About Pit Talk Editor

A 21-year SCCA member, Melissa Introne is the current Pit Talk Editor. She has a multi-generational family history with ties to the club. Her father-in-law, Robert Introne Jr., served as the Chairman of the club’s national Board of Directors; her husband, Steve Introne, has raced for over twenty years across the country in Autocross and Road Racing, competing at multiple National Championship events for both; and her three children attend races and are already volunteering at region events. She holds a National Flagging & Communication license, and has served as Crew Chief for her husband’s Autocross and SRF3 racecars.

2022 RAL – Auction Items Needed

RAL Info Page The History Donation Totals by Year Yearly Recaps Highlights 2022 RAL Auction Planning It's that time of year - time to start planning for the NER Annual RAL fundraising. One of the biggest money earners each year is the auction held at NHMS during the road racing Saturday night part. As we begin planning for this year's event, we are once again reaching out to the membership to supply the items that will be auctioned off to support the UMass Memorial Medical Center. Everything is welcome! Goods and services, gift cards, experiences, etc. Smaller items we can compile into larger baskets, so please don't think anything is "too small" to donate. It all goes towards helping the families battling childhood cancerns. Possible Donation Ideas include: Race car parts and materials: belts and harnesses, cleaning supplies, tools and tool sets, work gloves, tool boxes Restaurant gift cards: fast food restaurants, coffee shops (Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks), chain restaurants (Chili’s, Outback, Longhorn) Grocery store gift cards: Whole Foods, Stop ‘n Shop, ShopRite Kid Toys: Stuffed animals, Hot Wheels, bikes and scooters Clothing Items: Rain gear, jackets, hats and gloves [...]

By |2022-06-15T14:39:15-04:00June 15th, 2022|Featured, RAL|

RallyFest Weekend at Team O’Neil

June 4-5 Weekend Event Come join the NER Rally program at Team O'Neil in New Hampshire next weekend for all things RallyFest! The weekend kicks off with a Rally School on Saturday, June 4, from 9am-3pm. Our NER Rally program will be manning a booth at the event to answer questions about our program and specific events. During the RallyFest day - attendees will be able to take runs on the rally course (either driving their own vehicle or riding along), view gun and rifle demos and training sessions, take a helicopter tour of the rally facility and birds eye view of the course, or participate in a "learn to drive a manual transmission" session. Following all the activities at RallyFest, everyone is welcome to head to downtown Littleton, NH for an after party. Here, there will be live music, food, beer and a Parc Expose car show of current and past rally cars! Then Sunday, June 5, our NER rally drivers take to the course with our June RallyFest RallySprint event. The racing action kicks off with the first stage leaving around 9am. Spectators are welcome and are advised to use the main entrance. Details and registration for [...]

By |2022-05-27T11:35:23-04:00May 27th, 2022|Featured, Rally|

Bob Introne Memorial Race

NERRC Season Continues May 14-15 brought NER club racers the 2nd NERRC event of the season. Following the opener at Palmer, almost 140 entries came up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The first NER event at NHMS was renamed this year in honor of Bob Introne, long-time member, director and steward, who passed away in October. Known as the region's "weatherman", Bob made sure we had sunny skies throughout the weekend. The final results from NERRC #2 have already been posted and are available. Registration is open for NERRC #3, at Lime Rock Park, scheduled for June 24-25. NERRC #2 - RESULTS Remembering Bob The Introne family was extremely grateful for the efforts the region, and in particular JB Swan, put together to honor Bob during the weekend. They allowed Bob's grandkids to throw the green flag and checker during the B-Spec race, where Bob's son, Steve, was a competitor. Bob's granddaughter, Izzy, put on her whites and headed out to Turn 11, spending Saturday on a corner waving flags. Since Bob came into SCCA as an F&C worker, we know he'd be proud to see the third generation of flaggers continuing in his family. [...]

By |2022-05-24T18:14:15-04:00May 24th, 2022|Featured, Road Racing|

Under 18 and Wanna Race? Not a problem!

SCCA is for Family It doesn't take long to find a second, or even third-generation of SCCA racers at an event. With a 70+ year history, SCCA has long been an organization that prides itself on being a family, and that includes making sure our younger members have a way to grow up and continue our love of motorsports. Bottom line - kids are welcome at our events. We love seeing smiling, young, enthusiastic faces where we can foster a heart for competition, offer a safe outlet to test their limits, and develop the future racers of tomorrow. Teen Involvement Don't assume you have to be over 21 to compete in SCCA events. NOT THE CASE! In fact, we make it possible for teens as young as 14 to get on track, start competing, and become a part of the action. Whether it's chasing cones on a Solo course, getting a Novice permit for Road Racing or RallyX, setting lap times at Track Nights or Time Trials, or waving flags on corners - there's a lot of ways for teens to get involved. The above chart breaks it down simply. To summarize: Minors under [...]

By |2022-04-18T16:12:56-04:00April 18th, 2022|Featured, Racing Life, Region News|

Best Seat at the Track: Volunteers

2022 Track Volunteers Needed The 2022 NERRC season is about to begin. The organization, management, and running of these events takes a tremendous amount of manpower, and is done exclusively through our network of club volunteers. BUT WE NEED MORE HELP! With our growing number of competitors, we need even more volunteers to staff all the specialties to ensure events operate efficiently and smoothly, as well as safely. Here's how you can help. BRING A FRIEND Grab a friend, neighbor or family member and bring them with you to the next event. When not watching and cheering on your sessions on track, ask if they'd like to get closer to the action and volunteer for a session or two in one of our specialties. SPREAD THE WORD Our track volunteers get up close to all the action. When sharing your racing stories, also share that non-drivers can still be right in the midst of it all when volunteering at events. POST A FLYER Print off one of the attached flyers and post it at your work, business, or favorite coffee shop. Anywhere people who like having #funwithcars might see it. SHARE THE LINK Share our NER.org/Volunteer [...]

By |2022-04-10T15:29:33-04:00April 10th, 2022|Featured, Region News, Road Racing|

This Woman Can Do It All!

Written by: James Ray Jennifer Ferreira is a great example of one of our newer club members in the New England Region (NER). She is an experienced road racing competitor, with club racing wins, recipient of the ‘Ma & Pa Philbrick’ Worker-of-the-year” award, and recently elected New England Region SCCA (NERSCCA) board member. Jennifer actively volunteers in many areas to help run the local club and its events! Born in Manchester, barely 30 miles from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jennifer attended public schools in nearby Londonderry, received undergrad and graduate degrees at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (MCPHS) in Boston, and now lives in Milford, NH with her partner Abhi Ghatak. Jennifer is a New Hampshire state certified and licensed Physician Assistant (PA). NERSCCA benefited from her medical expertise during the pandemic with guidance and advice on policies and best practices. When asked about her career choice in healthcare, Jennifer tells the story of breaking her arm as a teenager. She thought orthopedics might be an interesting career choice and shared her interest with the doctor. Her orthopedic surgeon asked if Jennifer intended to continue karting and she replied emphatically, “Yes!” The doctor suggested Jennifer follow [...]

By |2022-04-07T16:49:09-04:00April 6th, 2022|Featured, Racing Life|

2022 Women’s History Month Showcase: Kathy Barnes

This March, SCCA’s Women on Track introduce the trailblazers, work horses, and speed demons who have left their marks on SCCA or are watchable role models for kids right now. Follow along as we honor the women at your track, behind the wheel and behind the scenes, and appreciate and thank them for their impact and passion in all areas of the SCCA. Daily posts will be made on the SCCA Women on Track Facebook Page. Jojo Corrales-Kean kicked off NER’s representation in Round 1. Stephanie Reeve was also recognized this week. And now, it's time to shout-out for Kathy Barnes! Kathy Barnes New England Region Steward, SoloRly Registrar, TE/TT Driver Coach Spec, Certified Track Reviewer, etc 50-year member Kathy Barnes is a “Jack” of all trades in SCCA and the model of an ideal member. A 2014 SCCA Hall of Fame inductee, Kathy is well known to SCCA members in many different aspects of competition and is very well respected by her peers. In the Solo community, she has served as Chair of the Solo Events Board, Multi-time Chair of the Solo Nationals events, Chief of Workers for the Solo Nationals, Chair of the Solo Safety [...]

By |2022-03-28T15:08:44-04:00March 28th, 2022|Featured, Region News|