SCCA Planning Formula F Celebration
TOPEKA, Kan. – A steering committee of movers and shakers in the motorsports industry have assembled to promote the Formula F 45th anniversary celebration at the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, running on the 15-turn, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park, Aug.9-10.
Formula F launched in 1969, with Skip Barber taking the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® win in what was then known as Formula Ford. Since the beginning, the class served as a proving ground for open wheel racers, including national champions Barber, Dennis Firestone, Dave Weitzenhof, Bob Lobenberg, Jimmy Vasser and more. To this day, Formula F remains one of the most popular classes in the top level of Sports Car Club of America’s SafeRacer Club Racing program.
Among the industry insiders helping the SCCA staff promote the event are RACER Magazine founder and publisher Paul Pfanner, Formula car stalwart and promoter Mike Rand, and SCCA President/CEO Lisa Noble.
Pfanner, a Formula F racer himself in his spare time, led the charge at the 20th anniversary festival in 1989. Pfanner’s contacts within the industry, his media reach, and his passion for the sport drive his membership on the committee.
“Formula F racing gave me a place to start my publishing career and allowed me to experience the best of SCCA competition,” Pfanner said. “It remains a true challenge for serious racers wanting to climb racing’s ladder to the top. The 45th Anniversary Formula F Festival will celebrate the heroes who came from our ranks and showcase the best of today’s Formula F racers. Our staff at RACER.com, RACER Magazine and SPORTSCAR Magazine are very excited to be involved with Lisa Noble and her team at SCCA as well as my old friend Mike Rand who has done so much to promote the class.”