SCCA - A CLUB WITH MANY INTERESTS FOR ALL
Many-faceted in its endeavors, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) might best be described as a service organization. It serves over 50,000 members throughout the United States by sanctioning and administering a variety of automotive-related activities through approximately 100 independently - chartered regions.
No other single motor sports organization in the world conducts more events than the SCCA. These events range from SCCA amateur and professional road racing to rallies, Solo events, hill climbs and auto shows.
The SCCA is an ever-growing organization for the automotive enthusiast. Because SCCA is member-oriented and member-operated, the club stresses participation on a broad basis. Regardless of your experience or background, if you are an automotive enthusiast there is a place for you in the SCCA.
In order to successfully sanction and conduct a comprehensive road racing program, a multitude of experts in timing, scoring, communications, safety inspection, medical, flagging, race control, and other skills are needed. Schools are held to train the workers and various degrees of worker licenses, varying from novice to chief of specialty, are awarded based on the worker's knowledge, ability and experience.
A common interest in the love of fine automobiles has made the SCCA the most active membership participation organization in the history of motorsports.
Autocross events (also known as Solo events) are a form of automotive competition in which one car at a time negotiates a prescribed course in the shortest possible time. The autocross events program is intended to provide a large segment of the club with an inexpensive, safe means of testing their driving ability and car performance.
The SCCA Autocross Program is comprised of single car, non-speed events which place a great premium upon precision driving rather than allout speed. What used to be called Solo I events are now operated as Track Days or Time Trials operated at road racing facilities.
Autocross events, which are also called solos and slaloms, are open to anyone who has a sports car, compact or small sedan. The only requirements to compete are a valid state driver’s license and a car which will pass a safety inspection. Competitors under the age of 18 must also have parental consent. Depending upon your particular interest, there are competitive classes for: Street cars which are basically in the identical condition they are driven on the street; Street Prepared cars which allows the use of after market bolt-on performance items; Street Touring cars that run some of the more popular after market performance items and compete on OEM type street tires; Prepared cars which can be prepared the same way as road racing cars; Street Modified cars that allow non-stock turbochargers and other more "radical" changes from Street; and Modified cars which can be almost anything. The cars in these categories are further divided into designated classes based on their potential performance and handling ability and each driver competes against the other drivers in his or her particular class. No autocross class allows the use or presence of Nitrous Oxide. Drivers are scored on their fastest time through the course plus any penalties and the top finishers receive trophies.
At the completion of each season the top drivers from each SCCA Region can compete in Divisional Championship events as well as the Tire Rack National Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Performance Driving Experience (PDX) - Track Days
Most automotive enthusiasts are enthusiastic because of their cars. Unfortunately, many of the activities that contribute to this enthusiasm cannot be safely or legally done on public streets. PDX, the SCCA brand of Track Days, allows you to take your street car on to real race tracks and drive them like they were built to be driven.
These events are non-competitive, and allows the attendees to focus on the true pursuit of driving - fun! Mentors are provided to assist in every level of the driving experience, from providing answers and guidance during the initial foray into on-track fun, to being available to answer questions at any level of a driver's development.
With Fun as the primary goal, and Safety as the means to get there, these events provide a relatively low risk and high reward driving experience. Competitors are separated by experience, and are free to drive and improve at their own pace. Beginners are under the watchful eye of experienced instructors, and the entire event is run under the rules and sanction of the Sports Car Club of America.
Road racing is wheel to wheel competitions on race tracks which duplicate the type of conditions - straights, curves, hills, etc. - that are normally encountered in everyday driving. The road racing tracks are designed to test the driver's ability to handle a car in a variety of driving conditions.
SCCA road racing program ranges from low-pressure regional events to internationally prestigious championship series such as the Trans-Am Championship. In the amateur racing program, drivers compete for Regional Championships and an opportunity to represent their area of the United States in the SCCA National Road Racing Championship.
To become a driver an individual must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver's license, attend at least two SCCA sanctioned driver's schools and accumulate at least six hours of on-track instruction from qualified senior drivers. Competitors under the age of 18 must also have parental consent. If a driver passes these requirements, they may compete in local races under the direct observation of race officials. If they show proficiency, they can then progress to a regional drivers license and finally a national license.
In SCCA road racing there are a wide variety of car makes and models that can and do compete in the several different classes for production, formula, sports racing, and showroom stock cars. Of primary concern at all races is a stringent safety inspection of all cars entered in competition. The cars must undergo a comprehensive technical inspection and the drivers must have all necessary safety equipment such as roll bar, shoulder harnesses, safety fuel tank, protective helmet, and flame-resistant uniform.
Go Ahead - Take the Wheel!
Rallies are non-speed skill events which are conducted on public roads - at or below legal speeds. The types of rallies put on by SCCA range from fun rallies (gimmick type) to time-speed-distance (TSD) rallies.
The most popular and well-known type of rally is the TSD or time-speed-distance rally. In TSD rallies, a driver/navigator team tests it ability to follow a given route at prescribed speeds. Each team is scored on its ability to arrive at unknown control points neither early nor late, but exactly on time. Teams are usually separated into one of two categories of competition based on the equipment they have to aid them in accurately following the designated route at precisely the right time and/or speed. One category is for the teams that depend only on the basic essentials such as the family car, watch, and rally tables. The other category is for the devoted TSD rallyist who uses sophisticated electronic equipment such as special odometers that read to the nearest hundredth of a mile and electronic computers which automatically calculate speed and provide a continuous indication if you are ahead, behind, or on time.
Taking people back to the roots of our club's road racing heritage.
The program is open to anyone who has an interest in sports cars from an era gone by. Sports cars and other cars which are over twenty five years of age and have a place in SCCA's history make up the Vintage groups basic interest. The group organizes vintage car concourses, exhibitions, gymkhanas and tour type rallies to give members a chance to meet and have conversations with others with the same goal in mind. The vintage group wants to preserve a part of our club's past, and sports cars that started it all, and also to provide a forum for active participation of older sports cars.
Since the 1950's when it brought sports car racing to the Midwest, Chicago Region has been a major factor in the growth and development of the SCCA. Chicago Region is currently one of the largest and most active regions in the United States. Each year Chicago Region's activities normally include: two drivers and workers schools - one for road racing and one for Solo events; three regional road races; one National road race; three professional races at the famous Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; eight regional Solo events; regional rallies; vintage activities; and several special events such as ice race weekend, auto shows, and an annual dinner dance. In addition, Chicago Region also conducts many social events.
General membership meetings are held periodically throughout the year. See our home page for their location.
Solo meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. See the Solo Page for their location (no meeting in January).
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