Sean Rayhall, of Winston, Ga., became the first-ever SCCA Club Racing National event winner under the age of 16, winning both Formula Enterprises races at the North Carolina Region SCCA Oak Tree Double National at Virginia International Raceway, April 17-18.
While he won't be able to obtain a state driver's license until 2011, Rayhall has already competed in two SCCA Pro Racing Formula Enterprises Pro Series events and now has a pair of National poles and wins on his resume. Officially, he became the youngest Club Racing National winner at 15 years, one month and seven days.
Rayhall was granted a provisional SCCA Pro Racing license based on his previous experience for the April 10-11 inaugural Rounds of the Pro FE series at Road Atlanta. He qualified on the pole for both races, but failed to finish each due to mechanical issues. One week later, with a brand-new National license in hand, he repeated his qualifying performance at the VIR National, and went on to flag-to-flag wins in both races in his Comprent Motorsports-prepared Formula Enterprises car.
On Oct. 18, 2009, SCCA's Board of Directors announced that the minimum driving age for SCCA Club Racing would be lowered from 16 to 15, providing the drivers had significant previous racing experience. For more information about licensing requirements for 15-year-olds, please contact the Club Racing Office at (800) 770-2055.