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Solo (Autocross) / Looking for Timing Volunteers
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:04:39 pm »
Is anyone interested in working in the timing truck as a regular work assignment this season?

Candidates must be:
- computer literate
- able to work in stressful environments
- handle a bunch of different tasks simultaneously
- not easily offended
- not Andy

If you'd like to volunteer, just let me know.

Solo (Autocross) / New Classing Structure for 2012
« on: March 14, 2012, 09:32:12 am »
In the 2012 Supps, I outlined the new classing structure for this season.  Here is the section from the supps:

Car classification is the responsibility of the competitor. Assistance is available at Technical Inspection or at the registration table, but not in the timing van.
Current SCCA National classing will be used, but grouped into index classes, based on current PAX values:

The following classes will only allow a tire with 140 treadwear rating or higher:
Street Prepared (SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, FSP)
Street Touring (STF, STC, STS, STR, STX, STU)

The following classes will allow the use of any tire allowed by class rules:
Prepared/Modified (XP, BP, CP, DP, EP, FP, GP, AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, FM, KM, FSAE)
Street Modified (SM, SMF, SSM)
Karts (JA, JB, JC)
Classes will be run per SCCA National Solo Rules except:

Pro Class:
The Pro Class will be an indexed class.  It is intended to be a class for top level competition.  There will be no requirements for entry, and no compulsory inclusion, however, a car in the Stock or Street Prepared class on R-compound tires will be required to run in Pro, or its appropriate Prepared/Modified class.

Ladies Class:
There will be no ladies class.

Novice Class:
The Novice class will be for those competitors that are starting out. We don’t anticipate instituting hard and fast rules about what constitutes a “novice,” but we will reserve the right to “graduate” a competitor that regularly wins in Novice for an extended period of time. R-compound tires are not allowed.

Bumped Class:
All single car classes will be bumped to “bump class”, which will run as an indexed class. Drivers will continue to accumulate points for their respective classes. If there is only one single car class, it will be bumped according to the rulebook.

Jr. Driver Classes:
Formula Jr. classes will be indexed as “Karts”.  [See rule book for full details.]  Any adults driving a Jr. Kart MUST run in KM.

So basically, what this means is that if you are on R Compound tires, you'll be running in SM, P, M, or Pro, even if you are driving a Stock classed car.  There is no more "Road Tire" class. All eligible cars on street tires will run in an indexed class based on their prep level.

The reason for this: RT accounted for a large portion of attendance.  However, the PAX used for RT wasn't fair by any stretch.  An HS car had a distinct advantage over an SM car when on street tires.  So, in accordance with the new National rules for Stock Street Tire classes, I decided to make bump classes based on prep levels.  This *should* somewhat even out the competition, and allow for some better match ups.  This is by no means intended to be the perfect solution, and there is bound to be someone out there that will not like it.  I took the results from last season and redistributed them according to this classing structure.  The end result looked right to me, so I think it should be fair.

So, if you have some feedback, or you have any questions, please let me know.  I'm interested to hear it.

Solo (Autocross) / 2012 Schedule
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:38:51 am »
I've updated the 2012 schedule with our current tentative plans.  There are still a few TBD dates that we are still trying to finalize, but we wanted to make sure we gave everyone enough of a heads up before the first event.

Solo (Autocross) / 2012 NEDIV Solo Championships
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:55:27 am »
We are very pleased to announce that we are going to have the 2012 Northeast Divisional Solo Championship at the MetLife (the Meadowlands) Stadium in NJ.  The event will take place May 11-13, 2012 and will be hosted by NNJR SCCA.  All the details have not been worked out but we will have a Phase 1 Evolution Performance Driving School and an Evo Advantage school along with a good sized practice course on Friday.  Saturday and Sunday will be two different courses for competition to determine the Divisional Solo Champions for 2012. Registration will open in mid March and close in early May.

We will run all the SCCA National classes including FJA, FJB and the new road tire index classes RTF, RTA and RTR.

Please check often as more information becomes available.

Go to to register for the schools.

