were delivered to the Center’s off-site storage facility in nearby Montour Falls. With funding provided by the SCCA Foundation, the IMRRC hired two SCCA archive technicians, Rick Hughey and Joe Cali, to begin making the archives accessible to researchers, SCCA members, drivers, car owners and racing fans. They have made remarkable progress with the project. Significant portions of the archive, including drivers’ files, regional publications, race results, homologation papers, race programs, rule books and parts of the photograph collection, have been organized, rehoused and/or inventoried.

Inquiries about materials in the SCCA archive may be directed to IMRRC’s Head Archivist Jenny Ambrose at [email protected]

Portions of the SCCA archive that have been used most often by our staff in responding to research inquiries are:

  • Drivers’ files: These files contain applications for regional and national licenses from thousands of drivers. The applications often include a novice permit and log book with a photograph of the driver, list races in which the drivers participated and provide information about the completion of drivers’ schools.
  • Race results: This series contains race results from over 2,500 drivers’ schools and regional and national races sanctioned by SCCA. The date, title of the race, sanctioning region/body, type of race, sanctioning number, and the name of the track are noted in the inventory. The results contain information from races all over the United States detailing the length and duration of the races held during the event, names of drivers, the region to which they belonged, car number, make of cars, and sponsors as well as their finishing place, number of laps completed and time.
  • Regional publications: The SCCA regional publications document the activities of more than 100 different SCCA regions from all over the United States from the 1950s to the early 21st century. The publications contain articles about regional races and other activities, race results and information on cars and drivers. Changes in regional membership and officers are recorded. They are often illustrated with photographs, drawings and cartoons. The SCCA archives technicians organized these publications alphabetically by region, arranged them chronologically within each region and created an item-level inventory listing every issue.
  • Rally collections: The SCCA rally collections document all kinds of rallying and include entry lists, results, instructions and route maps covering SCCA rally events throughout the United States over fifty years, from 1954 to 2004. Rally license applications, programs, rule books, and administrative correspondence and minutes of the Rally Board also make up a significant part of the rally archives. In addition, it contains photographs, materials on international rallies sanctioned by other groups, rally periodicals, dash plaques, rally car identification signs, bumper stickers, decals, and even some rally license plates. A full inventory is available.

SCCA archive technicians Rick Hughey, left, and Joe Cali.

A sampling of regional publications in the Sports Car Club of America archive.

 

The SCCA archive.

Boxes of Sports Car Club of America collection rule books after reboxing at the Welliver warehouse in nearby Montour Falls.

Источник: https://www.racingarchives.org/the-collections/sports-car-club-of-america-archives/

Mobil 1 And Sports Car Club Of America Extend Official Motor Oil Relationship

ExxonMobil and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) have signed a new multi-year agreement for Mobil 1, a world leading synthetic motor oil brand, to serve as the “Official Motor Oil of SCCA.” The agreement includes an expanded racer contingency program with exclusive discounts on Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Racing oils available to the SCCA’s 65,000 members.

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mobil-1-scca-logoThe new agreement will enhance ExxonMobil’s support of racers at all levels of SCCA competition while expanding the company’s global motorsports presence and leadership. In recent years, the SCCA has managed a rapidly growing membership base that participates in more than 2,000 events annually. Each year, Mobil 1 premium road and racing motor oils have continued to increase their market share in the series, now reaching a level that is more than double its closest competitor.

“The SCCA is one of the most accessible and exciting ways to experience competitive racing in the U.S.,” said Kai Decker, global motorsports and sponsorship manager at ExxonMobil. “The drivers who race in the SCCA understand and appreciate that every second matters and they are looking for ways to improve the overall performance of their engine and car. Since 2010, Mobil 1 has had the opportunity to work with SCCA drivers and teams to showcase the performance benefits of Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil in a full range of domestic, import and purpose-built race cars. Talking with SCCA drivers and teams each weekend is incredibly valuable to us, not only from a relationship standpoint, but in understanding how Mobil 1 motor oil is performing and helping them on the track. We are committed to bringing the best technology to SCCA competitors and we appreciate their loyalty and support.”

