Northeast Divisional Road Racing Champioinship 2015 Series

This series will serve multiple purposes fo race drivers in the SCCA Northeast Division.  First, it will provide a Divisional Race Series Championship.  Second, this series provides an avenue for drivers that choose not to run the Majors program an alternate route to the SCCA Runoffs.  Thirdly, it provides drivers in all SCCA eligible classes the chance to compete at a higher level of racing and perhaps at tracks they would not ordinarily compete at.

The 2015 Divisional Race Championship Series will consist of eight race weekends. The 2015 NeDRRC Schedule, Results, and Standings.

The race weekends will be open to the structure that best suits the sanctioning region and track. Be it a two day, two race weekend, a two day practice/qualifying/race weekend or even a three day event.

Whatever the structure, driver points will be awarded as follows:  for races planned as a “double race weekend”, the drivers will earn full points for each of the main races. On weekends hosting a single “main event race”, double points will be awarded for the main race. No points will be awarded for qualifying races. To earn points a driver must complete half of the race laps.

Points Structure

The following point structure for the Divisional Championship Series will be used at each of the events:

Finish Position
Points
Finish Position
Points
1st
40
9th
10
2nd
30
10th
8
3rd
25
11th
6
4th
22
12th
5
5th
19
13th
4
6th
16
14th
3
7th
14
15th
2
8th
12
 
 

 

All drivers that start a race event (main race) will earn 1 point for a start. To be eligible for start points a competitor must take the Green flag on the racing surface and cross the start finish line.
Awarding points down to 15th place will allow drivers in well subscribed classes to earn points toward the Championship. No one will go home feeling like they missed out on an opportunity. To be eligible for finish points, a competitor must complete half of the race distance.

Any driver that sets a new lap record during the main race during the weekend will earn an extra 10 points toward their Championship total.  So a driver that finishes first in class and sets a new lap record will earn 51 points for the weekend.  But let’s say a driver who finishes third but sets a lap record could earn 36 points to the winners 40, thus allowing the third place driver to stay in contention in points.  Any driver that sets a new lap record but fails to complete half of the race distance would still earn the 10 points for the lap record.

Points earned in this series cannot be used in any other series.  Points earned at the Majors or other National Series cannot be counted in the Divisional series.  Only points earned at a Divisional Championship Race Series weekend can be counted toward the Championship.  No out of Division races can be counted toward the Division Championship at this time.

Trophies will be given to the top three finishers in each class.

At the end of the eight race weekend schedule Champions will be crowned in each of the participating classes.

Eligibility

Eligibility to become the Champion in any class will be participation in a minimum of four race weekends in the Divisional Championship Race Series or seven race finishes.  Drivers that lead a class in points but do not meet the 4 weekend/7 race minimum will not be crowned champions. Drivers can count points from a total of 5 weekends/10 races toward the Championship.

Schedule

Below is the 2015 Divisional Series Schedule:


Date of Event

Track

Single or Double

11-12 April

Summit Point

 

23-24 May

NHMS

 

6-7 June

NJMP - Lightning

 

19-20 June

Lime Rock

 

18-19 July

Watkins Glen

 

8-9 August

Pocono

 

19-20 September

Pitt Race (long course)

 

9-10 October

Thompson

 

 

Runoffs Qualification

Determining who qualifies for a runoffs invitation:  After much discussion, the SCCA Board has decided that the top three finishers in each nationally eligible class in the Divisional Championship will earn an invitation to the SCCA Championship Runoffs.  In the two most subscribed classes (SM, SRF) the top five Championship finishers will earn invitations to the SCCA Championship runoffs.

If a driver competes in both the Majors and the Divisional series and earns an invitation to the runoffs via the Majors, his spot in runoffs qualifications via the Divisional series will be forfeited and go to the next highest Divisional qualifying driver. If that driver is leading the Divisional Series, the driver will still be crowned the Series Champion.  Thus a driver will qualify either thru the Majors or the Divisional series for the runoffs, but not both ways.

The Divisional Championship series may run beyond the cutoff date for invitations to the SCCA runoffs. In the event that the series still has a race left to run beyond the cutoff date, the drivers who have met the qualifications (four race weekends) and are in the top three positions in their eligible classes, will receive SCCA runoffs invitations. Cutoff date for Runoff’s eligibility is three weeks prior to the SCCA Runoff’s. If a Divisional Series competitor is in one of the first three positions in a class and has met the minimum weekend requirements those drivers will have earned an invitation to the SCCA Runoffs.

Drivers who are leading the class in points at the end of the series, but do not meet the 4 weekend/6 race minimum will not be eligible for a SCCA Championship runoffs invitation. Drivers leading a class but not having met the minimum requirements will not be crowned champions.

To offset the cost of the Divisional series, there will be a five dollar per car/per Divisional Race sanction fee in 2015 to be set aside for funding the series.

Class eligibility: All current GCR car classifications plus the following Regional only classes, Club Ford, ITE, SM2, SMT, SPO, SPU, IT7 and SSM.

Regional only class rules are posted on the NEDiv Web Site at: NEDiv Regional Class Rules