RACE: 12 Hours at the Point contingency program returns

October 3, 2003: The Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America announced today that the contingency program for the 12 Hours at the Point would return for a third consecutive year. The June 4-5, 2004 event will be the sixth running of...

October 3, 2003: The Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America announced today that the contingency program for the 12 Hours at the Point would return for a third consecutive year. The June 4-5, 2004 event will be the sixth running of the 12 Hours at the Point and all six events have been held on two-mile Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia. The event has been oversubscribed for the past five years and the Region expects that the 6th Annual 12 Hours at the Point will be no different.

"We got the idea for the contingency program from the one that Atlanta Region organizes for the ARRC. The the first year, we did it mostly on a whim," said Jeff Janoska of the DC Region. According to Janoska, "Most of the sponsors we asked were supportive, especially companies like Kumho and Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development, and stepped up the moment we asked. We were uncertain how the competitors would feel about the program, but after the first year the response in favor of continuing it was overwhelming."

"The second year, we approached a few more companies. Some never returned our calls, but other companies like Jiffy-tite, Zander Radio Systems, Porterfield and Hella USA simply asked us how much and when we were holding the event." Fourteen companies participated in the contingency program for The 5th Annual Kumho Tires 12 Hours at the Point. "Most of these companies have long supported the grassroots programs that SCCA sanctions and were only too happy to show their support by joining the program."

"Mind you, some of the fourteen companies joined at the last minute and it was our fault for not approaching them earlier," Janoska admitted. "For example, we should have contacted Dave Toy of Autoy, Inc of Rockville to be a sponsor in January, but he contacted us in May and asked if Autoy, Inc. could join." Janoska added, "As soon as Dave was on board, he contacted Bilstein Shocks and RECARRO Racing Seats -- two products he sells -- and asked them if they would be willing to work with him and us to be sponsors. In the space of twelve hours we had added three sponsors!"

Janoska says that as long as the competitors keep supporting the 12 Hours at the Point, the Region is going to maintain the contingency program. "Organizing a contingency program for any amateur endurance event is hard work and you cannot expect everyone to see the value in your program. Getting a sponsor is very much like dating; you're going to get a lot of rejection, but when someone says yes, watch out." said Janoska.

Janoska encourages companies interested in joining the contingency program for the 12 Hours at the Point to contact him at hours12atthepoint@yahoo.com. "We're willing to work with anyone to develop a prize structure that benefits the sponsor and the competitors. If you have decals and want to encourage SCCA members to use your product, no matter what it is, I think we can work with you."

The 12 Hours at the Point, like all SCCA races at Summit Point, will take place rain or shine. Spectator information also is available at the 12 Hours at the Point website (www.12hoursatthepoint.org)

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