SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Mon, 25 May 2015 19:10:04 GMT Day One of Racing in Pacific Northwest Complete http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52401 <p><strong>KENT, Wash. (May 24, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Round Nine of the SCCA Western Conference U.S. Majors Tour was contested at Pacific Raceways as part of a Sunday/Monday doubleheader race over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Drivers representing 24 Runoffs-eligible classes took to the 10-turn, 2.25-mile circuit to run their 25-minute sprint races. The sprint races were originally scheduled to last only 20 minutes, but a run group consolidation allowed each race to run an additional five minutes in length. The races were preceded by a pair of 15-minute qualifying sessions that were used to set the starting order.</span></p> <p>Here is a summary of the day&rsquo;s action:</p> <p><strong>Race One</strong>: The Super Touring Lite and Touring 4 classes took center stage during the first session scored by position, instead of best time. Paul Whiting, of Pahrump, Nevada, took the win in STL at the wheel of his No. 57 Honda CRX. Not only did Whiting beat out Thomas Lepper for the class win, but he also scored the overall victory.</p> <p>In Touring 4, Lance Stewart (No. 13 Ford Mustang) of Coconut Grove, Florida, scored the win as he finished ahead of Kristina Etherington.</p> <p><strong>Race Two:</strong> The second group on the schedule represented a blending of several different classes. The Spec Racer Ford and Spec Racer Ford Gen3 classes were combined with the Spec Miata, B-Spec and Super Touring Under classes for their sprint race.</p> <p>The B-Spec battle, won by Eric Boucher, of Auburn, California, stole the show in this group. In his No. 35 The Wife Mazda2, Boucher took the 0.481-second win over Derrick Ambrose. While Ambrose still holds a significant lead in the Conference standings, Boucher is still pushing hard to close the gap.</p> <p><strong>Race Three:</strong> The production group provided a pair of close races for class victories. Jess Heitman (No. 47 Woodstock Motorsports Mazda Miata), of Portland, Oregon, took home top honors in F Production by beating Joe Huffaker. The victory for Heitman was well earned, finishing just 0.293-second ahead of the multi-time SCCA National Champion.</p> <p>Lansing Stout Jr., of Corvallis, Oregon, was the winner in Touring 3. Driving the No. 54 NISMO/Up-Rev Engineering Nissan 350Z, Stout finished 0.465-second ahead of fellow Nissan driver John Baker.</p> <p><strong>Race Four:</strong> In the small-bore formula group, Brian McCarthy, of Sacramento, California, was able to finish in front of a tightly bunched field of Formula Vees. Driving the No. 05 BRM Engineering Formula Vee, McCarthy crossed the line 0.280-second ahead of Marjorie Lundberg.</p> <p>Rick Payne, of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, took the overall, and class, win in his No. 75 Payton Pools Van Diemen Formula F.</p> <p><strong>Race Five:</strong> The large-bore formula cars were fairly strung out by the end of their 25-minute race, but Formula Mazda produced a relatively close finish as Michael Ottis, of Portland, Oregon, took the win. Driving the No. 72 Patrick Ottis Formula Mazda, Ottis managed to finish 0.762-second ahead of Mel Kemper.</p> <p>At the front of the field, Larry Vollum, of Portland, Oregon, cruised to victory in his No. 5 CV Medical Phoenix MV14.</p> <p><strong>Race Six:</strong> The big-bore ground-pounders wrapped up scheduled on-track activities. Erich Joiner, of Torrance, California, was the winner in GT-2, but Scotty White made things interesting. When the checkered flag flew for Joiner in the No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997, White crossed the strip just 0.388-second ahead behind.</p> <p>Marc Hoover (No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA Mazda MX-5), of Shingle Springs, California, and Collin Jackson (No. 53 BM&amp;M Screening Nissan 240SX), of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, were dominate in Touring 1 and GT-3, respectively. Both drivers managed to lap their closest class competition en route to scoring their wins.</p> <p>Tomorrow&rsquo;s Round 10 of the Western Conference will close out the three-day event at Pacific Raceways. Each of the six race groups are set to run 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, with racing starting at 9:40 a.m. (PDT).</p> <p>Additional information regarding the Majors at Pacific Raceways, including full results, can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/pacificmajors">SCCA.com/PacificMajors</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> <p><strong>KENT, Wash. </strong>- Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Nine race at Pacific Raceways. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2<br /> Formula 1000: Larry Vollum, Portland, Ore., Phoenix MV14<br /> Formula Atlantic: Edward Lever, Bakersfield, Calif., Pro Star Formula Mazda<br /> Formula F: Rick Payne, Mission, B.C., Can., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Mazda: Michael Ottis, Portland, Ore., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Brian McCarthy, Sacramento, Calif., Formula Vee<br /> E Production: Kale Swifts, Surrey, B.C., Can., Mazda RX-7<br /> F Production: Jess Heitman, Portland, Ore, Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Parker Johnstone, Wilsonville, Ore., MG Midget<br /> GT-1: Roger Stark, Redmond, Wash., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Erich Joiner, Torrance, Calif., Porsche 997<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Can., Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Lans Stout, Cornelius, Ore., Nissan Sentra<br /> Prototype 1: Jeff Lederman, Vacaville, Calif., Stohr WF1<br /> Prototype 2: Marvin Hodges, Brazoria, Texas, Lola 598<br /> Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Leonardo Del Castillo, Carnation, Wash., SCCA SRF<br /> Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., SCCA SRF Gen3*<br /> Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Pahrump, Nev., Honda CRX<br /> Super Touring Under: Oscar Jackson Jr., Chino, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Touring 1: Marc Hoover, Shingle Springs, Calif., Mazda MX-5<br /> Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby<br /> Touring 3: Lansing Stout Jr., Corvallis, Ore., Nissan 350Z<br /> Touring 4: Lance Stewart, Coconut Grove, Fla., Ford Mustang</p> Club Racing Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Winners Reactions from Day Two at Texas World http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52400 <p><strong>COLLEGE STATION, Texas (May 24, 2015) &ndash;</strong> On Sunday, competitors awoke to extremely wet conditions caused by overnight rain storms that caused flash floods in some parts of central Texas. The conditions for Round Six of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference at Texas World Speedway were not that severe, but it was enough to force drivers to readjust to the slick conditions.