The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is a motorsports club dedicated to “fuel a safe, fun and exciting motorsports experience for auto enthusiasts.” They aim to become the most substantial motorsports community in the United States, and with their rich history, pro racing with multiple divisions, expanding hall of fame, and events all over the country, you can make an easy case that they’ve accomplished their goal.
The Sports Car Club of America began in 1944. In 1948, members began road racing, and they first started their races with the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, which is a 6.6-mile race around Watkins Glen State Park. By the 1960s, the group became involved in the U.S. World Sportscar Championship. The club managed rounds at different racing locations, including Watkins Glen, Daytona, Sebring, and Bridgehampton.
Although the SCCA is involved in professional racing, it also features fun amateur races for non-professionals.
SCCA Professional Racing
The official SCCA Pro Racing division was formed in 1963 and acts as a subsidiary to the central Sports Car Club of America. SCCA Pro Racing has sanctioned various races involving sports cars, touring cars, formula cars, and grand tourers, and it has also sanctioned rally races.
The current SCCA Pro Racing Championships include the Formula Race Promotions, the Trans-Am Series, the Formula Regional Americas Championship, and the Formula 4 United States Championship. Some of their previous championships include the United States Road Racing Championship (1963-1968 and 1998-1999), Can-Am (1966-1986), SCCA Grand Prix Championship (1967-1976), Corvette Challenge (1988-1989), RaceTruck Challenge (1987-1991), U.S. F2000 National Championship (1991-1996), Shelby Can-Am Pro Series (1991-1996), Spec Racer Ford Pro Series (1994-2003 and 2010-2011), and many more.
The Sports Car Club of America also features a Hall of Fame that began in 2004. Their Hall of Fame is dedicated to celebrating those who have contributed the most to SCCA racing, and to date, there are almost 100 inductees.
The SCCA prides itself on being an inclusive, welcoming environment, and it’s a perfect club for both non-experienced sports car enthusiasts as well as seasoned professionals. Anyone is welcome to join the club.
In addition to enjoying thrilling motorsport events, you’ll also meet motorsport enthusiasts like you. The SCCA now features over 67,000 members, and its unofficial slogan is “come for the cars, stay for the people.”
Additional benefits of becoming a full member include access to regional events, SCCA events, partner discounts, a SportsCar Magazine subscription, and more. Weekend memberships are also available.
The SCCA holds many annual events, and these events are organized by different types. The types include RoadRallies, Autocrosses, RallyCrosses, Track Events, Time Trials, HillClimbs, and Road Racing.
If you’re not sure where to begin when joining the SCCA, they recommend starting with the SCCA Track Night in America, which is a great introductory event for enthusiasts regardless of their level of experience.
A few events coming up early next year include:
- Las Vegas Region Track Day on January 2, 2022
- Florida Region Test Day from January 6 to January 9, 2022
- Central Florida Region Hoosier SCCA Super Tour from January 14 to January 16, 2022
- Phoenix AZ Solo Autocross on January 16, 2022
The SCCA features numerous events all across the country, so consider visiting their events page to find an activity near you.