In addition to the benefit of SCCA’s focus on driver education, innovative experiential programs and youth-focused initiatives, the wide-variety of vehicles competing in and supporting the series provides an everyday showcase of the technology of Mobil 1 in various extremes, the company says. This includes the latest turbocharged engines entering SCCA competition for which Mobil 1 motor oil is specially formulated to offer exceptional protection from the extreme heat that turbochargers generate – which can be about twice that of non-turbo engines.

“Since 2010, the Mobil 1 team has shared our club’s values of passion, vision and competitive spirit as well as enthusiasm about cars and motorsport,” said Eric Prill, chief operations officer at SCCA. “From the very beginning, the Mobil 1 team has been at the races, walking the pits and taking the time to get to know our members. This hands-on approach gives our drivers and crews a competitive advantage as ExxonMobil brings them the best technology available. And if drivers weren’t using Mobil 1 motor oil before, we’ve seen them convert because they see real performance and horsepower gains and appreciate the company’s commitment to the SCCA. That’s a true partnership.”

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Racer Scott Sharp has certainly made his mark in motorsports -- 147 races in IndyCar, with nine wins and a co-championship, plus championships in the Trans-Am and American Le Mans Series, where he still races with the Extreme Speed Motorsports team he co-owns. However, there were three championships that launched his career into the pro ranks: He was the Sports Car Club of America National Champion in 1986 in both GT-1 and GT-2 and came back the following year to take another GT-1 title.

Those three championships came in the Runoffs, the season-ending, weeklong event that caps SCCA amateur racing every year and has for five decades: The 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs was scheduled for Sept. 16-22 at Road America in Wisconsin.

“It's a huge anniversary for motorsports, given all the SCCA has done for club racing,” Sharp said. “It gave so many of us a start, and you're still able to enjoy affordable wheel-to-wheel competition, key items in racing. The fact that they're celebrating 50 years of the Runoffs is huge and hopefully the beginning of 50 more.”

Sharp was aware of the SCCA's place in the sport well before he began his own SCCA championship quest—his father has six National Championships of his own. Bob Sharp Racing technically began in 1964, the Runoff's inaugural year, and Bob took a then-unknown brand called Datsun to the race at Riverside International Raceway. Starting out in a Gulf gas station, Bob Sharp Racing continued to develop the brand, eventually selling Datsuns out of the station, then at his own full-fledged dealership.

And it wasn't just Bob Sharp winning SCCA races and National Championships for BSR, it was fellow up-and-comers like Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Jim Fitzgerald, Brad Frisselle, Sam Posey and a promising newcomer, actor Paul Newman, who went on to win four Runoffs National Championships of his own.

The Runoffs' 50th anniversary is, as expected, proving to be popular with the racers because of the event's historic nature. It is the last of five straight Runoffs at Road America before SCCA president and chairman Jeff Dahnert begins his quest to take the Runoffs on the road more often. The next three stops: Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca in 2014 -- the first time the Runoffs have been out west since the Riverside days -- then Daytona International Speedway in 2015, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016.

In its early years, the Runoffs alternated between Riverside and Daytona. It later camped out at Mid-Ohio from 1994-2005, following an even longer stint at Road Atlanta. Heartland Park in Topeka, just down the road from the SCCA's main office in Kansas, hosted the Runoffs from 2006-2008, before the event moved to Road America. In 50 years, only six tracks have hosted the Runoffs, and Dahnert intends to expand that number considerably in the next decade.

The Runoffs' purpose is to allow road racers from the SCCA's 112 regions to compete against each other. The often fierce level of competition is undeniable, but so is a family feel, as teams, racers and families who see each other only once a year save up money and vacation time to make the trip, filling the camp-out areas and local motels.

