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Rally / Lead Car Newsletter-May 2010
« on: April 26, 2010, 08:09:37 am »
Lead Car Newsletter
May 2010

Proposed Changes to the National RoadRally Program

The RoadRally Board is seeking comments on two proposed changes to the
national RoadRally program.  The RoadRally Board wants your input as members
of the club interested in the RoadRally program. Please review these proposals on the official SCCA forums:

National Championship Proposed Change:
National GTA Series Proposed Change:


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2. Clyde Heckler
2. Jim Miner
3. John Buffum
3. Marianne DeMeritt
3. Robert DeMeritt
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1. Judy Moore
3. Paul Choiniere
3. Geoff Clark
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Club Racing / SFI Decertification of Impact Racing, LLC. Products
« on: April 23, 2010, 03:56:42 pm »

    DATE:            April 22, 2010                                 NUMBER: RM 10-05

    FROM:          Club Racing Board

    TO:                All Participants

    SUBJECT:    SFI Decertification of Impact Racing, LLC. Products

    Per the attached press release, products manufactured by Impact Racing, LLC prior to 2009 are decertified and do not meet the criteria for SCCA competition as required by our General Competition Rules (GCR). Drivers who have purchased items from Impact Racing, LLC that do not have a date in them should contact Impact Racing, LLC to obtain a letter confirming the manufactured date of their items.   If the date of manufacture is prior to 2009, it is the driver’s responsibility to correct the situation.

    SCCA is delaying enforcement of the decertification pending further evaluation. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

    In the interim each driver should evaluate their personal use of the affected equipment.

Solo (Autocross) / So, who's running somewhere this weekend?
« on: April 19, 2010, 01:20:26 pm »
Rod and I are taking my "new" car to the fairgrounds.

Anybody going there or to RIT?


Meeting Minutes / April 2010 Membership Meeting Minutes
« on: April 07, 2010, 04:08:03 pm »
WNY SCCA Meeting Minutes

The April 6, 2010, Western New York Region SCCA meeting was called to order by RE Alan Nusbaum at 8:30 pm.

Minutes – Jim Perrin made the motion to approve the March meeting minutes as published on the WNY website, seconded by David Potocki

Treasurer’s Report - Roy Bergman, subbing for Treasurer Karen Frieder, presented the financial report.

Race Report – Keith Joslyn attended a double school at Summit Point, and qualified for his license. There were 57 drivers attending the school. Paul Laurenzi reported on the race at Sebring. Paul said the race cars at Sebring go fast.

Ice Racing – No report, but we hope it's a long time until the next one.

Solo Report – Dave Potocki reported that the Schedule is set and posted on the Club Website. The first event is May 2 at ECC-N.

Rally – none

Newsletter – Nothing to report until we have an Editor

Membership Report: Dave Dill presented the Membership report – 194 US Members, 50 Canadian Members (down 5 Canadian)

Licensing Report – none

Merchandise Report –Nothing new, but contact Bill Frieder if you need anything.

NEDiv – The NeDiv Roundtable resulted in a policy change regarding national races based on a survey of the division's national drivers. This season there will be a double national at Watkins Glen as a "signature event" for the division. Next year a second double national will be added at a site to be named later.

Old Business – None

New Business – none

Announcements – none

Motion to adjourn made by Phil Henderson, seconded by Jim Perrin.
Meeting adjourned at 8:56 pm.

Submitted by Dale for Dave Frieder

News!!! / 2010 Great Pumpkin Race Cancelled
« on: March 08, 2010, 11:26:50 am »
It is with great regret that the Western New York Region SCCA announces that it cannot host the Great Pumpkin Affair 2010 at Nelson Ledges Road Course and has had to cancel the race for this year.

Racing is an expensive proposition. With expenses going up and race attendance having gone down over the past number of years the Region has lost a tremendous amount of money on the event. The Region cannot afford to lose much more money and remain viable. The cost of racing has increased to the point that the Great Pumpkin Affair would have to see between two and two and one-half times the racing participants that it received last year in order to break even on costs – and that would be with a modest increase in fees.

The case and problems were presented to the members at the business meeting held on Tuesday March 2nd, 2010. During the meeting a lot of questions were raised and discussed regarding the issues and possible resolutions. Overall people came to the conclusion that it’s just not financially feasible to put on the race this year. The motion was made to cancel the event this year. This motion to cancel was voted on and overwhelmingly passed.

As the 2010 season progresses, we will be preparing options for the Region's potential for hosting the Great Pumpkin Affair race event in the future.

