IMSA, SCCA Announce Joint Effort
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) have announced a new partnership to offer a clear-cut path for involvement in both amateur and professional US road racing and foster the next generation of workers, crew, and drivers.
“As the leader in professional sports car racing for more than 50 years, IMSA has introduced millions to motorsports and the motorsports lifestyle,” IMSA President John Doonan said. “As the leader in amateur motorsports for more than 75 years, SCCA has provided an outlet for people to make motorsports a part of their life as drivers, crew, event organizers, and officials.”
The partnership will jointly establish a certification curriculum for select specialties. The goal will be for all IMSA volunteers to be certified for specialties through SCCA. When applicable, IMSA and SCCA also will look to develop and test new technologies pertaining to race day operations.
Also discussed is a possible future ladder program through SCCA for young drivers, team members, and officials. SCCA Road Racing already has car classes for previously eligible IMSA race cars, including Prototype X for Daytona Prototype and Le Mans Prototype cars, as well as older IMSA GTP vehicles. SCCA also offers the GT-X class for GT3, GT4, and TCR specifications.
The effort also includes a new “SCCA Got Me Started” campaign highlighting how SCCA members first became engaged in motorsports on their way to professional IMSA involvement.
“Sports Car Club of America has been working to demystify motorsports for auto racing enthusiasts,” Mike Cobb, SCCA President/CEO, said. “SCCA Track Night in America and the longstanding Solo program offer low-barrier options for people to explore motorsports. If they wish to dive deeper into auto racing, the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program provides that opportunity for drivers, crew, and volunteers. This new collaboration with IMSA is another spoke in SCCA’s wheel of influence for those looking to expand involvement and realize a professional career in IMSA road racing.”