DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—The International Motor Sports Association L.L.C. and Sports Car Club of America Inc. have agreed to work together to foster the next generation of amateur and professional motorsports enthusiasts, including drivers, crew and course workers.
The new IMSA/SCCA effort acknowledges the associations' mutual connection and looks to inform both "active" and "passive" motorsports enthusiasts as to the benefits of being an SCCA member and how club racing can serve as a pathway to professional involvement in IMSA racing.
The two racing sanctioning bodies noted they have had a symbiotic relationship for many years—many professional workers, competitors and crew involved in IMSA learned their craft through SCCA road racing, and many of these individuals continue to participate in premier SCCA road racing amateur events.
IMSA President John Doonan, who also is an SCCA member, noted that IMSA is the "ultimate destination" for aspiring motorsports professionals, while the SCCA offers aspiring motorsports professionals a place to start their path and hone their skills, whether it's as a driver, crew member or volunteer.
"As the leader in professional sports-car racing for more than 50 years, IMSA has introduced millions to motorsports, and the motorsports lifestyle," Doonan said. "As the leader in amateur motorsports for more than 75 years, SCCA has provided an outlet for people to make motorsports a part of their life as drivers, crew, event organizers and officials."
This cooperative effort includes a "Got Me Started" campaign highlighting how SCCA members first became engaged in motorsports on their way to professional IMSA involvement.