8 AUGUST 2018 scca.com
FROM THE PRESIDENT
f you’re lost regarding this column’s title, let me provide a little context. It was a
beautiful day in May and I was a guest of SCCA’s Central Florida Region at their
second annual Daytona Showcase event. It was an incredible enthusiast experience for
members – as well as future members – and featured SCCA Road Racing, lapping
sessions, autocross, RallyCross, opportunities to volunteer, see racecars up close, and
maybe even do a ride along on one of the most famous tracks in North America:
Daytona International Speedway.
While I was there looking to have #funwithcars with some fellow enthusiasts,
I was also there to participate in my first enduro, co-driving an SRF3 with Lee Hill,
Chairman of SCCA’s Board of Directors. It was my first time in the car, my first time
on the banks of Daytona, and my first time to run in a 90-minute road race with
85 other competitors. To boost my confidence even more, I was the greenhorn in
the PM Racing stable led by a multi-time SCCA National Champion Brian Schofield
and drivers like Jean-Luc Liverato, Doug Mead,
Casey McKibben, Chad Galloway, Lee Hill, and
Richie Stanley, among others. Backing up this great
stable of drivers was the PM Racing support team
of Jason Schultz, Tyler Schultz, and Rob Roche.
This support team would become very important
to Mr. Hill’s co-driver (yours truly) very quickly.
How quickly you ask? During my first session in the car, I spun entering the chicane
on the out lap, also known as “OTOL.” I can’t tell you all the things that were going
through my mind as I was spinning into the tire wall at Turn 7A, but the one that
I can share went something like this: “I am so fired. I just wrecked my boss’ car!”
A great deal of humble pie later, and courtesy of the incredible fabrication
skills of the PM Racing team, I picked up some new graphics on the car, learned
the value of color matching duct tape, made it back on track for all remaining
practice sessions, successfully completed them without incident, and picked
up speed and a little confidence each time I was at the helm. And, on Saturday,
team Hill/Cobb placed eighth in class and 10th overall in the 85-car enduro.
The real point in my sharing this experience is not to illustrate how much more
I need to learn about road racing. The more valuable concept is this: In order
to get to where we’ve never been, we have to do things we’ve never done.
This idea (which is a rough interpretation of something once said by Thomas
Jefferson) is more than teaching old dogs new tricks – this truism is valid
personally, professionally, and organizationally for the SCCA. The Daytona
Showcase is a huge undertaking to execute across a weekend. However,
the CFR team took on the challenge even though this is not the way the
Region’s events have been done before. The team wanted to create a new
SCCA experience that would provide an “easy button” for non-members and
PRESIDENT & CEO, SCCA INC.
“I can’t tell you all the things that
were going through my mind as
I was spinning into the tire wall”
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