New competition, tech director appointed

Tripkos Named Competition and Technical Director for SCCA Pro Racing TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 22, 2008) -- SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Technical Manager Ken Tripkos has been promoted to Competition and Technical Director for SCCA Pro ...

Tripkos Named Competition and Technical Director for SCCA Pro Racing

TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 22, 2008) -- SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Technical Manager Ken Tripkos has been promoted to Competition and Technical Director for SCCA Pro Racing.

Tripkos' technical career began with the Navy, where he served as a flight engineer on P-2s and P-3s. Tripkos next moved on to a career as a Jaguar Master Technician and was twice selected to attend advanced training at the Jaguar factory in England. He is a certified Ford Master Drivability Technician and ASE Master Technician. Most recently, Tripkos has assisted in the creation of the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup rules and completed a successful 2007 season as the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Technical Manager, where entries grew by 30 percent and are expected to grow further in 2008.

"Ken has done an amazing job with MX-5 Cup," SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO Bob Wildberger said. "The level of competition displayed in the series is a testament to all of Ken's hard work and his exemplary cooperation with teams and staff. It was all the evidence I needed to promote him to the SCCA Pro Competition and Technical Director position."

While Tripkos will continue to guide the development of MX-5 Cup, his added responsibilities include overseeing the technical operations for the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car and GT Championships and the Volkswagen TDI Cup, with a goal of maintaining balanced competition throughout each SCCA Pro Racing series.

"This is a tremendous honor for me," Tripkos said. "I had a great time working with MX-5 Cup and the challenges a spec series presents. I know that technical operations for a series like SPEED World Challenge will be a whole new animal, some say one of the toughest jobs in the industry, but I'm confident in my staff and the experience I've gathered over a lifetime of racing."

Tripkos is a Kansas native who grew up racing. He is a former Solo Champion and finished seventh at the 1976 SCCA National Championship Runoffs in a CSR Elva Mark VI. Since then, he has personally raced a variety of open-wheel, sports and spec racers. He is the former owner and CEO of Max Motorsports, a full service prep shop servicing everything from formula cars and SRFs to vintage cars and motorcycles. Tripkos currently lives in Topeka with his wife Debbie. They have a daughter Liza and son Robin, who has recently started his own Club Racing career.

For more information about SCCA Pro Racing visit www.sccapro.com.

-credit: scca

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