Many drivers need one more event to qualify for a SEDIV Time Trial Championship!
We look forward to seeing you at the Buccaneer Region ROEBLING ROAD Time Trial in November!
Many drivers need one more event to qualify for a SEDIV Time Trial Championship!
We look forward to seeing you at the Buccaneer Region ROEBLING ROAD Time Trial in November!
TVR and Alabama Regions held the second “No Frills” fall TT/PDX at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway in Munford Alabama on October 27-28. TGPR is a 1.4 mile motorcycle track that is fast and flowing. It is a fantastic facility for TT and PDX.
Brett Whisenant served as Chief Instructor and ran a widely acclaimed PDX instruction. Ted Theodore ran the TT Novice School for the TT Novices who were looking to qualify for their full TT License (and all did). At the close of each day, the drivers manned the corner stations so that the workers could get track time.
Although we were threatened by Sandy, the weekend was dry if a bit blustery with temps in the mid 50’s. Thirty drivers posted TT times and 18 ran the PDX. Despite the cool temperatures and overcast conditions, several new track records were set. Several drivers beat their previous best time as well.
New TGPR Track Records
Craig Farr – DSR – 1:00.771
Bruce Funderberg – SRF – 1:09.056
Michael Garoust – SSP – 1:09.107
Leon Drake – SU – 1:09.354
Ken Owens – EP – 1:11.738
Thomas Dyer – SM – 1:12.827
John Barnett – FSP – 1:16.388
One of the features was the “Runoffs Roulette”. Drivers paid a small entry fee to run 4 hot laps after lunch on Sunday. The closest to their previous best time recorded was declared the winner. Andy Tow walked away with the pot this year.
Pictures below from www.thesoutherndriver.com
Article from www.thesoutherndriver.com
“NO FRILLS TT”
SEDIV TIME TRIALS
CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT & PDX
October 27-28, 2012
TALLADEGA GRAN PRIX RACEWAY
Sanction # 12-TT-2207-S, 12-PDX-2206-S
Chief Steward George Bugg Registrar Eden Powell
Safety Steward Andy Tow Chief Instructor Brett Whisenant
Talladega Gran Prix Raceway is a 1.41 mile road course located on Alabama State Highway 21, 12 miles south of Oxford, Alabama, and 8 miles north of Talladega, Alabama. The track has showers, restrooms, compressed air, Electrical hook-ups, and 98 octane unleaded fuel. Overnight camping is permitted. Electricity is available through Talladega Grand Prix Raceway for $10 per day per 115v outlet and $15 per day per 30/50 amp outlet. The track gate will be locked each evening at 10:30 p.m. The track concession stand WILL BE OPEN for breakfast and lunch, Saturday and Sunday from 0730-1400.
Event Headquarters will be at the Track.
TGPR, 46 Pilgrim Lane, Munford, AL 362684 www.tgprace.com
Registration is open at www.motorsportsreg.com
For more information: Email Craig Farr email@example.com
Wow – TGPR is going to be one of the tracks for the 2013 One Lap of America. Pretty cool. But you can race there first. Establish your best time and then see if the One :Lappers can beat it!
Registration is open at http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/C0DC9277-DF8E-3149-71CABAFCCC791307
The “No Frills” TT/PDX at TGPR is back for its second year. Will the Runoff Roulette be back as well? Come and see!
Now that you have survived or missed Chasing the Dragon, you have another opportunity to whet your passion for driving fast in a safe environment.
We are still looking for workers and drivers.
TGPR is located off of Route 20 in Eastern Alabama. Very convenient to get to and close to Atlanta and points east. www.tgprace.com
See you there
A great field of drivers attacked the Chasing the Dragon IV Hillclimb September 29 & 30 in Robbinsville, NC for a most memorable event! In spite of rain and some timing issues, the drivers, workers and spectators had a great time.
For three days in advance, workers and drivers prepared the hill, trimming grass, weed eating and marking all spectator and worker stations. Chad Summey, one of our event staff, made laser etched tags to rivet to the guard rails. We now have clear markings for start, finish and every worker station! Chad was inducted into the Order of the Maroon Dragon for his service and effort. Jersey Barriers were brought in for maximum protection for spectator #2 compliments of a local construction firm, Phillips & Jordan. Grandstands were brought in by the city and Jersey Barriers were filled by local Fire Department. Friday morning, drivers began filling up main street to be registered and tech’ed so they could find their paddock space on the hill. Friday night, over 16 drivers attended the CCR Hillclimb Novice Classes at the Conference Room at the host hotel – Microtel of Robbinsville. Ted Theodore explained many unique challenges of the sport, things to watch out for in general and in specific on the Maple Springs Road 2.4 mile course. Drivers dined at many different restaurants in town and were treated most hospitably by the nice people of Robbinsville!
