THSCC Newsletter

January 2015

Sneak Peak at the Upcoming Website

We are proud to announce a sneak preview of the upcoming redone THSCC website! While there is still much to do before it can replace our current site, please take a look and let us know any feedback you have on what we have so far. The sneak preview site can be temporarily viewed at: Please note that it is actively being worked on and may be unavailable or offline while under constructions. Please email your comments about the site to


Sponsor Spotlight:
Radio Active Car Audio

Be sure to support all of our Sponsors by visiting the THSCC Sponsors Page!


A Huge Thank You to
2014 THSCC Staff!

Rodney Wright

Autocross VPs:
Brice Johnson
Noah Fleming
Derek DeLong

Rallycross VPs:
Charlie Guthrie
Drew O’Neil

Track VPs:
Stephen Westerfield
Zach Hill

Bowie Gray, Sr.

Mgr. Business Dev.:
Dustin Fredrickson

Site Coordinator:
Brice Johnson

Steven Spampinato

Sergeant at Arms:
Rodney Wright

Keeper of the Bus:
Chris Suich

Chief of Timing:
Carlton Whitehead

Members at Large:
Matt McGrain
Ryan Holton

Carl Fisher
Emmie Fisher

Please welcome our newest members, Rodger Boles and Joe Lohr!

Upcoming THSCC Events

Event registrations are online at MotorsportReg!

Autocross Points #1 & Test-n-Tune on February 21st & 22nd at Danville Regional Airport

Rallycross Points #1 & Novice School on February 28th & March 1st

HPDE and Kart Enduro - VIR North Course on April 4th & 5th 


About the Heel of the Month award:
"The Heel of the Month Award was started in 1993 to honor one or more THSCC members each month for his/her recent outstanding driving or for recognition of some special or notable action recently performed either within the club or outside of the club."

January Heel of the Month:
This month's Heel of the Month award has been awarded to a relatively new member, Tristan McBride. He begun autocrossing last year and took to the sport quickly. Within a few events he was finishing mid-pack in the highly competitive STR class in a borrowed S2000. Tristan also quickly began helping out wherever he could at events, and volunteered to run for Registrar in 2015, where he was subsequently elected. Please join us in congratulating Tristan and thanking him for his commitment to the club!

Don't forget to join us for the monthly Club Meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at Randy's Pizza on Miami Blvd in Durham!

2015 THSCC Staff

Meet your new staff members:

President - Zach Hill

First introduced to motorsports at a THSCC autocross in Laurinburg back in 2007, where despite my unwavering confidence, I DNF'd every run and came in DFL! But most of all, I was astonished that I could drive my car as fast as I could legally and not have to worry about getting a ticket! Instantly hooked, I attended every autocross I could, eventually progressing to HPDE events in 2010, and in 2014 began wheel to wheel racing. 2015 marks my third year proudly representing THSCC as an officer, having previously been a Vice President for the autocross and track programs. As your club President this year, I'm excited for the future of this club and honored to be a part of its leadership as the club enters its 51st year of operation. I'm looking forward to a great year of fun events!

Secretary - Steven Spampinato 

My name is Steven Spampinato, I am your club secretary, and I have been autocrossing occasionally since 1996. I have a 2006 Civic SI that is my Kid “Daddys” Taxi on the weekdays and Street Class Racer on the weekends.  I love my lumpy meatball of a FWD sports car.

Registrar - Tristan McBride

I have been to 4 auto-cross events so far. I enjoy every minute of these events, and am now your new registrar!

Timing and Scoring - Carlton Whitehead

I started autocrossing with THSCC in 2006 and has been addicted ever since. When he's not building software to fund his addiction, he might be petting his cat, Tulip, his partner's dog, Gidgett, or building software to make autocrossing more awesome.

