9th Annual Race & Performance Expo

Posted February 3, 2016

9th Annual Race & Performance Expo
Feb. 20-21, 2016
Schaumburg Convention Center

Chicago Region once again will have a booth at the Race & Performance Expo and we need your help.
Volunteers are needed to spend a little time in the booth and talk to people about the SCCA and the opportunities we offer to get involved with motorsports.

You have a passion for what you do with the SCCA, whether Solo, PDX, Club Racing or helping organize and staff those events. It’s what we do; it’s what we look forward to all winter long. We need you to spend a little time sharing that passion with others, those who in all likelihood aren’t familiar with the SCCA and how easy it is to get involved with motorsports.

Spend a little time in the Chicago Region booth and have plenty of time to wander the show floor and see the exhibits, all for free. Chicago Region is picking up the show entry fee for those who lend a hand. Information about the show can be found here:

Show hours are Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:00AM-5:00pm, and Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9:00AM-4:00PM. Help out for as little or as long as you like; whatever fits your schedule.

To sign up, contact Claire Ball at:


Chicago Region Member’s Gathering

Posted February 3, 2016

Chicago Region Member’s Gathering
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 7:00PM
K1 Speed Indoor Karting Facility, Addison, IL

Join us for our February Member’s Gathering at K1 Speed. Shake off the winter blues with some bench racing, talk about your plans for the upcoming season and help us celebrate the accomplishments and efforts of fellow Chicago Region members.

We’ll be presenting the 2015 Solo season trophies and awards, awarding SCCA Anniversary pins to those reaching 5-year milestones, and recognizing those who have helped the region by serving on an organizing committee or otherwise contributed to the region’s success in 2015.

Come on out and help us congratulate our champions and thank those who work to make our events possible.

K1 Speed offers a full bar, full food menu, and of course Kart racing. Arrive early and/or stay late to enjoy something to eat, drink, and perhaps challenge friends to a race or two (if you plan to race, bear in mind K1’s no-alcohol-before-racing policy).

Information on K1 and how to get there can be found HERE.


Posted February 3, 2016

SCCA Timing and Scoring is not what it used to be. We use networked computers connected to electronic decoders to time and score the competitors. The new T&S is looking for some computer savvy people to help out in this specialty. Please consider getting involved in this high tech specialty.

For all of you non technical people, don’t worry. We still do the old fashioned scoring process as a backup to the computers. We still need lots of people to help out with the number taping and socializing that T&S has been known for.

CenDiv SCCA is again running an AWT (All worker Training) session on March 19. There will be dedicated T&S sessions for the attendees. This will be a great introduction for new workers and an excellent review and training for the not so new. Information on the AWT seminar can be found at the SCCA CenDiv web site:

Toby Schuster
CenDiv T&S administrator

December REmarks

Posted February 3, 2016

It’s nearly February and racing has begun! The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is underway, a far more reliable indicator than any groundhog that spring is not far off. You could argue that with the temperature being nearly 50° this weekend spring is already here, but we all know better than that.

February might bring cold and snow, but it also brings several Chicago Region happenings on the old event calendar:

Coming up first, and quickly, is our annual Checkered Flag Banquet, held again at Lake Forest Sports Cars next Saturday evening, February 6th. If you haven’t already registered, get to it now. By the time you read this online registration will have already closed, but you can still get a seat by calling Peg or Claire Ball at 847-660-3460…

Next up on the schedule is the February Members Gathering on Wednesday, February 17th at K1 Speed in Addison, IL. Shake off the winter blues with some bench racing, talk about your plans for the upcoming season and help us celebrate the accomplishments and efforts of fellow Chicago Region members…

We’ll be presenting the 2015 Solo season trophies and awards, awarding SCCA Anniversary pins to those reaching 5-year milestones, and recognizing those who have helped the region by serving on an organizing committee or otherwise contributed to the region’s success in 2015…

Following the Members Gathering is the Race & Performance Expo on February 20-21 at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Chicago Region once again will have a booth at the Race & Performance Expo and we need your help. Volunteers are needed to spend a little time in the booth and talk to people about the SCCA and the opportunities we offer to get involved with motorsports.

Information about the show can be found here:

Show hours are Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:00AM-5:00pm, and Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9:00AM-4:00PM. Help out for as little or as long as you like; whatever fits your schedule…

To sign up, contact Claire Ball at:

SCCA National Convention. The annual SCCA National Convention was held Jan. 21-23 and for the first time in 3 years returned to Las Vegas, having been held in Charlotte the prior two years. This year the format also returned to an emphasis on training for region leaders, sharing of ideas and best practices, and discussion of new programs.

