SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:45:03 GMT Saturday Recap: Race One from VIR http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52362 <p><strong>ALTON, Va. (April 18, 2014) </strong>&ndash; Day one of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at VIRginia International Raceway started the day under sunny skies. The race served as Round Nine for the Southeastern Conference and was the season-opening race for the Northeastern Conference.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Each of the eight race groups, made up of 28 Runoffs-eligible classes, took to the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit for a 25-minute sprit race.</span></p> <p>Spec Miata led the day off in a big way. With oil-dry on the course near the finish line, the opening moments saw six cars make contact just after taking the green flag. Three of those cars were able to continue the race, while three were not. The rest of the race, restarted on lap five, proved to be just as intense with a multi-car battle for the lead that included eventual race winner Dillon Machavern.</p> <p>Get reaction from each of the provisional winners here:</p> <p><strong>Dillon Machavern, Spec Miata</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fBrta4IlnKc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>John Schmitt, Super Touring Under</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bZxkAPaW4tw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Michael Scornavacchi, Touring 4&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7F6A7OXTa7E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong><span>Kurt Rezzetano, Touring 2</span></strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tNeDU0Z0jJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong><span><span>John Boehm, Super Touring Lite&nbsp;</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3VqREhi-HmU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> </span></span></p> <p><strong>Chad Gilsinger, Touring 3&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DkBeVJl5qLE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Mac Korince, B-Spec</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d57gnp0Ui4k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Additional information, including grids, a schedule and full entry list, on the VIR Majors can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/virmajors">SCCA.com/virmajors</a>.</p> Club Racing Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Friday Recap: Majors Qualifying from VIR http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52361 <p><strong>ALTON, Va. (April 17, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Qualifying, in preparation for this weekend&rsquo;s doubleheader race weekend, is now in the books the SCCA U.S. Majors tour event at VIRginia International Raceway. The weekend serves as Rounds Nine and 10 of the Southeastern Conference, as well as the opening two rounds of the Northwestern Conference.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The track started out damp and slippery as a result of overnight rains, but was completely dry by mid-morning thanks to the sun warming things up.</span></p> <p>Each of the eight race groups, made up of 28 Runoffs-eligible classes, took to the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit for a pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions that set the field for Saturday&rsquo;s 25-minute sprint races.</p> <p>Listen to what some of the drivers had to say about their performance on track.<br /> <br /> <strong>Jonathan Goring, Spec Miata</strong><br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/N53gOWMqU2A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Michael Brent, Formula 500</strong></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-FQMN0dZ0eM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Kevyan Soori, Formula Atlantic<br /> </strong><br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GULnDiY-Fto" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Additional information, including grids, a schedule and full entry list, on the VIR Majors can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/virmajors">SCCA.com/virmajors</a>.</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT College Station Tire Rack Championship Tour Concluded http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52359 <p><strong>COLLEGE STATION, Texas (April 14, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The third round of the 2015 SCCA Tire Rack National Championship Tour wrapped up the first third of the season on the campus of Texas A&amp;M University. This meet is part of a nine-race event series that leads up to the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, Sept. 8-11, in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Precipitation was a constant threat throughout the weekend, but never materialized during competition. The only rain that fell occurred between competition on Saturday and Sunday. However, only had a small impact on the race as there were only scattered puddles left by the time cars hit the course for the second day of competition.</span></p> <p>Vivek Goel, one of two course designers at the 2014 Tire Rack Solo National Championships, was the course designer for this event. Goel created a pair of courses that were challenging, but well-liked by many of the drivers.</p> <p>A total of 193 drivers turned out to compete in the Champ Tour format, which is based on the same class-based competition utilized at the National Championship meet. Many of these drivers are planning to take part in the Nationals later this year, and use these events as a tune-up for the winner-take-all competition.</p> <p>Once the dust settled following the on-track action, John Kanalas (Yee-haw! Ford Mustang), of Shavano Park, Texas, was the winner of the most closely-contested class of the meet. Following the first day of runs, Kanalas was fifth in F Street, but made a heroic comeback on day two. Kanalas waited until his last run on Sunday to thrown down the fastest lap in the class by more than 1.5 seconds, vaulting him over four other drivers in the process. When the final results were tallied, Kanalas was the winner by 0.026-second.</p> <p>In Street Modified FWD, Jeffrey Pierce (House of Honda Motorsports Honda CRX Si), of Eros, Louisiana, was able to seal a 0.116-second win over his co-driver Jereme Mason. Following the first day of runs, Mason held the upper hand. However, Pierce put in a great final run on Sunday allowing him to take over the top position for the win.</p> <p>Street Touring Sport was another battleground, as Blanton Payne (Whitener Racing Shocks Honda CRX), of Denton, Texas, took the class win. He took the victory with only a 0.125-second gap over his co-driver Gerry Terranova. Heading into the over-night break, Payne held the class lead and did what he needed to do to escape with the win.