This year, the SCCA is on track to have a record turnout, exceeding the present record of 709 cars at Mid-Ohio in 2004. The largest single turnout for a race was 60 Spec Miatas in 2010 at Road America, and 71 of those cars are already entered for this year's race, featuring three past National Champions.

The cars themselves are the most varied in all of motorsports, thanks to 28 different classes. The notoriously tough SCCA rules, enforced with iron hands that usually cause post-race technical inspections to take far longer than the races themselves, allow a stunning variety of cars to compete within the same class. In E Produc-tion, for example, the 38 entries include a 1960 Austin-Healey 3000, a 1963 Triumph TR4 and MGB, a 2001 Honda S2000, a 2000 Caterham 7, a 2010 Mazda Miata and multiple RX-7s.

The 39 entries in Formula Vee include some 2011-model cars, racing against a couple built in 1982. The loudest class is always GT-1, including some older Trans-Am cars running against some 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Corvettes. In Touring 2, there are Mitsu-bishi Evos and Subaru WRXs facing off against Corvettes, Ford Mustangs and Porsche 911s. And on the quieter, more affordable end of the grid, the B-Spec class has Mazda 2s racing against Mini Coopers, Ford Fiestas and a couple of Honda Fits.

“The Runoffs has always featured something for everybody,” said Sharp. “Whether it's racers or spectators.” Or, at Road America, race track gourmets: Pit stops there mean tires, fuel, bratwurst, Wisconsin cheese and, after the races, beer. Lots of beer.

50th Annual SCCA Runoffs schedule at Road America

Racing is Sept. 20-22, with the first race scheduled daily for 8:45 a.m., and the last race for 5 p.m.

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Power of the podium: Jerry Hansen holds the record for the most National Champ-

ionships with 27. Hansen, a retired stockbroker from Minneapolis who operated Brainerd International Raceway, also had plenty of experience in pro racing in series like Can-Am. And the Hansen genes are still in motion: His daughter, Courtney, has been a host for several auto-related TV shows.

Speaking of genes: Bob Sharp is a six-time National Champion, two more than his protégé, Paul Newman, but we all know that Newman got started a little late. Bob's son is Scott Sharp, who has three National Championships to his credit. He also has a record 147 IndyCar starts with a co-championship in 1996, as well as a pair of Trans-Am championships and a championship in the American Le Mans Series, where Scott continues to compete and win.

Roger Penske and Skip Barber: Penske is famous as a super-successful team owner and businessman, but he drove to four National Champ-ionships. And Barber is the founder of the best-known racing school, but his three National Championships proves he deserves to be the dean of driving.

You may know these guys: They went pro, but first, Elliot Forbes-Robinson and Boris Said each won three National Championships. Scott Tucker has won five, Michael Galati four. Randy Pobst has won two National Champ-ionships and would like to make it three. He could this year, though his entry remained unfinalized as of press time. The legendary John Morton will be back. The SCCA had hoped he'd show up, but it's a bonus that Morton, 71, will race, especially since his first visit to Road America in 1957 was one of the reasons he decided to go racing. He won SCCA championships in Datsuns and went on to an impressive pro career in Porsches, Jaguars, Nissans and even in CART. He'll be in an E Production Datsun 240Z.

More well-known names: Better known as team owners, Bob Stallings (Grand-Am's Gainsco Red Dragon team) won the 2004 Formula Atlantic title, and Rob Dyson (LMP1 Mazdas in the American Le Mans Series) won in GT-2 in 1981. The late Jim Trueman owned Bobby Rahal's Indianpolis 500-winning car, but Trueman also owned two National Championships of his own.

Bobby Rahal: Speaking of Bobby Rahal, he's among many legendary drivers who have claimed one National Championship, in this case the 1975 Formula B title, a class that became Formula Atlantic. Son Graham Rahal took his own Formula Atlantic National Championship 30 years later.

Others on the who's who list with one National Championship: Mark Donohue (1961 E Production), Peter Gregg (1969 B Sedan), Carroll Shelby (1956 Formula Libre), Phil Hill (1955 D Modified) and Jimmy Vasser (1986 Formula Ford).