Alan Nusbaum, RE

News!!! / SCCA Announces Membership Drive Contest
« on: February 09, 2010, 11:57:10 am »
The 2010 SCCA National Convention was attended by over 450 members.  For the other 99% of our members that were unable to make the trip to Las Vegas this year, we announced some changes to our 2010 Membership Programs and kicked off our 2010 Membership Drive Contest!
For starters, workers completing 12+ days this membership year will receive a $45 discount on their membership dues (up from $30 in 2009).  We are also investigating adding Professional Series race days as being eligible towards days worked.
Next, effective April 1, 2010, Spouse dues will be combined into a Family Membership.  The Family Membership will be reduced to $85 (from $101 in 2009).  This will provide a savings of $3 for those couples that were Individual/Spouse combination members in 2009.  The Individual and Spouse member will each retain their current membership number.
And finally, we launched the 2010 Membership Drive Contest.  As part of this contest, the referring member discount will increase from $5 to $10.  The $10 may be applied towards your membership dues or used for purchase of SCCA merchandise or event entry fees (National Office conducted events only).  The second part of the contest is that for each member you refer, your name will be entered into a Grand Prize Drawing.  The more referrals, the more drawing entries.
1st Place - Skip Barber Racing School
2nd Place - $1,500 Tire Rack® Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $500 SCCA Merchandise Gift Certificate
Full details of the 2010 Membership Drive Contest and 2010 Membership Programs can be found here.
We are in the process of finalizing all of the details that happen behind the scenes that make these programs available, so if you have any questions please feel free to contact us via phone or email at
Rick Myers, Region Relations Manager
Michelle Lour, Member Relations Manager
Sports Car Club of America

News!!! / John Marshall McGill 1920 – 2010
« on: January 27, 2010, 12:46:01 pm »
John M. McGill passed away on January 26, 2010 at 9am at Briarfield of the Ridge in Mineral Ridge.

John was born June 17, 1920 in Brookfield Ohio to Orland Edward & Mary Virginia Marshall McGill. John served in the US Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1946 on a carrier aircraft service unit, servicing catapults. So he’s been slinging it for years!

He worked for Johns Manville in Milwaukee after being discharged from the Navy then for Williamson Heating & Cooling before becoming involved in sports car racing. At that point he and Marvin Drucker formed Steel Cities International Raceway, later to become Nelson Ledges Road Course. He held the title of General Manager from 1962 to 2004. In 1970, along with Grover Griggs, he was awarded for the innovation of the tire wall which is now used at many race tracks around the world.

Although he could be a bit of a curmudgeon, he had a heart of gold. He would “take in strays” so to speak, earning the nickname Father Johns’ Home for Wayward Boys! Anyone who was out of work or needed a place to stay, John would take them under his wing and they would live on track in the trailer and work for the track.

John was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Preceding him in death are his brothers, Joseph, Ed, Frank and Charlie. His parents Orland and Mary Virginia., his first wife Mavis “Pat”, and Martha his second wife, whom he married in 1975.

Survivors include his daughters Linda (Ken Heller) McGill and Kerrie (Bryan) Bartzi, three sons, Darryl (Joyce Lynette) Lane, Kevin Lane and Jon Scott (Holly) Lane and four Grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home,
407 West Liberty Street Hubbard, OH 44425-1730 (330) 534-1955

Solo (Autocross) / SCCA Solo News -- from Howard Duncan, National Office
« on: January 25, 2010, 04:14:36 pm »
Solo News
January 2010
Howard Duncan, SCCA VP Rally/Solo
        I will keep this issue of Solo News short as we here in the National Office are crunching to finalize things for the SCCA National Convention, however, there are a few things we wanted to pass along.

        Speaking of the Convention, the SEB will be holding their traditional Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, January 30. While we would hope that all of the Solo Community could be there, we realize that is a pipe dream. So, if you have a question you would like to ask the SEB, please send it along to me (email address above) and we will try to work it in amongst the “live” questions at the Town Hall. If time does not allow for it, we will use it as the basis for a Q&A section of the coming e-newsletter.

        “Solo News” is NOT the name of the coming e-newsletter, but merely a generic moniker for the short term. In December we asked for your suggestions for a name of the newsletter, and while we got some good suggestions, to be honest we were not overwhelmed with the number of suggestions. Remember, the first person to send in the name selected will win a free entry into the 2010 Tire Rack Solo National Championship.

        In the last issue, I mentioned that one of the ways we were going to replace some of the revenue lost from no longer requiring a National Solo Rules book at Divisional and National events was by offering a new and improved optional Solo “license”. While the crunch of the Convention has prevented us from completing all the details to formally launch this, we can give you more details.
•   It is not actually a license, but an optional benefits card that will be called the Solo Passport, as it will provide the means of access to some special services offered on an optional basis for the serious National Solo competitor.
•   The Solo Passport will cost $45 for an individual member and $50 for a family membership (spouse or spouse and kids) and will be valid for the calendar year of purchase.
•   Those who purchased a Solo License in 2009 will be able to take advantage of some  Solo Passport benefits, such as early registration, until that license expires. This will allow you to delay the purchase of the new card until a later date, but if you want the full benefits for the entire year, at some point you will need to purchase a Solo Passport.
•   Quick snapshot of benefits:
        Annual Waiver photo card; “hard card”ť
        Early online registration access for Tire Rack National Tour and ProSolo events; 2 weeks prior to access by general SCCA membership.
        Early online registration access for the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship (TBA on time frame)
        Early “Express Registration Check-in” at all National Solo events, which will include one free Test and Tune run or practice start (ProSolo).
        Decal packet that includes all SCCA required decals. This does not include contingency decals (see below)
        Additional benefits under consideration.
•   The Solo Passport will be available soon, so look for an announcement on the SCCA web site.

        Also coming soon is online sign up for National Solo contingency programs that are SCCA supported. This will allow not only online initial sign up, but will allow you to edit your “contingency profile” as you change cars or components at various National Solo events. It will be the responsibility of each competitor to keep their profile up to date, as we will use that profile to award contingencies. Look for an announcement VERY soon on the SCCA web site.

        Regarding contingency programs and responsibility, it is the competitor’s responsibility to read, understand, and comply with the requirements of any contingency program. This includes the required decals and how to obtain them. We carry many of them with us to Tire Rack National Solo events, but there are many contingency providers that do not provide them to us and require them to be obtained directly by the competitor from the provider. Again, please read about the details for each program.

        The 2010 ProSolo Rules, including indexes will be posted on Monday, January 25th.

        One last item. We recently received a copy of a new book published for the Lincoln Nebraska airport titled Journey Through the First 50 Years, which captures the key historical moments of the first 50 years of the Lincoln airport, 1959-2009. The last page (2009) features photos of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships under the heading of “Air Park Hosts the World’s Largest Motorsports Competition” and mentions the multi-million dollar impact on the local economy. I just thought the Solo Community would like to know how appreciated you are in Lincoln and they want us to keep coming back. If you did not attend in 2009, definitely make plans for this year as it really is Solo Nirvana.
That is all for now. Thanks for your support of the Solo program and your Club.

News!!! / Changes at Watkins Glen
« on: January 21, 2010, 09:24:22 am »

Highlights Include SAFER Barriers, Catch Fences, and Paved Run-Off

WATKINS GLEN, NY (January 17, 2010) – Fans and drivers will notice some major changes in several turns when they come back to the legendary road course of Watkins Glen International during the 2010 season.  The Glen is continuing their capital improvement plan and undergoing another major renovation project, which is just the latest series of changes, since the permanent road course’s debut in 1957.

           Among the changes is the removal of gravel traps and grass, modification of the catch fence, installation of SAFER Barriers, and the relocation of guard rails.  The project will be the largest improvement project on the 3.4-mile road course since the installation of new catch fences prior to the first IZOD IndyCar® Series race at Watkins Glen International in 2005. The renovation project will affect all series that race on the 3.4-mile circuit and include improvements to the Inner loop or “Bus Stop”, Turn 5 (known as Turn 9 of the short-course or the “Carousel”), Turn 10 and Turn 11.

           “We make it a point to evaluate our entire facility every year and we identified these areas as needing improvement,” said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International.  “The feedback we received from each of the sanctioning bodies was very positive and in agreement with our recommendations.  We think the drivers will like what they see when they return here and should lead to even better on-track action for our fans.”

Officials from Watkins Glen International and its parent-company International Speedway Corporation (ISC) recognized a need for improvements around the road course.  Shortly after the conclusion of the 2009 season, officials from WGI, ISC, and North American Testing Co. (NATC) convened to discuss ideas of possible improvements.  After an initial list was formed, the track officials met with executives of NASCAR, the Indy Racing League, GRAND-AM, and all of the other series that compete on the road course to gather feedback.  Based upon those discussions, improvement plans were devised that will be completed prior to the start of the 2010 season at The Glen.        

Along the portion of the course known as the inner loop or “bus stop,” the existing gravel trap will be replaced with a paved runoff area, which will allow more side-by-side racing throughout the tight turns.  Additionally, a SAFER barrier will be installed along the interior concrete barrier wall and the existing catch fence system will be removed with a modified version installed.  

         Turn 5, also known as the “Carousel Turn” will include the removal of the existing grass to pave an extended runoff area and the installment of a rumble strip built to FIA specifications along the track edge of pavement.  The existing guard rail system will be modified to install a crash attenuator system, to help absorb the impact when a car makes contact with the wall.

            Similarly, the project in Turn 10 will include the removal of a portion of the current gravel trap, which will be replaced with another paved runoff area. Additionally, the current FIA rumble strip will be extended along the track edge of pavement.

            Finally, Turn 11 improvements will feature the installation of a SAFER barrier in front of the exterior guide rail system.  Additionally, all grass areas between the new SAFER barrier and the track will be paved to help provide better traction when a driver is attempting to bring their car to a stop.

Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now!  Fans can take advantage of advanced sale prices and new options by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website,  Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.  The Shop is open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, and is closed Sunday.

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Club Racing / Open Letter to National Drivers (IMPORTANT)
« on: January 08, 2010, 08:43:11 am »
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