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Sports Car Club of America contingency sponsors paid members more than $2.6 million in cash and product for competition in 2011, with that number expected to march past $3 million in payouts to Club Racing, Solo, ProSolo and RallyCross competitors during the 2012 season.
The money for contingency prizes comes directly from outside partners who reward competitors for using their products or fulfilling the company requirements during competition. Some companies, like Volkswagen of America, pay cash for top finishes, while others, including BFGoodrich Tires, pay rewards in the form of product.
Volkswagen, for example, pays up to $1,000 for winning a race in a Volkswagen at a BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Club Race and up to $550 for a win in a Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour event. BFGoodrich Tires offers up to four tires for a Club Racing win, and two tires for a Solo victory at the same events.
These payouts directly help competitors to offset the cost of racing SCCA's most prestigious amateur racing programs, which do not receive purses or prize money.
"When you consider that our members are competing for pride and not prize money, the support they get from our contingency sponsors can be a big part of their racing budget," said Jeff Dahnert, SCCA President/CEO. "We are all very appreciative of that support."
Naturally, SCCA's two largest programs, Club Racing and Solo, pay out the largest sums.
When you total cash and product value from 2011, contingency partners paid out $1,156,000 during SafeRacer National Series races, and an additional $435,500 just during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. With an approximate 7,500 Nationally-licensed drivers, that averages $212 per racer.
Contingency partners paid the 3,198 unique participants in the Tire Rack Solo Tour, Tire Rack ProSolo Series and the Tire Rack Solo National Championships $664,500 in cash a product value, an average of $207 per participant.
In a positive trend for the SCCA members who receive the benefits, the amount of money pledged has increased by 20% during 2012.
"The numbers shown here only include the programs arranged through SCCA's National Headquarters that are nation-wide in scope," Dahnert said. "In addition to these programs, Regions and groups of racers have also put