ROAD RACING - GET STARTED
Are you ready to take that step from watching road racing to getting behind the wheel? It’s not an easy process, but SCCA has produced more road racers than anyone, so you’re in good hands.
These are step-by-step instructions and guidance which will help you obtain an SCCA Competition License. If, upon reading this guide, you have questions or special requests, Member Services at the SCCA National Office will be happy to help you! 1-800-770-2055.
We realize that you probably have many questions on how to begin racing. How much does it all cost, what tips are there to keep expenses in check, what options are there for obtaining a race car, and many other questions are answered in this free online resource GoAheadTakeTheWheel.com. There’s also a free mentor program you can take advantage of.
STEP 1 – Join the SCCA
Joining the SCCA has never been easier, simply click here.
Next, you’ll need to go visit your doctor for a sports physical. You can download that form, as well as the Novice Permit form. If you are 14-18 years old and want to drive competitively or work in a hot area, you’ll need to complete one of the Minor Waiver forms. These are available for download, or you can contact SCCA to have one mailed to you. If you are under 21 and live in Alabama, Nebraska, or Wyoming, you will also need to complete one of the Minor Waiver forms. *NOTE: All waiver forms must be printed in COLOR.
STEP 2 – Submit your Paperwork
Submit the Novice Permit Application with all of the required documents and Novice Permit fee to the SCCA Member Services Department at 6620 SE Dwight St. Topeka, KS 66619; OR you may obtain your Novice Permit through your local Region's licensing representative (see SCCA Divisions/Regions maps for links to Region Web sites). NOTE: If you are 14-17 years of age, you must apply for all Competition Licenses through the SCCA Member Services Department at the National Office. The Novice Permit, often referred to as a "logbook," allows you to enter an SCCA Driver School and later, SCCA Regional Club Racing events. Anyone 14 years and older, who has a Motor Vehicle Operators license or previous racing experience, may be eligible for a Novice Permit. Items required prior to issuance of a Novice Permit include:
1. A current Physical Examination* dated no more than six months prior to application.
2. Two passport size photos.
3. A photocopy of both sides of your Motor Vehicle Operators license
4. 14 - 17 year olds:
a. A completed Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement form (original only, photo copies not accepted). *NOTE: All waiver forms must be printed in color.
b. A completed Minor's Assumption of Risk Acknowledgment form (original only, photo copies not accepted). *NOTE: Must be printed in color.
5. If you are 18-21 years of age and live in Alabama, Nebraska, or Wyoming, a notarized Minor Waiver Release form. *NOTE: Must be printed in color.
6. $125 Novice Permit fee. For details contact the Member Services Department at 800-770-2055.
STEP 3 – Prepare to enter an SCCA Driver School Event
Click here to go straight to the "Driver School" page, which has a list of upcoming events at the bottom. Some Regions hold Drivers Schools only in the Spring, others conduct them year round; however, you may attend an SCCA Driver School anywhere in the country. To attend an SCCA Driver School, you must arrange for your own properly prepared race car. You will also need approved driving gear, including an SCCA approved helmet. If you do not have a race car, you will have to rent or lease one in order to attend a school. Renting allows you to concentrate on driving and also permits you to consider which class best fits your goals before you buy a car. Rental prices generally range from $500 - $2,000 depending on the car type. Contact your local Region's Competition Chairman for assistance in obtaining a rented vehicle.
If there aren't any SCCA Driver Schools scheduled in your area, contact your local Region to ask about arranging an Alternate Driver School (ADS). ADS may be completed with an driving instructor one-on-one or with a small group of drivers. The ground school instruction may occur prior to arriving at the track and the on-track observation may take place during a test day, SCCA CRE or Time Trial event.
READ AND BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE GCR BEFORE your first school, paying special attention to the section on Flags! This is where you'll find information about specific vehicles as well as equipment requirements and standards.
STEP 4 – Driver School Checklist
Upon receipt of your event entry packet, READ ALL the information provided. Most importantly, note the rules and regulations specific to the event and the race track. Complete your entry form in its entirety and return it to the person listed. Make absolutely certain your personal driving equipment, (i.e., Helmet, Driving Suit, Gloves/Shoes, etc.) is in good order, and that your car is race-ready BEFORE the first on-track sessions. Be punctual for your classroom sessions. These are mandatory.
Make every effort to have a qualified mechanic on hand to ensure your car runs properly, as you successfully must complete all the on-track sessions in order to get credit for the school.
STEP 5 – SCCA Regional Competition License…and Beyond
Upon completion of one Driver School and three additional race weekends (you’re still a Novice for your first three), you are eligible to receive an SCCA Full Competition License. You have two years from the date of issue to complete the Novice requirements. Once the requirements are met, send your completed Novice Permit, signed off by the event Chief Steward at your third race; a copy of your Physical Exam;Competition License Application and $100 to the Member Service Department. You will soon be the proud owner of a Full Competition License.
If it's road racing you are interested in, you will most likely have to attend one SCCA approved Driver Schools.
NOTE: While the SCCA Driver Schools and private racing schools have similar names, they are somewhat different in scope. A primary goal of an SCCA Drivers School is to teach novices how to race safely and expose them to racing in the SCCA.
• Accredited Driving Schools
• SCCA Regional Driving Schools
• Divisional Licensing Chairman: (See Divisions map to verify your Division ).
