Hi all,
On behalf of the NEPA board, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope everyone makes the most of your time spent with family and friends. I would also like to send out a special thanks to all of our family and friends currently serving their country and can not be home during this Holiday season. Be safe, and we wish you the best. -Chris Janusz (RE)

Hi all,
I hope you had a successful race season! The next big event coming up for our region is the 2004 NEPA year-end banquet. It will be held January 22nd at the Hilton in Scranton. It's a beautiful hotel and the food is excellent so be sure not to miss it. And don't forget about the pine wood derby! We will once again be running stock and modified classes.
If you haven't received your invitation in the mail yet, it is also available in the "Downloads" section of this web site OR by clicking HERE.

Hope to see you at the banquet! -Chris Janusz (RE)

Interested in a local "High Performace Driving Clinic?" Click HERE or go to the "Downloads" page to download a copy of the annoucement in "MicroSoft Word" format.

For everyone who attends (or plans to attend) a NEPA meeting over the next 2 months, please keep a close eye on the meeting schedule page. One of the meeting locations have been changed and some meetings have been canceled for Winter Break. Thanks -Webmaster

Hi All,
First thing I would like to congratulate Joel Lipperini for taking first at the runoffs and Chris Shenefield for placing 3rd at solo nationals. Great driving guys!
With the race season basically over, I would like to thank everyone that helped put the events on this year and the drivers for making them a success. It's a lot of hard work and it couldn't happen without you.
The 11/3/04 General Membership Meeting will be held at Firestone (in the parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall) in Wilkes-Barre Twp. We would like to get the club truck cleaned out and ready for next year. The club will provide the pizza and soda if you could provide us with an extra hand. With a few of us working on the truck, it shouldn't take long at all. That leaves the rest of the night for bench racing. Check the meeting section of our web page for further info.
Thanks -Chris Janusz (RE)

Our main sponsor for this season, RedShift Motorsports, is having a "Dyno Day" on Saturday October 9, 2004. The dyno will be available for both 2WD and 4WD vehicles. Special pricing and tuning options will be available. To set up a time for your dyno run or for more information on this event, please contact Chris at RedShift Motorsports at 570-407-9100 or chris@redshiftmotorsports.com .

Hi all,
I just wanted to take a few moments and wish both the Road Racers and the Solo drivers luck at the runoffs this year. Don't forget! There are still a number of local events left before the end of the season. Come on out and support NEPA SCCA! Check the schedules for updated dates and times. -Chris Janusz (RE)

Hi all,
I just want to remind everyone of all the events that are going on this weekend.
There's a Double National at Pocono. If you're interested in helping out or just watching, you can contact Joe Wilkie for more information. 570/823-3020 or E-mail: treasurer@nepascca.org
The Duryea Hillclimb is also this weekend. This is a very exciting hill and you shouldn't miss this one. If you need more information beyond what is provided on www.nepascca.org, contact Jack Danko at 570/825-9090.
There is also a Solo II event at the Frackville Mall. There are only three events left for the season. Come out and join us on what I consider to be our best lot. For more information, contact Jeremy Sereyka at 570/760-5888 or Email: solo2@nepascca.org
There is something for everyone this weekend. Have a great time and be safe! -Chris Janusz (RE)

The NEPA Region, and especially the Solo2 community, suffered a terrible loss over the weekend. Hans Nothen passed away late Friday night July 30th at the age of 26 years old. Hans had just become an SCCA member this year and besides leading his SM2 class in Solo2, had aspirations of Road Racing next season while driving an army green colored CRX "The General" (as he called it).
I only knew Hans for a year but you only needed to spend five minutes with him to realize that he was one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. He will be greatly missed by everyone. Our deepest sympathies go out to his close friends and family.

The Tuesday August 3rd General/Member Meeting will be canceled. The Times Leader newspaper has posted the following information for those wishing to pay their respects:
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday 8/4 from McLaughlin Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call Tuesday 8/3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday 8/4 from 9 to 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hans W. Nothen Memorial Fund in care of Citizens Bank, Wilkes-Barre. Memories may be sent to tribute@mjmclaughlin.com. (Published in the TimesLeader on 8/2/2004) . -Chris Janusz (RE)

We are now starting to make plans for the year-end NEPA SCCA banquet. If anyone would like to get involved in the planning or may have some banquet ideas they would like to share, come out to one of our meetings! Everyone is welcome (even non-members). Click on the "Meetings" link for times and locations of our NEPA meetings.
As a side note, we will be running the Pinewood Derby again this year. Kits will be made available for purchase on the banquet invitation. Pinewood Derby rules will also be posted on the NEPASCCA website within the next few weeks.
Also, elections will be coming up soon. If you would like to run for any NEPASCCA office, we will be taking nominations at the September and October General Membership meetings. -Chris Janusz (RE)

The 2004 Giant's Despair Hillclimb Mid-Atlantic Time Trial Event will be held on July 10 and 11 in Wilkes-Barre PA. You can get a copy of the entry form either by clicking HERE or by going to the "Downloads" page located on this site. For even more information on Giant's Despair and other area Hillclimbs, click on www.pahillclimb.org

