This article first appeared in the November, 2014 edition of SportsCar Magazine. SCCA members can read the current and past editions of SportCar digitally here after logging into their account; To become an SCCA member and get SportsCar mailed to your home address monthly in addition to the digital editions, click here.
SYDNEY DAVIS YAGEL
SCCA MEMBER SINCE 1992
“I became a member in 1992 at the ripe old age of 12 to watch my daddy race. But, as I’ve grown up, I’ve stayed with the organization because of the passion I have for racing. My dreams of becoming a professional racecar driver fell short, but I started Club Racing as soon as it was financially possible. My association with the SCCA has led to many opportunities for my career, and most importantly I’ve made some awesome friends over the years.
Currently, I am the Assistant Regional Executive of Club Racing for the Houston Region. When I first started volunteering for the Region, I was in college and took over the monthly newsletter. Soon after I graduated I was asked to help with the pre and post work involved with organizing Club Racing events. That, of course, led to taking over the Race Chairman duties, and I haven’t looked back since. Event planning and management isn’t something I was originally interested in, but the challenge and satisfaction of pulling off a successful event has definitely changed my tune.
In addition to my Regional duties, I also serve as the Scheduling and Website Coordinator for the Southwest Division. My ‘real’ job is the Director of Events and Schools at the road course MSR Houston, so there’s a lot of overlap with the Club, and I really enjoy the collaboration our track has with Houston Region.
The SCCA offers a unique, hands-on experience for drivers and volunteers that you can’t find with any other club in the country. The professionalism and prestige that is synonymous with the SCCA has opened doors both personally and professionally for not only myself but also many others. As both the racing world and the Club continue to grow, I see the opportunity for change and adaptation, and I feel the Club is ready and willing to take the necessary steps to keep us on top.”
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