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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.

2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

MG_4997North Carolina Region’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner for 2016 was held on January 14th 2017 at the Vailtree Event and Conference Center in Graham, North Carolina. The food was superb! Steak, seasoned chicken, and salmon were featured at the buffet, along with some yummy side items and glorious dessert items, including a cake made for the occasion.

Some of the eye candy available in the adjoining room!

Some of the eye candy available in the adjoining room!

Before dinner, attendees were invited to stroll through the adjoining room and view the owner’s collection of exotic and luxury vehicles.  A Ferrari, a Bentley GTC and a BMW B7 Alpina, were among the high-dollar European marques, along with an Alfa Romeo 4C and a Fiat 500 Abarth.  American muscle was represented too, with a late model Corvette Z06, a Dodge Challenger SRT (800 hp!), and a Viper ACR.  There was even a 1974 Lincoln Mark IV personal luxury coupe, the ride of choice for 70’s era TV private eye Frank Cannon. What a hoot!  And what an awesome collection!  Art Sinnott of F&S Enterprises, NCR’s official photographers at VIR, and Vailtree’s Stacey Polythress Rainey were on hand to take photos of it all.

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Sam Fouse, NC Region RE

James Buckberry

Ginny Condrey

Bruce Dover

Pete Romanowski

After dinner, we held our annual meeting.  RE Sam Fouse opened with a recap of the year and emphasize the dramatic turn-around in our financial position which was achieved by “right pricing” our entry fees, high enough to cover our costs but still small enough to make our events a bargain, considering the “bucket list” track we use to hold our events.  Sam also mentioned the challenges we faced, with the loss of James Buckberry, our Chief Starter, and departure of our Chief Registrar and Office Manager, Ginny Condrey, due to family illness.  Ginny’s departure left a huge hole, one that we are still trying to fill, though Bruce Dover has done an admirable job stepping in for her. And Pete Romanowski is to be commended for stepping in as Chief Starter, a job he never wanted, when James passed  away.

James Shanks, Membership Chair

James Shanks, Membership Chair

James Shanks then gave a short presentation on our membership, which stands at just over 760. The good news is that one in four members is a licensed competition driver, and one in three a licensed volunteer, so we have the means to put on great events.  The bad news is that our membership has declined since 2008. And unfortunately, dues are going up; though you can offset that by volunteering or signing up a new member.  The important thing to remember, James said, is to be friendly; since at any given moment, twenty percent of our members are new, and they will only stay if they make new friends.

Tim Lyons and Morgan Mehler

Tim Lyons and Morgan Mehler

Morgan Mehler, Member-at-Large and Solo Chair, gave a humorous but informative report on the Solo program, which is in fine shape. He also introduced Matt Decker, the new Cape Fear Chapter Coordinator, and told us that they had an active new season planned, with 4 events in Wilmington at Cape Fear Community College North Campus and 6 at Cherry Point Marine base. In addition, they will be hosting the North Carolina Autocross Championship in October.

There were no questions from the floor, so Sam closed the meeting and turned the mike over to emcee Tim Lyons for the awards presentation. Eric Danielsen put together a wonderful slide show presentation, featuring shots of the winners from our events, that played on a side screen as the awards were presented.

We recognized drivers:

Driver of the Year – Majors and SECS – Al Wheatley

Al Wheatley

See bottom of page for update.

Driver of the Year – Majors and SARRC – Alastair McEwan

Alastair McEwan

See bottom of page for update.

Driver of the Year – SARRC – Michael Sperber

Driver of the Year – SARRC – Ron Earp

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Ron Earp and Michael Sperber

“2016 James “Jim” Feinberg National Solo Driver of the Year”
and 2016 SCCA Solo National Champion
Maria Mayorga

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Maria Mayorga, National Champion

Regional Driver of the Year – Solo – Vernon Geddings

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Vernon Geddings

Rookie Driver of the Year – Solo – Christian Williams

Christian Williams

 Spirit of Mazda award – Alex Phelps

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Tim Lyons and Alex Phelps

And we recognized volunteers:

F&C Worker of the Year – Jan Michel

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T&S Worker of the Year – Megan Smith

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Anna Crissman, T&S Chief and Megan Smith

T&S Rookie of the Year – Richard Mosley

Richard Mosley

Start Rookies of the Year – Rick Edwards and Chuck Stanley

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Chuck Stanley, Chief Starter Pete Romanowski and Rick Edwards

