COM Sports Car Club News

Here you will find club news and announcements.

Registration for Palmer 1 now open – our first event of the year!

Registration for our first HPDE driver school and time trial event at Palmer Motorsports Park is now open!

The event is a Saturday-Sunday event on 4/27-4/28. You can register HERE.

Garage rentals this year will be handled directly by our MotorSportsReg signup – make sure you add a garage before checkout if you need one.  All other event details and information can be found on our web forum HERE

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: operations@comscc.org

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) contact our Chief of Event Operations: comoperations@comcast.net

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COMSCC 2019 Schedule

COMSCC Members,
We know it may not seem like it, but the 2019 season is closer than you think! We are pleased to announce that early annual membership registration is now open at:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2019-comscc-annual-membership-early-reg-package-information-only-com-567299

Remember, only the folks that sign up for the early registration package will receive our coveted swag package!

We start the season with Palmer Motorsports Park (counterclockwise) on April 27th-28th. Then we run Palmer clockwise in early June followed by one of the highlights of the season, Mt Tremblant in late June. Summer will see us on the track at Thompson, Palmer and Watkins Glen, and the season finale will take place at old haunt New Hampshire Motor Speedway on October 12th & 13th.

The full schedule can be found below. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference:
https://www.motorsportreg.com/orgs/com-sports-car-club

A little housekeeping info:
* Our Frequent Driver and First Timer Discount programs will continue unchanged
* Advanced Coaching for TT license holders will also continue
* The new rulebook and classification tool can be found here https://www.comscc.org/rules/
* Check out the COMSCC Winter iRacing League here http://members.iracing.com/membersite/member/LeagueView.do?league=344

Stay warm, and see you at the racetrack!

2018 Competition Update

Race cars are in storage, helmets are in the closet and race suits are off to the dry cleaners. Yes, it’s the end of the racing season, a time where COM members focus on hypothetical classing calculations and a spot of iRacing! It’s also time for the end of the season competition update….

Super Unlimited - Dan D’Arcy was leading this class mid season, and the end of the season results are no different. A win at Watkins Glen and a second at NHMS-2 helped Dan seal the SU championship ahead of Thomas Greer in 2nd and Bruce Allen in 3rd.

Super A - Kellie Greer made it a two-peat and grabbed the championship again in 2018. John Harris in his Z06 likely fancies his chances in 2019 after winning the last two events.

Super B - this is a large class that has seen attendance ebb and flow. Daniel Preston had a strong end to the year with two P2’s and finished third in the championship, and it was great to see him back at the track and jockeying for wins at the end of the season. David Coutu won the last event at NHMS and sealed second in the championship, while John French’s consistency and strong middle part of the season allowed him to take his first COM championship.

Super C - Chris Parsons beat Will Martins to the Super C championship. While Will had some car trouble, Chris showed that a turbo Miata CAN be reliable! Ryan Catucci came in third in what is probably the world’s fastest AWD Honda…

Super D - Peter McParland fired the first shots this year by winning two of the first three events in his S2000 and not showing up for the rest. Newly minted instructor Roe Cole’s Won his first class championship by winning three of the last four events. Last year’s champion Mark Swinehart finished second, and Hugh Wallace grabbed third.

T100 – Bob Cairns took the championship despite missing a few events in the middle of the season. It was good to see him join COM again on the track later in the season, and true to form he ended the season with a track record. However, Laura Fleming is the true champion and her infectious smile will be missed by everyone in the club.

T90 - David Lapierre won his second T90 championship over Victor Larin. It’s a testament to the COMSCC classing structure that cars produced by different manufacturers (BMW vs Porsche) over a decade apart (2001 vs 2016), with different layouts (front engine RWD vs mid engine RWD) and different levels of prep (stripped & caged vs roll bar + slicks) managed to deliver a see-saw battle never more than a few tenths apart, and often even closer. Cort Wilson gets an honorable mention for the win at WGI, and the one of the coolest looking cars in the paddock (what looks better than a GT-40?). Steven Amanti came in third.

T80 - an extremely deep class this year with 21 entrants and four different TT winners. Vidi Saptari followed his win at Mt Tremblant with P3 in the championship, while Kevin Cross parlayed a win and consistent performances into P2. Chris Hornung is one of this season’s most improved drivers and was almost unbeatable when he actually showed up. He did show up often enough to win the championship! We also can’t ignore new kid on the block Scott Florio who finished second in his first COM TT at the Glen and ended the season with a win at NHMS2.

T70- the annual Jon & Nelson show didn’t disappoint this season. The first five events saw some close battles and the two drivers separated by a point. At that point, German reliability took over and Nelson DNF’ed at WGI, allowing Jon to eke out a lead and close the season in P1 and another strong win and lap record at NHMS2. James Ray secured 3rd and Dan Durusky ended only two points behind in 4th. Dan was the only T70 driver not named Jon or Nelson to crack into the top two which he did on two occasions.

