54 MARCH 2020 scca.com
With the start of the 2020 Summit Racing
Equipment SCCA Road Racing season,
some changes have occurred on the Club
Racing Board (CRB). Steve Strickland,
who has been a member of the CRB, was
successful in his bid for SCCA’s Area 12
Board of Directors (BoD) seat. Strickland
was an excellent member of the CRB, so
I know he will also do a great job as a BoD
member. The entire CRB would like to thank
Strickland for his hard work on the CRB.
Replacing Strickland on the CRB
is David Daughtery. Daughtery has
provided a tremendous amount of work
promoting the B-Spec class, and we
look forward to him helping the CRB
promote all of the Club’s classes.
But before Strickland moved to the
BoD, he authored the following article
about the value and hard work of the
various Advisory Committees that aid
the CRB in doing its job. The following
article is certainly worth a read:
One of the unique features of the SCCA is the Club’s system of rules and governance
by its members. In the case of SCCA Club
Racing, that governance process begins
with Advisory Committees, flows to the Club
Racing Board, and culminates with final
approval from the SCCA Board of Directors.
While some rules changes come from
the SCCA staff, the majority come from the
racers themselves in the form of letters to
the CRB. The Advisory Committees (ACs)
are the initial evaluators and judges of
those requests, and Committee members
are, of course, racers themselves.
This is the unique element of SCCA’s rules
process: Competitors themselves request
changes and improvements. Rules changes for
a class or category are not handed down by a
higher authority or governing body; instead,
they come from a jury of peers, so to speak.
There are 10 separate ACs representing
more than 30 car and rule groups. Each
AC is made up of five to seven individuals
with experience and knowledge of the car
classes and related rule sets they represent,
ideally serving terms of three years.
While most ACs are properly staffed,
it is always good to have new people who
are willing to become part of the process.
This allows the ACs to regularly refresh
themselves, introducing new perspectives
and skill sets and affording more competitors
the chance to be part of our unique self-governance process. In addition, experience
as an AC member is an important precursor
and introduction to future Club leadership
opportunities, for those who are so inclined.
As an AC member, your primary
duty would be participation in monthly
conference calls to review member letters
and make recommendations to the CRB.
Occasionally, there is a need to reach
out to letter writers or another technical
authority in order to help the group make
an informed decision. The ACs reviewed
1,103 letters during the 2019 season.
There are two primary prerequisites for
prospective AC members. One is knowledge
and experience with the relevant class or
type of racing (open wheel, Touring, etc.),
though you need not be deeply technical. The
other is an orientation and ability to work as
a team, as ACs must speak with one voice
once their recommendations are complete.
Interested? The first step is to submit
a request to be considered for the CRB
(via www.crbscca.com) along with a
brief resume consisting of your SCCA
experience and background, along with
any relevant life or career experience. We
also encourage you to reach out to current
AC or CRB members to ask questions.
Once on an Advisory Committee, you
will be doing the SCCA a vital service,
and you will undoubtedly find the work
incredibly rewarding. Thank you for taking
the time to consider serving your Club.
BEHIND THE SCENES
WORDS Peter Keane, Chairman, Club Racing Board | MAIN IMAGE Jay Bonvouloir
Have you considered working on one of SCCA Road
Racing’s Advisory Committees? Now’s the time
Before the green flag waves,
much work is done behind the
scenes to help ensure a safe,
fair, and fun experience for all.
(RIGH T) Multi-time Runoffs champion and B-Spec advocate
David Daughtery has joined the CRB for 2020.