DENVER, CO: For the first time in SCCA history; the annual September running of The Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Championships in Topeka, Kansas will cap total entries at 1200 participants. Explosive growth within the sport of Solo...
DENVER, CO: For the first time in SCCA history; the annual September running of The Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Championships in Topeka, Kansas will cap total entries at 1200 participants. Explosive growth within the sport of Solo competition in the last 12 months have resulted in record entries to the Topeka event -- already the largest event of its kind in the world by a substantial margin -- increasing its size by nearly one-third for the 2000 running.
For the last several seasons, the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Championships have hovered at the 900 - 940 entry level. A goal of "1000 in 2000," set by Howard Duncan, SCCA Project Manager late last year seemed easily attainable, but the overwhelming growth in the sport far exceeded this now seemingly conservative goal. Duncan said "We are truly thrilled the adjustments we made to the National Solo program for 2000 have been so well accepted by the enthusiast community, and the Tire Rack's marketing assistance has clearly had an increased exposure role for us as well."
Currently, entries for the event are running nearly double the usual amount at this time of the year, and forecasting indicates that the event could run close to 1400 entries if left unchecked. With quality of presentation concerns, and a need to assure that all entrants get the proper number of runs per day, the SCCA National Office made the decision today to cap the number at 1200, the current logistical maximum.
Dennis Dean, Vice President of the SCCA Rally, Solo and Club Racing departments sees the opportunity for the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Championships to expand the format of the event in 2001 to accommodate a significantly larger crowd. "We are in the best situation possible right now, with the overall accessibility and interest in the sport at an all time high. We are also mindful of the importance of presenting a quality event, and feel that it is best at this juncture to cap our entries, and give those in attendance the best show possible."
"There are still spaces available," reminded Tasha Goodale, the SCCA's Rally/Solo Department Manager; "but we can see those remaining slots filling fast." Faxed entries are always accepted, and sending completed entry forms to the Club office by the end of business on Friday, 18 August will avoid the $50.00 late fee that goes into effect on Monday, 21 August. The Rally/Solo department fax number is 303.694.3654.
For more information regarding the SCCA's National Solo Program, the Topeka based "Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Championships" or the Tire Rack, visit the following websites: www.scca.org · www.tirerack.com