Dates Confirmed for 2014 Runoffs at Mazda Raceways Laguna Seca

sccadotcomlogo6TOPEKA, Kan. (September 11, 2013) – Officials from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Sports Car Club of America confirmed today the dates of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, October 6-12, 2014. The event’s historic return to the west coast was announced in July.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will become the seventh track to host the National Championship event in the Runoffs’ 50-year history, and marks the return of the Runoffs to the west coast for the first time since the now-closed Riverside International Raceway in 1968.

“We are pleased to be able to host the SCCA Runoffs next year,” Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager, said. “Sports car racing is why this facility was developed way back in 1957. It is our passion. It is in our DNA.”

The visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014 is the first stop in a new era of Runoffs competition. The Runoffs will rotate each year beginning in 2014, moving to Daytona International Raceway in 2015 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016.

“When we announced the Runoffs would move to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014, the next question we were asked was about the dates,” Jeff Dahnert, SCCA President/CEO, said. “We’ve been working diligently to fit it into both schedules, and now we can begin to make plans for next year. We’re looking forward to being in Monterey in early October for such a historic occasion.”

The 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs will be held September 16-22, 2013, at Road America.

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs has crowned Club Racing National Champions in a winner-take-all, single race format since 1964. Through 24 separate races over three days, the 2013 edition will crown champions in 28 Runoffs-eligible classes.

Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 60,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both amateur and professional levels. It annually sanctions more than 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, which includes the U.S. Majors Tour and BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs® at Road America; and The Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb. and the annual SCCA National Convention and Hall of Fame Induction. For more information, please visit www.scca.com, like SCCA on Facebook atfacebook.com/sccaofficial, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501c(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help put on the races. For more information, please visit www.MazdaRaceway.com, like on Facebook at facebook.com/MazdaRaceway, or follow on Twitter @MazdaRaceway.

Goodyear Racing Loaded for First Race of 2013

ResizedImage951358353637744Goodyear racing getting loaded up to open the 2013 season.  The guys travel to INDE Motorsports Park in in Wilcox, Arizona for the SCCA opener January 19 &20.  It’s not too late to pre-order your tires for this weekends event.  Contact Jim Doughty at 602.437.4977 to place your order.  If you’re heading to Fontana, California for next weeks Cal Club opener at Auto Club Speedway you can pre-order for that race as well.  Call Jim Doughty or you can also call Jason Swift at 702.430.5160.  For more information about tire specs go to www.carrollshelbyent.com and click Sports Car Racing.  See you at the track.

2013 FCC presented by Goodyear Schedule Announced

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December 22nd, 2012
Sonoma, California

The FCC presented by Goodyear announced their 2013 schedule today. The series will race this upcoming season at Portland International Raceway, Thunderhill Raceway Park, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and a variety of configurations at Sonoma Raceway. “As has been the model since the series inception, the majority of our events feature exclusive track time for FCC drivers,” stated FCC Series Official Ben Hettema.

There are two “diamond” events on the West Coast 2013 calendar being announced today. The first one takes place on the July 5th-7th race weekend at Portland International Raceway. “This event is considered the region’s premier event, and is part of the National SCCA Majors Program,” added Hettema. “Our series has two exclusive races, but drivers can also opt to participate in the SCCA sessions making the event a quadruple header!”

In August the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear is a featured series during the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma alongside the IZOD IndyCar Series. “Drivers come out from all of our regions for this event, and we typically get 35 cars in the field,” noted Hettema. Fans will enjoy a full weekend of racing with the SCCA World Challenge rounding out the event. In addition to plenty of on-track action, fans will enjoy Military Appreciation Day, an autograph session, and the only race-day air show on the IndyCar circuit.

“These are what we refer to as our ‘diamond’ events.” stated World Speed Communications Director Mark Milazzo. “This doesn’t mean that the other events we have are not exciting. Every event NASA sanctions features all kinds of great racing action. Over the course of the season we will be scheduled alongside the US Touring Car Championship, Pirelli Driver’s Cup, Global Time Attack, Porsche Racing Club, American Iron Series, The Spec Miata Challenge, and a host of other interesting racing series.”

2013 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear West Coast Region Schedule:

  • March 16-17      Sonoma Raceway with NASA NorCal (FCC EXCLUSIVE)
  • April 12-14      Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with SFR SCCA (GROUP 2)
  • May 18-19      Thunderhill Raceway Park with NASA NorCal (FCC EXCLUSIVE)
  • June 15-16      Sonoma Raceway with NASA NorCal (FCC EXCLUSIVE)
  • July 5-7      Portland International Raceway with SCCA Majors (FCC EXCLUSIVE)
  • Aug 23-25 Sonoma      Raceway with IZOD IndyCar Series (FCC EXCLUSIVE)
  • September 28-29      Sonoma Raceway with NASA NorCal (FCC EXCLUSIVE)
  • October 26-27      Sonoma Raceway with NASA NorCal (FCC EXCLUSIVE)

Laguna Seca: Monterey Historics

An automobile museum that bursts to life is one way to describe the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. It is an international gathering of rarely seen race cars that spans decades of racing history by returning them to the race track to compete as they once did. Entering its 37th year, the event is a cornerstone of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that annually attracts thousands to the picturesque Monterey peninsula for concours events, auctions and a sundry of activities.

