SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:45:01 GMT McCance Takes Round Two of Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Championship http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51843 <p><strong>IRVINE, Calif. (April 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Greg McCance, of Ramona, Calif., took home the second Tire Rack&reg; SCCA ProSolo&reg; Super Challenge win of 2014, held this past weekend at the El Toro Airfield. Christine Grice, of Redondo Beach, Calif., was the last driver standing in the Ladies Challenge.</p> <p>Competitors were treated to favorable weather conditions throughout the event weekend. Temperatures stayed in the high 60s, with partly cloudy skies. The wind was not a factor either day, as it never topped 10 mph.</p> <p>Saturday and Sunday morning&rsquo;s traditional class competition yielded some large fields. Street Touring X was the largest class boasting 20 drivers, while Street Touring R had 18 competitors. The Ladies Class 3 and SP/SM Index A also had 17 drivers set times on course.</p> <p>McCance qualified for his spot in Sunday afternoon&rsquo;s 32-car Super Challenge bracket after taking the E Street Prepared class victory in his Subaru WRX.</p> <p>In the opening round of the bracket-style competition, McCance put down Mack Tsang (Street Touring X, Kidder Trans/OS Giken/Auto RnD BMW 325i). McCance then got to the round of eight by besting Gary Thomason in his Super Street R, ProParts USA Dodge Viper.</p> <p>McCance moved to the quarter-finals with a win over Tom Berry (SP/SM Index A, Berry Family Racing/Hoosier Tire Mitsubishi Evolution IX).</p> <p>&ldquo;Tom Berry's red light that was memorable,&rdquo; McCance said. &ldquo;I knew he would be hard to beat without a bit of luck. I like to think I scared him, but the truth is his car probably just hooked more than anticipated.&rdquo;</p> <p>With four drivers remaining, McCance finalized his trip to the event final after beating Jeff Stuart (C Street, Berry Family Racing/Racetraceapp.com Nissan 370Z). In the final showdown, McCance lined up next to Paul Russell.</p> <p>Russell (Kart Modified, Seventh-Gear.com CRG Road Rebel Honda CR125) took out David Rock (Street Touring Roadster, Sliding Rock Racing Toyota Spyder) in the quarter-finals, and Doug Rowse (SP/SM Index B, Hoosier Tire/Evolution/Cortez BMW 330) in the semis, en route to the match up with McCance.</p> <p>After the dust settled McCance walked away with the overall win. Rowse completed the podium after winning the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;It always seems like you acquire a pit crew as you get deeper in the challenge,&rdquo; McCance said. &ldquo;Mine was Morgan Trotter and Karen Kraus. Whether they're spraying tires, checking pressures, or telling you if you're up or down as you come back, it is always awesome to have the support. So, a big thank you goes out to them.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the ladies competition, Grice was primed for a good performance at El Toro. Before jumping into the bracket-competition, Grice won the traditional class competition taking the Ladies Class 1 victory in her Berry Family Racing/Chase Cam Mitsubishi Evolution IX. Once the head-to-head competition began, Grice took down Teddie Alexandrova (Ladies Class 3, Charlie&rsquo;s Angels/AIT Subaru BRZ), Gwen Baake Habenicht (Ladies Class 2, Audi TT) and Meredith Brown (Ladies Class 2, Nissan 370Z) on her way to the final match up.</p> <p>Once there, Grice beat Annie Gill (Ladies Class 3, Thanks Max!/OS Giken/Gearheads Garage Subaru BRZ) for the win. Shelly Monfort (Ladies Class 2, Strano Parts.com Ford Focus ST) completed the podium with a win in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>Jonathan Hartendorp (Street Touring X, FRSport.com/Racing Lifestyle/Crown Auto Repair Subaru BRZ), of Los Angeles, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge bracket.</p> <p>More information, including full results, of the El Toro Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo event can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6780">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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs Races Available on DVD, Digital Download http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51842 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> All 24 races broadcast from the 50th SCCA&reg; National Championship Runoffs&reg; are now available individually on DVD or via digital download through Amazon.com and CreateSpace, an Amazon company.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The 24 races, covering 28 SCCA National Championship classes, can be purchased for $8.99 per race on DVD, and $2.99 per race as a download. The digital download can be streamed on an Amazon video &ndash;compatible device, or downloaded to be viewed anywhere without an internet connection.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The demand for full DVD sets has waned each year since introducing the webcast, and we&rsquo;ve received numerous requests for video downloads beyond watching the on-demand broadcasts, which requires an internet connection,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA VP of Marketing/Communications, said. &ldquo;In evaluating available options, Amazon&rsquo;s platform provided both an opportunity for downloads, but also DVDs of individual races on demand.&rdquo;</p> <p>The races are available for purchase immediately.</p> <p>&ldquo;We planned to have these available late in 2013, but encountered a number of unexpected delays with the new process,&rdquo; Prill said. &ldquo;While later than we had planned, we are excited to offer these new methods to relive and archive the excitement of the Runoffs.&rdquo;</p> <p>DVDs can be found easily by going to CreateSpace.com and searching for SCCA. Links to specific races for digital download or for DVD can be found at SCCA.com/RunoffsVideo.</p> <p>Streaming videos of all Runoffs races remain available online at SpeedCastTV.com/SCCA.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT 27 Winners In SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Sunday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51841 <p><strong>WILLOWS, Calif. (April 13, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The Sports Car Club of America BFGoodrich Tires Thunderhill Super Tour crowned 27 more winners on Sunday at Thunderhill Raceway Park and awarded points for the season long Western Conference Majors Tour.</p> <p>A Thunderhill SCCA-event record 290 cars were on hand for the doubleheader weekend, which featured eight race groups on Sunday. Each of Sunday&rsquo;s races were 16 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first, and all ran the 16-lap distance on the 15-turn, 2.866-mile circuit.