As we prepare for our annual Race Against Leukemia weekend of events, please consider making a cash donation to the UMASS Memorial Fund to honor a racer or loved one. Donations can be given for any amount. Our goal is set for $5000. Help us meet that! Read more about the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center and the work being done to find new treatments here. DONATE! Click here to donate to the RAL-UMass Memorial Fund Mission The UMass Memorial Foundation, Inc. raises funds on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. Through the careful and responsible stewardship of these funds, the Foundation works with donors to facilitate advancements in medical research, patient care, and the education of tomorrow's medical professionals.
September 4-7, 2018 2018 Solo Nationals Lincoln Airfield, Lincoln, NE The annual Solo Nationals, the SCCA Autocross Championships, are just a few days away. 64 NER drivers are currently prepping to travel to Nebraska for this week of competition. Stay tuned here on Pit Talk for highlights throughout the week as we follow our local drivers throughout the days of racing. A few highlights for the schedule of activities include: Friday, August 31: Gates Open Sunday, September 2: ProSolo Competition Tuesday, September 4: National Competition Begins Wednesday, September 5: Tire Rack Awards Ceremony Thursday, September 6: Game of Cones Party Friday, September 6: Tire Rack Awards Ceremony The full schedule for the week can be found here. Complete list of all registered NER Drivers for the 2018 Solo Nationals, by class. Class: AM Robert Barone, 1995 CK/Dragon CK/Dragon William Goodale, 1998 dragon F1 Class: AS Nick Barbato, 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Erik Carlson, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Todd Kean, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Justin Lau, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tina Moreau, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Mark Sarcevicz, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Hank Wallace, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 David [...]
The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Northeast Conference Champions were just announced and seven title holders are from our New England Region ranks. Please join us in congratulating the following winners on their 2018 trophies! Special recognition should also be given to Touring 1 racer Hugh Stewart, driving a BMW M3, who claimed that class championship in both the Northeast Conference and Southeast Conference. Many of these drivers will be heading to Sonomo in October for the 2018 Runoffs, as the Majors Tour is one pathway to qualify for the National Championships. Jay Cavanaugh B-Spec: Mini B-Spec East Hampton, CT Stephanie Funk H Production: Honda CRX Greenfield, MA Spencer Brockman Formula Atlantic®: Swift 014 Westport, CT Nick Leverone Spec Miata: Mazda Miata Mendon, MA Craig McHaffie Super Touring® Lite: Mazda MX-5 Walpole, MA Hugh Stewart Touring 1: BMW M3 Milford, CT William Hendrix Touring 3: Nissan 350Z Brighton, MA The full press release on the Northeast Conference Championship can be read here.
Official Results from NER Autocross – Attack of the Cones. This is the 8th Points Event for the 2018 season.
In the weeks since my last report, the region and myself have had quite a busy and successful summer. Not that the summer is over yet, but it is closing in far too quickly (unless you’re excited about snowcross). Personally, I am officially without a racecar, but I hope that changes soon and I can get back on-track before the end of the Road Racing season. We’ve had 14 events since my last writing, including 3 Autocross, 2 RallyCross, 1 RoadRally, 5 Track Nights, and 2 Road Races. The only common problem for many of these events being the seemingly endless rain we’ve been getting in New England. Hopefully the rest of the summer and fall racing season is a bit more dry. If not, we may want to consider building an official NER ark and load the cars in by class, two by two. With the Solo Nationals right around the corner, it looks to be an exciting and successful event. The event registration sold out at 1400 competitors and I wish all of our members that are making the trip, the best of luck. The Runoffs are still weeks away and the [...]
“World class sprinters, ski racers, and Olympic swimmers train a lifetime to compete in a 10 to 60 second race. That’s autocross,” explained Bob Davis, the Autocross Chairman for the New England Region SCCA. As the Chair for the autocross speciality since 2010, he took over from Bob Lang and has dedicated the last eight years to improving novice retention, establishing a pro class, and improving operating efficiency to increase participation from 120 to 160 drivers per event. As his tenure as the Autocross Chair winds down, Bob shared what brought him to SCCA and Autocross over a decade ago, educates members on the role of the Chairman, shares advice for newcomers and those considering getting involved in autocross, and what the future holds for this form of motorsports. Bob Davis and his son Billy - Solo Nationals 2017 “World class sprinters, ski racers, and Olympic swimmers train a lifetime to compete in a 10 to 60 second race. That’s autocross." Bob, Billy, and Pam Davis celebrate Bob's 3rd place and Billy's 4th consecutive national CSP Championship at the 2017 Solo Nationals Banquet in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Keisel Guitar [...]
Official results from all Qualifying and Race events from this weekend are now available. Select your race group, then view or download the final Timing and Scoring results as PDF files. NEW TRACK RECORD Congratulations to TREVOR HOPWOOD for setting a new Track Record in SRF3 at this weekend's event with a time of 1:11.031! Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qualifying Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Session 1 Session 2
Written By: Morris Levy One hot summer day in July, twenty-five of our finest regional competitors wanted to get some seat time before New England Forest Rally for shakedown testing. Here's how it happened. To quote a rally legend, Mr. Tim O'Neil, rally is for the "automotive adventurer." Truer words have never been spoken. Stage rally is for the automotive adventurer. Rally is challenging, and around every corner there is a new challenge (both literally, and figuratively). There is no better way to improve one's skills than practice. And practice, practice, practice they did at the NER SCCA RallySprint "Left Over Fireworks" at Team O'Neil on July 8th, 2018. Hot and Dusty It was a very dusty and hot day at Team O'Neil. Our competitors were sweaty and hot inside the cars, full race suit head to toe. During breaks, I often observed them undoing much of it to breathe a little. Everyone was encouraged to hydrate often, and filled their CamelBaks full to the brim. The fine layer of dust coated everything, and every one. As a volunteer, by the end of the day I was covered head-to-toe in a layer of fine dust and dirt created [...]