August 2020

Road Racing Regionals 11 & 12

By Lynne Huntting and Blake Tatum

SFR’s Regionals 11 & 12 Driver Re-Education Event at WeatherTech Raceway was again conducted under the strict guidelines and protocols of Monterey County and the racetrack. We couldn’t call it a race and we were under a no-social media mandate. Such is life under Covid 19 and State Watch Lists. But we were able to have our weekend with more than 160 cars. It was nice to have a fuller F&C crew than seen of late, but we could have used more workers on other crews. However, everyone pitched in, crews cross-pollinated and we got the job done.

Two of our newer workers got Checkered Flags from race car drivers. Fred Lind/No.07 Ford Lightning truck gave his to Bud Tanner, who worked two days on Grid and filled in Sunday on Turn 7, when someone was ill. It was the first weekend for Jonathan Scher, who worked Emergency and he also received a Checkered Flag.

During the weekend, five new track records were set in Race One and three in Race Two. The drivers mentioned they missed having their families and friends there to watch, work and celebrate with them.

Read more in the August Edition of The Wheel —->

 

Road Racing Regionals 11 & 12 By Lynne Huntting and Blake Tatum SFR’s Regionals 11 & 12 Driver Re-Education Event at WeatherTech Raceway was again conducted under the strict guidelines and protocols of Monterey County and the racetrack. We couldn’t call it a race and we were under a no-social media mandate. Such is life […]


July 2020

Fresno Chapter Gives Back to the Community

By Yang Moua

On the weekend of June 13th and 14th, after more than three months of no autocross due to COVID-19, the Fresno Chapter was approved to continue the 2020 race season with events 4 & 5. The coronavirus guidelines were in place and each event was limited to 50 drivers but that did not stop the smiling faces underneath each driver’s mask. Everyone was happy to be racing again. The race weekend wasa special one, not only was it one of the first racing event approved tocontinue during the COVID period, the Fresno Chapter also donated over $4,000 to the Central California Food Bank. The CEO from the Central California Food Bank was on site Sunday morning to received the check. The donation will help provide over 28,000 meals for people in need.

Read more in the July Edition of The Wheel —->

Fresno Chapter Gives Back to the Community By Yang Moua On the weekend of June 13th and 14th, after more than three months of no autocross due to COVID-19, the Fresno Chapter was approved to continue the 2020 race season with events 4 & 5. The coronavirus guidelines were in place and each event was […]


June 2020

No Slowing for the Cone Zone The McKee Autocross Family

By Blake Tatum

If I could give you a roadmap that would lead you down a path where your teenage kids enjoy your company and look forward to spending weekends with you would you follow it? Of course you would, as parents there is nothing more precious than the time we spend with our kids. The McKee family has such a roadmap and it leads to an empty parking lot.

The McKee’s are a racing family. They consist of husband Andy, wife Teresa, and the two daughters Alana (13) and Erika (15). They spend about every other weekend 75% of the year traveling, pulling their trailer to Autocross events. Although the SCCA ProSolo is their favorite type of event, they attend local San Francisco Region events, National Events, and American Autocross Series events. Their vehicle of choice is a highly modified 1993 Mazda RX7 and a 2003 Emmick Kart. They have 14 national titles to their name (Andy 10, Teresa 4), and a podium finish for the oldest daughter at Nationals. In addition to the national titles they have a lifetime of memories that no amount of money can buy.

Read More in the June Edition of The Wheel —->

 

No Slowing for the Cone Zone The McKee Autocross Family By Blake Tatum If I could give you a roadmap that would lead you down a path where your teenage kids enjoy your company and look forward to spending weekends with you would you follow it? Of course you would, as parents there is nothing more […]


May 2020

The Woolley Brothers and Dad Race Team Story

Ken “Dad” Woolley:

When I was 9, my friend took me to the go-kart track in West Berkley. Briggs and Stratton, bumper all around, you know, little kidney-shaped track with tire walls on both sides. It was wonderful. Full throttle out of the turns, tires slipping and grabbing, next to the tire wall, tires flying by… zooming! I was hooked.

Seven years later, when I got my first car, I soon realized, with the help of everyone that would ride with me, that I had an odd compulsive driving perversion. I would speed up in the turns, instead of slowing down. I couldn’t help it. Also, I seemed to be cursed… to always be the last one in a long line of cars. Why me?

And then the NMSL. The National Mandatory Speed Limit, 55mph max! Oh my goodness.

Read More in the May Edition of The Wheel —->

The Woolley Brothers and Dad Race Team Story Ken “Dad” Woolley: When I was 9, my friend took me to the go-kart track in West Berkley. Briggs and Stratton, bumper all around, you know, little kidney-shaped track with tire walls on both sides. It was wonderful. Full throttle out of the turns, tires slipping and […]


April 2020

By Blake Tatum, Photos by Jonathan Johnson

The 2020 racing season is only two races old and is really taking a licking. Regional Races 3 & 4 had promise written all over it as late as the Tuesday before the race. Entries would be bolstered by the addition of World Speed Formula Car Challenge, Brent Morgan’s Formula Pro F3 and F4 USA Western Championship, and Peter West’s Pacific F2000 series.