Pit Road Rookie of the Year – Scott Keadle

Scott Keadle

Scott Keadle

Pace Car Outstanding Service – Joedy Pennington

Ed Wentz, Pace Car Chief and Joedy Pennington

Ed Wentz, Pace Car Chief and Joedy Pennington

Outstanding Service to the Solo Program – Justin Arnette

 

Outstanding Service in Tech –
Dwight Cooke, Rusty Matthews, Barbara Mayes,
Jerry Pell, and Chris Schimmel

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Chris Schimmel, Rusty Matthews, Barbara Mayes, Jerry Pell and Dwight Cooke

Plus a few more volunteers who require special mention:

Solo Worker of the Year – Stephen Miller

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Stephen Miller and son Adam.

For single-handedly starting the Solo Junior Karting program and now brining a second kart to allow other kids to try it out.

NCR Extra Mile Award – Brian Huff

Brian Huff

Brian Huff

For making replacement electronic light controllers for the corner station traffic lights without being asked.

Outstanding Service to the NCR Racing Program
Mark Biamonte, Eric Danielsen and David Turner

"The Three Amigos" Eric Danielsen, David Turnr and Mark Biamonte

“The Three Amigos” Eric Danielsen, David Turnr and Mark Biamonte

For ten years of service as flag chiefs and countless innovations.

(l to r) Eric Danielsen, David Turner, Mark Biamonte, Heather Clark, Brian Eldredge, Ben Tyler

On a humorous note, the incoming flag chiefs, Heather Clark, Brian Eldredge, and Ben Tyler, made their own presentation to their predecessors. Since the boys aren’t going away, just returning to duty on some flag station in the future, their successors gave them each a kit of corner worker necessities, new orange gloves, a break-away lanyard, and a bottle opener to name a few, and a cinch bag to carry it all in. Glad to have you back on the front lines, fellas, and thanks for your service!

 

 

Finally, it was Sam Fouse’s turn to present the major NCR Region awards. First up was a surprise presentation to Eric Danielsen.

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Eric had already been awarded for his service as Flag Chief.  He’s also a race chair and chair of the newly-formed Marketing Committee. He was instrumental in setting up our e-mail tool so that we could reach all the SCCA drivers east of the Mississippi, and he updates it regularly. This puts us far ahead of most other Regions.  But this year, Eric really put us on the map with the famous “Opie Goes Racing” video that he conceived and produced at this year’s Spring Sprints Majors.

Sam next presented

Workers of the Year to The EV Crew
Tim Gardner, Dave Dominguez, and James Matthews

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Tim Gardner and Dave Dominguez

Our EV guys Tim, Dave, and James, have been awarded before.  This last season they have been doing even more, such as giving up part of their lunch hour to help with the lunch-time drive arounds we do for charity at VIR. And when VIR maintenance couldn’t do it, they jumped in at the last minute to deliver all the deep-cycle batteries to the corner stations for the 13-hour race.

Finally, Sam was pleased to award Lifetime Achievement awards to two of his old friends:

Lifetime Achievement – Don Knowles

Don Knowles

Don, Sam said, is a racer’s racer. He’s won six National Championship in just 18 trips to the Runoffs, one out of every three, and he has done it over a forty-year period. He also competed regularly in endurance racing, running in everything from the 24 hours of Nelson Ledges to Daytona, and in every series that IMSA had to offer for small sedans, Renault Cup, Firehawk, Camel GT, and the Bilstein Rabbit Cup. Don has won a world record of fourteen 24-hour races, and he won three 24-hour race in both 1987 and ’88. He is also the all-time SCCA Escort series winner with 19 wins.  And true to form, he could not be with us for the presentation because he was racing at Sebring. Sam had the pleasure of announcing that Don had won today’s Majors T4 race in an RX-8 along with the pleasure of announcing his Lifetime Achievement award.

Lifetime Achievement – Bill King

Bill King

Sam opened his remarks on Bill by relating that it was Bill who had convinced him to join at an autocross back in 1976.  Bill had already been a member since 1964, and has the distinction of being the only active member who attended both the first race at VIR in 1957 and the last before it closed in 1974. In between he was a winning rallyist, a corner worker, a driver, and a writer. He was Bulletin Editor in 1976 and its most frequent contributor, exhibiting a talent for writing that later served him well as PR Manager for the Goodyear racing program in the Nineties. He was SSB champion in 1976, showing he knows how to drive as well as write. He was RE in 1981, and launched the first National at Roebling Road that Year. He was also the guy who convinced Rockingham to build the infield course, and helped design it with Steve Coleman.  That course opened in 1978 and was our mainstay for years. Eventually Bill moved on to the SCCA National Office, where he launched the Sports Renault Program (now SRF) and the Playboy Endurance Series (now the Pirelli World Challenge).  His accomplishments and his influence are too numerous to mention all at once, so it was with pride Sam awarded him his Lifetime Achievement award.