</p> <p>Daniel McCelvey (Chevrolet Corvette), of Houston, took the win in A Street by 0.179-second over Todd Roberts (Hangover Racing Team/RTRT Honda S200). The class proved to be a showdown between the Chevrolet Corvette and Honda S2000. While the Corvette proved to be victorious, the makes were evenly matched as the top for positions resulted in an even split between manufacturers.</p> <p>Federico del Toro (Porsche Boxster), of San Antonio, Texas, was the class winner in F Prepared by a small margin, like many of the other classes run during the competition. Following day one, del Toro was the class leader by more that 0.5-second. On Sunday, he was not the top driver, but had done what he needed to do on Saturday to secure the win by 0.297-second when all was said-and-done.</p> <p>Kent Kroll (E Street Prepared, Ford Mustang GT), of Spring, Texas, emerged as the class victor by 0.640-second ahead of Casey Brown. Kroll&rsquo;s best run on Saturday put him in second place. The next day, Kroll returned with a vengeance as he was one of only two drivers to get a time into the 24-second range.</p> <p>In Street Touring FWD, David Whitener (Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic), of Fort Worth, Texas, had a good day at the race track. Aside from taking a decisive 2.637-second win in class, Whitener was the top indexed driver of the meet.</p> <p>Additional information on the College Station Tire Rack Championship Tour, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8372. The next stop for the Championship Tour is scheduled for April 18-19 at Crow&rsquo;s Landing Airport Facility in Crow&rsquo;s Landing, California.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo program can be found by visiting SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT West Coast Drivers Fight Hard at Thunderhill’s Western Conference Majors Round Eight http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52358 <p><strong>Willows, Calif. (April 12, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Thunderhill Raceway is located in the rolling foothills of Northern California&rsquo;s coastal mountain range, overlooking the verdant farmland of the state&rsquo;s Central Valley. At this time of year, temperatures are mild and cool breezes temper the California sunshine. This is the setting for Round 8 of the Western Conference Majors Tour. For the second day, a healthy field of 130 drivers distributed among seven race groups raced for mission-critical season points. Grid positions for today&rsquo;s 16-lap races were established by fast lap times in yesterday&rsquo;s 30-minute timed sprints.</p> <p>After a set of early-morning warm-ups, racing began promptly at 9:00 AM. Race Group 3 is composed of GT1-2-3, Touring 1, and American Sedan, and the drivers took advantage of the cool morning air to make horsepower. Yesterday&rsquo;s winning GT-1 driver Frank Emmett, of Penngrove, California, (No. 45 Red Line Oil Chevrolet Corvette) moved out smartly to lead from flag to flag, trailed by Kenneth Davis, of Escondido, California, (No. 64 Davis Stone.com Chevrolet Corvette) until lap six, when Davis slowed with mechanical trouble.</p> <p>In GT-2, Erich Joiner, of Torrance, California, (No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997) kept his car ahead of contender Scotty B. White, of Auburn, Washington, (No. 0 GOT CDL?/Knight Transport LLC/BFGoodrich Dodge SRT10) Viper) most of the way to the checker, but White pulled ahead on lap 14 to take the win. The two tore up the track in the most exciting race of the group.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a great battle with Erich,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;It was a lot of fun and a clean race. With a couple laps to go he was starting to get a little bit loose, but the BFGoodrich tires I have just get better at the end of the race, and the Hawk brakes are so good. I couldn&rsquo;t believe I was outbraking a Porsche GT3 in a Viper!&rdquo;</p> <p>Three-time SCCA National Championship Runoffs winner Collin Jackson, of Langley, British Columbia, (No. 53 BM&amp;M Screening Solutions Nissan 240SX) claimed his second GT3 win of the weekend, with Guy Laidig, of Woodside, California, (No. 52 Mazda/Hoosier Tire/Fuzzball Racing Mazda RX-7) finishing second. Touring 1 belonged to Pratt Cole, of Salt Lake City, Utah, (No. 8 Western Metals Transport Ford Mustang FR500S). Allison Palitz, of San Leandro, California, (No. 82 Maximum Motorsports Ford Mustang) claimed her second win in AS.</p> <p>Group 4 was all Spec Miata, and there were grudges to settle from yesterday&rsquo;s sprint race. Among the top four drivers, anyone could take the victory. Mason Filippi, of Alamo, California, (No. 40 Cuttings Edge Drapery Mazda Miata) grabbed the lead in the first corner, but Steven Powers, of Mesa, Arizona (No. 145 Amerifirst Financial/miatacage.com/East Street Racing Mazda Miata) was right behind him. Marco Gallaher, of Santa Rosa, California, (No. 8 First Community Bank/PFR/Rossini Racing Products Mazda Miata) and Tommy McCarthy, of Mountain View, California, (No. 23 Du-All Safety Mazda Miata) tucked into the lead draft, as well.</p> <p>Multiple light body contacts were reported, and leaders changed every lap in the early part of the race, but in the end it was Gallaher who claimed the lead on lap five and began pulling away to repeat his previous victory with a margin of 9.28 seconds over second place Filippi. Powers completed the podium in third position.</p> <p>In Race Group 5, Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, California, (No. 77 Huffaker Horsepower MG Midget) had mechanical issues on Saturday, but came back today to set a new lap record and earn the win in F Production, with a 5.8-second margin of victory over yesterday&rsquo;s winner Jess Heitman, of Portland, Oregon, (No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata). In E Production, Anthony Jimerson, of Benicia, California, (No. 28 A.T. Mechanical/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Mazda RX-7) completed his weekend with a second win.</p> <p>Troy Ermish, of Tracy, California, (No. 38 Datsun 510 Parts Outlet/REBELLO Racing Engines Datsun 510) repeated his GT-Lite victory, as did Tom Wickersham, of Piedmont, California, (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing/Competition Autowerks/BFGoodrich Mazda MX-5) in Touring 4. Jason Isley, of Coto de Caza, California,(No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/RACER.com Toyota Yaris) swept the weekend in H Production.</p> <p>Group 6 saw a repeat victory for past champion Mike Miserendino, of Bakersfield, California, (No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford 3). Miserendino clearly has the new third generation SRF fully sorted out. Before the race, past national champion John Black, of Olympic Valley, California, (No. 17 CSR Performance Spec Racer Ford 3) said, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think I have anything for Mike. He&rsquo;s going to walk away.