SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:30:02 GMT Russell Wins Tire Rack ProSolo Finale Super Challenge and ProSolo Championship http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51988 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 31, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Paul Russell, of San Diego, California, was the Super Challenge winner at the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Finale at Lincoln Airpark. The Challenge win allowed Russell to claim the 2014 ProSolo Super Challenge Championship. Kim Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the Ladies Challenge winner earning her the ProSolo Ladies Challenge Championship title.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Finale brought together the best ProSolo drivers from around the country to Lincoln, Nebraska, to help decide season-long championships in both Super Challenge and Ladies Challenge groups.</span></p> <p>The final class runs on Sunday morning were delayed by lighting and a brief downpour. Following the 20-minute intermission, competition got back underway on the pair of rain-drenched courses. The wet conditions forced each driver into a slower pace, but served as more practice in preparation for the Challenge portion of the meet.</p> <p>Directly preceding the Challenge rounds was the inaugural Speedway Motors SCCA Classic American Muscle Invitational. Josh Leisinger, of Souix Falls, South Dakota, took home the win, in a competition that was very popular among drivers.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is my first SCCA event,&rdquo; Leisinger said. &ldquo;The track is huge and fast. The surface was awesome and each of the SCCA folks were very helpful.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the invitational nature of this competition, there were a lot of fast cars here with some tough competition. I had to be on my &lsquo;A&rsquo; game and couldn&rsquo;t take any of the other drivers lightly. Using the &lsquo;Christmas Tree&rsquo; was something different and created some more strategy for the competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>The CAM Challenge was not only popular amongst those who competed, but also spectators at the event. The classic, high-powered Detroit iron attracted the attention of the other ProSolo competitors, but also some locals who have never been to National-level Solo events.</p> <p>Chuck Jones, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was an SCCA member in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Through his recent attendance at Nebraska Region SCCA events, as well as today&rsquo;s event, as a spectator, Jones said he is starting to fall back in love with racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I was a kid I used to go out to stock cars races in which Speedway Motors sponsored cars,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve grown up with the company, in some ways. They have a car here that they are sponsoring, which is awesome.&rdquo;</p> <p>Doug Grote, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is a first-time attendee at an SCCA Solo event. Grote said he was alerted to the event by a customer of his muffler shop.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really impressed,&rdquo; Grote said. &ldquo;I did some work on a Mini Cooper for a couple from Washington who told me about this event. We decided to come out and see it. Hopefully, we can make it out to the Nationals for the rest of the week.</p> <p>&ldquo;The overall atmosphere is really cool. The customers from Washington said this is the Super Bowl of autocross, so we wanted to see what it was all about.&rdquo;</p> <p>Russell (Kart Modified, Seventhgear.com Tony Kart) started Challenge competition as the No. 3 seed and beat Glen Hernandez (Street Index RWD, Evolution/Chase Race/Petrel Data Systems Chevrolet Corvette) in the opening round.</p> <p>In the second round, Russell scored the victory over another SR-classed car driven by Eric Peterson (Solo Pro Driving/Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder). Eric Strelnieks (Super Street Modified, Hoosier/OSGiken/Jungle Cat Racing Mazda RX-7) was the next opponent for Russell, in the quarter-finals.</p> <p>Russell&rsquo;s semi-final matchup was against Jeff Stuart (C Street, Berry Family Racing/Racetraceapp.com Nissan 370Z). Russell came out on top, earning him a trip to the finals against Nick Barbato (Street Touring R, KARCEPTS/Adidas Motorsports Honda S200).</p> <p>Barbato&rsquo;s road to the final started with wins over Tom Berry (SP/SM Index A, Berry Family Racing/Hoosier Mitsubishi Evo IX) and Kinch Riendl (Street Touring Compact, Riptidehosting.com/RDP Hosting Honda Civic Si) in the first two rounds, respectively.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, Barbato met and beat Paul Kozlak (Street R Index RWD, Red Haus Racing Chevrolet Corvette) in their head-to-head battle. Barbato earned his spot in the finals after taking out Mark Hill (Bump Class, Jayhawk Racing/Ive Got Grip Mitsubishi EVO XI).</p> <p>In the Super Challenge final, Russell showed he was the class of the field by besting Barbato on both the east and west courses. With the win, Russell earned enough points to take home his first season-long Super Challenge title. In the third-place runoff, Hill completed the podium positions after beating Stuart.