If you are interested in SCCA road racing, we can point you in the right direction. Our nearest track is Heartland Park Topeka, which runs two or three SCCA weekends a year. These events may include the Performance Driving Experience (PDX), where you can run your street car in a controlled environment at speed (almost) on the track. The PDX, which is always a driver school context, has strict safety and passing rules (no actual racing with other cars) that makes it a very safe way to go fast on a real race track.
In addition, there are three more road racing tracks within an easy 3½-hour drive of Salina – Hallett Motor Racing Circuit west of Tulsa, Motorsports Park Hastings in Nebraska, and Mid-America Motorplex in Iowa south of Omaha, Neb. Easy to do races at these and still be home before nightfall.
Many SCCA members enjoy attending these events as race officials/workers – the people in the white suits who come to an errant driver’s rescue, or the officials in timing or grid or the starters or stewards. A road race needs dozens of people each weekend to put the event on and they would be glad to have newcomers.
Or, wanna race? Real wheel-to-wheel racing. This is the place to do it, whether in a Spec Miata or Improved Touring car on a small budget, or a Formula Continental or GT1 Mustang (Trans-Am type) on a money-is-no-object expense account. Salina Region does not put on road races, but we have some members who are racers. We’ve got answers (or can find them) for your questions.E-mail one of our senior members.