&rdquo;</p> <p>Black&rsquo;s assessment proved prophetic, as he finished in second position, with Todd Harris, of Portland, Oregon, (No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford 3) claiming the third step on the podium after a clean close race.</p> <p>Among the second-generation SRF cars, a fourth-lap crash took out Bill Booth, of Cupertino, California, (No. 57 Accel Biotech Spec Racer Ford) and Jerry Apless, of Newcastle, California, (No. 71 Burrell Consulting Group, Inc. Spec Racer Ford), causing a full course caution. At the checker, Paul Raby, of Las Vegas, Nevada, (No. 7 Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford) claimed the win, followed by Michael Boyle, of Santa Clara, California, (No. 53 SE.com/Donata Realty Spec Racer Ford) and Rich Kenny, of Reno, Nevada, (No. 33 CSR Performance Spec Racer Ford).</p> <p>&ldquo;It was definitely hooked up,&rdquo; Miserendino siad. &ldquo;We spent a lot of time working on the car in the off-season, and the guys at MBI did a great job putting all our Gen Threes together. I just drive it.&rdquo;</p> <p>After the lunch break, the Group 7 race, Formula F again showed a close race with Denny Renfrow, of Santa Clara, California, (No. 11 Wheely Open Racing Piper/Honda) and Scott Huffaker, of Menlo Park, California, (No. 99 Van Diemen) locked into an evenly-matched fight for the lead. Daniel Swanbeck, of San Jose, California, (No. 27 BigWheels.net/SmugMug/TwoSeven Designs Piper/Honda) and Alex Kirby, of Long Beach, California, (No. 81 Fast Forward Racing Components Piper/Honda) followed and made it a four-car lead pack. For a time it looked as though Renfrow would have it all his way, but on Lap 14 Huffaker took the lead and held it to the checker. Renfrow settled for his second runner-up finish of the weekend, and Swanbeck took third place.</p> <p>In the Formula Vee class, Dennis Andrade, of Buckeye, Arizona, (No. 87 D&amp;D Racing Vortech) and Skip Streets, of San Clemente, California, (No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering /My Bride Traci Mysterian) also repeated their battle, but this time the pair traded the lead back and forth throughout the race. Ron Wake, of Lafayette, California, (No. 41 Ron Chuck Engineering Mysterian) put himself in a solid third place and waited for the leaders to make a mistake. Streets led almost every lap, but on the final run to the checker, Andrade popped out of the draft and beat the other two cars to the line. Streets finished second and Wake in third. Joe Rozelle, of Modesto, California, (No. 70 Novacar F500) took the uncontested win in F500.</p> <p>The afternoon remained cool and breezy as Group 1 took over the course. Tom Wickersham (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing, Competiton Autowerks, BF Goodrich Ford Mustang) had the pole position in Touring 3, but appeared to have mechanical difficulties at the start, pulling off and rejoining the field at the rear. Outside polesitter Scotty B. White (No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/GOT CDL?/Knight Transport LLC Ford Mustang) took over the overall and T3 lead but had his own troubles and fell back as well. That left Lansing Stout, of Corvallis, Oregon, (No. 54 NISMO/UpRev Engine Mgmt/OR Powder Coat/Korvis LLC Nissan 350Z) and Kevin Fandozzi, of St. Joseph, Michigan, (No. 37 Hoosier/Moton/Insight Driven Chevrolet Cobalt SS) to battle for the T3 lead. But White wasn&rsquo;t done yet, and worked his way back to the class lead by the eighth lap, holding that position to the finish. Fandozzi finished in second place and Stout third.</p> <p>Don Van Nortwick, of San Jose, California, (No. 51 Tobar Industries Ford Mustang) took the group overall honors and the win in Touring 2. Mitch Marvosh, of Ventura, California, (No. 29 Wolf Films / Beacon Marine Ford Mustang) maintained second place, and Russ Peterson, of Menlo Park, California, (No. 7 Peninsula Equine Ford Shelby GT) claimed third in class.</p> <p>In STL, Bob Bradfield, of Aptos, California, (No. 60 Cary's Redding Tire Ford Mustang) claimed his second win of the weekend, while Carl Young, of Salinas, California, (No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000) took the STU class victory. The B-Spec victory went to Eric Boucher, of Auburn, California, (No. 35 The Wife Mazda2).</p> <p>Group 2 closed out this round of the Western Conference Majors, again combining all winged formula and sports racing cars. Jim Devenport, of Modesto, California, (No. 23 Cranbrook Group, Inc. Norma M20) again took the Prototype 1 class and overall group win, while Chris Farrell, of Salt Lake City, Utah, (No. 58 C&amp;M mfg./GDRE/Hoosier/Geartronics Stohr WF1) claimed his second Prototype 2 victory of the weekend.</p> <p>Formula B was the fastest group of open-wheel cars, with Gary Hickman, of Santee, California, (No. 76 Edge Engineering Inc. Phoenix) leading the class in third position overall. A mid-race caution allowed the field to bunch up, but Hickman pulled away again on the Lap 10 restart. Second place in FB went to John LaBrie, of Draper, Utah, (No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12) and third position was claimed by Larry Vollum, of Portland, Oregon, (No. 5 Compview Medical Stohr).</p> <p>In Formula Continental, Tom Hope, of Downey, California, (No. 10 H&amp;M Racing Data Van Diemen) took the win, while Matthew Hauff, of Rohnert Park, California, (No. 38 Goebel Construction SCCA Enterprises) took FE honors. Completing the field, Mel Kemper, of Toledo, Washington, (No. 4 Thanks Mazda/Goodyear Formula Mazda) took the top step in Formula Mazda.</p> <p>Rounds Nine and 10 of the Western Conference Majors Tour will be held May 1-3, at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, in Buttonwillow, Calif.</p> <p>Complete race results and further information is available at SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors.