SCCA’s 2022 U.S. Majors Tour, part of the Summit Racing Equipment SCCA Road Racing program, wrapped its season in September with a double-header at MSR Houston, concluding a year that saw racers battle beginning in January at tracks from Homestead-Miami Speedway to Portland International Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Road America, and beyond. With all six of the U.S. Majors Tour Conferences wrapped for the year, it’s time to look back at the season as well as celebrate those drivers who rose to the top.
While overall participation in the U.S. Majors Tour was down from the prior year, participation is actually trending up. This year, the U.S. Majors Tour welcomed 5,309 entries, roughly matching participation from 2018 and 2019 (which were 5,247 and 5,376 entries, respectively). The 2021 U.S Majors Tour participation numbers hit 5,777, the second highest participation since the launch of the U.S. Majors Tour – the highest coming in 2017 at 6,253. Not coincidentally, 2021 and 2017 both saw the SCCA National Championship Runoffs hosted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Excluding the Indy years, 2022 marked the second highest participation count for the U.S. Majors Tour since its inception.
As for the champions in each of the six U.S. Majors Tour Conferences, it’s one thing to win a class, and it’s quite another to do so in two classes. Among those standout performances were Michael Pettiford claiming T1 and T3 titles in the Mid-States Conference, Charlie Peter standing victorious in T2 in the Mid-States and Southern Conferences, and Charles Turner tying for gold in FE2 in the Mid-States Conference and winning SRF3 in the Southeast Conference.
Perhaps going two further, Michael Lewis won GT-1, GT-3, and GT-Lite in the Western Conference, then was part of a three-way tie for the GT-3 title in the Southern Conference.
The menus below include the 2022 U.S. Majors Tour Conference champions, with those listings including the racing class, driver’s name, and SCCA Region of record. Complete points tallies can be found here.
Photos by Jeff Loewe (bottom right: SRF3, Charles Turner), Wendrick Campbell (top right: GT-3, Mike Lewis), and Joseph Bierschback (bottom left: T2, Charlie Peter)