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Weatherly hill climb is this weekend. They put on a nice event so be sure not to miss it. They're always looking for workers too! So if your interested, show up early and let them know. They really appreciate the help and have some nice incentives.
See you at the races! -Chris Janusz (RE)

The 2004 Spring Weatherly Hillclimb Mid-Atlantic Time Trial Event will be held on June 12 and 13 in Weatherly PA. You can get a copy of the entry form either by clicking HERE or by going to the "Downloads" page located on this site. For even more information on Weatherly and other area Hillclimbs, click on www.pahillclimb.org

Instructors need for Pocono driving school!
The Mercedes Benz AMG is holding a driving school at Pocono International May 5-7. They are looking for qualified instructors to help at the event. They will be doing everything from track to auto-x.
If anyone is interested please contact:
Mike Kraus
W: 310-765-4100 x 139
C: 323-605-5539

May 22 & 23 at Nazareth Speedway, Philadelphia Region will be doing the infield security for the NASCAR Busch Series Goulds Pump 200. We need at least 60 people per day to make the event run smoothly and to this date we only have 22 signed up for both days.( just 3 weeks before the names have to be turned in to the track )

It seems to me that one of the problems that I am having is most people don't like NASCAR so let me plead my case. I have been doing these races since 2001. The biggest reason that I do is that the people that I meet at the track are fantastic, fun and the friendliest in the world!! Ok maybe it's the cars and the racing. Anyway. When it all comes down to it the drivers and the crew members mostly do it for the same reason that we all do. The love of speed and compitition. You cannot come any closer to being at the races than we will be. We are in the pits during Saturday practice and qualifiying and all day race day. We are on pit road during the fury of it all both days. We are in victory circle when the trophy is presented. We are everywhere!! We provide food and beverages and will explain to you what is needed for you to do.

When it all comes down to it your job is pretty darn easy and the perks are sweet. So if you love motorsports please email me what days you would like to volunteer. I have to have names addresses and phone numbers soon. The Speedway wants me to present them before May 10th so that credentials can be ready for the race weekend. The solo dates that we run at the track are given to us by Nazareth in exchange for the volunteer work that we do for there pro events.

So if you compete at Nazareth please give us a hand!! If you don't run solo at Nazareth, please give us a hand!! 610-831-1808 if my teenagers are not on the phone!! lol give me a call. email me or walk up to me at a solo event my deadline is getting near.- Patrick Weaver (SCCA)

I just received e-mail from SCCA main stating that many spouse memberships are receiving two issues of SportsCar per month. This is due to a new software program they are using. If you received two issues of Sportscar, please contact SCCA main and let them know.
E-Mail: mdickerson@scca.com (preferred contact method)
Phone: 800.770.2055, Ext. 358
Simply provide SCCA main with your name and membership number.
They would like to thank you for your patience while they learn the capabilities and nuances of the new system.-Chris Janusz (RE)

NEPA offers a worker incentive program!
The NEPA region of the SCCA is offering a FREE auto-x to any eligible driver that participates as an official or trainee at any of the NEPA Solo I Hill Climbs or any Road Races at Pocono International Raceway. (Click on the links on the left for a brief description of SCCA Solo2, Solo1, and Road Racing in the NEPA Region.)

Positions available:
F&C, Flagging and communications (You are as close to the action as you can be without actually being in the car. You will be the eyes and ears for the driver)

T&S, Timing and Scoring (You get to time the cars as they race)

Registration (Allows you to meet the drivers and crews)

Tech (Gets you up close to the cars as you check them for safety)

Work schedules are flexible. You can work a day or a full day. Join the fun and experience the thrill of SCCA racing. Meet new friends and get a FREE SOLO II for each day you participate at a NEPA SCCA SoloI event or Road race. -Chris Janusz (RE)

Tri-state Rally Championship and Rally in the Dark:
Hi all. For those of you who are interested in doing a rally (and have not received the information yet), I have the outline and schedule of the Tri-State Rally Championship and the flyer for the upcoming 2/28 Rally in the Dark. If you are interested, get in touch with the Series Coordinator Wendel Green wendel_green@hotmail.com, for updates. -Chris Janusz (RE)

The NEPA banquet on January 24th was held in the new Hilton in Scranton. They have a beautiful complex, and we all owe a big thanks to Bob & Michelle Keating for making the arrangements, center pieces, invitations and other tasks too numerous to mention. The food was excellent and the service could not have been any better. From all the positive feedback we received at the banquet, we will be looking into holding it there again next year.
The Pinewood derby went well with about 24 entrants. We ran elimination brackets this year, every car hade a minimum of 2 runs. But in the end, it came down to Joel Lipperini and Forrest Graeff, with Joel taking the win in the stock class. The modified class hade 3 entrants, with Joel taking the win there also.
Congratulations to all the 2003 trophy winners and good luck to everyone in the 2004 race season. -Chris Janusz (RE)

SCCA's NEPA Region annouces the release of their newly designed webpage. Although the overall look and design will remain the same for the rest of the year, more details and functionality will be added over the next few weeks and as the 2004 Season progresses. Thank you for being patient and we hope that you enjoy our new webpage. -Webmaster