March 2016

The 2016 Competition Schedule has been announced.  I have updated the schedule at the bottom, or you can view at  The Enduro series will continue this year so get your friends involved!

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Announcing your 2016 Board of Directors:

President: Lynn Serra
Vice President: Jason Ostrowski
Treasurer: Dick Kneubuehl
Secretary: Michele Carlson
Comp Director: Tim McCarter

Upcoming events:
  • NSSCC Annual FREE Indoor Racing School on Saturday March 19th at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. Gates open at 8am, sessions start at 9am. 
  • Click here to register by March 16th!
  • Annual Tech Day for W2W cars will be at Advanced Autosports on Saturday, March 26th from 9am-3pm.  Lunch will be served and they are working to have a doctor available for race physicals again.
  • MCSCC Drivers School on April 15-16 followed by our first W2W race of the season on Sunday, April 17.
  • MCSCC Race Staff Clinic held on April 16, during the Drivers School.
Forms & Files Reminder:

Check the website for the updated 2016 Medical Form.  Also found there are our Minor Participant Procedures and HSAX ID Application (ID needed to earn championship points).

We have an exciting new Member Benefit!

Byron Dragway
7287 N. River Road
Byron, IL 61010


Must contact BJ in advance at above number.

The deal: $30 for car & driver admission plus all runs offered at that time (entry card). MC attendees will be given the same lane and have a designated pit area. No proof of membership required.

John Churchill has offered to be the point person for MC.

Advertising Space Available

The banner ad space at the bottom of the website is currently available. The advertising space can be purchased for $600 annually. Interested parties should contact Lynn Serra at

New Pro Racers in our midst!

Blake Thompson and Stephanie Andersen will be piloting two Mazda2 cars in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series as part of the Black Armor Helmets team.
  • Blake debuted his #37 TCB Mazda2 at COTA This weekend.
  • Stephanie will debut her #28 TCB Mazda2 at Road America June 23-26.
Live streaming of the races is available at and Good Luck to you both!
Until we race again,
Michele Salamun
Klaxon Editor
Drivers Equipment Raffle

As some of you may know my racing days are over but some of my gear is still too young, and in too good of condition, to also retire. So I have put together a kit, or maybe a starter kit, of the good stuff that can be used as a raffle in order to raise some funds for the workers which make the racing days possible. The bag or cool shirt are worth at least five dollars.
Thanks for your help,
Ray Kollock
MCSCC Wall Calendars

2016 Midwestern Council wall calendars are still available for purchase!

Cost is $10, available on a first come first served basis as quantities are limited.
Pictures from various 2015 events and the 2016 schedule are contained within.
Please contact Lynn Serra at to purchase.

MCSCC Wall Calendar Cover
NSSCC FREE Indoor Racing School

Indoor Race School Flyer
Click here to register!


Quick Links 

Board of Directors Minutes


Representatives from each club meet in Rockford the 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss upcoming events and issues that arise.  These meetings are open to all MC members.


Next Meeting: March 10   

Held at:  Sam's Ristorante 

6075 E Riverside Blvd

Rockford, IL


Minutes of the last meetings:

February 16, 2016 Minutes 


Minutes are always posted to the forum first: 

(must register to view them)

TIP: use [Forum Tools] to subscribe for email alerts when the new minutes are posted


Council Events

We have a NEW online registration site:

April 16-17
Drivers School, W2W
Event Flyer
Blackhawk Farms
South Beloit, IL

May 14-15
West Allis, WI

May 28-30
HPDE, W2W, Enduro, HSAX
South Beliot, IL

Open Staffing Positions

We have vacant positions in need of dedicated members.  It is important to our organization that all open positions be filled so that our events can be run as smoothly as possible.  If you can help, please email to volunteer.  Thanks!

Help Wanted Sign

Chief of Impound

Chief of Flagging and Communications:
John Krebs has offered to get us going at the first event, but we are in need of someone to step in for the season.

Member Benefits 
Please support our exciting partnerships so we can continue receiving benefits from these businesses.  (Be prepared to show current club membership card to obtain discounts.)  Full details available at MCSCC website. 



Midwestern Council's website has a Classified Ads section.  Council members may place ads there free of charge! 


The MCSCC Forum also has a place to post an add for items you Want to Buy or have For Sale.


MCSCC logo items are available for purchase at Cafe Press.




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2015 MCSCC Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Special Award Recipients!

High Speed Autocross Rookie of the Year - Andy Borley
High Speed Autocross Driver of the Year - Rob Roderick
Wheel to Wheel Rookie of the Year - Patrick Kroll
Wheel to Wheel Driver of the Year - Jeff Vance
Vintage/Historic Driver of the Year - Glenn Stazak
Sportsman of the Year - Jeff and Ken Vance
Member of the Year - Michele Carlson
Rookie Worker of the Year - Stewart Reese
Flagging & Communications Worker of the Year - Steward Reese
Safety & Rescue Worker of the Year -
Michael Ferling
W2W Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year -
Karen  Eberhardt
HSXA Timing & Scoring Worker of the Year -
David Osborne
Lou Shaupner Award - 
Michael Palmer
Presidential Award - Michael Palmer and Stephanie Andersen

Click image to see more pictures from the banquet

Congratulations to our 2015 MCSCC Class Champions!