</p> <p>&ldquo;The first couple rounds I got lucky,&rdquo; Russell said. &ldquo;The other drivers threw up a couple red lights, which really helped. I then met up with Strelnieks, and we were close in the Championship standings. So, that match-up would pretty much decide the season-long winner.</p> <p>&ldquo;After the first run I was 0.1-second quicker than him. On the second run, I&rsquo;m still not sure how I was able to hold him off. After that is was just all about being smooth and fast.&rdquo;</p> <p>Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic) entered the head-to-head Challenge bracket at the top qualifier after taking the win in class competition. Whitener began her march to the final by after scoring the opening round win against Laura Campbell (Ladies Class 3, Honda S200).</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, Whitener faced off against Linda Duncan (Ladies Class 2, MiniUSA MINI Cooper). Whitener came out on top beating Duncan to finish line on both the east and west mirror-image courses.</p> <p>The win promoted Whitener to a semi-final matchup against Jocelin Huang (Ladies Class 2, The Alignment Guy Porsche GT3). Whitener eliminated Huang from the competition for the bracket win, earning her a final showdown with Gwen Habenicht (Ladies Class 2, Audi TT).</p> <p>From the No. 15 seed, Habenicht did what it took to win her matchup against No. 2 seed Christine Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/Chase Cam Mitsubishi Evo IX). Her next win came against Rachel Baker (Pixie Posse Racing Karcepts, Honda CRX) in the quarter-finals.</p> <p>Habenicht earned her spot in the bracket final after eliminating Chris Peterson (Ladies Class 2, Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder).</p> <p>In the final, Whitener got the best of Habenicht and came away with the win and 2014 ProSolo Fletcher Cup as the Ladies Challenge Champion. This title makes Whitener the third woman to win three ProSolo Ladies Challenge Championships in a row. In the third-place runoff, Peterson took the win over Huang and completed the podium positions.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Ladies Classes are hard,&rdquo; Whitener said. &ldquo;When I started out I was at the bottom of the pack. Running against top-notch competition makes one a better driver. You can look through the record book and see all the National Championship drivers you are competing against.</p> <p>&ldquo;We made some setup changes last night, which really helped us today. Luckily, we had the CAM Invitational to dry the courses out. The courses were fun and fast, but also technically challenging.&rdquo;</p> <p>Information on the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6994">here</a>. More information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA Solo program is available at <a href="http://www.scca.com/Solo">www.scca.com/Solo</a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial and like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Tour Schedule Takes Checkers At Topeka http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51987 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 31, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour, and the entire 2014 U.S. Majors Tour schedule, wrapped on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka with six group races and settled the remaining open championships.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s schedule featured 21-lap races around the 2.2-mile HPT configuration to wrap the season. Championship battles were settled by scoring the best eight of 12 races within the Conference.</p> <p>Highlights from Sunday include:</p> <p>Group 1: Denny Stripling clinched the Mid-States Conference Spec Racer Ford championship with a pair of wins in his No. 4 Lightspeed Motorsports Spec Racer Ford, walking away from the field to take care of business without any help.</p> <p>There were a number of scenarios that would allow Stripling to vault Keith Verges&rsquo; No. 69 Apex Driving Academy SRF in the standings, but the simplist entering Sunday&rsquo;s race was for Stripling to win. Starting from pole, he held the lead for the distance and won by a final margin of 12.740 seconds.</p> <p>That final margin of victory is a bit misleading. Stripling was up four seconds when the field saw the white flag, with Chris Funk&rsquo;s No. 54 KC Racing SRF battling hard with Verges for second and third place. Funk spun on the final lap, and Verges spun to avoid him, avoiding contact. Both continued quickly, and crossed the line together in order to complete the podium with Jimmy Cote&rsquo;s No. 20 Micro-Comm Inc. SRF just behind.</p> <p>Matt Reynolds swept the weekend in Spec Miata, running flag to flag for his win in the No. 73 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Group 2: In a mirror image of Saturday&rsquo;s race, Michael Mallinen started in front of the field and pulled away in the No. 71 Swan Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda to lap the entire field and take the win.</p> <p>Stuart Rettie&rsquo;s No. 21 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda swept the weekend in Formula Mazda, moving around Darryl Wills late in the race. Wills&rsquo; second-place finish clinched the Mid-States Majors Tour class championship in the No. 1 Hillenburg Motorsports/Hoosier Tire/Hawk Performance Formula Mazda.