The 2014 SCCA US Majors Tour schedule, along with a common format across each and every event, was announced by the Sports Car Club of America. The Mid-States, Northern and Western Conferences will each host six events, with the Eastern Conference hosting seven race weekends.
The 2014 season gets underway just after the New Year in the Eastern Conference with the Winter Vacation Majors, visiting Sebring International Raceway, Jan. 3-5, and Palm Beach International Raceway one week later, Jan. 10-12. The Western Conference season follows with its opening round at Auto Club Speedway, Jan. 18-19.
Each race weekend on the 2014 calendar will feature a common format. All will be double race weekends, with Saturday's race a 20-minute timed sprint race, and Sunday's race the traditional 45-mile format. Both races will count for full points, and racers will receive trophies and commemorative checkered flags, though the full podium ceremonies will only take place for Sunday's races.
Each Sunday will open with a brief warm-up session and then the group races gridded based on the best lap time from the weekend up to that point (qualifying and sprint race), with time for podium ceremonies built into the schedule.
“A consistent message we receive is that race groups need to have compatible classes to ensure a quality racing experience,” SCCA Vice President of Club Racing Terry Ozment said. “In order to schedule enough run groups, there simply isn't enough time to run a pair of 45-mile races in a workable weekend timeframe.”
Events that traditionally draw more than 150 cars will run a three-day schedule, with smaller attendance events having a two-day option.
“With a lot of feedback from members and competitors, we learned a lot during last year's US Majors Tour,” SCCA President/CEO Jeff Dahnert said. “From the season schedule to the weekend format, we've made improvements this season to a program that had already provided the Club Racing with a spark in 2013. The 2014 season will be even better.”
As was the case in 2013, the Northern and Mid-States Conferences will begin their respective Championships later in the year.
The preliminary schedule for all four Conferences, with some events and dates yet to be determined:
Jan. 3-5: Sebring International Raceway
Jan. 10-12: Palm Beach International Raceway
March 21-23: Road Atlanta
TBD April: Virginia International Raceway
TBD May/June: New Jersey Motorsports Park
July 4-6: Watkins Glen International
Aug. 1-3: Summit Point Motorsports Park
TBD Feb./March: Circuit of the Americas
April 5-6: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
May 24-25: Pueblo Motorsports Park
July 5-6: High Plains Raceway
Aug. 30-31: Heartland Park Topeka (Conference Finale)
+ One additional event from Southwest Division will be added to the calendar.
May 2-4: Blackhawk Farms
TBD May/June: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
TBD June: Road America, Chicago Region June Sprints
July 12-13: GingerMan Raceway
July 26-27: Road America
Aug. 23-24: Grattan Raceway
Jan. 17-19: Auto Club Speedway
TBD March: Inde Motorsports Ranch
April 25-27: Buttonwillow Raceway Park
May 24-25: Pacific Raceway
July 4-6: Portland International Raceway (Conference Finale)
+ One additional event from San Francisco Region will be added to the calendar.
More information on the SCCA US Majors Tour is available at www.sccamajors.com, and on the Sports Car Club of America at www.scca.com.