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Group one, Spec Miata, had to deal with the most challenging conditions as the track dried quickly. When race group two took to the track, a dry line was beginning to form at many places on the 15-turn, 2.9-mile circuit.</span></p> <p>Here is what the winners from Sunday had to say:</p> <p>Michael Ross, Spec Miata</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y8e8YRSPjUc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Moses Smith, Formula Mazda</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HTpsQV-zSR0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Kirk Kindsfater, Prototype 1</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IEING60mP5o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Gary Glanger, Spec Racer Ford Gen3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2XifepBFKAQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jake Pipal, Spec Racer Ford</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YlYQmESjUT0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>David Fershtand, GT-1</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S9yb-dkO35E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Steve Coleman, Touring 1</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fahh-H2nwDc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Alan Marshall, GT-3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0M1T7q47H_w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Tom Himes, American Sedan</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eNRHcThyQ50" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Michael Pettiford, Touring 2</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wo_76lEmTH4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>John Phillips, B-Spec</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gobRXuXzMT8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Charles Hearn, Formula Vee</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j3N66He6vss" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jack Walbran, Formula 500</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0e26IuEX-Ec" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Wesely Cunningham, Formula F</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xoMf6glw2yY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Bob Schader, Touring 3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bpPjpjz4HTw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Charles Mathes, Super Touing Lite</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BhOqwo_TWA0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Toby Grahovec, Touring 4</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RCzHO1ULzWk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span>John Trenery, H Production</span></p> <p><span>&lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/UecyMRv2NMk&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Jonathan Goodale, GT-Lite</p> <p>&lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/QzdnHJcYAnU&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p> <p>Matt Reynolds, E Production</p> <p>&lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/_pXkrzPRwDM&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p> <p>Be sure to follow live timing and scoring, with live video, at <a href="http://www.sccahost.com/live">SCCA Live</a>.</p> Club Racing Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Day One Recap: TWS Majors http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52399 <p><strong>College Station, Texas (May 23, 2015) &ndash;&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: normal;">Starting the morning in sticky Texas conditions, day one of the Texas World Speedway Majors served as Round Five of the Mid-States Conference 12 Round Championship. Drivers in 28-Runoffs eligible classes took to the 15-turn, 2.9-mile course in what is anticipated to be the final national-level SCCA event held at the venue.</span></p> <p>The day started with each of the seven race groups completing a 25-minute qualifying session that would set the grid for the afternoon&rsquo;s 25-minute sprint races. Many of the drivers used the first, or last, half of the session to put down their fast laps, saving the car for the rest of the weekend.</p> <p>As the day progressed, weather conditions cooled slightly as scattered showers moved into the College Station area following the lunch break. Many of the race groups ran unaffected, while the last two groups had to deal with increasingly slick conditions produced by the rain showers.</p> <p>Reaction from the class winners can be seen here:</p> <p>Alex Bachura, Spec Miata</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qdjaAVxQgug" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Darryl Wills, Formula Mazda</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BQciepqH5KY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>David Zalverson, Formula Atlantic</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mxAqJA-FGZU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Travis Parker, Formula Continental</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DJYFNR01_v4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Kirk Kindsfater, Prototype 1</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KvWNaRUOCBo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jack Donellan, Prototype 2</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YVpk0prqe0U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Carl Cramm, Spec Racer Ford</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9I75AedJHsM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Gary Glanger, Spec Racer Ford Gen3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1feXmeOlubg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Gregg Rodgers, GT-2</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_d0mqGHqmyc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>John Phillips, B-Spec</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MtTJancz28U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Toby Grahovec, Touring 4</p> <p>&lt;iframe width=&quot;560&quot; height=&quot;315&quot; src=&quot;https://www.youtube.com/embed/X5tHV6pbX7o&quot; frameborder=&quot;0&quot; allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;</p> <p>Peter Federlin, Super Touring Under</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/33dS6K9MYa0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Alan Marshall, GT-3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v25n-cVsKYE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Tom