Posted July 28, 2015
The Chicago Region SCCA held a Concours for Sports Cars on Saturday June 13th during the running of this year’s 60th Chicago Region, June Sprints®. The concours was a return to our past when region members would hold a concours at the end of a day’s competition to showcase their sports and race cars. At this event there were fifteen cars entered in the concours and two race cars for display. Chris Pederson generously displayed his Formula-5000 Lola and Mazda provided one of their new 2016 Miata MX-5’s in full race preparation. David Hobbs, Grand Marshall of this year’s June Sprints also joined us, welcoming guests and fans alike and graciously signing autographs. At noon during the lunch break all of the cars went out on the track for a touring lap lead by Chris and his F-5000 car. Following lunch and more socializing, the judging was completed and votes were tallied and four trophies were awarded. The Best of Show award went to Ray Larson for his beautiful 1972 AMC Javelin AMX. Chicago Region RE Rick Bentson chose Milwaukee Region member John Luxon’s red 1967 427 Corvette roadster as RE’s Favorite. The award for the “Car we’d most want to take for a lap at Road America” went to Mike Woloszyn and his black 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Race Fans Favorite choice was Steve Laske’s red 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe. For the full write up and all the pictures, see the full page HERE.
Posted July 7, 2015
SCCA Chicago Region will end its 2015 season of Performance Driving Experience track days on Sunday, September 13, at Autobahn Country Club, South Course. Registration is now open for this evening event. We hope you’ll join us.
The fee is $140 for SCCA members. Nonmembers can buy a weekend membership for $15. If you register before 11:59 p.m. on July 13, you will receive a $10 early bird discount. Register HERE.
Because of earlier sunsets at this time of year, the schedule for this event is:
|1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.||Check-in and Tech|
|3:00 p.m.||MANDATORY drivers’ meeting|
|4:00 p.m.||On-track activities begin|
There will be three or four run groups, and each group will get three sessions on track of approximately 15-20 minutes.
Don’t let your PDX season end without one more evening on track.
Posted July 5, 2015
The 2015 Chicago Region Dogs Days Double Divsional Race registration is now open! Come out and play with us at Blackhawk Farms on August 15th & 16th. Remember those cold, wet, Fall Sprints races? Guess what – they are in warm sunny August now! Don’t let the dogs have all the fun in August, come out and race!
Registration is open on MSR HERE.
The full entry packet can be found Here.
Posted July 1, 2015
The 2015 Chicago Region June Sprints are now officially added to the 60 years of rich history of the Sprints, and I couldn’t be more proud. Proud of all the Chicago Region members who have worked so hard for months before race weekend to get every last detail planned and organized so that everything went off without a hitch. Proud of the 250+ volunteers who showed up on race weekend to ensure that from start to finish all ran smoothly; that drivers, crew and volunteers got registered, that race cars were safe and legal, that cars were directed to the proper area before going out on track, that starting lineups were lined up correctly, that cars were timed and scored accurately, that they didn’t violate sound rules, that the drivers were watched over while on track and warned of issues ahead, that disabled cars (and drivers) were promptly moved to safety, that disputes were resolved, and finally, that the post-race podium ceremonies were not only the best in all of amateur racing, but rivaled many pro podium ceremonies.
Add to that having David Hobbs serving as Grand Marshal, Randy Owens artwork on event T-shirts, posters and the program cover (the best Sprints program in years, in my opinion), both Hobbs and Owens available to autograph said items, a vintage car display in the paddock, over $80,000 in cash and merchandise awarded to racers, and the fact that between Friday and Saturday nights we served over 850 dinners to volunteers, drivers and crew, there’s no disputing the June Sprints is the best event on the SCCA calendar. Like we say, “it’s not just another race™”. Proud indeed. Thank you to everyone who made it happen.
Oh, and if you weren’t there to hear David Hobbs speak at dinner on Saturday, well, …
Posted May 30, 2015
Registration Open! Registration is now open for the third and fourth PDX / Track Days of 2015!
Chicago Region is partnering with Milwaukee Region to once again return to Blackhawk Farms for a full day Track Day on July 20, 2015. In addition to the typical PDX sessions of an evening event, we will once again offer a Club Trials session with timing available. Registration for this event can be found on MotorsportReg HERE.
Then in August we will return to the familiar asphalt of Autobahn CC Joliet for our fourth event of 2015. This Friday night event will start a bit earlier than usual to make the most of the late summer sunlight. Details and registration for this event can be found HERE.
Come out and have fun in your car!
See our full schedule and get additional information on our trackdays page at http://scca-chicago.com/pdx
Don’t forget our second event on June 26 – registration is open for that event until June 23. Register for that event at http://msreg.com/2015CHGOPDX2
SCCA Chicago Region PDXs for 2015 are sponsored by
Posted May 19, 2015
The 2015 Incentive Programs have been announced! See the Member Benefits page HERE. Help out at Chicago Region events, have fun, and get a little something back for the effort!
Posted March 1, 2015
Chicago Region at the Race & Performance Expo is quickly becoming a tradition! Once again the region staffed a booth, which was both bigger and better than last year!