T60- Dave Lemoine won the championship with 3 victory, edging out Jeff Wasilko (2 wins, 2nd in championship) and Shervin Yeganeh (2 wins, 3rd in championship). The battle came right down to the wire, with it going down to a winner-takes-all last event of the season at NHMS2. Last year’s champion Troy Velazquez was 4th.

T50 - Matt LeBlanc and Dave Wittmer went back and forth over the first four events of the season and were neck-and-neck following the Thompson time trial.  Over the final three events Dave’s win, two second place finishes and 13.5 second combined advantage over Matt were more than enough to lock up his first class championship since 2013.  Though he missed a handful of events Nick Fontana had some amazing performances this year highlighted by an unofficial T50 Palmer lap record of 1:47.671.  Insane!

T40 - Dan closed out his mid season lead with four consecutive wins in his daily driver! Sash Dias came second with two wins, while Matt Daniels was ‘best of the rest’ and was consistently on the podium to grab third in a five-way fight with Derek Tanguard, Dennis Herrick, Julie Wasilko and Tom Cannon.

T30 - this class has seen among the tightest competition this year. Micah Spielvogel upped his game in 2018 to win four events and beat Andrew Grigg to the championship by 16 points. Peter Perrault grabbed third while David Beningson and Emily Berthier rounded out the top five. A special mention to Emily Berthier – a new car but the same competitive spirit saw her close the season out with a second place at the last event in New Hampshire. Mikhael started off the season with a win, but his engine decided to go vacation at the very next event.
Dan Baldwin also cemented the overall driver championship, scoring 93.86 championship points to edge Dave Lemoine (91.14) and Jon Cowen (89.86).

We’re going back to F1 Boston again next week for our annual banquet, kart race and awards ceremony. If you haven’t already registered, what are you waiting for?!
Wishing everyone a great 2019!

The COMSCC team

Event announcement:

Register Now for COM’s Annual Karting Event and Awards Banquet!

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Join us for for our annual banquet preceded by a karting event on January 26th!  The karting event is a great way to get those competitive juices flowing before drinks, dinner and an awards banquet commemorating a phenomenal 2018 season.

Due to popular demand we are returning to F1 Boston, and we will be hosting a track rental in the afternoon. The banquet will follow the track rental.  It is $75 for racing and $40 for the buffet and awards banquet. There will be a cash bar as before. There are a few hotels in walking distance.

Kart drivers: The waivers and safety briefing will begin at 1pm. The rental goes from 2pm to 4pm.

The track 2 Lounge will be ours from 2pm until 8pm. Dinner will be served around 5:30pm.

You are welcome to participate in just the karting, just the banquet, or both. 

We request that if you have digital photographs that you took over the 2018 season…track photos, pics in the paddock, people etc….please send them to Troy at president@comscc.org with your name and “2018 pictures” in the title. We plan to use the pictures at the banquet and will become a part of our archive.

Here is the link to register: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/comscc-annual-kart-racing-awards-banquet-f1-boston-com-sports-car-club-859221 

See you there!

Blood Drive in Memory of Laura Fleming

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Event announcement:

South Oval at NHMS – Registration Open!

Yes, we’re almost at the end of the season, and registration is open for our last HPDE and time trial event of the season. It will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on October 13th and 14th. You can register HERE.

Weather permitting, we will be running the South Oval configuration. This is usually a great time of the year – the crisp air means engines make good power and the fall foliage is always a treat!

Note that a COM membership acquired between now and the end of 2018 is good through the end of the 2019 season.

All event details and information can be found here. If this is your first time running with COM please check out the Getting Started section of our website.

  • If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net
  • If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) contact our Chief of Event Operations: operations@comscc.org

Register here!

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Mid Season Competition Update

Technically, more than half the season is over so let’s call this a three-quarters-season update. We’ve been having a banner year in terms of the number of participants at each event, and let’s hope we can keep this going for the last two events at Watkins Glen and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It’s also great to see our members (and others) engaging with our Facebook page, posting images (thank you James Ray!) and sharing event announcements. Keep it up!

Competition has been hot this year, and here’s a quick class-by-class review:

Super Unlimited – Dan D’Arcy’s strong showing in the first four events (three wins and a second) have kept him in the lead despite missing the Palmer event.

Super A – 2017 Class Champion Kellie Greer has (almost) had the class to herself with Charles King in second.

Super B – John French started the season with a couple of P2’s, but a strong middle part of the season with two wins has seen him move to the lead in the championship. James Laughlin, Andrew Berlow and Jamie Melhuish have wins this season but haven’t attended enough events to challenge John. David Coutu has parleyed his P2 at Mt Tremblant into 3rd in the championship.

Super C – a small class with three amazing drivers, Super C is always a treat to watch. Chris Parsons has benefited from his competitors having some unfortunate luck, but Will Martins is hot on his heels while car trouble means Ryan Catucci has resorted to using two cars to stay in the hunt.

Super D - Roe Cole’s new S2000 has paid dividends with a win this year, while Rob Smigiel proved that aero and Hoosiers makes a Miata 3 seconds a lap faster! Hugh Wallace, Role Cole, Peter McParland and Rob Smigiel have won this year, but it’s Mark Swinehart who has been the most consistent and lies second in the championship behind Roe with the drop factored in.

T100 - this is always a small class that boasts some of the fastest, best driven cars. Bob Cairns leads the field with 24 points after setting a track record at Palmer 1.

T90- David Lapierre continues to rack up wins, FTD’s and other people’s trophies. Victor Larin won Mt Tremblant by 0.062 seconds and Thompson by 0.111 seconds and sits in second with the drop factored in. Steven Amanti in his Z06 sits in third.

T80 – it can’t get any closer than two drivers tied for the lead, and a third driver only two points down. Chris Hornung has won every event he attended and is tied for first with Kevin Cross in his Z06. Vidi Saptari grabbed his first ever win by less than a tenth at Mt Tremblant and is 3rd overall. Last year’s champion Marc Epstein has two 2nd places, but hasn’t been able to make it to enough events to defend his title this year. Jim McKenna, John McAdam and Kristin Galipeau are still in with a shot to finish on the podium for the season.

T70 - Nelson Barros and Jon Cowen have been putting on quite a show in the Battle of the Black M3’s. Jon won the first event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Nelson won both Palmer events (setting a new track record with a 1:46.3 lap) and has closed to within two points of Jon in the championship. Dan Durusky upset the established order at Palmer 1 by putting his white M3 in P2. Photographer extraordinaire James Ray has been consistent this season in his Ford Mustang GT despite battling tire rubbing issues, and sits in third in the championship. Peter Rokel in his Dodge Neo SRT-4 rounds out the top 5.

T60 – this class has seen a pretty big shakeup this year, with multiple cars leaving the class at the end of 2017 and several others joining. However 2018 has seen a stacked and incredibly deep field and big guns Dave Lemoine and Jeff Wasilko have mostly set the pace. Dave owns a 1 point lead, but new entrant Brewster Charles has been making a late push and is battling club President Troy Velazquez and Mt Tremblant winner Shervin Yeganeh for third in the championship. Shervin deserves special mentions for his dominating win at Mt Tremblant (over 0.9 seconds to P2) and battling through several mechanical issues to keep his season podium hopes alive.

T50 - driving savant Nick Fontana won two of the first three events, but mechanical issues have sidelined his Miata for the last couple of events. Bill Chabot traded in his Corolla daily driver for a caged RSX Type S this year, and that has paid dividends with a couple of podiums and third in the championship. However, this class is turning into a two horse race with David Wittmer (two wins) leading Matthew Leblanc (one win) by a slim one point margin. There were also rumors of a Chad Fox sighting at Mt Tremblant, and he was one of the four drivers to beat the T50 lap record set back in 2013.

T40 - AKA the year of the BRZ. Dan Baldwin and Sash Dias have been trading wins all year with a combined margin of victory over 5 events of 1.788 seconds. Dan’s blazing TT lap at Palmer has given him the lead in both the class championship and the overall driver championship. Matt Daniels and Derek Tanguard are nipping at their heels and have had consistent results, while veterans Juile Wasilko, Tom Cannon and Dennis Herrick are not far behind. This has been a deep class and has averaged over 10 cars per event.

T30 - it has officially been confirmed that Micah Spielvogel’s name is pronounced MY-CAH with a Boston accent! On a more serious note, Micah is one of the most improved drivers this year and set new track records at Palmer, Mt. Tremblant and Thompson and has won four events on the trot. Last year’s champion Drew “I only show up for TT day” Grigg has been consistently scoring P2’s and lies second in the standings. Emily Berthier had a rough start to the season, but has grabbed two podiums at the last two events with her new car. Mikhael El-Bayeh won the first event but lost his engine at second event, and it’s been great to see him at the track helping our hard working operations team! A shout out to David Beningson and Peter Perrault, who have turned in consistent performances to sit 3rd and 4th in the T30 championship standings. And last but not least Ben Chiel broke a hub on the morning of the TT but rebuilt the entire corner of the car to get back out on track for the TT at Palmer 2 – now that’s dedication!
Dan Baldwin leads the overall driver championship with 68.2 points, but Dave Lemoine has 67.4 points , Sash Dias has 66.2 and Micah Spielvogel has 65 points – the championship is far from over.

We’re rounding out the season with our upcoming Watkins Glen event in early September and NHMS in October – hope to see you all there!

Register for Watkins Glen

Register for New Hampshire Motor Speedway