Clutch Chatter -- January 1999
1998 COMPETITORS HONORED
Indy Region’s top competitors were honored at the Annual Awards Banquet
on December 5 at the Brickyard Crossing Resort. The prestigious Hergenroether
Award, which goes to the top competition driver, was presented to Ralph
Porter. Ralph had his best season ever while exhibiting all the qualities
which exemplify sportsmanship and the spirit of Club Racing. The Competitor
of the Year Award, which goes to the top all around competitor, was a tie
between Dave Hart who ran solos and rallies and Dave Daughtery who raced
and rallied. The 1998 Rookie of the Year Award went to second generation
driver Mark Dismore who began 1998 on a Novice Permit and claimed the FC
Silver Medal at the Runoffs.
Among those who make the region’s activities possible, Myra Kulke received
the top honor, The John McGee Award. Ken and Linda Osiecki received the
Worker of the Year Award for their efforts on the IRP grid. Meanwhile,
the most involved members were saluted: Myra Kulke, Dave and Cathy Hart,
Ken and Linda Osiecki, Peter and Cindy Hylton, Aeron Hylton, Nick Hart,
Jo Seymour and A.J. Seymour.
The top Solo competitors were crowned as follows:
1st -- A Stock -- Jason Baugh
2nd -- A Stock -- Mike McLeish Jr.
1st -- C Stock -- Clemens Burger
1st -- D Stock -- Brian Gard
1st -- D Stock Ladies -- Cindy Fineberg
1st -- E Stock -- Mike McLeish Sr.
2nd -- E Stock -- Les Moore
1st -- F Stock -- Dave Hart
1st -- G Stock -- Nick Hart
2nd -- G Stock -- David Moak
1st -- A Street Prepared -- Jack Tovey
1st -- E Street Prepared -- Corey White
2nd -- E Street Prepared -- Sam White
1st -- A Prepared -- T. J. Cole
1st -- C Prepared -- Paul Fox
1st -- D Prepared -- Richard Atkins
1st -- E Prepared -- Frank Palin
1st -- F Modified -- Larry Metz
1st -- Street Touring 1 -- Mark Badgley
The top Rallyists were:
1st -- Class A -- Kurt & Dustin Weisner
2nd -- Class A -- Cindy Hylton
1st -- Class B -- Frank & Candice Pope
2nd -- Class B -- Steve Phillips
1st -- Class C -- Lowell King
2nd -- Class C -- Aeron Hylton
3rd -- Class C -- T.J. Cole & Holly Banta
1st -- Novice Class -- Richard & Janet Atkins
2nd -- Novice Class -- Jo & Bob Seymour
Receiving Regional Racing Awards were:
Bill Baten -- 1st in Indy Region points
Ken Stiver -- 2nd in Indy Region points
Matt Curry -- 3rd in Indy Region points
Lloyd Jennings -- 4th in Indy Region points and 1st in CenDiv EP points
Larry Lefebvre -- 5th in Indy Region points
Bill Campbell -- 1st in CenDiv FP points
Stu Coomer -- 2nd in CenDiv SRF points
Receiving National Racing Awards were:
David Daughtery -- 1st in Indy Region points and 1st in CenDiv SSB
and SSC points
Bruce May -- 2nd in Indy Region points and 1st in CenDiv FF points
Ralph Porter -- 3rd in Indy Region points and 2nd in CenDiv SSC points
Aaron Ellis -- 4th in Indy Region points and 3rd in CenDiv F500 points
Dave Ham -- 5th in Indy Region points
Brian Jennerjahn -- 3rd in CenDiv FV points
The 1998 season and activities have all come to an end. The Annual Awards
Banquet was outstanding, and I believe everyone had a great time. The food
was great and the company even better.
by Sam Crites
We are all looking forward to next year with an expanded racing program
at IRP with the addition of two events and the return of Cincinnati and
Western Ohio as sanctioning regions. We have formed a team between the
three regions to put on a “knock your socks off” opening to the 1999 racing
season. I want to thank Terrence Garrett for his effort in putting this
program together and taking on the task of coordinating our activities
with Cincinnati and Western Ohio.
I would again like to make a plea for all of you to get involved. I
would like to paraphrase Ralph Porter’s comments from the banquet. The
programs of the SCCA are all equal. If you’re a solo guy, why not try working
a race or try your hand on a rally. Racer, how about a solo to check the
latest mods to the car, or the tow vehicle would make a great rally car.
There are several rally folks who also solo their rally cars. Our Workers
of the Year Ken and Linda Osiecki, Pro Rally racers, are also big supporters
of racing by working grid and timing and scoring. We are all in this together.
Let’s help each other, and we will all benefit. We may not all become “Ralphy
the Racer”, but if we all help each other as much as Ralph Porter has helped
others over the year, just think what we could accomplish.
See you at the RACES, RALLYS AND SOLOS!!
THUNDER IN THE DOME XV
JANUARY 30, 1999
Meet at TGI Fridays, 501 W. Washington Street for dinner.
Kenyon Cars -- 6:00 PM
Go-Karts -- 6:30 PM
Midget Races -- 7:00 PM
Children 7-12: $6.00, 6 and under: Free
We look forward to a real fun evening for our first SCCA Activities
Meeting for 1999.
BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Note - A board meeting was held immediately following the Annual Banquet
and awards presentations. Due to the festive mood of the evening, the meeting
was short and to the point: called to order at 8:30 p.m.; adjourned at
December 5, 1998
by David De Bolt
BOARD MEETING MINUTES: The November Board Meeting minutes were approved
with no revisions.
TREASURER'S REPORT: No report presented; covered at annual banquet.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT: No report presented.
ACTIVITIES REPORT: Our January activity will include a night at the
midget races. See elsewhere in CC for details.
RALLY REPORT: Rally school with a short fun rally following is scheduled
for the Sunday afternoon of the February 7th. Chuck Hanson will be the
instructor / rallymaster. See elsewhere in CC for full details on this
SOLO REPORT: Eight events are tentatively planned for 1999. Six would
be Indy Region events with two being co-sanctioned with CSCC.
RACE REPORT: No report presented.
OLD BUSINESS: None.
NEW BUSINESS: Newly elected officers R.E. Sam Crites, Asst. R.E. Ron
Drake, Secretary Dave De Bolt, Treasurer Cindy Hylton, Activities Chairman
Myra Kulke, and Membership Chairman Harold Kulke were installed. The following
members were elected as Board Members at Large for the 1999 year: Yngvar
Brynildssen, Jan Castelluccio, and Terrence Garrett. R.E. Sam Crites, Bob
Burns and Pete, Cindy and Aeron Hylton will be attending the National Convention
in San Diego, California in February.
NOTE: Two additional At-Large Board Member positions will be filled
at the January 4th Board Meeting. For information about these positions,
contact any officer.
NEXT MEETING DATE: The next BoD Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Janauary
4, 1999, at 6 PM at Laughner's Cafeteria on U.S. 31 South near Southern
Plaza Shopping Center.
Jan 4 -- Board Meeting, 6:00 PM, Laughners at Southern Plaza
Jan 30 -- Activities Meeting, Thunder in the Dome XV (See ad on page
Feb 1 -- Board Meeting, 6:00 PM, Laughners at Southern Plaza
Feb 7 -- Road Rally School/Fun Event (See ad on page 3.)
NOTE: 1999 Points Rules will be discussed at the January 4th Board Meeting.
If you have input, plant to attend or contact a Board Member prior to the
LOCAL TRACKS ANNOUNCE BIG PLANS
Both Indianapolis Raceway Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced
big plans during December. Jeff Dakin, Operations Director for IRP, announced
major renovations to the oval for 1999. Approximately $25 million will
be spent on a two-tiered front straight grandstand to replace the original
38 year old wooden bleachers. Twelve corporate suites and a new control
tower are included in the project. With the repaving done in 1998, this
will make IRP one of the premier short track ovals in the country. In addition
to the traditional NASCAR, USAC and ASA dates, IRP will reintroduce a weekly
Friday night program of stock cars and American Race Trucks.
Meanwhile, Indy Region member Tony George announced that the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway would become the host for the United States Grand Prix in
2000. Bringing Formula One to the Speedway will compliment the current
IRL Indy 500 and the NASCAR Brickyard 400 making the facility the unequaled
center of worldwide motor sports.
Major changes will have to take place in order to host this new event.
A 2.53 mile road course will be constructed utilizing the front straight
and turns one and two. Running opposite the normal direction of flow, the
road course will wind its way through the infield avoiding the existing
golf course. New pit side garages will be constructed on the inside of
the front straight along with a new control tower. The existing stands
in this area will be replaced with new pit side suites and stands. While
the exact date of the F1 event is unknown as is the duration of the agreement,
the long rumored move appears to complete the major overhaul of the IMS
operations begun several years ago.
The start of the 1999 Indianapolis Region Rally Series is just around the
corner. To help you enjoy next year's program even more than this year's
and to help you be even more competitive in our series, we are holding
a rally school on Sunday, the February 7, 1999. This school is for ALL
rallyists - first time novices to seasoned veterans. The school, instructed
by Chuck & Julie Hanson, will cover all aspects of rallying from common
rally vocabulary words and time, speed, and distance calculations to basic
concepts or themes used in the writing of a rally. After the school, attendees
will be able to compete in a short demo rally where they can practice their
newly acquired knowledge. NOTE: This rally is a NON-POINTS fun rally only.
by Roberta & Dave De Bolt
The basic information bits for this school/rally are in the following
ad. We encourage all of you to attend this rally school. We feel that it
will be a quality event offering a lot of good information and advice on
the sport of rallying.
Our 1999 rally schedule presently stands as follows:
DATE -- RALLYMASTER
February 7 -- Chuck Hanson -- Rally School and short Fun Rally. School
for beginners and old pros.
March 14 -- Dave & Cathy Hart
April 25 or May 2 -- Candice & Frank Pope
June 12/13 -- Pete, Cindy & Aeron Hylton -- Rally on Saturday/Overnight
stay. Sunday - Wright Field Air Force Museum
August 15 -- Ken Osiecki
September 26 -- Dale Baker
November 7 -- Chuck Hanson
RALLY SCHOOL AND FUN RALLY
February 7, 1999
2302 S. Shelby Street (west side of street, 1-1/2 blocks south of Raymond
Street and just west of I-65). Park on west or south side of the building.
PRE-REGISTRATION: Pre-registering for this event is preferred, in order
that we may plan for the event and refreshments more effectively. Call
317-891-8596 to pre-register. You may register the day of the event from
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM.
Registration: 12:30-1:00 p.m.
Class- 1:00 p.m. promptly
Demo Rally- Approximately 2:30 p.m.
Review- Approximately 4:00 p.m.
COST: -- School - $5.00 member/non-member/team Rally - $3.00 (sanction
fee if applicable)
Drinks and munchies will be provided!
NOTE: Chairs are limited - attendees are requested to bring their own
Smoking is prohibited!
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
As the season was ending Steve Phillips and Paul Gilbert went north to
Michigan for the Thumbs Up Divisional Rally. It covered 193 miles with
33 checkpoints. They finished 3rd in class.
with Aeron Hylton
Meanwhile, Matt Curry went south for the America Road Race of Champions,
the equivalent of the Runoffs for IT cars, where he took a stunning second
in the ITS class.
Congratulations to all!
Cathy and I hope all of you had an enjoyable holiday season. We are slowly
beginning to work on the 1999 Solo II schedule as well as updating the
Indy Region Solo Points Rules. We would like invite anyone with ideas for
new sites to contact us (some already have). We hope to have some new sites
in 1999 for an even more exciting season. Thanks in advance for your help.
by Dave & Cathy Hart
We hope all of you who attended the Annual Awards Banquet last month
had a good time, and congratulations again to all of you class champions
and trophy winners last year.
SHAPIRO’S DIRECTOR’S REPORT
1. Appointments for CenDiv National Field Staff:
December BoD Meeting
Pro Rally Safety Committee – Beryl Ann Burton
Road Rally Board – Jim Mickle
Divisional Road Rally – Jim Mickle
Division Pro Rally Steward – Bruce Weinman
Solo Events Board – Bruce Domeck
Divisional Solo I Steward – Barry Burke
Divisional Solo II Steward – Debbie Fessler
Executive Steward – Kent Williamson
2. Budget and Finance Committee:
Computer Update – Before proceeding further an outside consultant will
be used to finalize the needs.
1998-1999 budget is within forecast.
Preparation of the 1999-2000 budget is in the works.
SCCA Enterprises is preparing to make the first repayment of their
loan to SCCA after the first of the year.
3. Membership: By designation on membership applications a truer picture
of member interest has been determined:
Solo numbers are up 22%
Membership figures through November: 54,748
4. Risk Management: Board voted to raise participant accident insurance
program from $500,000 to $1,000,000. There will be a review of participant
excess versus primary coverage.
5. Club Racing and Rally/Solo operation manual should be in the region’s
hands in January.
6. Bids will be taken for the publication of Sports Car in December.
The specs call for bids on the old and new format.
7. Discussions were held on the formation of a council of sports car
8. Rally/Solo: A study is being conducted to determine the feasibility
of holding a World Rally Championship event in the USA. A decision should
be made by the National Convention. New logos are available for Pro, Club
and Road Rally.
9. The club office is preparing a mission statement on membership retention
with the hope of helping to provide tools to the region. I would like to
have your input in this area.
10. The Web site is functioning. During the Runoffs 7,300 hits were
made in 3 days.
11. A SRF compliance fee of $10 has been retained for 1999.
12. Statistics that you may find of interest:
Pro Rally average participation increased by 11%.
National Pro Rally licenses increased by 19%; Divisional Pro Rally
licenses decreased by 25%.
Road Rally average participation decreased by 60%, but the number of
events increased by 37%.
Regional Road Rally events were 14; an increase of 2.
Number of Regional Solo II events have increased by 10%. Average participants
is 56; increase of 5 over last year.
National Tour Solo average participation was 200. Seven events are
scheduled for 1999.
Pro Solo II average participation is up 5%.
Solo II National entrants were 880 – the largest single event ever.
Solo and Rally rule books will be available by January.
13. SCCA – the Next Millennium: This focus group comprised of REs and/or
official representatives from the regions while attending the National
Convention will look at how we govern ourselves and what tools will be
necessary to do the job effectively. This group will have a very important
task and only thorough input from membership will make its work effective.
FOR SALE: 1978 MGB. In storage for 6 years. Excellent body. Needs drive
train work. Call Bill Field (317) 849-2212. (12/98)
FOR SALE: T8990 Red Devil F440, new engine, rains, good shape. Ready
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WANTED: Recently relocated SCCA member needs garage to store and prepare
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FOR SALE: 1983 Rabbit GTI. Car was used for Solo II last two years in
E Stock and Street Touring 1. Bilstein struts and shocks, Neuspeed front
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adjustable shocks and struts available. Would make a good start for IT
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FOR SALE: 1986 2M4 Red Fiero. 119K miles. 4 cylinder, 5 speed. 1996
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FOR SALE: Bell SA95, Sport II Helmet. Brand new, never worn, still in
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