Club Racing News

13 Hour Tailgate Party was a Huge Success…and the Race Wasn’t Bad Either!

ALTON, VA – (NCRSCCA) –Wow! The Region’s Thirteen-hour Tailgate Party and Cooking Contest was an unqualified success!  There were participants from all over – New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, and even the Netherlands!  Yes, our party at VIR was a must-attend stopover on the international scene. And the food was fabulous!  I was on Station 17 all day with RE Rex Deffenbaugh and various volunteers from the racing teams. Racing Teams?  Oh yeah, I need to mention the “Charge of the Headlight Brigade” enduro we had as entertainment.  That made this the best tailgate party ever!

But back to the food!  John Uftring joined Rex and me in the afternoon.  He’d have been there sooner but he wound up in the ER for about 6 hours waiting for his thumb to be stitched up (OK, they actually super-glued it) after he sliced it open preparing food for our dinner the night before.  But that didn’t stop John.  He unloaded a complete camp kitchen from out of the back of his 3-series BMW (no kidding!) and brewed us gourmet coffee for starters.  Then it was on to the incredible Chicken Cacciatore he prepared, right out of the pages of Joy of Cooking. But I’ll bet Irma Rombauer never prepared it by the glow of a camp lantern and passing headlights.  John, or “Chef Gaston” as we have come to think of him, served his chicken in wine sauce over rope pasta, with fresh green beans and new potatoes.  For dessert, he provided bread pudding in a whiskey-flavored sauce. All the alcohol was long gone by the time dinner was served, of course, but the flavors alone were intoxicating!  For this feast, the food judges awarded John the “Most Excellent Chef” trophy.

Other accomplished chefs also won awards. Brian Huff was awarded “Extraordinary Chef” for his extraordinary grilled pork, mac & cheese, and homemade salsa for chips. I heard that his pineapple upside down cake, an apple fritter type, was to die for.  But he wasn’t alone.  Justin Deffenbaugh’s smorgasbord of ribs, chicken, potatoes and onions, and pizza earned him the title of “Awesome Chef.”  It was well-deserved!

In addition there was a costume contest Saturday morning.  This event was a costume party after all. Most people came dressed as SCCA flag marshals in a variety of white outwear, but there were a few notable exceptions, and not just international course marshal Arjen Bleeker in his signal orange jumpsuit, who came from the Netherlands to work both the Petit Le Mans before, and the ARRC after, our event.  I rather liked Brian Huff’s roast Thanksgiving turkey hat; but the most amusing costume was probably Flag Chief Eric Danielson’s “flasher in a trench coat”, though the only thing he flashed was his orange jumpsuit from the 24 Heures du Mans. Assistant Flag Chief Heather Clark was also in costume, dressed from head-to-toes as a large (but cute) bumble bee, which seemed quite appropriate given her propensity to flit about all day solving problems.

Kudos to them both for a well-run party! But they didn’t win the awards. “Most Excellent Costume” went to Bria Gardner for her skeleton outfit; Jamie Gardner won “Coolest Costume” for her interpretation of Cleopatra; and Anna Crissman, Chief of Timing and Scoring, stole the show as a giant yellow banana.  She earned “Funniest Costume”, and probably a new nickname, for that one!

Did I mention the race?  I said we had a race for entertainment. When you report on a Superbowl party, you have to mention the game at some point, so I guess I should report on the race a bit as well.  Some 51 cars signed up to see who could cover the most laps of VIR after thirteen hours.  If you needed practice being a blue flagger, this was the race to attend.  The early lead was taken by the Superlite Coupe sports racer of Ryan Ellis’ team, which drove around the rest of the field like they were tied to a post.  The Porsche Cayman driven by Jack Baldwin and Buz McCall was almost as fast, and between the two of them and a plethora of BMWs, the blue flag was waving at nearly every corner for the first three hours.

