Thursday, September 02, 2010

Record-Breaking Contingency Fund Offered To SCCA Runoffs Participants

by Reece White, SCCA

TOPEKA, Kan. – Racers participating in the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Subway at Road America, Sept. 20-26, will vie for their share of a pool of contingency awards worth $1.6 million. The record-setting contingency fund will be distributed not only to the National Champions in 29 classes, but throughout the field.

Automobile manufacturers have prepared significant programs for competitors displaying the strengths of their racecars.

Volkswagen of America not only supplies the Official Pace Cars of SCCA, it offers $5,000 to winners in the Showroom Stock C, Touring 3 and Super Touring® Under, with second- and third-place finishers earning $3,000 and $1,000. H Production, GT-2, GT-3, and GT-Lite drivers earn $2,000 for a win, $1,000 for second and $500 for third, with F Production and Formula Vee drivers earning $1,000, $750, and $500 for podium finishes in a Volkswagen.

Honda Performance Development offers each Honda and Acura driver who begins the Championship race a $500 bonus, along with a $100 parking fee reimbursement to help cover the costs of the event weekend. Race winners earn an additional $2500 from HPD, with $1,500 and $1,000 for second- and third-place finishes.

Mazda North American Operations offers $5,000 for a win in eligible classes, and $2,500 and $1,250 for podium finishes. Additionally, Mazda is offering eligible drivers up to $650 in tow money for the event.

Toyota/TRD offers up to $5,000 for a National Championship, and as much as $3,000 for a runner-up finish. Additionally, Toyota drivers earning the pole position will garner a $1,000 cash prize.

Nissan North America offers drivers in a Nissan 350Z, 370Z or Sentra $1,500 for a win. All non-current Nissan or Datsun model drivers can earn $750 for a title.

Several retail outlets for accessories also offer contingencies. Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies offers fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishers gift certificates worth up to $75 in each race. Summit Racing Equipment offers top-four finishers in eligible classes up to $100 in select classes, and offers sixth-place finishers a Longacre digital tire pressure gauge and all program participants a 10% discount on Longacre products. Third-place finishers can receive a $150 G-Force product certificate from Racer Wholesale, while Bald Spot Sports offers a free Creafoam Seat Kit for winners in eligible classes.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

SwiftFuel to Power World Record Attempt

THERMAL, Calif., and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Richard "Smokey" Young will use an unleaded, high-octane biofuel developed by a Purdue Research Park-based company during his attempt to establish a new 100-kilometer closed course speed record on Sept. 11.

Young will power his No. 3 Western Air Racing Special with SwiftFuel, developed and produced by Swift Enterprises Ltd. The Western Air Racing Special is an International Formula 1 Aircraft powered by a Continental O-200 engine. Young is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, president of International Formula 1 Air Racing and runs the Aviation Pilot Training Program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.
During the record attempt, Young will take off from Thermal Airport, fly southeast 50 kilometers to the Salton Sea and return to the airport to land. He will fly at an altitude of 300 meters or lower and expects to reach a speed of 260 mph, which would break the record of 238 mph set in 2004.

Young explained why he is using SwiftFuel for his record attempt.

"As I researched SwiftFuel, I became more convinced that 'green' fuel is the direction general aviation needs to move," he said. "I am determined to show everyone that renewable fuel is just as good from a performance standpoint as general aviation fuel.

"I chose SwiftFuel because it is the only credible non-petrochemical derived fuel I have seen. It is for the good of aviation."

According to a technical report about Federal Aviation Administration testing, SwiftFuel demonstrated 13 percent more energy per gallon than 100 low-lead (100LL) and demonstrated normal engine wear and lower fuel system deposits as compared to 100LL.

About Swift Enterprises

Established in 2001, Swift Enterprises ( works with novel chemicals as new components in energy conversion devices. Swift brings a combination of military, academic and private enterprise experience to the practical research and development of propulsion, ordnance and power technologies. In the mid-1980s, the company's founders worked at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where they conducted research on rockets and rocket fuel for the government. Swift Enterprises has completed research for Lockheed-Martin Astronautics, DARPA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.

About Purdue Research Park

The 725-acre Purdue Research Park ( has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park is home to more than 160 companies. About 100 of these firms are technology-related and another 39 are incubator businesses. In addition to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, the foundation has established research parks in other Indiana locations including Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.

Source: Purdue Research Park