Eastern Conference, Formula Vee
During 2013, Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., endured the nightmare of every club racer – a severe early-season wreck.
“In the first session at the Road Atlanta Majors, I lost control of my car on a cold track,” Davis said. “I spun and hit the concrete wall, nearly destroying my car. The nose was destroyed and the frame was significantly bent, both in the front and the rear.”
When it comes to major damage, it’s not just the initial collision that a Club racer has to worry about. The money, effort and time required to fix the damage can have a huge effect on the remainder of the season.
“The next three weeks were quite intense, as I worked feverishly on the car to get ready for the 50th Formula Vee Celebration at Roebling Road,” Davis said. “We made the race, but were still working on things after we arrived. I was able to finish a strong third in the Brundage Cup race that weekend, even though the repairs were not completely finished.”
As the result of some elbow grease and perseverance, Davis’Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Head Racer’s Wedge SB-1/VW took the green flag in all 12 of the Eastern Conference races. He took back-to-back wins at Sebring, followed by wins at Summit Point and New Jersey Motorsports Park. Davis also racked up three second- and two third-place finishes, totaling 162 points. He also earned 5 poles throughout the season to claim the Eastern Conference Formula Vee Championship.
“I consider this a pretty nice achievement since I competed against some high talent, including several National Champions,” Davis said. “Beating them was quite a challenge, especially in their own back yards.”
Like any champion racer, Davis has several people to thank for their help in earning the title.
“My wife, Linda, is my biggest supporter,” Davis said. “She figured significantly in the repairs [from Road Atlanta], and travels with me to almost all of my races. She has been with me my entire 40-year SCCA racing career. It would not have been possible without her.
“I also owe a lot to many others who have aided me over the years. Wayne Moore, Mike Palermo, Bill Noble, Rollin Butler, JR Russell, Eric Rang, Allan Adderley, Dietmar Bauerle and Rodney Perry, to mention a few. The entire Formula Vee community has been great, especially in my early days when I had no idea what I was doing.”