LAST CHANCE Time Trial – Roebling Road SEASON ENDER Nov. 14 & 15

IMG_1084 The Buccaneer Region proudly present the DOUBLE POINTS season ender Last Chance Time Trial at Roebling Road in Savannah, GA on November 14 and 15!

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This is the final event of the 2015 SCCA Southeast Division Time Trial Championship!  Many Class Championships are still up for grabs. We will also hold a PDX for those wanting to get some time on track with instruction.

We look forward to a great weekend with great friends, great cars and great competition  See you there! 

Register HERE for Time Trial or PDX .

Event Info  & Supps  HERE

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2015 SCCA SEDIV Championship Series – Get ready to RUMBLE!

               The Southeast Division Time Trial Committee is proud to announce the schedule for the

                                                    2015 SEDIV Time Trial Championship Series!

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Schedule is as follows : 

April 11/12         TGPR – Little Talledega –  Munford Alabama      Time Trial / PDX / TT SchoolSCCA-SEDivMap

May 25              CMP – Carolina Motorsports Park – Kershaw, SC   Time Trial / PDX

June 13-14         Dragon Hillclimb – Robbinsville, NC   Hillclimb

Aug. 29 / 30       Barber  – Birmingham, AL   Time Trial

Sept. 12 / 13       Dragon Hillclimb –  Robbinsville, NC   Hillclimb

Oct. 3 / 4           TGPR – Little Talledega  –  Munford Alabama    Time Trial / PDX 

Nov. 14              Roebling Road – Pooler, GA  Time Trial    * Points each  day

Nov. 15              Roebling Road – Pooler, GA   Time Trial    * Points each  day

 

 

Get your car ready and get these dates on your calendar. We’ll see you at the season kick-off at Little Tally April 11th and 12th!   Please help grow our sport through mentoring and inviting other drivers to join us for these events. Remember the Second Gear Program can be of help in getting new drivers started economically (free loaner gear) and PDXs  are a great starting point for many drivers.   If you need help with licensing, classing or registration, contact  :   Ted Theodore at  editor@thesoutherndriver.com

 

 

 

Roebling Road Time Trial – Great Season ender!

MIMG_1081any of our SEDIV Time Trial and PDX drivers braved the cold to come to Roebling Road in mid November to participate in the LAST CHANCE Time Trial! Some came for seat time on a legendary southern track. Some came to compete against many of the best TT drivers. Some came to clench their position in the 2014  SCCA Southeastern Division Time Trial Championship. ALL came to have fun and that …they DID!

Savannah, GA weather was chilly both mornings but warmed up with little wind.  The corner workers and event staff did a great job of communicating, keeping the course safe, and handling flow of the event. We owe a big thanks to Track Management (Kaye McCloy), Registration (Wanda Cecil), Control (the Buells), Timing and Scoring (Neil Harmon), Mark Rothermel (Safety Steward), Steve and Vicki Eckerich along with Shane Findlan (Tech), Bob DeLoatch (Flagging Chief) and all the course workers who braved the cold so the event could happen! Our drivers appreciate you ALL!  IMG_1084 Aside from a few radiator hoses that decided to open up, the event ran smoothly and the groups got all the track time they wanted. Many of our Time Trial drivers volunteered to help instruct for our PDX (Performance Driving Experience) group sessions. This is a great opportunity to get quality instruction on the track in a safe setting.  All PDX drivers (Novices driving with instructors and  Intermediate and Advanced classes) did a great job!