</p> <p>Group 3: Saturday winner Max Mallinen was an unexpected Formula F winner on Sunday after a last lap incident elevated his No. 1 Spectrum 014H/Honda from third to first.</p> <p>The race was a three car battle between Mallinen, Bill Kephart, and Cliff Johnson, with all three taking their turn in the lead in a race that featured an official 10 lead changes.</p> <p>By the final stages of the race, Mallinen had fallen back and Kephart&rsquo;s No. 37 Vestial 10F/Honda led Johnson&rsquo;s No. 4 Alpine Litho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5/Honda at the white flag. Johnson, looking for an opportunity to move into the lead, tried to move around Kephart in turn three. The two got together, with Kephart going over the top of Johnson&rsquo;s machine.</p> <p>Mallinen suddenly found himself in the lead, and picked up the win. Because they had already put a lap on the rest of the field, Johnson limped around for second, with Kephart being towed in but still in third on the final standings.</p> <p>In Formula 500, Herb Noble held on for the win in his No. 44 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion 001/Rotax after a battle with Conference champion Timothy Friest. The battle between Noble and Friest&rsquo;s No. 86 Hoosier/XTRacing/RodEndSupply KBS MkVII/Rotax became the battle for the lead with CJ McAbee&rsquo;s No. 15 AJ&rsquo;s Import Garage/Hoosier AJ&rsquo;s 2012/Rotax pulled to pit lane on lap three.</p> <p>Lisa Noble drove the No. 7 LittleFeat.Net Vortech FV to the Formula Vee win after starting from the rear of the field. Noble worked through traffic and took the class lead on lap five, then swapped the lead with Justin Willbanks&rsquo; No. 21 RS1 Motorsports Wormer EV-3 for the next two laps. Noble broke free of that battle and drove to the win.</p> <p>Group 4: David Fershtand and Mark Kirby marched away from their closest competition on Sunday, taking wins in GT-1 and GT-2, respectively, and finishing first and second in the overall order.</p> <p>Fershtand led flag to flag in the No. 05 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette, setting a new track record with a 1:23.016 on lap three. Kirby matched the win in the No. 21 Dodge Viper, winning by six seconds over Mike McGinley&rsquo;s No. 50 Hendrick Chevrolet/McGinley Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.</p> <p>Group 5: A weekend sweep by Preston Calvert in Touring 2 gave him the nation-wide point title in the No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske/Hawk Ford Mustang, but Steven Coleman&rsquo;s third place finish in class gave him the points he needed in the No. 25 Race Away Cancer Ford Mustang to take the Mid-States class title. Coleman&rsquo;s point total equaled second place Natha Waldbaum&rsquo;s in the No. 51 Hutter Performance/Vettesport Chevrolet Corvette, but earned the title on tiebreakers.</p> <p>Kim McDonald got a great start in the No. 29 Kim's Auto Repair Services/Herman Plumbing/BosselmanOil Pontiac Firebird, jumping into the early lead but falling behind Tim White&rsquo;s No. 7 Woomah.com Ford Mustang and Dean Palmer&rsquo;s No. 5 Palmer Racing Development/Ford Racing Parts/Hoosier/AJ's racing engines Ford Mustang on the opening lap. By lap five, McDonald had moved back to the lead, and held the position through the middle stages of the race. By lap 19, however, Trevor Janke&rsquo;s No. 14 Janke Auto/Blue Ox/Famous Racing Ent./Pender Body and Glass was closing to the back of McDonald. McDonald held on for the final two laps, with Janke second.</p> <p>Cliff Ira got revenge from Saturday&rsquo;s race, keeping his No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra in front of Bob Schader&rsquo;s No. 12 MiataCage.com/Hoosier Tire Mazda MX-5 for the distance. Ira held off a charging Schader through the final corner, when Schader dove to the inside in his last effort to take the win. Schader spun, with just a hint of contact, but Ira stayed in front up the front straight to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Anthony Simmers wrapped up the Super Touring Under Conference title in the No. 45 RebayReseller.com/Hoosier Tires/Vaslet Design Volkswagen GTI with a pair of wins in the weekend, and James Place swept the Touring 4 weekend with a win on Sunday in the No. 138 Place Rentals/Hawk/Acura/BFG/Summit Acura GRS.</p> <p>Group 6: Nigel Saurino, running in F Production on Sunday, moved his No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tire MG Midget around Jesse Prather&rsquo;s E Production No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/MAZDASPEED/Carbotech/Hoosier Mazda MX-5 on lap five through lapped traffic, then kept his car in front for the overall and class win.</p> <p>Saurino maintained a gap over class rivals Rick Harris, in the No. 8 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier/V8 Roadsters/Mazdaspeed Mazda Miata, and Eric Prill, in the No. 7 MaxtonsFight.org/JPM/Hoosier Tire Mazda Miata, to hold off any serious challenges. Harris and Prill completed the class podium.</p> <p>Roy Lopshire drove his No. 98 TRD/Williams Racing Development/Hoosier Toyota Tercel around Kent Prather&rsquo;s No. 26 PratherRacing/Mazdaspeed/MossMtrs/Torco/Carbotech/Hoosier Tires Mazda Miata on lap 15, then pulled away for the race win.