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After a successful launch in 2017 that saw steadily growing fields of 1990-1997 NA Miatas, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Mazda Miata Heritage Cup will welcome 1999-2005 NB Miatas, creating a second podium, beginning in 2020. And there is one more special opportunity – SVRA is going to waive the entry fee for one marquee event to be held at Road America May 14-17.
“No company has done more for grassroots racing than Mazda and I am very excited for their support to continue and grow our Mazda Miata Heritage Cup,” commented SVRA’s President and CEO Tony Parella. “The racing has been very competitive, and the drivers have really embraced the no-contact, SVRA philosophy. It’s clear the drivers view racing with us as a unique motorsport experience.”
“We are fortunate for the partnership with SVRA, said David Cook, Business Development Manager of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. “Both organizations pride themselves on providing a unique and special customer experience. Growing our relationship with SVRA goes way beyond increasing the racing opportunities for our customers; it provides them with a fun racing experience surrounded by both amazing people and cars.”
2020 Mazda Miata Heritage Cup Tentative Schedule:
– Roebling Road, February 14-16
– Road Atlanta, March 26-29
– Road America, May 14-17 Note: Free featured Marquee program for Miata
– Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, June 25-28
– VIRginia International Raceway, September 24-27
– Savannah Speed Classic, Grand Prize of America
– Circuit of the Americas, November 5-8 note: Spec MX-5 only
With the anticipated large fields, drivers new to SVRA will be reminded that to protect the safe, fair and fun experience, SVRA officials take a zero-tolerance approach to avoidable contact. And this is part of why the experience has been so enjoyable for so many racers, helping to make SVRA the largest vintage racing organization in the United States. Mazda offers SVRA Mazda Miata Heritage Cup drivers contingency awards, which can be found at the Mazda Motorsports Website.
With this announcement Mazda reaffirms its position alongside other top-brand companies on the growing list of SVRA sponsors that include Jaguar, Land Rover, NetJets, Sunoco, Avis, Big Machine Vodka, Remington, TireRack.com, RACELOGIC, and Marathon Coach. SVRA’s nationwide platform is at the heart of the organization’s growth strategy. Sponsorship agreements with powerful brands are combined with the significant participation of legendary professional drivers and leveraging the high net worth demographic in the paddock for sponsorship attraction. This provides three pillars for business expansion. Company officials report consistent annual triple-digit growth since 2012.
After a run of seven different venues over seven years, Sports Car Club of America’s leadership will shift its strategy beginning in 2022 for the iconic SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®.
A thorough analysis of the entire Runoffs venue rotation program, which included member/participant feedback from National Championships and participation trends from each of SCCA’s nine divisions over the last seven seasons, has resulted in a decision to again focus on Runoffs venues east of the Mississippi following the 2021 National Championship. Additionally, Sports Car Club of America® will now also consider two-year stints at select venues in the future.
While Runoffs rotation did offer some members an opportunity to compete who otherwise would not have, analysis shows rotation also introduced inconsistency across divisions. Participation typically increased locally when the Runoffs was “coming to town.” However, in off years, involvement actually decreased below levels seen prior to the rotation. Research revealed that even some of the most dedicated national racers opted to skip a Runoffs event because of location in a single year.
SCCA leadership -- which includes the Board of Directors, Club Racing Board and national staff -- recognizes any strategic shift may disappoint some of the membership, and difficult decisions such as this are not made lightly. However, these changes are appropriate to support the goals of the organization as a whole -- to fuel a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for automotive enthusiasts -- as well as build healthier, more stable road racing programs across the country. The decision to adjust the Runoffs rotation comes in concert with creation of a Runoffs Appearance Fund for 2020, an initiative designed to assist top performing racers during the season with funds to attend the Runoffs, particularly those competitors who travel a great distance.
As for conducting Runoffs events for two consecutive years at some venues, that decision resulted from feedback provided by drivers, teams, workers and fans. They voiced a desire to develop greater familiarity with a track, facility and surrounding areas with visits in consecutive years. Two-year stints will also allow event organizers the opportunity to amortize new venue expenses and focus on other elements of the Road Racing program.
SCCA’s Runoffs -- the year-end, winner-take-all championship event for the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program -- began its rotation back in 2014 with a visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California. Daytona International Speedway then hosted the Runoffs in 2015, followed by Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2016, Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2017, Sonoma Raceway in 2018 and VIRginia International Raceway this past year. In 2020, the event will return to Road America, which previously hosted the National Championship from 2009 to 2013, before returning in 2021 to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The National Championship Runoffs has evolved into what is now commonly agreed to be the pinnacle of American motorsports. Since 1964, SCCA has crowned Road Racing’s National Champions each year through dozens of separate races over three days. Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both Club and professional levels. With headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, the SCCA annually sanctions around 2,000 events through its 115 Regions and subsidiary divisions. Much of the SCCA’s activities are made possible with support from the following Official Partners: Hagerty, the Official Insurance Partner of SCCA; Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA; Sunoco, the Official Fuel of SCCA; and Tire Rack, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA. To learn more, please visit www.scca.com.
After developing a formula that has gained incredible traction in North America, the Trans Am 2 Series (TA2®) category ruleset will expand to a new market starting in 2020.
The roar from American Muscle cars will now be heard from the United States to the Land Down Under through 2026 as the Trans Am Race Company (TARC) and the Australian Racing Group Pty Ltd. (ARG) signed a multi-year licensing agreement for the Trans Am 2 Series (TA2®) branding to be used in Australia and New Zealand.