Final Results are here : Saturday / Sunday and pictures from the event are below . The Championships were decided in many classes based on the results of this double points weekend. Your 2015 SEDIV Time Trial Champions who will each be receiving a trophy at the Annual SEDIV banquet January 30, 31 at Sea Palms St. Simons, GA  are :

Scott Sipler BSP 1 CCR-61
Johnny Valencia BSP 2 CCR-61
Shane Findlan BSP 3 CCR-61
Paul Crouch CF 1 CFR-83
Rajat Aggarwal CSP 1 CCR-61
TJ  Theodore CSP 2 CCR-61
Tony Ewing CSP 3 TVR-93
James Wood CSP 4 CCR-61
Ken Owens EP 1 DIX-95
Robert McManus ESP 1 CCR-61
Brian Gause ESP 2 CCR-61
Martin Bartlett FSP 1 CCR-61
Mark Rothermel FV 1 TVR-93
Bill F. Coffey GT1 1 FLA-11
Bill Coffey GT2 1 BUC-34
Don Squirek ITA 1 ATL-3
George Bowland Special 1 CCR-61
Mike Breakey SPU 1 CHA-94
Ted Theodore SPU 2 CCR-61
Ron Richey SPU 3 ATL-3
Michael Tablas STL 1 CCR-61
Vicki Lanning Eckerich STU 1 CCR-61
Rocco Bocchicchio SU 1 ETR-68
Lars Lattstrom SPO 1 CCR-61

A BIG thanks to the Buccaneer Region for hosting the Last Chance Time Trial and PDX at Roebling Road. We look forward to joining you again next year! 

(Pictures by : Ted Theodore)

DRAGON 7 HILLCLIMB – A Weekend to Remember!

SCCA’s Central Carolina Region hosted another great event in Robbinsville at the 7th Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb presented by TOYO!  Although weather played a role in keeping our drivers from records being set, the competition was close in many classes. Over 2400 spectators came to watch the event and enjoy hamburgers, BBQ and funnelcakes  while watching cars and drivers compete for trophies and cash on the 2.2 mile course. The range of cars went from rally cars, a vintage MGA, Porsche GT3 RSR , Evo, Ariel Atom, Brunton Staker, FFR Daytonas, chump cars and many street prepped cars. We had great attendance of drivers along with many first timers at our hill. We also welcomed back Cory Friedman, our current overall record holder and the first winner of the Dragonslayer sword at the very first Dragon Hillclimb in 2011.

The event began earlier in the week with Ted Theodore, George Bowland and others that came to prep the hill, cleaning, mowing and weed-eating the worker and spectators areas. Hay bales were wrapped in white plastic and placed along the course. We owe a big thanks to all who came, worked, towed trailers and helped set up and take down the mountain. Rolling out 2 miles of wire from the back of a truck is a lot of work but necessary for timing and scoring. The hardest part is at the end of day Sunday, rolling it all back up! (Thanks Scott Sipler for staying and helping). Friday, registration was held downtown at The Hub before drivers took their places in the paddock and set up for the weekend. First timers on the hill met Friday night at Microtel to go over the course, the danger areas, protocols and event flow with an instructor and mentors.

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Saturday morning went smoothly with our Launch tire and dragon in the air and course green. The damp course was a challenge for our drivers and some did get bit by the dragon. The saying “Saturday is for wreckers and Sunday is for checkers” is never more true than at a hillclimb! In spite of the occasional rain, the competition heated up in many classes and put on a great show for our spectators and course workers. We were honored to have Area 12 Director Tere Pulliam running her first hillclimb in a CSP Miata! Thanks to her and her husband Larry for coming and running with us! I suspect we will see them on the hill next year in THEIR car! We were also pleased to have Thach take a run up the mountain again in Elvira. Thach is a NC Highway Patrolman who is well known in the area… and if we can get him a car, whatever class he is in will have a new contender!

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The Saturday night dinner at the Huddle House was enjoyed by workers and drivers. Steak night has now become Steak AND Hat night with prizes for best hats.

