New England Region Club Racing Experience
The New England Region SCCA Tread Connection Club Racing Experience (CRE) events are back for 2020. After another great year of new drivers using CRE to learn to be race drivers, NER is repeating the program again this year and hopes to see you at the track to try your hand at wheel to wheel racing.
For 2020, CRE events will be held four times at two different tracks. New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be the location on May 23-24 and August 08-09, Palmer Motorsport Park on May 02-03 and September 12-13.
Who can race in the CRE events?
Participation is open to any SCCA regular or weekend member. No license or doctor’s physical is required. Members must possess and are responsible for recording participation in an SCCA Racing Experience Participation Log. Logs will be issued by SCCA Stewards or Registrars at the event. Participants must certify that they have no known medical conditions that would cause them or others any undue risk.
People who may want to race in CRE include:
- Drivers that compete in other sanctioning body events, but have not tried SCCA
- Vintage drivers
- Non-SCCA licensed drivers that want to compete one or two times a year in a more controlled environment
- Current Solo, Track Event, and Time Trial drivers looking for the next step
- Novice drivers trying to gain more track time
- Opportunity for current drivers to reward their support and crew members
- Experienced drivers trying a new car or considering a purchase
What do I need for a car?
Vehicles are intended to be production-based vehicles with a performance level equal or less than cars in the Club Racing classes Improved Touring R, Grand Touring 3, Touring 3, or E Production. Spec Racer Fords may also participate. For the most part cars need to meet the SCCA Club Racing safety standard, although they do not need to be legal for any particular class. The cars do not need to have an SCCA logbook but will have to be inspected to make sure they meet minimum safety standards. Most track day cars with a full roll cage can be used with minor upgrades.
What do I need for personal safety gear?
The helmet, driver’s suit, and other personal safety gear requirements are the same as club racing. Everything you need to run this event could be borrowed or rented.
What makes this different from a traditional club racing event?
The CRE event is designed to be a lower risk, less aggressive form of wheel to wheel racing. Because we expect most participants to be new to wheel to wheel racing, there will be mandatory classroom sessions where you will learn the rules, racecraft, and framework of the event. There will be a chief instructor and a chief steward who will work with you to set expectations and make this a fun experience. The rules of the road are what are commonly called 13/13 in some organizations. This means if you have an “at fault” incident, you will be counseled on how to be more careful. If you have a second incident, you will likely be asked to park the car. If you go off-track during a session you may be directed to stop in pit lane to chat with the instructor and make sure everything is okay. The entire idea is to have fun and take a front-and-center part in this very exciting sport.
The SCCA rules document for CRE can be found here:
How much does this cost and what do I get for it?
The NER CRE events cost around $295. For that you get 2 exciting days of on and off track enjoyment. The CRE rotates as a separate run group on these road racing weekends and depending on the weekend will be on track 4 times during the event. The first and sometimes second session are practice sessions and the remaining sessions will be races.
Okay I want to do this, what do I do next?
Beg, borrow, or rent a car, helmet, racing suit, and other personal safety gear and then sign up for the event on MotorsportReg. Registration normally opens about three weeks before the event. All of the paper work you need to sign, including regular or weekend memberships, will be available when you get to the track. Don’t forget to check out the Club Racing Schedule and Supplementary Regulations, and tell your friends what you’ll be up to on social media!
See, wasn’t that easy? Come join us.