SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:20:02 GMT Northern Conference Completes Road America Rounds Despite Afternoon Rain http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51958 <p><strong>ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 27, 2014) &ndash;</strong> It appeared that Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round 10 dodged a bullet when a rainstorm fell during the lunch hour and dried before racing resumed. A return appearance one lap into the high horsepower sedan group, late in the afternoon, shuffled the event on Sunday at Road America.</p> <p>Despite the dramatic shower, a full day of races was complete at the four-mile circuit. Each group ran a 13-lap race.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> Like Saturday, Ron Pawley&rsquo;s No. 4 J. Pauley Toyota/Scion Lexus IS300 walked away from the field for a dominating overall and Super Touring Under win, never seriously challenged for position on his way to the title. Aaron Kaplan settled into second place and scooted away from his Touring 3 competition to do the same, taking the win in class in the No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3. Rich Walke, driving the No. 61 Creative Technology, Inc. Mazda RX-7 in Super Touring Lite, and David Daughtery, driving the No. 8 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkei Nissan Versa in B-Spec, also completed weekend sweeps.</p> <p>Daniel Bender appeared poised to sweep Touring 4, keeping his No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires Mazda MX-5 ahead of Jim Ebben&rsquo;s No. 1 Mazda/Hoosier/Lamers Racing Mazda RX-8 in the early stages. Bender spun on lap seven, falling out of the lead, and then pulled out of the race for good on lap 11 to allow Ebben to race to the checkered flag.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> Once again, Formula 500 and Formula F came down to two car battles on the final lap.</p> <p>After leading from the opening lap, Brian Novak&rsquo;s No. 20 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600 was chased down and passed moving up the front straight by the No. 9 Novakar Blade F600 of Calvin Stewart, who had started the race from the rear of the field. Once in front, Stewart held on for the final circuit, taking the overall and Formula 500 class win.</p> <p>Once again, Formula F was a battle between local racer Jeffrey Bartz and 16-year-old Max Mallinen. The two swapped the lead several times early in the race, with the No. 33 Hoosier/Subway Van Diemen Honda of Bartz taking the lead into turn one to start the final lap. Mallinen took the lead under braking in turn five, but Bartz once again stole it back. Mallinen, good under the brakes, got a run through Canada corner and had the lead going through the final turn. Bartz pushed too hard trying to close the gap and spun, letting Mallinen run to the checkered flag and settling for second.</p> <p>Charles McCormick&rsquo;s No. 90 RSE Incorporated Vortec CM1 ditched Ron Whitston&rsquo;s No. 5 Subway/Hoosier Protoform P2 in the closing laps after swapping the lead early, sweeping the weekend in Formula Vee.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> Like Saturday, the best cars in E Production, F Production, and H Production at Road America got in front and ran away with victories.</p> <p>The result was weekend sweeps for Jon Brakke&rsquo;s E Production No. 89 Margaret Peterson Bars Mazda Miata, Michael Sturm&rsquo;s F Production No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata, and Lawrence Loshak&rsquo;s H Production No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance Honda CRX, all by more than 16 seconds.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Once again, the Spec Miata race was a two car battle that took the full 13 laps to sort out. Both Tom Brown and Justin Elder tried to hang with the No. 80 Cahall/Driving Coach/Hawk Mazda Miata of Todd Lamb and the No. 41 Advanced Autosports Miata of Voytek Burdzy, but the two front runners found themselves alone by mid race.</p> <p>The two worked in tandem until the start of lap 11, when Burdzy pulled out of line and the pair crossed the start/finish stripe side by side. Burdzy held the lead, with Lamb tucked in close, for laps 11 and 12.</p> <p>Ripping up the front straight to start the final lap, Burdzy moved inside while Lamb tried to use the fast line to the outside of the righthander. Burdzy held him off there, and again through five, a traditional passing zone. Lamb held his position until Canada Corner, where he went deep on the brakes and carried a wide line through that tight right hander.</p> <p>Going through the final corner, Burdzy again took away the inside and forced Lamb to run hard wide to the outside to set up the final drag race to the checkered flag. Burdzy crossed just a half car length in front of Lamb to take the win.</p> <p>Justin Elder (No. 19 SunDrop Citrus Soda Miata), Tom Brown (No. 27 Advanced Autosports Miata) and Ted Cahall (No. 81 Hawk Mazda Miata) completed the top five.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> The Spec Racer Ford race took shape when a two car incident brought out a full course caution on lap six, and a lap nine restart with the field bunched in a four-lap sprint to the finish.</p> <p>With two laps to go, the top five were in a line behind teammates Kelly Toombs and Chris Funk in the No. 36 KC Racing Spec Racer Ford and No. 54 KC Racing SRF, respectively. Jeff Beck, who started 12th in the No. 31 Lindell/Ryan SRF, Robert Mumm (No. 11 Auto Stuff Fuel Injector Service SRF), and Rick Bartuska (No. 15 M/K Industries/Mundelien SRF) followed close behind.</p> <p>Toombs, for all practical purposes, won the race with two laps to go. Despite the deep field behind him, Toombs opened up a lead of more than five car lengths to start the final lap. With a scrum for position behind him, he crossed the finish line 1.120-second up on Funk. Beck joined the KC Racing teammates on the podium.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Everything went into the blender on lap two of the big bore group, when the skies opened up just as the race was settling in.</p> <p>Some, like Tim Gray&rsquo;s No. 60 Ryan Companies US Chevrolet Camaro or Tom Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tire Sunbeam Tiger tried to come to pit lane for rain tires, but without a real pit crew, ended up several laps down. Others, like eventual GT-1 winner Dave Ruehlow&rsquo;s No. 31 Ruehlow Racing Chevrolet Corvette, sucked it up and continued as their lap times fell by more than a minute per lap. Ruehlow actually pulled to pit lane at the end of lap nine because his windshield was fogged, and ended his day early as the last GT-1 machine still braving the elements.