6 AUGUST 2020 scca.comFROM THE PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT & CEO, SCCA INC.
In the June issue of SportsCar, we introduced a few things SCCA members can do as one team in service of
navigating this great organization through its 76th year
and into a COVID- 19 free future. For simplicity and clarity,
we called this united and focused effort: #SCCAUNITE.
Unfortunately, not only has the U.S. been tested
with the impact of COVID- 19, but also with racially
charged events that led to significant social unrest
across much of the country. This has provided us with
an additional opportunity
to demonstrate our
commitment to providing an
environment for all members
that is free of harassment,
discrimination, and any
behavior that interferes with
enjoying a safe, fun, and
exciting SCCA experience.
While we have not yet
discovered the cure for all the
challenges we currently face
as a country, in our little slice
of the world we did recently
come together as one united team in service of putting on
one of the best SCCA events in recent history: the 65th
running of the SCCA Weather Tech Chicago Region June
Sprints at Road America. The quote that follows is from
Mike Kertscher, President and General Manager at Road
America, and it speaks volumes about the welcoming
environment afforded to all who participated in or were
spectators at this event, which was one of the first large-
scale motorsports events in the country where COVID- 19
practices were successfully and consistently deployed,
and the largest Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour
and U.S. Majors Tour event in history with 467 entries.
TURN 14 UNITEDTodd Cohen,Dwight Loveland,Tiffany Bingheim,Don Holmey, andyours truly flaggingat the June Sprints.
(Note: Everyonereturned to socialdistancing afterthe photo.)
The Chicago Region did a fabulous job definingCOVID- 19 processes and procedures in advance of thisevent. There was solid execution across all disciplines,and there was an overall sense of excitement in theair – excitement to be out of the house as well asexcitement to be with others who share our passionfor competition and community. And, of course, therewas excitement fueled by some beautiful Wisconsinsunshine and the sights, sounds, and smells (and brats)that are all part of the SCCA racing experience.
Sometimes a picture can tell the story betterthan prose, so to the left is a shot from Turn 14 atRoad America on a beautiful June Sprints morningwhere the crew is working in a united fashion tokeep one another safe, while also working to keepall drivers on course safe. Masks on, of course!
In closing, while #SCCAUNITE was originally intendedto be a rallying cry for helping us emerge from COVID- 19,it also represents our commitment to an environmentthat is free of harassment and discrimination whileproviding a welcoming environment to all. By comingtogether for the purpose of delivering the best SCCAexperience possible to all and for all – we are creating abrighter, more united future together. #SCCAUNITE
“We had a very successful JuneSprints – one of the biggest JuneSprints we’ve had in modern times.
For us to get that one in, it was big.
It was very encouraging to see folkscome out and support the event.”
MIKE KERTSCHER, PRESIDENT AND
GENERAL MANAGER AT ROAD AMERICA