Road racing is wheel to wheel competitions on race tracks which duplicate the type of conditions – straights, curves, hills, etc. – that are normally encountered in everyday driving. The road racing tracks are designed to test the driver’s ability to handle a car in a variety of driving conditions.
SCCA road racing program ranges from low-pressure regional events to internationally prestigious championship series such as the Trans-Am Championship. In the amateur racing program, drivers compete for Regional Championships and an opportunity to represent their area of the United States in the SCCA National Road Racing Championship.
To become a driver an individual must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license, attend at least two SCCA sanctioned driver’s schools and accumulate at least six hours of on-track instruction from qualified senior drivers. Competitors under the age of 18 must also have parental consent. If a driver passes these requirements, they may compete in local races under the direct observation of race officials. If they show proficiency, they can then progress to a regional drivers license and finally a national license.
In SCCA road racing there are a wide variety of car makes and models that can and do compete in the several different classes for production, formula, sports racing, and showroom stock cars. Of primary concern at all races is a stringent safety inspection of all cars entered in competition. The cars must undergo a comprehensive technical inspection and the drivers must have all necessary safety equipment such as roll bar, shoulder harnesses, safety fuel tank, protective helmet, and flame-resistant uniform.
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