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 February 4, 2015
Winter finally arrived, and with a vengeance. So here we are at the beginning of February with a raging blizzard. Looking outside, the beginning of our season might seem to be a long way off. Nothing could be further from the truth. February actually has a lot going on.
Next Saturday, Feb. 7 is the annual Chicago Region Checkered Flag dinner and awards banquet at Lake Forest Sports Cars, when we get together to enjoy the company of friends and fellow motorsports enthusiasts, eat a good meal, have a few drinks and recognize the standout accomplishments of some of our members. I hope you’re registered and planning to attend.
The following weekend, February 14-15 is the Race and Performance Expo at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Chicago Region will have a booth with a couple race cars on display and we’ll be talking to show attendees about the activities and advantages of SCCA membership. If you’d like to help out by spending a couple hours in the booth talking to people we’d welcome your involvement. Contact Claire Ball at (847) 469-8589 for details.
The weekend after that…
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 28, 2014
Chicago Region SCCA will once again have a booth at the Race & Performance Expo in St. Charles. After a successful display at the 2014 show, we will be expanding our booth to accommodate an additional car! Volunteers are needed to staff the booth and promote our 2015 Road Racing, Solo, PDX, and social activities. A special emphasis for 2015 will be the promotion of the 60th Chicago Region June Sprints, held this year on June 12-14 at historic Road America. Help us promote the longest consecutive running amateur road race and all of our activities! Staff volunteers, and anyone who may have suitable display cars, are encouraged to contact Claire Ball at (847) 469-8589.
The show will be held on February 14 & 15 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.
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.
Posted September 20, 2014
Race fans will get a chance to hear Doug Fehan speak about his career and Corvette Racing at the general meeting of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Chicago Region. The meeting will be held October 22 at 7 p.m. at K1 Speed in Addison, Ill., and is open to the public.
Fehan is program manager for Corvette Racing, which he helped start in 1999. During his time with the highly successful program, its teams have achieved 94 victories in endurance racing – 82 in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), seven at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one at Daytona and four this season in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship series.
Fehan began his career in motorsports by racing a homebuilt Chevelle stock car on the USAC circuit in the late 1960s. A chance encounter with GM Racing Director Herb Fishel launched his career with GM, first with Oldsmobile’s IMSA World Sports Car program and then GM’s factory-backed Corvette racing program. Fehan received the Spirit of Le Mans Award from the Automobile Club De l’Ouest in 2014 and the ALMS “From the Fans” award in 2004 and 2008.
Doug is the reason you always wanted that YELLOW Corvette!
|Date:||Oct 22, 2014|
|Place:||K-1 Speed Indoor Racing, Addison Il.|
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