Dave Newman
NeDiv Solo Steward - direct link to NeDiv Solo

General Discussion / SCCA Questionnaire
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:53:21 am »
A new year is coming and there is always time for improvement. Since you are a member of WNYSCCA, we would like to know something about our membership so that we can best figure out who we are, what we want and why we joined, so we can better serve.

Please take the time to answer a few questions to help us guide our club in the right direction.

1. What was your main reason for joining SCCA (.i.e.: club racing, road rally,autocross, flagging etc)
2. Would you consider yourself a car person in general?
3. Do you or your spouse own or have access to a "Fun" car? (Not your daily driver)
4. Do you or your spouse like competition cars of any type?
5. Do you enjoy going to car shows or competition events?
6. How far would you travel to attend any event?
7. If you did travel, would you stay overnight, or a weekend?
8. Do you socialize with or would you enjoy socializing with others who enjoy automotive interests?
9. Do you show any cars?
10. Do you like going to car shows, or cruise nights?
11. Do you compete in any car events, or have you ever thought about competing?
12. Would you or your spouse be interested in working at a competition event in any capacity?

Your response may be made either by email to Tyrone Noles, 2012 Assistant Regional Executive at, or by mail to:

Tyrone Noles
3356 Baseline Rd
Grand Island, NY 14072-1065


* If that link doesn't work, copy and paste this message into your email.

Ice Racing /
« on: December 12, 2011, 08:53:30 am » has just been set up to organize some ice racing events this winter.  I will try to post up events here as information becomes available.

2011 Results / RESULTS: Event 13 - 10/2/11 - ECCN
« on: October 02, 2011, 07:52:09 pm »
RESULTS: Event 13 - 10/2/11 - ECCN

2011 Results / 2011 Season Points!
« on: September 20, 2011, 02:10:28 pm »
I fully expect there to be problems with these, so email me with your issues and I'll fix it.  Files will be updated whenever I make the changes, so keep an eye on the last edit date.

The file "2011membership_yep" filters out people without the minimum number of events (4), and then those with "T"s next to their position number would be trophy winners for the season.

2011 Results / RESULTS: Event 12 - 9/18/11 - ECCN
« on: September 20, 2011, 01:16:50 pm »
RESULTS: Event 12 - 9/18/11 - ECCN

Solo (Autocross) / Competitor Input Needed: Road Tire Class(es)
« on: September 08, 2011, 12:22:53 pm »
After reading the proposed rule for a Stock Street Tire class at national events, it got me thinking about shaking things up a little.  So I propose the following:

Pro - any car on r-comps MUST compete here.  Anyone else is allowed to step up if they'd like.
Stock - all stock cars indexed here
ST - all ST* cars
Mod - all SM and *SP cars indexed here
Novice - anyone with less than a full season under their belt

All classes are indexed.

There was some discussion about this at the last meeting, and we were kind of split as to whether people would like the idea or not.  So, here's your chance to let us know how you feel about it!

Solo (Autocross) / Congrats to WNY's Newest National Champions!!!!
« on: August 31, 2011, 03:04:49 pm »
Heather Everett in FSL and Michelle Quinn in FML!

2011 Results / RESULTS: Event 11 - 8/28/11 - ECCN
« on: August 28, 2011, 03:41:41 pm »
RESULTS: Event 11 - 8/28/11 - ECCN

2011 Results / RESULTS: Event 7 - 7/10/11 - ECCN
« on: July 10, 2011, 02:34:08 pm »
RESULTS: Event 7 - 7/10/11 - ECCN

Solo (Autocross) / Volunteers Needed!!!!
« on: July 05, 2011, 01:29:05 pm »
I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but the last few years have been rough on the club.  Turnout has been low, and a lot of the people that were doing specific duties are not at every (or any) events anymore.  We need some people to step up and help out!  If you are interested in volunteering, just let me know - I'm sure we can find something suitable for anyone interested.

2011 Results / RESULTS: Event 6 - 6/26/11 - SEAD
« on: June 26, 2011, 10:42:40 pm »
RESULTS: Event 6 - 6/26/11 - SEAD

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