</p> <p>As the race shook out, Fall-Line teammates Matt Slavens and Gregory Schermer, both in Touring 2 cars, found themselves in the overall lead and battling. Schermer&rsquo;s No. 149 Fall-Line Motorsports/Posh Racing Porsche GT3 closed the gap from over 35 seconds to less than five with just a handful of laps to go, but Slavens immediately lowered his lap time by nine seconds in the No. 34 Fall-Line Porsche GT3 to pull the rug out from under Schermer&rsquo;s comeback hopes, and the pair finished first and second.</p> <p>Scott Sanda kept knocking out lap after lap in his No. 73 Tro Manufacturing Cadillac CTS-V, judging the weather correctly and running laps within 20 seconds of his opening lap, even after the rains fell. Picking off car after car, Sanda finished the race third overall.</p> <p>With Tim Kezmen third in Touring 2 and fourth overall in the No. 144 Calypso Lemonade/Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche GT3, GT-2 winner Craig Anderson&rsquo;s No. 33 Hoosier/Cobalt Friction/Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Corvette and Touring 1 winning Matthew O&rsquo;Toole&rsquo;s No. 35 BMW M3 finished in the top six overall as the only cars on the lead lap.</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> Unlike the quick fendered cars, the fastest open wheel machines knew that the race needed to be run on wet weather tires. The question would be, with the showers now stopped, if it would cause a problem at the end of race.</p> <p>That didn&rsquo;t come to fruition with everyone on the same strategy and the track just wet enough to keep the tires under each car, and Fabio Castellani proved himself the quickest in the rain. Castellani won by 1:32.711, a huge margin of victory in the No. 97 Hoosier/ABRO/Pro-One Swift 014/Toyota.</p> <p>Jeff Beck was equally impressive in the wet, winning Formula Enterprises in the No. 62 Formula Enterprises/Ford. Beck started 25th, but moved to third overall on the opening lap and ran seven laps in second place, overall, before Richard Zober&rsquo;s No. 66 Zober Industries Swift 016a/Mazda moved around him on lap nine.</p> <p>Brian Hall&rsquo;s Prototype 1-winning No. 69 Audi Hoffman Estates/Hoosier Stohr WF1 joined the class winners and Reece Everard&rsquo;s No. 61 HGS Automotive Formula Enterprises on the lead lap at the finish.</p> <p>Dale VandenBush&rsquo;s No. 12 Lake Effect Motorsports Formula Mazda bested Saturday winner Jason Vinkemulder&rsquo;s No. 10 Vinkemulder Financial Formula Mazda in their season long back and forth rivalry. Mike Reupert pulled to pit lane late and checked with his No. 7 Sunshine Metals Nostendo 1 crew, but went back on track and held on for the Prototype 2 weekend sweep. Jim Victor grabbed the Formula Continental win in the No. 17 Smith Barney/Arms Up Motorsports Firman RFR.</p> <p>The Northern Conference Majors Tour wraps up at Grattan Raceway, August 23-24, with the season finale. The next U.S. Majors Tour event is in the Eastern Conference next weekend, August 1-3, for the Eastern Conference final.</p> <p>Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Ten from Road America. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Scott Sanda, Western Springs, Ill., Cadillac CTS-V<br /> B-Spec: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan Versa<br /> E Production: Jon Brakke, Fargo, N.D., Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> GT-1: Dave Ruehlow, Oconomowoc, Wis., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Craig Anderson, Dundee, Ill., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Formula 500: Calvin Stewart, Novi, Mich, Novakar Blade F600<br /> Formula Atlantic: Fabio Castellani, Streamwood, Ill., Swift 014/Toyota<br /> Formula Continental: Jim Victor, Davenport, Iowa, Firman RFR<br /> Formula Enterprises: Jeff Beck, Ingleside, Ill., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Spectrum 014H<br /> Formula Mazda: Dale VandenBush, Green Bay, Wis., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Charles McCormick, Clarkston, Mich., Vortech CM1<br /> Prototype 1: Brian Hall, Spring Grove, Ill., Stohr WF1<br /> Prototype 2: Mike Reupert, Hubertus, Wis., Nostendo 1<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Kelly Toombs, Prairie Village, Kan., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Super Touring Under: Ron Pawley, Greenwood, Ark., Lexus IS300<br /> Touring 1: Matthew O&rsquo;Toole, Wilmette, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 2: Matt Slavens, Davenport, Iowa, Porsche GT3<br /> Touring 3: Aaron Kaplan, Evanston, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 4: Jim Ebben, Appleton, Wis., Mazda RX-8<br /> &nbsp;</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Northern Conference Round Nine Runs At Hot Road America http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51957 <p><strong>ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 26, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour made its second stop at the four-mile Road America for the summer, competing in Round Nine of the season-long championship on Sunday in the first day of the doubleheader.</p> <p>Temperatures climbed into the eighties with high humidity by the afternoon for the seven race groups, which ran 10-lap races without a single full course caution for the day.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> The day opened with a series of drivers crawling away from their closest competition, with Ron Pawley taking the Super Touring Under and overall win in the No. 4 J. Pauley Toyota/Scion Lexus IS300 over Touring 3 winner Mark Boden&rsquo;s No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports/Hoosier BMW M3. Boden&rsquo;s BMW kept a gap to third-overall running Aaron Kaplan&rsquo;s No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3 through the 10-lap race to take the T3 win.</p> <p>Daniel Bender was the flag-to-flag leader in Touring 4, fourth overall in the No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires Mazda MX-5.</p> <p>The closest race was, for a few laps, in Super Touring Lite. Tim Selby had moved his No. 48 Mazda Miata to the rear of the No. 61 Creative Technology, Inc. Mazda RX-7 of Rich Walke, but Walke stretched his lead back out to over a second and took the checkered flag.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> The three small formula car classes came down to the final eight miles, or two circuits, around Road America.</p> <p>The battle for the overall lead was also the battle for the Formula F class win, and came down to a shootout between the No. 33 Hoosier/Subway Van Diemen Honda of Jeffrey Bartz and the No. 0 Spectrum 014H of Max Mallinen. Bartz led across the stripe to the one to go sign, with 16-year-old Mallinen in tow. Mallinen used the draft to move into the lead under braking in turn five, and held on to the finish in his U.S. Majors Tour debut. Mallinen is no stranger to SCCA racing, however, as the son of 2011 Formula Atlantic National Champion Michael Mallinen.