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March REmarks

Posted March 12, 2015

What do YOU want your club to be?

That’s a question asked, in one form or another, by many people, from the Region’s board of directors, to the National board and the paid staff in Topeka. There’s a good chance that in the next few weeks we’ll be sending you a survey asking some questions about what you like about the club, and what we can be doing better, as well as what activities you’d like to see added to the mix.

If you don’t want to wait for a survey and want to let us know what would make Chicago Region more engaging and interesting, more fun for you, drop me a line at: regionalexec@scca-chicago.com. I’d love to hear what you think.

At the SCCA National Convention in February there was a lot of emphasis on making our club more attractive to new members and current members alike by making it easier to get started in the SCCA (lowering some of the hurdles like expense, licensing requirements, etc) and reducing some of the “bureaucracy”. Several new programs were introduced, including Track Night in America – a weeknight evening PDX program that borrows heavily from our own existing PDX format, alternative routes to earning a Competition License, a Chumpcar-like enduro race format with minimal classing rules, and others. Really out-of-box thinking for staid old SCCA


2015 Race & Performance Expo

Posted March 1, 2015
2015 Race & Performance Expo

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 int he 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.

Michelin & BF Goodrich’s Peter Calhoun
to Speak at SCCA Chicago Region Meeting April 15th

Posted February 23, 2015

Peter CalhounChicago 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.
Time: 7:00 PM

Solo 2014 Season Banquet

Posted February 18, 2015

The 2014 Solo Season will be celebrated at the annual Solo Banquet.

Registration is open for the Chicago Region Solo banquet which will be held on March 1, from 1-6pm at Pinstripes in Oakbrook. It will be combined with the TSSCC banquet.

Cost $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 & under.

Banquet registration closes on Monday Feb 23rd.

Register at http://register.scca-chicago.com

2014 Season Celebrated!

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!)

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2015 PDX / Track Day Schedule Announced!

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?

2015 Road Racing Schedule Revised

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.

News Archives can be found HERE.

Chicago Region June Sprints®

Details at JuneSprints.com

Divisional and Majors Road Racing

Schedule is finalized!  Click here for more information


The Solo schedule is finalized!  Click here for more information


Track Days at local tracks!  Click here for more information


Watch this page for Road Rally news!


Inquiries at Chicago Region Office Phone: 847-729-2211 or E-mail: Cluboffice@SCCA-Chicago.com