The Times, They Are
President and CEO
I’VE HEARD IT SAID time and time again that the
SCCA is a microcosm of America. Having been a
member of both entities for a while now, I agree. There
are so many parallels to be drawn. From the way we
select our leaders to the makeup of our membership and many other issues,
the SCCA is truly a cross section of our country. There are generational
differences, geographical differences and many others. But there is always
an overriding sense of belonging and pride that goes with each.
Within the last decade or two America has faced many challenges both
internally and externally. There is a sense that we are not what we once
were and we want to get back to the days of prosperity that we almost
took for granted years ago. Technology, competition from outside of our
boundaries, an aging population and a new generation that sees things
differently bring new challenges to America’s status quo. These same
forces and challenges are also impacting the SCCA.
Within our country there is polarization and disagreement about how to
go about getting us back to being prosperous and looked to as the
undisputed leader. The one thing we cannot do, both as Americans and as
members of SCCA, is nothing. Doing nothing, being gridlocked by fear of
change is a surefire way to guarantee our obsolescence.
Every generation has faced its share of challenges, some more
effectively than others. The only
true constant is change. To quote
Mr. Bob Dylan, a representative of
one of our older generations, “The
Times They Are a-Changin’.” This
was true when he released that
ARE GOING TO
song back in 1964 and it is true
today. Take a moment to look up the
lyrics to this song and you’ll see how
applicable they are to us here in 2011.
The challenges of technology,
competition for a person’s free time
and disposable income are all but
demanding that we make changes in
order to stay relevant.
The Board of Directors formed a
committee about a year ago to take a
much deeper look at the SCCA and
what works and what needs some
changes. The “Planning Committee,”
as it is named, has worked with senior
staff from the National Office to
identify where our challenges are and
what we need to do to make us
stronger. As you can imagine, this
process was painful at times.
generational differences and personal
beliefs made finding common ground
difficult. However, we have recently
had some very productive meetings,
which generated support and buy-in
by all those involved. There is still
work to do, but I believe that the ideas
being discussed are going to have
So here is my request of all of you
who are reading this: Don’t be afraid
of change! I have used the following
quote before, and whether or not
you’re a fan of Ronald Reagan, the
words are still applicable to both
America and the SCCA. “To sit back
hoping that someday, some way,
someone will make things right is to
go on feeding the crocodile, hoping
he will eat you last – but eat
you he will.”
“This is just a great way to
finish the year for our team,
especially McNichols Co. and
Goodyear. They’ve been backing
me for years and I finally
delivered a win.”
Ruman Makes History in Trans-Am
After knocking on the door
several times over the past few
years, Amy Ruman finally broke
through for her first SCCA Pro
Glen Jung and John Baucom got
together and brought out the
day’s final full-course caution.
Racing Trans-Am Series victory
in the 2011 season finale at Road
The remaining three laps in the
race were run under yellow,
giving the victory to Ruman.
Atlanta and became the first
woman winner in the 45-year
history of the series.
“It feels great,” Ruman says.
The key to the race for Ruman
was the restart following the
fourth of five full-course caution
periods in the 40-lap race.
Running second in her No. 23
“I feel like it’s long overdue for our
team, but I’m excited to be up
here. We worked really hard race
after race and, unfortunately, our
best results were always third. We
couldn’t seem to break that
barrier the last couple [of] years.
Chevrolet Corvette behind leader
Mike Lewis, Ruman got a good
jump to take the lead heading
into Turn 1. A few moments later,
I led at Brainerd and then it
started raining, and it just seemed
like there was always something
blocking our way, mechanical
problems or getting hit.
Amy Ruman is the first woman to win a
Trans-Am race in the series’ 45-year history.