The SCCA released their 2015 schedule for the U.S. Majors Tour and announced a change in the conference definitions. The Mid-States, Northern, and Western Conferences will remain as they are, but beginning next season the Eastern Conference will be split into the Northeast and the Southeast Conference. The redistricting doesn’t come as a surprise as it was made clear when the Majors program was founded that the conference boundaries would be fluid from season to season according to interest and need.
“We’ve vowed from the beginning to adjust the U.S. Majors Tour to fit the needs of the competitors. We’ve done that for 2015, making the travel distance for the highly populated East coast manageable yet keeping the number of events the same, supporting our initiative to cluster competition.
“Even with the split, the Northeast and Southeast Conferences remain among the largest in competitor population size, and the schedule for the rest of the country is one we consider to be the best in the three years of the Majors Tour. Every effort has been made to accommodate the drivers in each Conference, and hit the tracks that racers have traditionally supported and pointed to as worthy of a Majors event.” — Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO
If you’re only considering top-tier, pro-level events such as Formula 1, WEC, IMSA, IndyCar for your 2015 race attendance schedule, you’re doing yourself a disservice. At a large club racing event such as an SCCA U.S. Majors Tour event, there’s always something happening on track, and with multiple classes in five to six different run groups, you’re treated to a wide variety of racing machines. You’ll be treated to prototype sports racers, open-wheel machines from the small Formula 500s to Formula Atlantics, and all manner of production-based cars.
Club race weekends also tend to be a bit more relaxed and laid back than a pro-level race, and the paddock can be a far more family-friendly place. Not too many IndyCar teams are going to let your daughter sit in their race car, but most club racers are eager to share their passion. Admission is also significantly less costly, and in some cases such as the Majors Tour finale this season at Heartland Park Topeka, admission may be free! Free racing? Are you kidding me? How does one pass on that?
So check out the schedule below and start making plans to include some of these events in your 2015 race schedule. The U.S. Majors Tour will be going to some of the best racing circuits in North America including Sebring, VIR, Road America, PIR, Watkins Glen, and Mid-Ohio. If one of the these great venues is nearby, you’re very lucky and I envy you. That said, don’t discount some of the smaller circuits. Although not on the schedule yet, I’d bet that at least one of the Mid-States Conference races will be at Heartland Park Topeka, and sitting on the hill on the inside of Turn 12 offers a great view of the circuit and easy access to the concession stand and the restrooms! One of the smaller circuits I definitely want to visit next year is Hallett Motor Racing Circuit just so I can see this Turn 8 and 9 complex that has been given a rather colourful nickname (Google it!).
The 2015 U.S. Majors Tour Schedule:
- Jan. 9-11 – Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.
- Jan. 16-18 – Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.
- March 7-8 – NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Mid-States)
- March 20-22 – Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.
- April 17-19* – Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Northeast)
- May 1-3 – Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Northeast)
Northeast Conference Events
- April 17-19* – VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Southeast)
- May 1-3 – Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Southeast)
- May 29-31* – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northern)
- July 3-5 – Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.
- July 31-Aug. 2 – New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.
- Aug. 14-16 – Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northern)
Northern Conference Events
- May 2-3 – Blackhawk Farms, S. Beloit, Ill.
- May 29-31* – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northeast)
- June 12-14 – Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
- July 11-12 – GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, Mich.
- Aug. 14-16 – Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northeast)
- Aug. 22-23 – Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.
Mid-States Conference Events
- March 7-8 – NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Southeast)
- April 11-12 – Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Jennings, Okla.
- July 4-5 – High Plains Raceway, Byers, Colo.
- July 25-26 – Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pueblo, Colo.
- TBA – Two additional events will be added
Western Conference Events
- Jan. 16-18 – Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.
- March 21-22 – Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center, Calif.
- April 11-12 – Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, Calif.
- May 1-3 – Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, Calif.
- May 23-25 – Pacific Raceway, Kent, Wash.
- July 3-5 – Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.
* – Pending track date approval