Getting Started

Maybe you’re a veteran racer that just moved to the area, or maybe you’re curious what racing is all about – no matter your experience, you’re invited to join us.  Come to one of our monthly meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post 370 in Overland Park (7500 W 75th Street, just west of 75th & Metcalf), or come out to a race or solo event.  Don’t worry, you’ll catch the racing bug and be ready to start volunteering or racing before you know it.

How to Join

Be a participant–not just a fan! Kansas City Region SCCA makes it easy for you to get onto the racetrack in a friendly, club atmosphere. No matter what your motorsports interest, there’s a program to match in the Sports Car Club of America. Whether it’s competition driving, working the course or race administration, SCCA puts you in the middle of the action – here’s a few ways to get started!

Club Racing
Here’s amateur racing at its best. There are classes for street cars, formula cars and sports racers. For the budget-conscious, there is the SCCA Spec Racer Ford©, along with Improved Touring classes for slightly modified low-cost street cars and the popular Formula Vee open-wheel class. You get the training you need at SCCA Driver Schools and can choose competition at either Regional or National events in your area. National champions are crowned each October at the famed SCCA National Runoffs© now held at the newly restored Heartland Park Topeka – our home track.

How to get started – click here to visit the Club Racing page and decide what sort of car you’re interested in. Then come to a Club Meeting and talk to any of the drivers.

Solo
The fastest man or woman wins as you test your driving skills around the pylons. There are classes for all types of street and race cars and competition is as relaxed or intense as you wish. National Champions are crowned each year at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo II National Championship in Topeka, Kansas. There’s also the challenging ProSolo2 series, which features a drag racing start and competition on mirror image courses and offers awards to event winners and year-end champions.

How to get started – click here to visit the Solo page and bring your car to our next Solo event! 

Road Rally
The easiest way to start with SCCA. All that’s needed is a street-legal, licensed and insured car, truck, van, or whatever. Road Rallies are conducted on public roads at or below the legal speed limit and are not races–the goal is to get from the start to the finish in as close to the prescribed time as possible.

How to get started – click here to visit the Rally page and come to our next event.    

Performance Drving Experience (PDX)
Drive your own street car at Heartland Park – Topeka’s world-famous road race course! Minimal car preparation and no previous experience are necessary. A great way to get started on the race track.

How to get started  – click here to check the Calendar of Events for the date of our next PDX. 

Workers & Officials Programs
Getting involved as a worker or official is as easy as going to one of our Club Races and volunteering to help. Workers are issued a license just like the competition drivers, and can work their way up through the levels of licenses by participating at different events and gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to hold a national specialty license. SCCA workers help staff most of the motorsport events held in the United States.

How to get started – click here to visit the Volunteer page to get an idea of what you’re interested in doing. Then come to a Club meeting and talk to any of the members, or you can come to any of our race weekends to have a look around before you commit yourself. 

With your membership, you will receive:

  • SportsCar: the official publication of the Sports Car Club of America
  • Checkpoint: the award-winning publication of the Kansas City Region SCCA

Ready to join?  Click here to download our membership application (PDF format – Adobe Acrobat software required)
Have questions?  Click here to send us a note or click here to visit our forums to get your feet wet. Get on track today!

Volunteering

If you have ever watched a major road race held in the United States, you will have seen SCCA workers in action. Our members staff not only SCCA Club Racing, but also Pro Racing events such as the Muscle Milk Trans-Am Series and the USRRC, and almost all road races held by the other major sanctioning bodies.

The SCCA provides training and licensing in all the specialties required to run road racing events. Novices start with a regional license in the specialty of their choice and, with experience, may upgrade to divisional and national status. Whatever your age or interest, there will be a place for you, whether it be standing out on corners as an F&C worker or crunching numbers with the timing and scoring personnel. You will need to be a member of the SCCA to work at the races and be covered by SCCA’s insurance plan, but trial memberships are available so you can gauge your level of interest.

Though Heartland Park in Topeka is our home track, our workers also get the chance to work at other regional tracks like Hallett Motor Racing CircuitMemphis Motorsports ParkMid America Motorplex and Gateway International Raceway.

How Can I Get Involved?

 

Flagging and Communications
These are the people who have the front row seats, standing on the corners in whites, waving flags and mopping up after the drivers have misbehaved. You certainly won’t get any closer to the action unless you get your own race car. Kansas City is home to the Leaping Lizards, one of the oldest groups of corner workers in the country. For more on the Lizards, click here.
For more information, call Neava Ford at (913) 432-9630.
Flagging Workers

Timing and Scoring
In the dry, air-conditioned comfort of the tower with their stopwatches and computers, the timing and scoring personnel keep track of the progress of every car on each lap. They provide the qualifying times, lap charts and determine the finishing order.

Course Marshals
The course marshals ensure that all required emergency equipment (ambulance, wreckers etc.) is in place and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
For more information, call Ken Ragan at (913) 422-5778.
Pit and Grid
Wearing their distinctive green shirts, the pit and grid workers position the cars on the false grid, make last-minute safety checks and are responsible for safety in the pit areas.
For more information, please contact Lonnie Worthington at (913) 660-9337.
Pit & Grid Workers

Registration
The registrars organize the official entries and provide passes and credentials. They are also the first people to meet the drivers when they arrive at the track, so if you are a people person, this might be the place for you.
For more information, call Linda Henson (816 795 8520)

Sound Control
Responsible for ensuring that cars do not violate local or national sound control regulations.
For more information, call Guy Watney (913 491 4965)

Starters
Perched on their stand above the start/finish line, the starters control the start and finish of the practice and qualifying sessions and the races themselves.
Starter Picture
Scrutineers
The tech inspectors make sure that every car meets SCCA technical specifications and safety regulations before it is allowed onto the track. They also perform the post-race inspections.
For more information, call Bryan Harris at (785) 841-7262 or Bob Henson (816) 795-8520.
Scrutineer Picture

Stewards
The stewards are responsible for the overall organization and running of the event, and are particularly concerned with issues involving safety and the enforcement of the rules. Most stewards hold, or have held, a national competition license.

For more information, contact Marla Worthington 620-343-3334 (home) or 620-342-4631.

Attend

Looking to see what racing in the SCCA is like? Come on out to a solo or road race event and see for yourself. Our events are free of charge to attend. Be friendly and come introduce yourself – our members like nothing better than to talk about cars & racing with new prospective members. Check out our events calendar to see the next event, and find out more about each of the tracks we race at by clicking on the track’s logo below:

Heartland Park Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

Memphis Motorsports Park Gateway International Raceway

Mid America Motorplex

Motorsports Park Hastings

One Response to Getting Started

  1. Jerry C. says:

    Your new website is refreshing. Much better. Good job.

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