Most honorable mention: Jim Downing, who went on to considerable fame and success in sports-car racing and helped revolutionize driver safety as one of the inventors of the HANS device, was the pole sitter in Formula Vee at the very first Runoffs race 50 years ago. He has two podiums in 10 races, but he hasn't given up: Downing, 71, is entered in the C Sports class this year in his 2010 Peach Mazda Day-02.

Youngest champion: Present-day IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, Formula Atlantic, was 16 years and 242 days old.

Oldest champion: Dan Carmichael, Formula Atlantic, 76 years, 364 days.

Closest margin of victory (since the transponder era began in 2003): 0.009 second, Bill Gray over Tony Ave in GT-1 in 2008.

7,617: Number of racers who have competed in the Runoffs.

634: Different winners.

33: Most years between first and last Championships, by Don Knowles (1978-2012).

46: Most years between starts, by Jim Downing (1964-2011).

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Sports Car Club of America

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is a non-profit[2] American automobile club and sanctioning body supporting road racing, rallying, and autocross in the United States. Formed in 1944, it runs many programs for both amateur and professional racers.

History[edit]

The SCCA traces its roots to the Automobile Racing Club of America (not to be confused with the current stock car series of the same name). ARCA was founded in 1933 by brothers Miles and Sam Collier, and dissolved in 1941 at the outbreak of World War II.[3][4] The SCCA was formed in 1944 as an enthusiast group.[5] The SCCA began sanctioning road racing in 1948 with the inaugural Watkins Glen Grand Prix. Cameron Argetsinger, an SCCA member and local enthusiast who would later become Director of Pro Racing and Executive Director of the SCCA, helped organize the event for the SCCA.

In 1951, the SCCA National Sports Car Championship was formed from existing marquee events around the nation, including Watkins Glen, Pebble Beach, and Elkhart Lake.[6] Many early SCCA events were held on disused air force bases, organized with the help of Air Force General Curtis LeMay, a renowned enthusiast of sports car racing. LeMay loaned out facilities of Strategic Air Command bases for the SCCA's use; the SCCA relied heavily on these venues during the early and mid-1950s during the transition from street racing to permanent circuits.[7]

By 1962, the SCCA was tasked with managing the U.S. World Sportscar Championship rounds at Daytona, Sebring, Bridgehampton and Watkins Glen. The club was also involved in the Formula 1U.S. Grand Prix. SCCA Executive Director John Bishop helped to create the United States Road Racing Championship series for Group 7 sports cars to recover races that had been taken by rival USAC Road Racing Championship. Bishop was also instrumental in founding the SCCA Trans-Am Series and the SCCA/CASCCan-Am series. In 1969, tension and infighting over Pro Racing's autonomy caused Bishop to resign and help form the International Motor Sports Association.[8]

Sanctioned racing[edit]

Professional racing[edit]

See also: SCCA Pro Racing

The SCCA dropped its sports car club of america policy in 1962 and began sanctioning professional racing.[9] In 1963, the United States Road Racing Championship was formed. In 1966 the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) was created for Group 7 open-top sportscars. The Trans-Am Series for pony cars also began in 1966. Today, Trans-Am uses GT-1 class regulations, giving amateur drivers a chance to race professionally. A professional series for open-wheel racing cars was introduced in 1967 as the SCCA Grand Prix Championship.[10] This series was then held under various names through to the 1976 SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship.

Current SCCA-sanctioned series include Trans Am, the GT World Challenge America for GT and touring cars, the Global MX-5 Cup, F2000 Championship Series, F1600 Championship Series and the Atlantic Championship Series. SCCA Pro Racing has also sanctioned professional series for some amateur classes such as Spec Racer Ford Pro and Formula Enterprises Pro. SCCA Pro Racing also sanctioned the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup during its time.

