10 MAY 2020 scca.comFROM THE PRESIDENT
WEATHERING THE STORMPRESIDENT & CEO, SCCA INC.
“This issue of SportsCar focuses on something we have always had a pretty good supplyof across the SCCA – great drivers. But as good as many of us might be as drivers, if wedo not have the venues at which to exercise our passion, it’s all for naught.”
“We want to be transparent about thefact that the SCCA experience may looka little different in the coming months”
That was the opening line of the column that I wrote backon March 2, 2020. It spoke to thechallenges we need to overcome toget and hold onto Solo and RallyCrossvenues, and to a lesser degree,road racing venues – certainly animportant obstacle to overcomein our longer-term future. But nowwe have a much more pressingchallenge to overcome in the shortterm: Most of us have no accessto motorsports venues at which toexercise our passion due to the rapidoutbreak of the novel coronavirusacross the U.S. and the world.
In the three weeks between writingmy original column and the one you’rereading now, our world has shifteddramatically. Moving fast to gear upfor our busy race season has beenreplaced by moving just as fast toreschedule or cancel events across thecountry, in service of doing our part tohelp mitigate the spread of the virus.
Our number one priority is to keep all
SCCA members, volunteers, drivers,
event leaders, and staff safe, and we
must be flexible to do so. Some days it
seems as though we can’t move quite
fast enough to keep up with all the
changes and mandates being made
at federal, state and local levels.
Words and concepts that seemed
somewhat foreign just three weeks ago
are now part of our everyday existence:
social distancing, public gathering
bans, stay-at-home orders, self-
quarantine, shelter in place, asking that
all nonessential businesses close, the
concept of life-sustaining businesses,
and more. The rapidly changing
environment we find ourselves in
also means that this updated column
(re-written at 5:08 a.m. CDT on
March 23, 2020) is undoubtedly
outdated as you read it. But even
so, I want to share a few thoughts
on how we are working to weather
this storm and protect our future.
EVEN T IMPACTS
Like many across the broadermotorsports community (and wellbeyond), we have postponed orcanceled National events scheduledin late March and early April. It islikely that we will see additionalevents impacted until any or allregulatory mandates and restrictionsare lifted, and until we can ensure asafe environment for all membersand participants at our events.
Facing the reality that we will
have far fewer SCCA events – of
all types – occurring across the
country this year, and given the
current expansion of self-quarantine
mandates, we will likely have to reduce
operating hours and support levels
provided by the SCCA National Office.
It is our goal to keep you updatedon the SCCA news you want andneed to know, without overwhelmingyour e-mail inboxes. You can expectan e-mail from us every Tuesday,which makes sure you, and theSCCA’s 115 Regions, receive thenecessary information. And – sinceour website is the fastest way toshare new information with our SCCAfamily – you’ll find our most recentupdates to the above, as well asany other urgent communicationson our homepage at scca.com.
PROTECTING SCCA’S FUTURE
There is no denying that our lives willbe changed due to this pandemic,and the SCCA life is no exception.We want to be transparent about thefact that the SCCA experience maylook a little different in the comingmonths as we emerge and recoverfrom this crisis. But, the SCCA familyhas made it through hard timesbefore, and we will get through thisby staying healthy, being safe, andsticking together as One Team.
Thank you for your continuedsupport as we navigate this challenge,and I look forward to seeing all ofyou out on course very soon.