As our Guest of Honor, Bill then gave a short talk in which he entertained us with humorous stories and anecdotes from his time among the big names of sports car racing. It was a hoot! See the 7 min video with Bill telling his “how I got hooked on cars” story. Watch the 5 min video with Bill telling how he met Boris Said and two other anecdotes. Bill explains his book in 5.5 min about the History of VIR.

Thanks, Bill!

UPDATE!

(left to right) Al Wheatley, Don Knowles and Alastair McEwan, who were unable to attend the Banquet, received their awards at the Triangle Chapter Meeting in Raleigh on February 1st.

Meet the Candidates

The ballots have all been mailed out. If you haven’t received yours already, you will be receiving it soon. Please take the time to fill it out and mail it back. There’s only one office that’s being contested this year…Treasurer.

Last year, we only had one candidate for each opening, so there was no need to send out ballots. We saved the money we would have spent on stamps and everything else and used it elsewhere. This year we have a choice to make.

Be sure to get your ballot in the mail so we’ll have it by December 31st.

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Candidate for Assistant Regional Executive

Duties (per NCR Bylaws):

“In the absence of the Regional Executive, the duties of that office shall be assumed by the Assistant Regional Executive…” The Assistant RE also serves as Chairman of the Competition Board which has the duty to “1) oversee the operation and conduct of all competitive events sponsored by the organization, in accordance with established SCCA rules and procedures; 2) enforce the rules and regulations of such events.”

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Mike Spencer

First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to read candidate bios! Knowledgeable members voting for their Board of Directors leads to a better Board, to better race weekends, and to a better North Carolina Region.

My name is Mike Spencer, and I am your Assistant Regional Executive. As the name implies, this role assists the Regional Executive. However, there is another very important responsibility. The Assistant RE also runs the Competition Board, which is made up of all the various specialty chiefs. The Comp Board meets at different times during the year to plan for upcoming NC Region race and to discuss events shortly after they are run. The lessons we learned from 2016 and earlier are used to make the 2017 events even better.

I first joined SCCA in the early 80s and participated in AutoCross for several years. Once my kids came along, my wife and I agreed that my hobby would get shelved “for the time being”.

The re-opening of VIR in 2000 and the timely encouragement of a good friend convinced me to get involved again. Since I only had AutoCross experience at that time, I started as a Flagger. Not too long after that I obtained my Competition License. Since then I have also worked on Grid, Pit Road, and driven the Safety Car. My family is involved, too. My daughter, Ericka, has been a Safety Car Communicator since (I believe) the first 13-hour race. She also has experience in the Start stand. My son, Paul, was at that first 8-hour endurance race that became the 13-hour “Charge of the Headlight Brigade” the following year. He has been crewing for me and got his Competition license in 2015.

I believe that someone who regularly “plays on both sides of the Armco” is in an excellent position to address issues from both a driver’s perspective and a worker’s perspective. All of us in NC Region are very fortunate to have such a wonderful playground in VIR. I will do everything I can to ensure that our race weekends continue to be safe and fun activities for everyone involved!

In this post, you may click on any of the candidates’ names as links to our email addresses. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have or offer any suggestions.

Enjoy the off-season. I hope to see you at the track in 2017!

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Candidates for Treasurer

Duties (per NCR Bylaws):

“The Treasurer shall, subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be made by the Board of Directors, have custody of all monies, debts, and obligations belonging to the organization. The Treasurer shall receive all monies and deposit same to the North Carolina Region, SCCA, Inc. account. The Treasurer, and the Regional Executive, shall have control over and supervision of all payment of true debts and obligations, and shall maintain such records as are in accordance with accepted accounting procedure. The Treasurer shall be bonded at the expense of the organization, and will perform the duties of the office in the manner described in the Operations Manual.”

