An Invitation to all Front Range Porsche Spec Boxster racers.
The 2016 season was the first for the Spec Boxster Class in Colorado Regional racing. The first race of the season was snowed out but we saw a reasonable grid for the final race in August. For the 2017 season the Porsche Boxster has been homologated under the Touring Category T3 specifications. Any Boxster that meets the current PCA SPB specifications (in the PCA rulebook) is eligible to race in T3 (this includes the SPB spec tire). The Boxster S (2000-04) is also eligible (3250 lbs min with 18x8 rims). For specifics see the GCR pg 935. Some of the other cars racing in T3 are: BMW M3, Ford Mustang, Honda S2000, Lotus Elise, Miata, Nissan 350Z, Subaru WRX, VW GTi, and many others. All run DOT tires. Additionally, because T3 is a national class, you can qualify for the Runoffs held this Sept at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You can also race your Boxster at any SCCA race in north America. If you don't belong to the SCCA you can buy a weekend membership for $15.
As always, competition licenses from many organizations including the PCA, NASA and RMVR are recognised. So bring your Boxster to one of our SCCA Colorado Region races this season and have fun!
2017 Colorado Region SCCA schedule:
May 6-7 at La Junta Raceway
May 27-28 at Pueblo
July 1-2 at HPR
July 22-23 at Motorsports Park Hastings
Aug 19-20 at HPR
Sept 2-3 at HPR
Oct 14-15 at La Junta
BTW, 996, 997, and Cayman S race in SCCA class T2, GT3s race in SCCA class T1 (certain years so check the GCR).
The SPEC BOXSTER class... Start your engines!
Q. What type of license do I need to race with the SCCA?
A. SCCA Full Competition or SCCA Novice License, NASA Full Competition, PCA Full Competition, other competition licenses listed in GCR (Appendix C).
Additionally, a waiver can be written by the SCCA CDI based on relevant experience. If you have a competition prepped SPB then we will find a way for you to take part. Get in touch with one of the people listed on the bottom of the page early.
Q. Exactly what will be required to prepare my car for this event?
A. If your SPB has a current 2016 annual SCCA, NASA or PCA inspection stamp in the log book it is good to race.
Other boxsters are welcome (later models for you endurance guys) if they are race prepped to SPB safety standards.
Q. What type of driver safety equipment will be required?
A. Both PCA and SCCA rules are the same regarding HANS devices, helmets, fire suits, gloves, shoes, balaclavas, socks,and safety harnesses.
Q. What are the costs involved?
A. Each of the three Quad Regional Race weekends (4 points races) cost $330 registration plus $15 for a weekend SCCA membership (if you are not a current SCCA member). Single day is less.
Q. A friend told me that the SCCA guys bang fenders all of the time. Is that true?
A. No, it most certainly is NOT true.
I too have heard those stories from some of my RMR Porsche friends over the years who don't race in the SCCA. The reality is that the SCCA has a nearly as many officials observing the race as there are entrants. That includes eagle eye corner workers who report everything (and they are never wrong!). Safety and fair racing was invented by the SCCA over the years since 1949 (yep - been around that long). The author has not been able to get away with anything in the past 5 years of racing formula cars in the SCCA. And believe me, being taken from impound to the wood shed by the Chief Steward in front of all of your friends is every bit as embarrassing as it was back in Jr High.
Q. How do I register?
A. The SCCA uses Motorsportreg.com for all of our races.
Add SCCA - Colorado Region to your account Club Memberships and make certain that your transponder number is correct. Registration is completed at the track on Friday evening 6:00-8:00pm or beginning at 7:00am on race day.
Also, the SCCA does not charge your MotorsportReg account until the Monday morning prior to the event so you can register early.
Q. Can I use my current PCA or NASA car number?
A. Yes, we will make every effort to let you use you current car number. Let us know early.
Q. What will the event schedule be?
A. Typically a regional event will start with a SPB Class drivers meeting around 8:00am then all race groups will have a 20 min practice/qualifying session in group order (5 groups typical).
The grid order for the first race will be set by best qualifying time. The first of the group races will begin with a rolling start and last 20 min or x laps (probably 10 - 12 laps at HPR or PMP without yellow flags). The second group race of the day will grid according to the first race finish order and be the same length as the first. At the end of each race the top three finishers or sometimes all finishers will be held in impound where important measurements can be made at the whim of the scrutineers. The schedule for day two is the same. The final race of Saturday is followed by adult beverages and a track food dinner, all included in the registration.
Q. Do I need a transponder?
A. Yes. The SCCA requires a AMB 260 transponder We will have a few of them for rent on race weekend for those who have not made that investment.
Q. So what's the big deal with the SCCA? I can race with lots of other clubs around here.
A. True that. However, the SCCA has been organizing professional and amateur races in North America for more than 60 years. Recognize Can Am, F 5000, F Atlantic, Trans Am, World Challenge? – yep, SCCA pro programs. Nearly every successful driver in North America started out in the SCCA as an amateur racer at the regional level. Turning a fast lap is important but finishing a tight race ahead of where you qualified also requires a significant amount of racecraft. That is something best learned from guys/girls who have been racing for many years. Join us and you will finish a race weekend with the satisfaction that you’ve learned something new.
Q. What is the GCR?
A. The General Competition Rules (GCR) is the sacred operating document of the SCCA and is updated monthly. The GCR has been copied in part by just about every racing organization in North America. It consists of 942 pages of very small print. GCR scholars are referred to as Stewards (in the official SCCA language) who specialize in specific areas of the GCR. You may download and view the GCR from this official source: http://www.scca.com/pages/cars-and-rules Warning, do not try to make much sense of them without interpretation by a Steward or you may become frustrated and/or depressed.