But, eventually the Sports Racer developed mechanical problems and the Cayman slowed, and by the 5th hour it was the Johnstone Supply Racing M3 of Harold Petit in the lead, which was no surprise to followers of this race from previous years.  He was followed closely by another BMW, the 328 of James Clay’s team, and the yellow Lotus Exige of local favorite Jim Taggart of Cary, North Carolina. But after nine hours the leader had hit the tires at station 14.  Then the 328 had mechanical issues, and finally the Lotus got into an altercation with another car.  By the 11th hour, the remaining BMW 1 series of Mitchum Motorsports was in the lead, followed closely by the MX-5 fielded by the Grand-Am team Freedom Motorsports.

These were 2 powerhouse teams! The Freedom Autosports MX-5 was closely allied with Long Road Racing, which had 2 other Mazda Miatas entered and supplied crew assistance for Taggart’s Lotus. The number 25 MX-5 in second place was piloted by brothers Tom and Chris Long. Tom is a regular Grand-Am driver for the Freedom team, but Chris is an engineer for another outfit and his first time in the seat was when he took over for Tom after the first 40 minutes of the race!  What a drive!  It should be noted too, that Mitchum Motorsports also had 4 cars in the race, 2 BMWs and two Mazda Miatas.  One of the Bimmers and one of the Miata’s DNF’d, but the number 60 BMW was in the lead with 2 hours to go.

That’s when things got really interesting.  In the darkness, by the 12th hour, the MX-5 got by the BMW by dint of superior driving and pit work, and with some more very exacting driving and perseverance, they manage to stay there, finishing a bare half a lap ahead.  How else could an underpowered MX-5 beat a BMW 1-series after 324 laps from daylight into dark? Congratulations to local boys Tom and Chris Long, and to all the class winners as well. What a race!  And what a tailgate party!  You shoulda been there! (13 Hour results here)

Photo courtesy of Sput Dodge

Remembering David Page

ALTON, VA – (NCRSCCA) – At the Goblin’s Go event at VIR , the volunteers had a small memorial for our departed friend  David “Santa” Page who left us in 2011.  His wife Jan had donated David’s worker gear to us and we held a raffle for it. Richard Mosely won David’s orange vest and a pair of orange gloves; Jean Quick walked away with his white zippered sweatshirt, bucket hat, and whistle, Chris Sigmon won David’s MG shop apron, work gloves, and green vest; and Grid Chief Johnny Dunbar got the grand prize, David’s Radio Shack scanner.  And Race Chair/Flag Chief Eric Danielsen got a new pair of orange gloves to replace the ones he had given away to a new volunteer that morning.  We cheered David’s memory and thanked him posthumously for the stuff.  We miss you David!

Above (left to right), David Page, Canadian flagger Arlene Chase, Mark Biamonte and David Turner, the “Senna corner” 2A crew at the 2007 Canadian F1 Grand Prix.

David Page

David in his beloved Sprite.

Tarheel Cup Pro Series

NCR Starts New Series–Tarheel Cup Pro Series (TCPS)

Tarheel Cup Pro SeriesRALEIGH, NC – (NCR-SCCA) – New series announced for 2012:  Tarheel Cup Pro Series (TCPS)

Drivers take note, no matter what class you currently run, you may be eligible to participate in a new series being offered at the NCR’s March Memories event on March 10-11.  See these rules for more specific information and feel free to contact us for more details.

Tarheel Cup Pro Series 2012 Rules (PDF)



LIVE TIMING for the Bob Huff Memorial Charge of The Headlight Brigade – 13hr Enduro!

RALEIGH, NC (NCR-SCCA) – NCR SCCA will have live timing available for the 13hr Enduro at VIR this year. Please visit

This site can be accessed by any person on the internet on most any device (smart phones, ipods, ipads, laptops, etc)

Dave Page

Checkered Flag – Dave Page

Dave Page

Very sad news. I received the following email from Vicki Wilson on Saturday, Aug 13:

Hello SCCA folks,
This is Vicki Wilson, former flagging and communications worker. Most of you know Dave Page who also flagged for many years. Dave passed away this morning at Duke Med Center following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are listed below and I am trying to help the family notify his many friends. I also sent an announcement to James Shanks asking him to notify folks. I have been in contact with Dwight and Chuck.

