TOPEKA, Kan. — Brian Holtz, the chairman of the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing Board, died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 55.
In addition to his role on the SCCA Pro Racing board, Holtz, of Bethlehem, Pa., had previously served as a member of the SCCA Board of Directors and Club Racing Board. Holtz was an SCCA member for 35 years, active as a race car driver and steward in the Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and South Jersey Regions.
“Brian has been chairman of SCCA Pro Racing since I came to Pro in 2007, but he was much more than the chairman of Pro Racing to me,” SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO Bob Wildberger said. “He was a best friend to me, to the company, its people, and the entire racing community. Heaven has gotten a truly great new resident today.”
Holtz didn’t limit his involvement in SCCA to his official responsibilities, with his enthusiasm spreading throughout the organization.
“Brian was on the Board when I first came to SCCA in 2004,” SCCA, Inc., President and CEO Jeff Dahnert said. “He was a wealth of information and guidance from my first day here, and ever since. He was one of those guys that you naturally liked and respected even if you were on different sides of an issue. You would be hard pressed to find someone that put more of their life and energy into the SCCA. I will miss him greatly.”
Brian is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ellen, and one son, Joseph B. Holtz and his wife, Kimberly of Horsham, Pa.; his mother, Barbara (Stone) Holtz of Potomac, Md.; and sisters, Jane Holtz Cranska and her husband Allen of Glenwood, Md., and Karen Muttimer and her husband Paul of Ashburn, Va.