TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 20, 2008) - Sports Car Club of America announced today a new program designed to help acclimate SCCA National Championship Runoffs rookie drivers to the week-long event, held this Oct. 6-12 at Heartland Park Topeka.
“Coming to the Runoffs for the first time is both exciting and somewhat daunting for drivers,” SCCA Vice President of Club Racing Terry Ozment said. “Through feedback from our drivers, we’ve been able to put together a program in 2008 that starts the ball rolling for a rookie program that has the potential to expand in the coming years.”
The Rookie Program includes:
- Pairing with a Runoffs veteran for guidance and mentoring throughout the week. This is not necessarily a driver coach, but rather someone who can help understand the procedures and activities surrounding this important event.
- Special orientation laps in an official SCCA event vehicle with their mentor after testing concludes Sunday, Oct. 5.
- Special meeting time with the Club Racing Board, Chief Steward and key event staff during the week.
- Sponsorship by a local business or entity that could include some meals or other gifts.
Only drivers who have never participated in a previous Runoffs are eligible for the program. Rookies are asked to contact Deanna Flanagan at SCCA (800-770-2055) to be included in the program. Inclusion is not automatic and the deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 26, 2008.
SCCA is seeking veteran drivers interested in being mentors. Interested drivers should contact Deanna Flanagan as well. All participating mentors will receive a special merchandise gift from SCCA.