RallyCross VP - Charles Lankford

I don’t really know what to say. I’m just an old guy that loves motorsports. I’ve lived in Cary for the last 17 years and recently discovered a love of trying to drive fast. Lacking experience, I joined THSCC to learn from and to share experience with other like-minded individuals.  I’m VP of Rally Cross because no one else was stupid enough to take the job this year….. but someone has to do it. Nothing in life is free

Novice Coordinator - Jennifer Vance

This will be my fourth season with THSCC Autox, and my second participating in the HPDE program.  I love my car and I love THSCC!

Novice Coordinator - Rob Lupella

Been Autocrossing for 14 years. Worked as Novice Coordinator for over 7 of those. Gets a kick out of watching novices improve on each run. Enjoys walks on the beach, fine wine, honesty and puppies. Turn offs include mean people, Chrysler products, and  rain.

AutoCross VP - Brice Johnson

I have been autocrossing with THSCC off and on since 2000. I'm looking forward to a great year for the program with a good variety of sites culminating in hosting the NCAC!

AutoCross VP - Derek DeLong

I have been a member of THSCC since 2013 and a VP of autocross since 2014.  I compete in STR class with a 2006 S2000. I joined THSCC after attending two autocross events as a spectator because of the comradery and friendly competition I saw among all the members and people I meet along the way.

AutoCross VP - Noah Fleming

Noah joined the club in 2008. Since then he has held the staff position of Worker Coordinator in 2011 and 2012, and Autocross VP in 2013,2014, and 2015.

Additionally, in 2015 he has taken on the role of Webmaster, managing the THSCC Website and working to deploy a new, updated site.

He first learned of Autocross from Zach Hill, who belabored him to autocross until he caved, then subsequently became hooked due to the comradery, competitiveness, and general mechanics of the sport.

He will always remember his first autocross in Sandford, NC, when his Novice instructor, Rob Lupella; said to him, "I guess we are going to drive the course backwards!"

Since beginning autocross, he has become involved with Track/HPDE related programs, and Karting. He has driven a Mazda RX8 in CS/STX, Mazda Speed3 in the old "TIR" class, and now runs his 2002 Honda S2000 in STR. His biggest accomplishment was placing 1st in STR class at the 2012 North Carolina Autocross Championship.

He looks forward to the clubs progress and is amazed at how the club has changed in the years for which he has been involved.

"To Motorsport commradery... *Clink*..."

Track VP - Stephen Westerfield

Stephen has been an active member since 2003 participating in autocross and track events. He has been instrumental in the successful operation the HPDE program, continuing the tradition of fun, safe events and providing the highest quality instruction to our students.  Stephen plans to autocross his Mustang this year and also competes in LeMons endurance racing.

Newsletter Editor - Kolu Roth

I started out spectating at autocrosses in 2010 and finally was talked into the challenge of learning to drive an S2000 in 2011. VTEC! I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of becoming a better driver, learning how to handle lots of different situations on the road and just the fun & camaraderie of being part of the THSCC Family.

Mgr. of Business Development - Dustin Fredrickson

Dustin has been a THSCC member since ~2003 and has served 2 terms each as Autocross VP and club President.  For the past few years, Dustin has spent his time behind the scenes managing our Club Sponsorship program, and in his free time is a driver/co-owner in the 'Simon Says' Chumpcar racing team.


AutoCross Report

2014 was a great year for the autocross program

Highlights included a record attendance to our novice school, 8 points events including two wildly popular events at the NCCAR road course facility, and our best Jimmy V fundraiser event ever. The "Jimmy" event was a great occasion for us and Triad Sports Car Club to come together to remember a great friend and mentor that we lost in 2014, Jim Feinberg, as well as to raise money for a great cause. It was our 10th year raising money to fight cancer research, and to date we have raised over $50,000.

2015 is starting to shape up. We plan on having at least 8 events this year including not just one, but TWO autocross schools to help bring new participants into the sport. Our traditional novice school will be held March 28, and the women only "chick school" makes its return this year on May 16. Both events will be at Danville regional airport. Look for more details at

We hope to have the final calendar posted shortly, but events are already booked for February through May, with later dates still to be determined as we pursue new sites for the program. We are considering using Piedmont Dragway again, Fayetteville's Crown Coliseum, as well as making a return to Virginia Motorsports Park after many years away from there. As details firm up, we will post them on facebook, the forums, and of course,

Lastly, if you have been a part of the program for a while, and want to try your hand at course design, we need event chairs for upcoming events. We are always looking for creative designs. Contact if you are interested or find the thread on the forums. We're gearing up for another great year!


