Magazines are often printed weeks before reaching yourmailbox. As such, when this issueof SportsCar printed, the nationwas beginning the process ofhunkering down to wait out theCOVID- 19 pandemic. As the U.S.government began to encouragesocial distancing, the SCCAand its Regions put humankindfirst, canceling and postponingevents. From autocrosses toRallyCrosses to RoadRalliesand road races, SCCA eventsstood vacant while everyonewaited for the worst to pass.
You read this issue of
SportsCar knowing the realitiesof the moment, while at the timethis issue was produced, we couldonly guess what was to come. Tothat end, we have attempted toedit the issue in a positive light,but without proving tone deafto reality. Our ultimate hope wasto make this magazine a beaconof normalcy. But, just in casewe missed the mark, we wantto apologize in advance for anyshortfalls in our editorial judgment.
None of this is to say that we
stay mum on the global pandemic.
SCCA President and CEO MikeCobb addresses COVID- 19 onpg. 10, and SportsCar’s editordoes the same on pg. 78, buteverything else, we hope, makesyou anticipate the days to come,when SCCA members socializeonce more in the parking lots, dirtfields, and racetracks of America.
For SCCA’s latest COVID- 19updates and statements,head to scca.com.
With motorsports grinding to a temporary haltdue to COVID- 19, raceorganizers were quick tosetup a variety of onlineracing series utilizing existingprofessional racers competingonline, often utilizingiRacing as the foundationfor the online race series.
The iRacing platform isnothing new to many racers,including the SCCA and itsmembership. For a whilenow, SCCA has partneredwith iRacing for the SCCASpec racer Ford Challenge,an eMotorsports series thatutilizes the SCCA EnterprisesSpec Racer Ford Gen3 racecaras the basis for a multi-raceseries. Now, however, theseeMotorsports virtual racingseries are getting serious.
Case in point, the SCCAPro Racing Formula RegionalAmericas Championship
LATEST UPDATES ON SCCA PRO RACING SERIES
Because of the COVID- 19 virus, pro racing series have postponedtheir series, including SCCA Pro Racing sanctioned eventslike the F4 U.S. Championship, Formula Regional Americas,and Trans Am. At the time of publication, some series hadlaunched virtual race seasons in the interim, while others werestill developing their path forward. For the latest news, check outf4uschampionship, framericas.com, and gotransam.com.
FR AMERICAS LAUNCHES
ONLINE RACE SEASON
The schedule below has been modified to include only upcoming events
DATE BROADCAST TIME (ET) / VIRTUAL TRACK
April 14 7pm / Barber Motorsports Park coverageApril 21 7pm / Canadian Tire Motorsports ParkApril 28 7pm / Sebring International RacewayMay 5 7pm / Season Finale Fans Choice (voting held on @framericas Instagram)
FR AMERICAS 2020 iRACING INVITATIONAL
Powered by Honda haspartnered with iRacing tobuild an online race seasoncalled the FR Americas iRacingInvitational Championship,allowing racing to continuedespite the physicalseries being delayed.
“The event was createdfor fans and drivers to keepengaged following thepostponement of the seasonopener at Michelin RacewayRoad Atlanta due to theCOVID- 19 virus pandemic,” theseries stated in a press release.
“The multi-race simulation
championship will feature
current FR Americas competitors,
Formula Pro USA Championship
FR drivers, as well as FR
Americas alumni, competing
on the same legendary circuits
the championship will visit
during the regular season, with
one bonus North American
track picked by fans.”
The FR Americas iRacing
Invitational Championship race
season has already begun, but
there are a number of races
that fans can still view live-
streamed over FR Americas
Twitch and You Tube channels.
For more information,visit FRAmericas.com.
With COVID- 19temporarily shuttingdown racing,FR Americas willhelp fill the void withan online series.