• Northern Pacific Division
• Southern Pacific Division
• Rocky Mountain Division
• Central Division
• Midwest Division
• Southwest Division
• Southeast Division
• Great Lakes Division
• Northeast Division
An example: A driver who previously held an SCCA license but has not raced for a few years. Depending on this individual's previous racing record and the length of the layoff, it's possible the Divisional Licensing Administrator may waive the driver back to a Full Competition license. Or, the Administrator may require a "retread" to complete a Drivers School or a private racing school before a waiver will be considered. If you have previous racing experience and would like a waiver, document your experience and present your request to your Divisional Licensing Administrator.
NOTE: Fees and requirements listed here are subject to change. If you have questions about getting started in Club Racing; Write/Phone/e-mail Member Services Department at 6620 SE Dwight St, Topeka, KS 66619; 1-800-770-2055. (If sending e-mail, please include your full name, member number, return e-mail address and telephone number in the body of the message).
It’s very important that you become familiar with the General Competition Rules, otherwise known as the GCR. These are the rules that govern SCCA Club Racing.
The 2021 General Competition Rules (GCR)
The 2021 General Competition Rules online are made available by SCCA Road Racing as a courtesy to our entrants, volunteers and anyone interested in learning more about the technical regulations governing SCCA Road Racing.
For more information on Car Classing, Rule Changes, and current GCR, please click the button below and scroll to the bottom of the page.
ROAD RACING SERIES
Technical questions may be directed to NC Region Chief of Tech, Chris Shimmel 919-644-1334 or [email protected]
SOUTH ATLANTIC ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP (SARRC)
Jim Creighton, SARRC Administrator – jcrei[email protected]
The SARRC series is the most successful regional race series in all of SCCA. Each year, the series has 25 races and over 4000 total entries. SARRC stands for the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship.
The final SARRC race of the race season is at Roebling Road in October and is called the SIC or SARRC Invitational Challenge. As the name implies, this is an invitation only race. In order to be invited, a driver must enter three regular season SARRC races.
Drivers may count their points for their best six regular season races toward the SARRC Championship. In addition, the points earned at the SIC count double and are added to the best six regular season races.
ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP RACING SERIES (ECR)
Carol Cone, ECR Administrator [email protected]
The ECR is a regional race series limited only to Spec Miata, Showroom stock, SRF & IT classes. ECR is the Endurance Championship Race series and is 1.5 or longer races.
The series is similar to SARRC in that you count your best six regular season races and the double points for the Championship race which is scheduled the same weekend this year as the SIC.
TARHEEL CUP SERIES (TCS)
Sam Fouse, TCS Administrator [email protected]
The Tarheel Cup Series – TCS is a regional points series conducted by the North Carolina Region (NCR) of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and any other region(s) in the SEDiv. of SCCA.
ATLANTIC PRO CUP SERIES (APC)
Rich Mesick, APC Administrator [email protected]
Atlantic Pro Cup is a replacement for the Carolina Cup Pro Series.
The series is designed to promote fun, hassle free racing with a professional atmosphere.
APC is a points-based, team series, with cash awards for top finishers in each race and a cumulative cash prize for the overall points winner at the end the season.
APC races are all 45 minutes in length with a mandatory 2 minute pit-stop. Many teams opt to run one driver per race, however rules allow for a driver swap allowing more drivers to participate and gain valuable seat time.
V8 ROAD RACING SERIES
V8RRS Series Administrator, Butch Kumer [email protected]
V8RRS is a program for those that want to compete using big American V8’s in road racing events. This program builds upon the very successful V8 Stock Car series that targeted specific events to provide enhanced competition in the Big Bore classes, but V8RRS expands the concept even further.
PRODUCTION CAR FESTIVAL
More info coming soon.
MID ATLANTIC ROAD RACING SERIES (MARRS)
MARRS is administered by the Washington DC Region. The link to the right will take you to their Road Racing page.
SCCA HOOSIER SUPER TOUR
Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour consists of multiple weekends at premier tracks across the United States. Each event includes two races for each Runoffs-eligible car class.
Venues are selected based on various attributes. Some have decades of history with a record book featuring the biggest names in all of motorsport. Other sites are top “pro” tracks offering the best quality racing surface and amenities. And certain tracks were selected because they are the best “club” courses in the country, where challenging layouts are matched with warm hospitality and a “family feel” to the paddock area.
Hoosier Super Tour drivers earn points toward two separate point championships, the U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championships, which include other non-Hoosier Super Tour Majors events, and the Hoosier Super Tour Championship. Hoosier Super Tour Champions earn a free set of tires, a commemorative trophy and jacket for their achievement. The points structure is the same as the U.S. Majors Tour with the best six Hoosier Super Tour races, plus the Runoffs finish, going toward deciding class champions.
SCCA US MAJORS TOUR
The U.S. Majors Tour is the pinnacle of championship racing in North America.
This isn't Easy Street. This is where America's best amateur drivers race. It means start-to-finish, wheel-to-wheel action. It's where drivers not only put their cars on the track, they put their pride on the line.
Make no mistake, this is not country club driving. The kindred spirit found here is mixed with fuel and emotion. Adrenaline pumps a little harder here.
Take a close look. It's not for everyone. If you long for the flag that welcomes or denies you, we have a spot for you. Welcome to the Majors.