</p> <p>That Formula F battle played a role in the finish of the Formula Vee race. Once Charles McCormick&rsquo;s No. 90 RSE Incorporated Vortec CM1 and Ron Whitston&rsquo;s No. 5 Subway/Hoosier Protoform P2 shook clear of early contender Bruce Livermore, the two were left to settle the race win on their own. McCormick, already playing out his last lap strategy and driving conservatively with fading brakes, quickly switched mental gears with the Formula F battle came through on the last lap and opened up a small gap between he and Whitston. With some breathing room, McCormick increased his aggressiveness, and held the lead through the final lap to win by 0.221-second.</p> <p>Jeremy Morales started in the back of the grid for the Formula 500 race, but climbed quickly to the front, aided by polesitter Michael Mueller pulling to pit lane on the opening lap in the No. 24 MJ Mfg/Fibeco/Hoosier Red Devil/Rotax. Morales&rsquo; No. 110 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion S1 held the lead until two laps to go, when the No. 20 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600 of Brian Novak whipped past, creating enough of a gap in the closing stages to take a 2.988-second win.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> The Production class cars, led by Jon Brakke&rsquo;s No. 89 Margaret Peterson Bars Mazda Miata, worked to the front of the field and steered clear of class competition.</p> <p>The overall win was decided nearly as soon as Brakke took the green flag, as he cruised to a 55-second win over F Production victor Michael Sturm&rsquo;s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata. Sturm was another eight seconds clear of Dieter Griesinger, running second in FP in the No. 69 Mako Mold Corporation Mazda Miata.</p> <p>The development of Lawrence Loshak&rsquo;s No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance Honda CRX continued with yet another win, the third consecutive Majors trophy for the defending National Champion&rsquo;s new ride.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> The top four in Spec Miata broke away early, leaving the rest of the field behind and sorting out the podium among themselves.</p> <p>Todd Lamb&rsquo;s No. 80 Cahall/Driving Coach/Hawk Miata led the way for most of the race, with Voytek Burdzy&rsquo;s No. 41 Advanced Autosports Miata close behind, and Justin Elder&rsquo;s No. 19 SunDrop Citrus Soda Miata and Tom Brown&rsquo;s No. 27 Advanced Autosports Miata on the tail end of the line and pushing.</p> <p>Elder spun on lap nine through turn five with Brown just behind, slowing Brown&rsquo;s momentum temporarily and leaving Lamb and Burdzy alone on the final lap to settle the win. Lamb led across the stripe, but Burdzy moved into the lead as the pair headed down into turn five. Burdzy ran a defensive line through turn 12 on the final lap, giving Lamb a run, but a local yellow in the final corner helped Burdzy keep Lamb just behind him on the run up to the checkered flag to take the win. Brown held on for third to complete the podium.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Jim Gray took an eventful trip to the Spec Racer Ford win, driving from 13th on the grid for the top spot in the No. 17 Reid Johnson Racing Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>Gray made up four spots on the opening lap of the 10-lap race, and by the end of lap three, sat in fifth position. When he turned the quickest lap of the race on lap five, he finally sat third and was battling for the top spot.</p> <p>At that point, Gray was on the rear of Chris Funk, leading in the No. 54 KC Racing SRF, and second-running Rick Bartuska&rsquo;s No. 15 M/K Industries/Mundelien SRF. Gray went by both one lap later, relinquished the lead briefly back to Funk on lap eight, and then moved back in front at the finish.</p> <p>By the time the trio completed their 40 miles, Gray was in front by 1.337-seconds and Bartuska and Funk crossed the finish line side by side for second, with Bartuska just in front.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Cliff Ebben drove away from the big bore field for the win in his No. 36 McMahan Group/Stumpf Ford Ford Mustang, besting Denny Lamers in the No. 66 McMahon Group/Stumpf Ford Ford Mustang by 15.357 seconds.</p> <p>Tom Patton moved his No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tire Sunbeam Tiger around AJ Henriksen&rsquo;s No. 44 ECC Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro on lap four, with Patton keeping the lead to the finish once he got into clear traffic. Mark Boden&rsquo;s No. 47 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 did the same to Todd Napieralski on lap three, moving into the lead and holding it once he cleared the No. 39 Tremec/SKF/Hoosier Chevrolet Camaro SS.</p> <p>Matt Slavens rode flag to flag in Touring 2 in the No. 34 Fall-Line Porsche GT3, with Scott Sanda shaking his No. 73 Tro Manufacturing Cadillac CTS-V free of Chris Pedersen&rsquo;s No. 67 Ford Mustang with a pass on lap five, then taking his class win.</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> The wings and things ended the day with the quickest of the 10 lap races, with Jason Miller driving his No. 8 Kohler/Millenium/Hoosier WynnFurst to the P1 and overall win.</p> <p>Polesitting Michael Mallinen pulled to pit lane on the opening lap in the No. 1 Swan Motorsports Swift 016a/Mazda, opening up the Formula Atlantic battle even more. Richard Zober took advantage in the No. 66 Zober Industries Swift 016a/Mazda, staying just in front of Tyler Hunter&rsquo;s No. 22 Swan Racing Swift 014a/Toyota for the distance and emerging with a 0.975-second win.</p> <p>Dean Opperman lost the lead to Reece Everard&rsquo;s No. 61 HGS Automotive Formula Enterprises on lap five, but kept his No. 27 Formula Enterprises machine in the hunt. Running Everard back down, Opperman moved around Everard coming to the one to go board, and escaped with a 0.638-second win.</p> <p>Round Ten of the Northern Conference Majors Tour continues Sunday morning with 13-lap races beginning at 9:10 a.m. CDT at Road America. More information from Road America, including results, can be found at SCCAMajors.com. Live timing and notes are available throughout the day on Sunday at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Nine from Road America. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Scott Sanda, Western Springs, Ill., Cadillac CTS-V<br /> B-Spec: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan Versa<br /> E Production: Jon Brakke, Fargo, N.D., Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> GT-1: Cliff Ebben, Neenah, Wis., Ford Mustang<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> Formula 500: Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich, Scorpion F600<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Thielmann, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012 <br /> Formula Atlantic: Richard Zober, Corydon, Pa., Swift 016a/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Devin Lesueur, Saint Charles, Ill., Van Diemen RF02<br /> Formula Enterprises: Dean Oppermann, Plainfield, Ill., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Spectrum 014H<br /> Formula Mazda: Jason Vinkemulder, Spring Lake, Mich., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Charles McCormick, Clarkston, Mich., Vortech CM1<br /> Prototype 1: Jason Miller, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., WynnFurst<br /> Prototype 2: Mike Reupert, Hubertus, Wis., Nostendo 1<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Jim Gray, Minneapolis, Minn., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Super Touring Under: Ron Pawley, Greenwood, Ark., Lexus IS300<br /> Touring 1: Mark Boden, Wadsworth, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 2: Matt Slavens, Davenport, Iowa, Porsche GT3<br /> Touring 3: Mark Boden, Wadsworth, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 4: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Ill., Mazda MX-5<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT IndyCar Star Josef Newgarden to Participate at SCCA Formula F 45th Celebration http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51956 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 25, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Verizon IndyCar star Josef Newgarden, the only American to ever win in the famed Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, has been confirmed to participate in the Sports Car Club of America Formula F 45th Anniversary at Barber Motorsports Park, August 9-10. Newgarden will race on Sunday in a Honda-powered Piper Formula F, and participate as a speaker in the Formula F birthday celebration on Saturday night.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Newgarden will take a break from his current job as the driver of the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda to return to his roots for the weekend. The prestigious Team USA scholarship selection in 2008 allowed Newgarden to win the Formula Ford festival (Kent class) and spend a season racing in the British Formula Ford series, among other rides. The Nashville native returned stateside in 2011, and began his IndyCar career in 2012.</span></p> <p>He fills the seat with help of Honda Performance Development, a presenting sponsor of the event.</p> <p>&ldquo;This event is going to be fun for me --I&rsquo;m thankful for SCCA and to HPD for helping me to be a part of it,&rdquo; Newgarden said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve raced at Barber in an IndyCar, and it&rsquo;s going to be fun to race in a Formula F. It&rsquo;s a chance to go back to where this all really got started for me, and to race against some good drivers who do this quite often with SCCA. I&rsquo;m looking forward to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 24-year-old racer will join an event that includes some of the best current Formula F racers in SCCA, as well as Club Ford, vintage Formula Ford, Formula 500, Formula Vee and Spec: RaceAtom on the weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a Formula Vee driver participating in the weekend myself, I&rsquo;m honored that Josef is joining us for the event,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;HPD was the key in getting Josef to Barber to race, and we&rsquo;re thankful to them for the support.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registration is now open for the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, featuring the Formula F 45th Anniversary, with schedule and supplemental regulations also posted at SCCA.com/FF45th.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com.</p> Club Racing Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Contingency Programs Set for 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51953 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 23, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Each driver at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, set for Oct. 6-12, will have one goal in mind &ndash; winning a National Championship. However, 46 companies have sweetened the pot by committing to provide contingency prizes in support of the event.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Mazda North American Operations</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">, the Official Car of SCCA, will award Mazda drivers $5,000 for a win in an eligible class, with payouts of $3,000 and $1,500 for second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Additionally, Mazda drivers from each Majors Conference who finished in the top three in season-long points can pull from an additional tow fund. If a Mazda driver can complete the prestigious Super Sweep, a $3,000 prize is available.</span></p> <p>In 2014, <strong>Chevrolet</strong> will support B-Spec, where a Championship will yield $750. The remaining podium spots will garner $500 and $250 awards, in that order. Ford Racing will be in the mix, too. A win in an eligible vehicle is worth $2,500, with second place earning $1,000 and third, $750.</p> <p><strong>Honda Performance Development (HPD)</strong> will give out $2,500 to any Honda/Acura driver who takes home a Runoffs gold medal in an eligible class, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. In addition, HPD pays a start bonus and a prize for winning a Conference or Divisional point championship. <strong>MINI USA</strong> has a $2,500 prize for a National Championship, with a runner-up finish earning $1,500 and $1,000 for third. MINI will also give $1,250 for an eligible Super Sweep.</p> <p><strong>Nissan Motorsports</strong> also offers cash payouts to its racers. A win is worth $2,500 in a current model, with $1,500 and $1,000 rounding out the podium and a $1,000 reward for completing the Super Sweep. <strong>Scion Racing</strong> will award eligible drivers for wins and runner-up finishes with $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. A pole or Super Sweep is worth $1,000.</p> <p>Drivers in Fiat 500s, Fiat 500 Abarths or Dodge/SRT Vipers will be eligible for prizes provided by <strong>SRT Motorsports</strong>. A podium finish in an eligible class will earn $2,500, $1,000 and $750, respectively. <strong>Toyota/TRD</strong> is offering up to $5,000 for a win and $3,000 for a runner up finish, as well as $1,000 for a top qualifier or Super Sweep.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are also part of the contingency equation for the Runoffs. They are led by <strong>BFGoodrich Tires</strong>, the Official Street Tire of SCCA, who will provide 12 complimentary tires to a National Champion in an eligible class. The company will award tires down to fourth, with each driver getting six, four and two tires, in that order for the final three spots.</p> <p><strong>Goodyear Tire</strong> will also put cash up for grabs in select classes. The winner will receive $500, with the final podium spots getting $300 and $100 payouts, respectively. Hankook Tire will offer cash rewards to eligible racers finishing in the top five, with payouts for a podium ($4,000, $2,000 and $1,000) and fourth and fifth getting $500 each.