After over a month of bright sunny 70-degree weather, the forecast for the weekend was heavy rain. Which is always a buzz kill when it comes to entries. But the rain was the least of the concerns. Three days before the weekend the nation basically went on shut down because of the Covid-19 virus.

Basically any gathering in the United States was cancelled; the only reason the race was not cancelled was because SCCA races were considered participant driven events and not gatherings for spectators. To drive home that idea, track officials posted signs on the drive up to the track entrance that said spectators would prohibited.

By the time the first green flag flew for the weekend the clouds had mostly cleared and the sun was bright and shiny. The only problem was with the clouds gone, came a brisk wind out of the south. It is days like this that the three windmills in the middle of the track earn their keep. Even though the temperature read 59 degrees, it felt like 40 degrees.

Read More in the April Edition of The Wheel —->

By Blake Tatum, Photos by Jonathan Johnson The 2020 racing season is only two races old and is really taking a licking. Regional Races 3 & 4 had promise written all over it as late as the Tuesday before the race. Entries would be bolstered by the addition of World Speed Formula Car Challenge, Brent Morgan’s […]


March 2020

2020 Competition Licensing School

By Lynne Huntting

Thirty-four students received their Novice Permits at the 2020 SFR Competition Licensing School, after a busy three-day weekend at Thunderhill Raceway Park. It was a smaller class this year, but there was lots of quality. The educational duties were again handled by Kevin Rogers as overall Chief Instructor, with three veteran Group Leaders. The combined years of teaching experience was amazing. Returning instructors were supplemented by some new instructors, giving the school a good Instructor-to-Student ratio, with lots of professionalism and personal attention, and in some cases, one on one experiences. With the overall smaller enrollment, there were fewer passing challenges and practicing of the teaching concepts. So, a schedule change was approved which combined the two closed wheel groups for a practice session and one of their three races. One unintended consequence was that Saturday and Sunday’s schedule was shortened. No complaints there!

Read More in the March Edition of The Wheel —->

2020 Competition Licensing School By Lynne Huntting Thirty-four students received their Novice Permits at the 2020 SFR Competition Licensing School, after a busy three-day weekend at Thunderhill Raceway Park. It was a smaller class this year, but there was lots of quality. The educational duties were again handled by Kevin Rogers as overall Chief Instructor, […]


February 2020

The Formula F Resurgence

By Norm Marshall and Eric Little / Photos by Richard Gordon

Formula Fords are often referred to as mini F1 cars or little IndyCars, e.g. real race cars that react similarly to their big brothers. Iconic racers such as Mario & Michael Andretti and Aryton Senna are among hundreds of famous race drivers that started out in, or have raced Formula Fords.

Being the oldest and foremost road racing sanctioning body in America, SCCA has run and sanctioned more FF races than all other sanctioning bodies combined. 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford as an SCCA class.

Read More in the February Edition of The Wheel —->

The Formula F Resurgence By Norm Marshall and Eric Little / Photos by Richard Gordon Formula Fords are often referred to as mini F1 cars or little IndyCars, e.g. real race cars that react similarly to their big brothers. Iconic racers such as Mario & Michael Andretti and Aryton Senna are among hundreds of famous […]


January 2020

THUNDERHILL TEST DAY BIG SUCCESS

December 28, 2019, saw San Francisco region’s wholly owned subsidiary Thunderhill Properties open the track up for a free test day. In order to participate in the event you had to have a San Francisco Region SCCA membership and you had to have a car to drive. This year for the very first time the day was also made available with track time for the Autocross members of the region. The Track must have magical powers because the sun was out and short sleeve shirts were the uniform of the day.

With over 100 cars showing up for the day it obviously brought value to the members. The numbers were pretty evenly split up with about fifty cars taking a swipe at the three mile road course and about 50 cars running through the cones on the Thunderhill autocross site.

Read More in the January Edition of The Wheel —->

THUNDERHILL TEST DAY BIG SUCCESS December 28, 2019, saw San Francisco region’s wholly owned subsidiary Thunderhill Properties open the track up for a free test day. In order to participate in the event you had to have a San Francisco Region SCCA membership and you had to have a car to drive. This year for […]


December 2019

2019 Season In Review

The 2019 San Francisco Region Championship is over. After a brutal 15 race schedule we have crowned the champions. Lets look back at the winners, losers, and could have beens for the past season.

We have 57 different classes on the books in our region. Some of the classes evolved from the very beginning of SCCA and others have evolved due a particular niche we were trying to satisfy. Classes like EP, FP, and HP have evolved from the very early roots of the club when a bunch of wealthy aristocrats wanted to play with their sports cars together. Other classes have been around for a long time but have had their name changed. Back in the sixties SCCA had several sports racing classes – it went from ASR (Can Am Cars) to ESR which was a full bodied purpose built Sports car with a small engine. Now these cars are Called prototypes and we have two classes of Prototypes P1 and P2.

