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We're at it again...after the success of the 2018 Winter season, we're holding a late winter/early spring season before we all get too busy preparing for the real 2019 season.
Along with the tracks we're all very familiar with, we visit a few new venues this season. The recently released (on iRacing) Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the home of the Petit LeMans, Road Atlanta will round out the schedule.
Week 1 / Race 1 02/06/2019 Watkins Glen Int'l
Week 2 / Race 2 02/13/2019 NJMP
Week 3 / Race 3 02/20/2019 Summit Point
Week 4 / Race 4 03/06/2019 VIR - Full
Week 5 / Race 5 03/13/2019 Charlotte - Roval
Week 6 / Race 6 03/20/2019 Road Atlanta
The vehicle lineup is also a slight departure from previous seasons as we're mixing in the potent Kia Optima touring car alongside the familiar Mustang FR500S and MX-5 Cup Car.
Each event will start at 7:00 PM (EST) with a 90-minute open practice, followed by qualifying at 8:40 PM (EST) with the 25-minute sprint race starting at 9:00 PM (EST).
Once again, SYMtv will broadcast all 6 events, starting with qualifying and continue through the 25-minute sprint race and post-race interviews. The WDCR League has our own playlist on SYMtv's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/symtvbroadcasting so you can relive the excitement of last season before we take to the track again on 02/06/2019.
Keep an eye out for weekly event reminders and race results on the Region's Facebook page.
To find out more about the WDCR iRacing League, go to https://www.wdcr-scca.org/virtual-racing/
Here is a link to the article in the Cumberland Times-News
Sports Car Club of America, Washington DC Region Adds Western Maryland Chapter
CUMBERLAND — Sixty-three years after racing legend Carroll Shelby won a Washington, D.C., Region Sports Car Club of America Hill Climb sports car time trial on Breakneck Road near Rocky Gap, the region is returning to Western Maryland to sanction the August Polish Mountain Hill Climb.
Following a process of discussion, negotiation and formal approval, WDCR SCCA Regional Executive Wayne Armbrust and National Road Autosport President John Felten announced on Jan. 4 that long-standing members of the Western Maryland motorsports group have been approved as the leadership of a new affiliated chapter to the Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America.
“Creation of the Washington D.C. Region Western Maryland Chapter (WMC) is very exciting news for our members and sports car enthusiasts all over the Mid-Atlantic,” Armbrust said. “Adding this chapter brings a Level IV time trial hill climb program into the DC Region and adds an experienced and successful team of event organizers, promoters and competitors into our club.”
Armbrust also expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to make WDCR part of the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association series and work with organizers with whom he has crafted personal friendship, both at National Road Autosport events and at WDCR’s home track in Summit Point West Virginia.
National Road Autosport LLC was founded in 2002 with an objective of returning sports car competition to the Cumberland Regional Airport and to the mountain roads of Allegany County. During the 1950s, two different regions of the SCCA sanctioned events in Western Maryland with the Steel Cities Cumberland Airport Nationals being held from 1953 to 1971, attracting large crowds and national caliber competition.
The National Road group successfully operated self-sanctioned and promoted autocross weekends at the airport between 2003 and 2017. They completed the second plank of their mission by gaining legislation from the Maryland General Assembly in 2007 to stage the Polish Mountain Hill Climb for the benefit of the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department. The 2019 Polish Mountain event will be the 12th such two-day competition on a historic section of Gilpin Road.
Felten said that LLC members are eagerly taking on roles as officers and members of the new WMC. “Our members have never shied away from the work needed to recharge our economy and entertain motorsports enthusiasts,” Felten said. “This is really the best of both worlds for us, helping expand WDCR programming in the Potomac Highlands and retaining our LLC to promote programs and events not affiliated with the SCCA.”
Felten expressed appreciation for the professionalism and support of WDCR leadership during negotiation of the new agreement. He also noted that the new chapter would not have been possible without the support of local elected officials in Western Maryland, the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, Allegany County tourism, the community of Flintstone, long-term sponsors and faithful volunteers.
The 2019 Polish Mountain Hill Climb is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 2-4, and is the fifth event of the eight-race 2019 Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association Series. It will be co-promoted by WDCR and PHA and information will be available at those organization’s websites and www.polishmountainhillclimb.comthis spring, when event details are finalized.
The Washington DC Region SCCA will hold its 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon on January 5th, 2019 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. The Waterford is located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax, VA located on the grounds of the Fair Oaks Mall. Tickets are only $25 - please register thru MSR, click here.
The Road Racing and Solo awards presentations will take place from 11am to 12noon. The buffet luncheon will start at 12noon followed by the presentation of Region and Perpetual Awards ending at 2pm. Cash Bar will be available starting at 11am.
There are two hotels that are close to the Waterford, the Marriott Hotel and Extended Stay America (details below).
See flyer for more details.
Hope to see you all there!
There's still time to get someone a great gift for the holidays! The Washington DC Region SCCA once again offers gift certificates for our Track Day Events and our award-winning AutoCross program. Spend the day in your own car with real race-car drivers on the actual track at Summit Point MotorSports Park. Or try your skill at driving your favorite street vehicle at the limits of its performance capability on the AutoCross course at FedEx Field. Either is a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime!
Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount - so don't forget the Road Rally, Rally Cross or MARRS driver on your list too! You can even purchase a gift certificate for a ticket to our Annual Awards Banquet (only $25 this year).
Check our Events Calendar page for updates on dates and times for all our events this season.
Contact the Club Office to purchase a gift certificate today! There is still time to have it under the tree or in the hands of someone you love for the holidays.
Notes from the 12/08/18 RRC planning meeting, for those of you that are interested.
Click here for the link to the google drive PDF
There will be another meeting in a few weeks to finalize the details for our 2019 racing season.