</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> Like Saturday, Rylan Hazelton opened the day with a flag-to-flag Super Touring Under win in the No. 49 Driving Ambition/BFGoodrich Tires/HPD Honda S2000, joined by Spencer Trenery (No. 8 Fantasy Junction/TOP1 Motors Acura Integra) in Super Touring Lite and Jason Isley (No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris) in H Production with a weekend sweep.</p> <p>Joe Huffaker, quickly back up to speed with an eye on the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs after taking time away from competition, drove his No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget to the F Production win on Sunday.</p> <p>Derrick Ambrose and Kyle Keenan battled in B-Spec on Saturday, crossing the finish side by side after battling all race long, with Keenan taking the win. Ambrose evened the score on Sunday in the No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2, catching the necessary breaks and moving away from Keenan&rsquo;s No. 44 Kia Motors/Dick Hannah Dealers Kia Rio.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> The large &ldquo;wings and things&rdquo; group was split in two for Sunday&rsquo;s races, but it didn&rsquo;t slow Formula 1000 and overall winner JR Osbourne, who swept the weekend in his No. 3 Moon&rsquo;s Supercycle/Hoosier Tire Citation F1000. Osbourne stayed ahead of his class competition from the start, and moved around eventual Prototype 1 winner Jim Devenport with four laps to go to take the overall win.</p> <p>Devenport&rsquo;s No. 231 Cranbook Group, Inc. Norma M20 inherited his class lead on lap five when leader Chris Farrell pulled to a stop with a mechanical gremlin. Farrell&rsquo;s No. 58 C&amp;M Mfg/GDR Engines/Hoosier Stohr WF1 refired after the stall, but left him two laps down and fourth in class. Devenport hung on for the Prototype 1 win. Running third overall was Vince Gaddini&rsquo;s No. 43 Damon Racing Mazda PFM in Formula Atlantic, his second win of the weekend.</p> <p>In group 2B, Fabian Okonski drove his No. 6 Simplicity in Sound Mobile Audio Stohr 1G to a well deserved win in the Prototype 2 class. Okonski and David Ferguson followed John Basso&rsquo;s No. 96 B&amp;B Racing/RedLine Oil/Hoosier Fox RF3 through the early stages of the race, until a water line came loose in the rear of Basso&rsquo;s machine and he was forced out of the lead on lap six.</p> <p>Ferguson&rsquo;s No. 75 Veracity Racing Data/Hoosier Stohr WF-1/Suzuki moved around Okonski on lap 11, but the Saturday winner spun on his own on lap 12 and left Okonski in the lead. Okonski didn&rsquo;t escape the weekend trouble free, as during Saturday&rsquo;s qualifying session he was left with nowhere to go when a rival car slowed on the front straight. Okonski missed Saturday&rsquo;s race, and ran Sunday with a nose piece seemingly held together with rivets and racer&rsquo;s tape.</p> <p>Bob Negron drove his Formula Continental to an early lead, pushing hard in his No. 8 Hoosier/Terri Negron Web Design Van Diemen RF99/Ford to put pressure on Saturday winner and 15-year-old Yufeng Luo and the rest of the field. The strategy worked, as Negron stayed in front to the end and a nine-second win.</p> <p>Mel Kemper swept the weekend in Formula Mazda, behind the wheel of the No. 4 Goodyear/Mazda Formula Mazda.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> After falling just short in Saturday&rsquo;s race, William Brinkov knew the strength of his No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette was to get an early lead and hang off the charging No. 15 Fantasy Junction Porsche GT3 of Trenery. His plan was working to perfection until an unwelcomed full course caution on lap seven.</p> <p>Brinkov was not happy to see the double yellow flag, but as the cleanup stretched longer and his tires cooled, his advantage came back. Following a lap 12 restart, Brinkov again stretched his lead out to five seconds and beat Trenery to the finish line.</p> <p>While GT-1&rsquo;s Rob Davis (No. 95 RDavisCPA.com Chevrolet Camaro) and GT-3&rsquo;s Collin Jackson (No. 53 Nissan 240SX) were sweeping the weekend, Dylan Olsen was pushing hard at the front of the American Sedan field. The caution erased a significant lead that the No. 2 Shock Shop/Nutter Racing Engines Ford Mustang had built, but Olsen picked up again right after the second green and rolled to the checkered flag.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Spec Miata started with a line of 16 cars nose to tail, early in the race, and all looked like they had a chance to contend. Even at halfway, with four cars running nose to tail, a train of 10 ran just five car lengths back, waiting for a mistake.</p> <p>The challenge, as always, is to maintain that pace for the full race distance. With just two laps to go, only polesitter Charlie Hayes&rsquo; No. 22 22 TFB/AIM Tires/RM Autosports Miata and Elliott Skeer&rsquo;s No. 77 Rush Motorsports Mazda Miata were left and battling for the lead.</p> <p>Skeer took some looks, but with Hayes driving flawlessly, was left with no reasonable openings. Quickest all weekend, Hayes was able to finish the job on Sunday and take the win.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Still in the transformation from Super Touring Under to Touring 1 in his No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA/NexGen Mazda MX-5, Marc Hoover led early and, for the first time all weekend, was able to put together more than just a few consecutive laps without mechanical gremlins.</p> <p>By the halfway point, there was simply not enough tire under the turbo Mazda, and Hoover was noticeably sliding around the corners. That opened the door for Brinkov&rsquo;s second win of the day and third of the weekend, driving his No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports/Abel Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette around Hoover and stretching his lead to the finish.</p> <p>Huffaker matched Brinkov with his second win of the day and third of the weekend, sweeping GT-Lite in the No. 77 Huffaker Engineering Huffaker Mini. Aaron Downey, who fell out of Saturday&rsquo;s race early with a blown fuse in the No. 5 RoundPeg.com/MAZDASPEED Motorsports/Carbotech Mazda RX-3, had hardwired the ECU directly to solve the problem and found himself in a battle with Tony Jimerson.</p> <p>Downey tried to use the traffic to break away from the No. 28 A.T. Mechanical Mazda RX-7, but every time Downey snuck past a slower car, it only opened the door for Jimerson to get through as well. Downey, on the same set of tires that he used to finish as runner-up at the 2013 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, was slowing dramatically near the finish as his old tires were down to the cords on the right front. Unfortunately for Jimerson, he didn&rsquo;t know how dire the situation was. Still pushing hard, Jimerson spun with two to go, and Downey held on for the win.