Sports Car Club of America

2013 Majors Champion - Cliff White

Cliff White
Eastern Conference, Spec Racer Ford

White, of Huntsville, Ala., entered the Majors Eastern conference battle not able to keep up with the competition. He eventually solved the problem, taking home the championship in his No. 58 Thompson White Racing SRF.

“Starting at [VIRginia International Raceway], I was battling an aging motor and couldn’t keep up with Futrelle and Schofield,” White said. “I replaced it with a backup for Summit Point [Motorsports Park] that blew up in the first session on track. I was able to use my dad’s spec racer as a backup, but I had to start further back than normal for both Saturday’s and Sunday’s race.”

After getting past his troublesome engine issues, White made some very good memories throughout the season. One race, in particular, stuck out in his mind.

“The Sunday Watkins Glenn race where Franklin Futrelle, Brian Schofiled and I battled side-by-side for the last half of the lap was the highlight of the season,” White said. “This was an awesome display of controlled aggression for all three drivers. Not to mention I WON!”

White was able to seal his championship run with a streak of four wins at the end of the season, with a pair at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Watkins Glen International Raceway. White also helped his cause with second-place finishes at Sebring International Raceway and Summit Point; third-place finishes at Sebring, VIR and Summit Point; and a fourth-place at VIR. En route to the championship, he scored two pole positions.

White, also, had plenty of people to thank for his success.

“Mark Eaton and Mick Robinson with Robinson Motorsports prepared an outstanding race car for the races in the Southeast,” White said. “Mark has been a mentor, coach and crew chief for many years and we work well together, fine tuning a setup throughout the weekend.

“As always, my parents are my biggest supporters, especially my dad, who gave up his race car for two Majors weekends to give me a shot at the point title.”