TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 24, 2005) – Even though the program has been in existence for only a short while, Sports Car Club of America Club Racing officials have announced that the Time Trials program is going back to its roots for the “Last Hurrah at Second Creek Raceway,” the first National-level Time Trials event in SCCA history.-30-
While the Oct. 15-16 Colorado event marks the beginning of a new era in SCCA Club Racing, it will also signal the end of another as the Time Trials National will be the last timed competition event at Second Creek, which is scheduled to close permanently at the end of October.
The Second Creek event has been dubbed the first “National” because it will be the first Time Trials event run completely under the SCCA Club Racing General Rules Competition (GCR) and Solo Rules handbooks. Previously, rules had been left to general interpretation at regional events.
“Since we first unveiled the updated Time Trials program with three Club Trial events in 2004, things have just exploded,” SCCA Club Racing Competition Manager Bryan Cohn said. “By the conclusion of the program’s first season, we will have run 20 Club Trial events nationwide and 64 Time Trials events overall.
“As far as I know, this is the only entry level road course program with a national level event. We’re taking these steps because we want to continue to cultivate what we believe is a substantial, grassroots road racing program.”
Club Trials is the second step of the four-step Time Trials program and is centered on driver instruction while introducing a race-against-time element. Both SCCA and non-SCCA members are allowed to participate in street and race-prepared cars in Club Trials.
In the upper levels of the Time Trials program (Track Trials and Hill Climbs), only SCCA competition-licensed members are allowed to participate, and only in Club Racing or Solo-prepared vehicles. Like Club Trials, competition is time-based as drivers navigate a course in as little time as possible with the lowest time determining the winner.
SCCA Colorado Region Club Trials Steward Josh Hadler has been working with the program since its inception (also at Second Creek) and said it was time for a national-level event to happen.
“We have been looking for a way to try and get some form of National event for Time Trials drivers,” Hadler said. “After much discussion and planning, we have officially put the wheels in motion.”
All Regional and National Solo and Club Racing classes are encouraged to enter soon as each day’s activities will be limited to 60 participants. Competitors can register online at www.sccatimetrials.org by clicking on the “Registration” link.
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