Seventeen region members helped in the setup and staffing of the 20′ x 20′ booth, displaying two cars that portray the spirit of SCCA. Daniel Bender’s Runoff winning T4 Mazda MZR provided by Advanced Autosports graced one side of the booth, while the TRO Racing Spec Racer Ford of Michael Pesch was displayed on the other side.
This event introduces a crowd of performance minded people to the opportunities to compete and have fun in the SCCA. While many of the attendees typically look to go fast in a straight line, or go fast and turn left, there appeared to be quite a bit of interest in turning right as well! 2015 Region brochures, PDX brochures, Road America schedule flyers and magnets were made available, and the show was considered to continue the string of success at this venue.
Chicago Region members are invited to come hear one of their own at the April General Membership meeting. Peter Calhoun – Motorsport Manager for Michelin North America and BFGoodrich Tires, a 30 year Chicago Region SCCA member, will return home to enlighten the audience on Michelin’s global motorsport programs, which includes the SCCA Pro Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires series.
A native of Downers Grove, Peter attended his first race as a child at Road America during the unlimited CanAm-era, joined SCCA in 1984 and quickly became an active and nationally competitive autocrosser, culminating with the C Modified SCCA Solo National Championship in 2009.
Since uprooting from Chicago, Peter has been the Series Manager for the SCCA Pro Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup in 2010 and since 2011 has been the Motorsports Marketing Manager for Michelin North America responsible for the BFGoodrich brand’s motorsport engagements and partnerships along with Michelin’s club racing activities. During his short tenure BFGoodrich has secured (7) SCCA Runoffs Gold medals, (2) SCORE Baja 1000 and (3) SCORE Baja 500 victories, plus championships in SCORE, Best in the Desert, TORC, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Rally America, NASA, CASC, and Ultra4/King of the Hammers.
In addition to this special presentation, Chicago Region will also take this opportunity to award anniversary pins in recognition of continued membership. Our Region is honored by over 100 people eligible for awards ranging from 5 to 60 years of membership. Come out to K1 Speed in Addison to take part in this special event!
|Date:||April 15, 2015|
|Place:||K-1 Speed Indoor Racing, Addison Il.|
Posted February 10, 2015
The 2014 Chicago Region Checkered Flag Banquet was held on February 7, 2015 to celebrate the 2014 season. The event continued its year-over-year growth with a packed house and well over a hundred attendees. All were treated to the sights afforded by the automobile elite on display in the beautiful showroom of Lake Forest Sports Cars.
The evening began at 5:00 PM, with open bar and appetizers. Goose Island’s Chicago signature brew, 312, was again a staple, but last year’s pale ale was replaced with a tasty IPA. Once again wine and soda were also served. A tasty selection of toppings for pita chips, to include a delicious olive spread and hummus, provided the appetizers, later to be followed by a buffet dinner featuring a winter salad, tasty pierogies, garlic mashed potatoes, chicken and beef entrees, and vegetables.
Rick Bentson, 2014 Chicago Region Regional Executive, welcomed the group and made special mention of Division Director Bruce Lindstrand, Blackhawk Valley Region Regional Executive Jeff Kulawinski, and Blackhawk Farms owner Paul Musschoot. A selection of awards were presented at 8:00.
This year’s award recipients were:
- Fred Wacker Driver of the Year: Rich Walke
- Dave Morell Workers of the Year: Jim and Janet Schmuck
- Soloist of the Year: Adam Hritz
- Founder’s Award: Mike Smith
- REcognition Award: Andrea Lacis
- REcognition Award: Toby Schuster
- REcognition Award: Erik Vandermey
Chicago Region was also honored to have two people who were chosen for SCCA National awards, and Bruce Lindstrand, Area 5 Director, was on hand to present them.
The Kimberly Cup is presented to one driver in the nation who is chosen by the National Club Racing Board as demonstrating the greatest improvement in that year. Former winners are like a who’s who of racing legends. Names like Augie Pabst, Mark Donahue, and Roger Penske are but a few of the great drivers to receive this honor. This year the National Club Racing Board chose Daniel Bender as the recipient of this prestigious award.
The SCCA Mechanic of the Year was also presented to Al Varacins. Bruce described Al’s long support and involvement in the club, as well as his willingness to share his talents with friends and competitors alike. This was even documented as having happened shortly following an extensive surgical procedure (and against his doctor’s orders!) To highlight how long Al has been a great mechanic in the SCCA, Bruce even noted that he had taken an FV to Al to work on back in the day! (I think you could probably still buy a swing axle VW from a showroom at that point!)
Posted January 31, 2015
The 2015 Chicago Region Track Day Schedule can be found on our PDX / Track Days Information page. Mark your calendars!
Our PDX Committee has done a great job of lining up events this year. There is an opportunity to get on track every month from May through September! The track is calling… Are you listening?
Posted December 19, 2014
The 2015 Road Racing Schedule has been revised. The Chicago Region Double Divisional in October at Road america has been moved up one week. For an updated schedule, please refer to the Road Racing information page, or download a printable copy of the schedule HERE.
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