but there have been hints that this
program might delve into road racing in
the future. And then there is the return
of Bracket Enduro.
Bracket Enduro is part of the SCCA’s
Club Racing Experience, offering
wheel-to-wheel racing without the
traditional SCCA rulebook or licensing
requirements. Bracket Enduro is the
entry-level, endurance-racing arm of the
CRE program. While Bracket Enduro
hasn’t seen the level of adoption as Track
Night and Starting Line, the SCCA sees
the potential. “There is a great deal of
excitement for these events, and I
suspect once we get a half dozen events
in the books, the program will have all the
momentum it needs,” says Wagner.
Targa is the latest program, and it’s so
new, the first event won’t even take place
until August. So what is it?
At Sports Car Club of America’s debut
Targa event this August, participants
will experience race tracks, autocross
courses, and rally elements over the
course of three days, while collecting
points toward an overall win or a class
win, or they can just run for fun.
“In 2016, we are piloting the
program with SCCA’s Central Carolinas
Region, Atlanta Region and Kentucky
Region, with the event taking place
at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta
Motorsports Park and NCM Motorsports
Park,” explains SCCA’s Heyward Wagner.
Currently, the Targa program is
planned for a soft launch, with one
solitary event this year, working out
the kinks before pushing forward. After
that, Wagner explains, it’s full speed
ahead. “Ideally, we would love to see
four to six Targa events on the
calendar for 2017,” says Wagner.
NCM Motorsports Park is among the
venues for the SCCA’s inaugural Targa. It’s
an event that promises fun and variety.
TARGA MAKES ITS DEBUT
PREPARE FOR LAUNCH
“Three days, three venues, and the
best of what SCCA has to offer,” Wagner
explains. “Think of these events as
showcases where the SCCA national office
partners with three SCCA regions, putting
what each region does best on display.”
Regardless of the program, Wagner
notes the theme of every activity SCCA’s
Experiential Programs department has a
hand in is “fun with cars, fun with cars, fun
with cars.” The ultimate goal, however, is
to grow the sport and the SCCA.
“These experiential programs are
designed to be attractive to younger
enthusiasts. Thus far, we’ve been
successful in this effort, as millennials are
our largest participation group,” he says.
In contrast, retirees have proven to be
the second largest demographic attracted
to the programs. “I think that proves fun
is, in fact, ageless,” Wagner muses.
SCCA EXPERIENTIAL PROGRAMS
(BELOW) The Club Racing Experience
and Bracket Enduro programs allow
anyone to get on track in a race-legal
car and compete in wheel-to-wheel
competition. (BOTTOM) While the
Starting Line Solo schools don’t
necessarily teach competition driving,
they lay an excellent foundation for
those looking to compete.