Race Report

ATTENTION SOLO DRIVERS & ROAD RACE DREAMERS

Start preparing your car now to put it on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for some wheel-to-wheel action in early August, 2020.
You will not need a competition license, just track experience (that is easy to get with a Track Event Day) and a safety compliant car (roll cage, race seat, fire suppression system, race belts). Not only can you compete on the Mid-Ohio course, but plans are in the works for a series that will also put you on course at GingerMan, Blackhawk Farms, and Road America.

As it stands now, races will be an hour long and will include a short pit stop to allow an optional driver change. One of the benefits of dual driver teams is to allow cost sharing. This could be your opportunity to dip your toe into the wheel-to-wheel racing scene. Cincinnati Region is working with South Bend, Detroit and Chicago Regions, and the race Stewards on setting up a series with common requirements.

Stay tuned for more details.

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

Race Report

It was a beautiful weekend in August for the Todd Cholmondeley IT Spec*tacular. On Friday, 22 novice drivers along with 35 experienced drivers and 28 coaches took to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to test their cars and themselves during the Track Event. 112 competition drivers entertained us with some great racing on Saturday and Sunday. We had a great picnic dinner with live entertainment and jello “desserts” on Saturday night. Many Cincinnati Region members came up to help run the event and make it a success. Many many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the weekend and support the region.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

Were you there? If so I hope you have great memories. If not…..don’t despair. We’re going to do it again in 2020! There’s always room for improvement and plans are already in the works within both the region and the Great Lakes/Central Division Conference. Hopefully we can get more of you on the track for some wheel to wheel racing. You will need a safety compliant race car and personal safety gear, but other than that there will be considerable flexibility on car prep and driver licensing. More to come on this as plans develop.

Photos from the events are available on our Club Photographer’s Website (jlofoto.net)

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

RoadRace: Early Tech

IT Spec*Tacular at Mid-Ohio August 2-4 Early Tech is this weekend at Trader’s World on Sunday July 21st, 9AM – 12AM

Solo Program is hosting their PE5 at the same time.

– Please use North Gate off Union Rd. DO NOT use the main entrance on SR63.
– There will be $2.00 CASH entry fee at the gate.
– From the gate, drive strait to the back past the building to our autocross site.

RoadRace: REGISTRATION OPEN – IT Spec*Tacular at Mid-Ohio August 2-4

Come join us for Cincinnati Region’s August 2-4 Mid-Ohio Double Regional, Run-Off Qualifier, Bracket racing weekend, along with Friday Track Event, including special groups for Vintage Cars – 1980 and prior model years.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

Bracket racing allows you the opportunity to race your race prepared vehicle against cars of similar lap times rather than by traditional class. The 1 hour race allows you to share the ride…and the expenses, and does not require a full competition license. The Track Event gives you the opportunity to put your solo prepared or daily driver on the track with the benefit of an experienced instructor. Being a volunteer worker gets you over the fence, behind the scenes and up close and personal with the cars and drivers.

Please register on one of the four registration pages at CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com – Race, Volunteer, Track Event, Vintage Track Event. There is something for every racing enthusiast. Check out additional details on the registration pages. You can direct any questions to roadrace@cincyscca.com

We look forward to seeing you at the track in August.

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Registration will be open as soon as sanction numbers are received from National – for our event, August 2, 3 and 4. 

There are several opportunities to participate, something for everyone:

  • Track Event on Friday. The Track Event provides the opportunity to any licensed driver to drive their car on the Mid-Ohio track for several 25-minute sessions with coaching from a qualified racer for novices. 
  • 1 hour Bracket race on Saturday. A competition license is not required for the 1 hour Bracket race on Saturday. You may have two drivers share a car and expenses. This is an opportunity to get some wheel to wheel experience on the beautiful Mid-Ohio course. A minimum of 2 hours documented successful completion of track experience is required to participate.
  • This event is a standard double Regional/Division points race weekend. Points count for both Divisional Championship Series and Runoffs qualification.
  • Bracket Sprint race Sunday. A competition license is required for this group.
  • Opportunities galore to volunteer to help the event run smoothly and get over the fence.
  • Worker picnic Saturday night with food, drink and Jell-O “treats”. Live music and worker appreciation awards distributed. Driver are encouraged to attend.

By way of explanation, the bracket groups are scored, not by class but by position in the 2-second bracket time in which your qualifying time falls. If you go faster, you move up to the next faster bracket. Cars must meet SCCA safety requirements but otherwise modifications are basically free – any race tire, any suspension, whatever. The Supplemental Regulations on the registration page will give you more information – or just ask us.  https://cincyscca.motorsportreg.com/

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

Road Race Report

SAVE THE DATE – for our event, August 2, 3 and 4. Whether you tour, race or volunteer to work, we put on a good show. All are welcome to attend our planning meetings. They are the second Tuesday of the month starting at 7 in our new home, Uno’s Pizzeria, 9246 Schulze Drive, West Chester, OH 45069.

This event is a double Regional/Division points race weekend, with a Track Event on Friday. The Track Event provides the opportunity to any licensed driver to drive their car on the Mid-Ohio track for several 25-minute sessions with coaching from a qualified racer for novices. We are planning an enduro for Saturday (open to ANY vehicle meeting safety requirements) along with the standard SCCA Class competition on Saturday and Sunday.
Registration will open in May. Check cincyscca.com frequently for updates.

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

Race Report

Put your car on the famous Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Any tire, any motor, any class, any suspension. There is a place for you.
As a state licensed driver, you can drive your street car, solo car, or a borrowed car in multiple 25-minute sessions on Friday with an instructor. This year we are adding a vintage group.
As a competition license holder in any race sanctioning organization, you can race your car in the new Sprint Bracket Road Racing group. This is the place for you if you don’t want to follow strict SCCA preparation guidelines, or even if you just want extra seat time. You will be grouped with cars of similar lap times so you will always have wheel to wheel competition opportunities. As long as your car meets minimum SCCA safety standards, you’re good to go.
Save the date for our event, August 2, 3 and 4. Whether you tour, race or volunteer to work, we put on a good show. All are welcome to attend our planning meetings. They are the second Tuesday of the month starting at 7 in our new home, Uno’s Pizzeria, 9246 Schulze Drive, West Chester, OH 45069.

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

Race Report

The schedule for the 2019 Great Lakes Division race program has been finalized. Regional/Divisional races will be as follows:

  • June 22-23 Grattan
  • July 13-14 Mid Ohio
  • July 20-21 GingerMan
  • August 2-4 Mid Ohio – CINCINNATI REGION
  • October 25-27 Mid Ohio

Majors races in Great Lakes Division are as follows:

  • May 18-19 GingerMan
  • May 31-June 1 Mid Ohio – Super Tour
  • August 9-10 Grattan

Consider attending one or more of these events to support the racers and have a great time doing it. If you have any questions about volunteer positions, let me know and I’ll hook you up. I go to all of these events.
Most importantly, please come support Cincinnati Region by participating in the PDX (Track Event) and putting your car on the Mid Ohio track on Friday, August 2. Then stay to work for the weekend and receive a rebate on your PDX entry fee. There are big jobs and less demanding jobs – every single one is important to a successful event.

Race Committee meetings are open to anyone with suggestions, or those who would just like to learn more about the road racing program. We meet at 7pm on the second Tuesday of the month. We have moved our February meeting to Uno’s off Mulhauser Road in West Chester. Let me know if you would like to attend.

Christy Graham