Posted May 24, 2015
The 2015 PDX /Track Day Season opened with a very well attended and enjoyable event on May 22 at Autobahn Joliet! See a few pictures and a brief write up HERE.
Our next event is June 26, register HERE. Don’t miss out on the fun!
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 May 11, 2015
Solo – It’s on! Depending on when you are reading this we are either about to hold on May 2 our first Solo event or the year or it’s just been completed. Thanks to Milwaukee Region for allowing us to play in their sandbox, our first event is being held at Miller Park (Brewer’s stadium) in Milwaukee, the same site Milwaukee Region uses. As of this writing we have 63 entries for the event, half or less than a typical Chicago Region Solo, but not bad considering the event was announced just 8 days prior to May 2, it’s on a Saturday, and it’s in Milwaukee.
So when and where is event# 2? Stay tuned – it’s still a work in progress. This could be a season in which Solo competitors leave each event without knowing when or where the next one will be held. But once again, many thanks to all the hard work Solo Chairman Greg Meier and his committee have put in to salvage a Solo season.
April Spring Membership Meeting – if you were unable to attend the membership meeting, you missed a very interesting and informative presentation by Chicago Region member Pete Calhoun, Manager of Motorsports for BF Goodrich/Michelin. Those in the audience learned quite a bit about those 4 black donuts we ride around on as well as a good bit of Michelin’s history and philosophy.
Also at the April membership meeting the board of directors announced…
Posted April 16, 2015
2015 June Sprints Concours
The Chicago Region SCCA 60th June Sprints® Celebration Committee invites SCCA members and their friends to enter the Concours for Sports Cars to be held at Road America, Saturday, June 13, 2015, during the running of the 60th June Sprints.
The concours is open to vintage sports cars that are more than 25 years old and have a place in SCCA history. Entry to the concours is limited and will be at the discretion of the Chicago Region. Entry of exotic, specialty and newer vehicles may be allowed and will also be at the discretion of the Chicago Region. Concours vehicles are welcome to participate in a display on Sunday, June 14.
This event is planned to be a low-key, fun event for the entrant and race fans alike. There is no entry fee. All entrants will receive a 60th June Sprints commemorative Randy Owens poster and a parade lap of Road America. Concours entrants will also receive two June Sprints day passes.
Trophies will be awarded for the following categories:
- Best in Show
- Race Fans’ Favorite
- RE’s Favorite
- Car we’d most like to lap Road America
Registration form available HERE.
Posted April 12, 2015
Registration Open! Registration is now open for the second PDX / Track Day of 2015! Chicago Region will provide on track excitement again at Autobahn Joliet on Friday evening, June 26. Our second outing of the year will be on the South Course, and will fill the night from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM with on-track sessions. For more information, or to register, visit http://msreg.com/2015CHGOPDX2
See our full schedule and get additional information on our trackdays page at http://scca-chicago.com/pdx
Don’t forget our first event on May 22 on the North Course – registration is open for that event until May 19. Register for that event at http://msreg.com/2015CHGOPDX1
SCCA Chicago Region PDXs for 2015 are sponsored by
Posted April 9, 2015
Registration Open! Registration is now open for the 60th running of the June Sprints!
For the 60th time, great SCCA racers and volunteers will come to historic Road America for a weekend of competition and camaraderie at the Chicago Region June Sprints® – and you’re invited!
The Chicago Region June Sprints is the longest consecutively held road racing event in the United States. Racing superstars Carroll Shelby, Carl Haas, Roger Penske and Bobby Rahal, among many others, are past competitors. Now you have a chance to take your place in SCCA history. So mark your calendar and start making plans to be at Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 12-14, for this SCCA Majors race.
The organizing team has been hard at work to ensure that the 60th June Sprints will be memorable for drivers, crews, volunteers, officials and spectators. All competitors and volunteers will receive a commemorative event poster and T-shirt bearing specially commissioned artwork by Randy Owens. The Chicago Region will host dinners both Friday and Saturday nights for volunteers, racers and crews. Historic race cars will be on display, and our Grand Marshal David Hobbs will be on hand to meet attendees and share stories.
Registration is open at http://msreg.us/junesprints2015.
- Dinner for drivers and volunteers both Friday and Saturday nights
- Grand Marshal David Hobbs will meet entrants at Friday dinner and speak at Saturday dinner
- Commemorative poster and T-shirt designed by Randy Owens presented to each entrant and volunteer
- Randy Owens autograph session
- Display of historic race cars
- Lunchtime track touring
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 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.
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 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
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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