Sunday was some slight rain on and off during the day and the course never did completely dry out. While this made record setting runs impossible, it created extra challenge in the competition to get the most out of their cars while making safe runs. Our drivers did a fine job and the crowd cheered on our drivers with cowbells. The younger spectators had plenty to do meeting drivers, getting autographs and playing with dragons! One driver who hoped to make this year’s hillclimb had started a car build specifically for this event and tracked his progress through a blog. He was unable to chase away all the gremlins and decided to leave his car home and come watch. One of our drivers, Rocco Bocchiccio offered his BMW to allow Perry Boykin to make his dream of a hillclimb run! THIS is the sportsmanship and fun we see all see and enjoy! You can expect Perry and his wife, Jamie will be joining us at Dragon 8 in their own car! Another driver and long time hillclimber, Ray Cockerel from Black Mountain, NC began a build of his F500 well over a year ago. He completed the car and with support from his wife Sheila was able to debut his car at the Dragon! We look forward to having Sheila back running with us next year. Another driver, Roy Erickson, bought a Miata 2 years ago with the dream of building it up specifically for time trial and hillclimb. His car known as Breester was finished a week before the event and he fulfilled his goal of competing. Two other drivers Nate Wimbrow and Bill Hightower were co-driving Nate’s  Spec Miata and had the differential pop on their first run on Saturday. This was disappointing as Nate brought family down from New Hampshire just to run this event. A few phone calls later, Henry and Joe Bryan Payne with HP Motors in Pelzer, SC  offered their ITA Miata  on loan to Nate. Nate spent all day Saturday taking his car back to Greenville, picking up the ITA so he could run Sunday! All went well with their Sunday runs and the weekend was not lost. Thanks to Joe Bryan and Henry for their help!

At the close of the event, we brought our drivers, crews, event staff and many spectators that stayed for the trophy presentation. Tabitha arranged for Miss Black Knight to assist our Dragon (Julius Binninger) with awarding the trophies and money! There were too many outstanding drives : First timer Ned Neuhaus did amazingly well in his Brunton Stalker. Matt Brandenburg and Sebastian Kokoszka in their first run at the Dragon were fearless in their rally cars! Gage Gregory is always fast on the edge in his car… another great run! Another first time, Allen Skillcorn in the LeGrand DSR was 3rd overall in his first event! Cameron Lane with a 4th place was hoping for a better finish but 4th overall is excellent. With some new findings after the event, Cameron may have found a little some extra to show up with at the Dragon 8!  George Bowland, Robert Martai and Robert McManus finished in 5th, 6th and 7th with awesome runs especially considering the weather. In the end, no ladies were close to Vicki Lanning Eckerich as she captured ANOTHER Dragonslayer sword for Queen of the Hill. For King of the Hill, it was Heikki Rinta-Koski  in his Locost 7 and Cory Friedman in his Porsche GT3 RSR. Both turned in incredibly fast runs on the damp course… with Heikki turning in a 117.510 (just a second slower than his best time ever) and Cory running a 116.487. Cory took the King of the Hill honors for the second time and now is the owner of TWO Dragonslayer swords. Heikki owns six swords and will be back in the Spring, ready to do battle with the Dragon again!

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We owe many thanks to our sponsors, TOYO Tires, Appalachian Tire, Greg and The Hub, Brent and Shelly Hyperformance, Grassroots Motorsports, Darryl and Lori of Killboy.com, HeadHeldHigh.com, Tabitha, Steven, Meghan, Jessica and Nikita  from Graham County Travel & Tourism. Also thanks to our event staff, Don Drennon and his F&C workers, Rich and his Timing and Scoring Staff (Eric, Nancy, Lea, Julius). Thanks to Mark Wall who sweated away all weekend to be our on course Sasquatch! Rick Mitchell, Lance, Barbara, Robert, our grid/starters and stewards did an awesome job! A Special thanks to Mark Eversoll … excellent job on communications and control. Steve Eckerich in the CCR Board members who all stepped up to help! AND a thanks to all the first time workers like Jaime and Amanda Honeycutt. We appreciate greatly the sponsors and support from Graham County : Tabitha with Travel & Tourism, Terinda and Charlie with US Forest Services, NC. DOT, Juanita at GC Transit, Matt and Amanda at  Huddle House and Lary and the Graham County EMS and Rescue Squad. Thank you ALL for your help and support! We will see you again in the Spring when we wake the Dragon for Dragon 8!      FULL RESULTS :   chasing the dragon 7_fin_ chasing the dragon 7_raw_

