82 JANUARY 2018 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• San Francisco Region unveiled
its plans for a new road racing
facility near Willows, Calif.
• The SCCA National
Convention was set to
visit Phoenix, Ariz.
• Jack Baldwin secured the
Trans Am title by a scant four
points over Scott Sharp.
• The 44th Runoffs had just
come to a close at Heartland
Park Topeka, and changes to the
track provided cleaner racing.
• The 13th running of the
USRRC offered great
scenery and a challenging
route as it traversed the
• Following the Stardust Grand
Prix, Bruce McLaren picked up
the Can-Am championship and
a check for $31,500.
• The ARRC (now called the
Runoffs) visited Daytona
International Speedway, with
317 drivers entering.
hat a fantastic end to the year! Between SCCA’s big National events, records were
smashed time and time again – and if a record wasn’t bested, it was only because
people were unsure of what the record actually was. But, unfortunately, the fantastic
turnouts at the Tire Rack ProSolo Finale, Tire Rack Solo National Championships, United
States RoadRally Challenge, National Championship Runoffs, and DirtFish RallyCross
National Championship led to a bit of a logistical conundrum on my end. How was I to
stuff coverage of all of the events onto the pages of SportsCar and do them all justice?
Thankfully, the RoadRally and RallyCross event organizers came to the rescue with a
fantastic solution: delay coverage of the USRRC and RallyCross National Championship
to the January issue. To that end, this issue prominently contains coverage of these two
key events, in what I think is spectacular fashion.
The RoadRally community has certainly been the most patient in waiting for their
event to make the magazine, and for that I am wholeheartedly grateful. The USRRC
took place what now seems like a lifetime ago, on Sept. 15-17, 2017, in Alaska. Yes,
Alaska! The turnout was at a record level – at least as far as anyone could recall – and
the venue was the stuff of dreams.
My journey to this year’s USRRC began with a flight to Anchorage
on the Thursday before the event, just in time for registration and tech
at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Nearby, the sound of water
aircraft was just dying down as the group of excited (and several very
nervous) participants gathered for pizza and a rally school.
The mix of USRRC entrants was unlike any I’d seen at the event in
prior years. Seemingly, for every National team that had flown in there
was a local team excited to give RoadRally a shot. As you would expect
from those jumping into RoadRally at the top level, those new to the
sport experienced quite a bit of confusion during the rally school – a
school taught by not only event Rallymaster Cheryl Babbe, but also by
some of the more experienced entrants who were thrilled to pass on their knowledge.
Despite pre-event jitters, it didn’t take long before even those most baffled were all
smiles, and by the time the USRRC pulled into Seward on Friday night, many of the
previously bewildered were now sporting an air of confidence. Come Saturday morning’s
gathering at the Resurrection Roadhouse, those having the most questions on Thursday
night were now exhibiting utter determination, highlighting route instructions and
strategizing the coming day. During the following night in Homer, walking into the Kannery
Grill brought me face to face with a room full of smiling competitors, with newbies, rally
champions, and checkpoint workers alike merrily chatting. By the time the USRRC
wrapped at the Ocean Bluff B&B in Kasilof – a breathtaking location overlooking Mounts
Iliamna, Redoubt, and Spurr – the group gobbled Burger Bill’s finest fixin’s and
enthusiastically relived the weekend’s events. The scores were tabulated, but it seemed
few participants cared about the final results – the journey was the reward.
If the 2018 competition season brings even half the enthusiasm and success the SCCA
saw in 2017, I’m going to be left with the same problem of finding space in the magazine
to thoroughly capture the palpable excitement of the Club’s keystone events. But, really,
this is a fantastic problem to have, and I can’t wait for it to begin again.
GOOD PROBLEMS TO HAVE
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