Club Racing[edit]

B Spec National Championship Runoffs Sports car club of america Charlie James in his Mini

The Club Racing program is a road racing division where drivers race on either dedicated race tracks or on temporary street circuits.[11] Competitors require either a regional or a national racing license. Both modified production cars (ranging from lightly modified cars with only extra safety equipment to heavily modified cars that retain only the basic shape of the original vehicle) and designed-from-scratch "formula" and "sports racer" cars can be used in Club Racing. Most of the participants in the Club Racing program are unpaid amateurs, but some go on to professional racing careers. The club is also the source for race workers in all specialties.

The annual national championship for Club Racing is called the SCCA National Championship Runoffs and has been held at Riverside International Raceway (1964, 1966, 1968), Daytona International Speedway (1965, 1967, 1969, 2015), Road Atlanta (1970–1993), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1994–2005, 2016), Heartland Park Topeka (2006–2008), Road America (2009-2013, 2020), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (2014), and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2017). In 2018, the Runoffs will go back west to Sonoma Raceway. In 2019, the race will be held at Virginia International Raceway a track where the race has never been held. It was announced on 15 June 2018 that the Runoffs would go back to Road America in the year 2020. On 25 May 2019, the weekend of the 2019 Indianapolis 500, SCCA announced they will be returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2021.[12] The current SCCA record holder is Jerry Hansen, (former owner of Brainerd International Raceway), with twenty-seven national championships.[13]

SCCA Majors formula group classes[edit]

Formula Vee car of Rick Shields

The seven national classes of the formula group are Formula Atlantic (FA), Formula Continental (FC), Formula SCCA (FE), Formula F (FF), Formula Vee (FV), Formula X (FX), and Formula 500 (F500).

Autocross[edit]

The autocross program is branded as "Solo".[14] Up to four cars at a time run on a course laid out with traffic cones on a large paved surface, such as a parking lot or airport runway, without interfering with one another.

Competitions are held at the regional, divisional, and national levels. A national champion in each class is determined at the national championship (usually referred to as "Nationals") held in September. In 2009, Solo Nationals moved to the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska.[15] Individual national-level events called "Championship Tours" and "Match Tours" are held throughout the racing season. The SCCA also holds national-level events in an alternate format called "ProSolo". In ProSolo, two cars compete at the same time on mirror-image courses with drag racing-style starts, complete with reaction and 60-foot times. Class winners and other qualifiers (based on time differential against the class winner) then compete in a handicapped elimination round called the "Challenge". Points are awarded in both class and Challenge competition, and an annual champion is crowned each September at the ProSolo Finale event in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Rallying[edit]

Rim of the World Rally Car of Tabor & Pointer in 2004

The SCCA sanctions "RallyCross" events, similar to autocross, but on a non-paved course.[16]SCCA ProRally was a national performance rally series similar to the World Rally Championship. At the end of the 2004 season SCCA dropped ProRally and ClubRally. A new organization, Rally America, picked up both series starting in 2005.

Road rallies are run on open, public roads.[17] These are not races in the sense of speed, but of precision and navigation. The object is to drive on time, arriving at checkpoints with the proper amount of elapsed time from the previous checkpoint. Competitors do not know where the checkpoints are.

Time Trials[edit]

In recent years, the SCCA has expanded and re-organized some of the higher-speed events under the Time Trials banner.[18] These include Performance Driving Experience ("PDX"), Club Trials, Track Trials, and Hill Climb events. PDX events are non-competition HPDE-type events and consist of driver-education and car control classroom learning combined with on-track instruction.

Conferences, divisions and regions[edit]

The SCCA is organized into six conferences, nine divisions and 115 regions, each organizing events in that area to make the events more accessible to people throughout the country. The number of divisions has increased since the SCCA's foundation. Northern Pacific and Southern Pacific started as a single Pacific Coast Division until dividing in 1966. Rocky Mountain Division is a relatively recent split. The Great Lakes Division was split from the Central Division at the end of 2006.

