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Those who know me are aware I’m very passionate about the Sports Car Club of America, and almost equally obsessed with comic books and professionalsports. There are, believe it or not, characteristics superheroes and professionalathletes share with the SCCA National Rally/Solo staff, like a willingness to acceptchallenges and rising to the occasion. These two traits were in high demandthis year as SCCA’s Rally/Solo team faced their busiest time starting the weekbefore Labor Day and continuing through National Championship season.
There’s no question that 2020 threw plenty of obstacles our way, offering theopportunity to accept new challenges in executing a compact Solo season. The revisedTire Rack National Solo schedule was a non-stop endeavor that started in early Juneand included only one “off” weekend until after the Tire Rack Peru CAM Challenge atGrissom Aeroplex in early August. Then a couple of weeks later we’re heading out toLincoln Airpark in Nebraska for the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale, CAM Invitational,and Tire Rack Solo Nationals Championships. That’s a lot of miles, lots of food onthe fly, and a lot of hard work from SCCA’s dedicated Rally/Solo team members.
Speaking of the ProSolo Finale, CAM Invitational, and Solo National Championships
in Lincoln, we’re still a “go” for those Sept. 4-11 events as I write this column in early
July – but a lot can happen with the coronavirus,
so check out scca.com/solo for the latest event
updates. But regardless, we’re not sitting around
waiting to see what happens. Rather, the Rally/Solo
team is rocketing along, determined to make these
events not only happen, but also rock. (And to keep
things interesting, the SCCA Rally/Solo squad is simultaneously working to execute
the 2020 DirtFish RallyCross National Championship held Aug. 14-16 at Heartland
Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kan., which is probably taking place as you read this.)
Everyone should know that the lessons learned during events conducted this year,as well as feedback received from last year’s participant surveys, will be woven intooperations to improve the overall experience of attendees at the Solo Nationals. Changeswill be made to how the paddock is labeled, and vendors will all be located in Rows 1
and 2 to create a convenient, one-stop “city” for participants while also allowing forpandemic-related social distancing protocols. This year, more signage will also be visibleto direct people to tech, grid, check-in, and more, thus allowing everyone easy accessto what they need to accomplish. New this year will be a worker check-in flag, raised tonotify those helping with the next heats to know that it’s time for their work assignments.
The National Rally/Solo staff, many with full-time jobs outside of the SCCA, will be on theroad in 2020 supporting the Solo community non-stop for basically three months. Whilenot adorned in colorful superhero outfits, these tremendous people will be sporting masksand a superhuman amount of sanitizer. Maybe it won’t be visible but know there’s a smilepointed your direction beneath those facial coverings. So, if you get a chance, please thankthem for all of their time and hard work. After all, even superheroes like to be appreciated.
“These tremendous peoplewill be sporting masks and asuperhuman amount of sanitizer”