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News!!! / Open Letter to the NEDIV National Drivers (Important)
« on: January 08, 2010, 08:38:57 am »
From:   Tom Campbell, Chairman NEDIV Council

To: NeDiv National Drivers


The NEDIV Race schedule for 2010 was recently published.  Since then there has been concern expressed by some of the National drivers that there are no double National race events on the calendar.

This issue was discussed at the NE Division meeting in November prior to finalizing the schedule.  Although there were a number of double Nationals requested, in the end the regions, as represented by the Regional Executives, decided that there should be none on the schedule for 2010.

The issue of having 3-day double race Nationals has been debated within the division for many years.  The arguments are primarily driver preference and regional finances.  It has long been stated that many drivers don't want to extend the weekend by the extra day (at least not on non-holiday weekends) and that they don't want to be disadvantaged if they can't attend the double event and have to travel to two separate single events.  More recently a strong viewpoint is emerging that the double race weekends are less expensive for the drivers than two separate, single events and that the economics are changing some of the driver's preferences.  Undoubtedly both sides of that issue exist, as well as several positions between the extremes.  

The other stake-holders in this issue are the racing regions – those that host the National races.  Total participation in National racing has been declining by about 10 – 12 % per year for the past 4 years.  Combined with increasing costs (track rental, insurance, etc.) it has become more difficult for the regions, especially those hosting the smaller events, to break even financially.  The same trends exist in Regional racing but consistently greater numbers of entries per event make it more economical to host a Regional race.  The regions believe that large double race National events will draw entries away from the smaller singe race events to the extent that the single events may no longer be financially viable.  The recent feedback from the drivers who are lobbying for the doubles as being more economical are validating this concern.

Many of the National participants are “local” drivers who enter the one or two Nationals at the tracks closest to them but don't travel to the majority of the National races.  If their local track loses its National these drivers won't fill the void with another National event at a more distant track.  On the other hand are the drivers who only enter enough Nationals to qualify for the Runoffs.  These days that can be accomplished by only entering two double race events.  However, of the 450 drivers participating in the 2009 Nationals in the North East, only 75 actually attended the Runoffs.  Does it make sense to design the National racing program for that limited population.

For the 2010 season two of our historical National race events, Summit Point and Mosport, were dropped by the host regions for financial reasons.  There remain 7 National races, all single race events, nicely distributed geographically and on the schedule.  

So, that is the dilemma – more doubles to provide economy to some of the drivers at the cost of having fewer National races by forcing more regions/tracks out of the National racing schedule.

This issue will be discussed further at the Division's annual Round Table meeting in New Jersey on March 13 – 14.  This is a rather straight forward issue but with no easy solution.  It is very important that the decision makers, the RE's in the division, hear from more of the National drivers, hopefully from the full spectrum of viewpoints, so that they can make well informed decisions.  Better yet, the drivers are invited to attend the Round Table to present their views and participate in what will be a lively debate.

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News!!! / NeDiv Roundtable, March 12-14 (Northern New Jersey Region)
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:36:40 am »
NNJR is hosting the NEDiv Roundtable on March 12 - 14 at the Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.
This is the place to make you concerns about the 2010 season and beyond heard by the decision makers.
Saturday lunch will feature the NARRC awards.
On Saturday night, March 13th, will be the NNJR 60th Anniversary party. Come celebrate 60 years of SCCA Motorsports in New Jersey.

Flyer:
http://http://www.scca-nnjr.org/NNJR_Mgmt/2010NEDivRoundTableRegistration_2.pdf

139
Solo (Autocross) / SCCA Solo News -- from Howard Duncan, National Office
« on: December 21, 2009, 10:21:32 am »
December, 2009

Solo Community,

I wanted to take this opportunity as the year winds down to give you a
glimpse into the coming year. However, first and more importantly, on behalf
of the SCCA Solo Department here in Topeka and all the folks from around the
country that serve as part of your National Solo Field Staff Team, I want to
wish you and your families a very cheery holiday season and a Happy New
Year. Secondly, we all want to thank you for your support of the SCCA Solo
program and all that you contribute to make it so successful.

