SCCA Rally News
Flights are being boarded and luggage is being tossed into the trunks of cars, as the SCCA Leadership and members are headed to Charlotte for the SCCA National Convention and the North American Motorsports Expo this weekend.
The SCCA Convention gets underway on Friday with the Annual Meeting and Town Hall, an enlightening talk from SCCA Member, solo competitor, and Southwest Airline’s Senior Manager, Customer Service Chris Robbins. Robbins will talk about customer service and how it relates to the SCCA and the Regions.
Following a “state of the Club” address from Lisa Noble, the Convention attendees will walk from the Charlotte Westin to the Charlotte Convention Center across the street for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the MSX trade show.
Saturday at the Convention features a full slate of seminars, including the Club Racing and Solo town halls with their respective competition boards.
The highlight comes on Saturday evening, when Kathy Barnes, Bob Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Bob Hubbard and Jim Downing and Pete Hylton are inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame.
Sunday at the Convention features another series of seminars and informative sessions for attendees.
Meanwhile, the MSX Show opens for attendees on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Admission to the show floor on both Saturday and Sunday is free for SCCA members in attendance.
A series of seminars and speakers geared to competitors are a part of the MSX action. A full schedule is available at www.MSXExpo.com, but is highlighted by keynote speakers Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim. Cost for the speaker series is $95 for SCCA members, with registration available online or at the gate.
More information on the SCCA Convention, or the North American Motorsports Expo (MSX), is available through SCCA.com/Convention.
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 14, 2014) – With all this talk about flowers, chocolates and love being in the air, we decided to talk to some of the couples from SCCA Solo to see what happens when two gearheads find each other. We talked to three couples and asked them what role SCCA racing plays in their relationship.
PJ and Jenna Corrales, of Rocky Hill, Conn., may be one of the prime examples of the motorsports couple. Both PJ and Jenna were involved in racing before getting together, but an unsolved car problem brought the two together.
“We met during the offseason through an online car forum, 240sx Owners of New England (ONE),” Jenna said. “I had a 1990 Nissan 240sx with a vibration issue, and PJ was just re-entering the 240 scene after racing an Infinity G35 for a year. He read my post, and decided to come visit me and try to fix the issue. He took me to dinner after that, and the rest is history.”
In fact, racing became such an important part of their relationship that they tied the knot at the 2011 SCCA Tire Rack Solo Nationals.
“Racing is something we do together, and it’s great that we can both talk about it and understand it,” PJ said. “It also helps that the majority of our friends race. Now, our family does too since my sister married Jenna’s co-driver, when they raced the 240sx that I bought her as an engagement gift. We all love racing, she gets along with her in-laws and we both have a lot of common friends.”
While motorsports is this couple’s primary hobby, they do share other interests including golfing and snowboarding. Both agree that they have some similar musical taste, but that the most important thing is that they share the same sense of humor.
Corrin and Brian Tyson, of East Dublin, Ga., are soloists from the Middle Georgia Region SCCA that have taken on a leadership role in their local area.
“We are both from the same small town in Georgia, but we didn’t know each other until a chance meeting at a St. Patrick’s Day car show, in 2009,” Corrin said. “From that day, we became friends, then boyfriend/girlfriend, then engaged and now happily married for almost three years. Over the course of those five years, we participated in many competitive motorsports events including car shows, drag racing, autocross, RallyCross and track.”
Throughout their relationship, the couple’s involvement in motorsports has gotten deeper than in would have otherwise.
“If it wasn’t for Brian, I would not be involved to the extent that I am,” Corrin said. “He forced me to compete in my first autocross, back in 2009, before either of us really knew what it was. In fact, he registered me the morning of the event behind my back and told me I had to do it now because my name was on the roster. I enjoyed it so much that we have not voluntarily missed a local event since then.”
Corrin credited their mutual enjoyment and participation in the sport as one of the things that makes their relationship so strong.
“I think that because we both have an intimate understanding of the dynamics of the sport, we are able to emotionally support each other in a way that most couples wouldn’t understand,” Corrin said. “Huge celebratory hugs when something goes well, like capturing the elusive 0.1-second of a second, and consolation whispers when the whole world crumbles, because first place has been stolen away due to a stupid cone. I think motorsports has helped to seal the bond that we have with each other into something that is very solid, understanding and real.”
David and Kim Whitener have been racking up trophies for the past three years and are defending STS and STSL National Champions, respectively. However, this couple was together in high school, before Kim even had a driver’s license.
“Racing with SCCA allows us to spend time together and break away from other stress,” the couple said. “We have also been able to make vacations out of several of our out-of-town races, spending some extra days together across the country.”
What brought the couple to racing was a purchase that came with something extra.
“A few years after we were married, we bought a Subaru that came with a free SCCA membership,” they said. “This drew us to the sport. While we were not competitive the first several years of racing at the local level, we gradually improved and started enjoying the competition of national-level events.”
After hearing these stories, an argument could be made that SCCA may want to get into the match-making business. But then again, we’ll just stick to what we know best: showcasing some of the best amateur racing talent in the United States.
