CENTENNIAL, Colo. (December 12, 2001) -- The Sports Car Club of America, Inc. Board of Directors has elected JoAnne Jensen to be its Chairman, expanding her role from the position of Vice Chairman, held since 2000.

Jensen replaces K.P. Jones as the Chairman of the Board for the membership-based organization which topped 62,000 this month. Jones served as Chairman since 1999, and will continue to serve on the Board as Director of Area three. In addition, Jones will retain his position as Chairman of the Board for SCCA subsidiary SCCA Pro Racing, Ltd.

"It is a great honor to be elected as Chairman of such an outstanding organization," said Jensen. "I look forward to the challenges ahead as the SCCA continues to grow. As is the case with fellow Board members, working for the betterment of this organization is truly a labor of love. I revel the opportunity I've been afforded."

An SCCA member since 1981, Jensen was elected to the BOD in 1997 to represent Area 11 of the club, which includes Arizona, Hawaii, Southern California and the majority of Nevada. In 1999, she was elected as the fifth member of the SCCA's Executive Committee, which consists of the officers of the SCCA.

"This coming year will be monumental for SCCA with our headquarter relocation, the launch of SCCA University and the explosive growth we've been encountering over the past 15 months," said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of SCCA, Inc. "We are very fortunate to have JoAnne Jensen as Chairman working with us to oversee the development of our initiatives in this monumental year.

"I would also like to personally thank K.P. Jones for all his guidance and support in getting us to the position we are in today."

Jensen brings a very diverse SCCA background and a wealth of motorsports experience to the position. She has held numerous SCCA licenses, including National Chief Steward, registration, race control and flagging and communications. For the past 15 years, she has served as chief communicator for SCCA street circuit events. Jensen has traveled throughout the country working both SCCA Club and Pro events in all divisions and past experience has also included work for other major sanctioning bodies, including NASCAR, CART, Grand-Am and USAC, for both oval and road course events.

Gary Pitts will assume Jensen's former position of Vice Chairman. Pitts represents Area nine on the BOD, which covers the San Francisco, Calif. and Reno, Nev. SCCA regions. The Board also welcomes Brian Holtz, of Area two, and Charlie Clark, of Area six, joining Kathleen Barnes, Tom Campbell, Pete Hylton, Jones, John Martinsen, Phil Mellor, Ken Patterson, Robert Schader and Dan Sherrod.