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Anew normal, but what is that exactly? Can normal be new? Is this another mind- boggling contradiction like driving on a parkway and parking on a driveway?Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that 2020 has been anything but normal.
Like most, this year began as expected. January included my typical activities such as theSCCA National Convention, baseball practices, and a visit to Sebring for the year’s openinground of the Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour series. February was good, too, with more eventsand excitement building for a National Championship Runoffs return to Road America.
Then the calendar flipped to March and, well, we all know what happened.
Canceled events, staff furloughs, stay-at-home orders, and Zoom meetings with kidsand dogs in the background were an unforeseen reality. There was uncertainty, fearof the known and unknown, and a total and complete change to our lives. At thatpoint, January and February seemed almost as if they weren’t part of 2020.
Unexpectedly, there were bright spots that emerged
from the dark. As a family that’s always on the go, we
found ourselves with nowhere to go. We were able
to spend more time together in one place than we
had in a very long time. Projects were completed at
home, we played more, we cooked more, and I ate
more cookies! The dog got more exercise and so did I,
which was needed after the substantial increase in cookie consumption. The point being
that even though things were different and not our “normal,” bright spots existed.
As we prepare to head to Road America for the Runoffs, which takes place
Oct. 3-11, I’m excited! I’m excited to return to a track the Runoffs called home for
five years. After so much time planning, I’m excited to see this event come to life.
I’m excited to see our workers, drivers, crew, and their families and friends cometogether for the sport we all love. (Full transparency: I’m also excited to visit all of theawesome concessions at Road America. Oh, how I’ve missed you Gearbox Melt.)
Will this year bring the normal Runoffs experience? No, not quite. It will look a littledifferent and perhaps feel strange at times, but the SCCA is committed to makingsure everyone has a great experience despite the differences. Of course, we’ve askedthose in attendance to wear face coverings when they enter buildings with the intentof mitigating coronavirus exposure. It has also been decided to cut out many ofthe social gatherings and awards dinners in order to avoid large group gatherings.
Note, however, that awards will still be handed out, just not in the usual setting.
But here’s what won’t be different this year. We will still get to see old friends andmake new ones. There may not be as many hugs, but there will be ample hand waves,elbow knocks, and fist bumps to accomplish the same thing. We’ll watch racers tackle anamazingly challenging circuit. We’ll be entertained with remarkable driving at a track thatdelivers excitement turn after turn, and we’ll crown more than two-dozen SCCA NationalChampions. And, at the end of the week, we’ll return home with new stories and memories,fulfilled by our SCCA relationships – and as always, we’ll be grateful we were there.
“ After so much time planning [theNational Championship Runoffs], I’mexcited to see this event come to life”