Racing in the SPRING in Alabama! 2014 TGPR Time Trial

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Beautiful weather and a great event conducted by the SCCA Tennessee Valley Region and Alabama Region! Thanks to staff and workers who made the race weekend possible!  We had many new cars out including the Beacham’s Ariel Atom, many students getting their full SCCA Time Trial license through the TGPR School classroom sessions and many guys we haven’t seen in a while ; guys like Ken Owen’s in his yellow TR6 and  Ron Richey in his freshly rebuilt Karmann Ghia.  Also, congrats to our group of PDX drivers and their volunteer instructors… well done.  One of our drivers was visiting from Seattle… we are told Eeshan Kumar  may give up skydiving and move to the Carolinas for a more enjoyable adrenalin rush with SCCA! Johnny Valencia and Scott Sipler drove 4 hours down just to get to run the sessions on Sunday and BOTH said the trip was worth it. 

Great fellowship and racing at track side and dinners in town! We are all looking forward to coming back to TGPR this fall. A few interesting notes from the weekend : 

BSP – Scott Sipler set new track record.  Rod Hardiman also beat old track record and set PB  (PERSONAL BEST)

CSP – Bryon Evans David Carroll and Tim Olsen set PB 

F500 – Steven Bugg set PB

FV – Mark Rothermel set PB and missed track record  by 0.050 

ITA – Richard Pannell set track record 

SRF – Bruce Funderburg set Track Record

SPU – Jack Beachem set Track Record

SU – Leon Drake and SooZee Merrill set PB

 

We also wish Jack Beacham continued success as he campaigns his Ariel Atom at the One Lap of America! We will be pulling for you. The way you drove this weekend, the hardest part about winning One Lap will be the drives from track to track. Go get ’em!

Thanks to all who came, helped, instructed and ran. We look forward to seeing you all at Road Atlanta May 17-18 for the next event in the 2014 SCCA Time Trial Championship Series! 

Times can be found HERE

 

TGPR – No Frills Time Trial Cold but WORTH IT!

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

 

SCCA TGPR Time Trial – Great Racing in Alabama

Article By:  Craig Farr, Event Chairman

 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!

 

New SEDIV Time Trial Novice Hillclimb Program

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

PURPOSE

To provide a safe and effective program for novices in the Southeast Division (SEDiv) Time Trials Hill Climbs.

DEFINITIONS

HILL CLIMB NOVICE: 

  1. A driver who holds a Time Trials or Road Race Novice permit.
  2. A licensed (TT, Competition, FIA, other licenses recognized by SCCA) driver who has not competed on the particular Hill before.

PROCEDURES

  1. TT novices are required to obtain a SCCA TT novice permit in advance of the event.
  2. A Novice Meeting will be held before the General Driver’s meeting on Saturday morning.  (see text below)
  3. Novices will be taken up the hill and shown the lines thru the turns, any particular tricky areas, any hazards, and given the chance to ask questions.  It might be best to hold this Hill Walk on Friday evening.
  4. First run up the Hill is a brisk touring run with drivers following a pace car.  This may be two groups depending on the number of Novices and the number of 2-driver cars.
  5. Stewards and Corner Workers will be giving the Novices a short leash as they observe their performance on the hill.  Put a large “X” on their cars to aid in recognition.
  6. Assign a veteran mentor to each Novice to assist them with the learning curve.

Novice Meeting:

