SCCA Rally News
TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) – The early registration period for the SCCA RallyCross® National Championship ends at Midnight (CDT) on Sunday, August 31, with the entry fee increasing $25 after the deadline from the early bird price of $115.
The 2014 edition of the RallyCross National Championship takes place Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. A 125 driver cap has been imposed for this year’s event, a change from past years. While this number accounts for an increase in participation, there are still limited spots available.
Normal registration for the event for those racers who miss the early deadline will run Sept.1-Oct.1. Drivers can register through MotorsportReg.com. Registration fees will be due, in full, at the time of registration. Refunds will be provided for cancellations received by Oct. 1. Competitors who sign up after the 125 entry limit is reached will be added to a waiting list. Fees for these entrants will not be collected until they are officially added to the event.
Event specific information, including links to registration, entry lists and contingency sponsorship programs, for the SCCA RallyCross National Championship can be found here. For more information on the SCCA RallyCross program visit www.scca.com/rallycross.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 27, 2014) – This year’s edition of the SCCA RallyCross® National Championship, held at I-80 Speedway, Oct. 4-5, will be supported by several motorsports-related companies in the form of contingency sponsorship programs.
Mazda North America, the Official Car of SCCA, is supporting eligible entrants who finish on the podium in all classes. A National Championship win will be worth $750, while second- and third-place finishes are worth $500 and $250, respectively.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) is offering prizes to eligible drivers. A win at the controls of a Honda or Acura will equal a $500 payday. Second place will receive a $300 prize, while third will get $100.
Wrapping up the auto makers involved in this event is Subaru of America. They are supporting the six all-wheel- and rear-wheel-drive classes with contingency funds available to eligible racers. A $1,250 cash prize is up for grabs for notching the top finish. Second place will be awarded $750, while third will receive $500.
Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, has also pledged their support of this National Championship event. Eligible National Champions in all classes can claim a $100 product certificate. Second-place drivers will be able to get their hands on a $50 certificate, while third-place finishers can claim a $25 certificate.
Eligible National Champions will also be going home with a new GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera compliments of GoPro, the Official Camera of SCCA.
To get full details and requirements on these programs, click here. Drivers are encouraged to review program requirements carefully to ensure full compliance. To be eligible for contingency prizes, drivers must register for each program prior to the start of the event.
The 10th Anniversary RallyCross National Championship will take place Oct. 4-5 at I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Nebraska. Click here for further information on the event, including registration, details on contingency sponsorships and entry lists.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 26, 2014) - After a three-year run at Tulsa (Okla.) Raceway Park, the SCCA RallyCross National Championship moves to a new venue for 2014. This year’s championship event will take place at I-80 Speedway, near Greenwood, Nebraska. The Nebraska Region SCCA, which hosted the first RallyCross championship event in Hastings in 2005, will coordinate this year’s championship during the weekend of Oct. 3-5.
Multiple courses will be set up on the speedway’s large dirt parking areas. If the weather remains dry, expect plenty of grip on the hard-packed racing surface, which has a reputation for being fast and durable. However, if it rains, locals say be prepared for slippery, greasy conditions that will reward drivers who exercise patience and smoothness in the search for traction. This year’s event will feature three courses (Saturday AM, Saturday PM & Sunday AM) and competitors should expect four to six runs on each course, depending on course conditions and event flow. Unlike Solo events, all runs count in RallyCross, so consistency is paramount.
As in past years, our annual Who Will Win prognostications can be difficult since many RallyCross competitors are notorious procrastinators who often wait until the final few weeks before the event to register. At the time this article was prepared, 53 drivers of an expected 120 total entries were registered, so readers should be mindful of this when evaluating our prognostications. And with that disclaimer, here are our predictions for this year’s national championship winners.