ARG, one of the premier race promoters in Australia, will build a TA2® National Series that will elevate the status of the TA2® brand to new heights. The company has already established a strong paddock that has recently seen grids of more than 40 entries, with the familiar Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers doing battle in the Australian TA2 Muscle Car Series.
The new agreement will see ARG secure the license for the Trans Am 2 Series (TA2®) specification as the Trans Am formula makes its first international expansion in the form of the new agreement.
“It is gratifying to have our brand recognized worldwide,” said Trans Am Race Company President John Clagett. “TA2 ® drew its international success from focusing on cost control, driver talent, strict regulations and promotion of close competition, and other countries want to implement that platform. It is fantastic that TA2® has gained an international acknowledgement as a tremendous technical package at an affordable price point.”
The international collaboration has also included a competition component, as 2019 Australian TA2 ® Muscle Car Series champion Ashley Jarvis competed in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA2® finale at Daytona International Speedway in November. Jarvis finished the 100-mile race in points position behind the wheel of a Stevens-Miller Racing Chevrolet Camaro.
The deal will also allow Trans Am Series partners to expand their sales internationally. The Prefix “TA2 Choice” engine will be the approved engine for the Australian TA2 ® Series and Five Star Race Car Bodies will provide the bodywork with TA2® USA chassis builders providing chassis. ARG will allow participants to purchase pre-raced cars and chassis from USA-based teams, and also allow chassis from TARC-approved chassis builders or their appointed dealers within the Territory. Additional announcements including tire and final technical specifications will be made in the new year.
“It is an honor to have the official endorsement from the Trans Am Race Company as we look toward a big, bold future for Trans Am classes in Australia and New Zealand,” said Australian Racing Group CEO Matt Braid. “Trans Am is such an iconic racing brand and its series has been a stalwart of the American racing scene for decades, and is respected throughout the world. There are now a significant number of TA2® cars in the country, and we are working with the current competitor base and category administrators on the best way forward for all. The Trans Am 2 class is a great addition to ARG’s suite of categories and events, and with such heroic brands involved with nameplates like Mustang, Camaro and Challenger they are sure to become even more popular both on and off track.”
TA2® is based on a relevant, practical and purposeful racing platform that highlights driver talent and promotes close competition. This formula allows drivers to use their skill behind the wheel, not the money spent on the engine, to set them apart and propel them to the top of the pack.
Designed, built and tuned with only one thing in mind —performance. The TA2® formula is built on a cost-effective platform, combining the prowess of a purpose-built racing chassis and a 525-horsepower engine package that causes every head in the paddock to turn and take notice.
For more information on the Australian TA2® Muscle Car Series, visit http://ta2racingaustralia.com/
The new year is officially in full swing, and that means it’s time for the release of Lucas Oil Racing TV’s (LORTV) 2020 LIVE broadcast schedule.
Kicking off the first month of the year, LORTV is airing a special LIVE broadcast of the 34th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl on January 18th at 8:30 p.m. ET. and, two weeks later, will also have a LIVE showing of the opening round for the 2020 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour on the 31st. Early February brings more Late Model Dirt Series action with LIVE races on the 1st and again from the 3rd through the 9th.
Making its return to the LIVE LORTV schedule for the start of the 2020 season is the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) with a doubleheader broadcast on March 14th and 15th. April brings more Lucas Late Model Dirt Series racing on the 24th before switching to another LIVE installment of LOORRS action, this time from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on the 25th and 26th.
May brings LORTV subscribers LIVE racing directly from the famed Lucas Oil Speedway with broadcasts for both the United States Racing Association (USRA) and Lucas Late Model Dirt Series from the 21st to the 23rd. The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League makes its 2020 LIVE schedule debut on June 5th and 6th, followed by additional Late Model Dirt Series coverage on June 18th, 19th and 20th. Keeping things in the same month, we have LIVE broadcasts of the Lucas American Sprint Car Series from June 25th to the 27th with LOORRS action closing out the monthly schedule on the 27th and 28th.
Post Independence Day, LORTV will have LIVE Late Model Dirt Series racing from Deer Creek Speedway on July 9th and more of the Late Model Dirt Series on the 17th and 18th. July then closes out strong with a LIVE LOORRS broadcast from Wild West Motorsports Park on the 25th. Heading into the second half of August comes more wheel-to-wheel action from the Late Model Dirt Series from the 20th to the 22nd and LOORRS on the 22nd and 23rd.
On September 11th and 12th, LORTV brings back the Pro Pulling League for more LIVE shows and then follows that up on the 18th and 19th with LIVE broadcasts for both the Lucas American Sprint Car Series and War Sprint Car Series. Also slated for September 19th is the Lucas Late Model Dirt Series, before the Pro Pulling League comes back to close out the month with LIVE races on the 25th and 26th. Finally, to finish off a year filled with LIVE racing, LORTV has broadcasts of the final rounds of LOORRS on October 3rd and 24th, Late Model Dirt Series on the 17th, and Lucas American Sprint Car Series on the 23rd and 24th.
On Friday, January 10th and Saturday, January 11th, approximately 40 drivers from the ARCA Menards Series will conduct a two-day test session in preparation for the season-opening 57th annual Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire, part of February’s DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth.
Included among the ARCA teams drivers expected to test:
- Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs and Riley Herbst
- Ford Performance developmental driver Hailie Deegan
- Venturini Motorsports’ Michael Self and Drew Dollar
- DGR-Crosley’s Tanner Gray
Tickets for the 57th annual Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire, the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 and other DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.