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Steve Keadle

  • Joined SCCA in 2003 and worked F&C.
  • Accepted into SIT program in 2005.
  • Completed training and promoted to Divisional Chief Steward 2007.
  • When new Steward grades were established in 2008, promoted to National Steward.
  • Awarded NCR’s E. Gordon Warren Steward of the Year in 2008.
  • Volunteered to procure NCR worker gifts 2009 to present.
  • Current Regional licenses in F&C, Grid and Registration.
  • Current Divisional licenses as Time Trial Chief & Safety Steward and Course Inspector.
  • NCR Treasurer and Board member 2009 to present.
  • 2nd place 2012 NCR Solo Novice Class.
  • Speaker at 2014 & 2015 SCCA National conventions in Charlotte, NC.
  • 29 years as a Tax Accountant.

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Heather Powers

Hello to my fellow NC Region members!

My name is Heather Powers and I am running for Treasurer on your Board of Directors. If elected, I promise to work with our Event Administrators and Specialty Chiefs to look for opportunities to save money and to develop a budget to help us stay aligned with our financial goals. I will work with our Solo Group so that we can develop additional reporting and communication to allow us to share more information between the BOD and the Solo Team. They are running a great program and I would like to provide the BOD with better visibility to that.

If you would like to keep up with what is going on “behind the scenes” in the Region, you can view the Board Meeting minutes here. Additionally, if you have any questions for me or want to share your ideas about the Treasurer position or as your Driver Representative on the Competition Board, please feel free to contact me at 336-707-1344 or hpowers15@yahoo.com.

  • Member of BOD for 20 out of 26 years as a SCCA member
    • Member at Large
    • Assistant RE
  • Driver Representative on Competition Board for 5+ years
  • Volunteered in almost all Specialties
  • Been a member of the Annual Awards Committee
    • Worked with Trophy supplier to select the trophies to give out
    • Created and designed the Crew Member Award
  • I have received several Outstanding Service awards, a Worker of the Year, and a Member of the Year
  • I have held a completion license for 25 years.
    • I got my start in Solo Racing
    • I have raced in many classes including various IT classes, SM, FP, and STO
    • Instructor for PDX
    • Instructor for Club Racing Driver Schools
    • Won a Tarheel Cup Championship
    • In 2015 finished 2nd in IT7 in SARRC

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Candidates for Member-at-Large

Duties (per NCR Bylaws):

“The Members-at-Large are responsible for providing additional input for decision-making, and will endeavor to represent all viewpoints of the membership at meetings of the Board of Directors.”

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Blair Deffenbaugh

Hi, my name is Blair Deffenbaugh. At 25 years old I am a 25 year member of SCCA. I have been active in the club from the time I could walk and talk. I started out in timing and scoring, gaining a divisional license with eligibility for a national license. As soon as I reached the age, I went out and started corner working and not long after that I earned my competition license. I remain active in timing, on the corner and on the track.

Having been an active member for so long I know and am very close to the club and its problems. The key to the club’s success is having active participants on the board. In the last year we have had more club participants on the board than ever before and we have worked better than ever before. Volunteers know what volunteers want and drivers know what drivers want. I have served one term as Member-at-Large and look forward to serving again.

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Anna Crissman

Hello, my name is Anna Crissman, on record I have been a member of North Carolina Region since 2001. I have been involved in SCCA or some form of racing since I was a young child.  Once VIR reopened in 2000, I became reengaged with SCCA and became very involved in Timing and Scoring. As a worker and the Area 12 DA of Timing and Scoring I understand that there are many intricacies that you experience behind the scenes that are hard to understand if you don’t get involved. I also have crewed and been involved with helping drivers in various capacities. There are many things that impact the drivers experience within our organization that many people who volunteer may not be aware of.

I feel like I can see both sides of the equation and am willing to help make our events and Club terrific for all involved.Often we develop an “us vs. them” mentality because we haven’t experienced an event from the other side of the track. We need to do everything we can to make it so that all groups feel represented and engaged in our process.

I want to be involved in streamlining our procedures to make them more user friendly. I also want to be involved in upgrading our technology where possible and broadening our training so that we can be even better than we have ever been. I enjoy the friendships and families that I have made at the racetrack, they keep me laughing/giggling most of the time. Racing should be fun for everyone!

