96 NOVEMBER 2019 scca.com
The Tire Rack Street Survival teen-driving program works,
and the SCCA Foundation is a proud contributor
WORDS Jeff Jacobs, Vice Chairman, SCCA Foundation | IMAGES Dennis Wood
SKILLS FOR LIFE
You never know when
the skills you learn
at a Tire Rack Street
Survival school (LEFT
and BELOW) will be
put in to practice.
Ruth Huebner’s cell phone was ringing. It was her 20-year-old son, Trevor,
calling, which was strange because he
had just left home on his way the start of
classes at Rutgers. “I’m calling to thank
you, Mom,” Trevor said. When she asked
what for, he replied: “For the driving course
you made me take four years ago.”
Trevor was in his Honda Civic behind a
large van on the highway and they had just
passed a semi-trailer truck that was traveling
in the right lane. Suddenly, the van swerved
left and ran off the road toward a guardrail.
Trevor was left staring at the left lane traffic
at a full stop in front of him. With the right
lane clear and aware of the semi not far
behind, Trevor made a split-second dodge
into the right lane in front of the truck
while maintaining his speed and control.
Four years prior, she had enrolled the new
teen driver in the Tire Rack Street Survival
course hosted by Philadelphia Region in Blue
Bell, Pa. Years later, the driving exercises he
practiced enabled Trevor to maintain control
while avoiding a sure accident in hitting
the stopped cars in front of him or getting
smashed into by the approaching truck.
“He said it was exactly the kind of split-
second lane change he had been directed
to practice in the course,” explained Ruth.
As of this writing, SCCA Regions have
already hosted more than 50 Tire Rack
Street Survival schools in 2019, eclipsing
the prior year’s record of 45 schools. Much
of this success is attributable to the great
work of the SCCA Foundation’s Street
Survival Coordinator, Scott Dobler, who has
done amazing work in recruiting new SCCA
Regions to host schools, and supporting
Regions who have done so for years. The
SCCA Foundation is able to fund Scott’s
efforts and support the Region programs
thanks to the generosity of the donors who
contribute through our several fundraisers
every year. Speaking of fundraisers, the
Foundation has several important updates...
OFF TO THE RACES IV SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS
One of the biggest fundraisers supporting
programs like the Tire Rack Street Survival is
the annual sweepstakes, which again featured
a grand prize of a VIP trip for two to the
Formula 1 race at COTA. This year, 727 people
donated through the sweepstakes producing
6,348 tickets and raising $42,325. The lucky
ticket holder was Bill Selvage of Boise, Idaho.
Selvage generously donated $250 to the
SCCA Foundation in support of its programs.
In addition to the grand prize trip, this year
the Skip Barber Racing School generously
donated two passes to its GT Racing School
as a second prize in the sweepstakes.
Kansas City Region member and road racer
Larry Howard was the lucky donor who will
get to take a friend to pilot the Mustangs
around New Jersey Motorsports Park.
WINTER SWEEPSTAKES ANNOUNCED
The SCCA Foundation is announcing a winter
sweepstakes with the winner to be drawn at
the 2020 SCCA National Convention, thanks
to an incredible prize donated in support
of the Foundation’s programs. The lucky
donor and three guests will receive a tour
of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage in Burbank,
Calif., along with $4,000 in cash for travel
expenses. Not open to the public, Leno’s
Big Dog Garage can only be visited through
private invitation. The collection includes
more than 250 cars and motorcycles.
Depending on scheduling, Leno will greet
the winners and pose for photographs
with the collection. More information is
available at www.WinVIPGarage Tour.org.