This month’s featured board member – is Steve Laske. Steve was appointed to the board to fill a vacancy in mid-5015 and was elected to his current 3-year term in October. As Steve tells his story:

“It all began in the late fifties. My father was crewing for Johnny Norris’ Champ car and on occasion for the Talarico Bothers stock car driven by Fred Lorenzen. In July of 1958 my father and I were at a stock car race at Soldier Field and I had a chance to sit in a Champ car, a bit screaming Offenhauser front-engine roadster. It made a huge impression on a 6-year old; I was hooked!…


The Chicago Region Spring Tour

Posted February 3, 2016

The Chicago Region Presents “The April Fools Tour”

Sunday April 3, 2016 The Chicago Region will be hosting another backroads tour as part of the G.O.A.T.S. (Get Out And Tour Series). The tour will begin at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 730 N. Lyford Rd. (I-90 and State St.) Rockford, IL just north of State St. by the Clock Tower Resort. The restaurant will be open if you would like to have an early breakfast.

Event Schedule: Registration opens at 8:00 am, Drivers Meeting at 8:45, Tour Begins at 9:00 am.

John Sutton has laid out an exciting back roads route that will take you through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin to our first stop on the tour, The Toy Train Barn. Located in Argyle Wisconsin, the Toy Train Barn is an actual dairy barn in southern Wisconsin that has been transformed into a toy train museum. The barn is owned by former Wisconsin & Southern / Wisconsin & Calumet Engineer Buck Guthrie and his wife, Jan. Buck is a lifelong collector of American Flyer Trains as well as other toy trains. Join us and walk into an amazing miniature world of animations created by Buck.

After our visit at the Toy Train Barn the tour will resume to our planned end point, the Minhas Brewery / Distillery in Monroe Wisconsin. The Minhas Craft Brewery is the Midwest’s oldest brewery (est. 1845) surviving the depression, prohibition, brushes with the mob and two major fires. The brewery offers guided tours, samplings, and a museum of Beer Memorabilia, featuring hundreds of brewery advertisements from the past, Lithographs and prints from the mid 1800-era. Brewery tours are $10.00 per person, which include, a gift pack of 4 beers, a Blumer Soda and a sampler glass (a pack of five sodas and a glass can be substituted), and free samplings of beer and soda. The Distillery offers product sampling, a take home sampler glass and a bottle their fine spirits as a “Thank You” for visiting. Distillery Tastings are $10 per person at as well. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase beer, clothing, glassware and souvenirs.

Lunch will be available in Monroe at two local restaurants within a short walk from the brewery, Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern, and Suisse Haus, both offer sandwiches and other fare at a reasonable price. If you chose, there are a number of fast food restaurants within a short drive of the brewery.

Entry Fee: $20 per car/ 2 people (non-members $25) that includes; tour instructions, two entry tickets to the Toy Train Barn (additional guests are $5 per person). Lunch and Minhas Tours / Tastings are on your own and not included in the tour entry.

Entry Form available HERE.

Spring Training

Posted January 10, 2016

Spring is around the corner! The first step in preparing our volunteer force for the race season is the Central Division All Worker Spring Training. It is time to make your hotel reservation if you plan to attend and stay at the event hotel.

We will again be at the Best Western with the dates being Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, 2016. Most specialties will conduct all of their training on Saturday, March 19 with some continuing on Sunday.

Best Western PLUS Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center
5105 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Our event is getting bigger and better than ever, your planners have been hard at work almost since the completion of last year. We look forward to even higher numbers than the 175 dedicated volunteers who attended in 2015.

For more information see the CenDiv website at

Paula Spencer
Facilities/Coordinator (“Cruise Director”)

2016 Solo Schedule

Posted January 10, 2016 – Corrected January 12, 2016 – Updated January 25, 2016

Back at Rt. 66! The 2016 Solo Schedule is now posted on the Solo page. The big news is the entire season is back at Rt. 66 and there will be 8 events! Check it out!

2016 Concours for Sports Cars

Posted January 10, 2016

I know we really haven’t had winter yet, but it’s not too soon to begin planning for the 2016 Concours for Sports Cars, Saturday June 18, 2016 at the Chicago Region June Sprints®. The 2015 Concours was a success and the Region plans to build off of that event. New for 2016 there will be three classes, Vintage Sports Cars (25 years and older), Current Sports Cars (24 years and newer) and Vintage Race Cars. Trophies will be awarded for each class, along with one overall Best of Show, the RE’s Choice and Race Fans Favorite. So start polishing your car, bring a sparkle to the chrome and bring your pride and joy to the concours. Watch this site for more details and entry form as the event draws near.

Randy Owens Artwork Raffle

Posted November 15, 2015

If you are into racing, you probably already own at least one piece of Randy Owens art in one form or another – a tee shirt, hat or maybe a limited edition print. Randy Owens’ bright colors and fluid lines have captured the beauty and speed of racing for a generation of fans, and have inspired and influenced countless other artists.

Now you have a chance to own a piece of Chicago Region and June Sprints History. Chicago Region is raffling the original Randy Owens artwork for the 60th June Sprints.

Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold, at a price of $25.00 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased on Motorsportsreg. The winner will receive the artist-signed original Randy Owens artwork commemorating the 60th consecutive running of the Chicago Region June Sprints, which was used on the cover of the 2015 June Sprints program, as well as on a limited edition 60th June Sprints poster and on tee-shirts given to workers at the 2015 June Sprints.

As a bonus, in addition to the original artwork the winner will also receive one copy of the limited-edition 2015 June Sprints poster, personally signed by Randy Owens, and a 2015 June Sprints program.