Obviously 2009 was a VERY challenging year on the economic front and we did
not really know what to expect. However, the Solo program came through these
difficult times in fine fashion:

*        Regional participation overall was even with 2008, although some
areas had significant attendance problems.

*        The Tire Rack National Tour participation was off a few percentage
points, but most of that was attributable to some scheduling
experimentation, including giving up at least one successful event so it
could serve as a Divisional Championship.

*        The Tire Rack ProSolo Series participation was actually UP by
nearly 12%.

*        The new site at Lincoln, Nebraska helped us get to within a few
entrants of a record attendance at the 2009 Tire Rack Solo National
Championship.

One of the areas of concern has been the safety record of the Solo program
in recent years, specifically a couple years ago with incidents in finish
areas. Since last year we saw a reduction in the cost of Solo insurance
fees, a number of folks took that as a sign that all was OK. WRONG!!! What
was not realized was that the overall SCCA insurance costs had gone down for
a variety of reasons (bidding, insurance market status, etc.) and the
reduction in the 2009 Solo insurance cost was actually less than other areas
of the Club due to those incidents. Now that some of those incidents have
worked their way through the system a little farther with regard to claims
and legal proceedings, the fiscal impact becomes a bit clearer. The overall
SCCA insurance costs are going up for 2010 and those incidents are a major
contributing factor. Therefore, the insurance rates for Solo will be going
up for 2010 by 10% or 50 cents an entrant.

The ability to mitigate future increases is in all of our hands; Safety
Stewards, course designers, event officials, and entrants. We all have to be
vigilant in being sure we have taken appropriate precautions to ensure fun
and safe events. I know that for our part, we will be taking an even closer
look at the way we operate National Solo events this coming year and we are
hopeful that this will help set the tone for all levels of events.

Moving on to another topic, for many years I have been bothered by the
requirement in the rules for showing a rule book at Divisional and National
events, particularly after the rules started being posted on the SCCA web
site. Also, this bit of bureaucracy hardly seemed in sync with the new Club
motto of "Make it Fun, Make it Easy". However, there was a fiscal (there's
that word again) component we could not avoid; the revenue from rule book
sales was a significant contribution to cover the cost of rule development
and management, including tech services to handle member inquiries.
Therefore, the status quo continued to win out year after year.

Well, for 2010 we took the plunge and the requirement goes away. However,
this does not diminish your responsibility to know and comply with the
rules. In other words, no "the dog ate my homework" type excuses will be
acceptable when a rule compliance issue (car prep or event op) arises.
Therefore, we are strongly recommending that competitors still have a rule
book at hand; either a "regular" rule book (they will still be available for
sale) or a downloaded version.

You might ask how we solved the fiscal issue. Since the rules touch all
levels of events, it was tempting to replace the needed revenue with a small
increase in the Regional sanction fee along with an increase in entry fees
at National events, but given the insurance issues mentioned above, we
dropped the sanction fee increase idea. Therefore, we will be raising the
needed funds with a small increase in the entry fees for National Solo
events and the development of a new optional Solo License with a benefits
package that should be of value for some within the Solo Community. Again,
this license will be optional and NOT required. More details on this after
the first of the year.

Just a few more quick things:

*        The 2010 National Solo Rules will be posted on the web by January
1, 2010. The "real" rule books will be available by February 1st.

*        The 2010 ProSolo Series Rules will be posted by January 8th. By the
way, very minor changes will happened with those rules, but we know folks
are eager to see the new Index factors.

*        The 2010 Tire Rack National Solo schedule has already been posted,
which is significantly earlier than in the past. We pressed to get this done
early for a variety of reasons, but the primary objective was to get it done
early to allow Regions and Divisions to get their schedules done earlier and
avoid conflict with National events. We would like to thank all the National
Solo event coordinators for working with us so diligently to get this done.

*        The 2010 schedule includes some changes in the scoring for the Solo
Triad Award, which was begun this year. If you missed that information, you
can read about it at http://www.scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=3
<http://www.scca.com/newsarticle.aspx?hub=3&news=3823> &news=3823.

