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Archive for October, 2020

Saturday HPDE day canceled, Sunday is still on!

Hi members & participants,

Due to the inclement weather and the time required to get the track prepped again, we have decided to cancel the HPDE day on Saturday. The track staff has assured us that they will be able to get the track surface ready for Sunday so the TT is still a go! As of now we’re looking to have three sessions for each group before the TT, but we may change that if we can to maximize track time on our last day of the season.

We will also be processing refunds for the Saturday TT next week.

Stay warm, and see you Sunday!

2020 In-Season Competition Update

What a year and a season this has been! We’ve come a long way since the board meetings in April when we weren’t even sure we would be able to host any events this year. Thanks to the hard work and careful planning of the COMSCC Board of Directors and staff, we have been to complete four events and will wrap up the season with a fifth event at Palmer Motorsports Park in a couple of weeks. A huge thank you to our instructors and licensed members who traveled far and wide to join our events this year – your commitment and contributions to COMSCC are hugely appreciated! While we haven’t been able to accomodate students new to tracks this year, we hope everyone will join us next year for a more ‘normal’ season. Here’s a brief run down of the class standings:

Super A

Scott Florio already has the class win in the bag heading into the last event. Charles King, Erik Shifflett and Dan Preston (we miss the Z by the way!) all have wins this year, so this event should be a fun one to watch next season. 

Super B

Marc Epstein has wrapped up the class in his ‘new’ Cayman race car, and John French is second in the standings.

Super C

We’ve seen some truly close competition in the class this year. For example the four were within 0.9 seconds of each other at the first event of the year at Thompson Motor Speedway. Steve Cefalo holds a slim two point lead over last year’s champ Scott Rosnick, but the top five competitors are only separated by eight points, and Mick Demopoulos, Bruce Allen and Tom Cannon all have chance a shot at the title making Super C probably the closest competition heading into the Palmer event.

Super D

Dave Lemoine has a ten point lead over Roe Cole and looks likely to take the class championship for the second year running. However, he’ll still need to score points so it’s far from a foregone conclusion. Jake Wile and Jeff Zissulis round out the class.

Super E

For the second year running this class has attracted a deep field. Jeff Wasilko has 40 points, but Mark Swinehart (37 points) and Matt Daniels (34 points) are close enough to have a realistic chance of a win. Ex-COMSCC president John Spain was also seen at this event, though the rumors of a pink tutu seem entirely unfounded…

Touring 100

Consisting purely of Corvettes, Porsche Cayman GT4’s and E46 M3’s, T100 is a class for serious cars! Steven Amanti leads the class in his Z06, while Josh Byington, David Reddington, Dana Johnston and Cassie Johnston round out the top five. A warm welcome to Curt Alpha, a first time participant with COM at our last event! 

Touring 90

Brandon Travassos has had a win in every event he attended (including one in a different class), and has parlayed that into a commanding 12 point lead in the T90 championship. Victor Larin is second and Mike Hassler is third in his sweet BMW M4.

Touring 80

This class has had the highest number of participants throughout the year, and three different drivers have won during the year. Luke French and Chris Taylor are two points apart at the top of the championship with Peter McParland in third. Sam Pollard is P4 and Ranjan Lal is P5.

Touring 70

Last year’s third place man Ryan Catucci leads Nelson Barros and Nick Fontana going into the final race. Other participants like Bill Rice, Brewster Charles and Adam Stevens could have been higher in the championship battle but weren’t able to attend enough events.

Touring 60

T60 has been a see saw battle all year. Dan Durusky’s three wins has him up by four points over Jon Cowen (a podium at every event) and a whopping 14 points over Dan Baldwin (one win, two podiums). Bob Steenson rounds out the top four. T60 stalwart Howard Roundy had a mechanical at NHMS but we hope to see him back in the mix at Palmer!

Touring 50

Troy Velasquez has gone one better than last year and sealed the championship (with a round to spare). Paul Giurlando is second, while Chuck Tolley is third in his Mazda RX-7. Toyota 86’s and BRZ’s hold the next four spots in T50 but have been unable to crack the top three in the championship standings. Every single event this year has been won by a different driver!

Touring 40

Incredibly consistent performances have allowed Dennis Herrick to seal the championship well before the last event. John Riopel, Micah Spielvogel (two wins), Derek Tanguard (two wins) and Lorenz Jakober are going to be in a dog fight for P2, so Palmer is going to be fun to watch!

Touring 30

Following a two year hiatus as class champion, Andrew Grigg has wrapped up the T30 class championship tighter than a baby’s diaper (Andrew is a new dad, geddit?). Congrats to Graham Cranston on his first COMSCC win. Mark Paulilis could well have been higher up the order with more frequent appearances, as he finished P2 in both the events he attended.

Driver Championship

Steven Amanti (51.75 points) is third in the driver championship standings right behind Dave Lemoine with 52.75 points. Dan Durusky leads the driver championship with 54.25 points, and needs a win at the last event of the season to bring home the big trophy.

We’ve got a ton of championships on the line, and we hope to see you at the last event of the season to cheer on the competitors and get some final track miles under your belt before winter sets in!

Registration is now open for COMSCC’s last event of the season!

Registration is now open for COMSCC’s last event of the season!

Join COMSCC for a driver school and time-trial track event at Palmer Motorsports Park. Come and explore this epic track and experience COM’s unique blend of camaraderie, sportsmanship and spirit of competition. We welcome drivers with a COMSCC TT Competition license, and also invite drivers that have earned recognized competition credentials with other organizations to register. We also have limited space for advanced COMSCC students with on-track experience at Palmer Motorsports Park. Cars of all makes and levels of modification are allowed – safety rules apply.

You can register here:

The first day is a HPDE with four 20-minute sessions. The second day is a Time Trial with two 20-minute practice sessions, the Time Trial, and then open track time. If you’ve never run a time trial with COM you owe it to your self to indulge in this form of competition. Our points-based car classification system will fit your car into one of our 8 Touring classes for street cars, or one of our 5 Super classes for more modified or purebred race cars. We also offer excellent value – $325 for one day or $585 for both weekend days.

To ensure the health safety of all participants and staff, and to help our venue remains open and operating, we will comply with all CDC, state, local and venue-specific requirements, and we will be limiting the registration headcount for this event. No ride along of any kind will be allowed. All social distancing and PPE requirements shall be enforced. For the most up to date information on the guidelines refer to this MA state link:

To ensure the safety and enjoyment level for all members COMSCC limits the participants registering for each event, causing most events to fill prior to the published Closing Date so be sure to register early ensure you get a spot in this event. This is a Time Trial event so participants will receive 2 Participation Points (see section J in the COMSCC Event and Time Trial rules).

See you at the track!