RallyCross Report

2014 Review
Last year was an exciting year for rally cross; attendance was up; and we added a late summer event at VIR that was run in conjunction with the track program. At least two of our members drove in both. 

We also ran on a 5/8 mile banked clay oval at the Fayetteville Motor Sports Park that was as sticky as asphalt in places and as slippery as glass in others. Those events were exciting, indeed. We even had a visit by Ezra Dyer of Car and Driver and Yahoo Auto who did a video article at one of those events. It can be seen at:

Congratulations to the 2014 season point winners:

NO4 – 4-wheel drive cars running dedicated rally tires 
Winner – Ray Metts
Second – Kevin Allen
Third – Sebastian Kokoszka

NO2 – 2-wheel drive, over 2.4L running dedicated rally tires
Winner (T) – Ricky Beam
Winner (T) – Drew O’Neill

NU2 – 2-wheel drive under 2.4L running dedicated rally tires 
Did not have a competitor that qualified for season championship points.

SO4 – 4-wheel drive, over 2.4L running street tires
Winner – Brett Murphy
Second – David Brown
Third – Brandon Creede

SU4 – 4-wheel drive under 2.4 L running street tires
Winner – Nathan Miller
Second – Drew Sheffield

SU2 – 2-wheel drive under 2.4L running street tires
Winner – Charlie Guthrie
Second – Pete Guthrie

2015 Rally Cross at a Glance
Next year we plan to run a full rally cross schedule (8 to 9 events) with events being currently planned for VIR, Wilson Fairgrounds and Fayetteville Motor Sports Park. We’re also holding a Rally-X novice/practice day in conjunction with our first event at Wilson on February 28-March 1. This would be a great opportunity for folks who are not familiar with rally cross to enter the sport.  Other locations may be added if we can find them and work out the details.

Car classes and rules will stay the same as last year. 

We’re currently considering offering events at VIR in conjunction with the HPDE program similar to the Summer Sampler Event last September. We’re meeting with VIR later this month to firm up our plans for that venue. We’ll firm the schedule with other venues after that date.


Track Report

Happy New Years from the 2015 THSCC Track Staff.  We hope you and your family had a great holiday season. The staff has been hard at work discussing next season and getting our schedule confirmed. Once again we have two events scheduled for VIR this year as well as our annual DE down at CMP. Here are the dates, so mark your calendars and schedule those days off so you can be sure to join us.

April 4-5, 2015 - Virginia International Raceway -  North Course (including Karting Enduro on the evening of Saturday, April 4)
June 6-7, 2015 - Carolina Motorsports Park
Sept 5-6, 2015 - Virginia International Raceway - Full Course (including Karting Enduro on the evening of Saturday, September 5)

Registration for the April event is open now and we are offering discounts for early sign ups.

  • Register between now and January 13, 2015 and your fee will be $400
  • Register between January 14 and February 28, 2015 and your fee will be $425
  • Register between March 1 and April 4, 2015 and your fee will be $450
  • THSCC members will receive a $25 discount on top of these prices if you enter the member discount code.  The discount will be listed on our forum.  If you do not access the forum, please contact us at
  • First responders as well as current and former military personnel are also eligible for an additional $25 registering after January 14. 

Keep in mind all vehicles running our events must pass a tech inspection.  We should have our annual tech days scheduled and registration open soon.  If you aren't able to make one of the tech days, you can have your car inspected by any reputable shop using or tech form found here. 

For details on registering for any of our 2015 events, keep your eye on our Motorsport Registration home page.  We will be opening registration for the karting events at VIR, the annual tech days, as well as the CMP and VIR-F DE's between now and the middle of February. 

As always, let us know if you have any questions at and we look forward to seeing everyone next season!

THSCC Track Staff