Stock Front Wheel Drive (SF)
With only three registered entrants at this time in an expected field of 10 drivers, Stock Front is a difficult call. Ron Foley (Honda Civic Si) has a shot at taking the top spot but Solo standout Drew Little (Acura Integra) will keep things close. Rumor has it that 2014 champion Tim Hardy will be making the trip to Nebraska with his trusty Ford Escort. Plenty of unknowns in this class, particularly since past front-runners James Wilson, Micah Nickelson and Damon Guy Cuccia are not yet registered, but here is our best guess:
1. Tim Hardy
2. Drew Little
3. Ron Foley
Stock Rear Wheel Drive (SR)
Like Stock Front, Stock Rear has only three registered entrants in an expected eight-car field. This year SCCA luminaries Howard and Linda Duncan have swapped their slow but reliable Hyundai Elantra for a tail-happy and slightly faster Mazda Miata. And Nathan Usher who competed in Modified All last year is making the move to Stock Front in another Miata. Expect some of last year’s top competitors, including runner-up Patryk Matecki (Mazda Miata), to show up too. Here’s our call for the top finishers:
1. Nathan Usher
2. Patryck Matecki
3. Howard Duncan
Stock All Wheel Drive (SA)
Stock All will be close, with one or two cones separating the winners and losers. Gonzalo San Miguel (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS) is a perennial favorite with his smooth driving style and will be sharing his car with fellow Utahan Karl Sealander. John Voegeli (Subaru 2.5 RS), Z.B. Lorenc (Subaru Impreza) and Mark Hill (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS) will be in the hunt as well. If 2013 champion Jan Gerber joins the fray, it will be nearly impossible to predict the outcome. Despite a plethora of fast Subarus in this class, watch for 2013 Champion Charles Wright to wheel his rock-solid Mitsubishi Evolution to a repeat win.
1. Charles Wright
2. Gonzo San Miguel
3. Karl Sealander
4. Z.B. Lorenc
5. Mark Hill
Prepared Front Wheel Drive (PF)
Prepared Front will once again have an old-tech look, with classic cars from the 1980’s and 90’s. Bryan Tippens and teenager Alex Hunter will be co-driving the Hunter family’s diminutive Honda CRX. Don Hardy, running his Stock class Ford Escort in Prepared, Mark Smith (VW Golf) and Robert Seelig (Honda CRX Si) will be competitive if they enter. Last year’s champion Chang Ho Kim (Honda Civic Si), Antonio Serracino (Acura Integra) and Jim Rowland (Nissan Sentra SE-R) will battle each other throughout the weekend for the top spot. The winner will need to be cone-free. We predict Rowland will avenge his second-place finish to Kim last year, unless he cracks under the pressure of being picked to win.
1. Jim Rowland
2. Chang Ho Kim
3. Antonio Serracino
4. Bryan Tippens
Prepared Rear Wheel Drive (PR)
Prepared Rear is perennially the smallest class at the national championship. In fact, there are no entrants at this time. Historically, this is the place where old Miatas, Porsche 924s and RX-7s come to relive their glory days. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a clapped-out Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Special and race your spouse, significant other or kid sister for a national championship.
2. Your kid sister
Prepared All Wheel Drive (PA)
Expect very close competition for the top trophy positions in Prepared All. Defending Champion Edwin Cunill, who drove Charles Wright’s Stock class Evo to victory last year, will be fast but catchable in his MAZDASPEED6. Harold Denham, driving Warren Elliott’s Mistubishi Evo, has the fastest car in the class, but will he be able to utilize its full potential? Jake Blevins is showing some speed this season in his Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS after making the move from Stock class. Mark Macoubrie (Subaru WRX STi) and Keith Lightfoot (Plymouth Laser RS) will be in the hunt as well, if they can avoid cones. Nebraskan Alex Reinkordt (Subaru Legacy SS) will be on his home turf, and things will only get more interesting if past champions Cody Hatfield and Kubo Kordisch decide to show up. Come Sunday afternoon, the final standings will read:
1. Edwin Cunill
2. Jake Blevins
3. Keith Lightfoot
4. Mark Macoubrie
5. Harold Denham
Modified Front Wheel Drive (MF)
Modified Front will provide the closest racing of the weekend, with several former national champions running in class. Leon Drake (VW Golf) will be on hand to defend his 2013 title. Jon Olschewsk, fresh from a visit to Team O’Neil Rally School, will return with his great-looking Nissan Sentra SER-V, but will it succumb to mechanical woes? Brett Hunter and son Ian Hunter will be compete in their newly-built Honda CRX. Aaron Miller’s Honda Civic will once again be a top contender and Kent Hamilton will be making the trip from Alaska to co-drive with Miller. And don’t overlook Washington’s Kito Brielmaier (Toyota EL31 Tercel) who will be making his debut at Nationals. This will be an exciting class to watch and the winner will be determined on the final run. Here is our prediction:
1. Leon Drake
2. Kent Hamilton
3. Aaron Miller
4. Jon Olschewski
5. Brett Hunter
Modified Rear Wheel Drive (MR)
Lots of RX-7s in this class, with Pete Remner, Aaron Dewey, and Bee and Theresa Thao all driving classic 80’s Mazda iron. Will Lincoln resident Kris Martison (BMW 325is) be able to capitalize on his home track advantage? Plymouth Arrow enthusiasts will be cheering on Jim Rowan. And don’t be surprised to see Will MacDonald show up in his Pre-Cambrian era Volvo. Expect a few last-minute entries in this class that will shake up the final results.
