September 28-29, 2019
Hello SWMS members, racers, track workers and students! We are looking for an incredible turnout for our year-end race at Sandia Motorspeedway. It’s the 19th annual Carcrafters – Deutschemarque race. We are going to have a blast!!! The race is Saturday (Sept 28) and Sunday (Sept 29). The weather is going to be great, as temperatures continue to moderate. We fully expect the racing to be HOT!!! We will have a full field of cars including the featured German brands, Porsche, BMW, and Audi. First car on track at 9:00 both days. There will be a $25 discount this race for military veterans. The discount is applied for the full weekend cost. If you’re paying for a single day, the discount is 10%. Just tell Marci about your service to the country, and she’ll give you the discount.
This years race has been sponsored by Carcrafters and PMCI. It’s not often that we have two great sponsors to support the club and help put on a great race weekend. There will be a T-shirt commemorating the race with special livery for the German car brands and our sponsor’s businesses. Please purchase a T-shirt when you register with Marci.
The concession stand will be open for lunch both days. So come enjoy a cheese burger or Frito pie for lunch. Be sure toy stick around Saturday evening for brats and all the trimmings for a good ol’ fashion German dinner. The race chair, Jerry Stoughton, wants to thank Highway Supply for their generous donation for the food on Saturday. Thanks Dub and Dan!!! Other pot luck items to round out the dinner are always welcome and appreciated (Like Diane’s yummy brownies).
Additionally, there will be a memorial at the track for Charlie Daniels on Sunday. Charlie passed a few weeks ago, and his racing friends want to pay tribute to a gifted racer and great human being. The details are being worked, and we hope everyone can partake in the celebration of his life. Stay tuned for more details.
SANDIA SUPER CUP RESULTS ARE IN!
June 4, 2019
But first…The club collected $120 in donations going toward a rebuilt carb for the track
workers truck. Thank you club members!
Over 30 race cars were registered this weekend, 22 participated in the
combined classes Sandia Super Cup Race. There were 60 spectators in the grandstand for the Super Cup Race(somebody counted)!
“Its a LOT harder to handicap a road race than I thought!”
“The fact that SWMS could run a race like this goes to show the skill and quality of the members/drivers in the club”
“Made it home to Denver late last night……. Had a great weekend racing with the club and I’ll definitely be back. I’ll try to bring a few Colorado racers with me next time. I want to thank you and everyone else in the Club for making me feel welcome and helping learn to navigate that challenging Sandia track. I’m shooting to return in the fall to race. Take care and thanks again for the warm welcome.”
The winners of the class races within the Sandia Super Cup were:
Contemporary-Robert Ewers (Porsche 911)
Spec Miata-Jim Guthrie
Vintage-Gordon Self (Alfa Romero)
Combined classes Sandia Super Cup handicapped scoring results: (time was added to a drivers overall time based on Saturdays best race times in an attempt to even the field, start order based on handicap)
1. #33-Scott Claunch 27:47 Trophy winner!!
2. #45-Mike Kowalski 28:29
3. #65-Dub Girand 28:47
4. #27-Larry Haynes 28:53
5. #4-Leo Craig 28:58
6. Tie #15-John Colbert, #193-Mikey Stephens 28:59
8. Tie #347-Robert Ewers, #177-Larry Pittsley, #21x-Jerry Stoughton 29:00
11. #27-Jim Guthrie 29:06
12. #22-Steve Marino 29:21
13. #21-Gary Sanford 29:24
14. #837-Ross Kells 29:34
15. #41-Woody Ellenwood 29:48
16. #44-Karen Menne-Jacobsen 30:16
17. #20-Earl Whittermore 30:23 (penalty)
18. #7-Andrew Sanford 30:27 (car issue)
19. #76-Zane Meyers 30:48 (penalty)
DNF #141 Mike Shaffron 14 laps (start issue)
DNF #311 Dan Girand 8 laps (car issue)
DNF #27 Jake Jacobsen14 laps (penalty)
Attention Southwest Motorsport racers, track workers and students!
Southwest Motorsport held its second track session of the year April 13/14 at Sandia racetrack. Several racers and high performance drivers took advantage of the High Performance Driving School and then followed up with a first for SWMS. SWMS has developed a new program “Competition Driving”.
The chief instructors John Slenes and Steve Marino with a cadre of other experienced instructors (there were 7 different cars and drivers in the classes) conducted the High Performance Driving School on Saturday and followed up on Sunday with the new program of Competition Driving instruction.
The High Performance Driving School acquaints drivers under instruction with the basics; learning the track lines and their car, driving safety and dynamics, and prepares drivers to be in the High Performance Driving group. The High Performance Drivers group includes cars from normal street cars to race cars using a tightly controlled set of rules intended to create safe conditions for the car and driver, ie only passing when waved by on a straight.
The Competition Driving classes however are intended to acquaint a driver, and in this case a race prepared car, with the situations the driver will experience in a competitive racing situation. These include practicing starts, close quarters driving and passing in a group. For this training 8 cars were simultaneously on the track and repeating the exercises. The end result of the training and then subsequent observed participation in races as a novice is intended to result in the issuance of a “Competition Driving License” for the driver.
With these classes SWMS is working to help more folks get involved in sports car racing in the safest and most fun way at whatever level they desire and in the widest variety of cars possible. If this interests YOU-just let us know at one of the numbers on the contact page!
SWMS Holds Annual Pre-Tech
On Saturday March 9 Southwest Motorsport held the annual pre tech for this seasons cars. The car and driver safety equipment inspections were held at Enerpulse in Albuquerque. The inspections include the major safety items such as helmets, fire suits, roll cages, fuel systems, and many other critical components for the drivers and cars. Southwest Motorsports prime focus on safety equipment helps to insure that the club events will be as safe as possible. Last years President Larry Pittsley brought out burgers and dogs for all who attended. In addition to getting a check of our cars and equipment the get together was a great opportunity to see what racers have been up to with their cars during the off season!
Southwest Motorsport has 2018 Year End Celebration
Southwest Motorsport had the 2018 racing year end celebration January 19, 2019 at Mario’s. The event was VERY well attended, about 50 club members from all the racing groups were present. Larry Pittsley the club President was the master of ceremonies. Larry recapped the highly successful 2018 racing year. Over 50 different drivers were present at the 5 weekend events put on by Southwest Motorsport. The weekend events included one at the Arroyo Seco track near Demming, and four at the Southwest Motorsport home track Sandia Raceway in Albuquerque. The year also included a Technical Inspection and Worker and Instructor Training day at Enerpulse (Burgers and Dogs included), a Drive Out to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains, and the annual Chili Cook off at Performance Motorcar Investments in Corrales. All in all it was a busy, and safe, year for Southwest Motorsport!
The celebration included the handing out of trophies to the Kart, Open Wheel, Spec Miata, Vintage, and Contemporary class winners. The winners are shown in the “results” section of this website under 2018. That said the overall class winners were Gil Merriman Shifter Karts, Garth Schneider Tag Karts, Ken Adams Open Wheel, Jerry Stoughton Spec Miata, Gordon Self in his Alfa for Vintage, and a very surprised Zane Meyers in his Mini for Contemporary.
Each year the club President hands out a special award for Volunteer of Year. For 2018 the award was given to Megan Tribble. Larry explained that Megan is the Southwest Motorsport starter, but for all the racers she is well known-the lady with the green flag! And then the checkered! Thank you Megan!
One of the highlights of the evening was Larry giving out the club Award of Merit. This award is not given each year and is at the discretion of the club President. As an acknowledgement of his great contribution to Southwest Motorsport the award was given for 2018 to Bob Richards. Bob has been instrumental in not only the conduct of races as Race Steward but as the Chairman of the Procedures and Protocols committee and I’m sure other roles not mentioned. Thank you Bob!
Larry then handed to celebration to the incoming 2019 club officers introducing President Gary Sanford, Vice President Steve Marino, Treasurer Jerry Stoughton, Secretary Zane Meyers, and the At Large Board Members Bob Richards, John Colbert and Scott Claunch. Gary summarized the club plan for 2019, including races at Arroyo Seco, and five at Sandia Raceway (race dates posted in the “about us” section of this website).
With that a wonderful dinner was had at Mario’s with lots of lively conversation getting ready for a great 2019 racing year! A special thanks to Viola Adams for organizing and contributing to the Southwest Motorsport celebration!