  • Introduce Chief Steward and Safety Stewards
  • Discuss Flags and Procedures.  Did anyone actually read the Supps?
  • Chalk Talk using a diagram of the hill.  Make them aware that there is absolutely no margin for error.  Spin, late brake, or go off and you are more than likely to experience a tree, ditch, or rock up close and personal.  It takes the best drivers 2-3 years to really learn a hill.
  • Being ready when you come to the line (check belts, check tire pressures, torque wheel nuts, arm restraints, helmet fastened, etc.)
  • Starting procedures – This is a rolling start not a drag race start.  Start quick but under control.
  • Explain the finish procedures.  Slow down to a safe speed then to walking speed.  There are other cars queued up along the road side waiting to travel back down the hill.
  • First Run – Tires, pavement, and driver are cold, so make it a familiarization run at 70%.  Just find your way to the top.  Learn the course, learn the braking points, learn the drive lines.  Don’t cheat in on the apexes.  Stay on the road surface.
  • Second Run – Practice what you learned in the first run but at 80%. 
  • Third and beyond Runs – Remember that you are racing against yourself.  Improve your own times over the weekend.  Don’t worry about Class results.  Remember that a simple mistake can cost you car damage and your weekend.  The best racers may only be at 90% on a difficult hill.
  • At the top of the hill, talk to other drivers and learn what they know.  In the paddock, talk to the many veterans/mentors who are always willing to help you.

NOVICE INCIDENTS:

  • Two or more wheels off course

Result:  Mandatory discussion with the Chief Driving Instructor. SAT rating possible. Corner worker reports could adversely affect this rating.

  • Spin without contact

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

  • Off course crash as a novice

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,

  • Unsportsmanlike Conduct.  (Uncontrolled temper, disrespect towards drivers, workers and/or officials, conduct deemed inappropriate by the Stewards/Instructors)

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:

  1. Novices must present themselves and their car at registration on Friday evening.
  2. Novices must attend the Novice Driver’s Meeting and Sunday Driver’s Meeting.
  3. All novice cars MUST display an X on both sides of the vehicle adjacent to the numbers.  The color of the stripes must be of a contrasting color from the body paint.
  4. Complete the weekend without “Incidents” as defined below.

Failure to meet these expectations may result in an UNSATisfactory rating or disqualification from the event.

 

SEDIV TT Committee Minutes – 3/22/12

   SEDIV Time Trials Championship Committee Conference Call Minutes
After a few minutes of technical difficulties, the call commenced at 7:10pm CDT.
Present on the call were:
George Bugg – Divisional Administrator         Robert Frazier – BUCC
Joe Olivera – TTAC Rep, Program Manager  Ted Theodore – CCR
Craig Farr – TVR                                        David McDaniel – CHAT
Mark Kilgore – ALSCCA                               Art Trier – CFR

Craig Farr presented a status on the Talladega Grand Prix Raceway event preparations. He indicated that there are 37 entrants to date with several more verbal commitments and 14 or more students. At this early date, the numbers are looking very good. He needs additional instructors and will be contacting experienced entrants to solicit volunteers to work with students.

Ted Theodore reported that preparations for CCR’s Chasing the Dragon I are under way. CCR has some great ideas on involving the community and making the event even better than last year. For example the Junior Crew Chief program will match local high school students with a driver for the weekend. The students will help with car preparation and get up close with the drivers all weekend to get a better feel for the sport. The drivers get “free help” and the students get an experience to talk about for a long time!

Chasing the Dragon will also be the kickoff event for the Novice Hill Climb program. The committee voted to approve the rules proposed by Craig and Ted on a case by case basis providing an opportunity for novice permit holders to run certain L4 events with a couple of classroom sessions, supervision and individual instruction. “Novices” and “First Timer on the hill” drivers will be provided classroom sessions and a van trip up the hill for familiarization. And Novices will be paired with experienced drivers as mentor/coach for the event. The program description will be added to the SEDiv TT rules and posted on the SEDiv TT website as soon as possible.

Art Trier was on the call for the first time representing the Central Florida Region’s L1 (PDX) program. Art reported that they are planning 4 PDX events in conjunction with road races in at Daytona and Sebring. Their events are extremely popular and they may have to limit entries until they can build their instructor base to keep up with the Novice entries.

George Bugg reminded the committee that he will be stepping down as DA at the end of this season. Any member of the committee interested in applying for the position should contact George. George will present all interested parties to the committee for approval and qualified applicants will be presented to the SEDiv leadership at the mid-year meeting for a final vote.