</p> <p>A similar situation played out in Touring 2, but in this case, Don Van Nortwick took advantage from second place to earn his first career SCCA victory. Van Nortwick moved his No. 51 Tobar Industries Ford Mustang around David Ray&rsquo;s No. 30 Hooked on Driving Ford Mustang with two laps to go. Ray won on Saturday and was looking for his third consecutive win on the same set of tires &ndash; a task that proved too tall.</p> <p>On Saturday in Touring 4, traffic helped Lance Stewart&rsquo;s No. 3 Specialty Vehicle Logistics Ford Mustang stay in front of Lee Niffenegger&rsquo;s No. 42 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si. Sunday looked like it could play out the same way, but Niffenegger closed the gap quickly with just a few laps to go, and moved around Stewart to take the win.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> The Spec Racer Ford started as repeat of Saturday, as well, as Todd Harris immediately walked out in front of the field on his own in the No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/HMS Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>With just a few laps remaining, however, John Black&rsquo;s No. 17 Spec Racer Ford caught Harris &ldquo;like he was driving a Gen Three,&rdquo; according to Harris &ndash; a reference to the new, faster Spec Racer Ford expected to hit Majors racing next season.</p> <p>Brown looked for a way around Harris, trying on the final two laps through turn three, but didn&rsquo;t have a clear path against an expert driver. Instead, Harris stayed in front to the checkered flag, followed by Brown and Mike Miserendino&rsquo;s No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>Miserendino&rsquo;s podium comes just a couple of weeks after an accident during a Sports Car Club of America Regional event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, home of October&rsquo;s Runoffs, and massive repairs to the car.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven:</strong> The small formula cars set up the wildest showdown of the weekend in the final race.</p> <p>A five car incident just after the green flag blocked the track through turn three and brought out a red flag, causing the full race to restart. All drivers walked away from the incident, and the race started from scratch after the cleanup.</p> <p>Three more caution periods, including a spin by Formula F&rsquo;s then-second place Dave Zurlinden&rsquo;s No. 131 Pro Pack Systems/Fast Forward Piper DF5/Honda that also collected Alexander Kirby&rsquo;s No. 81 Piper DF5/Honda and scattered those in pursuit, left the field with a final two-lap dash to the finish.</p> <p>In Formula F, Thomas Merrill&rsquo;s No. 55 Piper Race Cars/Fast Forward Engineering Piper DF5/Honda restarted ahead of Chuck Horn and Ethan Shippert. Unbeknownst to his rivals, Merrill&rsquo;s machine had been hit under yellow behind the pace car and was struggling with his handling.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Shippert had made his run to the front for the final restart after starting from the rear of the field in the No. 44 JBF Racing Swift DB5/Honda instead of his No. 95 Swift DB-1/Ford after Jon Brandstad asked to swap cars so that Shippert could give feedback on his machine. En route, Shippert ran through the grass to miss the Zurlinden/Kirby incident and was nearly collected himself, but survived.</p> <p>On the final lap, Shippert drove around the oversteer that he battled all race long, nearly running off track through turn six in an effort to make up the two seconds he trailed Merrill. Shippert got a run out of the final corner and passed Merrill in the gap between the display of the checkered flag and Thunderhill&rsquo;s finish line that is further up the track by a 0.069-second margin. Horn&rsquo;s No. 54 Hotel California/Porter Racing Swift DB6/Honda was just one more car length behind in third.</p> <p>Like Merrill in Formula F, Terran Swanson had his hard-earned lead erased with the caution flags and led Quinn Posner and Skip Streets on the final restart.</p> <p>With one to go, Swanson&rsquo;s No. 86 Toad Hall Enterprises/Swan Tech Graphic Co. Mysterian M4/Volkswagen dropped two wheels into the dirt through turn five and opened the door for Posner to sneak by and into the lead. Coming down the straight into turn 14, Streets&rsquo; No. 5 Hoosier Mysterian M2/Volkswagen pushed Swanson back into the lead around Posner.</p> <p>The draft carried Swanson deeper than normal, however, and Swanson ended up off the track in 14. Posner&rsquo;s No. 9 Protoform Volkswagen swept around Streets through turns 14 and 15 and back up the front straight to the finish line and the win.</p> <p>Lance Spiering swept the weekend in Formula 500, driving the No. 28 KBS Mk VII/Rotax.</p> <p>The next U.S. Majors Tour event takes place in the Eastern Conference at VIRginia International Raceway next weekend, April 18-20. The Western Conference returns to action in just two weeks at Buttonwillow Raceway, April 26-27.</p> <p>Results and more information from this weekend&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour is available at SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors.</p> <p>Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires Thunderhill Super Tour, Round Six of the Western Conference Majors Tour at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Dylan Olsen, Kelso, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., MAZDA2<br /> E Production: Aaron Downey, Rosmoor, Calif., Mazda RX-3<br /> F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> Formula 500: Lance Spiering, Beaverton, Ore., KBS MkVII/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: JR Osborne, Greenwood Village, Colo., Citation F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Vince Gaddini, Auburn, Calif., Mazda PFM<br /> Formula Continental: Bob Negron, Morgan Hill, Calif., Van Diemen RF99<br /> Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read, Vacaville, Calif., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Ethan Shippert, Petaluma, Calif., Piper DF5/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Quinn Posner, Camas, Wash., Protoform P3/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Rob Davis, Sonora, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: William Brinkop, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, Canada, Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., Huffaker Mini<br /> Prototype 1: Jim Devenport, Modesto, Calif., Norma M20FC<br /> Prototype 2: Fabian Okonski, Los Gatos, Calif., Stohr WF-1/Suzuki<br /> Spec Miata: Charlie Hayes, Walnut Creek, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Spencer Trenery, Berkley, Calif., Acura Integra<br /> Super Touring Under: Rylan Hazelton, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: William Brinkop, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: Lee Niffenegger, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda Civic Si<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Huge Crowd Opens BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour at Thunderhill http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51840 <p><strong>WILLOWS, Calif. (April 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> With an overflowing paddock and trailers parked outside the gate, the first SCCA U.S. Majors Tour event at Thunderhill Raceway Park opened Saturday under blue skies.