TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 20, 2018) -- Combined, 11 events make up the 2019 Tire Rack Championship Tour and Match Tour schedules. There are nine Champ Tour® and two Match Tour events, with both series sharing one weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in July.
The 2019 Solo National Tour again opens at South Georgia Motorsports Park with the Dixie Champ Tour. A great atmosphere and fantastic BBQ make this a very well-attended event each year. From Georgia, the Tour slides north for the Charlotte Champ Tour that will run Friday and Saturday due to site restrictions Sunday. March then closes with the Texas Champ Tour at Mineral Wells Airport featuring a Texas-sized course layout!
April sees the National Tour take a swing out west for the Crows Landing Champ Tour at the largest concrete Solo site on the west coast, followed by the annual Spring Nationals Champ Tour at the Solo Nationals site in Lincoln, Nebraska. This again will be a true pre-Nationals test as hundreds of competitors run courses on the same large, concrete pads used annually for Solo Nationals.
June opens with the New York Champ Tour at Seneca Army Depot. Last year marked the return to this site after being away for seven years, and the huge facility delivered challenging courses and breathtaking scenery. Competition continues in June with the first Match Tour event of the year at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium. Alas, this venerable site is scheduled to be closed at year’s end, so this is very possibly the last chance drivers have to dance at this venue that has been part of SCCA Solo history for more than 30 years.
The combined Match Tour/Champ Tour date starts July at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. It will be a Fourth of July extravaganza punctuated with a big driver turnout and tons of Southern hospitality. Then it’s off to the Northwest for the Packwood Champ Tour at the picturesque venue near Mt. Rainier just one week ahead of the planned ProSolo® event at the same location. The 2019 “regular” season then closes in late July with the Peru Champ Tour taking place at a concrete, former military facility that has hosted the Solo National Tour 13 times and still holds the record for largest turnout with nearly 400 entries.
- March 15-17: Tire Rack Dixie Championship Tour; Cecil, Georgia
South Georgia Motorsports Park
- March 21-23: Tire Rack Charlotte Champ Tour; Concord, North Carolina
- March 29-31: Tire Rack Texas Championship Tour; Mineral Wells, Texas
Mineral Wells Airport
- April 26-28: Tire Rack Crows Landing Championship Tour; Crows Landing, California
NASA Crows Landing Airport
- May 26-27: Tire Rack Lincoln Spring Nationals Championship Tour; Lincoln, Nebraska
- June 7-9: Tire Rack New York Championship Tour; Romulus, New York
Seneca Army Depot Landing Strip
- June 14-16: Tire Rack San Diego Match Tour; San Diego, California
San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium)
- July SCCA Southern Summer Nationals; Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee
- July 3-5: Tire Rack Bristol Match Tour; Bristol, Tennessee
- July 5-7: Tire Rack Bristol Championship Tour; Bristol, Tennessee
- July 12-14: Tire Rack Packwood Championship Tour; Packwood, Washington
Former Hampton Lumber Mills Packwood
- July 26-28: Tire Rack Peru Championship Tour; Peru, Indiana
Generally, Champ Tour events take place over three days on two separate courses. The opening day consists of Test and Tune opportunities, as well as a social gathering. Then on the second day, competitors each get three chances to drive one course, and on the third day get three runs on another course.
Match Tour competitions are three events in one package, with the event broken into four sessions. Session 1 and Session 2 are on Saturday and consist of a traditional three-run autocross. The best run from each session is added together to determine class rankings, and trophies are then distributed Saturday during the evening’s social event. Session 3 on Sunday is another three runs to determine qualifiers for the Top Dog and Under Dog Challenges. The top eight on index per heat qualify for the Top Dog Challenge, and those placing in positions 9-16 on index per heat qualify for the Under Dog Challenge. Everyone else is eligible for the drawing to be in the Lucky Dog Challenge. Then the Challenges take place in Session 4 of the event.
Like any other Solo competition, both Match and Champ Tour runs are timed to 1/1000th of a second and knocking a cone down means a two-second penalty is added to that time.
For additional information on Tire Rack SCCA Solo, visit www.scca.com/solo.
Photo Credit: Rupert Berrington