Conference Division Territory
Northeast Northeast Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Northern Virginia
Southeast Southeast Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Puerto Rico and Southern Virginia
Northern Central Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Eastern Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin
Great Lakes Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and Southern West Virginia
Mid-States Midwest Division Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Western Iowa, Kansas, Northern Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Western Tennessee
Rocky Mountain Colorado, Eastern Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming
Southern Southwest Louisiana, Texas, and coastal Mississippi
West Northern Pacific Alaska, Northern California, Idaho, Western Montana, Northern Nevada, Oregon, and Washington
Southern Pacific Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, and Nevada

Awards[edit]

See footnote[19]

Hall of fame[edit]

Main article: SCCA Hall of Fame

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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Porsche Club of America - Porsche 993 Buyers Guide <div><div><p>Racer Scott Sharp has certainly made his mark in motorsports -- 147 races in IndyCar, with nine wins and a co-championship, plus championships in the Trans-Am and American Le Mans Series, where he still races with the Extreme Speed Motorsports team he co-owns. However, there were three championships that launched his career into the pro ranks: He was the Sports Car Club of America National Champion in 1986 in both GT-1 and GT-2 and came back the following year to take another GT-1 title.</p><p>Those three championships came in the Runoffs, the season-ending, weeklong event that caps SCCA amateur racing every year and has for five decades: The 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs was scheduled for Sept. 16-22 at Road America in Wisconsin. </p><p>“It's a huge anniversary for motorsports, given all the SCCA has done for club racing,” Sharp said. “It gave so many of us a start, and you're still able to enjoy affordable wheel-to-wheel competition, key items in racing. The fact that they're celebrating 50 years of the Runoffs is huge and hopefully the beginning of 50 more.”</p><p>Sharp was aware of the SCCA's place in the sport well before he began his own SCCA championship quest—his father has six National Championships of his own. Bob Sharp Racing technically began in 1964, the Runoff's inaugural year, and Bob took a then-unknown brand called Datsun to the race at Riverside International Raceway. Starting out in a Gulf gas station, Bob Sharp Racing continued to develop the brand, eventually selling Datsuns out of the station, then at his own full-fledged dealership. </p><p>And it wasn't just Bob Sharp winning SCCA races and National Championships for BSR, it was fellow up-and-comers like Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Jim Fitzgerald, Brad Frisselle, Sam Posey and a promising newcomer, actor Paul Newman, who went on to win four Runoffs National Championships of his own. </p><p>The Runoffs' 50th anniversary is, as expected, proving to be popular with the racers because of the event's historic nature. It is the last of five straight Runoffs at Road America before SCCA president and chairman Jeff Dahnert begins his quest to take the Runoffs on the road more often. The next three stops: Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca in 2014 -- the first time the Runoffs have been out west since the Riverside days -- then Daytona International Speedway in 2015, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in <a href=phone number santander customer service its early years, the Runoffs alternated between Riverside and Daytona. It later camped out at Mid-Ohio from 1994-2005, following an even longer capital one bank locations ny ny at Road Atlanta. Heartland Park in Topeka, just down the road from the SCCA's main office in Kansas, hosted the Runoffs from 2006-2008, before the event moved to Road America. In 50 years, only six tracks have hosted the Runoffs, and Dahnert intends to expand that number considerably in the next decade.

The Runoffs' purpose is to allow road racers from the SCCA's 112 regions to compete against each other. The often fierce level of competition is undeniable, but so is a family feel, sports car club of america teams, racers and families who see each other only once a year save up money and vacation time to make the trip, filling the camp-out areas and local motels.

This year, the SCCA is on track to have a record turnout, exceeding the present record of 709 cars at Mid-Ohio in 2004. The largest single turnout for a race was 60 Spec Miatas in 2010 at Road America, and 71 of those cars are already entered for this year's race, featuring three past National Champions.

