Eastern Conference, Spec Miata
The Spec Miata class has become known as a ‘driver’s class.’ Large fields, and cars requiring a steady touch, up the challenge. Like the SCCA veteran he is, Danny Steyn, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., appreciates what it means to come out as the Eastern Conference Champion in such a closely-matched class.
“I am thrilled to win the inaugural Eastern Conference Majors Championship in one of the most competitive classes and in, arguably, the most competitive conference in SCCA Club Racing,” Steyn said. “The Spec Miata class produces some of the closest racing in the club, and I feel privileged to share the track with so many talented drivers. This year I was fortunate, and luck went my way.”
Through 12 Eastern Conference races, Steyn’s three wins (Sebring, VIRgina International Raceway and Summit Point) and four second-place finishes (Sebring, Road Atlanta 1 & 2 and Summit Point) in the ADEPT Studios/ROSSINI/OPM/Traqmate Mazda Miata helped him rack up 157 points by the end of the season. In addition, Steyn was the polesitter on two occasions.
Steyn said one memorable moment of the 2013 campaign was the BFGoodrich Super Tour event at VIR.
“I got stuck in the mud during the second qualifying session for Race One,” Steyn said. “My qualifier on Friday was only good for 16th place on the grid. I had pretty much given up any hope of finishing in the top-five. Yet, lap by lap, I managed to pick each driver off and was thrilled to get the win from so far back.”
Steyn gave a shout-out to many people that support his racing, including the competitors he battled with on track.
“My greatest supporter is my wife, Kim, who absolutely loves racing,” Steyn said. “Long before I met her, she used to work at the SCCA, and comes to every race with me.
“As luck would have it I have been surrounded from day one by some pretty talented and generous individuals and teams. Tom Fowler, and his amazing team at OPM Autosports, built and prepare my cars. They are amongst the most photographed cars in the class and they are really fast too. Thanks to my engine builder Mike Rossini at Rossini Racing Engines, who is one of the all-time great guys of the sport. Glenn Stephens at Traqmate has developed one of the most intuitive and affordable data systems, and this amazingly sophisticated system has helped me chip away at my lap times at every track.
“But in all reality, it is actually the very talented, and somehow infuriating, drivers in Spec Miata racing that trade paint, rub mirrors, talk smack and get under my skin that, somehow, inspire me to work a little bit harder to earn their respect. That’s who keeps me coming back race after race. If it were easy, I would have quit years ago. Thanks to all you racers who have kept me focused over the years!”