Dateline: Winter, 1999
Make your reservations for the RunOffs now!
Welcome back for another year of scR motorsports. We have been busily preparing for what proves to be our biggest year ever – our first concerted run at the National Championship in October! Here’s a quick list of what’s new for 1999…
Our team website, http://www.teamscR.com, has been torn down to its very foundation and rebuilt from a clean sheet of ‘virtual’ paper. All that remains from 1998 is the name – every other section has been recast. New additions to the site include:
• Wallpaper available for download
• A section dedicated to race car information and statistics
• A driver biography page
• A revised photo gallery with over 50 images available for viewing
Of course, the sponsor section with links to all of our major sponsors, our 1999 race schedule, race results, and links remain, but have an exciting new look.
Horsepower – the final frontier
Once again, the engine is out of the car, but this time, it’s in the hands of our new-to-scR engine builder Mr. Mark Womack. Those of you who have followed World Challenge for the past few years may recollect that Mark managed to squeeze 200+ horsepower from the Saturn 1.9-liter engine for the ICY racing team, helping them to win a T2 Manufacturer’s Championship in 1997. Although we do not expect the same level of power from our ‘stock’ mill, we’re sure glad Mark is on board to make sure we don’t show up at a gun fight with a knife.
‘Trunk Kit’ status
Speaking of showing up with a knife, last year the SCCA permitted several teams to petition for ‘enhanced’ suspension components in order to generate equality in lap times. While team scR made significant gains with our 1998 kit, several other teams were granted parts which completely leapfrogged the rest of the field. Hats off to them for finding a way to gain competitive advantage, but for 1999, the SCCA is taking a long, hard second look at the competition potential of each car in Showroom Stock, and is planning to make widespread changes to the class in order to achieve parity between the marquees.
In order to keep our ‘foot in the door’, we have developed a new ‘trunk kit’ for 1999. This new kit is not designed to leapfrog the field, but rather to make more incremental advances in our lap times. We feel that, when combined with the increase in power for 1999, the new kit will be just the ticket to level the playing field. As we have stated in the past, winning every race is not the ultimate goal, but we do not want to walk away knowing that our hardware was to blame for a second-place finish. Keep your fingers crossed, as the SCCA votes on our petition this week!
|Date||Race Sanction||Venue||Closest Dairy Queen|
|April 17/18||CENDIV National Race||Route 66||Joliet, IL|
|April 24/25||CENDIV National Race||GingerMan||South Haven, MI|
|May 8/9||CENDIV National Race||Blackhawk Farms||South Beloit, IL|
|May 22/23||NEDIV National Race||Nelson Ledges||Warren, OH|
|June 12/13||CENDIV National Race||Mid-Ohio||Lexington, OH|
|June 26/27||CENDIV June Sprints||Road America||Elkhart Lake, WI|
|July 10/11||CENDIV National Race||IRP||Clermont, IN|
|July 17/18||CENDIV National Race||Nelson Ledges||Warren, OH|
|August 14/15||CENDIV National Race||Grattan||Grattan, MI|
|August 28/29||CENDIV National Race||Mid-Ohio||Lexington, OH|
|Sept 4/5||NEDIV National Race||Mosport||Mosport, ONT|
|Oct 4-10||Valvoline RunOffs||Mid-Ohio||Lexington, OH|
Well, that’s all for now. Time to get back to the car…only 2 months until the first green flag of the season!