BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Visits The Rose City
The BFGoodrich SCCA Super Tour makes its first visit to the Northern Pacific Division of the SCCA division during the second year of the program. The race is the eioght of nine BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour events on the schedule, with one in each of the SCCA’s geographical divisions in 2012.
The BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour activities will occur during Sunday’s races. Each race winner will be given a victory lap and commemorative checkered flag, and the top three in each class will be treated to victory circle ceremonies after each race. Live Timing is available for those at the track and around the world on both days of the event at SCCA.com/sccalive.
A Rose City By Any Other Name: This weekend’s Double National has nearly 80 cars on an entry list that shakes out into six hotly contested race groups at Portland International Raceway. The track, which over the years has hosted some of the closest open-wheel road races in history, could host more of the same at this weekend’s BFGoodrich Tires NorPac Super Tour.
It’s a three day event, with races on both Saturday and Sunday. Friday is practice, with a handful of qualifying sessions for Saturday’s races later in the day.
While most of the drivers in this field come from up and down the west coast, some have traveled to Portland for this weekend’s races. Andrew Charbonneau, an annual contender for a National title in Spec Miata and is has come from his Delray Beach, Fla. home for the event – and the unofficial title of the longest trip to the track.
The largest class is the 16 cars in Spec Racer Ford that make up Group Five. Comprised almost entirely of drivers from the states of Oregon and Washington, this group will be one to watch for close racing throughout the weekend.
Five Formula Atlantic cars are on the entry list for this weekend. Among the fastest SCCA classes, the contingent of FA machines carries on the strong open-wheel tradition in Portland.
FREE Admission: Fans who want to learn more about the SCCA or just take in some racing can come for the event at Portland, at no charge. All are welcome to the road course in Portland’s Delta Park complex. Admission includes a free program and a paddock pass allowing spectators into the garage areas for up close visits with the cars and drivers.
From The Everyday To The Incredible: The racers at this weekend’s BFGoodrich Tires NorPac Super Tour are a unique mix of talented drivers. Most are “weekend warriors,” mixing it up on the track on the weekends before heading home to their day-to-day jobs through the week. Some are youngsters with an eye on a professional driving career, honing their craft while looking to the future. The common theme to an SCCA competition is that these are seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things with racecars.
How prolific can these drivers become? Start with the motorsports legends – Bobby Rahal, Mark Donohue, Roger Penske, Michael Andretti, and actor/driver Paul Newman got their start in SCCA Club Racing. More recently, you could have seen current stars Boris Said, Graham Rahal, J.R. Hildebrand, Sam Hornish or Scott Sharp at a Club race.
The Best In Amateur Racing: SCCA Club Racing is the top level of amateur motorsports. Of the 300 Club Racing events held coast-to-coast, 70 of them are designated as “National” events, meaning they are qualifying events for the National Championship Runoffs® and comprise the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series. Of these 70 events, only nine are designated as BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour races, bringing the National spotlight to town and making this weekend among a select group of can’t-miss events across the country.
Super Sweep Set Up: The BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour events are the qualifying races for the prestigious Super Sweep Trophy. Drivers can earn a Super Sweep trophy by winning a Super Tour Race, the nation-wide point standings, a Divisional Championship, and a National Championship at the Runoffs, all in the same class.
BFGoodrich Tires SCCA NorPac Super Tour
Round Eight of Nine
Portland International Raceway
12-turn, 1.967-mile permanent road course
For Saturday’s Six Group Races: Four groups on Friday, July 13, beginning at 2:20 p.m. PDT; Two groups on Saturday, July 14 at 8:30 a.m. PDT
For Sunday’s BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Races: One group on Saturday, July 14, at 4:05 p.m. PDT; Five groups on Sunday, July 15, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PDT
Six Group Races:
Saturday, July 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PDT)
Sunday, July 15 beginning at 11:00 a.m. (PDT)
Each group runs an 23-lap race or 35 minutes