</p> <p>Ralf Lindow swept H Production with a win on Sunday in the No. 53 Volkswagen Golf, but the No. 09 R &amp; R Racing/R. Smart Properties Fiat X 1/9 of Randy Smart walked away with the season long Mid-States Conference championship with his second place on Sunday.</p> <p>That concludes both the Mid-States Conference and the entire U.S. Majors Tour for the 2014 season, as the SafeRacer Club Racing program turns its eyes to the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 7-12. Each of the National Championship Races will be broadcast live on SpeedCastTV.com.</p> <p>More information from the Mid-States Conference Majors Tour finale, including race results, can be found at SCCA.com/HPTMajors.</p> <p>TOPEKA, Kan. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour Round 12 from Heartland Park Topeka. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Kim McDonald, Potomac, Md., Pontiac Firebird<br /> E Production: Jesse Prather, Topeka, Kan., Mazda MX-5<br /> F Production: Nigel Saurino, Tulsa, Okla., MG Midget <br /> H Production: Ralf Lindow, Bellevue, Neb., Volkswagen Golf<br /> Formula 500: Herb Noble, Marion, Iowa, Scorpion 001/Rotax<br /> Formula Atlantic: Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty City, Wash., Spectrum 014H/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Stuart Rettie, Houston, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Lisa Noble, Manhattan, Kan., Vortech FV/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: David Fershtand, Fort Worth, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Mark Kirby, Shawnee Mission, Kan., Dodge Viper<br /> GT-Lite: Roy Lopshire, Blue Springs, Mo., Toyota Tercel<br /> Spec Miata: Matt Reynolds, Fair Oaks, Texas, Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Cliff Ira, Kansas City, Mo., Acura Integra<br /> Super Touring Under: Anthony Simmers, Boulder, Neb., Volkswagen GTI<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: James Place, San Antonio, Texas, Acura GRS<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Season Just One Race From Finish In Topeka http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51986 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 30, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The SCCA Mid-States Majors Tour final weekend was met by a hot, humid start to the Labor Day weekend on Saturday at Heartland Park Topeka, where six race groups ran 25-minute timed races.</p> <p>The day began with 25-minute qualifying sessions to set the grids for Saturday afternoon on the track&rsquo;s 2.2-mile configuration. Saturday&rsquo;s Round 11 is the penultimate round in the Mid-States Conference season-long point championship, which counts the best eight finishes.</p> <p>Highlights include:</p> <p>Group 1: Denny Stripling entered the weekend with a 38-point deficit in Spec Racer Ford to championship leader Keith Verges and needing two strong finishes to be able to move to the top of the standings. He helped his cause on Saturday.</p> <p>Stripling&rsquo;s No. 4 Lightspeed Motorsports Spec Racer Ford led start to finish on Sunday, steadily pulling away from Chris Funk&rsquo;s second-place No. 54 KC Racing SRF throughout the 16 lap race. Verges finished third in the No. 69 Apex Driving Academy SRF, but needed to finish second or better to add to his Championship points after drops.</p> <p>A win for Stripling on Sunday clinches the Mid-States Championship. If Verges wins on Sunday, Stripling must finish second. A second-place for Verges forces Stripling to finish fifth or better, while Stripling needs just an 8th or better if Verges is third or lower.</p> <p>Matt Reynolds set a new Spec Miata track record of 1:35.313 on the way to his flag-to-flag win in the No. 73 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Group 2: Michael Mallinen drove his No. 71 Swan Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda to a flag to flag victory in Formula Atlantic, ticking off lap after lap to the finish. Mallinen was actually one of two former Formula Atlantic National Champions from the state of Washington entered in the race, along with third-finishing Riley Hopkins in his Ralt RT-4. Mallinen is the defending class champion, while Hopkins&rsquo; win came way back in 1983.</p> <p>Darryl Wills set a new track record in the No. 1 Hillenburg Motorsports/Hoosier Tire/Hawk Performance Formula Mazda early, but was forced to pit lane late in the race. He came back on the track just behind Stuart Rettie&rsquo;s No. 21 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda, and stayed in that order to the finish.</p> <p>Group 3: Max Mallinen continued his winning ways in Formula F, taking a flag to flag class victory in the No. 1 Spectrum 014H/Honda. The 16-year-old set a new track of 1:24.293 to join his dad, Michael, as a race winner on Saturday.</p> <p>CJ McAbee, racing for the first time since leading at the 2013 SCCA National Championship Runoffs last September, led early in Formula 500 and overall before pulling his No. 15 AJ&rsquo;s Import Garage/Hoosier AJ&rsquo;s 2012/Rotax to pit lane on lap 11. That left Herb Noble&rsquo;s No. 44 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion 001/Rotax to inherit the lead, but Mid-States Conference champion Timothy Friest moved around Noble on lap 17 in the No. 86 Hoosier/XTRacing/RodEndSupply KBS Mk VII, taking home the win.</p> <p>Richard Shields went the distance in Formula Vee to not only take the top trophy, but clinch his Runoffs qualifications in the No. 7 Vortech FV.</p> <p>Group 4: Both David Fershtand and Mark Kirby found themselves behind their rivals early, and both moved into the lead on lap two, cruising to wins in GT-1 and GT-2 on Saturday.</p> <p>Fershtand&rsquo;s No. 05 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette around the No. 48 Heartland Park/Baroque Racing Chevrolet Camaro of Eugene Kraus on the second lap to take the race win and clinch his season-long Championship in the Mid-States.</p> <p>Kirby&rsquo;s No. 21 Dodge Viper moved around Mike McGinley&rsquo;s No. 50 Hendrick Chevrolet/McGinley Motorsports on the same lap, and went around a fading Kraus for second overall by the finish.</p> <p>Group 5: Preston Calvert took the overall win in an effort to nail down the nation-wide Touring 2 point title in the No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske/Hawk Ford Mustang, followed by the two drivers battling it out for the Mid-States Conference title &ndash; leader Natha Waldbaum and Steven Coleman.</p> <p>If the order remains the same on Sunday, Coleman&rsquo;s No. 25 Race Away Cancer Ford Mustang will walk away with the Conference championship &ndash; Waldbaum&rsquo;s No. 51 Hutter Performance/Vettesport Chevrolet Corvette needs a win to clinch the title.</p> <p>Jim Wheeler&rsquo;s No. 20 Hoosier/Wilwood/K.C. Raceware Pontiac Trans-Am was battling overheating problems, but managed the gap back to second-running Trevor Janke&rsquo;s No. 14 Janke Auto/Blue Ox/Famous Racing Ent. Pontiac Firebird and stayed just in front to the finish.</p> <p>The Super Touring Lite race was a tail of two races. Cliff Ira set the early pace in the No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra, leading away from the start and building a gap on Bob Schader. Schader&rsquo;s newly built No. 12 MiataCage.com/Hoosier Tire Mazda MX-5 started to close by mid race, and the two were bumper to bumper by lap 10.</p> <p>On lap 12, the duo approached a lapped car in turn 13. With a split second choice to make, Ira guessed wrong &ndash; Schader took the opposite path and moved around both and into the lead. Though the margin remained close, Schader&rsquo;s Mazda stayed in front to a finish of 0.323-second.</p> <p>Group 6: The day ended with Jesse Prather running away from the E Production field in the No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/MAZDASPEED/Carbotech/Hoosier Mazda MX-5 to an overall victory, setting a new track record of 1:31.027 in the process. His overall margin of victory closed to just 0.028-second when teammate and F Production winner Eric Prill pulled his No. 7 MaxtonsFight.org/JPM/Hoosier Tire Mazda Miata alongside up the front straight to the finish.</p> <p>Prill&rsquo;s race win came after he shook free of Rick Harris&rsquo; No. 8 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier/V8 Roadsters/Mazdaspeed Mazda Miata. He then found himself in the midst of a pair of brothers looking for the GT-Lite win.</p> <p>Joshua Saurino moved into second overall, around Prill, on lap six in the No. 56 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tires MG Midget. Engine issues ended his day on lap nine, and left brother Nigel Saurino&rsquo;s No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tires MG Midget in the class lead, right behind Prill.</p> <p>Nigel, who started from the rear of the field and worked all the way through, eventually fell back slightly from Prill and each earned their class wins. Ralf Lindlow scored the H Production win in the No. 53 Volkswagen Golf.</p> <p>The final round of the SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour continues from Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday morning, with the 21 lap races beginning at 9:30 a.m. Live notes and timing are available online at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>More information, including race results, can be found at SCCA.com/HPTMajors.</p> <p>TOPEKA, Kan. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour Round 11 from Heartland Park Topeka. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Jim Wheeler, Lenexa, Kan., Pontiac Trans-Am<br /> E Production: Jesse Prather, Topeka, Kan., Mazda MX-5<br /> F Production: Eric Prill, Topeka, Kan., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Ralf Lindlow, Bellevue, Neb., Volkswagen Golf<br /> Formula 500: Timothy Friest, Leavenworth, Kan., KBS Mk VII/Rotax<br /> Formula Atlantic: Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty City, Wash., Spectrum 014H/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Stuart Rettie, Houston, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Richard Shields, Bridgeville, Pa., Vortech FV/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: David Fershtand, Fort Worth, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Mark Kirby, Shawnee Mission, Kan., Dodge Viper<br /> GT-Lite: Nigel Saurino, Tulsa, Okla., MG Midget<br /> Spec Miata: Matt Reynolds, Fair Oaks, Texas, Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Bob Schader, Longmont, Colo., Mazda MX-5<br /> Super Touring Under: Anthony Simmers, Boulder, Neb., Volkswagen GTI<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: James Place, San Antonio, Texas, Acura GRS<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack ProSolo Finale Showdown Set for Lincoln http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51979 <p><strong>LINCOLN, Neb. (Aug. 28, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The 2014 ProSolo&reg; season comes to a close this weekend with the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, at the Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">ProSolo is a combination of the best features of drag racing and autocross, with head-to-head elimination races against another driver on the opposite, mirrored course. The racers are signaled to start their run by a drag-race-style &lsquo;Christmas Tree&rsquo; and the first driver to the finish wins the matchup.