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New Officers elected for NCR after running unopposed

Nominations for RE, Secretary and the two Member-at-Large positions (currently Held by Heather Powers and Blair Stitt) for terms beginning in 2016 were due by the end of the November Board meeting, Wednesday, November 18th. None of the Current office holders, Rex Deffenbaugh, Steve Rose, Heather and Blair, opted to run again. There was only one nomination received for each open office, Sam Fouse for RE, James Shanks for Secretary, Heather Clark and Morgan Mehler for Member-at-Large, so the Board accepted those nominations by acclamation, since there was no need to mail ballots and tabulate results. This will save the Region at least $375 in postage. The new officers will be installed at the annual meeting and awards dinner in Wilmington, at the Coastal Convention Center, Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Sam Fouse
Regional Executive
James Shanks
Secretary

Heather Clark
Member-at-Large

Morgan Mehler
Member-at-Large

 

Results of the Board of Directors Election

The results of the NCR Board of Directors election are in. We appreciate everyone’s participation in the process of electing a Board of Directors and invite anyone who would like to take part to attend the Board meetings, which are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at Piper’s Deli in Durham. The next meeting is on January 21st. All members are welcome!

The ballots have been counted and the winners are:

Assistant Regional Executive:  Mike Spencer

Treasurer:  Steve Keadle

Members-at-Large:  Blair Deffenbaugh and Sam Fouse

Congratulations to each of you!

Your 2015 NC Region Board of Directors
Look for your BoD Officers at any NCR event…races, meetings, schools, etc. Say hello, ask questions, offer suggestions, whatever. We’re here for you!
(Click a name for a link to their email)
Regional Executive
Assistant Regional Executive
Secretary
Treasurer
Member-at-Large
Member-at-Large
Member-at-Large
Member-at-Large
& SARRC Rep.
Chapter Coordinators
(Monthly Chapter reports are posted on our website. Check ’em out!)
Cape Fear Chapter
Triangle Chapter
West Chapter
NCR Staff
Ginny Condrey
Regional Office Manager
Webmaster
Web Content Editor
Mark Senior
NCR/VIR Liaison

To find more contact information for NC Region Officers and Staff, check the Contact Directory.

 

Election Results

The ballots have been t abulated and the results are:

Regional Executive – Rex Deffenbaugh, re-elected for a 3rd term

Secretary – Steve Rose

Members-at-Large – Heather Powers and Blair Stitt

There were 183 valid ballots returned. That’s just over 25% of the membership. 

Congratulations to the winners!

Sara Snider, running for Regional Executive

This is Sara Snider. I have been a member of our Region since 1985. I have had the opportunity to see us in good and bad times. Watching our Region grow has been a great blessing. I believe we go thru cycles in our life and our Region is no different. Our Club is directly affected by the economy and the past several years have been difficult for our Region.

We need to take a close look at the product we are offering our drivers. Formats that have worked well in the past for us need to be revised. We need to streamline our programs, offer more time on track, and provide a quality product at a reasonable cost to our drivers. Maybe there are ways we can incorporate other clubs the opportunity to join us in an event and make it fun for all. We need to look at our worker base. We have always had some of the most qualified workers in SCCA. What can we do to help them and make us stronger?

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Profile of Candidates for NCR Board of Directors

Below are profiles, provided by the candidates themselves, listed in the same order as on the ballot.

Rex Deffenbaugh, incumbent, running for re-election as Regional Executive

I’m Rex T. Deffenbaugh, the incumbent Regional Executive for North Carolina Region and current competitor. I’m running for my third term in this office. I have served for over 15 years on the Board in many capacities. As RE, I have never missed a Board meeting in person in 4 years. Because of this I have amassed a great deal of experience in operating the Region. My years on the Board have led to a number of great relationships with National, South East Division and other Regional Administrators, which facilitates the communication we need to continue putting on great events. This has allowed us to continue running races such as the SARRC/MARRS despite budget constraints and policy changes in both Regions. While RE, we successfully put on our first race in the new Majors program. We have worked to ensure the Region comes in as close to breakeven as possible each year, coming within $1,500 on a budget of more than $250,000. This ensures we keep racing costs down in a less than ideal economy. I hope you will vote for me to continue running this Region and keeping us on track.

Sara Snider, running for Regional Executive

This is Sara Snider. I have been a member of our Region since 1985. I have had the opportunity to see us in good and bad times. Watching our Region grow has been a great blessing. I believe we go thru cycles in our life and our Region is no different. Our Club is directly affected by the economy and the past several years have been difficult for our Region.