</p> <p><br /> The doubleheader event, Rounds Five and Six of the Western Conference Majors Tour point championship, saw 284 cars race in the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes on tap for the weekend. Saturday featured morning qualifying sessions for seven groups, followed by 30-minute timed races just after lunch.</p> <p>An early yellow bunched the field in a large and diverse group one, erasing Rylan Hazelton&rsquo;s Super Touring Under lead. He was able to get away in his No. 49 Driving Ambition/BFGoodrich Tires/HPD Honda S2000 after the restart, stretching back out and working through to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Behind him, however, the traffic was a factor in several races. Bruce Ackerman&rsquo;s No. 13 McGee Motors Sports Volvo P1800 led a three-car battle early in F Production, with Brian Linn&rsquo;s No. 4 Hoosier/RedLine/Carbotech Lotus Super Seven and Joe Huffaker&rsquo;s No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget splitting a Mazda Miata on the opening lap restart and Huffaker moving up into second.</p> <p>On lap seven, Huffaker fell back to fourth, behind Jess Heitman&rsquo;s No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Competition Autoworks Mazda Miata, and Linn moved into the lead around Ackerman. The gap fluctuated through traffic, with each of the top three drivers hanging on within a couple of car lengths to the final lap. Huffaker turned the fastest lap of the race trying to chase the front pair down on the last pass, and Ackerman went for the lead on the opening part of the final lap.</p> <p>Going into turn one, Ackerman went deep on the brakes, sliding sideways in an effort to get past Linn. Linn exited the corner in the lead, and held on to the finish for the win.</p> <p>Jason Isley&rsquo;s No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris watched his H Production gap fluctuate throughout the race, holding the lead with an eye on the mirrors. His disaster nearly struck in the last corner of the race, when he moved to the inside of a lapped car. That car hit his left rear wheel, breaking the wheel and leaving him to limp up the front straight to the checkered flag.</p> <p>After an according effect to their gap throughout the race, Derrick Ambrose moved his No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2 in front of Kyle Keenan&rsquo;s No. 44 Kia Motors/Dick Hannah Dealers Kia Rio on the final lap in the back part of the course, trying to break Keenan&rsquo;s momentum. Keenan got the run out of that corner, but the two came to the checkered flag side by side. When Keenan shifted coming up the front straight, Ambrose thought he had a shot to sneak by, but Keenan remained in front by a bumper as they crossed the finish line.</p> <p>Chris Farrell took the overall win in group two going away, but one of the most impressive drives was by 15-year-old Yufeng Luo in Formula Continental.</p> <p>Luo&rsquo;s No. 61 Van Diemen/Ford battled early with Bob Negron&rsquo;s No. 8 Hoosier/Terri Negron Web Design Van Diemen RF99/Ford, running side by side after yet another early full course caution. Once in clear traffic, the youngster opened up a gap. Luo nearly tossed his first SCCA Majors victory away when he found oil on track, making what he called &ldquo;a great save&rdquo; to keep it on track and stay in front to the checkered flag.</p> <p>David Ferguson sat behind John Basso&rsquo;s No. 96 B&amp;B Racing/RedLine Oil/Hoosier Fox RF3 early in the race, falling behind as faster classes slid in between the pair and separated the Prototype 2 battle. The two continued to push, and, with Ferguson&rsquo;s No. 75 Veracity Racing Data/Hoosier Stohr WF-1/Suzuki pressuring Basso too deep into turn nine. Ferguson moved into the lead as Basso recovered off track and took the win.</p> <p>A iconic sight in motorsports, a Porsche and a Corvette chasing each other briskly around the pavement, played out in an epic GT-2 battle. William Brinkov led early in the No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, chased hard and thoroughly by Spencer Trenery&rsquo;s No. 15 Fantasy Junction Porsche GT3. Exactly as expected, Brinkov&rsquo;s Corvette could stretch out slightly down the long straights, with Trenery&rsquo;s Porsche closing back up through the tighter sections of the track.</p> <p>Still fighting closely, Brinkov was slowed, just slightly, as the pair made the run onto the back straight between turns eight and nine. That was just enough for Trenery to get side by side into the braking zone and take the lead under hard, hard braking. Once in front, Trenery held the lead to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Spec Miata came in its traditional form, with six cars up front in the lead back through the early stages. Kyle Kaiser&rsquo;s metallic blue No. 88 Miata was the first of the lead group to fall back when he spun, and with two to go it was down to Charlie Hayes, Tyler Vance, Brian Ghidinelli and Joey Jordan.</p> <p>Hayes, in the 22 TFB/AIM Tires/RM Autosports Miata, and Vance, in the No. 85 TMG/RM Autosports/Sparco Miata, were racing hard to hold the top spot when they went side by side, and then off the track, in turn nine on the way to the one to go board. Both Ghidinelli and Jordan took advantage of the off to move into the lead and begin the final lap.</p> <p>Ghidinelli kept Jordan behind him for the final circuit, and entered the last turn conscientiously reminding himself not to overcook the corner. With that in mind, Ghidinelli&rsquo;s No. 12 RaceHero.io/MotorsportReg.com Mazda Miata probably slowed too much, and Jordan got a run up the front straight to the finish. It was too little, too late for Jordan&rsquo;s No. 47 Minxnails.com/Protomotive Miata, and Ghidinelli crossed the stripe in front by less than a car length.</p> <p>Group five was a redemption song, of sorts, for two drivers. After falling short earlier in the day, Huffaker, this time in his GT-Lite No. 77 Huffaker Engineering Huffaker Mini, and Brinkov, in the Touring 1 No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports/Abel Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette, earned wins in a race that was shortened and finished under caution when a car blew a motor down the front straight and deposited oil in the braking zone of turn one.