</p> <p><strong>Hoosier Racing Tire</strong> will be giving out four free tires, as well as a set for each entered 2015 U.S. Majors Tour event, for race winners in every class. Spec Miata gets a bump, with payouts through 10th place, including 16 tires for the Spec Miata National Champion. The first 50 Spec Miata entrants at the event will receive a set of tires from Hoosier. Michelin will be awarding an eligible GT-2 winner with four new tires.</p> <p><strong>Pirelli</strong> will award podium finishers in GT-1, GT-2 and Prototype 1, on tires purchased from JX2, with JX2 gift certificates worth $500, $300 and $100, respectively. Eligible class winners running <strong>Yokohama Tires</strong> purchased from Trackside Performance will receive two free front and two rear tires. Second place will get two front tires, while third and fourth will each get one front tire.</p> <p>A number of parts manufacturers and service providers are running programs. <strong>Hawk Performance</strong>, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer five free axle sets of brakes to eligible winners. Two free axle sets will be available for each of the remaining two podium positions. Fourth- through 10th-place finishers will also get product certificates ranging in value from $125, down to $50.<br /> <br /> <strong>Carbotech Performance Brakes</strong> will offer a 2015 product sponsorship package to all eligible National Champions, which includes six axle sets of brakes. The manufacturer will also provide product certificates to finishers two through 10, with values ranging from $300 to $50.</p> <p><strong>Eibach</strong> has also pledged their support of the event, offering two free springs to winners and second-place drivers in eligible classes. Drivers claiming the final step of the podium will be eligible to get one free spring.</p> <p><strong>Electromotive</strong> will offer a $500 certificate to National Champions. A $200 certificate is up for grabs to second place, with third getting a $100 certificate. <strong>Hyperco</strong> will offer two free Hypercoils certificates to first- and second-place finishers in eligible classes. The third-place driver will get one free Hypercoil certificate.</p> <p><strong>Pagid RS</strong> drivers fulfilling the requirements and winning will get a full set of brake pads. Second place will get one axle worth of pads. <strong>Penske Racing Shocks</strong> is offering eligible class winners a $500 product certificate, which decreases by $100 for each position through fifth. If eligible, the sixth-place driver will get a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>SPA Technique</strong> will be offering $100 product certificates to all winners enrolled in the program, plus $50 certificates to all eligible fourth-place drivers. National Champions enrolled in the contingency program for <strong>Taylor Race Engineering</strong> will be able to get their hands on a $250 product certificate.</p> <p>For all eligible classes, <strong>Tilton Engineering</strong> is offering a $175 product certificate to the National Champion. A $100 certificate is available for the third-place finisher, and a $50 certificate is available for the fifth-place driver. <strong>Wilwood Disk Brakes</strong> will offer a $125 certificate to winning drivers enrolled in the program, while second- and third-place finishers will get $75 and $50 certificates, respectively.</p> <p>Several other organizations have shown their support for the event. <strong>GoPro</strong>, the Official Camera of SCCA, will provide one GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera to the driver who wins the GoPro Hero Moment of the race. SCCA staff will select the winner of this award.</p> <p><strong>Mobil 1</strong>, the Official Oil of SCCA, will offer a $500 cash bonus and custom Mobil 1 racing suit to all eligible National Champions. For second place, Mobil 1 will provide a $400 product certificate and third will get a $250 product certificate.</p> <p><strong>SafeRacer</strong>, the Official Safety Provider of SCCA, pays out a $100 product certificate for a win, and a $50 certificate for the first driver to miss the podium.</p> <p><strong>Sunoco</strong>, the Official Fuel of SCCA, will sponsor the Hard Charger Award, worth $100. The cash award will go to the driver who advances the most positions during each race.</p> <p><strong>TireRack.com</strong>, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA, will also provide contingency opportunities at the Runoffs. The company will offer a $500 product certificate to the pole qualifiers in each class. Eligible fifth-place finishers in the race will also receive a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>SCCA Enterprises</strong> will offer contingencies in support of the Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprises classes. The SRF National Champion will receive a 50-percent discount off the new GEN3 conversion kit. The final two places on the SRF podium will earn $500 and $250, respectively. In FE, the winner will earn $500. Second will take home a $350 bonus, and third will get $200.</p> <p>For a winning B-Spec driver, <strong>Pirelli World Challenge</strong> is offering a full season of entry fees for their Touring Car B class. Second place will get three complimentary entries, with third place getting a single entry.</p> <p><strong>AiM Sports</strong> is offering a Solo lap timer to registered winners in all classes. Alpinestars will also offer registered National Champions, in select classes, a $250 product certificate.</p> <p><strong>CoolShirt Systems</strong> will offer a $250 cash prize to the Hard Charger in each eligible class. In addition, all participants who register for the program will be eligible for a 15-percent discount on a new CoolShirt system.</p> <p>Supporting the Spec Miata class, exclusively, is <strong>Driven Race Gear</strong>. The company will provide a steering wheel, Nomex shoes and Nomex gloves to an eligible winner. Second place will get a steering wheel, while third can claim a pair of Nomex gloves. The fourth place finisher has the opportunity to get a Driven gift certificate worth $50, while fifth place will get a pair of Driven sunglasses.</p> <p>Fuel additive maker <strong>EFS Combust</strong> will offer two bottles of their product to all race winners who purchase the product prior to the event. Drivers finishing second will earn one bottle of product. <strong>Holliday Canopies</strong> is giving all eligible drivers a custom road racing canopy certificate worth $300. A current owner who wins a National Championship can take their prize in $150 of cash.