We need to take a close look at the product we are offering our drivers. Formats that have worked well in the past for us need to be revised. We need to streamline our programs, offer more time on track, and provide a quality product at a reasonable cost to our drivers. Maybe there are ways we can incorporate other clubs the opportunity to join us in an event and make it fun for all. We need to look at our worker base. We have always had some of the most qualified workers in SCCA. What can we do to help them and make us stronger?

As the person who oversees the operations of our Region, we need a five year plan. Where do we want to be in five years and how do we accomplish this goal? That is what I want to bring to this position. Having said that, I now ask for your vote. If you want change, then vote.

Steve Rose, running for Secretary, unopposed

For those of you who don’t know me, or much about me, my name is Steve Rose and I am running for the position of Secretary.

My love for racing started out at a young age. The town I grew up in hosted the infamous Kil-Kare Dragway and Speedway. I spent most of my time trying to go fast on the drag strip, along with a couple feature races in the beginner stock class on the speedway. I ran anything I could get in, from my first car, a stripped down Buick Grand National, to my prized ‘66 Oldsmobile Cutlass. I was indeed a fan of high horsepower, point and shoot kind of driving. I loved smoky burnouts and trying to beat the well-funded drivers. Since I was bracket racing, I always had a shot if I was consistent. Okay, I wasn’t too much of that, but I always worked hard on my cars and usually had a few tricks up my sleeve.

Fast forward a few years, and all the sudden I’m in Durham, NC. I had taken on a new job at a local lawn and garden center where I was hired to run a small engine shop. I’m still there to this day! The owner, knowing I was a gearhead immediately showed me his son’s ancient Formula 440 car that one day he might get on track. I saw a decal on the car and questioned, what is SCCA? He was in disbelief. He asked me if I had ever been to a road race. It wasn’t even a week later, and he dragged me up to VIR to spectate what was to be my first.

I was almost immediately hooked. I wouldn’t admit it at the time, but I noticed these guys were just like me! Most of what I saw was an intelligent camaraderie amongst drivers, competitors helping one another, and folks who just wanted to get their cars on track, drive fast, and have a good time. I thought, this is for me, on some level, I want to get involved.

Not more than a couple weeks go by, and I am in contact with one of our flag chiefs as to how I can be part of this really great club. I was astonished that I could actually be put on a corner with flags in my hand. I simply couldn’t believe that an unknown person would be given such a duty! I had no idea what I would be doing, how to do it, or what the future would hold. I felt like for the first time in my life, that I belonged to something very special, and that one day, it would be me in the driver’s seat. Flagging turned out to be really cool too. I was excited to have such a great seat, giving drivers and Race Control information, and getting a meal out of it too. I remember thinking, these people are crazy, don’t they know I would have paid to do this!

It wasn’t long before I was crewing for a team, and getting a very good education on what it takes to get a car prepped for what I then knew was “real” racing. I learned a lot from the team I was helping. I even did enough that I was graciously given the opportunity to go to driver’s school in one of their cars. I can remember telling them how good I was, and how I was going to break track records! Well, that didn’t happen, but I did have a greater respect for what they were doing, and I can definitely say that flagging before racing was a really smart move. I had an advantage over many other students as to flag condition and what to do. When I’m not racing, you will still find me on a corner, working the flags.

Since then, I have been running my own campaign in IT7. I’ve even been on the podium a few times. I am currently the administrator for our Region’s own Tarheel Cup Pro Series, am a regular at the BOD meetings, and can honestly tell you, I’m just glad to be here, and I want what’s best for my Club. I am running unopposed for the position of Secretary, but I felt it was important to let you know who I am. I sincerely hope the NCR will benefit from my serving this position, and I am always just a phone call away. I wish you the best in the upcoming season, and I will see you at the track!

Marcel Ciascai, running for Member-at-Large

I’ve been a member of SCCA since 2004. Originally a member of the South Carolina Region, after moving to Virginia I switched to the North Carolina Region. While in South Carolina, I helped reinvigorate their Club Racing program and worked as their Race Chairman. In 2007, I joined the Stewards program. In addition, I’m a Rally driver and co-driver. I think it’s time NCR had a RallyCross program and I’d like to help make that happen.

Bruce Dover, running for Member-at-Large

I joined SCCA in 1995. I didn’t really know what to expect, so I just showed up at a Triangle Chapter meeting, introduced myself and said, “Put me to work”. The first to do so were Rob and Laurie Suggs. Rob was a SARRC Champion in Formula Ford and Laurie was a long-time Race Chair for NCR. Laurie was taking her first driver’s school, at Road Atlanta, after being Rob’s Crew Chief for years, and they took me along to crew for them.