</p> <p>Todd Harris, who has had the October SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circled on his calendar since the event was announced last September, continued taking steps toward a potential National Championship with a win on Saturday in Spec Racer Ford. Harris pulled out an early lead in his No. No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/HMS machine, and with Jonathon Allen (No. 40 Off Constantly Racing SRF), John Black (No. 17 SRF), Mike Miserendino (No. 11 MBI Racing SRF) and Steve Fogg (No. 21 Pro Drive/Flat Out SRF) battling for second through fifth behind him, got away for the win.</p> <p>Thomas Merrill, making his first start in the Western Conference Majors Tour but no stranger to the west coast tracks, pulled away from the field at the start of the Formula F race in the No. 55 Piper Race Cars/Fast Forward Engineering Piper DF5/Honda. Merrill was slowed by a lap 2 caution, and passed on the ensuing restart on a great run by Chuck Horn&rsquo;s No. 54 Hotel California/Porter Racing Swift/Honda. Merrill moved back around in turn three, however, and steadily picked his way through traffic and the field for the win.</p> <p>Like Merrill, Terran Swanson did the same in Formula Vee. Swanson pushed hard early on cold tires to open up a gap, and then maintained that lead to the finish in the No. 86 toad Hall Enterprises/Swan Tech Graphic Co. Mysterian M4/Volkswagen.</p> <p>Sunday features eight race groups hosting the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. (PST). Sunday&rsquo;s races are 16 laps or 40 minutes, followed by victory laps and podium ceremonies.</p> <p>Live timing and lap notes are available on Sunday at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information is available at SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors.</p> <p>Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires Thunderhill Super Tour, Round Five of the Western Conference Majors Tour at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Aaron Bailey, Shasta Lake, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> B-Spec: Kyle Keenan, Vancouver, Wash., Kia Rio<br /> E Production: Tony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> F Production: Brian Linn, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Lotus Super Seven<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> Formula 500: Lance Spiering, Beaverton, Ore., KBS MkVII/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: JR Osborne, Greenwood Village, Colo., Citation F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Vince Gaddini, Auburn, Calif., Mazda PFM<br /> Formula Continental: Yufeng Luo, Arcadia, Calif., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Enterprises: Brandon Aleckson, Watsonville, Calif., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Thomas Merrill, Salinas, Calif., Piper DF5/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Terran Swanson, Petaluma, Calif., Mysterian M4/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Rob Davis, Sonora, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Spencer Trenery, Berkeley, Calif., Porsche GT3<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, Canada, Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., Huffaker Mini<br /> Prototype 1: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stohr WF1<br /> Protoype 2: David Ferguson, Paso Robles, Calif., Stohr WF-1/Suzuki<br /> Spec Miata: Brian Ghidinelli, San Rafael, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Spencer Trenery, Berkley, Calif., Acura Integra<br /> Super Touring Under: Rylan Hazelton, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: William Brinkop, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: David Ray, Danville, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Tom Wickersham, Piedmont, Calif., BMW Z4<br /> Touring 4: Lance Stewart, Miami, Fla., Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Streams Live from Historic Long Beach Grand Prix This Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51839 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 11, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The Pirelli World Challenge makes its second stop on the 2014 calendar to compete on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., for a single race as part of the Long Beach Grand Prix. Each racing lap of the GT-, GT-A- and GTS-only event can be found live online through www.world-challengetv.com.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The addition of the FIA GT3 cars to this year&rsquo;s GT field was a huge point of focus heading into St. Petersburg. After Tomas Enge notched the Round Two win behind the wheel of one of the GT3-classed Lamborghini Gallardo FL2s, following the cancellation of the opening round, the intrigue surrounding the GT battle will grow as the season wears on.</span></p> <p>However, Cadillac has not backed down as serious contenders in Pirelli World Challenge competition. Andy Pilgrim drove to a second-place finish at St. Pete and both he, and his teammate Johnny O&rsquo;Connell, will be looking to notch a win on the countries opposite coast.</p> <p>The GT-A classification, aimed at non-professional drivers, is an additional wrinkle for this year. Following a podium finish in the season opener, Andrew Palmer was moved to the normal GT category. Nick Mancuso now leads the GT-A point standing after a fifth-place finish at St. Petersburg.</p> <p>The top-three GTS finishers from two weeks ago are the same drivers who spent last season embroiled in a fierce battle for the lead in the championship drivers&rsquo; standings. Lawson Aschenbach opened his title defense with a win, closely followed by Any Lee and Jack Baldwin. This may prove to be an entertaining and compelling three-way fight that continues through to the end of the 2014 season.</p> <p>Live streaming for Round Three of the Pirelli World Challenge can be seen at www.world-challengetv.com. Coverage for Sunday&rsquo;s GT, GT-A and GTS Round Two race will start at 7:10 p.m. (EDT).</p> <p>More information on the Pirelli World Challenge can be found online at www.world-challenge.com. Follow the series on Twitter @WCRacing.&nbsp;</p> ProRacing Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Announces 2014 RallyCross National Championship Registration Procedures http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51836 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 9, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA RallyCross Board has approved changes to the registration process for the 2014 RallyCross National Championships, scheduled Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Entries for this year&rsquo;s event will be capped at 125. This number will accommodate a 20-percent growth from the actual number of entries from 2013. This is a change from years past, where no cap on the number of entries was imposed.