Contingencies offered can help defray racing costs.
Christmas came early for competitors in the Sports Car Club of America's SafeRacer Club Racing program with the announcement of18 motorsports leaders offering contingency awards during the 2015 season.
Eight auto makers will offer cash prizes for top finishing positions in Majors Tour competition – including Mazda North American Operations, Chevrolet, Ford Racing, Honda Performance Development, MINI USA, Nissan Motorsports, Scion Racing and Toyota/TRD. Many of these manufacturers will also offer payouts to racers at the Regional level.
Mazda, the Official Vehicle of SCCA, has pledged their support of the U.S. Majors Tour. Race winners in Spec Miata will earn $600, with second place receiving $350, followed by $175 for third. In the remaining eligible classes, winners will get an $800 check with $500 awarded to second and $250 to third. In addition, a $1,750 bonus will be awarded to the Conference Champion driving a Mazda. For SCCA's Regional program, Mazda will award $800, $500 and $250, respectively, to the top three positions in the Divisional Points Championships in eligible classes. Spec Miata and Formula Mazda drivers on the Divisional podium will earn $600, $350 and $175, in that order, with SM5 top three drivers to receive $500, $300 and $150.
Chevrolet will support its Sonic competitors in the U.S. Majors Tour B-Spec class, offering eligible drivers a bonus of $750 for a win, $500 for second and $250 for third in each race. Ford will award payouts of $700, $500 and $250 to top three race finishers of eligible classes at all Majors races. Each Formula Enterprises and Formula F Majors Conference Champion powered by a Ford engine will also receive a $1,000 check.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) will award select vehicles with a prize of $500, $300 and $150 for the top three spots in any Majors races in eligible classes. All other Honda/Acura vehicles in those same classes will be eligible for bonuses of $200, $100 and $50 for podium finishes. Honda will also award payouts for drivers in eligible Improved Touring classes at the American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta. A podium finish will be worth $500, $300 and $150, in that order.
Nissan Motorsports supports podium finishers in select Majors Tour classes. Winners in current models will be able to cash in on bonuses for $500, $250 and $100 in the respective top-three positions, while drivers of non-current models will be eligible for paydays of $250, $150 and $100. In both cases, a Majors Conference title is worth $1,000.
MINI USA will offer payouts to its drivers in the top three of eligible Majors classes at the rate of $500, $250 and $100, while a Conference Championship prize of $1,250 is available. The manufacturer will also pay out to eligible drivers at all Regional races on the same schedule, with a Division title being substituted for a Conference Championship.
Scion Racing is prepared to award eligible drivers of the FR-S cash in the amount of $500 for a Majors race win, $300 for second place and $150 for third. All other Scion drivers in eligible Majors classes will be able to capture a $400 bonus for any podium position. In support of the Regional Club Racing program, Scion will give cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 for eligible top-three finishers, in that order.
Toyota/TRD will support its customers taking part in the U.S. Majors Tour by awarding $800 to eligible drivers in GT-2 and GT-3. All other eligible drivers taking a win in an eligible class will receive $400. TRD will also be offering bonuses for podium finishers in Runoffs-qualifying Regional races in select classes. Those drivers who are eligible will receive $200 for a win, $100 for second and $50 for third.
BFGoodrich Tires, Goodyear Tire, Hankook Tires, Hoosier Racing Tire and Kumho Tires have all pledged contingency support for the upcoming season.
BFGoodrich Tires will award eligible drivers two tires for a first-place finish and one tire for a second-place finish at all Majors Tour races. Goodyear will offer $300 and $100, in cash, to eligible top-two finishers at each Majors race, with the Conference Champion earning a $500 bonus.
Hoosier Racing Tire will also be giving out contingency awards at all Majors and Regional races this year. Spec Miata drivers who win a Majors Tour race will earn four tires, with second place earning two free tires. Places third through eight will earn one free tire. In all other eligible Majors classes, a win is worth two tires while a runner-up finish is worth one. Hoosier's Regional program will award two tires to a Spec Miata class winner, with one tire going to second place.
Kumho Tires will be supporting the all classes in the Regional Club Racing program with product credits in exchange for a podium finish. Hankook Tires will release the details of its contingency program in the coming weeks.
Hawk Performance, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will also be on board with a contingency program of their own in 2015. Eligible winners of a Majors race can collect $100 worth of product, while a second-place finish is worth $50 and third place will earn $25.
Carbotech Brakes will return as a Club Racing contingency sponsor with $100 product certificates for a Majors win, a $75 product certificate for second and third receiving a $50 certificate. NEO Motorsport, a big brake manufacturer, has also pledged their support for the Majors by offering winners using their brake kits cash prizes for a podium finish. Payouts will be $150, $100 and $75 for the top-three positions, respectively.
SafeRacer, the Official Safety Provider of SCCA, has returned to support the Nation-wide points program. The Champion in each class at the end of the year will earn a $500 product certificate. Summit Racing Equipment also re-upped this year. Eligible winners in each class of a Majors Tour race will be able to get their hands on a $100 product certificate, while second place can earn a $50 certificate.
Details on all contingency programs and how to register can be found at http://www.scca.com/clubracing/content.cfm?cid=44474 . Drivers should read all program requirements carefully and be sure to have the necessary paperwork submitted before their first event.
As new Club Racing contingency programs become available, they will be posted to SCCA.com.