</span></p> <p>The top 32 drivers from open class qualifying on Saturday and Sunday morning are seeded in a single-elimination Super Challenge bracket for Sunday afternoon, with the winner of each matchup continuing toward the bracket final. The Ladies Challenge is run similar to the Super Challenge with a maximum of 16 drivers, depending on the number of entrants among the three ladies classes.</p> <p>Erik Strelnieks is the season-long Super Challenge Championship leader. His two best finishes in bracket competition equaled 85 points in the battle for the JCJ Cup. Strelnieks is on the hunt for his second JCJ Cup after taking home the Championship in 2005.</p> <p>Greg McCance sits only four points behind Strelnieks in the standings, which counts the two best finishes plus the Lincoln finale in the championship. This season McCance has done one thing that Strelnieks has been unable to do - score a Super Challenge win. McCance was able to take home the bracket win in the second round at El Toro, while Strelnieks&rsquo; best finish was as runner-up at Mineral Wells.</p> <p>Paul Russell is trying to improve on his career best second-place finish in the season-long standings from two years ago. Currently he sits third, having amassed 74 points. Behind Russell are a gaggle of other drivers that have a chance at taking the overall Championship home, including multi-time Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Champions Mark Madarash and Jeff Kiesel.</p> <p>Annie Gill holds the top position in the fight for the Ladies Challenge Championship, the Fletcher Cup. With bracket wins at both Crows Landing and Packwood, Gill enters the competition with 109 points.</p> <p>Kim Whitener sits second in the standings, only five points behind Gill. Whitener is the two-time defending Ladies Challenge Champion and can become the third driver to win three straight Ladies titles, joining Beth McClure-Strelnieks and Stacy Reitmeir.</p> <p>Jocelin Huang is currently third with 103 points, following Ladies Challenge wins at Mineral Wells and Lincoln. Close behind Huang are Christine Grice, Shelly Monfort and Chris Peterson. The top six positions are covered by 15 points.</p> <p>The Super Challenge and Ladies Challenge Championships will be decided, once and for all, at the Lincoln Airpark Aug. 30-31. Live results can be followed at <a href="http://sololive.scca.com">http://sololive.scca.com</a>/.</p> <p>For more information on the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo Finale, and to find the links to the live audio and the scoring, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6994">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kummer to Vacate Club Racing Post http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51985 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Butch Kummer has announced that he will resign from the Club Racing Director position at Sports Car Club of America, effective the end of September 2014.</p> <p>Kummer joined the staff in 2012, tasked primarily with the operational launch of the new SCCA U.S. Majors Tour program.</p> <p>&ldquo;My directive from the beginning of this project was to elevate the status of &lsquo;national&rsquo; racing, and working together over the past two years I feel we have delivered a product that clearly differentiates our highest level of amateur competition from &lsquo;just racing,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kummer said. &ldquo;Certainly, the most dramatic change was developing a schedule with fewer conflicting events which resulted in increased participation and competition. In addition we&rsquo;ve increased consistency in event structure/operation and improved recognition of our events. &ldquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I accept Butch&rsquo;s resignation with some melancholy, as he and I have worked on the Majors project together since he began with us two years ago,&rdquo; SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble said. &ldquo;We all wish him success as he looks at what the next steps in life bring and I&rsquo;m sure we will see him continue with the SCCA in some role.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA will announce a succession plan for U.S. Majors Tour oversight shortly. Kummer will remain on through September in a transitional role.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Travels North for Penultimate Event http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51983 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Brainerd International Raceway will be the setting for Rounds 11 and 12 of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car, Touring Car A and Touring Car B-Spec classes. You can catch every minute by logging onto www.world-challengetv.com to view each race via live streaming.