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The RallyCross Board believes there are three key reasons for making these changes,&rdquo; RallyCross Board Chairman Steve Hyatt said. &ldquo;First, the entry cap allows us to make sure the National Championship provides a positive experience for competitors. RallyCross continues to be the fastest-growing program in SCCA and we want to be prepared for the challenges that come with that growth.</p> <p>&ldquo;Under our current two-day championship event format, we simply cannot accommodate many hundreds of entries due to the durability of our dirt racing surfaces. An entry limit will help make sure we can provide an appropriate number of runs for competitors.&rdquo;</p> <p>Changes to registration have been made to streamline the process of getting registered for the large event. Early registration will run from June 1 until Aug. 31. The registration fee during this time will be $115, a $25 discount from the regular entry fee.</p> <p>Additionally, from June 1-15, registration will be open to past RallyCross National Champions, past RallyCross TripleCross recipients and 2013 RallyCross Divisional Champions. These drivers will also have priority when registering car numbers. General registration opens on June 16 on a first-come, first-serve basis.</p> <p>&ldquo;Promoting early registration helps build excitement for the event as other drivers see who they&rsquo;ll be competing against,&rdquo; Hyatt said. &ldquo;Early registration also makes it much easier for organizers to plan and operate the event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Regular registration for all competitors will run from Sept. 1-Oct.1, and will be $140. Drivers can register through MotorsportReg.com. Registration fees will be due, in full, at the time of registration. Refunds will be provided for cancellations received by Oct. 1. Competitors that sign up after the 125 entry limit is reached will be added to a waiting list. Fees for these entrants will not be collected until they are officially added to the event.</p> <p>The 2014 edition of the SCCA RallyCross National Championships is scheduled to take place Oct. 3-5, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. To get more information on the SCCA RallyCross program visit www.scca.com/rallycross.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> RallyCross Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT SoCal Sunshine Makes for Enjoyable Tire Rack SCCA Solo San Diego Champ Tour http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51835 <p><strong>SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 8, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the National Football League&rsquo;s San Diego Chargers, played host to The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour this past weekend. The meet, which uses the traditional class-style competition, is the third of eight leading to the SCCA Solo National Championships in September.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The Southern California weather did not disappoint any of the 221 entrants who came out to enjoy the event. Unlike the other National Solo events held thus far in 2014, the weather did not hamper the event in any way. The sun shone while temperatures were in the 70s on both Saturday and Sunday.</span></p> <p>The 18 competitors in Street Touring Xtreme put on a show for everyone in attendance at San Diego. Max Hayter (STX, Whiteline/Vorshlag/Moto-East Subaru BRZ), of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., emerged as the winner, but it was not easy by any means. After three runs on Saturday, Hayter was the overnight leader by roughly 0.1-second over Mack Tsang.</p> <p>On Sunday, Hayter started behind the eight-ball following two runs that were slower than Tsang. However, Hayter was able to turn on the heroics during his final lap of the course. He was the only competitor in STX to break into the 52-second barrier, while Tsang received a penalty for hitting a cone during his last run. Without the penalty, Tsang&rsquo;s best time would not have been enough to overcome the overnight deficit but it sealed the deal for Hayter.</p> <p>Mark Hasbun, of Nipomo, Calif., won by a razor-thin margin, of 0.054-second, in H Street over Barry Twycross. Hasbun (H Street, Mazda3) took at 0.137-second lead into the second day of competition, but Twycross added to the intrigue by bettering his rival&rsquo;s opening Sunday lap. In the subsequent two runs, neither competitor could better their times leaving Hasbun at the top of the standings.</p> <p>In E Street Prepared, Elliot Speidell, of Surprise, Ariz., was able to guide his Ford Mustang to a narrow victory over Britt Dollmeyer. Speidell set the fast time for the class on his third run on Saturday. The time Speidell banked was enough to hold off Dollmeyer who owned the fastest time of the fast time of the class on Sunday.</p> <p>James Yom (B Street, Tire Rack/Stock Shocks! Honda S2000) took the class win by surpassing Michael Heinitz during Sunday&rsquo;s three runs. Yom finished Saturday with a 0.1-second deficit to Heinitz. On his second run from Sunday, Yom put down the run that would clinch him the win by 0.115-second.</p> <p>Cyan Kalman (Formula Junior B, 0 Kadet Kart), of Porter Ranch, Calif., also pulled out a narrow class victory. Cyan beat out her co-driver, and twin brother Dane, by 0.266-second after sitting second heading into Sunday&rsquo;s trio of runs.</p> <p>The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship Tour Series heads to New Jersey to go to battle in the parking lot at MetLife Stadium, May 3-4. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at<a href="http:// www.scca.com/solo"> www.scca.com/solo</a>.</p> <p>More information, including full results, from the Tire Rack Solo San Diego Championship Tour is available <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6974">here</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Solo Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rain Fails to Dampen High Spirits from Hallett http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51834 <p><strong>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 6, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Sunshine and cool temperatures in the morning gave way to rain that held off until the final two run groups at Sunday&rsquo;s Safe Racer National Race Program SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Trailers, competitors and racecars filled the paddock of Hallett. Many braved the cool morning temperatures and late afternoon rains to complete the two-race weekend held at the 10-turn, 1.8-mile permanent road course.</span></p> <p>Group One saw three drivers complete the Hallett sweep. Cliff Johnson, of Stilwell, Kan., drove the No. 4 Alpine Lotho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5 to victory in Formula F. The dual wins will put Johnson in fourth place in the season-long conference point standings.