New event at Blackhawk Farms allows anyone to become a racer

By Doug Halberstadt

Starting next Tuesday afternoon the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is removing the air of exclusivity from race circuits with the new SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack. The program will take place at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit from 3-9 p.m.

The program is designed to allow anyone 18 or older access to a racing circuit. Participants aren’t required to have any previous track experience. The only requirements are a valid driver’s license, a helmet and a street car in good working condition. No race cars are permitted.

Track Night in America is, simply, about fun with cars,” Heyward Wagner, SCCA Director of Experiential Programs, said. “Traditional road courses have always been a bit of a secret society. This program is all about removing the mystery, eliminating hurdles and opening the doors so everyone can come play. Whether you’re a driver, friend or just hanging out, there is an experience for you at SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack.”

Matt Edmonds, Tire Rack Vice President, said “Track Night in America is that opportunity to take automotive enthusiasts and ignite them, making them true driving enthusiasts like we are. Let them see that they can enjoy their car’s performance in a safe environment. This is the chance to get on a track and experience their vehicle and improve their driving skills. For years many drivers have asked the question, ‘I wonder what it would be like to put on a helmet and feel the thrill of driving on the pavement reserved for racers?’” This is the answer to that question.

Drivers will be divided into novice, intermediate or advanced groups. This will help assure that on track time will remain fun for all drivers.

The cost is $150 per entrant and grants three 20-minute sessions on track, as well as access to SCCA driving instructors. Admission is free for those wishing to hang out and enjoy the festivities or display cherished rides, and a leisurely track parade lap is offered during events for all guests.  For more information or to register, visit

In case you can’t make it next Tuesday, the SCCA will be back at Blackhawk on June 2, July 7 and August 4.

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