Multiple Track Records Fall On Second Day of SCCA Runoffs Qualifying
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Sept. 20, 2011) – Eleven track records were set on the second day of qualifying at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs during a day of improved weather at Road America.
Among the 28 classes, the quickest time of the day was laid down by Steve Forrer, of Milwaukee, Wis., in his C Sports Racing No. 84 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/Forrer Supply Ralt RT-41/Toyota. Forrer’s lap of 2:01.135 (118.876 mph) is the quickest official lap ever turned by an SCCA Club Racer at the 4-mile track.
Chasing the C Sports Racing time is the Formula Atlantic class, where Keith Grant, of Germantown, Tenn., topped the class with a 2:01.549 (118.471 mph) in the No. 40 Hoosier/Hasselgren/Polestar Swift 014a Toyota.
The closest competition for pole position, which will be set on Thursday in every class, came in Formula 500. The class went out in the rain on Monday, but hometown favorite Michael Mueller, from nearby Plymouth, topped the class on Tuesday with a time of 2:23.053 (108.228 mph) in the No. 24 MJ Manufacturing/Fibeco/HRP/Subway Red Devil. Mueller needed all of that time, finishing just 0.023-second ahead of Michael Brent, of Bethel, Conn., in the No. 47 Hoosier Tire/QRE Invader QC-1.
Michael Varacins, Revere Greist, and Cliff Ebben are three other Wisconsin-natives on provisional poles in their respective classes. Varacins, of Burlington, topped Formula Vee with a time of 2:41.774 (89.013 mph) in his No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5. Greist, of Madison, led Formula Continental in the No. 56 Waypoint Health Innovations/Arms Up Van Diemen DP07/Ford with a new class qualifying record of 2:11.321 (109.655 mph). Appleton-native Ebben topped the GT-1 class on Tuesday, but his time from Monday was quicker and still leaves him on the provisional pole.
Qualifying continues for all 28 classes Wednesday and Thursday, with the best lap of the week setting the pole position for this weekend’s races.
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The SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions for the 48th-consecutive year in 2011. The best amateur drivers from across North America convene on Road America’s historic four-mile road course in what is considered the “Olympics” of motorsports. This year’s event begins with four days of qualifying, Sept. 19-22, and concludes with three days of racing, Sept. 23-25.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Provisional polesitters following the second of four qualifying sessions for this weekend’s 48th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with class, driver, hometown, car, fastest time and speed. * - Denotes better than existing track record.
American Sedan, Andy McDermid, Williamston, Mich., Ford Mustang, 2:27.310*, 97.753.
C Sports Racing, Steve Forrer, Milwaukee, Wis., Ralt RT-41/Toyota, 2:01.135*, 118.876.
D Sports Racing, Tom Bootz, Evansville, Ind., Stohr WF1/Suzuki, 2:02.417, 117.631.
E Production, Jon Brakke, Fargo, N.D., Mazda Miata, 2:28.965, 96.667.
F Production, Steve Sargis, Frankfort, Ill, Triumph Spitfire, 2:32.171, 108.950.
Formula 1000, Brandon Dixon, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Citation F1000/Suzuki, 2:06.136*, 114.162.
Formula 500, Michael Mueller, Plymouth, Wis., Red Devil, 2:23.053, 108.228.
Formula Atlantic, Keith Grant, Germantown, Tenn., Swift 014/Toyota, 2:01.549*, 118.471.
Formula Continental, Revere Greist, Madison, Wis., Van Diemen DP07, 2:11.321*, 109.655.
Formula Enterprises, Scott Rettich, Camden, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Mazda, 2:13.416*, 107.933.
Formula F, Lewis Cooper, Grosse Point, Mich., Van Diemen RF00 Ford, 2:20.678*, 102.361.
Formula Mazda, Douglas Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Star Formula Mazda, 2:15.738, 106.087.
Formula Vee, Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., Speed Sport AM-5, 2:41.774, 89.013.
GT-1, Cliff Ebben, Appleton, Wis., Ford Mustang, 2:07.372, 113.055.
GT-2, Mark Boden, Winnetka, Ill., Porsche GT3 Cup, 2:18.496, 103.974.
GT-3, John Black, Olympic Valley, Calif., Nissan 350Z, 2:23.755, 100.170.
GT-Lite, Kent Prather, Wakarusa, Kan., Mazda Miata, 2:34.848, 106.787.
H Production, Mike Moser, Milwaukee, Wis., Honda CRX, 2:41.462, 89.185.
Showroom Stock B, Toby Grahovec, Chicago, Ill., BMW Z4, 2:42.067*, 88.852.
Showroom Stock C, Brian Husting, Irvine, Calif., Chevrolet Cobalt, 2:49.530, 84.941.
Spec Miata, Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mazda Miata, 2:44.870, 87.342.