</p> <p>Timothy Friest, of Leavenworth, Kan., will vault into the lead of the Formula 500 Mid-States Conference point standings after two victories. This was the third win in 2014 for Friest in the No. 86 Hoosier/XTRacing/Rod End Supply KBS Mk. VII.</p> <p>Charles Hearn lengthens his point lead in Mid-States Conference standings with his pair of wins. Driving the No. 8 Noble Racing/Hoosier Tire/Hearn Contractors Protoform P-2 FV, this is Hearn&rsquo;s third consecutive conference win following his Sunday victory at Eagle&rsquo;s Canyon.</p> <p>Group Two produced some top-notch racing action for participants and on-lookers, alike. Jonathan Goodale, of Conifer, Colo., was the GT Lite winner, once the dust settled following a fierce three-way battle for the lead.</p> <p>Kent Prather was able to move to the lead around initial GTL leader Roy Lopshire by lap 13. Goodale took advantage of the move and followed Prather, slotting into second. On lap 18, Goodale put his No. 04 MAZDASPEED/Hoosier/JoeApex.com Mazda MX-5 into position to get around Prather and made the pass stick.</p> <p>Eric Prill was the first to see the checkers in E Production. In the early laps, it looked like Saturday&rsquo;s winner, Nigel Saurino, had the field covered. However, Prill kept himself in contention and was able to take advantage as Saurino&rsquo;s machine began to give out. In the No. 7 Super Max/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Tires Mazda Miata, Prill made the pass around Saurino&rsquo;s faltering car and cruised to victory.</p> <p>A heated battle between defending Spec Miata National Champion Jim Drago and Matt Reynolds ensued during Group Three. Drago would take the win in his No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata, but it was not easy by any means.</p> <p>Reynolds was fast all weekend and showed he could match Drago&rsquo;s pace, step for step. Before starting lap seven, Reynolds and Drago had traded the lead twice at the line. Reynolds made a final push for the lead, sparking a late-race lead exchange. However, Drago proved he was up to the task, regaining the top position and taking the win, despite the best efforts of Reynolds.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Wings and Things&rsquo; classes produced a trio of two-day winners. Alan McCallum, of Houston, Texas, led from wire to wire in Formula Mazda. Driving the No. 9 Alan McCallum Racing Formula Mazda, McCallum pressed hard in the opening laps to put pavement between himself and Moses Smith, who finished second both days. The plan worked as McCallum was able to finish with a sizable lead.</p> <p>Doug Stout (No. 19 DS Masonry/Front Range Motorsports Van Diemen RF 05), of Pueblo, Colo., and Jay Messenger (No. 59 Jacob&rsquo;s Ladder/Hoosier Tire Carbir CS2), of Muleshoe, Texas, doubled up in Formula Continental and Prototype 2, respectively.</p> <p>Group Five was made up of the high-horsepower, big-bore classes. In GT-1, Tom Smith, of Springdale, Ark., took Sunday&rsquo;s win after losing out to David Fershtand by 0.011-second on Saturday. Driving the No. 6 USA Metal Recycling/Go Hogs Go! Chevrolet Camaro, Smith took the lead into Turn One and outdrove Fershtand just enough hold the lead.</p> <p>Robert Prilika (No. 25 Porsche of Colorado Springs Porsche 997 GT3 Cup), of Castle Rock, Colo., and Jim Wheeler (No. 20 Hoosier Tire/Wilwood/KC Raceware Pontiac TransAM), of Lenexa, Kan., flexed their proverbial muscles, taking back-to-back wins on the weekend.</p> <p>Rain began to fall by the start of Group Six and played a significant role in the finishing order. Michael Pettiford, of Louisville, Colo., took the overall, and Touring 2 class, win driving his No. 42 GO 4 IT Racing Schools/Hoosier Tire/Hardbar USA Chevrolet Corvette Z06.</p> <p>As a slight rain began to fall, Pettiford got the jump on the start over polesitter Natha Waldbaum. Pettiford had the setup that worked well as the track became more slick; however Waldbaum began to take huge chunks from Pettiford&rsquo;s lead when the rain let up for a couple laps. The reprieve from rain was short lived and Pettiford took advantage by driving away from the field.</p> <p>Jason Ott (No. 09 BMW Z4 Coupe), of Littleton, Colo., and Brian Laughlin, of Tulsa, Okla., also took well to the changing weather conditions by completing the weekend sweep. In the No. 09 BimmerHaus/Hoosier Tire/Alpine Motorsports BMW Z4 Coupe, Ott took the win in Touring 3, while Laughlin (No. 25 Tulsa Radiology Associates/Mazda Mazda Miata) double-dipped in Super Touring Lite.</p> <p>In Spec Racer Ford, Keith Verges showed what it takes to drive in the rain. He made his No. 69 Apex Driving Academy Spec Racer Ford dace around the rain-soaked course, allowing him the dual victories during the weekend.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference is scheduled for May 3-4, at High Plains Raceway in Byers, Colo.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information from Hallett can be found at SCCA.com/HallettMajors.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. Live notes from the event can be followed @SCCALive.</p> Club Racing Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Hallett Majors Weekend Opens with Close, Hard Racing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51833 <p><strong>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Prime weather conditions on Saturday greeted a record number of racers at the opening day of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference doubleheader weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Sunny skies and good air allowed each of the 142 registered entrants to get the most horsepower out of their machines. That was evidenced by the four track records that were set around the 11-turn, 1.8-mile circuit.</span></p> <p>Cliff Johnson, of Stilwell, Kan., was not the fastest qualifier of Group One, but he certainly made up for that during the race. Driving his No. 4 Alpine Litho-Graphics/Farley Engines Swift DB-1, Johnson took the overall lead from Formula F polesitter David Loken and never looked back. In his first race of the season, Johnson crossed the line first in front of Tim Webb.</p> <p>Timothy Friest, of Leavenworth, Kan., and Charles Hearn, of Houston, Texas, enjoyed dominating wins in Formula 500 and Formula Vee, respectively. Both drivers had one lap in hand over their closest class competitors.</p> <p>Group Two featured the production classes where the battle in F Production was the most captivating of the four classes. Local driver Nigel Saurino, of Tulsa, Okla., scored the F Production win after qualifying third, in class. Driving the No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tire MG Midget, Saurino got caught up in mid-field traffic during the opening laps of the race. But Saurino was able to find his way through to take the lead from Eric Prill by the race&rsquo;s halfway point.