The cars themselves are the most varied in all of motorsports, thanks to 28 different classes. The notoriously tough SCCA rules, enforced with iron hands that usually cause post-race technical inspections to take far longer than the races themselves, allow a stunning variety of cars to compete within the same class. In E Produc-tion, for example, the 38 entries include a 1960 Austin-Healey 3000, a 1963 Triumph TR4 and MGB, a 2001 Honda S2000, a 2000 Caterham 7, a 2010 Mazda Miata and multiple RX-7s.

The 39 entries in Formula Vee include some 2011-model cars, racing against a couple built in 1982. The loudest class is always GT-1, including some older Trans-Am cars running against some 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Corvettes. In Touring 2, there are Mitsu-bishi Evos and Subaru WRXs facing off against Corvettes, Ford Mustangs and Porsche 911s. And on the quieter, more affordable end of the grid, the B-Spec class has Mazda 2s racing against Mini Coopers, Ford Fiestas and a couple of Honda Fits.

“The Runoffs has always featured something for everybody,” said Sharp. “Whether it's racers or spectators.” Or, at Road America, race track gourmets: Pit stops there mean tires, fuel, bratwurst, Wisconsin cheese and, after the races, beer. Lots of beer.

50th Annual SCCA Runoffs schedule at Road America

Racing is Sept. 20-22, with sports car club of america first race scheduled daily for 8:45 a.m., sports car club of america the last race for 5 p.m.

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Power of the podium: Jerry Hansen holds the record for the most National Champ-

ionships with 27. Hansen, a retired stockbroker from Minneapolis who operated Brainerd International Raceway, also had plenty of experience in pro racing in series like Can-Am. And the Hansen genes are still in motion: His daughter, Courtney, has been a host for several auto-related TV shows.

Speaking of genes: Bob Sharp is a six-time National Champion, two more than his protégé, Paul Newman, but we all know that Newman got started a little late. Bob's son is Scott Sharp, who has three National Championships to his credit. He also has a record 147 IndyCar starts with a co-championship in 1996, as well as a pair of Trans-Am championships and a championship in the American Le Mans Series, where Scott continues to compete and win.

Roger Penske and Skip Barber: Penske is famous as a super-successful team owner and businessman, but he drove to four National Champ-ionships. And Barber is the founder of the best-known racing school, but his three National Championships proves he deserves to be the dean of driving.

You may know these guys: They went pro, but first, Elliot Forbes-Robinson and Boris Said each won three National Championships. Scott Tucker has won five, Michael Galati four. Randy Pobst has won two National Champ-ionships and would like to make it three. He could this year, though his entry remained unfinalized as of sports car club of america time. The legendary John Morton will be phone number santander customer service. The SCCA had hoped he'd show up, but it's a bonus that Morton, 71, will race, especially since his first visit to Road America in 1957 was one of the reasons he decided to go racing. He won SCCA championships in Datsuns and went on to an impressive pro career in Porsches, Jaguars, Nissans and even in CART. He'll be in an E Production Datsun 240Z.

More well-known names: Better known as team owners, Bob Stallings (Grand-Am's Gainsco Red Dragon team) won the 2004 Formula Atlantic title, and Rob Dyson (LMP1 Mazdas in the American Le Mans Series) won in GT-2 in 1981. The late Jim Trueman owned Bobby Rahal's Indianpolis 500-winning car, but Trueman also owned two National Championships of his own.

Bobby Rahal: Speaking of Bobby Rahal, he's among many legendary drivers who have claimed one National Championship, in this case the 1975 Formula B title, a class that became Formula Atlantic. Son Graham Capital one bank usa contact number took his own Formula Atlantic National Championship 30 years later.

Others on the who's who list with one National Championship: Mark Donohue (1961 E Production), Peter Gregg (1969 B Sedan), Carroll Shelby (1956 Formula Libre), Phil Hill (1955 D Modified) and Jimmy Vasser (1986 Formula Ford).

Most honorable mention: Jim Downing, who went on to considerable fame and success in sports-car racing and helped revolutionize driver safety as one of the inventors of online fifth third HANS device, was the pole sitter in Formula Vee at the very first Runoffs race 50 years ago. He has two podiums in 10 races, but he hasn't given up: Downing, 71, is entered in the C Sports class this year in his 2010 Peach Mazda Day-02.