</p> <p>Those looking to hone their Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca skills online may have turned to <strong>iRacing.com</strong>. The company will offer winners a two-year membership or 200 iRacing credits for existing members. Second- and third-place drivers will get a one-year membership, or 100 iRacing credits.</p> <p><strong>K1 RaceGear</strong> has thrown their hat into the ring by offering product certificates to drivers in all classes. Competitors who take home gold at the Runoffs will be able to get a $50 certificate. The final podium position is also worth a $50 certificate, and an eligible Hard Charger can take home a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies</strong> will continue to offer a contingency program. An eligible driver who wins the Super Sweep Award will get a $250 gift certificate. Eligible finishers in fourth through sixth will get certificates starting at $75 for fourth place. From there, the value will decrease by $25.</p> <p><strong>Red Line Synthetic Oi</strong>l will dole out a $750 product certificate to eligible winners in each class. The remainder of eligible podium finishers will get $400 and $250 certificates, in that order. <strong>Race Technology USA</strong> will offer prizes to podium finishers in all classes. Registered winners will receive discounts on a new system or credit to upgrade an existing system.</p> <p><strong>Summit Racing Equipment</strong> will offer $150 in certificates to all eligible National Champions. Second place will get a $100 certificate, while places third through sixth can each claim a $50 certificate. In addition, Summit will provide a $50 Hard Luck certificate to the program eligible starter who completes the least number of laps in each class.</p> <p>Drivers are responsible for closely monitoring the program requirements for eligibility, and must register for contingency programs prior to competing. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in the forfeiture of awards. For more information on these contingency programs, and how to register, visit www.scca.com/runoffs.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs is available at www.scca.com.<br /> <br /> Follow the SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Soldiers put rubber to road at Fort Riley autocross event http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51954 <p><strong>FORT RILEY, Kan. (July 22, 2014) -</strong> Sgt. Hubert Jefferson gripped his black suede-covered steering wheel, revved up his 426-horsepower engine and released the clutch. The result was the earsplitting sound of screeching tires against the airfield's tarmac.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">He and 11 other Soldiers raced in the Salina Region Sports Car Club of America autocross event hosted by the Fort Riley Morale, Welfare and Recreation July 18-20 on Fort Riley's Marshall Army Airfield to provide a safe, secure and legal way for Soldiers to race their cars around a sanctioned autocross track.</span></p> <p>&quot;I've been looking forward to this for a while,&quot; Jefferson, a flight operations specialist with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., said while standing next to his shiny Inferno Orange Metallic, 2013 Chevy Camaro Super Sport. &quot;It's a great way to relieve stress and challenge our driving abilities.&quot;</p> <p>During the first day of the event, every car was inspected, registered and designated a car class depending on the type of vehicle and the size of the engine. The drivers also received a detailed safety brief and attended a driver's training course, which helped them get familiar with the rules and regulations of racing in a sanctioned SCCA autocross event.</p> <p>&quot;It's a safe way to drive fast and have a ton of fun,&quot; said Staff Sgt. Adam Meuser, 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div. Meuser won first place in the stock V8 class, beating out Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers with his Audi S4 sedan. &quot;It's not about how fast your car is in these types of competitions, it's about how you handle your car through tight corners and to strategically approach turns with the most momentum possible.&quot;</p> <p>This event brought together professional autocross racers from throughout Kansas, students from Kansas State University's and the University of Kansas' mechanical engineering schools, Soldiers, veterans and children. With cars ranging from Chevrolet Corvettes, Honda Civics and even small go-karts, the event was open to anyone wanting to race.</p> <p>&quot;Racing on the airfield is more than a way to kill some weekend, it's an experience that gives Soldiers a chance to meet new people,&quot; said Sgt. Anthony Branch, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., who raced his black 2010 Dodge Challenger SRT8. &quot;I wish we could do these races more often. It really gives us a place to get together and just talk about cars and racing. I had a great time.&quot;</p> <p>This year marked the fifth time MWR has hosted autocross races. This is the first year for a two-day event.</p> <p>&quot;This is the best year ever,&quot; said Brad Carlton, MWR recreation programmer and event coordinator. &quot;I want to thank the SCCA, the sponsors for the continued relationship and support for the Fort Riley Soldiers.&quot;</p> <p>MWR and Salina SCCA officials worked together to help give Soldiers more time to race and socialize with other enthusiasts around Kansas.</p> <p>&quot;We are very happy to share our sport with Soldiers here on Fort Riley,&quot; Tim Harrison, SCCA safety chief, said. &quot;We appreciate everything that they do and wanted to make sure that everyone was safe and had a good time.&quot;</p> <p>Events like this help Soldiers gain a respect for the sport, their vehicles and the importance of safety in a vehicle. It also provides a place for Soldiers to experience high-adrenaline driving competition, Carlton said.</p> <p>&quot;It's easy to underestimate yourself and your skills as a driver with a fast car,&quot; Jefferson said. &quot;That's why a lot of Soldiers get hurt in privately owned vehicles because they think they know how to handle their car, but don't realize it until it is too late.&quot;</p> <p>With more than 100 racers participating in the weekend's races, six Soldiers had the fastest times around the half-mile racing course. They were awarded plaques for their first-, second- and third-place finishes against other novice drivers.</p> <p>&quot;This was pretty awesome,&quot; said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Leslie, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Inf. Div., after he received the results of the car class for his 2010 Mitsubishi Evolution X. &quot;I really can't believe I actually placed first. I was just trying to get the best time and had a blast racing around the turns.&quot;</p> <p>With the smell of burned rubber still in the air, Salina Region SCCA officials encouraged all the Soldiers to attend the next event. Carlton said Fort Riley MWR would continue to provide Soldiers and their families with quality programs and services that promote resiliency and strengthen Fort Riley Soldiers.