</p> <p>However, that wasn&rsquo;t the end of the on-track battle. During lap 13, Prill took a huge bite out of Saurino&rsquo;s lead, closing the gap to less than one second. In the end, Saurino&rsquo;s speed proved to be too much, as he was able to increase his lead and cruise to the win.</p> <p>Jesse Prather, of Topeka, Kan., scored the E Production win in his No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/MAZDASPEED Mazda MX-5. However, Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, set a new class lap record of 1:22.442.</p> <p>Group Three, Spec Miata, featured a red-hot battle at the front of the pack in the waning laps of the 25-minute sprint race. The eventual winner Jim Drago, of Memphis, Tenn., took the lead from the start. Reynolds, who qualified second, was able to parlay some of his record-setting pace into his Spec Miata race passing Drago for the lead on lap eight. By lap 12, Drago had regained the lead only to have Reynolds retake the lead four laps later. On the penultimate lap, Drago made his move to retake the lead and close out the race in front behind the wheel of his No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata.</p> <p>The battle between Formula Mazda class winner Alan McCallum, of Houston, Texas, and second-place-finisher Moses Smith took center stage in Group Four. While Smith out-qualified McCallum, the later worked his way into the lead around Smith on lap five. The next seven laps played out like a high-speed game of chess as McCallum, in his No. 9 Alan McCallum Racing Formula Mazda, patiently waited to make his move. On lap 12, McCallum saw his opportunity to pounce and made his pass count then pushed hard to build a gap to Smith.</p> <p>In Group Five, 17 laps of hard racing came down to a matter of inches at the finish line. David Fershtand, of Fort Worth, Texas, won the GT-1 drag race to the wire by 0.011-second over Tom Smith. Driving his No. 05 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette, Fershtand started second but was in the lead after completing lap two. Only two laps later, it looked like Fershtand may drive away from the rest of the field.</p> <p>Clearly, Smith had other thoughts as he challenged Fershtand for the lead heading into Turn One on lap seven. Smith was unable to make his attempted pass stick, but it was foreshadowing what was to come. Smith was able to complete his move around Fershtand just before a four-lap full-course caution was issued before the completion of lap seven. Following the restart, Fershtand stalked his prey and made the winning move in the last corner of the race.</p> <p>Super Touring Lite was the main attraction in the Touring Class, Group Six. Jim Drago looked poised to take another win, but Brian Laughlin, of Tulsa, Okla., broke up Drago&rsquo;s attempt at the Hallett double. Driving his No. 25 Tulsa Radiology Associates/Mazda/Hoosier Tire Mazda Miata, Laughlin spent 15 laps staying just off the rear deck lid of Drago. After taking the lead, Laughlin held the lead for the remaining three of 18 laps.</p> <p>Spec Racer Ford was the last group to hit the track. Driving the No. 69 Apex Driving Academy Spec Racer Ford, Keith Verges, of Dallas, Texas, led the 18-lap affair from start to finish. What made the win even more impressive was that he spent 16 of those laps fending off two quick drivers in the form of Richard Stephens and Grayson Strathman who finished second and third, respectively.</p> <p>Each of the seven race groups representing 23 Runoffs-eligible classes return to the track for Sunday&rsquo;s races, beginning at 9:25 a.m. (CDT). Sunday&rsquo;s races will last 25 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, followed by victory laps and podium ceremonies.</p> <p>Live timing and lap notes are available for Sunday at <a href="http://SCCA.com/SCCALive">SCCA.com/SCCALive</a>.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information can be found at <a href="http://SCCA.com/HallettMajors">SCCA.com/HallettMajors</a>. Like the Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. Live notes from the event can be followed @SCCALive.</p> Club Racing Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mid-States Conference Readies to Take on Hallett http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51832 <p><strong>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 4, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The mid-way point of the 2014 season is just around the corner, as Rounds Five and Six of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference competition is set to begin this weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.</p> <p>The seven run groups will qualify on Saturday morning, then we head into one timed race for each group. Sunday features 25-lap or 40-minute races, whichever comes first, starting at 9:25 a.m. (CDT). <a href="http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/assets/14_hal_sched.pdf">The full schedule is available here.</a></p> <p>Each day of the event will feature live timing on the Race Monitor app, and notes on Twitter @SCCALive. If you're on a computer, all of that can be found at one place at <a href="http://SCCA.com/SCCALive">SCCA.com/SCCALive</a>.</p> <p>Beginning with Saturday's race, those at home can eaves drop on the race track PA system at the same link.</p> <p>All of the weekend's information can be found at <a href="http://SCCA.com/HallettMajors">SCCA.com/HallettMajors</a>.</p> <p><strong>Thunder in Oklahoma</strong>: In a state known for extreme weather, hearing rumblings while outdoors is not new. However, some of this weekend&rsquo;s noise will be compliments of the SCCA big-bore classes, American Sedan, GT-1, GT-2, GT-3 and Touring 1. Entries in those classes account for 26 of the drivers slated to take to the northeastern Oklahoma road course. This will be the largest collection of these ground-pounding machines to hit the track in Mid-States competition, thus far, in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Spec Racer Spectacular:</strong> Spec Racer Ford is another of the large classes featuring 24 entries. Keith Verges has the chance to capitalize on these two races, when it concerns the season-long conference points. Currently sitting second, Verges can jump into the lead in the point battle ahead of Denny Stripling while furthering his lead over Darryl Wills. Both Stripling and Wills are not slated to start this two-race event.</p> <p><strong>Fun for The Family:</strong> Fans may attend the event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit as guests of the SCCA for a $10 per day and $15 for the weekend. Spectators under 12 years of age will be admitted for $5 per day. Admission allows spectators into the garage areas for up-close visits with the drivers and cars. &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT