As a new year begins it is time to start thinking about how we will make the best of 2016. Hopefully that includes a little racing for all of us.
Thanks to those of you who sent in inputs for the 2016 Monoposto Racing schedule. We took those inputs, looked at participation across the classes last year and tried to shrink slightly to get back to a more typical 10 event schedule. The result is a schedule that looks very similar to 2015 with four changes: we took out the Mitty, the Jefferson 500 and Lime Rock Historics. In their place we added the HMSA at Barber. Watkins Glen has moved back to its traditional date in September with a nice, newly paved surface. Here are the details:
Barber Historics (HMSA) 5/20 – 5/22
Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational (SVRA) – Indy 6/15 – 6/19
Canadian Historic GP (VARAC) – Mosport 6/17 – 6/19
Sommet des Légendes (HMSA) – Mont Tremblant 7/8 – 7/10
WeatherTech International Challenge (Road America) 7/14 – 7/17
Vintage GP au Grattan (VSCDA) – Grattan 8/19 – 8/21
US Vintage GP (SVRA) – Watkins Glen 9/8 – 9/11
Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (VSCDA) – Road America 9/16 – 9/18
Heacock Classic Gold Cup (SVRA) – VIR 9/22 – 9/25
US Vintage National Championship (SVRA) – COTA 11/2 – 11/6
The Indy Lights Championship schedule largely overlaps the full Monoposto schedule but adds events at Road Alanta and Mid-Ohio while dropping several others. The full Indy Lights schedule may be found at www.indylightsracing.com and at www.monoposto.com. Championships in all classes will be based on a racer's best 10 races (five events.)
My last message recounted the 2015 Champions, each a significant achievement. That said, the most difficult Monoposto award to achieve is the Most Improved Driver of the Year, since the competition is all Monoposto drivers. Scott Fairchild, the Most Improved Driver of 2014, is shown above with two of his favorite fans.
This is the time for my annual appeal to our US members visit one of our Canadian events. Monoposto was originally formed by US and Canadian racers and it is important for us to continue the camaraderie. It really isn’t that hard to cross the border and the American dollar will never be much stronger. You will also note that the two venues are ex-Formula 1 tracks and amazing to drive. Please consider adding one of them to your schedule. I doubt very much that you will regret it.
If you know you are going to an event and would like to host the party, please let me know. Some munchies, drinks and a paddock to tell stories in is all it takes. We plan to have a party at each event to help everybody hook up with existing friends and to make new ones.
If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me or any of the other directors.
President, Monoposto Racing