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In TC, Michael DiMeo is the runaway Drivers&rsquo; Championship leader. Heading into this race weekend, DiMeo has amassed nearly double the points of his next closest competitor in the standings.</span></p> <p>Aside from adding to his massive lead, DiMeo can rewrite the record books. With eight wins this season, DiMeo is tied with Peter Cunningham for the most wins in a single season.</p> <p>The TCA Drivers&rsquo; Championship is tight toward the top of the standings. Jason Wolfe holds the lead over Shea Holbrook by a 33-point margin.</p> <p>The TCB class is led by Brian Price with 995 points earned toward the Drivers&rsquo; Championship, thus far. Nathan Stacy is second in the standings, 75 points behind. With neither of those two drivers scoring a win during the last event at Mid-Ohio, both drivers will be looking to change that as the 2014 campaign winds down.</p> <p>Both races of this doubleheader weekend will be covered via live internet broadcast, which can be seen by going to www.world-challengetv.com. Starting Aug. 30, at 4:45 p.m. (CDT), will be Race One. The event will be capped off by coverage of Race Two Aug. 31, at 12:50 p.m. (CDT).&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross National Championship Early Registration to Close this Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51984 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The early registration period for the SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championship ends at Midnight (CDT) on Sunday, August 31, with the entry fee increasing $25 after the deadline from the early bird price of $115.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The 2014 edition of the RallyCross National Championship takes place Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. A 125 driver cap has been imposed for this year&rsquo;s event, a change from past years. While this number accounts for an increase in participation, there are still limited spots available.</span></p> <p>Normal registration for the event for those racers who miss the early deadline will run Sept.1-Oct.1. Drivers can register through MotorsportReg.com. Registration fees will be due, in full, at the time of registration. Refunds will be provided for cancellations received by Oct. 1. Competitors who sign up after the 125 entry limit is reached will be added to a waiting list. Fees for these entrants will not be collected until they are officially added to the event.</p> <p>Event specific information, including links to registration, entry lists and contingency sponsorship programs, for the SCCA RallyCross National Championship can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=7005">here</a>. For more information on the SCCA RallyCross program visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross">www.scca.com/rallycross</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Runoffs Early Registration Deadline Is Friday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51981 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 28, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Friday, August 29 marks the last chance for the best drivers in the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s SafeRacer Club Racing program to join the 507 competitors already registered for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; before the early bird registration and price break expires.</p> <p>After midnight Central time this Friday, the entry fee for the event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 7 &ndash; 12, will increase by $200 per entrant.</p> <p>The link to online registration, as well as the full schedule, entry list, supplemental regulations and parking information, is available at <a href="http://SCCA.com/Runoffs">SCCA.com/Runoffs</a>.</p> <p>The 2014 edition of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs is the first visit of the National Championship event to the West Coast in 46 years. The event opens with qualifying sessions for all 27 Runoffs-eligible classes on Tuesday, October 7 through Thursday, October 9, with National Champions crowned in the winner-take-all class races on Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12.</p> <p>Each race will be broadcast live on <a href="http://www.SpeedCastTV.com">SpeedcastTV.com</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Road Rally Community Prepares for National Championship http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51980 <p>Hey there, SCCA competitor, is your solo season winding down, or your racing season nearing completion? Are you looking for a change of pace? Well, the SCCA Road Rally department has something a little bit different for you.<span style="line-height: 14px;">Enjoy two-and-a-half days of touring the beautiful back roads around Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the SCCA United States Road Rally Challenge, run as part of the Coker Tire Challenge, Sept. 19-21. Unlike other SCCA Road Rally events, one can run this event on time using the speedometer, only if you wish to, and your odometer, if you want to. With no mileages, you only have to be sure to not miss your left on &lsquo;Cobcorn Road&rsquo; by looking at the road signs.