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.

Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee

With the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads, and auto manufacturers announcing commitments to move significantly in that direction, SCCA has formed an EV Advisory Committee. The committee has a quick survey for members to complete on their current ownership, use, and plans for EVs. Please take a minute to complete. Additionally, any one with specific comments or concerns for the committee is welcome to submit them directly for consideration as this new category continues to gain traction and integration into our events and programs. EV Committee Survey Announcing New Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee May 3, 2021 at 10:46 AM To show commitment to electric and hybrid vehicles and the enthusiasts who drive them, the SCCA has formed the Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee (EVAC) to create unified procedures across SCCA programs for Electrified Vehicles (EV). EVs have won major events in SCCA Solo and Time Trials, and major manufacturers have committed to only electric in the future which has created a need for regions and motorsports circuits to have the capacity for the flow of interest EVs are generating. The 9-person committee is being led by SCCA Area 4 Director Dayle Frame—EV [...]

By |2021-05-10T15:32:28-04:00May 10th, 2021|Featured, Region News|

Summer Challenge Road Rally – New Date

The official date for the Summer Challenge Road Rally has been set. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 19. From the Rallymaster: I’ve been out on the course a couple of times.  It’s a nice new area – South and East of Randolph.  There’s a few really good stretches of twisty roads over the Vermont hills.  It’s also a nice change from the Winter Challenge (and the Seacoast Scramble) – it’s during the day so you can see the countryside – and maybe see the control locations. Event Details When: Saturday, June 19 Starting Point: Exit 4 of I-89 in Randolph, VT *Running south and east to White River Jct and then back. Time: 10 am to 5 pm Register for Summer Challenge

By |2021-05-04T19:38:43-04:00May 4th, 2021|Featured, Rally|

CRE – TT – TNiA: Understanding the Differences

When it comes to getting out on a road course, SCCA offers three ways car enthusiasts can experience the fun of driving on a dedicated race track. From the entry level Track Night in America series of events, to Time Trials competitions, and the most recent Club Racing Experience that prepares drivers for full wheel-to-wheel racing action, there are plenty of opportunities and ways to get out and have #funwithcars. However, for those new to SCCA and motorsports, understanding the differences between each of these events may be difficult. So we're here to break it down and make it simple. Two easy to understand charts that quickly answer the questions about what's similar and what's different. Breakdown the Similarities and Differences The one thing all three events have in common is that they are held on dedicated road racing courses. Unlike Rally events that are on rally tracks (dirt and gravel courses) or Autocross events that are typically held on parking lots or airport tarmacs; CRE, Time Trials, and TNiA are all scheduled at tracks like Thompson Speedway, Lime Rock Park, or Palmer Motorsports Park. Beyond that, some aspects of each event may crossover [...]

By |2021-04-20T10:53:24-04:00April 5th, 2021|Featured, Racing Life, Road Racing|

SCDA Announced as 2021 NER CRE Title Sponsor

New England Region SCCA announces this season’s Club Racing Experience (CRE) program sponsor is Sports Car Driving Association. Club member and pro-racer Elivan Goulart owns and operates this well-known high performance driving events group. Last year’s sponsor Boston Mobile Tire is returning as the CRE program booster providing valuable gift certificates to all participants. There are four SCDA1.com sponsored CRE events scheduled in 2021: May 1-2 at Palmer Motorsports Park May 15-16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway August 7-8 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway September 11-12 at Palmer Motorsports Park Welcome SCDA SCDA provides driving enthusiasts an opportunity to experience high performance driving in a safe and controlled environment. SCDA events are strictly driver educational events, and are non-competitive. SCDA welcomes everyone from novices with no track experience, as well as seasoned track drivers and racers. Founded in 1995, the Sports Car Driving Association (SCDA) welcomes everyone from novices with no track experience, to seasoned track day drivers and competition licensed racers. SCDA President Elivan Goulart took on the group’s leadership and continues to grow and expand its offerings, and share his passion as a racer. Starting in karts at the age of 12, [...]

By |2021-04-02T12:49:45-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Featured, Road Racing|

Building a B-Spec: Part 2

Cages, Seats and Engines When we left JB and Steve before Christmas, the two new B-Spec builders had both acquired their donor vehicles and begun stripping them down to turn into racecars. The ordering frenzy for parts had started, as well as the research on how best to build and fabricate the roll cage and fit a race seat inside the gutted shells. Engine decisions were also looming - stick with the donor stock or rebuild?  Go Local or Ship It Out When it came to choosing a fabricator for the roll cages, both drivers had multiple factors to consider. The convenience of a local shop, or the hassle of transporting to one farther away? Costs, availability, and turn around times? And the extent of what needed to be accomplished? JB opted to stay local and commissioned Flatout Motorsports to do the cage for his Sonic. “The car was sent to Flatout the week of Thanksgiving. The decision to send it to them was all about time. The few installers I talked to said they could not touch it till March so it was an easy decision. We estimated 6-8 weeks, giving [...]

By |2021-03-07T17:01:42-05:00March 6th, 2021|Featured, Racing Life, Road Racing|