Saturday started out foggy and drivers had limited visibility of ten to fifteen feet in some areas. By 10:00 AM, the fog had blown off and … our old friend, the rain began to fall. We had seen this before but it was at the end of our first Dragon Hillclimb in 2011. As there was no thunder, stewards continued to cycle drivers through the course. After lunch and a bit of sun, the REAL rain began… and it poured. Moisture contributed to timing issues . Drivers continued to run but a wet course with no times kept many from doing anything more than recon runs to prepare for Sunday. Novices drove intelligently and focused on learning the mountain. Spectators enjoyed the antics of the Dragon Mascot (Amy and Victoria) and great food provided by Sean and Matt, the owners of Huddle House. It was great to see so many new cars and drivers : Jarrod Smith’s IROC Camaro, Tony Machi’s Honda, Michael Tablas in his freshly built Miata, Eric Cline in his Honda Civic, Byran Toth and Roger Carter in their 2 month build RX7s, Shane Findlan back again BUT in his own Corvette he built up just to be at the Dragon, Chad Matthews in his Mini. Lots of new drivers and they all drove intelligently and safely! Many unique cars were on hand like the white racing Karmann Ghia of Ron Richey, Ken Owen’s gorgeous TR6, Tony Wentworth’s Yellow Fiat 124 Spider, the Coffey’s beautiful blue 240Z, Dan Chesanow’s Venus Formula Vee, Byron Webb’s BMW E21 320 and Harold Seagle’s lovely Porsche 911 SC. We had FOUR lady drivers in the field all running in the same class as the men. From early reports, we will have many more in the spring of 2013!
A local Highway Patrolman came to take an exhibition run in TJ Theodore’s CSP Miata. TJ suited up Thatch and sent him on his first run up the mountain in a sports car. The time he ran was only 2 seconds off TJ’s time at that point. It’s obvious that Thatch is well versed in high performance driving and we look forward to having him join us at future events.
Saturday night, our workers were treated to a great steak dinner at Huddle House in Robbinsville. Many of the drivers joined the workers there and libations of a less dry form were available as a private party event.
Sunday turned out to be beautiful and timing issues caused by moisture were repaired Saturday night. Drivers were ready to attack the mountain! Dustin Webb and James Farris did a great job announcing and playing music for us. Dustin is fast becoming an avid talented hillclimber and he learned an important lesson… he loaned his 240SX to Robert McManus for one run and Robert ended up taking the class bumping Dustin to 2nd! I am glad to report they are still good friends! First run of the day Sunday, Robert Martai and Marcel Ceaskay had a bracket break on the diff on their beautiful Rally Evo. The day was done but their times from Saturday in the rain were good enough for Rally Class win, Class Record and 4th place overall! THAT is an amazing run. We’ll find out what they can do in the dry hopefully next Spring! Scott Sipler went from 2nd to 1st in SU Street Unlimited Class on his lst run of the day on BORROWED Slicks! Lots of great class competition and helping each other win… a trade mark of the Time Trial drivers in SEDIV! George Bowland and Blair Underwood only made a few runs but they made them count. They took 1st and 2nd overall against some strong pressure from Heikki Rinta-Koski and Robert Martai. Chad Matthews and Jarrod Smith turned in outstanding performances with 6th and 7th place finishes in their FIRST Hillclimb! TJ Theodore finished 8th overall in his CSP Miata on his 3rd run at the Dragon.
Under a beautiful blue sky and sunny sky, spectators, drivers and event staff met by the landmark giant tire to see Robbinsville High School’s own Miss Black Knight (McCall Anderson) and our Dragon hand out trophies. Tony Machi came all the way from Wisconsin to run his first hillclimb and managed a 1st Place finish in FP in his Honda CRX. Nate Wimbrow took first Spec Miata in his first try at the hill. There were many success stories but none like that of Bryan Toth who took his V8 powered Mazda Rx7 from street car to Time Trial car in 2 months for this event. After a few runs Saturday, he had troubles with his alternator and Farron Orr of Carquest in Robbinsville opened up to let him buy one after hours. Repairs made, he was ready for Sunday but battled battery problems from the alternator. Another competitor Lars Lattstrom loaned Bryan a battery so he could run. Then after blowing a tire, it looked like Bryan was done for the weekend. Not SO! Larry Eller of Eller’s Wrecker Service drove Bryan to his shop in town and changed both tires so he could mount them up and finish running the event. Bryan gets our “DIE HARD” Award for refusing to quit! Nice Job Bryan!