</span></p> <p>This event for experienced rallyists, as well as anyone who has ever run a rally and would like to do it again, has a curve ball. In contrast to past events designed to test the mettle of people who have been running rallies since dinosaurs walked the earth, this year&rsquo;s event is quite different. There will be no &lsquo;main roads&rsquo; to confuse, no &lsquo;traps&rsquo; to embarrass and no complicated lists of rules to follow the course.</p> <p>To enter, go to this <a href="http://www.cokertirechallenge.com/">website</a>.</p> <p>Called the &lsquo;Great Race,&rsquo; the Coker Tire Challenge is the Championship event for many rallyist around the country, many of whom bring out their classic roadsters. In addition to a relatively easy course to follow, bring your cameras because there will be old cars to photograph and otherwise enjoy seeing outside the setting of a museum.</p> <p>The registration tab of the website asks you to select a class. The classes listed are E, L and S. E class is the &lsquo;anything goes&rsquo; method of timing your car with respect to keeping your car exactly on the average speed.</p> <p>Class L prohibits the mileage measurement equipment from automatically updating the timekeeping equipment, which is the essence of a road rally computer, but would include an app on a tablet that would input GPS mileages to automatically give you the time it should be for your position on the road.</p> <p>Class S uses the stock odometer in the stock location, with any sort of computation equipment. That means you can create an Excel spreadsheet and run with your laptop or tablet if you want to in either S or L. The difference between the two is the use of the stock odometer, as opposed to GPS or possibly a dedicated rally odometer.</p> <p>Greater detail on the classes can be seen <a href="http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/assets/2014RoadRally%20Rule%20Book%208x111.pdf">here</a>.</p> <p>So now you have what you need to select the proper class and sign up to see the sights around Chattanoga. You couldn&rsquo;t find these beautiful roads all by yourself on your vacation to Lookout Mountain if you spent two months, but Rallymaster John Classen has been all over these roads. You won&rsquo;t be disappointed.</p> <p>Great Race style rallying is explained in their <a href="http://www.greatrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/event_regulations_2014.pdf ">rules</a>.</p> <p>Come join us for a different road rally experience.&nbsp;</p> Road Rally Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 RallyCross National Championship Contingency Programs Posted http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51978 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 27, 2014) &ndash;</strong> This year&rsquo;s edition of the SCCA RallyCross&reg; National Championship, held at I-80 Speedway, Oct. 4-5, will be supported by several motorsports-related companies in the form of contingency sponsorship programs.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Mazda North America</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">, the Official Car of SCCA, is supporting eligible entrants who finish on the podium in all classes. A National Championship win will be worth $750, while second- and third-place finishes are worth $500 and $250, respectively.</span></p> <p><strong>Honda Performance Development (HPD)</strong> is offering prizes to eligible drivers. A win at the controls of a Honda or Acura will equal a $500 payday. Second place will receive a $300 prize, while third will get $100.</p> <p>Wrapping up the auto makers involved in this event is <strong>Subaru of America</strong>. They are supporting the six all-wheel- and rear-wheel-drive classes with contingency funds available to eligible racers. A $1,250 cash prize is up for grabs for notching the top finish. Second place will be awarded $750, while third will receive $500.</p> <p><strong>Hawk Performance</strong>, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, has also pledged their support of this National Championship event. Eligible National Champions in all classes can claim a $100 product certificate. Second-place drivers will be able to get their hands on a $50 certificate, while third-place finishers can claim a $25 certificate.</p> <p>Eligible National Champions will also be going home with a new GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera compliments of <strong>GoPro</strong>, the Official Camera of SCCA.</p> <p>To get full details and requirements on these programs, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/rallycross/content.cfm?cid=51974">here</a>. Drivers are encouraged to review program requirements carefully to ensure full compliance. To be eligible for contingency prizes, drivers must register for each program prior to the start of the event.</p> <p>The 10th Anniversary RallyCross National Championship will take place Oct. 4-5 at I-80 Speedway, in Greenwood, Nebraska. Click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=7005 ">here </a>for further information on the event, including registration, details on contingency sponsorships and entry lists.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at www.scca.com. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, or follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> RallyCross Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT