RACE: Milwaukee Region 2005 schedule, news

Milwaukee Region SCCA Board Sets 2005 Goals Road Racing Schedule for '05 Announced Milwaukee, Wisc., Nov. 17, 2004 - The Milwaukee Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Board of Directors held its annual meeting, retreat and banquet ...

Milwaukee Region SCCA Board Sets 2005 Goals
Road Racing Schedule for '05 Announced

Milwaukee, Wisc., Nov. 17, 2004 - The Milwaukee Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Board of Directors held its annual meeting, retreat and banquet Saturday, Nov. 13. The Board also announced its 2005 road racing schedule, which is coordinated with 27 other SCCA regions throughout the Central Division of the volunteer racing organization. The Central Division includes the 10 states of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Region's road racing schedule is: April 22-23, Double Driver's School and Regional Race, Blackhawk Farms, South Beloit, Ill. May 22-22, National SCCA Race at Blackhawk Farms June 4-5, Double Regional Race at Blackhawk Farms June 18-19, Double Regional Race at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 23-24 Restricted Regional and National Race at Road America Sept. 3-4, Double Regional Race at the Milwaukee Mile road course, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Drivers advance through the ranks by completing driver's schools, the first step in obtaining a regional racing license and later a national racing license. Drivers must accumulate enough national points to qualify to compete in the national Run-Offs, held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio, where the best road racers from all over the U.S. determine the national champions in 24 classes.

The Milwaukee Region also staffs races with a group comprised of trained volunteer workers. Disciplines include Flagging and Communications, corner workers who observe, report and assist during racing incidents; Pit and Grid, which manages the car flow and organization where the cars are parked and before going on the track; Rescue, workers who assist drivers or riders and disabled vehicles; Registration, which processes race applications; Sound, which monitors the sound level of race vehicles; Stewards, who have overall event management responsibilities; and Timing and Scoring, individuals who record, process and distribute race times.

The Milwaukee Region provides training for all of the disciplines and mentors on race weekends.

"Working at a race puts you in the front seat for the action," said Komp, a long-time race worker. "Volunteering gives you a free ticket that allows you to get as close to the action as you desire and supports the region's ability to continue to provide motorsports events. There's a spot for anyone interested in racing and race organization."

In addition to road racing, the Milwaukee Region hosts Solo II events (with one driver on the course at a time, competing against the clock) and time-speed-distance (TSD) road rallies. Those schedules will be announced when finalized.

New this year, the Milwaukee Region will host a double Regional race June 18-19, which for some competitors will serve as a tune-up for the Kohler/SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints , June 23-26. Winning the June Sprints is the first step in winning the Triple Crown of Racing, given to the individual who wins his or her class at the June Sprints, their Divisional championship and the SCCA Run-Offs, which pits the top racers from all over the U.S. against one another.

The Milwaukee Region's premier event is the Cat National, which will be held July 22-23-24 at Road America. In addition to hosting traditional race groups, the Cat National will hold The Milwaukee Cup, a Spec Miata feature regional race, which in 2004 attracted more than 60 cars from all over the U.S. The Central Division, with 28 regions, hosts more National races than any other division in the U.S.

The 2005 Milwaukee Region SCCA officers and board members are: Julie Komp, of Chilton, regional executive; Jim Roemer, of New Berlin, vice regional executive and treasurer; and Cheryl Barnes, Appleton, secretary. Board members include Chris Cwiklinski, Milwaukee; Jim Dentici, Oconomowoc; Tony Machi, Greendale; Roy Rogers, Hartland; and Bart Wolf, of Elkhart Lake. Immediate past Regional Executive Angelo Gazzola, of Clintonville, Wisc., will serve one additional year on the Board and assist in management transition. Gazzola also is a licensed national race steward.

For more information about the Milwaukee Region SCCA, please see www.scca-milwaukee.org

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