At our trophy presentation, Vicki Lanning won her FIRST Queen of the Hill Dragonslayer sword. The first two Dragon Hillclimbs, Vicki missed by small margins due to last run victories by Chris Moore. George Bowland stood for his pictures with Miss Black Knight and the Dragon, pulled his sword from the stone and promptly speared one of our inflatable dragons! He then casually hoisted the sword up on his shoulder with the airless lifeless body of the dragon swaying side to side and strutted off through a crowd of cheers and applause. George’s victory was sweet as it is his first run at this hill… but there is still time to be found. Cory Friedman’s record run from Dragon I last year STILL remains the fastest run in the history of the event. George will be back in 2013… and Cory may be back as well! Don’t count out Heikki, Robert or Blair. The record we thought would not be broken is now in the reach of several of our best hillclimbers.
A GREAT thanks to SCCA Central Carolinas Region for hosting a great event, to the Event Staff who worked corners in rain, to our sponsors – HANS (Jay Braxton & Trish England), Grassroots Motorsports, Appalachian Tire, The Southern Driver and many local businesses in Robbinsville and Graham County. Also thanks to : Ditmore Family of Microtel, Chamber of Commerce (John and Valerie Feil and the great members who helped in so many areas) , Connie Orr and Billy Ditmore and the Graham County Travel and Tourism Board, Sherriff”s Department, Larry Hembree and the Graham County EMS/Rescue Squad, Thatch and the NC Highway Patrol, NC Department of Transportation, Juanita Colvert and the staff of Graham County Transit, Lori and Darryl Cannon of www.killboy.com, Sean and Matt of Huddle House, and Terinda and Lauren of the US Forest Services and their LEOS. And as always, a big thank you from our drivers and staff to the citizens of Graham County for their hospitality and friendship. We LOVE the chance to be with you and look forward to it next year June 15-16 and August 3-4 in 2013!
Pictures compliments of www.killboy.com, The Southern Driver, Rodney Maxwell, TJ Theodore and Steve Williams
More beautiful pics available at www.killboy.com
Photos by Ted Theodore, TJ Theodore, Steve Williams
Craig Farr has submitted points update through the Dragon Hillclimb.
We have some interesting class battle shaping up!
CF – Paul Crouch and Barry Durham are within 3 points in Continental Fords
CSP – Wally Lacey and Eric Trigg are separated by 1 point.
ESP – Robert McManus has a healthy lead!
F600 – George Bugg leading his son Steven by 4 points.
FV – 8 points separate 1t through 5th – Mike Chandler, Mark Rothermel, Andrew Pinkerton, Lynn Sweatte, Jim Bowers
ITA – a THREE way tie for first in ITA between Daniel Toth, Willie Phee and Mark Seiler
SPO – Heikki Rinta-Koski leading Scott Williams
SRF – Bruce Funderburk with a slight lead over Trey Ayers.
SU – Leon Drake and Mark Kilgore battling it out in SU… this new class is going to be a good one to watch!
CONGRATS TO ALL PARTICPANTS! We look forward to seeing the last half of 2012 take shape!
Click here to see points spreadsheet! July 2012 Time Trial Points Update
This video was produced by two of our SEDIV Time Trial drivers, Mark and John Kilgore at the June 23 & 24 Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb in Robbinsville, NC. This communicates vividly what a drivers sees and feels… the hillclimb experience is unique and a proud part of our SCCA history in the Southeast Division!
SCCA CCR has advised us they will run the June 23-24 hillclimb event as planned and registration opens this week. The August 4-5 date had to be changed due to scheduling problems at the site.
The CHASING THE DRAGON III hillclimb will be run on September 29 and 30th! With cool temperatures and leaves changing, it should be a great event! See you at the Dragon!
Tennessee Valley and Alabama Regions combined to put on their Annual Time Trials Track Trials event and School at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway in Munford, AL on April 14-15, 2012. Simply put, WHAT A FANTASTIC WEEKEND!
First, we had 59 TT drivers which is the best ever at TGPR and the highest TT driver count of any SEDIV championship event in the last 6 years (or at least as far back as I have records). There were a few others who were there but could not get their cars out on track or the number would have been higher.
Second, we had 15 TT Students which is another high water mark for the TT School. There were even a few more potential TT Students who could not finish their car preparations in time.
Third, we had a full group of PDX drivers each day which is another significant increase. One of the inducements was for a driver to work a day and get a PDX day for the low fee of $100.
Fourth, Racer Parts Wholesale was our sponsor and provided tire gauges, shirts, decals, gift certificates and other goodies to the workers and participants. The RPW support was definitely appreciated.
