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The Sports Car Club of America
Sports Car Club of America
(SCCA) is an 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.

Contents

1 History 2 Sanctioned racing

2.1 Professional racing 2.2 Club Racing

2.2.1 SCCA Majors formula group classes

2.3 Autocross 2.4 Rallying 2.5 Time Trials

3 Divisions and regions 4 Awards 5 Hall of fame 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

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.[2][3] The SCCA was formed in 1944 as an enthusiast group.[4] 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.[5] 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
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.[6] 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 1
Formula 1
U.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
Trans-Am Series
and the SCCA/CASC Can-Am
Can-Am
series. In 1969, tension and infighting over Pro Racing's autonomy caused Bishop to resign and help form the International Motor Sports Association.[7] Sanctioned racing[edit] Professional racing[edit] See also: SCCA Pro Racing

Trans Am car of Ty Dillon

The SCCA dropped its amateur policy in 1962 and began sanctioning professional racing.[8] In 1963, the United States
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.[9] 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 Pirelli World Challenge for GT and touring cars, the Global MX-5 Cup, F2000 Championship Series, F1600 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
Spec Racer Ford
Pro and Formula Enterprises
Formula Enterprises
Pro. SCCA Pro Racing also sanctioned the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup
during its time. Club Racing[edit]

B Spec National Championship Runoffs Winner 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.[10] 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
Road Atlanta
(1970–1993), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
(1994–2005, 2016), Heartland Park Topeka (2006–2008), Road America
Road America
(2009-2013), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (2014), and Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
(2017). In 2018, the Runoffs will go back west to Sonoma Raceway. The current SCCA record holder is Jerry Hansen, (former owner of Brainerd International Raceway), with twenty-seven national championships.[11] SCCA Majors formula group classes[edit]

Formula Vee
Formula Vee
car of Rick Shields

The eight classes of the formula group are Formula Atlantic
Formula Atlantic
(FA), Formula 1000 (FB), Formula SCCA
Formula SCCA
(FE), Formula Continental
Formula Continental
(FC), Formula Mazda (FM), Formula F
Formula F
(FF), Formula 500
Formula 500
(F500) and Formula Vee (FV) Autocross[edit] The autocross program is branded as "Solo".[12] 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. Each division typically crowns a divisional champion in each class, determined at a single event. Similarly, 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.[13] 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.[14] SCCA ProRally
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.[15] 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.[16] 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. Divisions and regions[edit] The SCCA is organized into 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.

SCCA Divisions

Division Territory

Central Division Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Eastern Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Upper Peninsula of Michigan
and Wisconsin

Great Lakes Division Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and Southern West Virginia

Midwest Division Arkansas, Southern Illinois, Western Iowa, Kansas, Northern Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Western Tennessee

Northeast Division Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Northern Virginia

Northern Pacific Division Alaska, Northern California, Idaho, Western Montana, Northern Nevada, Oregon, and Washington

Rocky Mountain Division Colorado, Eastern Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming

Southeast Division Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
and Southern Virginia

Southern Pacific Division Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, and Nevada

Southwest Division Louisiana, Texas, and coastal Mississippi

Awards[edit]

See footnote[17]

Hall of fame[edit] Main article: SCCA Hall of Fame See also[edit]

Hillclimbing in the USA

References[edit]

^ Smith, Steven Cole (October 30, 2017). "New SCCA Leader is a Consensus Builder". Autoweek: 47.  ^ Jaslow, Russell. "The Ardent Alligator and The 1949 Watkins Glen Grand Prix". Auto Racing History. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ "The History of VIR and Road Racing". Virginia
Virginia
International Raceway. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ Welty, Richard. "Introduction to the SCCA". North American Motorsports Pages. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ Krejčí, Martin. " SCCA National Sports Car Championship 1951". Racing Sports Cars. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ "SCCA Announces 2007 Hall of Fame Class". Sports Car Club of America. 22 November 2006. Archived from the original on 5 December 2006.  ^ Gousseau, Alexis (23 April 2006). "A tribute to John Bishop". IMSAblog. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ 70 years of the SCCA - Racer Magazine, 30 January 2014 ^ 1967 SCCA Grand Prix Championship Review, myf5000.com Retrieved 17 June 2014 ^ "Club Racing". Sports Car Club of America. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ "Jerry Hansen Race Car Driver E3 Sparkplug News". Retrieved 16 May 2012.  ^ "Solo". Sports Car Club of America. Retrieved 4 November 2016.  ^ "SCCA Solo National Championships Move to Lincoln". 11 November 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ "Rallycross". Sports Car Club of America. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ "Road Rally". Sports Car Club of America. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ "Club Racing: Time Trials". Sports Car Club of America. Retrieved 29 May 2010.  ^ SCCA Awards Archived 2 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine. webpage. Retrieved 7 August 2010.

External links[edit]

SCCA official website SCCA Pro Racing official website SCCA Awards 1950s SCCA Race Results How professional racing changed the SCCA – and the world - Jeff Zurschmeide, Racer Magazine, 10 F