SCCA takes over Lincoln Airpark

The Sports Car Club of America is back at it again with their annual competition.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Organizers call it the largest contained automotive event in the world. It’s the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals, and it’s happening in Lincoln right now.

The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is all about grassroots motorsports. That means anybody can join in the fun. You’re welcome whether you own a Corvette, Porsche, or Honda Civic. For instance, Monique Forsythe is piloting a very modified 1995 Civic hatchback.

“You work all year to get to Lincoln”, says Forsythe. “Not being here last year, there’s a whole different vibe this year. Everybody’s just happy and excited to be back.”

The pandemic meant 2020 was spent at home in Colorado, rather than in Lincoln. She’s not the only out-of-towner who’s back this year, though. Sure, this is an event for enthusiasts, but it is a competition. The best of the best from all around the country are here to put down the best times possible.

“It’s a high-level competition event for us”, explains SCCA Solo Programs Senior Director Heyward Wagner. “We have events that are really focused on just having fun with your car. This event is about having fun, but having fun with a competition edge to it. This is about 1250 drivers from across the country competing for a national championship around 70 classes.”

The Nationals have been in Lincoln since 2009. They’ve been going on for almost 50 years. There’s one group that’s made it to the party every single time.

“We’re having fun!”, says Dee Schweikle, just before hopping into the vintage Alfa Romeo she races with her husband, George.

George explains a bit more: “The goal, of course, is to drive as fast as you can. My mantra is, ‘The older I get, the faster I was’.”

So as Dee pulls out of the stall and hits the track, remember that everybody is welcome, and everybody is capable of setting a lightning-fast time out there.

The 2021 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals continue through Friday, and you can stop by anytime to check out the combination car show and race event. If you want to follow along with the action, check out the event page over at the SCCA website.

 

 

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