1. Pete Remner
2. Kris Martison
3. Jim Rowan
Modified All Wheel Drive (MA)
Power, speed and traction are the hallmarks of Modified All. With only eight registered entries so far, and another ten or so expected, this class will be difficult to predict. This year Dan Quiet jumps from PA to MA in his newly-built Subaru Legacy 6-cylinder, arguably the best-sounding RallyCross car ever. The usual suspects Peter Zlamany (Plymouth Laser RS), Wayne Stockel (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS), Orion Fairman (Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS), Ryan Sealey (Subaru Impreza), and Jeff Timpe (Subaru Impreza) will be on hand to make things interesting. And a host of other top drivers, including past champion Eric Genack (Subaru WRX), 2013 runner-up Brian Ballinger (Subaru WRX) and some of the Texas RallyCross mafia, including 2013 champion Brianne Corn and Kevin Corn, may show up to make things interesting. At the end of the day, expect Brianne to take the crown back from last year’s champion Warren Elliott (Mitsubishi Evolution). When the dust settles, here are the final results:
1. Brianne Corn
2. Dan Quiet
3. Warren Elliott
4. Peter Zlamany
4. Orion Fairman
5. Wayne Stockel
Although the seers have spoken, every RallyCrosser knows that anything is possible once the dirt begins to fly. We hope to see you in October!
PAINT ROCK, Ala. (June 9, 2014) - The 2014 Dixie National Challenge RallyCross was held at the Hollytree Off-Road Park in Paint Rock, Alabama, June 6-7. The SCCA host club was the Tennessee Valley Region with a local manufacturer, Dynatorch Inc., as the sponsor. Charles Wright was the event master pulling the whole event together. The event was a resounding success. Pre-registration had 51 entries and 49 showing up for a 96% turnout, in spite of thunderstorms every night.
Competitors began arriving Thursday and camping out. By Friday morning a sizable group was already on site. A practice course was setup and evolved quickly into a slip and slide. The paddock started to resemble Woodstock. Even so, no one seemed to care. Cars, trailers and tow vehicles helped each other out with a festive attitude. The paved road beside the field was well utilized to change tires and fix vehicles.
On Saturday morning the 35-acre site was soggy, but a large sweeping course was designed to maximize fun and minimize frustration. No hard or tight spots to crawl around or dig deeply into the field. Each of the 3 courses for the weekend started out on virgin grass to make the most of the surface. The sun came out and the skies started to clear in time for the first runs.
The traction challenged cars went out as the first group. No one got stuck and technique became the way to win. The right tires were helpful but not necessarily a guarantee of best times. The Mod class cars and the all-wheel drive classes ran in group 2. By this time the sun was really starting to dry up the soft soil and times were dropping. A local favorite, Tim Boyett, lost his turbo in his Subaru and dropped out after one run opening the door in MA for the rest.
At lunch time after the first set, the results were looking interesting.
Stock Front (SF) had Ron Foley, last year’s second-place finisher at Nationals out front by 14.7 seconds after 4 runs. The battle for second however was intense. Chris Ealer was ahead of Alec Meda by a scant .1 second with Gabriel Ward in fourth.