It isn’t often (if ever) you get the chance to own a Randy Owens ORIGINAL artwork for just $25.00! Give yourself, a friend or significant other the Christmas gift of a lifetime. Buy 1 or buy 10, there’s no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. Heck, buy all 200 – you’re still getting a deal! And unlike the Illinois lottery, the winner WILL receive the prize!

The winner will be drawn at the Chicago Region Checkered Flag Party on Feb. 6.

Enter online HERE.

October 21, 2015 Annual Meeting

Posted November 15, 2015

The October General Membership meeting was held on Wednesday, October 21 at the K1 Speed indoor karting facility in Addison. The October meeting is Chicago Region’s annual business meeting and Board of Director’s election. For the Board of Directors, Steve Laske and Jack Novak, both of whom had been appointed to fill vacancies on the board within the past few months, were elected to 3-year terms. Erik Vandermey will be joining the board as a newly-elected director, replacing Bob Stone who has served 2 consecutive terms on the board and must step down due to term limits as specified by our by-laws.

Other items in the annual business meeting included a recap of each of our club’s activities and a financial report presented by Treasurer Claire Ball. In short, the Region is financially sound and strong, despite challenges in both Solo and Club Racing. The Solo season saw 2 new venues, and every event came together last-minute, limiting entries. Club Racing has challenges to address as both our Divisional races showed financial losses. Meanwhile our PDX program saw its best season ever, with an average of 54 entries per event, up by 10 from last year. Overall the Region will probably lose about $10,000 this year, in line with what we expected. While financial losses cannot continue year-after-year, our cash reserves are such that we can weather an occasional poor year. Challenges for next year include stabilizing the Solo schedule and figuring out how to align revenues with expenses for the Fall Sprints and Kettle race weekends.

Entertainment at the meeting was a showing of the documentary film “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman”. If you haven’t seen this film I urge you to find it and treat yourself. The archival race footage is great, and you’ll likely learn a few things about Paul Newman’s racing history that will surprise and amaze.

At the conclusion of the annual meeting the Board of Directors met in Executive Session for a short meeting, at which the board officers for 2016 were elected from among the 9 board members. All 3 incumbents were re-elected to their offices. For 2016 your Chicago Region board officers are Tracy Ramey – Secretary, Claire Ball – Treasurer, and Rick Bentson- Regional Executive.

Fun With Cars, Friends, and the Club

Posted November 15, 2015

The Board of Directors has created a group made up of club members to begin the development of programs and events that will increase participation and social connection among the Region Membership. If you are interested in becoming involved with this group at some level or have ideas that you believe would add to this effort please contact Peg Ball (847-469-8589) or Steve Laske (630-459-3820) No idea is too small or too grand. It just may take some time to implement. So give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you

2015 Rocky Waters Tour

Posted November 15, 2015

Chicago Region hosted the first event in the G.O.A.T.S. (Get Out And Tour Series) on October 18, 2015. The day broke with clear blue skies and a fall chill in the air. A perfect day which brought together thirty five club members and guest for an enjoyable back roads drive through northern Illinois. The tour began in McHenry, IL. At the local IHOP where entrant’s partook in an early breakfast and morning coffee. The tour began promptly at 9:00 am with cars leaving at their own pace. The route started off with straight roads bordered by acers of corn fields. But it didn’t take long and we found ourselves driving the kind of back roads the Sutton’s are known for finding. Roads lined with colorful fall foliage, elevation changes, and curves, enjoyable sweeping curves. The drive was just shy of 149 miles long and took about 3.5 hours to complete.

The end point was at Rocky Waters Vineyard/Winery located in Hanover, Illinois. Rocky Waters is an award winning small family owned winery on a bluff overlooking the vineyard and the Mississippi River valley. The group had the expansive deck and the great room with a two story stone fireplace to ourselves. Lunch was a build your own sub sandwich, with pasta salad and a large assortment of cookies for desert. Those that took part in the winetasting were presented with several small samples of the wineries best during the lunch as the owners went from table to table poring the wine and providing a descriptive narrative of each.

Everyone had a good time, with many compliments and accolades about the route and the drive. When the group was asked if they do this again there was an arousing YES shouted out.

Watch this site over the winter months as information becomes available for the spring G.O.A.T.S. event planned for April 2016. Just before the area racing season kicks off, it’s the perfect opportunity to shake off the winter doldrums, have a laugh with friends and some genuine FUN.

See pictures from this event HERE.

2016 Checkered Flag Party

Posted November 15, 2015

It’s time to mark your 2016 calendar for the Chicago Region annual dinner party.

Our 2016 Checkered Flag Party will be held again at Lake Forest Sportscars beautiful dealership in Lake Bluff on February 6, 2016. This social get together is a must for all Region members and their guest to kick off the 2016 racing activities. As in the previous parties at Lake Forest, we again will be dining on the showroom floor among the Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, McLaren and Lotus cars. The cost this year will be $35, cocktails & social to start at 5PM.

Register now, and buy some raffle tickets at the same time!


2015 60th June Sprints Concours

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.

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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