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January 25, 2018

Craig Chima

Category: Hall of Fame


2018 Inductee

Craig began his SCCA racing career in1984. After karting and dirt bike racing as a youngster he bought a 1600 Datsun roadster from a friend and attended an SCCA driving school, during which he took three seconds off the previous owner’s best time. After racing the car for 2 seasons in Regional races, he decided to buy a well-prepared National level HP Sprite and raced it in his first Runoffs in 1988 and 1989. He then moved up to a 1275 F Production Midget and put it on the pole at the Runoffs. He entered the Runoffs In 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996, winning his first championship in 1994. Next came 2 seasons in Pro S2000 followed by the development of an ELVA Courier which he put on the Runoffs pole in 2002 and 2003, winning his second championship in 2002. Craig’s seventh Runoffs pole and his last SCCA race was in 2006 in an HP Midget. Craig’s racing credentials alone would be enough to justify his induction. But he was also named SCCA Mechanic of the year in 1996 and has become a nationally recognized constructor and restorer of British race cars, concentrating on Lotus Sevens, Elans and Europas; as well as Midgets, Ginettas, and even a Mallock.

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