2015 HSAX Champions

2015 W2W Champions
ARShaun MahaffeyMSCC
CRMichael Valentich*MSCC
FPJared Cromas*SCSCC

GPWilliam RichardsonMSCC
SSHenry KloppNSSCC
GT2Joseph ZiltenerMSCC

GT3Matt HaushalterMSCC
YMAndy BorleySCCR
GTPArthur JahnMSCC
YPMike Nasif*LSCC
GTSCEric KwasigrohSCCR
YSJohn Tennant*NSSCC
ITAMatthew Gerdisch*GLSCC

ITBSteven R Burns*NSSCC
XSSteven LaCosse*SCSCC
ITGTSteven Gambla*NSSCC

ITSCharles Peterson*NSSCC
AMRob Roderick*NSSCC
SMDaniel IbrahimCSCC
APGraham Dalsing*MSCC
SPJay Hoskins*SCCR
ASEric Barnes*NSSCC
SSBArthur JahnMSCC

SSCMichael DonlanNSSCC
BMBruce 'Chip' Walterman*SCSCC
ST1Patrick KrollSCCR
BPSteven Cates*SCSCC

BSJohn Qualich*NSSCC
CFFScott 'Scoot' ReifNSSCC

DSRArthur JahnMSCC
CMRobert Schmidt*SCSCC
F500Paul NelsonGLSCC

FAGrant GreenfieldMSCC
DMJoshua SnyderMSCC
FCDenis Downs*CSCC
DPDale SzymkowskiNSSCC
FFFrank E Riemann*CSCC

FVAlden WellsCSCC
EMRichard KneubuehlSCCR

* Defending Champions

* Defending Champions

2015 Enduro Champions


GT4David WesselGLSCC

HPGail WoelfleMSCC

HPRob WoelfleMSCC

ITADewey ReederMSCC

ITARonda SandsnesMSCC

SMWilliam ThompsonLSCC

ST1Christopher SchreyerCSCC

ST1Tim ShreyerCSCC

Click to see final point results for 
HSAX, W2W, and Enduro
MCSCC at the Expo!
By Lynn Serra
Midwestern Council was represented at the 9th Annual Race & Performance Expo which ran February 20th - 21st at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. This is our 9th year exhibiting at this event as it is an excellent opportunity to promote our club to individuals who already have an interest in car racing; however are unaware of the multiple opportunities within Midwestern Council.
Although the venue used for the first 8 years afforded us opportunities to spread the word about our club's awesome Drivers Schools, HSAX, HPDE, Current era and Vintage/Historic Wheel-to-Wheel programs, and Enduro Series, its layout had booths in 3 different rooms between 2 different buildings. If attendees were aware the show spanned a second site they were offered shuttle services between buildings. Renaissance Schaumburg increased booth traffic by its capability to hold the entire Expo in 1 mammoth room. The suitable weather this year didn't hurt either.

Photo by Michael Palmer

I want to thank the members who volunteered to give up part or all of their weekend to man the booth this year:
Marcell Berkhout
Dave Bralich
Gary Cooke
Dan Gilman
Bruce Gracz
Mitch Lelito
John Lewis
Larry Noble
Michael Palmer
Rob Roderick
Gus Rubio
Lynn Serra
David Stockwell
Also, a hardy thank you to the throngs of other members who stopped by the booth to give us support.

Gus Rubio, Dave Bralich, and Gary Cooke

And a special thank you to:
Gus Rubio who brought his HSAX/daily driver and
Gary Cooke who brought his W2W Porsche.
To give you some insight into the dedication Gus has to our club - since Gus' HSAX car is also his daily driver once he brought the car to the booth on Thursday he then had to find a way home since he does not trailer his vehicle. No problem! (I should mention at this time that both Gus and Gary were asked to create a poster or handout that described their vehicle and covered the most frequently asked questions car show attendees might ask.) Gary Cooke, who was meeting Gus in Schaumburg to get the cars squeezed in to the booth, offered to give him a ride home. Psych! Gary realized that there was no room in his car because of the poster, so Gus ended up ON THE BUS! The next time you see Gary suggest he get a roof rack...for the poster, of course.

Gary Cooke helps a young racecar enthusiast into his car

Our booth was located near the Engine Building Challenge. High School teams from around the nation compete at several locations. Those teams breaking down and rebuilding an engine in less than 35 minutes, using only hand tools, advance to the Nationals. Members of the National winning team can earn tens of thousands of dollars toward further education. The teams are assessed time penalties for things such as dropping parts or tools, stepping outside the work area, incorrect build, or cursing. An opportunistic Bruce Gracz was seen working the crowd surrounding the Challenge handing out High Performance Driver Education flyers with coupons.
Over the 2 days of the show we made a lot of good contacts - both vendor and attendee. We commented on the large number of "quality" attendees that stopped at the booth; asking the right type of question, building the right type of car. So watch for new competitors in the paddock and make them feel welcome. Also, watch for additional member benefits on our website coming up soon.

Bruce Gracz reeling them in.

2016 Spring Drivers School
For more information, please contact Dan Ibrahim

2016 Midwestern Council Schedule 
Host Club
Apr 16-17
Blackhawk Farms
Drivers School, Race
May 14-15
Milwaukee Mile 
HPDE, HSAX, Enduro, Race
May 28-30
Blackhawk Farms
HPDE, Race, Enduro, HSAX 
Jun 11-12
Milwaukee Mile 
Jun 17-19
Blackhawk Farms 
VSCDA Classic (MC Staffing event)
Jul 2-4
Blackhawk Farms
Drivers School, Race, HPDE, HSAX
Jul 30-31 
Blackhawk Farms
Aug 13-14
Road America
Double Race Weekend, plus HPDE 
Sep 17-18
Double Race Weekend, plus Enduro
Oct 1-2
Blackhawk Farms
Oct 22-23
Blackhawk Farms
That Loooong RaceŽ 46

The order of the events within a weekend is subject to change depending on how each club arranges their event.  Consult the event flyer when available at

For general information about our events, please click here.