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.

2021 Racing Against Leukemia Region Events

Here is a quick rundown of what is happening across each program in the New England Region to raise funds and awareness for the UMass Memorial Medical Center as part of our annual Racing Against Leukemia (RAL) fundraiser. Donate Online Here Autocross August 1 RAL AutoX Devens Airfield Register Here Jeff Gordon Challenge The Solo program will be collecting donations at the event, or contributions can be made online. The top fundraisers will compete in the Jeff Gordon Challenge. Make Online Donations Here Virtual iRace August 5 To enter the race, a minimum donation of $10 is required. The winner of the race as well as the two largest fund raisers will receive a free autocross entry. Schedule: Practice at 7PM Qualifying at 8PM - 10 minutes, single car Three races of 15 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes We will be using the full spread of GT3 cars at Watkins Glen Boot. Please join the NER SCCA Sim Racing group where we will post all of the event details and updates. If you are not a member of our Discord server yet, please join here if you have [...]

By |2021-07-27T10:13:05-04:00July 27th, 2021|Featured, Region News|

NER Claims 5 Northeast Conference Majors Titles

Northeast Majors Season Results The Northeast Conference Majors wrapped its final event of the 2021 season at New Jersey Motorsports Park last week. With the season concluding, points were awarded and tallied and the champions determined. New England Region is proud to be the home region for 5 of these 2021 Conference Champions. Please congratulate the following winners: B-Spec: Steve Introne GT3: Christopher Howard SM: Nick Leverone STL: Craig Mchaffie T1: Hugh Stewart These are the current standings, awaiting final approval from the national office.

By |2021-07-21T12:22:45-04:00July 21st, 2021|Featured, Road Racing|

NER AutoX Cone-A-Thon: July 11, 2021

Written by David Bocchichio Photo by Jacob Ronald It was another beautiful day out with NER, with warm temps and partly sunny skies. We had over 110 drivers out to compete on a fast course.  The little bit of drizzle that came down towards the end of the day didn’t seem to dampen anyone's spirits as many drivers continued to find more time on course.  Street Class There were seven drivers in AS with 143 Mark Ponusky taking the win in a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a 47.396.  There was only one driver in CS with 111 Anthony Nunez setting his fastest lap of the day in his 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 51.722.  DS was stacked with fourteen drivers all competing hard for the win with 102 Jeff Bakken taking top honors in a 2021 Honda Civic with a 48.320.  There were six drivers in ES with 51 Charles Sinkler narrowly squeaking out the win in a 1999 Mazda Miata with a 49.885 over 22 William Brundige by only 0.118.  We had six drivers in FS with 74 Dana Nicgorski setting the fastest lap in a 2018 [...]

By |2021-07-20T11:19:07-04:00July 20th, 2021|Autocross, Autocross Results, Featured|

Elsa Floods Thompson Majors

Water Water Everywhere As Hurricane Elsa ended its run up the east coast Thursday night and through Friday, vast areas of the northeast were under flood watches. Heavy amounts of rain were leaving a trail of damage from New Jersey northbound. Even still, racers began arriving for the Majors event at Thompson in wet conditions, with many looking at this weekend to provide the final points and starts needed for Runoffs qualifications. Setting up and unloading in the rain is nothing new. Everyone has faced rain conditions at some point. But as the evening continued and Friday arrived, conditions were morphing into the unusual. Photos by Trish Pelligrino and Stephanie Funk Saturday Wash Out Hoping for the best, race officials started Saturday morning with the full intention to run the planned schedule - two 15 minute qualifying sessions, and a 20-minute afternoon race. Group 1 headed out as the first cars on course to find puddles and rivers running across many portions of the track. Turn 3 had inches of standing water and the front straight had at one point 7 various running streams. As Group 2 made their way on track, things turned. [...]

By |2021-07-16T11:28:15-04:00July 14th, 2021|Featured, Road Racing|

RESULTS: NERRC #4 – 2021 Thompson Majors

Photo by Raymond Blethen 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 Qual Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 New Track Records B-Spec - #12  Steve Introne - 1:26.670 GTX - #03  Maurizio Cerasoli - 1:22.763 GT2 - #15  Darius Trinka - 1:13.703 FX  - #22 Keaton Van Thof - 1:12.754

By |2021-07-13T17:11:51-04:00July 13th, 2021|Featured, Road Racing Results|