The 2014 NEPASCCA Banquet is scheduled for 2/7/15 6pm at Capriotti's Palazzo in McAdoo PA. The invitation (including the RSVP slip) showing the full details is available in the DOWNLOADS section
of this webpage or by clicking here.
New Class of SCCA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced *CLICK HERE*
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 10, 2014) – Five names will be added the Sports Car Club of America Hall of Fame, Saturday, Feb. 21, at the SCCA Hall of Fame Banquet presented by Mazda during the North American Motorsports Expo (MSX) and SCCA National Convention in Charlotte. The 2015 class is made up of Roger H. Johnson, Oscar Koveleski, Ron Sharp, Dr. George Snively and Bob Tullius.
The accomplishments of the 2015 inductees, along with the previous Hall inductees, are the building blocks that have given the SCCA its elevated stature in the world of motorsports for more than 70 years.
Johnson left his mark in the world of Solo, specifically in the area of course design. Many of the course designs seen at regional- and national-level autocross events take cues from Johnson’s school of thought. He has used his knowledge to publish materials to help current and future designers create safer and more challenging setups for competition sites of various size.
Johnson has also been responsible for bringing former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, along with a handful of other Chilean drivers, to the Solo Nationals to compete for the last two years. He has been formally recognized for his efforts within the Club by being presented with the Spirit of the Sport Award, in 1998, and the Solo Cup, in 2003.
Koveleski joined SCCA in 1950 and scored his first win in a Regional Club race in 1951 at Bone Stadium, in Pittston, Pa. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Koveleski raced regularly in SCCA competition. He also took part in the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona during that time. In 1970, he won the National Championship Runoffs at Road Atlanta in A Sports Racing and was part of the Can-Am series from 1969 through 1972. Koveleski joined the board of directors for the Motor Racing Safety Society and served on the SCCA Board of Governors.
Sharp made a name for himself on the organizational side of the sport. In 1988, an idea was hatched to have a race on the streets of Des Moines. Sharp, who was the RE of the Des Moines Valley Region at the time, was able to solve many of the logistical issues involved in putting on such a large event and brought the Des Moines Grand Prix into being in 1989. In 1994, Sharp became the Chairperson for the Runoffs as the event transitioned from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
As a medical professional, Dr. Snively was instrumental in the advancement of safety in motorsports. It was Snively’s research into helmet design that helped to establish the Snell Foundation following a fatal accident involving well liked racer William “Pete” Snell. Since 1957, the foundation has tested helmets for everything from auto racing to skateboarding making each of these activities safer for their participants. The SCCA made the George Snively Award, originally presented by the San Francisco Region, a national award in 1988 to honor outstanding contributions to safety in motorsports.
Tullius became known not only as a top-notch racecar driver in his own right, but also for raising the bar of professionalism in racing from the 1960s to the 1980s. He and his team, Group 44, Inc., raced at both the amateur and professional levels within the SCCA. As a driver, he was a four-time National Champion in three different classes. His Group 44 team was responsible for 21 Trans-Am race wins, more than 300 club racing wins and 14 SCCA National Championship titles. He forged long-term relationships with many companies that supported his racing efforts through sponsorship.
Johnson, Koveleski, Sharp, Snively and Tullius will join ten previous classes in the SCCA Hall of Fame:
2005: Cameron Argetsinger, A. Tracy Bird, John Fitch, Arthur Gervais, Harry Handley, Vern Jaques, Bill Milliken, Sue Roethel, Art Trier, Rob Walker
2006: John Bornholdt, John Buffum, Mark Donohue, Denise McCluggage, Grant Reynolds
2007: Marge Binks, Marc Gerstein, Carl A. Haas, General Curtis E. LeMay, Theodore F. Robertson
2008: Roger E. Johnson, Don and Ruth Nixon, Kjell Qvale, Robert Ridges, Fred Schmucker
2009: Bill Chambres, Bill Johnson, Jim Kimberly, Paul Newman, John Timanus
2010: Nick Craw, Briggs Cunningham, R. David Jones, Burdette “Berdie” Martin, Wayne Zitkus
2011: Karen Babb, John Bishop, Jim Fitzgerald, Tracer Racing, Harro Zitza
2012: Charlie Earwood, Jim Hall, Gene Henderson, Dr. Peter Talbot, Bryan Webb
2013: Skip Barber, Bill Noble, Bobby Rahal, Carroll Shelby, Andy Porterfield
2014: Kathy Barnes, Robert “Bob” Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Robert “Bob” Hubbard and Jim Downing, Pete Hylton
The SCCA National Hall of Fame was created in 2004 to preserve, protect and record the history and accomplishments of the Club by acknowledging those members who have made a significant impact on the development of SCCA, be it through service to the national organization, achievements in national competition, bringing national recognition to SCCA, or a combination of these factors. Nominations were submitted to, and reviewed by, the Hall of Fame Nomination and Selection Committees before the inductees were selected.
The 2015 SCCA Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Saturday, February 21, and is included in the price of the SCCA Convention attendance. Information on MSX and the concurrent SCCA National Convention, including registration, is available at www.msxexpo.com.
The monthly General Meeting for NEPASCCA has been rescheduled from 9/24 to 10/1. The 10/1 meeting will still be at Norm's Pizza at 7pm as usual.
On the weekend of 8/8 to 8/10, there will be a combined SCCA Road Race and Autox at the Pocono Raceway facility. Check here for more information. http://www.triregionracing.org/
The autox will be held both Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot outside of the main grandstands (NEPA Region Sat and Philly Region Sunday). Walk up registration is permitted providing you are at the site by 830am. Anyone on the site for the Solo event and gets a wristband,
will also be permitted to enter the Pocono infield for free to watch some of the road racing. SCCA members with cards are also permitted free inside the track.
Registration is now open for the 2014 NEPASCCA MotorWorld Auto Group Regional Solo at Pocono Raceway. This event is a part of the Jack Williams
Tire NEPASCCA Solo Series. This event is being held on the Pocono Raceway East Course on June 14 and 15. TNT will be available on the Pocono South Course on
Friday June 13th for those who have registered for the weekend. The event is ONLINE SIGNUP ONLY. Go to : http://www.myautoevents.com/pls/mae/frmEventDetail.Show?psevent_id=14898 for more information on
the event and to sign up. Last year, Pocono Raceway repaved all of their infield courses. The racing surface is perfect and you are sure to have a great time.
Pizza and sodas will be provided by NEPASCCA at the next General Membership Meeting on 3/26/14 at Norm's Pizza
in Wilkes-Barre at 7pm. You don't need to be an SCCA member to attend. An interest in racing in NEPA is all that
is required. Hope to see you there.
Congrats to everyone who won an award at the 2013 Season NEPASCCA Banquet. The list of winners is as follows:
Barry Sarr Solo Driver of the Year - Ryan Kuehner
Marty Newman Solo Member of the Year - Steve Marsh
Dan Lipperini "King of the Hill" Award - Curt Bennett
Bud Faust Most improved Road Racer of the Year - John Maloney
Joe & Dee Wilkie Member of the Year - Dave Walter
Oscar Kovelski Road Racer of the Year - Hugh Maloney
NEPASCCA Solo Class Award Winners:
'B Street Prepared'
'D Street Prepared'
'E Street Prepared'
'Street Touring FWD'
'Street Touring C'
'Street Touring S'
'Street Touring R'
'Street Touring X'
'Street Touring U'
The 2013 NEPASCCA Banquet Invite has been added to the "downloads" section of this webpage. The banquet will be held on 2/8/14.