I thought it would be a good time to provide an update of the Team Pan Am Club Racing program for 2009. It has been a slow year of activity for Pan Am racers. Economic conditions and car maintenance has taken its toll on our club racers for 2009. Club Racing membership has fallen to just 6 racers in 2009. Some past active racers have not renewed their SCCA Club Racing licenses. For those members who are not involved in the Club Racing program, the costs to renew licenses, enter events, travel and tow expenses are up over last year.
Typical renewal fees for the SCCA Club Racing license now run from $165.00 per year and up. Drivers over the age of 50 are required to undergo a complete medical physical examination with required EKG's and eye exams. So the costs of drivers over age 50 for license renewal could run as high $165.00 to $600.00 with these added medical requirements. All drivers over the age of 50 are required to have an updated physical exam every 2 years.
Typical entry fees for both Regional and Natonal events for double weekend events are now running $265.00 to $350.00 just to enter the car.
Travel expenses, food, gas, race fuel make a typical weekend of club racing between $750.00 to $1000.00 per weekend.
While there has been activity within our club racing program, we do have a standout Team Pan Am Club racer in 2009. Our own Stan Czacki who is a duel SCCA member of the SoPac and Pan Am Region has been actively racing on the National level. Stan has a long history in amatuer racing and as of 7-15-2009 is the #1 ranked driver in Class SSB, within the SCCA Super Sweep Points Championship. With a few National Super Sweep events remaining Stan hopes to retain the #1 position. There are several national drivers trying to take that #1 position from Stan. Whatever the end result, our member Stan Czacki has made a remarkable showing for 2009. Stan is now prepping his car for the biggest event in SCCA Club Racing ......the SCCA National Run-offs to be held in late September at Road America at Elkhart Lake, WI. We wish him the best.
Jose Gerardo Class FC has been idled due to major repairs and a 70% complete rebuild of his car. He is not expected to attend the SCCA run-offs but is expected to be active in the Arizona Region later this year.
Richard Dziak closed out the Arizona Regional Class Championship as the Class FB Formula F1000 Points leader for 2008-2009 racing season which ended in April 2009. He was not able to defend his Regional Championship as he fell short of the number of events required. Richard has joined the Southwest Motorsports Group out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and has already recorded several wins with his Formula F1000 and will race again on August 15th, and 16th, and in Oct 2009 with SWMS. He will retire from SCCA Club Racing after this year, but will still own and race his Formula F1000 in other venues. He will remain a member of the Pan Am SCCA region in 2010.
Mark Kowalski was active earlier in the year in the Arizona region in his Class SM. Mark has been a recent contender on Class SM in several races.
John Basler Class FC Formula Continental blew his Ford F2000 engine at PIR (Phoenix International Raceway) earlier this year. The engine has been rebuilt, and John is currently getting some seat time in his FC at ArroyoSecoRaceway prior to fullfilling his dream to obtain a Regional License in 2009. John is currently racing under the Novice License.
As the racing season continues for 2009, I will keep you all updated as to the events, and successes of our Team Pan Am Club Racers.
Stay tuned, and keep your engines running, there are still many more laps to finish before the checkered flag falls,