I could mention the weather which featured lows in the 50’s, highs in the 80’s and enough cloud cover to make everyone feel just great. I could also mention the 11 new TGPR TT Track records that were set by Clint McMahan (F600), Steve Conrad (FF), Dave Cutchins (FS), Mike Chandler (FV), Robby Boyett (GTA), Butch Kummer (GT1), Joe Armstrong (ITO), Bobby Bitterman (ITR), Joe Clayburn (Spec Miata), Michael Garoust (SSP), and Leon Drake (SU). Everyone had the opportunity for over 2 hours of on track time. Even the workers had 30 minute lap sessions at the end of each day with the drivers manning the corner stations.
A new feature and a highlight of the weekend was the Run-off Roulette that we ran on Sunday. The drivers were grouped by car type/speed and each got a warm-up lap and 4 hot laps to record a time. This was a bracket competition where the First, Second and Third Place winners were those who recorded a time that was closest (+/-) to their previous best time on track. Each of the 23 drivers entered by throwing $10 into the Prize Pot and the event sweetened that pot some more. The winner was John Waight at a scant margin of 0.012 seconds off his best time. That is no more than a sneeze. Bryon Webb (0.199) and Richard Pannell (0.420) were close behind him to capture their share of the pot.
There were many people who put in a lot of time to make this event a success. Without the weekend workers and the people who did the pre-event work, we would not have had a success. Without trying to name everyone (and apologies to those I forget), I have to thank Eden Powell, Steve Conrad, Rich Crowell, Mark Rothermel, Ricky Ragan, John Waight, Sara and Chaistit Tongsuvone, Mark Kilgore, George Bugg, Jim & Diane Eckert, Chuck and Suzette Schultz, Clyde Bales, Spike Pannell and many others. Ted Theodore could not get his Special running in time so he brings his CSP Miata and IT7 cars so 3 drivers could compete. Ted also provided special gifts for the workers. Jim Eckert did sound on both sides of the track so the drivers could see how they would fare against the stricter Atlanta Motorsports Park sound restrictions. Then there are the many drivers who made the trek to middle Alabama for the event. Without both the drivers and the workers, there could not be an event. THANX DRIVERS AND WORKERS
What a way to start the 2012 SEDIV Time Trials Championship season!
The Southeast Division Time Trial Committee has been working on a new program which will allow holders of Novice licenses to run hillclimbs while receiving instruction and mentoring. The basis for this decision was founded on data from SEDIV Hillclimbs as well as Pennsylvania Hillclimb Series which have both proven, incidents that have occurred in the past were with experienced hillclimbers pushing hard to win their class or set a record. The Novice drivers tend to be more cautious. PHA has done a fine job of educating novice drivers and has experienced good results from that effort.
The SEDIV Time Trial Committee voted to approve this new program last month for use at select hillclimbs. We will consider a Novice driver to be someone who has not run that hillclimb site before. If you are an experienced hillclimber but have never run that site, we will ask you to attend a class covering the mountain, taking a drive up the mountain with other students and an instructor and be mentored by a past hillclimber for the weekend.
The following document has been prepared to outline this program. If a driver runs a hillclimb on a TT Novice License, after the event, he or she will still hold a Novice TT License. This program is not designed to take the place of 3 flat track Time Trials requirements or a Time Trial School to obtain a Full Time Trial License. We look forward to bringing new drivers in to the sport of hillclimbing and growing relationships in our Division through sharing experiences and mentoring. We plan to pioneer this program at the Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb in Robbinsville, NC on June 23-24. More details will be given in the Supplemental Regulations for that specific event.
SEDIV NOVICE HILL CLIMB PROGRAM
To provide a safe and effective program for novices in the Southeast Division (SEDiv) Time Trials Hill Climbs.
HILL CLIMB NOVICE:
Result: Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor. SAT rating possible. Corner worker reports could adversely affect this rating.
Result: Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor. A SAT rating with cautionary notation in the TT Novice Permit. Corner worker feedback may result in an UNSAT rating
Result: Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor AND Chief Steward about cause and effect. For example; Overdriving, wrong line, too fast for skill level, car failure, etc. The driver can offer mitigating circumstances, but generally, crashing as a novice is frowned upon. UNSAT entry in the Novice Permit,
Result: UNSAT entry in the Novice Permit with appropriate notation of the issue and possible disqualification for the weekend. Final decision is with the Chief Steward.
SUPPLEMENTAL REGULATIONS TOPICS (may be modified to suit the event)
NOVICE REGULATIONS: A novice is defined as any driver currently competing under a TT Novice Permit or SCCA Novice Competition License OR any driver that has not competed at that site. ALL novices are required to meet the following expectations in order to obtain a SATisfactory rating:
Failure to meet these expectations may result in an UNSATisfactory rating or disqualification from the event.