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/
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