Meet the Candidates – 2017

The ballots for the NCR 2017 Board of Directors Election will be in your mailbox soon. Please fill them out and mail them to arrive by December 31st. In this year’s election, our Regional Executive, Sam Fouse and Secretary, James Shanks are running unopposed, but we have three candidates for Member-at-Large. They are Heather Clark (incumbent), Morgan Mehler (incumbent) and Joedy Pennington. Below is a brief bio of each candidate.


Sam Fouse, Regional Executive

Sam Fouse

I have been a continuous member of NC Region since July 1976. At one time or another I have been involved in just about every aspect of the Region as an autocrosser, corner worker, EV driver, crew member, instructor, and a driver. My ‘official’ positions of service to the Region have included Solo Chair ’79-’83, Member-at-Large in the early ‘80’s, and again from ’13-’16, after which I began my current term as Regional Executive.

It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve as your RE these past two years. The learning curve for this job is steep and seemingly never-ending, no matter how much experience you think you have. I owe a lot of thanks to several of my predecessors, to a supportive BOD, to a dedicated Office Manager, and to many, many of you in helping me with my ‘education’.

My focus coming into the position two years ago was to try to advance the Region through Marketing and Hospitality. I wanted us to become a more ‘user-friendly’ Region. With the help of several dedicated members in those two areas in particular, we have elevated our position amongst Regions in SEDIV and have earned a positive presence on the national scene. Along the way, we’ve also moved the Region into a more secure position financially.

I look forward to serving you for another two years, as we strive to raise the bar even higher. There are some truly exciting possibilities still in front of us.


James Shanks, Secretary

James Shanks

Hi, I’m James Shanks and I’m running for Secretary of North Carolina Region for a second term.

I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far. I’ve attended all the meetings, taken the minutes, and advised on matters of parliamentary procedure in order to keep things moving. I’ve published minutes promptly enough every month so that the Chapter Coordinators could use them as a discussion guide at their monthly meetings.  I like this job and I want to continue doing it for another term.

For those who don’t know me, here are a few highlights of my 36 years as a member of the SCCA.

  • Member of SCCA since 1981.
  • Member NCR since 1992.
  • Driver’s School 1985. Raced Showroom Stock in my own car from 1986 to 1988
  • Raced a few times in Formula Vee in a borrowed car in 1988 and 1989.
  • Flagger from 1981-2013 and travelled to many pro and amateur events, until arthritis in my knees and ankles has caused me to retire. I’ve been an active flagger for NCR both at Rockingham and VIR, and locally I have done Roebling, Atlanta, CMP, and Charlotte. I have flagged the Runoffs, Trans Am, Indy Car, Formula One, and the 24 hours of Daytona.
  • Most recently, I became defacto Chief of Hospitality at our races, after RE Sam Fouse and I inaugurated the Region’s Hospitality tent at VIR to provide better service to all participants. We provide a single point of contact to handle driver and worker gifts, results, and information requests from drivers, crew, and spectators alike.
  • Active NCR Board member for many years
  • Triangle Chapter Coordinator, off and on, since 1998.
  • Secretary 2016 – 2017
  • Back in 2002, I chaired the Bylaws Committee with Al Fairer, Sara Snider, and Gordon Warren. We drafted the current Bylaws, which had not been updated since 1971. They were adopted in September of 2003.
  • Region’s Membership Chair since 2006. This is a volunteer position which entails e-mailing new members, helping members with renewal problems, and handling information requests from prospective members.

I am certain I can serve North Carolina Region well as its Secretary during the 2018-2020 term.  I hope you will vote for me.


Heather Clark, candidate for Member-at-Large

I have been a member of SCCA (North Carolina Region) since 2006.

During my time in SCCA I have been an active member of the F&C crew. Through my participation my “track family” has grown tremendously meeting flaggers, other workers, driver and crews from multiple SCCA regions as well as other countries. I have also been able to participate in a diverse array of events and have received various awards from the region.

Some of the events I have had the pleasure of working are: Club Racing at VIR, Summit Point, Mid-O and CMP (PDXes); the 24-Hours of Daytona; the 12 Hours of Sebring; Petit Le Mans; F1 at COTA; WKC (karts) at VIR and at Summit Point; Red Bull’s Global Rallycross at MCAS-New River; and IndyCar at Mid-O.

Some of the awards I have received are: the NCR Rookie of the Year (2006); NCR F&C Worker of the Year (2010); NCR Worker of the Year (2011); NCR Assistant Flag Chief from 2011.

I have just completed my 2nd year as a Member at Large. I have also completed my 1st year as one of the three Flag Chiefs. Working with everyone, we’ve tried a few new things, some worked, some not so much, and see a road ahead filled with more trial and error to find what works best for our Region and those who come play with us. While it’s time consuming, and at times a bit overwhelming, the positive outcomes of all the work that is put in is well worth it.


Morgan Mehler, candidate for Member-at-Large

Morgan Mehler

My name is Morgan Mehler and I ask for your vote for Member-at-Large on our Board of Directors for 2018-2019.

I have served on the BOD since 2016 and hope to continue to do so for the next term.  The Club has had a fantastic two years and we have high hopes and goals for an even better next two and I would love to continue to work toward these goals on your behalf.

I am fortunate enough to know many of you, but I look forward to meeting many more in the future.  For those who do not know me, part of what makes me excited about continuing to serve on the BOD is the well-rounded perspective and experience with NCR that I bring.

I have been an NCR SCCA member since 2007 and began as an autocrosser with the Cape Fear Chapter.  I live in Wilmington and have been an active part of our growing autocross program since joining the SCCA.  Since then, I have done it all: I have worked grid, flagged, autocrossed, run PDX, and road raced over the past decade (and even attended one rallyx!).  In 2017 we hosted our first PDX in several years and I hope we can continue to host such events that bridge the gap between autocross and road racing.

I hope you will allow me to continue to serve as a member of the Board to help continue the momentum we have built through 2018 and 2019.


Joedy Pennington, candidate for Member-at-Large

Joedy Pennington

Hello everyone this is Joedy Pennington. I am running for the position of Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors of the NCR Region 55. I Have been a member of SCCA since 1998. I am a Corner Worker, Tech Inspector, Starter, Assistant Pace Car Chief (Pace Car Driver)  and also a Race car Driver (Mazda RX7, IT7). I have served on the Board twice before as a  Member-at-Large. While on the board, I served  on the Business and Finance Committee and basically did whatever the Board asked me to do. I am asking for your vote and I thank you in advance.