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

Looking out the window today, I see fall is in the air.  More quickly than I would appreciate, our 2015 autocross season is coming to a close with only 2 events left! 

I want to extend a thanks to all 60 driver that participated in our last event. I also have to thank the crew that set up a great course! I know that I have appreciated their efforts as well as the creativity exercised which utilizes our diminished space very well.  
BOD Nominations: In other news, it's that time of the year to submit your nominations to become an INR board member. If you want to be part of the INR team and think you have some great ideas that can help us become a better region, please submit a nomination form.

Positions available for 2016 are the Regional Executive as well as Membership chair. I have been the RE for the past two years and a board member for the last three. It's time for me to move on an let someone else carry the torch. In the past three years, we've had an excellent inrush of new members as well as worked to establish greater financial stability. I am pleased knowing that I leave behind a bigger and better INR!

We would like to have all nominations turned in by the October 15th membership meeting at the Schoops in Crown Point. We will have blank forms available at the meetings or download a copy here. Eligibility is based on at least one years' membership with INR SCCA. If you would like to see more about the INR BOD please download a copy of our bylaws here.

Our next event is this Sunday, September 13th at the casino.  Click in the link below to register for the event.

Please be aware of the late start required by the Casino. 
  • 9:30am - 10:50 Registration Open
  • 9:30am - 11:00 Tech Inspection
  • 11:30 Drivers Meeting
  • 12:00 Green Flag
Novices must be registered by 10:15 and present for Novice Meeting and Novice Walk at 10:30

If you would like to help with course design and setup, please join us September 12th at the casino at 10:30 am. 

As always, keep tabs on INR events through our Facebook page, newsletters and membership meetings.  

-Alex Samardzich

Casino Lot Rules
As always, we ask that you drive past the entrance to the front of the hotel and turn left to enter behind the hotel (just before the railroad tracks). Please be courteous and maintain low speeds and quiet operation while you make your way to the paddock area.

Casino Address:
Majestic Star Casino
1 Buffington Harbor Dr
Gary, IN 46406
SBR Track Night: September 13, 2015
South Bend Region is having a track night at GingerMan Raceway on Sunday. Any drivers over the age of 18 are welcome to participate. Come experience driving on a race track in a very relaxed environment. Not sure you want to drive, but want to check it out? Come on out and see what it's all about. Here are the details:

SBR Track Night
  • Arrive at no later than 5:00 pm. We will runt until dark. Rain or shine.
  • GingeraMan Raceway in South Haven, MI.
  • Bring a safe car. Three point seat belts or better required and convertibles must have a roll hoop(factory rollover protection ok).
  • Wear long pants, closed-to shoes, and a helmet rated SA/MA 2000 or newer.
  • Drivers of all experience levels welcome.
  • Some instruction will be provided.
SBR could also use a few corner-workers, please let them know if you can help out. They'll give you some gas $ for your travels. : )
Upcoming Events!

Come and join us Thursday September 17th, 6:30 pm at Schoop's in Crown Point for our monthly Membership meeting.

Down the road:

Our final event in October will be a charity event.  All proceeds will be donated to Northwest Indiana Food Bank.  We have supported their annual food drive for the past few years and we want to take this event to honor their commitment

  • Turkey Rally (GTA), November 7th Location TBD
  • Holiday Party December 5th
  • 2015 Awards Banquet, January 23rd, 2016

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. Other than member on the BOD, everyone is eligible to earn points.  

The Dirty Dozen rewards attendees for INR hosted events only. We want to recognize those who have supported the continued success of our club!

If you have attended other clubs events, road racing or helping at road race events, please let us know as we will recognize these contributions with another award which has not been specifically named.  

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. 

1) Jason Gast: 380
2) Nicholas Zelisko: 310
3) Jeff Fogg: 300
4) Chris Brake: 290
5) Kevin Kirchoff: 270
6) Chuck Wheeler: 240
7) Matthew Leus: 220
8) Kevin Zelisko: 220
9) Stefanie Stribling: 210
10) Garold Shaffer: 190
11) Ron Spear: 190
12) Linda Ruschak: 160
13) Jim Johnson: 160

SCCA has introduced Track Night In America. The program is providing the opportunity for drivers, novice to advanced to experience high performance driving on tracks all round the country. Click on the image to go to the official page for more details. 

Good Reads
As much fun as going fast can be, stopping tends to be more important! Here is an old article form Grassroots Motorsports that outlines several brake topics.  

With autocross, handling is everything! Learn more about Sway Bars through this Grassroots Motorsports article.

If you have any questions regarding car classes and Solo rules, check out SCCA's page here

The Tire Rack SCCA Starting Line school is a partnership between the Sports Car Club of America and Tire Rack to give automotive enthusiasts a professional, all-inclusive entry into the world of performance driving.  Read more about it here.
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.
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.