When: August 19-21, 2011
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Feature: Each year an automotive marque is honored for its historical significance. This year, one of Britain’s most enduring motor car companies will be honored: Jaguar and the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type and the 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s first win (of seven) at the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, which was won in a C-Type.

Race Groups: Only 550 entries will be accepted for the 17 race groups from among nearly 1,000 entry requests. Each car undergoes a rigorous examination to ensure its authenticity and historical significance prior to being accepted and grouped according to age and engine size. The purpose of the event is to encourage the restoration, preservation and use of historic sports and race cars. This is the distinguishing hallmark of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Pre 1940 Sports Racing and Touring Cars
1929 – 1940 Racing Cars
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing Cars under 2000cc
1955 – 1961 Sports Racing Cars over 2000cc
1947 – 1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars
1955 – 1962 GT Cars
1961 – 1966 GT Cars under 2500cc
1963 – 1966 GT Cars over 2500cc
1958 – 1963 Formula Junior Cars
1960 – 1968 Sports Racing USRRC Cars
1964 – 1969 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1966 – 1972 Trans Am
1970 – 1976 FIA Mfg. Championship Cars
1973 – 1982 IMSA GT, GTX AAGT Cars
1981 – 1989 FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP
1966 – 1983 Formula 1
1969 – 1974 Can-Am

Race History: The first race was in 1974 (then called the Monterey Historic Automobile Races® organized by General Racing) and attracted 60 cars and a handful of fans. Over the years, the event grew to become the premier historic race in the country and one of the top international events of the year that features authentic, period-correct cars. For drivers, it’s not about how fast you drive, but how well you drive fast. Utmost importance is placed on driver conduct, safety and preservation of the cars.

Throughout the years, there is one central theme. From the big names like Porsche and Ferrari to smaller companies like Miller and Allard, each year commemorates a special achievement. Last year, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion focused on the accomplishments of one person: Dan Gurney-the cars he built and the cars he drove.

Portland International Raceway

Portland International Raceway is built on the former location of the World War II city of Vanport, which was wiped out by a 1948 flood. The Army Corps of Engineers sold the site to the City of Portland in 1960 and in 1961 the first Rose Cup races were held.

The Portland Jaycees saw that the abandoned roads of Vanport had the potential to become a road race course and convinced the Rose Festival that they should sponsor a race during their annual celebration. The first Rose Cup races were held in June of 1961, starting a tradition that continues today. Soon after that first race both Go Kart and Motorcycle enthusiasts started race programs of their own with Drag Racers starting about four years later.

In 1965 the first drag races were held at PIR and the first Trans Am races in 1972. In 1978 IMSA came to Portland with the first GTP sports car race in the G.I. Joe’s / Camel Gran Prix, followed in 1984 by CART with Indy Cars in the Freightliner / G.I. Joe’s 200.

By 1970 the old asphalt of Vanport was in such poor shape that some of the sanctioning bodies would not sanction races at “West Delta Park.” Because the very popular Rose Cup Races were threatened, the Rose Festival decided to do $100,000 worth of paving if the City would pay them back out of revenues from the racing events held there. The City accepted the offer feeling that the raceway would never be able to make the final payment.

Newly hired Racetrack Manager, Dale LaFollette, made the final payment on the loan after only two and one half years. Since that day Portland International Raceway has operated as an enterprise fund even though the first ten years were spent in the General Fund. Revenue sources consist of three major categories: rental, food concessions and advertising. PIR prides itself on being the most “user friendly” racing facility on the west coast with rates and charges 10% to 25% less than other, similar facilities.

The facility is owned and operated by the City of Portland through its bureau of Parks and Recreation. The raceway is operated as an Enterprise Fund, meaning that its operating expenses and capital improvements are covered by the revenues that it generates, as the raceway receives no general fund tax dollars. The raceway’s varied, year round activities bring between 30 and 40 million dollars into the surrounding community each year.

Track Spotlight: Willow Springs Intl Motorsports Park

 

Willow Springs International Motorsports Park is located in Willow Springs near Rosamond and Lancaster, California, and is about an hour north of Los Angeles. It is a historic race track, in existence more than fifty years. Construction of the track began in 1952, with the inaugural first race held on November 23, 1953. The main track is a challenging 2.5-mile (4.0 km) long road course that is unchanged from its original 1953 configuration. The interesting elevation changes and high average speeds make it a favorite of many road racing drivers.

Willow Springs International Raceway Park also features other racing facilities such as The Streets of Willow (1.8 mile road course), The Horsethief Mile (road course), Willow Springs Speedway (1/4 mile paved oval), Willow Springs Kart Track (a .625-mile, 9-turn paved sprint track), The Playpen (a 1/4-mile paved training track), and the Walt James Stadium (Clay Oval and Paved Oval).

Efforts by fans have resulted in the State of California declaring Willow Springs International Raceway as a California Point of Historical Interest in 1996.

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