40 FEBRUARY 2020 scca.com
SCCA celebrated its 75th birthday in 2019, with the Club highlighting its three-quarter
century history and its evolution
as a sports car racing organization.
Since 1944, SCCA has brought racing
to the masses, ultimately defining
a generation of motorsports in
America. But SCCA’s influence was
more than a stateside phenomenon;
rather, the world took notice, with
much of that history being written
thanks to SCCA’s entrance into
the world of professional racing.
SCCA Pro Racing began during a
tumultuous time in the SCCA during
the late 1950s. It was a time when
racers like Dan Gurney wanted to race
in Europe but found they could be
suspended from SCCA events back
home due to the SCCA not allowing
its drivers to race professionally.
Despite the professional racing
cash prizes being only modest, the
concept of winning money violated
SCCA’s purely amateur status rules.
SCCA Pro Racing’s 60-year history is winding,
thrilling, and often unbelievable, but its effect on
the world of motorsports is as plain as day
WORDS Jeff Zurschmeide
MAIN IMAGE Tom Schultz