Majors Tour Drawing More Cars To SCCA
TOPEKA, Kan. – When Sports Car Club of America launched the U.S. Majors Tour last September, one of the primary goals was to cluster competition amongst the best racers in the SafeRacer National Series.
Through the first eight Majors races of 2013, that target has been reached, with car counts up nearly 19 percent from 2012.
Comparing the 2013 Majors Tour races to the equivalent National Races a season ago, four of the early season races – Auto Club Speedway, Road Atlanta, Virginia Int’l Raceway and Summit Point – individually increased more than 20 percent. The early May race at Summit Point led the way with an increase of 28.24 percent average attendance per day, well above the 18.96% jump across the board.
Those numbers ignore the March debut at Circuit of the Americas, which hosted a season-high 936 entries during both days of the doubleheader.
“This is a transition year for the U.S. Majors Tour and the entire Club Racing program, but we have been very pleased with the increased car counts thus far,” SCCA President & CEO Jeff Dahnert said. “All of the events thus far have seen an increase from 2012, with all but one increasing more than 16 percent.
“With any new program, there will be some trepidation, and we appreciate the trust instilled in us by our Regions and their partnership in these events. As we work through the remainder of this season and look to 2014, we are excited to focus on enhancing the experience for our participants and growing the Conference Championships to new levels.”
The data includes the opening eight events on the 19-event schedule. Each of the remaining events, with the exception of the WeatherTech June Sprints at Road America, are doubleheaders. The June Sprints offers a bonus race for half of the run groups on the weekend.
The U.S. Majors Tour is divided into four geographic conferences to give SCCA Club Racers a championship experience without cross-country travel. Each of the four Conferences – Eastern, Northern, Mid-States and Western – will crown a champion in all 28 Runoffs-eligible classes. The U.S. Majors Tour is the top level of SCCA’s strong amateur racing program.