From all of us here at SCCA, we wish everyone a happy St. Valentine’s Day.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 21, 2014) – The Sports Car Club of America will hold the 2014 edition of the RallyCross® National Championship Oct. 4-5, at the I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Neb.
The I-80 Speedway will be the fifth different venue to host the National Championship event, which had previously been run at Tulsa (Okla.) Raceway Park. Since its inception, the event has seen a steady increase in the number of competitors and the level of competition.
“As Chairman of the RallyCross Board, I feel honored to have the 10th running of a season culminating RallyCross National event on my reign,” said Stephen Hyatt. “The first two National events at Motorsports Park Hastings launched the National Challenge program and it has taken a lot of hard work from many people to get RallyCross to this point where we will now be having our 8th National Championship. I hope a significant number of RallyCross competitors make a special effort to attend this year’s event at I-80 Speedway to celebrate our tenth year of National competition.”
Stay tuned to SCCA.com for further details regarding the 2014 RallyCross National Championship. Also, follow the Club on Facebook and on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.
RALLYCROSS RULE CHANGES FOR 2014The new rule book is here! The SCCA Board of Directors (BOD) approved the updated RallyCross rules at its December 2013 meeting. The RallyCross rule-making process is member-driven, beginning with proposed changes submitted by members during the first half of the year, followed by a member comment period, and then the RallyCross Board (RXB) reviews the proposed changes and makes a recommendation to the SCCA BOD for final approval. The 2014 rules include a few modest changes summarized below. The updated rules are effective January 1, 2014, and the complete rule book is available under the “Cars and Rules” tab on the SCCA RallyCross web page at SCCA.com. Here are the key rule changes for 2014: 1. Added the requirement that the entire RallyCross rulebook and supplemental regulations are mandatory for any event in which RallyCross National Contingencies will be paid. This change is intended to provide a consistent rule set for any events that receive national contingency support. Regional events without national contingencies may continue to allow variances from some rules. Section 4.2. 2. Allow drivers with learner’s permits to compete in rallycross events with an approved passenger. Previously, only licensed drivers were allowed to compete. Section 5.2.B. 3. Allow passengers at Regional and Divisional events if the Region or Division so chooses. Passengers are still not allowed during competition runs at National events. Section 5.2.C. 4. Allow studded tires in Stock classes at Regional and Divisional events any time, even if snow or ice is not present. This will allow novices who show up for their first event with snow tires to compete. Studs are still only allowed at National events if snow or ice is present. Section 6.2.C.2. 5. Clarify that replacement shocks/dampers in Stock classes must be unmodified and may be rebuilt to original specifications. Re-valving is not permitted. Section 6.2.C.13. 6. Allow any type of battery (e.g. lead-acid, lithium-ion, absorbed glass mat, gel cell, etc.) in Stock classes. Battery group size and location must remain as originally equipped. Section 6.2.C.16. 7. Clarify the types of non-metallic bushings that may be replaced in Rally Prepared classes. Section 6.2.D.12. 8. Clarify that cameras and cell phones are considered hand-held items and not allowed during competition runs. This change was implemented mid-2013 and makes it clear that passengers are not allowed to take photos/videos with hand-held cameras during runs. Cameras or video recorders on fixed mounts are still allowed. Section 6.3.A. 9. Allow alternate steering wheels in Rally Prepared classes if the vehicle was not originally equipped with an airbag. Note that this change is limited to vehicles that did not have OEM airbag wheels. There is still an ongoing safety debate as to whether Rally Prepared vehicles originally equipped with airbag wheels should be required to retain an airbag since most Rally Prepared cars are driven on the street. Section 6.2.D.23. 10. Add language that requires all drivers and passengers to wear helmets during competition runs. Surprisingly, the rules required that occupants must HAVE helmets but did not specifically state that they had to WEAR helmets. Section 6.3.P. 11. Clarifies that Safety Steward licenses are valid for three years, explains the license renewal process and provides details on the process for suspending a license. See RallyCross Safety Steward Training Program Section 4 & 5. Other changes that were submitted for consideration as part of the 2014 rules package but not approved included a proposal to allow alternate wheels by the same manufacturer in Stock and a proposal to allow alternate radiators and the addition of engine/transmission/differential oil coolers in Stock. Do you have any suggestions for future rule changes? The RXB welcomes your feedback on current rules and proposals for future rule changes. The member rule change submission period runs from January 1 to June 15 each year, so be sure to submit your comments and proposed changes to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the SCCA Forums link.
Happy Holidays to you, our racing family, from all of us here at the Sports Car Club of America National office.
We’ll be closed Tuesday, December 24, and returning to the office on January 2 to spend some time with our families for the holidays. In the meantime, we hope you can find what you need here on SCCA.com.
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SCCA would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Our offices are closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29 in order to allow the staff to spend time with their families. As always, Membership and Licensing will have a customer service representative available Saturday morning, Nov. 30.