Elections for the 2009 MVR officers & board will be held on Oct. 7th at the membership meeting.   Officers to be elected are:     RE,  Asst. RE, Treasurer, Secretary, Two 2 year trustees, and Two 1 year trustees.  Be a part of the running of your club.  If you don't want to run for an office, at least come out and vote.


Per a vote of the membership at the August 5, 2008 membership meeting, TRACK will only be available online beginning with the January 2009 issue.   A notice will be e-mailed to members as to when it has been posted.   TRACK will be mailed to anyone requesting a hard copy.  Please keep your e-mail address
up-to-date with Sandi Kryder.

Membership Report - Sandi Kryder

Welcome new member (or old as it turns out) Brad Morris.

A reminder to the following members who have October renewals
Greg Alley
Eric Feist
Doug Gabbard
Ann Gebhardt
Sonny Libecco
Gary Martz
David McKenny
Mike Petrusko
Steve Selmants
Jim Tibor

Happy Birthday to:

Jennifer Badger   10/12
Csaba Bujdoso   10/18
Cliff McCandless 10/9
Scott Nutter    10/24
Janet Pintaric  10/29
Alex Schauer      10/29
Patrick Schauer  10/27
Sedat Yelkin  10/21

The following members membership has lapsed.

Levente Benedekfi
Zack Binion
Larry Donnaurnmo
Jacob Lane
Timothy Lehman
Carson Miller
Dan Rice
Ryen Wojcik


Since the sale of Nelson Ledges is apparently on 'hold', our Oct. 18-19 event will go on as planned.  Entries are coming in.  The schedule is elsewhere in TRACK.
As always, workers & drivers are needed.

From The Desk Of....

In case you missed the announcement SCCA has a new Region Development Manager, Rick Myers. Prior to joining the SCCA staff Rick served on the Detroit Region Board of Directors for five years including two years as Regional Executive, and was the Great Lakes Division President in 2007. The full announcement with Rick’s background and responsibilities may be found in the news section of or by following this Newslink .

Region Development and Rick’s primary mission is to help Regions be effective and successful. And while effectiveness and success may be measured a number of different ways ranging from participation levels to financial, the primary tool available to Region Development for achieving this mission is to help knock down barriers to your success. Another way to say this is Rick’s job is to ensure that your issues as a Region leader are heard by the SCCA staff and Board of Directors. If there’s a SCCA rule, policy, process, or whatever that’s making it difficult for your Region to succeed, let Rick know. While in most cases Rick will not be the person to solve the problem, he will be see that the issue gets to the appropriate person or group. And see that you get an answer.

In addition to being your liaison to the SCCA staff and Board of Directors, some of Rick’s other duties include publishing Inside Line, developing programs and materials to promote participation and membership, a good portion of the National Convention content, a resource for answering your questions about SCCA and Region operations, and the Region Achievement awards.

Colan Arnold
Vice President Membership and Region Development

2008 Club Racing National Participation Totals

For 2008 we have seen a slight decline in participation at a National Event level. With 9306 total entries, we are off about 7% from 2007. SM accounts for approximately 1/3 of the decline in participation (click on the link below for details). Data for Regional Events is not currently available, but there seems to be agreement that entries are down a similar percentage. The National Office, the Board of Directors as well as Division and Region Leaders are taking a very close look at the Club Racing program.

As leaders, we must have an open dialog with competitors and volunteers alike to brainstorm for ideas to make events more appealing. No matter how out of the box an idea, it deserves consideration. It is not all doom and gloom, but we need to take action now. We aren't the only game in town, but we are the best!!!! Have an idea, or have something that is working great in your area? Pass it on. Collectively we are the SCCA. We need to work together to remain strong.

(Editor note:  The list is at


Sports Car Club of America mourns the passing of legendary racer, actor and humanitarian Paul “PL” Newman, who passed away Friday after battling cancer. He was 83.

While Newman is best known worldwide as an Academy Award winning actor, SCCA members know him as a four-time Club Racing National Champion and Trans-Am race winner as well as a Championship-winning team owner in various forms of racing, including Trans-Am, Can-Am and Champ Car.

“The world has lost a great individual,” SCCA President and CEO Jim Julow said. “His accomplishments in film and philanthropy are legendary. Another of Paul Newman's passions was motorsports. Whether guiding his team to success on the professional level or racing his GT-1 racecar at an SCCA weekend, there was no question his drive to succeed was just as great on the race track. SCCA is a luckier club for his participation and everyone I have spoken to that had the opportunity to meet Paul Newman has come away the better for the experience. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanne Woodward and all of Paul's family and friends.”

Newman caught the racing bug while filming the 1969 film “Winning,” in which he portrayed a struggling racecar driver whose career turned around by winning the Indianapolis 500. After attending the Bondurant school in preparations for the movie, Newman began racing in SCCA events.

From 1973 to 2002, under the name “PL Newman,” he made 14 Runoffs® appearances, winning four times (D Production in 1976, C Production in 1979 and GT-1 in 1985 and 1986). Newman finished all but one of his Runoffs races in the top 10, including a ninth-place finish in the 2002 GT-1 Championship event at age 77.

Newman began his professional career in the Trans-Am® series in 1974 with one race at Lime Rock Park. After an eight year hiatus, he came back to win in his first outing in a Newman-Sharp Racing Nissan 280ZX Turbo at Brainerd. He ran nearly 70 races over the next decade, winning a second race at Lime Rock Park in 1986 and recording three poles. Newman’s career-best finish in the Trans-Am Championship standings was eighth, in 1985.

While his primary focus was racing in SCCA events, Newman also achieved success at an international endurance level as well, winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona and finishing second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Newman’s final race event was an SCCA GT-1 race at Watkins Glen International in 2007. At age 82, he qualified on the pole position, but a cool suit malfunction caused him to drop to fourth by the finish on the hot day. After the race, he told an Elmira Star-Gazette reporter, “I wish I was 81 again.”

Newman’s final laps in a racecar came Aug. 13 at Lime Rock Park, his home track. The GT-1 team brought the racer to the track for his final, private laps in a racecar before calling it a career. Newman is widely-regarded as the best racecar driver whose fame primarily came from outside of the motorsports arena.

In addition to his SCCA driving success, Newman and former SCCA Chairman Carl Haas formed one of the most successful open wheel racing teams in North American history – Newman-Haas Racing (now Newman Haas Lanigan Racing). The team has won eight driving championships and 107 Indy Car races since its 1983 inception.

Newman’s acting career garnered nine Academy Award nominations, and he won the Best Actor Oscar® for his role in “The Color of Money.”

In addition to his acting and motorsports activities, Newman also created his own brand of food products branded “Newman’s Own” in 1982. All the company’s proceeds have gone to charity.

In 1988, Newman started the Hole in the Wall Camps—a multi-national group of camps providing shelter and activity to children with serious illnesses.

Newman is survived by his wife of 50 years, actress Joanne Woodward, their three daughters and a daughter by his first wife. He has eight grandchildren.

Donations in Paul Newman’s name can be made to the Hole in the Wall Camps through:

Minutes of the September Membership Meeting

Sandi Kryder, filling in for RE & Asst. RE & Secretary brought the meeting to order at 8:00 pm.

Treasurer report was approved as read.

Membership report was given.

Old Business - The MVR Entry Fee money was finally received from Neohio for the Dual National.

New Business - Elections.  A motion was made, seconded and approved to no hold nominations at the September meeting.  All nominations & the election will be held at the October Membership meeting.

Submitted by Sandi Kryder

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