The problem with offering 57 different classes is not all of them have people that participate in them and some of the classes only have people that run one of two races during the season. The other conundrum is how do you eliminate a class? Because the class was created for a reason and there could be a very good reason for no participation in a particular year but you never know what will happen the following season.

In order to be classified as a regional champion a driver has to run at least 51% of the races. If a driver finished in second place in the points, but ran the minimum number of races — whereas the first place points getter did not run the minimum number of races, the guy with the lesser points but the minimum participation record won the championship.

Lets look at each group and see who won, who did not win, and who could have won if they participated in enough races.

Read More in the December Edition of The Wheel —->

2019 Season In Review The 2019 San Francisco Region Championship is over. After a brutal 15 race schedule we have crowned the champions. Lets look back at the winners, losers, and could have beens for the past season. We have 57 different classes on the books in our region. Some of the classes evolved from […]


November 2019

SCCA San Francisco Region Regionals 13, 14 & 15

The season’s finale had a little bit of everything – weather, drama, good racing, exciting racing, parade racing, a Formula Ford Fiftieth Anniversary double-header, a rousing Saturday night Social & Party, and a visit by Mike Cobb, President of SCCA.

There were 206 entries, of which 185 actually quali ed, while 21 wereDNS. Of those 200+ entries, 29 were from out-of-region, including 13 from Cal Club, which was hosting the PCRRC at Buttonwillow the same weekend. The Worker Crews were somewhat thin, especially Course Marshals, Emergency, Pit Marshals, and F&C – which had to be supplemented by TRP track workers. The early morning Worker meetings were greeted with lovely sunrises.

Weather was a big topic. There were two days of heat – eighties and nineties with little or no wind, with a few wasps thrown in for good measure, while the rest of Northern California suffered from highwinds and fires. The third day was an about face, with temperatures dropping to the sixties, and very strong, gusty winds, the likes of which we’ve never experienced. The winds had been previously forecast, but not with the ferocity that showed up Sunday morning. The trackwindmills were running at warp speed. The flags were straight out -those that survived. A porta-potty blew over in the paddock. One hotel in town lost roof shingles, and some trees were blown over. All week the threat of a PSPS existed – Public Safety Power Shutoff. It didn’thappen, but the winds were so strong that an of cial schedule change, was made – no ve-mile course for Sunday’s races.

Read More in the November Edition of The Wheel —->

SCCA San Francisco Region Regionals 13, 14 & 15 The season’s finale had a little bit of everything – weather, drama, good racing, exciting racing, parade racing, a Formula Ford Fiftieth Anniversary double-header, a rousing Saturday night Social & Party, and a visit by Mike Cobb, President of SCCA. There were 206 entries, of which […]


October 2019

SCCA San Francisco Region Regionals 11 & 12

This year’s Labor Day race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, was a two-day weekend, with a track-promoted test day on Friday. It had better driver and worker turnout than last year, and better weather – not much fog on Saturday and none on Sunday. The weather was warm, without last year’s debilitating heat. More of the new and refurbished corner stations were in use, most with welcome roofs and shades. 

There were seven SFR race groups with 200 entries, better than the Majors. Even better was a nice Worker turnout, especially for a holiday weekend. Having more two-day weekends seems to have been a well-received decision, as has been the special Worker hotel rate for Monterey races. Both were BoD decisions based on member input. 

Read More in the October Edition of The Wheel —->

SCCA San Francisco Region Regionals 11 & 12 This year’s Labor Day race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, was a two-day weekend, with a track-promoted test day on Friday. It had better driver and worker turnout than last year, and better weather – not much fog on Saturday and none on Sunday. The weather was […]


September 2019

Solo II SFR Round 10

Round 10 was the last chance for competitors to practice for SCCA Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was held at Marina Airport on August 25, 2019, with the event co-chaired by Carole Zepeda and Alex K. The course was designed by Ben Martinez.

Mark Lindle, in a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, took the top spot in S1. Peter McMillan took second place in a 2001 Porsche 996, while Jaylyn Hagen took third in a ’18 Camaro ZL1.

S2 was led by Justin Moore in a ’06 Porsche Cayman S. In second place was Glenn Austin in a ’05 Nissan 350Z, with Rishi Kirby taking the last podium spot in a ’18 Honda Civic Type R. The rest of S3 included Youmna Zalzal, Eric Martin, Howard Yang, Gary Fazekas, Jonathan Domagala, Chris Guzman, John Gamble, Wade Spurlock, Ryan Herbst, Tj Kloby, Fangzhou Jiao, Aaron McCollum, Amon Pereira, Thomas Flewell, Robert Hudspeth and Brian Berry.

Read more in the September issue –>

Hoosier Super Tour WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Solo II SFR Round 9 & 10, Wheelworks – Majors My Take, NFTA – The Ermini