*        By the time of the SCCA National Convention in late January, we
will have information regarding expanded communication efforts, including a
new electronic National Solo monthly newsletter that will cover topics for
all levels of the Solo program. One of the many things that are still up in
the air is a name for this electronic rag. If you have a suggestion, please
send it to me at http://www.scca.com/event.aspx?hub=6
<http://www.scca.com/event.aspx?hub=6&event=14461> &event=14461.

*        Finally (really), a word on contingency programs. Virtually all
National Solo (including those posted for Divisional Championships) require
the driver to sign up in advance. It is your responsibility to understand
the programs and to do what is necessary. You can review the programs at
http://www.scca.com/contingencies.aspx?hub=3 and I would suggest doing so
regularly, as well as confirming that you are in fact signed up properly. To
assist in this, we will soon have an   on-line sign up system, so keep an
eye out for this. However, if there is a program available now that you are
interested in, I would recommend signing up right away the old fashioned
way.

Well, that is it for now. Once again, on behalf of the Topeka Staff and the
National Solo Field Staff, we wish you a Happy Holiday season.

140
Solo (Autocross) / 2010 Classes
« on: December 15, 2009, 11:46:52 am »
So, the Solo "admin" types have been talking, and the tentative agreement for local 2010 classes is to re-institute the Pro class, and not group ST classes.

Pro class is indexed, open to any that choose to run in it, awards, trophies, etc. the same as any other class.

Comments????


Dale

141
News!!! / Membership Forms
« on: December 02, 2009, 08:32:09 am »
Membership information can be found online at:
http://www.scca.com/pages/join-scca


Note: there are a number of confusing options about membership. Feel free to ask questions on this forum if you are unsure about your best choice.


Dale

143
News!!! / Bob Gabri Estate Sale
« on: November 23, 2009, 09:30:28 am »
See attached flyer for info on Bob Gabri's estate sale. Included in the sale are Bob's 1972 240Z and 1982 Rabbit GTI.

144
News!!! / Latest Issue of Safety Belt
« on: November 11, 2009, 08:28:44 am »
The latest issue of Safety Belt is now available by logging in at http://ams.scca.com and clicking on the "Newsletters" tab under the "Resources" menu.

We have updated the membership login website.  We have consolidated the large quantity of tabs into smaller menus allowing you quicker access to information.  Login and browse around.  Safety Belt will be found under the Resources along with all of the other newsletters.  Let us know what you think!

You are receiving this notice because of your leadership role in the SCCA as a Solo Safety Steward License holder, Region or Division official, a National Administrator, or a National Committee or Board member.  The information provided in the Safety Belt is a useful tool for your efforts as an SCCA leader.  Because of the high value and trust the SCCA membership places in your position, Safety Belt posting notices will continue until your period of formal leadership is over.

The information in Safety Belt may be reprinted or posted on Region and Divisional websites or newsletters without prior approval.

For the sport,

The Solo Safety Stewards Team

146
News!!! / 2010 WNY SCCA Annual Banquet
« on: October 07, 2009, 01:41:19 pm »
The WNY Region Annual Awards Banquet will be 01/23/2010 at Chef's Restaurant.

See attachment for full details.

147
Club Racing / PDX at Nelson Ledges
« on: October 07, 2009, 01:36:22 pm »

148
Solo (Autocross) / PDX is On!
« on: October 07, 2009, 01:35:18 pm »
WNY Region is having it's first ever PDX (Performance Driving Experience) in conjunction with The Great Pumpkin road race at Nelson Ledges the weekend of 10/24-25.

Jeremy Washburn and Jon Wolff are organizing the event. They are looking for participants, instructors, and probably lots of other help.

Questions, post here or contact Jeremy or Jon.

An entry form is attached with supplemental rules is attached.

149
News!!! / Monthly Meeting
« on: October 05, 2009, 12:20:06 pm »
Remember the monthly meeting is in the "back room" not the dining room....

150
Solo (Autocross) / ST next year
« on: October 01, 2009, 08:26:52 am »
Well, after driving Stephen's ST Civic at Nationals, I had to start looking around for one. Just bought this one
http://http://sccaforums.com/forums/thread/370110.aspx

Now, if I can only figure out how to get it home...

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