</p> Solo Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Runoffs Registration Now Open http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51951 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 21, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Registration for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the first west coast visit for the event in 46 years, is now open.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The registration process for the Runoffs, running Oct. 7-12 at the classic Monterey, California circuit, includes the ability for a driver to choose a car number for the National Championship event, as well as sign up for the Monday, Oct. 6, test day. Driver car numbers from 2013 will be honored in the same class for one week, until July 30. Complete registration process, including car number conflict procedures, is included in the supplemental regulations.</span></p> <p>Included in each entry for 2014 is a 30-foot long by 25-foot wide paddock space. Larger spaces are available for participants with trailers longer than 30 feet in length for an additional cost. Unlike in the past, where specific spaces were reserved in the paddock, participants will be assigned to a paddock area based on their space needs and then parked as they stage to enter the facility. This will both ensure easy access to spaces and utilize every possible piece of real estate in the paddock. Space is limited, and the main paddock areas will be assigned by entry date.</p> <p>Test day registration for Monday, October 6 is also available at the time of Runoffs Registration. The test day entry fee is $300.</p> <p>More information, including the Supplemental Regulations, schedule, detailed paddock parking instructions and more, is available at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/Runoffs">SCCA.com/Runoffs</a>.</p> Club Racing Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Solo Driver Kierstin Eaddy Passes Away Sunday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51950 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 20, 2014) -</strong> Kierstin Eaddy, 14, of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away on Sunday following an incident at a Sports Car Club of America autocross event being held outside Texas Motor Speedway.</p> <p>From Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO:</p> <p>&ldquo;All of us at the SCCA are shocked and saddened to hear about Sunday&rsquo;s tragic accident involving Kierstin Eaddy. We are a Club of families, and are shaken by the loss of this young competitor. Personally, and on behalf of the SCCA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Kierstin&rsquo;s family, friends, and the participants at Sunday&rsquo;s event.&rdquo; </p> Solo Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA to Invite Muscle Cars to Compete at Tire Rack ProSolo Finale http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51948 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 17, 2014) -</strong> Sports Car Club of America and Speedway Motors, Inc., of Lincoln, Nebraska are teaming up to present The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Invitational Challenge. The Invitational will bring the best muscle cars, across all platforms, and drivers to the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, at the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The ProSolo format combines elements of autocross and drag racing. Competitors, staged side-by-side, will face a drag racing-style Christmas tree start before entering mirror image autocross courses. This provides the unique opportunity to put autocross, drag racing and hot rods on the same stage at the same time.</span></p> <p>The invite list will be a who&rsquo;s who of hot rod Soloists from across the country, battling for prizes from Speedway Motors. The competition will take place Sunday afternoon between the class competition and Challenge rounds of the ProSolo event. After familiarization runs on the course, drivers will be placed into a bracket and compete through elimination rounds until only one remains as the Top Eliminator.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I first began to autocross part of the excitement for me was seeing not only the classic British sports cars, but also the great muscle cars of the day battling it out on the same course,&rdquo; Howard Duncan, SCCA VP, Rally/Solo, said. &ldquo;The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Class Invitational Challenge, along with the running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, will once again bring back that excitement as the improved versions of these traditional muscle cars show their capabilities on the same courses used by the current crop of sports cars and sport coupes. It should be a great show!&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition, these drivers will be invited to participate in the inaugural running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship event, held later in the week at the same location. CAM class runs will come on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2-3. The event is the world&rsquo;s largest motorsports competition, featuring more than 1,100 drivers in competition over four days.</p> <p>SCCA CAM class rules will be utilized for each event. Invitations will be sent to drivers that have shown the potential for high-level competition through a variety of events across the country. The invitations and RSVPs will be organized by SCCA&rsquo;s Raleigh Boreen and are expected to be sent in early August.</p> <p>For more information or to request an invite, contact Raleigh at <a href="mailto:rvboreen@gmail.com">rvboreen@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>More information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale can be found at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/Solo">SCCA.com/Solo</a>.</p> Solo Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Honda Performance Development To Sponsor SCCA FF 45th Anniversary http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51947 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Honda Performance Development has been named presenting sponsor of the Formula F 45th Anniversary, part of the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, Aug. 9-10 at Barber Motorsports Park.</p> <p>As a presenting sponsor of the event, HPD will have a large presence on site, including displays and giveaways, and will provide the weekend&rsquo;s pace car &ndash; a race-prepared Honda CRZ.</p> <p>HPD will also post contingency payouts at the same level as the U.S. Majors Tour, offering $500 for a win, $300 for second-place, and $150 for a third-place finish in Formula F while running a Honda motor.