78 JANUARY 2020 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• Scott Pruett captured his
fourth straight Trans Am title.
• David Empringham
bested Richie Hearn and
Greg Ray in the battle for
the Toyota Atlantic title.
• The SCCA Convention was
set to visit Milwaukee, Wis.
• The 2009 Pro Racing
season marked a return of
the Trans Am series after
a multi-year hiatus. Tomy
Drissi claimed the TA title.
• The RallyCross Nationals
celebrated its third year
with a visit to Colorado.
• Paul Spruell was awarded
the SCCA President’s Cup
at the American Road Race
of Champions in Daytona.
• Pirelli shared an inside look
at tire testing from its new
center in Vizzola, Italy.
On page 15 of this issue, we have what we have dubbed a Schedule-palooza. You see, while we were assembling this issue of SportsCar, reporting on
the exciting pinnacle events that brought SCCA’s 2019 competition season
to a close, the folks at the SCCA National Office were busy looking forward,
finalizing the Club’s forthcoming events for everything from autocross to
road racing to RoadRally and beyond. In the SportsCar office, meanwhile, we
compiled those schedules until we found ourselves elbow deep in a veritable
smörgåsbord of events – or, to put it a different way, we had a certifiable
palooza on our hands. Consequently, we stuffed all of those event listings onto
a page and named it something ridiculous. Mission, as they say, accomplished.
But does the mission really end there? What compiling our Schedule-
palooza showed me is that there are a ton of National-level SCCA events
slated for the coming competition season – and that’s not even counting the
more than 1,000 Regional events that should start appearing in SportsCar’s
calendar section beginning next month. There’s also more to do than what’s
on the page 15 list, especially considering
Schedule-palooza doesn’t include the likes of
the DirtFish RallyCross National Championship
that takes place Aug. 14-16, 2020, at Road
America, or the fact that at the time we
printed this issue there were still a handful of
events that had yet to be unveiled (to find those events, head to scca.com).
All of this got me thinking: There’s more for me to do. My schedule the last
few years has involved road racing for two or three weekends, attending one
or two autocrosses, traveling to the SCCA National Convention...and that’s
about it. Looking at the list of events on page 15, it’s obvious that there’s so
much more the Club offers that I’m missing out on. I’d be crazy to attempt
to do it all, but I’ll definitely try to hit up a Tire Rack Time Trials National Tour
Powered by Hagerty, especially considering one of those events is basically
in my backyard. And then there’s volunteering – I’m already on my Region’s
Board of Governors, and I crew for friends whenever possible, but there’s
more I could do in order to give back to the SCCA and its community.
But for now, it’s time to break out your 2020 wall calendar and start
scribbling in event dates. Nix that. Next month, the annual SCCA wall
calendar will accompany your issue of SportsCar, so maybe hold off adding
those dates to your calendars for about four weeks. Then it’s time to get
out there and have fun – after all, fun is the real mission of the SCCA.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
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“ We compiled those schedules until
we found ourselves elbow deep in
a veritable smörgåsbord of events”