Youngest champion: Present-day IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, Formula Atlantic, was 16 years and 242 days old.

Oldest champion: Dan Carmichael, Formula Atlantic, 76 years, 364 days.

Closest margin of victory (since the transponder era began in 2003): 0.009 second, Bill Gray over Tony Ave in GT-1 in 2008.

7,617: Number of racers who have competed in the Runoffs.

634: Different winners.

33: Ameris bank online banking app years between first and last Championships, by Don Knowles (1978-2012).

46: Most years between starts, by Jim Downing (1964-2011).

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Racing is a sport that runs deep in Monterey County with several high-profile events each year, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 

While most of these competitions are out of reach for non-racers, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events are inclusive and welcoming. SCCA’s San Francisco Region covers from Fresno to the Oregon border, a wide swath of land. 

The club runs eight regional races with an additional four support races and eight of those 12 are at Weathertech Raceway at Laguna Seca. Hopefully, with COVID-19 on a downward trend, Laguna Seca will be able to safely lift restrictions to allow spectators at future events, though there has been no plan announced yet. 

Before COVID-19 these events were free to the public. Attendees sports car club of america wander around the pits and talk to drivers. Children took pictures with their heroes, and all the different cars were on display in the sunshine. 

“We don’t charge anything,” Director Blake Tatum said. “You can show up at 10 o’clock and watch racing all the way until five.” 

The walk up to the infamous Corkscrew turn is about as beautiful of a hike as there is in the area. From the top the view of the racetrack and surrounding hills is unbelievable. It’s possible to see nearly every turn of the track, save for the southeast corner running up the hill towards Salinas.

The weekend of April 24 was SCCA’s first event of the season at Laguna Seca. Despite light rain on the forecast, there was wheel-to-wheel action all weekend. 

Racers were geared up and ready for action, with cars roaring down the raceway. With 56 classes divided into seven groups, there was a lot of driving to be done. Each group ran four times over the weekend with one, 15-minute practice session and one, half-hour qualifying session on Saturday morning. 

There are two races to run for each group. Within each group, there are different classes of cars. So while competitors may be racing with an entire group of cars, they may only be racing against several of phone number santander customer service level of driving and racing is very high,” Tatum said. This creates added drama and tension as there are multiple battles occurring on the racetrack at one time. 

SCCA drivers come from all walks of life, but the one thing they have in common is a love for motorsports. 

“Some of them are orthopedic surgeons, some are electrical engineers, some work for the big dot coms,” Tatum said. “It's a wide variety of backgrounds that are attracted to SCCA.” 

The sound of the engine revving, the smell of the fuel burning in the air, and the rumble of sports car club of america cars keep racers coming back, he added. Tatum compares racing it to a roller coaster — raising your heartbeat and leaving you wanting more each time.

With a packed schedule, mechanics were constantly working on cars and drivers. 

There is so much to see it can almost be overwhelming, but the welcoming attitude radiates throughout the entire event. It’s quite easy to walk up to any team's pit and ask them to take a look around. Most will oblige or at the very least take time to explain what they have going on.

Getting involved is fairly easy too. There are opportunities to volunteer at the track as a marshall, lining up cars, checking engines, or helping register participants.

Attendees can sports car club of america get hands-on and be part of the action. Buying a car to race can be out of reach for some people but services like Lesher Motorsports allows the public to rent a race car for the weekend. 

“A lot of people don't have time or aren’t mechanically savvy,” Tatum said. “It’s a good way for them to participate.”

The RaceHero smartphone application allows fans to keep track of the racing action live as it happens. Even if you aren’t at the track it allows you to stay on top of the fun and see who is winning. It also has a schedule of events, a list of entrants, and statistics.

SCCA will be holding three more of these weekends at Laguna Seca, with the next event on the weekend of May 28.

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