I remember that I had a new Camaro at the time and it was all I could do, on the drive from Durham to Braselton, to keep up with Rob, who was driving a full-size van and pulling a closed trailer with a racecar, and all that goes with it, inside!

On Saturday morning, I asked who those folks were driving their street cars out onto the track prior to us getting started. I was told that they were corner workers. Anyway, to make a long story short, that weekend was a real eye-opener! I learned a lot, found a way to become a part of the sport I love and I’ve never looked back. On the drive back home on Sunday evening, we stopped along the way to eat dinner. Some of the people I met that weekend and ate dinner with that evening were Al Fairer, Kaye Baum (later Kaye Fairer), Heather Powers, Ann Taylor and Clyde Kiser, just to name a few!

A few weeks later, I headed to Rockingham for my first SCCA race. I had no idea how long it took to get there, so I arrived waaay early. The guard at the tunnel said it was too early for Registration to be open, but that I could go in, just be sure to come back out and register. It was my first time at Rockingham Raceway since I had been there for a go-cart race back in the mid-70s and, before I realized where I was, I found myself driving on the track! Nobody was up yet in the paddock, the sunrise provided just enough light to see where I was going without headlights, there was a light fog, it was cold out and I was alone on the track, yet somehow I felt completely at home!

Later that day, I was introduced to corner working. It was awesome…hell, EVERYTHING was awesome! The people…the cars…the racing…I was hooked!

After about two years of working corners, I decided I wanted to try out the Start stand. Rob Suggs had quit racing FF and was working Start, so I felt comfortable going into something new with someone I knew. Anyway, I’ve been a Starter ever since. Earning my National Starter license was a big deal for me, especially since my “Starter mentor”, Al Fairer, recommended me for it. I remember thinking, when we began racing at VIR in 2000, how great it would be to be Chief Starter there. Well, after Al gave up the position to become a Steward and nobody else seemed to want it, I kind of “inherited” the Chief Starter position a couple of years later. I was Chief Starter until the 2012 season, when I gave it up due to work conflicts.

In the ensuing years, I was honored to be named Worker of the Year in 2003 and 2006. I was the Editor of the Region’s publication, The Bulletin, from 2004 through 2008. Now that NCR, like many other Regions, has given up publishing a newsletter in favor of an all-electronic version of getting the news out, I’m currently serving as the Web Content Editor (not to be confused with webmaster…that’s Jeff Eng) for our website, ncrscca.com. As I stated previously, in 2012 I gave up the position of Chief Starter due to conflicts with my work schedule. I felt that the Chief should attend ALL our races, and I wasn’t able to do so at that time.

Now, after 19 years as an SCCA/NCR member, I’d like to take the next step. I’ve been attending Board meetings, off and on, for 8 or 9 years now, to get an idea of how the Club is run and keep up with what’s going on. I think an Editor should know his subject matter. I’d like to become a part of the NCR Board of Directors and so I’m running for Member-at-Large. I’d like to see more and better communication between the Board and the membership and will endeavor to see that happen. I believe that the best way to keep the members we have and entice others to join is to engage and involve them. Keeping the membership informed about what its leaders are up to can help accomplish that. Your vote for me will insure that there’s someone on the Board working to keep YOU informed. Thanks in advance for your vote!

Heather Powers, running for Member-at-Large

Hello to my fellow North Carolina Region members! My name is Heather Powers and I am running for Member-at-Large. I have been a Region member since 1990. I have been active in the operations of the Region for the majority of the time that I have been a member. I have participated on committees for awards, the banquet, and the PDX program. I have been a Member-at-Large and I was the Assistant RE for a few years. Currently, I am serving as the Drivers Representative on the Competition Board.

I have worked almost every specialty at least once. I started my driving career in auto crossing. I have been an instructor for both PDX and for Competition driving. I have also had the good fortune to drive race cars in many classes including Spec Miata, Production, Super Touring, and Improved Touring and I have been campaigning my own Mazda RX7 in IT7 in SARRC, ECR, TCPS, and in 8 different 13 hour races.

I hope you will allow me to once again be a voice for you, the membership, on our Board of Directors.

Thanks for your consideration!

Mike Spencer, running for Member-at-Large

No profile received from candidate.

Blair “Pepe” Stitt, running for Member-at-Large

No profile received from candidate.

Candidates for Open Board of Directors Positions Announced

The offices of Regional Executive (RE), Secretary and two Member-at-Large positions are up for grabs in the upcoming election. 

Candidates for RE are the current RE, Rex Deffenbaugh and Sara Snider.

Steve Rose is running unopposed for Secretary. Jerry Pell will be vacating that position.

The candidates for the two Member-at-Large positions, vacated by Wayne Quick and Neal “Vern” Harrison are: Marcel Ciascai, Bruce Dover, Heather Powers, Mike Spencer and Blair “Pepe” Stitt.

Profiles of all candidates will be posted here on or before December 15th, so watch for that. 

Ballots will be mailed out by Wednesday, December 4th and must be returned by December 31st. Results will be posted here as soon as available. All members receiving ballots are encouraged to vote.

 

2014 SCCA Board Election Results Announced

TOPEKA, Kan. (November 18, 2013) – The Sports Car Club of America announced the results of the SCCA Board of Directors elections that were held in four of the SCCA’s geographic Areas. Three new board members were elected, with one incumbent rejoining the board for a second three-year term in office.

Incumbent Area 10 director John Walsh, of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., ran unopposed to retain his position on the Board of Directors.

Terry Hanushek, of Mullica Hill, N.J., won the Area 2 election with 831 votes, topping Michael Collins, of Mount Airy, Md., (535 votes) and Stephen Hyatt, of Chambersburg, Pa., with 208 votes. Hanushek fills the seat vacated by Jerry Wannarka.

Peter Zekert, of Maryland Heights, Mo., defeated Michael West, of Munford, Tenn., for the Area 6 position, 413 votes to 367. The Area 6 seat was previously held by Lisa Noble.

Tere Pulliam, of Oxford, Ga., fills the Area 12 seat vacated by Philip Creighton. Pulliam received 673 votes, defeating Bob Horansky, of Jackson, Ga., who received 496 votes.

 

2013 Board of Directors Election Results:

Area 2

Michael Collins – 535

Terry Hanushek – 831

Stephen C. Hyatt – 208

Area 6

Michael West – 367

Peter Zekert – 413

Area 10

John Walsh (unopposed) – 1

Area 12

Bob Horansky – 496

Tere Pulliam – 673

 

The 2014 SCCA Board of Directors:

Area One: Dick Patullo

Area Two: Terry Hanushek

Area Three: Robin Langlotz

Area Four: Stephen Harris

Area Five: Bruce Lindstrand

Area Six: Peter Zekert

Area Seven: Dan Helman

Area Eight: Bill Kephart

Area Nine: Brian McCarthy

Area 10: John Walsh

Area 11: Michael Lewis

Area 12: Tere Pulliam

Area 13: Todd Butler

Election ballots were received through November 15, and were tallied by Mize, Houser & Company, Certified Public Accountants.

The current Board Members will gather for their final meeting of the year in Topeka, Kan., Dec. 5-7, joined by incoming Board Members Hanushek, Zekert and Pulliam. The new Board Members will officially assume their duties on January 1, 2014.

Time to throw your hat in the ring!

Nominations for next year’s Board of Directors are now open.

It’s that time of year when we elect a new slate of officers to run this club. All NCR members are eligible and we encourage as wide a range of participation as possible.

New candidates should not feel intimidated. The NCR Bylaws provide that we elect half of our Region’s officers every year, and that we alternate them in pairs, in order to provide continuity from year to year. So there will always be experienced people present to help you get acclimated to your new position. Even if you’ve volunteered before and were not elected, we urge you now to try again. Some of our current officers would like to retire!

This club, as always, needs all the eager volunteers it can get.  Got a new idea?  Want to see where the money goes? Want to help us get it right when it comes to event planning and budgeting, making sure that we spend your money on the “right” things?

Now’s your chance. You can be a part of the decision-making process.

Open Positions for 2014:

  • Regional Executive (currently held by Rex Deffenbaugh)
  • Secretary (currently held by Jerry Pell)
  • Member-at-Large (Wayne Quick’s seat)
  • Member-at-Large (Neal Harrison’s Seat)

Nominations must be written. You must nominate yourself in writing and have 3 other NCR members sign the document. Each nominee and signatory should provide his or her membership number, but if for some reason you don’t know it, we can look it up. Just give your completed nomination document to any current Board member or send it to Ginny Condrey at the Region Office before the next Board of Director’s meeting.

Nominations close at the end of the next (November 20th) Board meeting.

James Shanks
NCR Membership Chair