The call adjourned at 7:45pm.
Respectfully submitted by:
George Bugg, SEDiv TT DA

2012 SEDIV Time Trial Committee Report

2012 SEDIV Time Trials Committee Report

Presented at Jekyll Island Annual Meeting

First of all, we want to thank Cool Shirt for being the SEDIV TT Championship Series Sponsor again this year and also for the support they have given to individual events.  We greatly appreciate their continued support of the SEDIV TT program and look forward to another successful season for the Cool Shirt Championship Series.

We also need to recognize the SEDIV TT leadership who have worked hard to make the SEDIV TT Program a success.  George Bugg TVR (TT Administrator), Joe Olivera SCR (TTAC Representative), Mark Rothermel TVR (TTSC Representative), and the TT Committee members: Craig Farr TVR, Robert Frazier Buccaneer, Nick Hallman SCR, David McDaniel Chattanooga, Tom Shuman ATL, Ted Theodore CCR, Jerry Vogel ALA.

2011 Results

The TT Program struggled with continuing low entries and event financial difficulties but with some success given the economic times and other factors.  Started the year with 10 scheduled events (6 flat tracks and 4 Hill Climbs) but finished at 6 events (4 flat tracks and 2 Hill Climbs).  We flirted with a new Hill Climb in North Georgia, Tate Reserve, but that could not be accomplished this year.

Here is a summary of the 2011 TT events attempted and accomplished.

  • CMP (SCR) – February – 27 Entries
  • TGPR (TVR/AL) – March – 29 Entries
  • Nashville (Chattanooga) – April – Cancelled due to low entries
  • Road Atlanta (ATL) – May – 23 Entries
  • Wolf Ridge (CCR) – June – Cancelled due to road deterioration
  • AMP (ATL) – June – Cancelled due to track not being ready
  • Chasing the Dragon (CCR) – June – Replaced Wolf Ridge due to a huge effort by Ted Theodore and CCR  34 Entries
  • Eagle’s Nest (CCR) – August – Cancelled due to landowners wanting $10K rent
  • CMP (SCR) – Sept – Removed as a TT Points event – held as a PDX/Club Trial
  • Crow Mountain Hill Climb (TVR) – Oct – 27 Entries
  • “No Frills” TGPR (TVR/AL) – Nov – Replaced RR – 42 Entries
  • Roebling Road (Bucc) – Nov  – Cancelled by Region

Overall, we averaged 30 drivers per event which is consistent over the last 2 years.  Fifteen Regions participated — CCR (31%), ALA (15%) and TVR (14%) provided 60% of the Drivers.  There were 182 entrants in 38 car classes with 118 different drivers.  20% of the drivers ran 3 or more events.  We had 15 Class Champions who each ran 3 or more events.  The most popular classes were CSP (9%), SM (8%), and FV (7%).  Solo based cars made up 25% of the entries while the Wings n’ Things provided 28%.  So you can see where the strength of the TT program lies.

One of our challenges is to get the 68% of drivers who ran only one event and the 58% of drivers who only ran local events to participate in more events.

Last December the TT Committee voted to allow Club Trials (Level 2) points to count toward the SEDIV TT Championship.  This was done primarily to boost overall entries and encourage participants to “step up” to the Level 3/4 events.  It was not the raging success we had hoped.  CMP and TGPR had 27/29 entries each of which 8 and 5 were Level 2 respectively.  Therefore we plan to revert back to the original Championship Series structure and allow points only for L3 and L4 entrants.

As you heard last night, CCR was awarded the Rich Shafer Award for having the best TT event of 2011, Chasing the Dragon Hill Climb.  CCR pulled together a new Hill Climb venue, Chasing the Dragon, with a lot of local community support from Robbinsville, NC.  They are even repaving the road and Dragon will be back twice in 2012.  TVR was awarded the Walt Wurzbach Award for their continued management excellence evidenced by the Crow Mountain Hill Climb and the “No Frills” TT.  When the Roebling TT was cancelled in September, TVR asked the TT community what they wanted and dreamed up the “No Frills” TT.  TVR executed it with assistance from Alabama Region and it was the highest attended TT event of the year by a wide margin.

