An Unexpected Loss Long-time NER member, well known throughout the region, Bob Introne passed away unexpectedly while traveling on Monday, October 11, 2021. A SCCA member for over 40 years, Bob started flagging turns in the 1970's. He quickly fell in love with SCCA motorsports and recruited many of his friends, establishing a corner working crew called The Road Runners. This team of flaggers became famous in the 70's throughout the St. Louis region, slapping their stickers on cars that visited their stations. He eventually obtained his competition license in a SRF, then moved from the corners to race control as a steward. He signed off on hundreds of novice logbooks and was instrumental in the development of many more drivers. Due to his years of service in the Air Force as a Chief Meteorologist for shuttle launches and DoD projects, Bob was always the region's go-to Weatherman for what to expect during race weekends. But his impact on the region extended far beyond whether drivers would race on wet or dry tires. Leadership was at his core. And through the decades, he stepped up to guide the direction and promote the growth of the [...]
Recap and highlights of the 2021 Runoffs at Indy Motor Speedway.
Photo by James Ray 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. Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 New Track Records SRF3 #34 - Jason Conzo - 1:15.889 GT2 #15 - Darius Trinka - 1:12.157 GTX #03 - Maurizio Cerasoli - 1:20.310 SE30 #3 - Jeff Hutton - 1:25.558 P2 #15 - Paul Omichinski - 1:11.152 Champ Weekend Photo Gallery
BOD nominations are open for the 2021-2022 year.
Written By David Bocchichio Photo by Ross Elkort It looks like we're continuing to make up for all the rain we had at the beginning of the season. Partly sunny skies and temps in the low 70s greeted the 131 drivers that came out to compete with NER for our tenth event of the year. Street Class In SS there were two drivers with 8 Brendan Wong setting the fastest lap in a 2012 Audi TTRS with a 51.444. We had eight drivers in AS with 43 Mark Ponusky taking the win in a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a 48.744. CS had one driver with 83 Nicholas Faust in a 2021 Mazda Mx-5 recording a 56.194. We had nine drivers in DS with 193 Eric Chiang taking the win in a 2013 Scion FRS with a 51.166. In ES there were 6 drivers with 148 Gavin Williams coming out on top in a 2004 Toyota MR2 with a 51.282. There were four drivers in FS with 74 Dana Nicgorski taking the win in a 2018 Ford Mustang GT with a 51.166. Nine drivers came out to compete in GS [...]
NERRC Season Concludes at Thompson Speedway It's hard to believe the 2021 NERRC season is almost over. After the tumultuous 2020 season and the continued uncertainty for what 2021 would look like when we kicked off with our Driver's school in April, it is a testament to the dedication of all our volunteers and club racing leaders that we hosted every event successfully this year. While some of our national drivers will be away at Indy competing at the Runoffs, the New England Road Racing Championship Weekend Event will be taking place at Thompson Speedway the weekend of Friday-Saturday, October 1-2. NERRC Championship Decisions Heading into this final weekend, 12 NERRC drivers have already secured their 2021 Championship title. However, 11 classes are still up for grabs. The final placements from this event will determine who wins the season. Remember - points from Championship Weekend count for double! Here are the drivers that are already 2021 trophy winners, and the classes to watch where the final event will decide who wins. 2021 NERRC Champions AS - George Farrar B-Spec - JB Swan GT1 - Joe Zanavich GTX - Maurizio Ceravoli [...]
2021 National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway One week from today, the green flag will fly opening the first day of Qualifying for the 2021 Runoffs. Over 900 competitors from across the country are actively finishing their final preparations, loading tow vehicles, and preparing to arrive at the famed Brickyard this weekend. This year's Runoffs is a return to Indy after the first appearance there ever in 2017. The track is opening for test days over the weekend, continuing with activities and action-packed racing through the closing ceremonies on October 3. In traditional fashion, three days of Qualifying for each of the 26 classes will take place Tuesday-Thursday, with the main event, one-race shoot-outs to determine this year's Champion starting Friday morning with the T4 class and finishing Sunday afternoon with FX. Coming from the New England Region will be 36 drivers hoping to leave their mark on this famed track. Of these, three drivers - Nick Leverone, David Oliveira, and Marshall Stocker - will be double dipping, so 39 chances for podiums from our region. Greg Amy HP Richard Astacio SM Jason Benagh T4 Raymond Blethen T4 Stephen Blethen T4 Madison Bolden EP [...]
Photo by Perry Bennett of AutoXpix.com 2021 Solo Nationals Last weekend 39 drivers from the New England Region made the trek to Lincoln, NE for the 48th Solo Nationals event. After the 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19, it's not surprising that 1130 competitors in total, representing 45 of the 50 states, eagerly gathered at Lincoln AirPark to crown more than 60 national champions in autocross classes this year. With our 39 entries, NER was once again one of the largest regions represented at SoloNats. When all was said and done, NER put on fantastic performances, bringing home FIVE (5) 2021 National Championship titles, with an additional 9 earning trophy placements for the week. But to top it off, our drivers topped the PAX lists, proving just how strong our solo drivers are on a national level. Photo by Rupert Berrington 2021 NER Solo National Champions Ginette Jordan - FSPL Becca Nell - STUL Todd Kean - SM Grant Reeve - SSR Billy Davis - STR F Street Prepared Ladies: Ginette Jordan; Terrell, NC; New [...]
NER.org Gets Updated After months of planning and work, the New England Region is excited to unveil a new look to NER.org. After the successful launch of Pit Talk as a digital publication (Pittalk.org) four years ago, the region board of directors believed that the NER site was due for an update and rebranding that would integrate seamlessly with the growing Pit Talk site. "We're so excited to reveal the new website to the membership," announced Abhi Ghatak, Region Executive. "The team has worked hard on this design. The new site is clean and modern, making it easy for people to find the information they need." As part of the discussions, creating defined roles and goals for each site was key. NER.org would act as the marketing arm of the region - a way to reach new members with the basic information on what the club does and how to get involved, while Pit Talk would act as the engagement arm between the region and active members. Bringing Everything Together As part of this process, the region transferred the site hosting and control away from the SCCA National office [...]
Final results for the NERRC #7 Pig Roast at Palmer.