In stock rear (SR) Matt Davis had a good lead over M. Lee Culpepper with Santiago Iglasias in his Scion FRS 2 seconds back. Richard Pannell was leading Stock All (SA) by a second over Robert Squailia with Charles Wright the reigning SA national champion trailing in third, a few more seconds back. Charles Stuckey had a good run going till he missed a gate on the last run.
The Prepared class was made up of nine cars all in the all-wheel drive group. Ed Cunill, the reigning PA National Champion, came out swinging in his MAZDASPEED 6 with a strong lead of seven seconds over Doug Williams and Zack Lewis, another seven seconds back. Woody Gallagher in his Saab-aru was running fourth with Christian Retterer dropping to fifth after a missed gate and a cone.
The modified classes had plenty of speed and action. Modified front-wheel drive (MF) saw Leon Drake, the reigning MF National Champion, take it to the bank. Running faster than anyone he planted the flag with four seconds over the turbo Neon of William Ehrman. Pat McCartin placed third in his newly-built Honda CRX.
In Mod Rear (MR) there were a variety of vehicles, including Mazda Miatas, BMWs, VW Bugs and a Toyota pickup. Greg McMahon was first to master the mud and pulled out a 12 second lead over 15-year-old Nick Reynolds, running second in a Miata. He was followed up by Miles Phillips in his Toyota Pickup dubbed the “field mouse”. Matt Williams in his Baja Beetle got off to a rough start on his first lap and was left holding fourth.
In Modified All (MA,) it was an all Subaru class. Tim Boyett laid down a great first run but a toasted turbo put him out early. The lead went to Christopher Alman with Richard Lawrence 10 seconds back. Shaun Lunn grabbed third, three seconds behind Alman.
In the afternoon the course was reversed and moved over to fresh grass. Some rutting in the narrow sections late in the day required minor course corrections but once again the speeds were giving everyone huge smiles. This is what they came for. Rallycross is all about speed and precision and here it took a gutsy driver to blast his/her way around the flowing course without going wide and getting swamped in the soft wet mush or swapping ends at the finish.
In SF, Ron Foley kept it clean and stretched his lead to 28 seconds. Chris Ealer was still in second, now eight seconds over Alec Meda. In SR Davis continued to hold on to first, but Cullpepper missed a gate on the last run and dropped to third, opening second for Iglesias. In SA, Pannell was still out front but Wright clawed his way up a notch to second over Squailia.
PA saw everyone maintain positions from the morning. With Slightly wider gaps forming. Cunill finished in first, followed by Doug Williams and Zack Lewis, in that order.
In MF, Drake gave up some ground with shifter issues that let Ehrman close in to 1.3 seconds behind. McCartin lost some ground, and was needed 10 seconds to close the gap.
In MR, McMahon lost some of his lead to Reynolds. A bad first run in the afternoon saw Miles Phillips miss a gate and let Williams take third away.
MA was running tightly for the lead also. Lawrence lead Alman by only 1.5 seconds and Shaun Lunn was solidly in third.
At the end of Saturday’s action, the local SCCA Region bought BBQ dinner served on site and people settled in for some repairs and buckled down for another stormy night. The class results at this point were still showing some spots up for grabs.
On Sunday morning the clouds were heavy but the rains were gone. Everything was soft as oatmeal. The areas run on Saturday were almost impassable and the new course was carefully laid out to avoid the ponds and low areas. A new course with the start and finish near the road allowed a decent start in order to build up speed downhill.
Since it would be clearing up and the course would improve rather than degrade, the Mod cars went first digging in and clearing away the surface as the sun slowly started to appear. The course was shorter but no less fast and fun. The push was on for every spot. Even the battles for non-trophy positions were hot. When it came time for the stock class cars it was looking like they were going to have a time with the first right hand turn so the course was moved out to turn that into a long left hand sweep allowing them to maintain momentum. The final shake out looked like this.
In SF, Foley ran away with a 44 second lead to take the class win. Ealer finished second with Meda finishing third.
SR ended with Davis on top. Iglesias eeked out second, beating Culpepper by 0.2-second.