2012 Event Forecast

2012 has the potential of being a fantastic season for SEDIV Time Trials Championship Series.  The Dragon will return twice along with the usual favorites at TGPR, Roebling, Road Atlanta, and Crow Mountain.  The Atlanta Motorsports Park TT should finally arrive and also serve as a check-out event for a SARRC event there.  CCR is working on an additional Hill Climb.

This is what the 2012 TT Schedule looks like:

Apr 14-15          TVR/AL           Talladega Grand Prix Raceway (PDX/TT/TT School)

May 19                ATL               Road Atlanta (TT Sat, PDX Sun)

Jun 9                   ATL                Atlanta Motorsports Park Short Course (PDX/TT)

Jun 10                ATL                Atlanta Motorsports Park Long Course (PDX/TT)

Jun 23-24         CCR               Chasing the Dragon Hill Climb

Aug 4-5             CCR                Chasing the Dragon Hill Climb II

Sep 29-30         TVR                Crow Mountain Hill Climb

Oct 27-28         TVR/AL            Talladega Grand Prix Raceway (PDX/TT)

Nov 10-11         Bucc                 Roebling Road (PDX/TT)

The Atlanta Motorsports Park event will be a double event with points for each day.  The short course (1.5 miles) will be run on Saturday with the full course (2 miles) run on Sunday.  The two Dragon Hill Climbs will have different courses.

Chattanooga Region will be pulling out of the TT business while the Nashville track is up for sale and unavailable.  As a financial decision, SCR is going to concentrate on the PDX/Level 2 events and not participate in the SEDIV TT Championship Series.

SEDIV TT Committee

The TT Committee is working on a plan to attract and retain sponsorship for the coming season.  As budgets get tighter and entries decline, additional revenue is becoming more and more important.  The Committee is investigating a variety of publicity and sponsorship opportunities and approaches.

George Bugg will be stepping down as the SEDIV DA for Time Trials at the end of the 2012 season.  In accepting the position in July 2009, he stated that “new blood” should be rotated into leadership roles in order to keep the program thriving and moving forward and suggested a 3 year term limit.  With that in mind, he will work with the Committee to identify a replacement and prepare for a smooth transition at the end of the year.  A candidate for his replacement will be presented at the mid-year meeting for consideration by the SEDIV leadership.

The TT Committee has reviewed and updated the 2009 TT Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).  This SOP has been provided to the Regional Executives and we are looking for your approval.    There are a few significant changes proposed to the 2009 SOP.  First are procedures that would formally involve the Regional Executives in the selection of SEDIV’s Time Trial Administrative Council (TTAC) and Time Trial Safety Council (TTSC) representatives.  Second is expansion of the TT Committee’s purview to include all Time Trial events, Level 1 thru Level 4.  Third is an increase from $5 to $10 per entrant in the TT Trophy fund to help us become financially independent and to provide minimal funds for promotion of TT events.

When SCCA moved SOLO I into Club Racing, they also created the 4 level Time Trial structure – PDX, Club Trial, Track Trial and Hill Climb.  The TTAC was established as the administrative body overseeing all 4 venues.  Although SEDIV has had a TTAC representative, the SEDIV TT Committee has remained chiefly concerned with the Level 3 and Level 4 SEDIV TT Championship Series.  With the increased interest from both SCCA and SEDIV in PDX and Club Trial events, the TT Committee feels that SEDIV would be better served by having a forum for communication and cooperation between all TT Events.  To that end, we propose to add representatives from each region hosting L1 and L2 Time Trials events to the Committee membership.  The Championship Series will only be for L3 and L4 events, but the additional members on the Committee will provide a central point for communication and will allow the TTAC and TTSC representatives valuable input from a wider range of the membership they represent.  The increase in the Trophy fund is requested as a means to help the program remain financially viable should the sponsorship efforts be less fruitful than hoped.  The additional funds will be used for awards and publicity/promotion of events.

Submitted by George Bugg, SEDIV TT Administrator

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