8 JULY 2020 scca.com
WELCOME TO THE SCCA
SCCA VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICERERIC PRILL
Iwrite this month’s guest column from the back of an RV headed east onI- 70 somewhere around the Kansas-Colorado border after spending theweekend at La Junta Raceway for theBob Lazier Memorial U.S. Majors Tour,Regional, and Time Trials weekend.
La Junta probably isn’t as well knownas some other racetracks in America,but it was just what Jesse Prather,Joe Smith, and I needed to scratchthe racing itch that we couldn’t reachfor the previous two months due tothe pandemic. Between April 4 andMay 3, we were supposed to have runthe Hoosier Super Tour at Hallett andConference Majors events at HeartlandMotorsports Park and WorldwideTechnology Raceway (Gateway). Butlife has changed, the cars remained inthe garage, and we’ve had to adapt.
Similarly, the Summit Racing
“Something that my fellow driver Joe
Equipment Road Racing program has
also had to adapt. Stay Home orders
ground SCCA events to a halt in
mid-March, and only two months later
did we see activity return. When event
cancellations started in earnest, there
were two questions that came rolling
into the SCCA Road Racing e-mail
inboxes and voicemails: “When are we
going to go racing?” and “How does
this affect how I get to the Runoffs?”
On May 20, I hosted a Facebook
Live to detail changes to the Runoffs
and I did at La Junta was volunteer
wherever the Region needed help”
invitation process via the U.S. MajorsTour path that the SCCA Board ofDirectors approved two days earlier.You can read more about it in thismonth’s news section just pagesaway. Regardless, here’s a summary:
• U.S. Majors Tour points will notbe considered when determining2020 Runoffs invitations.
The point requirement wasnew for 2020 and will bepostponed until 2021.
• Of the three separate Majorsevents you need to attend inyour class to receive a Runoffsinvitation, you may now replace upto two of them with: (1) separateRegional race weekendparticipation(s); or ( 2) substituteMajors entry fees for events thatyou were unable to attend.
• Participation in at least oneU.S. Majors Tour event is stillmandatory, and you need tofinish at least one Majors race(defined as going at least half thedistance of the overall winner).
The reasons for the Runoffs
qualification edit are two-fold. First, in
these uncertain times, we recognize
that COVID- 19 affects individuals and
parts of the country differently. While
events are happening now in some
areas, others will need more time, and
their window may close on hosting
races in 2020. Additionally, we have
higher-risk members who may need
to remain at home. At the same time,
we have Regions holding events, which
is great for those able to travel and
whose schedules still permit it. These
events need to be viable, even if they
can’t pull the normal car counts.
Second, the Regional race entries
allow a driver to still get out on track to
compete while supporting a Region’s
event that Region organizers worked
hard to host. If attending additional
Majors or Regionals are out of the
question, the substitute entry provides
SCCA and the Regions the revenue
they would have received if you were
able to go, thus helping pay the bills and
making sure there will be future events.
Is it odd paying an entry fee for
a race you won’t attend? Perhaps,
but remember that the idea is that
you would have attended the event
if you were able to – it’s just now you
are able to skip the event but still
have it count toward the Runoffs.
Full details on how the new Runoffs
“Quarantification” path will work
are at www.scca.com/runoffs.
Something that my fellow driver
Joe and I did at La Junta was
volunteer wherever the Region
needed help. Our crew duties with
Jesse were limited, so we spent most
of Saturday and Sunday working in pit
lane. It was a good experience and a
reminder that we’re a Club and that
we all need to put some time in to
make it happen. Whether it’s assisting
on a weekend that you’re not racing,
or even working a couple of sessions
when you are, I encourage everyone to
volunteer. You might even find a new
appreciation for your Club and make
some new friends along the way!