</p> <p><strong>Willows, Calif. -</strong> Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s Western Conference Majors Tour Round 7 at Thunderhill Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Allison Palitz, San Leandro, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2<br /> E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> Formula B: Gary Hickman, Santee, Calif., Phoenix<br /> Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Enterprises: Matthew Hauff, Rohnert Park, Calif., Formula Enterprises<br /> Formula F: Scott Huffaker, Menlo Park, Calif., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade, Buckeye, Ariz., Vortech <br /> GT-1: Frank Emmett, Penngrove, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette <br /> GT-2: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Dodge SRT10 Viper <br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Troy Ermish, Tracy, Calif., Datsun 510<br /> Prototype 1: Jim Devenport, Modesto, Calif., Norma M20<br /> Prototype 2: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stohr WF1<br /> Super Touring Lite: Bob Bradfield, Aptos, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., Spec Racer Ford 3<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Paul Raby, Las Vegas, Nev., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 1: Pratt Cole, Salt Lake City, Utah, Ford Mustang FR500S<br /> Touring 2: Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: Tom Wickersham, Piedmont, Calif., Mazda MX-5</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hallett Sunday Report: Hear From The Winners http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52357 <p>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 12, 2015) &ndash; Following Saturday&rsquo;s wet races, the extra heat felt on Sunday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a welcome respite for SCCA Mid-States Majors racers on Sunday for Round Four on the Championship.</p> <p>Each of the seven group races were 25 laps around the club racing circuit, a favorite of many in the Mid-West.</p> <p>Jim Drago, of Memphis, Tenn., won an emotional race for he and his East Street Racing team. Keeping his No. 2 East Street Racing Miata in a back and forth battle with the No. 74 Reynolds Bros. Racing Miata and Craig Berry&rsquo;s No. 45 Berry Marble and Granite Mazda, Drago held on for the final couple of laps to the front.</p> <p>The win comes just a week after crew member and Berry&rsquo;s father, Jim Berry, passed away, and Drago said on the podium that he was certain he was enjoying this race.</p> <p>B-Spec came down to the final lap in the dual between Joe McClughan and Saturday winner John Phillips. McClughan held the lead on the final lap in his No. 3 Hoosier/MAZDASPEED Mazda2, but Phillips saw an opening and went for the win in his No. 43 Phillips Race Parts Toyota Yaris. The two made contact side by side, and Phillips got the worst of it, spinning and allowing McClughan to take the win.</p> <p>The Mid-States Conference returns to action May 22-24 at Texas World Speedway for a doubleheader and Rounds Five and Six on the season.<br /> <br /> Each of the race winners:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SLXO82gO_r4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> James Stiehr, Formula F</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oxb9_HYG-S4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> Charlie Hearn, Formula Vee</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jR5taFnshZk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> David Vincent, Formula 500</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gIcfHc5pkDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> Roy Lopshire, GT-Lite</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ireHkqt7Ulw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> Eric Prill, F Production</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nO3XPZAwkEo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> Chris Albin, H Production</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ermsoF4IO6Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><br /> Matt Reynolds, E Production</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tu8izwR_01g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jim Drago, Spec Miata</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4u_aCl6o9U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Brekk Harris, Formula Mazda<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tGNge5QjIlk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Dwight Rider, Formula Atlantic<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p1CTbJBaWZk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jack Donnellan, Prototype 2</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/seDk8xm23zI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>James Michael, Formula 1000</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z6roYxEt_K0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Henry Donohoo, Formula Enterprises<br /> <br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lQ16Oa962gQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="line-height: normal;"></iframe><br /> Chris Edens, Touring 1<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gPaXNBLcaNA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="line-height: normal;"></iframe><br /> Jim Wheeler, American Sedan<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LRNfEHnKqKc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="line-height: normal;"></iframe><br /> Mike McGinley, GT-2<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/r7YT_ZgdWw8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="line-height: normal;"></iframe><br /> Tom Smith, GT-1<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cGKVeLpJrME" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="line-height: normal;"></iframe><br /> Alan Marshall, GT-3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I5BLiwl6ZZw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Toby Grahovec, Touring 4<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d9-8bQxSSLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Joe McClughah, B-Spec<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lP-aOUiCpQM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Bob Schader, Touring 3<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/36ey4hwmAD0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Michael Pettiford, Touring 2<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7jCOygUNvzE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Cliff Ira, STL<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hl7F4tXdVkM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Ron Pawley, STU</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FEXhUHP4HeI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Richard Stephens, SRF3<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m9yrZuk0z6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Grayson Strathman, SRF</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Clear Skies Over Thunderhill at Western Conference Majors Round 7 http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52356 <p><strong>Willows, Calif. (April 11, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Round 7 of the Western Conference Majors Tour was run under clear skies and moderate temperatures at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. A field of 130 drivers in seven race groups ran 30-minute sprint races today, seeking precious points towards Conference class titles and Runoffs qualifications.</p> <p>High wispy clouds covered the morning sky, keeping temperatures in the 60s for the morning. The cool air delivered a little extra horsepower during the 20-minute qualifying sessions.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had a lot of air, but I was running out of gears on the front straight,&rdquo; said F Production competitor Jess Heitman of Portland, Oregon (No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata).</p> <p>Racing got underway as the clouds finally burned off shortly past noon. Race Group 3 drew the first green flag, featuring GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, Touring 1, and American Sedan. Veteran GT-1 pilot Frank Emmett of Penngrove, Calif. (No. 45 Red Line Oil Chevrolet Corvette) eased into the lead from pole position and never relinquished the advantage. In GT-2, Erich Joiner of Torrance, Calif. (No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997) claimed the win.</p> <p>Three-time SCCA National Championship Runoffs winner Collin Jackson of Langley, British Columbia (No. 53 BM&amp;M Screening Solutions Nissan 240SX) claimed the GT3 win over Guy Laidig of Woodside, Calif. (No. 52 Mazda/Hoosier Tire/Fuzzball Racing Mazda RX-7). Marc Hoover of Shingle Springs, Calif. (No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA/Necksgen/Red Line Oil Mazda Miata) set a new track record during the race, while winning the Touring 1 class. Allison Palitz of San Leandro, Calif. (No. 82 Maximum Motorsports Ford Mustang) ran unopposed in AS.</p> <p>Group 4 was Spec Miata, and the Mazda drivers provided their usual close racing action, with Tommy McCarthy of Mountain View, Calif. (No. 23 Du-All Safety Mazda Miata) leading from the pole position. But McCarthy&rsquo;s lead was short-lived as a pack of leaders including Steven Powers of Mesa, Ariz. (No. 145 Amerifirst Financial/miatacage.com/East Street Racing Mazda Miata), Mason Filippi of Alamo, Calif. (No. 40 Cuttings Edge Drapery Mazda Miata), and Marco Gallaher of Santa Rosa, Calif. (No. 8 First Community Bank/PFR/Rossini Racing Products Mazda Miata) traded the lead several times in the first half of the race. Gallaher eventually found the lead in Lap six, and opened a nine-second gap by the checkered flag. Filippi finished in second position, and McCarthy had to settle for third.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is my third year in Spec Miata. I&rsquo;m coming up through the ranks and this is my best year yet. I&rsquo;ll definitely be at Daytona,&rdquo; Gallaher remarked in Victory Circle.</p> <p>Race Group 5 provided excitement in the form of a close race between Joe Huffaker of Petaluma, Calif. (No. 77 Huffaker Horsepower MG Midget) and Jess Heitman in his Mazda Miata. Representing two different generations of F Production car development, the pair ran a close race until Huffaker suffered a spin while leading. Heitman went on to claim the class win and overall first position in the race group. Troy Ermish of Tracy, Calif. (No. 38 Datsun 510 Parts Outlet/REBELLO Racing Engines Datsun 510) took GT-Lite honors, while Anthony Jimerson of Benicia, Calif. (No. 28 A.T. Mechanical/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Mazda RX-7) claimed the win in E Production. Tom Wickersham of Piedmont, Calif. (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing/Competition Autowerks/BFGoodrich Mazda MX-5) earned the top spot in Touring 4, and Jason Isley of Coto de Caza, Calif. (No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/RACER.com Toyota Yaris) took the win in H Production.</p> <p>Group 6 included both the new third generation SRF3 and the existing SRF cars in roughly equal numbers. Past national champion Mike Miserendino of Bakersfield, Calif. (No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford 3) held the pole position, but next to him on the front row was past national champion John Black of Olympic Valley, Calif. (No. 17 CSR Performance Spec Racer Ford 3). Miserendino took the lead at the green flag but Black followed just a few feet behind, and they were both tailed by Todd Harris of Portland, Oregon (No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford 3) and Umberto Milletti of Hillsborough, Calif. (No. 34 Bulldog Motorsports/InsideView Spec Racer Ford 3). After a first-turn mishap behind the lead pack, Black and Miserendino traded the lead a few times before Miserendino closed the deal, winning with a 2.637-second margin of victory. Black finished second, with Harris in third place.</p> <p>Paul Raby of Las Vegas, Nevada (No. 7 Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford) took the second-generation SRF win, followed by Paul Goudy of Portland, Oregon (No. 27 Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford) and Stephen Controulis of Orinda, Calif. (No. 55 Spec Racer Ford).</p> <p>In the Group 7 race, Formula F delivered one of the best shows of the day, with Denny Renfrow of Santa Clara, Calif. (No. 11 Wheely Open Racing Piper/Honda) and Alex Kirby of Long Beach, Calif. (No. 81 Fast Forward Racing Components Piper/Honda) trading the lead almost every lap. Scott Huffaker of Menlo Park, Calif. (No. 99 Van Diemen) gave good chase for a time, but his car stuck in gear near the halfway point and he slipped down the field to finish sixth in class. The race came down to the last few yards, where Kirby got a good run off the final corner and caught Renfrow at the line, taking the win.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;d been going back and forth for a few laps, and I was planning on making my move on the last straightaway. We&rsquo;re going to keep the same strategy tomorrow &ndash; just try to get a good start and pull ahead,&rdquo; Kirby said.</p> <p>In the Formula Vee class, Dennis Andrade of Buckeye, Arizona (No. 87 D&amp;D Racing Vortech) and Skip Streets of San Clemente, Calif. (No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering /My Bride Traci Mysterian) were all but tied together throughout the race. Andrade grabbed the lead, and Streets spent his time looking for a way around but never could find an opening. At the checker, it was Andrade, Streets, and Don Manthe of Santa Rosa, Calif. (No. 40 Volkswagen) in order across the line.</p> <p>Group 1 raced later in the afternoon. Temperatures were warm, but the day remained breezy and mild. Scotty B. White (No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/GOT CDL?/Knight Transport LLC Ford Mustang) earned the top step in the Touring 3 class while setting a new lap record. Tom Wickersham (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing, Competiton Autowerks, BF Goodrich Ford Mustang) also made his second appearance of the day in Touring 3. Wickersham took the lead at the flag but spun in Turn 1, yielding the lead and ultimately the race to White. Don Van Nortwick of San Jose, Calif. (No. 51 Tobar Industries Ford Mustang) took honors in Touring 2. Bob Bradfield of Aptos, Calif. (No. 60 Cary's Redding Tire Ford Mustang) claimed the win in STL with a new lap record, while Carl Young of Salinas, Calif. (No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000) took the STU class victory. B-Spec belonged to Eric Boucher of Auburn, Calif. (No. 35 The Wife Mazda2) with a new lap record.</p> <p>Group 2 was the final race of the day, combining all winged formula and sports racing cars. Jim Devenport of Modesto, Calif. (No. 23 Cranbrook Group, Inc. Norma M20) took the Prototype 1 class and overall group win, with Chris Farrell of Salt Lake City, Utah (No. 58 C&amp;M mfg./GDRE/Hoosier/Geartronics Stohr WF1) claimed the Prototype 2 victory.</p> <p>Among the open wheel cars, John LaBrie of Draper, Utah (No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12) finished first after a close race in Formula B, while Tom Hope of Downey, Calif. (No. 10 H&amp;M Racing Data Van Diemen) set a new lap record on the way to the win in Formula Continental. Formula Enterprises honors went to Matthew Hauff of Rohnert Park Calif. (No. 38 Goebel Construction SCCA Enterprises). Tazio Ottis of Portland, Ore. (No. 72 Patrick Ottis Company Formula Mazda) took the top step in Formula Mazda.</p> <p>Round 8 of the Western Conference Majors Tour will be held tomorrow, April 12, 2015 at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif. The next rounds 9 &amp; 10 will be held May 1-3, 2015 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, Calif.</p> <p>Complete race results and further information available at SCCAMajors.com.</p> <p>Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s Western Conference Majors Tour Round 7 at Thunderhill Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Allison Palitz, San Leandro, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2<br /> E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> F Production: Jess Heitman, Portland, Ore., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> Formula B: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix<br /> Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Enterprises: Steve Baumhoff, Atherton, Calif., Formula Enterprises<br /> Formula F: Alex Kirby, Long Beach, Calif., Piper Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Tazio Ottis, Portland, Ore., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade, Buckeye, Ariz., Vortech <br /> GT-1: Frank Emmett, Penngrove, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette <br /> GT-2: Erich W Joiner, Torrance, Calif., Porsche 997<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Troy Ermish, Tracy, Calif., Datsun 510<br /> Prototype 1: Jim Devenport, Modesto, Calif., Norma M20<br /> Prototype 2: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stohr WF1<br /> Super Touring Lite: Bob Bradfield, Aptos, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., Spec Racer Ford 3<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Paul Raby, Las Vegas, Nev., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 1: Marc Hoover, Shingle Springs, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Touring 2: Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: Tom Wickersham, Piedmont, Calif., Mazda MX-5<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Saturday from Hallett: In Their Own Words http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52355 <p>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 11, 2015) &ndash; Gambling on the precipitation during 25-minute timed races on Saturday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit rewarded many SCCA Mid-States Conference drivers and caught others out throughout the afternoon.</p> <p>The day started sunny, but by the third race of the afternoon had turned into an on and off rain that started up again just as a dry line began to form. That left tire choice and driving talent to decide the race winners in 26 Runoffs-eligible classes.</p> <p>Matt Reynolds was the star of the day, lowering his existing track record in E Production on his way to a runaway win in the No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing Mazda Miata. Reynolds hopped out of the E Production machine and climbed immediately into front row of the Spec Miata race, which is where the fun really started.</p> <p>Reynolds actually earned the lead on the opening lap before falling behind Jim Drago&rsquo;s No. 2 East Street Racing Miata and Craig Berry&rsquo;s No. 45 Berry Marble and Granite Miata, just before rain started to fall. With everyone on Hoosier Tires made for dry pavement, lap times immediately fell. Reynolds got around Berry and then Drago, climbing into the lead to win going away in the No. 74 Reynolds Bros. Racing Miata.</p> <p>Michael Pettiford matched the feat with Touring 1 and Touring 2 wins in his class-configured No. 41 Go 4 It Racing Schools Chevrolet Corvettes.</p> <p>Adding his name to the rain masters on a very difficult Hallett circuit was Alan Marshall. In a big bore group that included GT-1, GT-2, Touring 1 and American Sedan, Alan Marshall drove his No. 103 IHS Racing Mazda RX-7 to a GT-3 win, second overall to Mike McGinley&rsquo;s GT-2 No. 50 Chevrolet Corvette, and turned the fastest lap of the race. Marshall was one of the few cars in the class running on rain tires, but the call was the correct one as the rain continued to fall. <br /> <br /> Each winner:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IWyw67tWBy4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> James Stiehr, Formula F</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ymBugVSQRAA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Jack Walbran, Formula 500, on his battle with David Vincent</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pOCYWEaOIlI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Charlie Hearn, Formula Vee<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WWzJ3ZZC-LU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Roy Lopshire, GT-Lite<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gA_B-znPj0g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Eric Prill, F Production<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yP9zdDukI78" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Chris Albin, H Production<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lnrFUXe2hOQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Matt Reynolds, both E Production and Spec Miata, with Spec Miata raining halfway through!<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I38CBoGTueU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Tyler Hunter, Formula Atlantic<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9vCZM1jrUdQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Brekk Harris, Formula Mazda<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nMtdW9Bdwas" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> Henry Donohoo, Formula Enterprises<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TD36-UTMYnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Joe Shannonhouse, Prototype 2<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GROLO7GhDTo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> James Michael, Formula 1000<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jQExrTuqmPk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Mike McGinley, GT-2<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bJloMyw22bo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> David Fershtand, GT-1<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pUG3TZlMkq8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Jim Wheeler, American Sedan<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a0Iccs4j4DM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Alan Marshall, GT-3<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2FK8IHy6DS8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Anthony Simmers, STU<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EbNoJip2iEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Bob Schader, Touring 3<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EXltM9M6_bE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Cliff Ira, Super Touring Lite<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XvO9zX_Qprc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> John Phillips, B-Spec<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4bA0UuxGLdE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Michael Pettiford, Touring 1 and Touring 2<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cWPmYnZfqaM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Toby Grahovec, Touring 4<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/29Dis5OTrYM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Richard Stephens, Spec Racer Ford 3<br /> <br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zhJi2r3_7HQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><br /> Grayson Strathman, Spec Racer Ford<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Double the Majors Racing Action this Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52354 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 9, 2015) &ndash;</strong> On tap for this weekend are a pair of SCCA U.S. Majors Tour races, one in the in the Mid-States Conference and another in the Western Conference. The Mid-States showdown will take place at a place beloved to many club racers, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, while the event out west will take place at Thunderhill Motorsports Park.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">For racers in both conferences, the racing season is still young. Each point earned can be the difference between a Majors glory and coming in second in Championship points. The Mid-States Conference will be contending Rounds Three and Four, while the Western Conference will reach the halfway point of the season after the conclusion on Sunday&rsquo;s racing.</span></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning to follow along and home, and why wouldn&rsquo;t you, here are some things to keep an eye on:</p> <p><u><em><strong>Storylines/Things to Watch For</strong></em></u><br /> <strong>Major League:</strong> In September 2012, the Sports Car Club of America rolled out the U.S. Majors Tour as the top level of amateur racing in this country. The Majors Tour replaces what was previously called &ldquo;National&rdquo; SCCA racing, split into a season-long championship in five geographic Conferences. Both Hallett and Thunderhill have played host to several SCCA Club Racing events over the years. For many amateur racecar drivers in these regions of the country, both of these venues are near the top of their list of favorite tracks.<br /> <br /> <strong>SCCA Club Racers &ndash; The Best in the Country</strong>: There are many amateur road racing groups in the United States, but the clear leader of top drivers is with the SCCA. Though most are weekend warriors who take vacations from their full-time jobs to attend races, it&rsquo;s a craft taken seriously. 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, Sam Hornish or J.R. Hildebrand at an SCCA Club Racing event.</p> <p><strong>Booming Big-Bores:</strong> The Big-Bore group at Hallett, which includes GT-1, GT-2, GT-3, American Sedan and Touring 1, will feature a whopping 23 cars. That will be the largest group of cars on track throughout the entire weekend. As it is still early in the season, the fight for Conference titles is still wide open. That should prove for some interesting on-track action in all classes.</p> <p><strong>Spec Racer Ford Spectacular</strong>: The SRF community is poised to turn out in droves at Thunderhill, as a total of 27 Spec Racer Fords and Spec Racer Ford Gen3s are on the entry list. In the Gen3 class, there is a great mixture of brand new Gen3 chassis and cars that have undergone the conversion to the newest specification. This should prove to be a good case study regarding the success of the conversion package offered by SCCA Enterprises.</p> <p><strong>Wing n&rsquo; Things Out West:</strong> The big-bore formula and prototype classes have also seen higher-than-average entry numbers. Expect to see lots of passing and battling everywhere you look in this high-speed, flashy race group. This is your chance to see the largest number of these sleek, purpose-built racers outside of a professional racing event.</p> <p>Additional information on the Hallett Majors, including a schedule, entry list and a link to live timing, can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/hallettmajors">SCCA.com/HallettMajors</a>. If you are interested in the Western Conference event at Thunderhill Raceway Park, including entry lists, schedules and live timing links, visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/thunderhillmajors">SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.com.</p> Club Racing Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT RallyCross Nationals Registration Now Open http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52350 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 2, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America announced registration for the 2015 SCCA RallyCross National Championships, scheduled for Aug. 7-9, is now open. This event is the first National Championship event of 2015 in the four areas of competition.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The first round of registration, April 1-15, will be made available only to past RallyCross National Champions, past TripleCross winners and 2014 National Challenge and Divisional winners. The registration fee for eligible competitors during this time is $125.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">On April 16, registration opens to the general membership. The fee will also be $125, until July 1. After that point, the regular registration fee of $160 will apply. The event will be capped at 125 drivers, with the option to add more depending on how many members have registered.