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The Squeal Newsletter

In this issue:  Rally Recap  •  Celebrate  •  Meeting Minutes & Information  •  Motorsports, Susquehanna Style  •  Tyler Kicera ascends to the pinnacle of amateur racing  •  Member Spotlight: Shawn Mellinger  •  Runoffs Registration Opens in 3…2…1…  •  East Coast RallyCross Winners on High  •  Look Ahead! Be Smooth!: The Instructor’s Anthem  •  SCCA National Wants YOUR Stories


From the Editor's Desk

Hi, there — I don't know about you, but my summer is flying by at warp speed! While Susquehanna Region doesn't have anymore autocross events scheduled until September, many of our members have branched out to other regional events including hillclimb, and others find themselves in national-level Pro Solo and amateur road racing. Details on all of that below, and good luck to all competitors. We're looking forward to seeing everyone back out for double-header Farm Show autocross events on September 11!

Until next time — Kristen Poole
Assistant Regional Executive & Editor, The Squeal


July is a big month for the region! Please join me in congratulating the following region members who are celebrating big anniversaries with SCCA: 

  • Ronald D. Polimeni — 55 Years
  • Jon Kurt Eikenberg — 25 Years
  • Harold L. Musler II
    25 Years


Event #2 — A total of 29 people showed up for a beautiful day in the dirt on June 25. Each competitor got in a total of 10 runs. Andy Thomas took the best raw time of the day coming in at 653.795 in MF. Below are the best times of the day by car classification: 

  • Stock: Jason Zerbe in SA with a time of 661.836
  • Prepared: Kevin McGowan in PA with a time of 701.270
  • Modified: Andy Thomas in MF with a time of 653.795
  • Exhibition: John Roscinski with a time of 673.951


Rallycross event #3 is just over two weeks away on Saturday, August 6th on the Elmerton Lot in Harrisburg. If you've never run a rallycross but are curious, come out, take a ride along and see just how much fun you could have playing in the dirt. 


Seeking a Volunteer

The rallycross co-chairs John Roscinski and Adam Moore are looking for someone to handle registration at future rallycross events. The person just needs to be at events when registration opens to accept walk-ups. If you'd be willing to chip in, please get in touch with John


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July Regional Meeting

Tuesday, July 26 • 7:30 p.m.
Our next meeting will be held in the private dining room at Gilligan's Bar and Grill, 987 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17111.  

The meeting agenda will be provided to members via email this weekend. All members are encouraged to attend. Come early for dinner (and a drink) with other members. 

June Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are now posted in the News section of the Susquehanna Region website. View them using the button below. 


Motorsports, Susquehanna Style

Steven Hirschtritt comes around turn two in his '65 Austin Healey Sprite at the 2016 Pagoda Hillclimb, Saturday June 25. Photo by Kristen Poole.

Pagoda Hillclimb

Susquehanna was well-represented at this year's Pagoda Hillclimb, June 24-26. A total of 14 members had a chance to run the hill, with one record-breaking run. Congrats on a job well done!

  • Shawn Mellinger — 1st out of 7 in BSP — Class Record: 84.769
  • Matt Williams — 2nd out of 7 in BSP
  • Dennis Williams — 3rd out of 7 in BSP
  • Jason Fraley — 2nd out of 3 in DSP
  • Rick Shortuse — 1st out of 3 in FSP
  • Ursula Whisler — 2nd out of 3 in FSP
  • Crystal Whisler — 3rd out of 3 in FSP
  • Geoff Craig — 1st out of 2 in HP
  • Joe Whiteley — 2nd out of 2 in HP
  • Don McLaughlin — 3rd out of 3 in GTL
  • Bryan Fritzler — 2nd out of 2 in P1
  • Greg Hagan — 1st out of 1 in CF 
  • Steven Hirschtritt — 1st out of 1 in H4
  • Kurt Eikenburg — 2nd out of 2 in S1  

Giants Despair Hillclimb

Ten of your fellow Susquehanna members took advantage of a beautiful weekend at the 2016 Pagoda Hillclimb on July 9-10. Congratulations to all of you!

  • Shawn Mellinger — 1st out of 4 in BSP
  • Tim March — 2nd out of 2 in CSP
  • Jason Fraley — 1st out of 5 in DSP
  • Ursula Whisler — 1st out of 2 in FSP
  • Crystal Whisler — 2nd out of 2 in FSP 
  • Joe Whiteley — 1st out of 1 in HP
  • Don McLaughlin — 2nd out of 2 in GTL
  • Tony Preston — 1st out of 1 in FF 
  • Greg Hagan — 1 out of 1 in CF 
  • Kurt Eikenburg — 1st out of 2 in S1  

Heavy Metal Showdown

Four Susquehanna members were registered for the 2016 Tire Rack Heavy Metal Showdown at Pittsburgh International Race Complex this past weekend. Results have not been posted. 

  • Steven Ibanez — DS
  • Ashley Zywusko — DS
  • Dennis Latshaw — ESP
  • Derek Latshaw — ESP

"Tyler Kicera ascends to the pinnacle of amateur racing"

photo from Lancaster Online

Our very own Susquehanna Region member Tyler Kicera found himself in the spotlight of Lancaster Online on July 14, 2016. Paula Wolf — Staff Writer for the online publication — gives much-deserved congratulations to 31-year-old Kicera, who competes in SCCA's top-level amateur road racing series — the U.S. Majors Tour — in the Spec Miata class. He's finished first five times this year, including twice in June at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. Find the full story at the link below. 


Member Spotlight

Name: Shawn Mellinger
From:  Lancaster, PA
Runs: Autocross, Road Racing, Hillclimb
Drives: My main car is a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata in BSP that I run for autox, time trials, and hillclimbs. I also campaign a 95 Honda Del Sol in the 24 Hours of LeMons. 
Member since: 2012

I started running autox with no other kinds of racing experience. That got me hooked quickly and I wanted more. I've been slowly converting my Miata from a nice street car to a more purpose built race car. That has paid off with a few records in BSP at hill climbs this year. I started running LeMons with a local team as a way to get wheel to wheel experience and that has been a blast as well.

Derek Colton

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News from SCCA

Runoffs Registration Opens in 3 … 2 … 1 …​

July 18, 2016 — Registration for the much anticipated 2016 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, presented by Garmin VIRB, is slated to open Wednesday, July 20 at 9am Central Time. 


Look Ahead! Be Smooth!: The Instructor's Anthem​​

July 11, 2016 — Every driving instructor, whether on the street or in competition, has shouted it from the right seat as they hold on for dear life. They sound simple and fairly obvious, but are you actually doing it right? 

East Coast RallyCross Winners on High​

July 12, 2016 —  A Maryland hilltop was where nearly 70 competitors came together for the July 8-10 SCCA East Coast RallyCross National Challenge.


SCCA National Wants
YOUR Stories!​

June 29, 2016 — With several thousand SCCA members taking part in numerous events in any given week, there could literally be thousands of great stories that come out of Club activities. So if you have a good tale to tell, why not share it with everyone at! 


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2016 Event Schedule

08/06/16: RX 3, Elmerton Lot
09/03/16: RX 4, Elmerton Lot

09/11/16: AX 7, Farm Show, AM
09/11/16: AX 8, Farm Show, PM
10/29/16: AX 9, Hershey Park
10/30/16: AX 10, Hershey Park

2016 Meeting Schedule

07/26/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
08/23/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
09/27/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
10/25/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
11/22/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans


2016 Officers

Regional Exec: Steve Limbert
Assistant RE: Kristen Poole
Treasurer: Alan Lesher
Secretary: Ed Womer
Director 3 Yr: Geoff Craig
Director 2 Yr: Charlie Demmy
Director 1 Yr: Markus Houser

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