Michael von Quilich
Western Conference, Touring 1
Even before hitting the track, von Quilich, of Pahrump, Nev., was excited for the new Majors program being rolled out nationwide. Between the competition and the venues they would be able to race, the driver of the No. 19 Apartment24-7.com/MyFreeLife.com Dodge Viper was ready for the Western Conference Touring 1 season.
“When the new Majors Tour was announced, my wife, Virginia, and I looked at the Western Conference schedule and became very excited,” von Quilich said. “First of all, racing with the ‘best of the best’ is a winning formula! Plus, we would have an opportunity to race at Pacific Raceways and Portland International Raceway, new tracks for us.”
While the season turned out to be a success, von Quilich did have to overcome some adversity. However, the memories of a strong finish are what will stand out most.
“We race a 2010 Viper ACR-X in the T-1 class which was a new class for us,” von Quilich said. “The biggest challenge we faced during the season was a mid-season rule change that forced us to add over 130 pounds to the car.
“Every race was memorable for us, as the quality of the competition was outstanding. I think the fact that we set T-1 track records at every track at which we raced was the most memorable part of the Majors Tour.”
In six conference races, von Quilich took five wins and a second-place finish. His season started with back-to-back wins at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. He then followed it up with another pair of wins at Pacific Raceways, finishing the season with a win and second-place at PIR. With a perfect qualifying record, von Quilich was the polesitter in each race he entered in 2013.
Von Quilich was quick to thank those who made the championship campaign a possibility.
“MeNo Racing is a proud team that is headquartered in Pahrump, Nevada. My wife, Virginia, is an integral member of the team. She times all of my laps, and does the tire pressures when I come in for tire checks. Her send-offs over the radio inspire me to do my best.
“Jim ‘Tapper’ Tapp is our crew chief. He has done a masterful job of keeping the car in top tune. His suspension setups were a major factor for us to set T-1 track records at every track this year.”
After some time away from the track, von Quilich is ready for the 2014 edition of the Majors, already.
“We think the SCCA Majors Tour is a great formula. We hope that the SCCA stays focused on racing with the ‘best of the best.’ The growth potential of this new series is tremendous!”