In SA, Wright kept charging into the course and took the win away from Pannell by three seconds. Pannell held second place leaving third to Squailia.
Cunill pulled out a nice PA win by 21 seconds. In the battle for second, Lewis took advantage of a slow run from williams, taking the position for himelf.
In MF, Drake re-opened his lead to eight seconds to win it over Ehrman. Ehram held on to a one-second over McCartin, in spite of a hard charge at the end.
Nick Reynolds put on a push in MR, closing the gap. But it was not quite enough to beat McMahon who finished first. In third was the Baja Beetle of Williams followed by Phillips’ pickup truck, in fourth.
MA ended with Lawrence running away by 52 seconds, leaving Almon to take second with and Lunn finishing third.
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 30, 2014) – For the third-consecutive year, SCCA will welcome a total of 100 Formula SAE teams to Lincoln, Nebraska, June 18-21, for their final meet of 2014. The Club will not only host, but administer the event held at the Lincoln Airpark in association with its philanthropic subsidiary – the SCCA Foundation.
Promoted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), SCCA members play key roles in every aspect of the event. Throughout the three-day meet, specially developed cars designed and constructed by students from around the country, and the globe, are put through a battery of tests including autocross, braking, endurance and business plan competitions.
“Formula SAE serves as a wonderful experience for students to combine education with an outside interest in a constructive, real-world way,” SCCA Vice President of Rally, Solo and Special Programs Howard Duncan said. “For students with no prior experience in motorsports, this program gives them a taste of what our world is all about. While it gives students with a racing background a place to merge their passion and skills.
“It is vitally important that the Club be a part of this program. It gives these students an opportunity to see some of what SCCA is all about: problem solving, competition and having fun with our cars.”
Active SCCA members who volunteer to work the event have the opportunity to get rewarded for their time spent supporting this fun event. Eligible SCCA Club Racing workers can use this event to earn credits toward their Volunteer Incentive Program account. If you are a member of the Solo community, there is an opportunity to earn free entry into a Nebraska Region Solo meet that follows FSAE Lincoln on June 22.
The competition, while hosted by SCCA, is put on by SAE, which is made up of more than 138,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, from all over the world. The goal of FSAE, in conjunction with the society’s other educational programs, is to give collegiate-level students from all over the world the chance to use engineering and other related skills in a real-world environment.
“As the leaders in amateur motorsports in the United States, it is our responsibility to be involved in encouraging programs like Formula SAE,” SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble said. “It is about supporting the education of automotive engineers as they are the future of the motorsports industry. These highly-talented people will be the innovators and designers of the cars we race in the future.
“This is our opportunity to show FSAE competitors the passion,excitement and dedication that Club members have for our sport. And how it can be a part of their lives after graduation as they move into the workplace. This event also allows each of these students to better understand and appreciate the role that competition can play in the continued evolution of the automobile.”
In many ways, FSAE is like college athletics for motorsports. Teams made up of students are tasked with the goal to develop and build a prototype of a new autocross-specific car. Teams are allowed to use a variety of materials and performance enhancements, such as aerodynamic wings, to produce the car with the best performance.
While this opens the door for teams to utilize advanced materials, such as carbon fiber, teams are also judged based on the cost to produce these vehicles, as the proposed end goal is to mass produce these vehicles for consumers interested in a high-performance autocross vehicle. That means these cars must balance performance with cost to both the manufacturer and consumer.
Many of these students involved in the competition represent the future of the motorsports industry, and the automotive sector as a whole. Domestic and foreign auto makers, such as General Motors and Honda, use these events as a chance to find new, up-and-coming talent to add to their pool of engineers and designers.
The close geographical proximity of Lincoln means that many of the Midwestern schools involved in the program may enjoy a slight ‘home field advantage.’ A large number of schools from the SCCA’s Midwest Division have traditionally attended this event, including Kansas State University, Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, St. Louis University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma. Many of the students that make up these teams are also Club members, with some having already claimed National Championship honors.
Information on FSAE Lincoln is available here.
Additional information on the SCCA Foundation can be viewed by visiting this page.