Indiana Northwest Region SCCA
January, 2015
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Hello INR Members and Fellow Racers!

Happy New Year!  It seems like only yesterday the cones were loaded into the bus for the last event of the year!  Our awards banquet is less than two weeks away where we will recognize the efforts and successes of everyone involved in our 2014 solo season. As I sit here and write this, I think about what we accomplished as a group last season. Our region hosted nine events last year including what turned out to be the biggest Hoosier Challenge to date! We would like to thank everyone that pitched in and made 2014 a success, from the Solo Chair (Gabe), to the corner workers and everyone in between.  Thank you to those that stuck around and made sure the van was loaded and every piece of trash was in put it its place.

All that being said, our 2015 schedule is starting to materialize.  Keep your eye out on our website for details!

Regarding our membership meetings, we will resume our normal membership meeting schedule of the 3rd Thursday of the month at Schoops on February 19th, 2015.  

INR Membership Milestones:

I wanted to take a moment to recognize a few membership milestones. The milestones listed below are awarded a pin by the SCCA.  Even though you may not see your name on the list, every member is important to us whether they have been with INR for less than a year or more than 50! 

40 years
Steven Pucher
30 Years
Betsy Ruszel
25 Years
Larry Best
David Roe
Bonnie Seaman
Mark Seaman
10 Years
Zachary Ruszel
Robert Ruszel Jr.
Thomas Sakowski
Kevin Taylor
5 Years
Shannon Bantz
Linda Ruschak
Nathan Shaffer

As always, keep tabs on INR events through our Facebook page, newsletters and membership meetings.  Our Awards Banquet will be our membership meeting for January rather than the usual third Thursday of the month.

-Alex Samardzich

Upcoming Events!

INR is inviting everyone to our awards banquet at The Radisson. The banquet is another great opportunity for everyone to meet during the off-season to talk shop and start bench racing! We will be presenting season class trophies, recognizing special accomplishments such as Soloist of the year, Novice of the year, Spark plug, Cone Killer and the Dirty Dozen, as well as introducing the 2015 INR BOD. 

Dinner will be a family style meal with roast turkey breast & bread stuffing, roast pork loin with pan gravy and sirloin beef with mushroom demi glace.  We will be finishing off dinner with chocolate fudge cake with white chocolate mousse!
Banquet Details:
  • Radisson Hotel, Armstrong/Beethoven Room
  • January 24, 2015
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cocktails
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Family Style Dinner and Awards  
  • Cost per person, $30, $50 for couples
  • Cash Bar
  • Dressy attire preferred
  • Vegan or Gluten Free plates are available upon request.  Please indicate dietary requirements with your RSVP
Please RSVP before January 17th: or call (219) 736-8002

For SCCA Solo News and information, check out the official newsletter of the SCCA Solo Program. Everything you want to know about what's going on in the world of Solo Racing can found within the site, such as racing schedules, event results, rule changes, tech and much more. Click Here to sign up for their email newsletter.
Dirty Dozen
Each year, attendees of our events and meetings have the opportunity earn points towards our Dirty Dozen award. The points vary based on events and work performed such as registration, timing, grid, etc. Attending other clubs events, road racing or helping at road race events also count towards the award. At the end of the year, the INR members with the top twelve highest points earn the club's recognition for their efforts as well as other gifts. 

Recently, the INR BOD decided that the dirty dozen should only apply to non-board members in order to recognize those who contributed to the continued success of our club.

Points have been finalized for 2014.  To the right, I present our dirty dozen!  For 2014, we elected to reward Dirty Dozen participants with a special gift which will be presented at the awards banquet. 
The current Dirty Dozen:
1. James Rose: 750
2. Steve Ruschak: 700
3. Keith Wilkening: 570
4. Kevin Kirchoff: 460
5. Jeff Jankiewicz: 450
6. Jack Wilkening: 415
7. Nicholas Zelisko: 280
8. Stuart Laks: 300
9. Matthew Leus: 280
10. Kevin Horecky: 270
11. Ron Spear: 270
12. Chris Brake: 270

SCCA Membership
As always, we like to encourage you to become an SCCA member. Benefits of becoming a member include discounted registrations fees offered by most regions. With this discount, an SCCA member can quickly cover the cost of their yearly membership! Read more about the advantages of becoming an SCCA member here.  Becoming an SCCA member is as simple as filling out this online form. When applying for your membership, please remember to specify Region 75 to become an INR SCCA member.

The Tire Rack
When the time comes to buy new tires, brakes, or other automotive accessories through the Tire Rack, make sure to navigate to the Tire Rack's webpage through the link on INR's website or through the link below. This gives you an opportunity to give a little back to the club through their affiliate program.

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