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to announce HPD&rsquo;s involvement with this Formula F birthday celebration, and especially for the true support that they&rsquo;re throwing behind the competitors for this milestone weekend,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;In addition to the support as presenting sponsor, HPD is helping us put the finishing touches on a celebrity appearance that we should be able to announce in the coming days. This event is shaping up as a &lsquo;can&rsquo;t miss&rsquo; for those in the small formula car community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Formula F 45th anniversary event is the focal point of the SCCA Summer SpeedFest at Barber Motorsports Park. Highlighting the weekend is the Saturday night Formula F birthday celebration open to drivers, participants, workers and crew members of each class participating in the weekend, including dinner, at the track. The celebration will feature industry celebrities and legendary racers.</p> <p>On the track, run groups will feature cars from each era of the Formula F timeline, ranging from vintage racers to what are now known as &ldquo;Club Ford&rdquo; through the current National Championship-eligible specs. Each class will race both on Saturday and Sunday, with a 45th celebration planned at the track for Saturday night featuring industry celebrities and legendary racers.</p> <p>In addition to the Formula F and Formula Ford classes, Formula 500/600, Formula Vee and Spec: RaceAtom races are a part of the weekend. HPD will also post contingency to Honda-powered Formula 600s.</p> <p>Registration is now open for the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, with schedule and supplemental regulations also posted at SCCA.com/FF45th.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com.</p> Club Racing Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Reindl Finishes Weekend as Packwood Tire Rack ProSolo Winner http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51945 <p><strong>PACKWOOD, Wash. (July 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Kinch Reindl, of Denver, Colorado, emerged as the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Super Challenge winner at Hampton Mills this past weekend. Annie Gill, of Renton, Washington, scored the &lsquo;hometown&rsquo; victory by winning the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Packwood competition site is becoming legendary among the Solo community, both for its covered grid area and location. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, 144 competitors were greeted by breathtaking scenery with comfortable temperatures throughout the weekend.</span></p> <p>Course designer Kevin Dietz added to the event by creating a pair of challenging courses. The courses were very technical, requiring intense concentration from each driver. However, many were up to the task as the number of hit cones was very small.</p> <p>The Northwest Region SCCA played the role of host perfectly. Friday&rsquo;s welcome party was enjoyed by all, while the region made sure the rest of the event was well-staffed.</p> <p>Reindl (Street Touring Compact, RiptideHosting.com/RDP Hosting Honda Civic Si) had already claimed one trophy after winning the class-based portion of the competition. As a result of his margin of victory in that portion, Reindl started the Super Challenge from the 11th seed.</p> <p>In his opening round, Reindl met, and defeated, Jonathan Clements (Race Tire Index 1, Honda Van Diemen). Reindl&rsquo;s next pairing was against Maurice Velandia (C Street, Thanks Ben! Subaru BRZ). Again, Reindl was the first driver to the finish line.</p> <p>In the quarter-final round, Reindl downed Jim Daniels (Race Tire Index 2, Mazda Miata) and earned the right to move forward in the single-elimination bracket competition. Reindl became a semi-final winner after taking a victory over Steve OBlenes (Street Touring X, FRSport.com/OSGiken/Sparco/RSR Subaru BRZ). In the final, Reindl matched up against Cam Withell.</p> <p>Withell (SP/SM Index B, Carline/MacKay Contracting Mazda Miata) was a newcomer to ProSolo competition, but proved to be a quick study. Starting as the 13th seed, Withell took wins over Wayne Dyck (C Street, Nissan 350Z) and Richard Arienzale (Race Tire Index 1, Petrel Data Systems/VCMC Swift DB1) in the opening two rounds, in that order.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, the ProSolo rookie took down Alan Dahl (Bump Class, Ford Fiesta ST) in a head-to-head duel. Withell rolled to the final after he beat Ryan Otis (Street Index RWD, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>After a smooth run to the final, drama befell Reindl during the final pairing. In order to get to the airport on time to make his flight home, Reindl needed to leave the site at 2:45 p.m. The final runs against Withell finished at 2:47. When Reindl brought his machine a stop following his run, he hopped out and got into his rental car to get to the airport. He didn&rsquo;t even have a spare minute to relish in his 0.177-second victory over Withell.</p> <p>The podium was completed by OBlenes after winning the third-place runoff against Otis.</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Gill (Ladies Class 3, Chase Cam/StranoParts/Drift Office Scion FR-S) started the head-to-head matchups as the No. 2 qualifier after winning her class by the second-widest margin.</p> <p>Gill got past Brianne Green (Ladies 2, Autosport Labs Mazda MX-5), during the opening round. In the semis, Gill took down Lacey Otis (Ladies Class 2, Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>In the ladies bracket final, Gill lined up against Tasha Mikko (Ladies Class 3, MAPerformance/English Racing/Autosport Labs/CIRO Design Mitsubishi Evo IX). Mikko became a finalist after beating Connie Smith (Ladies Class 2, SPE-ED.com/Smarkamyth Racing Subaru WRX) and Laurie Hyman (Ladies Class 1, Cobb Surgeline/GT-RR Nissan GT-R) in rounds one and two, respectively.</p> <p>Gill was the last driver standing, after beating Mikko. As a result of the win, Gill also took the Ladies Challenge season-long point lead from Kim Whitener. Gill leads the standings with 109 points, with Whitener five markers behind. Jocelin Huang sits third with 103 points.</p> <p>Otis completed the podium by beating Hyman in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Tamara Kwak (Ladies Class 2, AXAnalyst/AustinSoft.com Nissan 350Z), another ProSolo first-timer, was the Bonus Challenge winner.</p> <p>The next stop for The Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo tour will be at the Wilmington (Ohio) Airpark, July 26-27.That will be the last round preceding the ProSolo Finale, in Lincoln, Nebraska.<br /> <br /> Information on the Packwood round of The Tire Rack ProSolo Series, including full results, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6988">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 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT