FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 JULY 2020 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• A ProSolo Experience
featured what it’s like toattend a ProSolo Clinic – aconcept that still exists.
• Fire destroyed $700,000in inventory at the SCCAEnterprises office. Luckily,insurance covered the losses.
• SportsCar covered the racesat Road Atlanta celebrating 25years of Spec Racer Ford, withBrian Schofield winning bothPro SRF races. Schofield is still aforce to be reckoned with, as isevidenced by him appearing inthis very issue, still racing in SRF.
• SCCA’s Competition Boardhad proposed limiting thenumber of National raceweekends to roughly four perDivision each season in orderto improve the level of racingand attract more spectators.
Tell me something I don’t know, right? I mean, seriously, the title of my column is a statement so obvious that it’s painful. After a pandemic wreaked havoc acrossAmerica and the world, the motorsports community got to spend much of the 2020race season battling on iRacing and reading about motorsports companies shiftingproduction to face shields and hand sanitizer. And, while I was witnessing theseindustry shifts, I was similarly embroiled in transformation debates of my own.
Since this article was written in mid May, I can only guess what life is like asyou read this. Some physical SCCA events will have occurred, and I can say thatwith confidence because during the production of this issue, Arctic Alaska Regionheld a successful socially distanced autocross on May 3 – the first SCCA eventsince the nation went into lockdown. Soon thereafter, Salina Region and ColoradoRegions hosted events, too, so I’m sure other events have happened since.
At the same time, it would be insincere to say the effects of the virus won’t be
long felt in the SCCA. For example, while SCCA had made no announcement at
the time of this writing, it’s hard to believe that this year’s National Championship
events will look like they did in 2019 (I’ll leave you
to insert your own 2019 Tire Rack Solo National
Championships face mask joke here). There’s also
a virus-related change coming with SportsCar.
During the outbreak, we crunched numbers from
here to the moon in an attempt to maximize the benefit
to the Club while minimizing costs, with one option emerging as the clear victor. The plan
is a multi-step attack on all fronts. We decided to push the printing of SportsCar back a
few weeks in order to defer certain costs. Then we cranked the magazine’s frequency
dial from 12 to 10, combining the upcoming November, December, and January issues.
The decision for this merger of issues was far from random. By unitingthe November, December, and January issues, you will regularly receiveissues during the worst of the pandemic, then a solitary massive issuefeaturing SCCA’s top tier title events will mail nearing yearend.
In an issue I quickly dubbed the SCCA National Championship Mega Issue Spectacular(although that name was immediately shot down by…err…everyone), it will – accordingto my math – be the largest issue of SportsCar ever produced in the publication’s 76-year history, and contain coverage from the Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals powered byHagerty, the DirtFish RallyCross National Championship, the Tire Rack ProSolo Finale,the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, and the National Championship Runoffs.Truly, this mega issue will be spectacular! (I’m telling you the name will catch on.)
Yes, the 2020 racing season is a weird one, but we’ll get throughit together. And, while the SCCA National Championship Mega IssueSpectacular is set to be different from what we’re used to, I can tell you theSportsCar team will work hard to make it one for the record books.
IT’S A WEIRD YEAR
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
50 YEARS AGO...
25 YEARS AGO...
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“ We crunched numbers from
here to the moon in an attempt to
maximize the benefit to the Club”