</span></p> <p>In its ninth year, the RallyCross Nationals are set to take place at a new facility in Indianola, Iowa, south of Des Moines. Courses will be built on land that plays host to the National Balloon Classic, a yearly hot-air balloon festival.</p> <p>The site of the National Balloon Classic was chosen as more than 10,000 people will be parking on the land during the previous weekend, for the festival. The hard-packed surface, as a result of the vehicle and foot traffic, should lend itself well to the needs of the course designers of the RallyCross Nationals.</p> <p>In addition, the local Des Moines Valley Region SCCA has recent experience with holding a local RallyCross event at this location.</p> <p>Additional information on the SCCA RallyCross National Championship, including an event schedule and supps, can be found by clicking <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8972">here</a>. To register follow this <a href="http://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2015-scca-rallycross-national-championships-balloon-classic-353380#.VR2l3fnF98E">link</a>. More on the SCCA RallyCross program can be found at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/RallyCross">SCCA.com/RallyCross</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Peters wins Super Challenge at SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Event at El Toro http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52344 <p><strong>IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo season made its official start this past weekend at El Toro, after an aborted event in Blytheville, Arkansas, caused by extreme winter weather. Brian Peters, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, took the Super Challenge win in what may be the final event at the site, as the area is set to undergo commercial development later this year. Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, was the Ladies Challenge winner.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">An event attendance record was set as 235 entrants made their way to El Toro, which has become a favorite competition spot for Southern California autocrossers. The previous record was 234, set just two years ago.</span></p> <p>Cal Club Region played host to the event, which included a Friday night welcome party. The weather conditions were a non-issue, featuring clear, sunny skies throughout the event.</p> <p>Peters (E Street Prepared, ProParts USA Ford Mustang) began his march to the final round of bracket competition from the third overall seed. That seeding was a result of fast runs in the class-based portion on the meet, held Saturday and Sunday morning.</p> <p>In the first round, Peters defeated No. 30 seed Ryan Johnson (Super Street Prepared, Ryno Management Inc./Blackwatch Racing Lotus Elise). Peters&rsquo; next matchup was against Tom Harrington (Kart Modified, Seventh-Gear.com Honda CRG Road Rebel). Peters got the best of Harrington and moved to the quarterfinal round.</p> <p>As one of the final eight drivers, Peters was pitted against Navid Kahangi (H Street, Edge Motorworks Ford Fiesta ST). Peters downed Kahangi to advance to the semi-finals against Michael Heinitz (Street Touring FWD, Acura RSX Type-S). Peters emerged the victor, earning the opportunity to face Jeff Kiesel for the Super Challenge win.</p> <p>Kiesel (Race Tire Index 1, Seventh-Gear.com KFR Turbo Sprite) earned his way to the final after starting the bracket competition as the top overall seed. He took out Leonard Cachola (E Street, Mazda Miata) in the first round.</p> <p>In the second round, Kiesel took out Steve O&rsquo;Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net/West End Mazda Miata), and moved on to face Jonathan Lugod (Street Touring Ultra, OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT USA/ARE Chevrolet Corvette) in the quarters.</p> <p>After beating Lugod, Kiesel met Chris Cox (F Street, Mike Maier Inc. Ford Mustang) in the semi-finals. Keisel bested Cox, earning a spot in the Super Challenge bracket final opposite Peters.</p> <p>Once the dust settled, Peters proved to be quickest driver of the two. In the third-place runoff, Cox completed to podium after winning the matchup with Heinitz.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a great weekend continuing strong momentum coming off a successful San Diego National Tour,&rdquo; Peters said. &ldquo;Winning the Challenge was especially satisfying given three second-place Challenge finishes, in the past.</p> <p>&ldquo;John Hogan&rsquo;s Mustang was working well this weekend, which allowed me to pull up to the line each time with my focus solely on execution. Ending up with late round pairings against some of the drivers I respect the most, such as Michael Heinitz and Jeff Keisel, pushed me to dig unforgettably deep.&rdquo;</p> <p>Monfort (Ladies Class 2, StranoParts.com Ford Focus ST) started as the third seed in the Ladies Challenge bracket. In her opening-round matchup, she took out Mindi Cross (Ladies Class 3, Scion Racing/JDL Auto Design Scion FRS) to move to the semi-final round.</p> <p>There Monfort met, and downed, Kristen Acharya (CUSCO/FRSport/TheRacersStore.com Scion FRS). In the final, Monfort met Christine Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX).</p> <p>En route to the final, Grice won matchups against Lisa Berry (Ladies Class 3, BMW 325 IS) and Teddie Alexandrova (Ladies Class 3, Roswell Driving Academy Nissan 350Z), respectively.</p> <p>Monfort wound up taking the bracket win over Grice, while Acharya completed the podium after beating Alexandrova in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels great - and oddly familiar - to take the Ladies Challenge win in the first event of the season,&rdquo; Monfort said. &ldquo;I took the win last year at the first Pro event in Washington, D.C. in another Focus.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope to get at least one more Pro event under my belt in L2 this year. I like campaigning the Focus because I'm least experienced in FWD cars, and because it's an affordable and practical current car that is also fun to race, which is good for our sport. As for a points championship, I'd love to go after it! It usually comes down to the finale for me, and I know I will have fantastic skilled women to compete with no matter what car I'm driving.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dennis Trevino (Street Touring Xtreme, Hank Yamfang Honda Civic Si), of El Cajon, California, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge bracket.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo series is scheduled for April 25-26, in Crows Landing, California.</p> <p>For additional information on the El Toro ProSolo event, including full results, visit http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8384. More information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo Program can be found at www.SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial</p> Solo Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT