RE-Port

Hello Cincinnati Region members and friends! I hope everyone has been able to have a safe and adventurous (as Covid will allow) summer so far. As we start to see the finish line of our 2020 event season, I would like to send a big thank you to all of you that have and been able to participate in one of our events this year be it solo, rally or autocross. And to those that are taking a breaking from 2020, rest assured that when the time is right and the pandemic is over we look forward to seeing EVERYONE again! And enough cannot be said for your region leaders and volunteers that organize and run our events, many hats off!

Your Cincinnati Board of Directors had our August meeting last month via Zoom on 8/18 and our plan is to have our next meeting on September 15th in the same manner. If you have any questions that you would like to have addressed by the board, please email them to me at re@cincyscca.com and we will answer and either reply back to you or post the answers on our Facebook page. Also, we will be discussing options at our next meeting regarding our 2021 election of officers which normally follows the process of nominations at our October meeting and Elections at our November meeting. Since we are under restrictions still for large gatherings we will talk about options for what we will/can do for this pandemic year. If you have heard from members of other surrounding regions, the plans for their 2021 officer elections (if they have them) are far and wide. We will keep you up to date and if you are interested in running for a position, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or a member of the board!

Thank you again to our Event Chairs and the volunteers that make our events a success! See you soon!

Tony Brown
Cincinnati Region SCCA – R.E.

RoadRally Report

We had a glorious day to take a “Drive in the Appalachian Foothills” last Saturday. Ten teams participated, including 2 first timers and 3 other novice teams. Everyone finished. Everyone had fun. Everyone did very well. No teams missed more than 3 questions. We visited 4 covered bridges and teams found up to ten “Barn Quilts” along the twisty hilly country roads. Complete results can be found on the website at cincyscca.com. Rally Master, Jim Wiles, found some great roads and threw in some quirky twists in the questions that had everyone running all over the streets of Russellville at the same time looking for answers. What a trickster!
Come join us for the next road rally, currently planned to be on Saturday, October 10, starting and ending in New Richmond, Ohio. Registration for the event will be open soon, and meanwhile you can sign up on MotorSportReg to make sure you get an email when registration is open. If you have already run with us, you are already on the email list!
Visit the cincyscca.com website for more information on Road Rally. Registration pages are available at cincyscca.motorsportreg.com Contact me with questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair (outgoing)
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

Solo Report

Wow, August has been a hectic month! Thanks everyone for hanging with us through the good and bad.

SCCA Solo Town Hall Meeting webinar, Aug 5, 2020
2020 National Championships – August started with a SCCA Solo Town Hall webinar on Aug 5 during which we heard the 2020 Solo National Championships had been cancelled and the Junior Driver Program was to remain suspended throughout the rest of 2020. Not going to go into a whole lot of detail here, but SCCA had been working closely with the city and county officials and determined the cancellation of the Championships was the prudent decision in light of it attracting 700 – 1200 people from all across the nation and possibly endangering countless others no matter how responsible everyone was. Additionally, this helps preserve the great relationship we have with Lincoln and the opportunity to return for many years in the future. I was disappointed personally as it would have been my 24th year and Ben’s first, but I understand fully – that said, everyone should make plans to attend at least once in the future, it’s a great site and even better event!

Junior Driver Program – The second part of the webinar covered the Junior Driver Program being suspended for 2020 and not returning until 2021. For those who hadn’t heard, earlier this year where even though all the processes and procedures were being followed properly a junior karter was involved in an incident which highlighted the need for the immediate strategic pause initiated much earlier this year the Friday before our first event. They are studying how to ensure proper procedures and processes are in place, what those should be, and how to enforce them. Discussions included the potential for each region needing to be certified starting 2021. More to follow, but alas, no Junior Driver Program events for us in 2020, sorry.

So on with the good…

With the 2020 National Championships cancelled, we took the opportunity to add an event this coming weekend:
Southwestern Ohio Autocross Challenge, Sept 5-6, 2020
This promises to be a great event! After we heard Nationals was cancelled we placed a poll on our CincySCCA Solo-Autocross Facebook page to gauge interest in an event. The response was overwhelmingly positive and included some interesting suggestions, the most intriguing of which was to hold a bracket challenge Sunday “afternoon” like at the CAM Challenge, ProSolo, or Match Tours So, we are going to do just that! Anyone running Sunday can qualify for a 32 driver bracket “Sunday afternoon” where the person who is closest to their dial in time or improves the most in each paring will move on to crown the inaugural champion. You can enter to run just Saturday, you can enter to run just Sunday, or you can run both days. This will be a joint event with MVSCC as we would have been stepping on their regularly scheduled event and each day will count as separate points events for them if you enter in a NASA-X class. For Cincy, it will be a two-day combined-time event and even if you don’t run both days you might still be able qualify for an event trophy. PAX times Sunday each heat will be used to determine qualifiers for the Challenge.

Entries are still open for Sat, Sun, or both days! Sign up on line now! http://cincyscca.motorsportreg.com

Novice 101 School – Aug 15, 2020
We were able to conduct our Novice 101 school for 42 entrants in August. With COVID limitations, the majority of the instruction was from outside the car having instructors radio in things they saw from the course as well as the other instructors providing the 1-on-1 feedback. We would have liked to have been able to be in car with the students as traditionally done, but we did what we could. Everyone got at least 12 runs and in talking with the students and instructors it still seemed to go have gone very well and very appreciated. Students received instruction on everything from having their car ready for tech inspection, driver position, course walking, looking ahead, late-apexing, and worker skills. Looking forward to next year where we can go back to in car instruction hopefully in 2021.

Points Event #6 – Aug 16, 2020
We had 163 entrants, gave 6 runs, and had last car done by 4:12. The John Custer designed course was a hoot to drive, many thought it was the best we had there, potentially ever. It included a loop near the beginning, what became a high speed run exiting the loop into/through the walloms, and a good mix of technical aspects. The tightest battle of the day was in STR where Justin King in his Miata edged Tom Mills in his S2000 by a mere 0.002 secs for the win! Not to be outdone, Christopher Walentschik edged Glenn Thompson by the same 0.002 secs for the battle between 6th and 7th in an 11 driver STU class. Street Open had the lead swapping back and forth all day amongst the top five finishers with Chris Rudy taking the win and the top four finishing within 0.102 secs. Top Raw time went to Danny Popp with a 35.997 over Paul Curley with a 36.230. Top PAX seemed to become a Corvette challenge as Chris Rudy (4th) was the only non-Corvette in the top six where Danny Popp garnished top PAX with a 29.985 over Rob Clark with a 29.990. Results are here: https://cincyscca.com/autocross/2020-solo-schedule-results/

Great Lakes Division Solo Series Events 9 & 10 / Cincy Points Event #7, Sep 19 & 20, 2020
Our next events in Sept after our challenge event is our Great Lakes Division Solo Series Events 9 & 10 / Cincy Points Event #7. These are separate events each day being the last two of the GL Div 2020 season and with Sunday’s event also being a points event for Cincy. With the cancellation of Nationals, a number of national level events were scheduled across the country in Sep and Oct to make up for the loss. In this case, SCCA and NWOR scheduled a Championship Tour on the beloved concrete of Toledo Express Airport on the same dates as our event. We explored many other options such as potential dates of Sep 26-27 and Oct 10-11 to resolve this conflict, but in the end it became apparent the best approach for the majority of the entrants was to leave it on Sep 19-20. The biggest factor was how so many of our competitors had bookmarked these dates early in the year and can’t change work schedules to be there, but there were also no clean dates which didn’t have other event conflicts. Please understand this was not an easy decision as Toledo is a big draw for many of us personally, but I firmly believe it is the right one. Other than that, I am very excited, these events have been a great draw and bring in great talent from across the division!

If you haven’t already registered, register here: https://cincyscca.motorsportreg.com/

2020 Season Point Standings
The standings are posted with many tight battles and only two points events remaining on Sep 20 and Oct 4 currently. We are considering making the Oct 25 fun event our last points event to make up for missing PE2, please stand by for updates.
See standings here: https://cincyscca.com/autocross/2020-solo-schedule-results/

Kent Weaver
Cincy Solo Chair

Solo Report

Welcome to August!

Last weekend we had a joint event with Western Ohio Region (WOR) at Traders World on July 25 & 26. Everyone needs to thank WOR for helping us resolve a conflict with our originally scheduled date a week earlier which became the date for the Peru Championship Tour at Grissom Aeroplex. Out of the graciousness of their heart they agreed to let us move our event to what was their weekend and move their event to Saturday at Traders World! Along that line, we had 20 Cincy members attend the Peru Champ Tour to enjoy the grippy concrete with a couple first timers and many of us who regularly travel to other events. Congrats go to David O’Maley who set fastest time of day both raw and PAX!

Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe

For those who attended the joint WOR/Cincy events last weekend, you know it went very well even with the sweltering temperatures. WOR hosted a great event on Saturday with 142 entrants – by far the largest turn out on a Sat yet! Sunday, we had 154 entrants. Everyone got six runs both days on challenging and very different courses on Sat and Sun designed by Nathan Roberts and were done running by 3:30! I want to personally thank all of you for playing within the state COVID guidelines, saw plenty of masks, hand sanitizer being used, and social distancing. Thank you

Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe

Our next events are a Novice 101 School on Aug 15 and Points Event 6 on Aug 16. The Novice school is intended for novices (no matter what class you run) and will provide instruction on work assignments, tech inspection, what to do to be ready for an event, driver position, walking the course, and of course driving skills. Primary instruction will be with instructors outside the vehicles to comply with COVID guidelines. We will have an entry cap of 50 students for the school, please sign up early!

Going back to the large Cincy group traveling to events outside Cincy, the CAM Challenge is back at Peru next weekend, Aug 7-9. You do NOT have to have a CAM car to compete, they have a “worker” class where you can run both days (9 runs over the two) for $40 but you will need to stay and work the CAM Challenges on Sunday afternoon.

Kent Weaver
Cincy SCCA Solo Chair

CincySCCA General Meeting on Zoom

In response to recent COVID-19 concerns, we were holding last few Monthly Board Meetings on Zoom. For July, we are inviting general members to our Zoom Meeting. There are limited number of seats available, so please register yourself on CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com to receive the zoom link.

The meeting starts at 7:30PM on July 21st.

If you have any questions regarding zoom meetings, please contact us through website/email/Facebook.

We look forward to see you all in our virtual meeting room!

RE-Port

Hello Cincinnati Region SCCA members and friends! At the midpoinit of 2020 we are starting to roll along with some clarity on how the rest of the 2020 season will work out given the current state of our new normalcy in the world. Our Event Chairs will have some good updates in the following sections but I wanted to make note of the exciting news from our Road Racing department! Yes, the rumors are true and we are joint hosting a GLD Champ Series Event at Nelson Ledges! Registration is live on MSR for the racing event and we will soon have information for a Track Event/Testing Day on the Friday before. Exciting!

The Cincinnati SCCA BOD had our June meeting via ZOOM and we feel we might have mastered the technology enough to host our next meeting on July 21st in a town hall style event to allow for more participation. We will have more news to come as we await the most updated indoor group social distancing requirements to be updated by the Governor at the end of this week. Our current plan is to have a hybrid in-person/online meeting but we will have more information and details on that in the coming week.

As our 2020 season is finally getting an oportunity to get off the ground, I want to thank your dedicated Event Chairs, Board Members and countless and essential volunteers that make our events a possibility. Stay safe and see you soon!

Tony Brown
Cincinnati Region, R.E.

Race Report

Cars are back on track! Even though we will not be hosting a race and track event at Mid-Ohio this year, we WILL be co-hosting a race weekend with NEOHIO on August 1-2 at Nelson Ledges Road Course in Garrettsville, Ohio.

Friday, July 31 will offer test sessions for racers as well as track time for non-competition drivers – similar to our traditional Track Event, but due to COVID-19 there will be no in car coaching. Other restrictions due to the current pandemic situation will be in effect, but CARS ARE BACK ON TRACK.

Registration opens July 1. Some details are still being worked out since everything is in flux from a medical safety standpoint. Details will be released when possible. Check the CincySCCA.com website or MotorsportReg.com for information and to register. The name of the event is Back Home at Nelson 2020.

Christy Graham
Race Chair
roadrace@cincyscca.com or
crjgraham@yahoo.com
513-658-4677