CENTENNIAL, Colo. (July 18, 2002) -- The Sports Car Club of America, Inc. has announced the creation of its Technical Department and named Ken Brown its Director of Technical Services. The new department will also include Technical Managers for...
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (July 18, 2002) -- The Sports Car Club of America, Inc. has announced the creation of its Technical Department and named Ken Brown its Director of Technical Services.
The new department will also include Technical Managers for each of the Club Racing, Rally and Solo divisions. Presently the Technical Director of SCCA Enterprises and its Spec Racer Ford car, Brown will oversee the new department, reporting directly to SCCA President and CEO Steve Johnson.
"This is a major step forward for all of SCCA, elevating our technical services to this new level," said Johnson. "This move will put SCCA on an equal footing with other major sanctioning bodies and their technical departments.
"Putting resources behind the tech department enables us to better handle all of the issues our participants deal with on a daily basis. Ken Brown is a perfect candidate to lead this new venture, and we're once again proud to promote within the SCCA family."
Brown joins SCCA, Inc. after a four-year stint with its wholly owned subsidiary SCCA Enterprises. Prior to working with Enterprises, Brown engineered equipment for the disabled for eight years after spending 14 years as a high school and post-secondary teacher and department chair of industrial and technical studies in Omaha, Neb. As an instructor, Brown taught physics, auto mechanics and fabrication. The Omaha-native has a masters degree in Industrial Technical studies with an emphasis on Automotive Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Mankato.
"I'm real excited about moving us into the 21st Century with regard to technical issues and the cars now available to compete in SCCA," said Brown. "From a technical standpoint, I want to renew the idea that this is a fun process and not something that everyone dreads. My job is to get more people interested in having fun at the race track."
Brown has a long history of competition as well, starting as a child in karts before moving to midgets and then sprint cars, which he still drives today. Brown has also competed in SCCA Solo II, drag racing and motorcycles.
"I'm looking forward to working with the various committees and the Competition Board to facilitate better communication," said Brown. "This will allow us to get things done quickly and permit us to move forward. "I have a lot of respect for Jim Dixon and the Enterprises staff. There are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for Enterprises, and I'm a little sad to move on. However, this is a great opportunity for me and my dedication to the Club as a whole."
Brown will officially start as the Director of Technical Services September 3, while assisting in the transition period for Enterprises and the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series. The three technical managers will be announced in the coming months.
PROFILE - SCCA
Founded in 1944, the Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 65,000-member motorsports organization, which incorporates all facets of autocross, rally, and both club and professional motorsports events. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 109 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events for the Club include the Club Racing Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Tire Rack Solo II® Nationals and Tire Rack ProSolo® National Series at Topeka, Kansas, the ProRally® Championship and the United States Road Rally Championship, in St. Louis, Mo. For more information, please visit www.scca.org