Thank you for spreading the word.


The Funeral/Memorial Service will be held on  Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal
1737 Hillandale Road
Durham, NC 27705

With a memorial reception following in Johnson Hall at St. Luke’s

If you can attend, it would be a great way to let Dave’s family see how well liked he was and how much he meant to us. If you can’t make it and would like to send a card, Dave is survived by his wife Jan,

4509 Cheshire Ct
Durham, NC  27705

Also received, was this note from Dave’s daughter:

Hi, this is David and Jan’s daughter.
An obituary will be in the News and Observer and the Herald Sun on Tuesday. We have stated that if one wishes to make a contribution in Dad’s name, to please do so to a charity of their choice.

Thank you,
Susanne Conway

NCR Returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway

CHARLOTTE, NC (NCR & CCR SCCA) – On Saturday, August 20, 2011 & Sunday, August 21, 2011, Central Carolina (CCR) & North Carolina (NCR) SCCA Regions present “Daylight Into Dark”, a double SARRC/CCPS race at Charlotte Motor Speedway! Click here for more info and registration links.


T2 Ford Mustang Restrictor Plate

To give competitors adequate time to prepare, the CRB is making this announcement in advance of the publication of the June 2011 Fastrack.

The CRB has accepted the advisory committee recommendation, based on independent dyno testing, to require a 65mm flat plate restrictor for the T2 2011- 2012 Mustang GT.

Effective June 1, 2011, GCR section 9.1.10, T2, Ford Mustang GT 5.0L (2011- 12), add to Notes: “65mm flat plate restrictor required.”

Race Memo RM 11-04

Toyo R888 Temporarily Added to Spec Miata Eligibility

TOPEKA, KS (SCCA) – Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing Board has approved the use of the Toyo Proxes R888 in addition to the Toyo Proxes RA1 for Spec Miata National competition effective immediately. The inclusion of the Proxes R888 is in response to limited quantities of the Proxes RA1 in the United States following the earthquake in Japan. 

In addition to the 205/50ZR 15 Toyo Proxes RA1, the 205/50ZR 15 Toyo Proxes R888 will be eligible beginning with races this weekend. While there is currently no end date for eligibility of the Proxes R888, SCCA has reiterated that only one tire will be eligible for use at the 2011 National Championship Runoffs. SCCA stated this in the May 2011 issue of Fastrack®, the official member notification newsletter. 

“Based on discussions with Toyo Tires this week, Proxes RA1 inventory levels are expected to return to normal by the end of June,” SCCA VP of Club Racing Terry Ozment said. “Neither Toyo nor SCCA want the supply issues from Japan to affect an SCCA racer’s ability to race, so we have elected to allow both tires until sufficient levels of the Proxes RA1 are back in the United States. 

“The CRB has determined that only one tire will be used at the Runoffs, with the Proxes RA1 being the preferred tire. However, if sufficient levels are not available, the Proxes R888 would be the second option. That determination will be made at a later date.” 

A formal Club Racing Memo was released today allowing both tires for the Spec Miata class until further notice. 

On a more fun note, the Annual SEDIV Convention information is also now on the SEDIV website. The convention is January 21st through the 23rd at Jekyll Island. Come and join the celebration of another successful year of SEDIV competition.


Permanent Numbers & SEDIV Convention

SOUTHEAST (SEDIV) — Permanent Number Application is now available on the SEDIV website. The deadline is January 20, 2011, so don’t delay!

On a more fun note, the Annual SEDIV Convention information is also now on the SEDIV website. The convention is January 21st through the 23rd at Jekyll Island. Come and join the celebration of another successful year of SEDIV competition.


Great News for All Road Racers!

TOPEKA, KS (SCCA) — The SCCA National Office is now accepting NASA Competition Licenses for all SCCA Regional Races. The current list of recognized competition licenses is: BMW CCA, CACC, FIA, HSR, ICSCC, IMSA, MCSCC, NASA, PCA, Ontario Region CASC, SCCA Pro Racing, SVRA, VMC, Waterford Hills, and West Canada Motorsports Association.