In SCCA Club Racing, the variety of
categories means you’ll almost certainly find
what you’re looking for, and within those
categories are often multiple classes. Here’s
a brief breakdown. But, as always, check the
General Competition Rules & Specification
(GCR) – on
under “cars and rules” – for more details.
Improved Touring is an excellent entry point
into amateur road racing, boasting incredibly
fierce competition. The classes consist of
lightly modified road cars – basically
suspension, wheels, tires and external
engine components such as intake and
exhaust – that are at least five years old.
Touring & B-Spec
Touring has classes allowing very few
modifications to the stock production-based
car, while others allow for suspension
modifications and – in T1 – even wings.
From Corvettes to Civics, Touring is an
exciting category. Wrapped into Touring is
B-Spec, which sees near-stock Honda Fits
battle Mazda 2s, Fiat 500s, and the like.
With two classes, the Super Touring
category fits many cars, and has a very
open rule set. Fastest is STU, slowest is
STL, with all allowing motor swaps and
big aero to make these cars perform.
American Sedan (AS) is a class based on
American pony cars such as Camaros,
Firebirds, and Mustangs. They put on a
show every time they hit the track.
With heavily modified, lower-powered cars
on racing slicks, the Production category has
historically been the home of small British
roadsters such as the MGB, Triumph Spitfire
and Austin-Healey Sprite. More recently, it’s
welcomed a variety of other cars, including
the likes of the Miata and Civic.
Better known as GT, these cars are serious
race machinery. GT cars are either heavily
modified production cars or, more
commonly, tubeframe, purpose-built
racecars with composite bodies designed
to look like their road car counterparts.
Want to race a Formula 1 car or IndyCar?
SCCA has something to scratch that itch –
and possibly prepare you for later success.
Whether it’s the small Formula 500, the
ultra-competitive Formula Vee, the iconic
Formula F or Formula Atlantics, there’s an
open-wheel car for every budget.
Looking like smaller Le Mans prototypes,
Sports Racing cars are similar to their
formula car counterparts – they are
purpose-built and light, nimble and fast.
Among SCCA’s most popular classes
are the ones with spec rules, where car
differences are removed from the equation.
Includes Spec Miata, Formula Mazda,
Formula Enterprises, Spec Racer Ford.
Other Regional Classes
Many SCCA regions and divisions create
their own Club Racing classes, often in
response to the popularity of the car in a
given area. Classes such as Spec RX- 7,
special Improved Touring classes and Super
Production have popped up.
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PICKING A CLASS
Super Touring combines downforce allowances with the
freedom of motor builds and engine swaps. This category
has gained incredible popularity in a short amount of time.
Atlantic is one step
away from driving
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has been the
stepping stone to
for a number of
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pits a variety of
against each other.
The limited rule set