Himes, American Sedan</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uuLJeHfk2qo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>David Fershtand, GT-1</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yJCG1-hwctc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Charles Mathes, Super Touring Lite</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RdezhfHWNrE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Bob Schader, Touring 3</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RwLAcsQSha8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Don Sweitzer, Touring 2</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xWya7z7hF1Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jack Walbran, Formula 500</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SxKh7sQlc6s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>John Trenery, H Production</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ta_TUig6NoY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Wes Cunningham, Formula F</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ZlxN913vLk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Dennis Andrade, Formula Vee</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qmyy6zDf-Jc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Kevin Ruck, F Production</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8gIJ2runlO0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Andrew Robertson, E Production</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JWRLI233rTM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Jonathan Goodale, GT-Lite</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Siw22mdVzwE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Additional information on the TWS Majors, including full results and schedules, can be found at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/TWSMajors">SCCA.com/TWSMajors</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Southeastern and Western Conference Roll Forward this Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52398 <p><strong>College Station, Texas (May 22, 2015) -</strong> A pair of Majors doubleheader events are on tap for the this three-day holiday weekend. Featured will be the Mid-States Conferecne at Texas World Speedway and the Western Conference at Pacific Raceways.</p> <p>Many will have thier eye on the Majors taking place in the Lone Star State as it will most likely be one of the last big race weekends at the circuit which has become a favorite of many SCCA Club Racing drivers. This race will serve as round five and six of the 12-race Mid-States schedule.</p> <p>The penultimate weekend of the conference calendar will take place out west at Pacific Raceways, starting Saturday and running through Monday. A total of 28 Conference Championships are coming down to the wire as we head into the final four races of the 2015 season.</p> <p>Here's what to look for:</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: normal;">Last Run for Texas World:</span></strong><span style="line-height: normal;"> This race weekend is currently slated to be the final Majors event held at the track before it is torn down to make way for residential and commercial development. While it has been reported that development plans have hit a legal snag, and the track has decided to book events through the end of the year, this is most likely the last time the venue will host national-level SCCA racing.</span></p> <p>Since its completion in 1968, the track has held numerous professional-level motor races, including NASCAR, IndyCar and ARCA. In more recent years, the track has become a favorite of many SCCA Club racers because of its high speed and flowing turns.</p> <p><strong>Notable Names at Pacific</strong>: The entry list at the Pacific Majors has some big hitters when looking at their career driving record. Included among those notable drivers is multi-time National Champion Joe Huffaker. He will be doing battle behind the wheel of an F Production Mini this weekend. Also on the entry list is national-level Spec Racer Ford stalwart Todd Harris.</p> <p>Past Majors Champion Scotty B White will be pulling double duty, racing in both GT-2 and Touring 4. Frontrunner Derrick Ambrose will also be behind the wheel two cars, both in Touring 4 and B-Spec.</p> <p><strong>Spec Surplus:</strong> Both the Spec Miata and Spec Racer Ford fields at Texas World Speedway will be sizeable. In Spec Miata, 28 drivers are slated take to the circuit to decide two race winners during this doubleheader weekend. Matt Reynolds and Craig Berry are just two examples of the top-level talent that are registered to race.</p> <p>In the Spec Racer Ford category, 24 SRF drivers have registered, while 12 drivers of the new Gen3 cars plan to attend the event. With the evenly matched cars in each class, the racing should prove to be intriguing as things play out on the 2.9-mile circuit.</p> <p><strong>Texas Touring Tornado:</strong> Also boasting large entry numbers for the Mid-States Conference battle is the Touring Group, made up of the Touring 2-4, Super Touring Lite, Super Touring Under and B-Spec classes. Names to look for in this group include Toby Grahovec (T4), Mike Pettiford (T2), Steve Taake (B-Spec) and Stan Czacki (T4). Each of these racers has the ability to nab a win, but will have to fend off a host of other hungry drivers.</p> <p>Be sure to follow live timing for the entire weekend by visiting <a href="http://www.scca.com/sccalive">SCCA.com/SCCALive</a>.</p> Club Racing Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Majors Southeastern Conference Championships in the Books http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52397 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (May 22, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The first set of Conference Champions have been crowned as the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference title run came to a triumphant conclusion May 2-3 at Summit Point Motorsports Park. The new two-conference structure on the East Coast opened the door for many new faces to claim a season-long Championship.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">A total of 17 drivers were crowned Majors Champions for the first time in their career. With the high rate of participation on the East Coast, Majors Officials entered 2015 by splitting the former Eastern Conference into two entities &ndash; the Southeastern and Northeastern Conferences, increasing the number of races in a part of the country that has already embraced the Majors program in a big way.</span></p> <p>Four drivers sealed their Championship season by claiming the title at Summit Point Motorsports Park, a dual-Conference event that counted as the final two rounds of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Mac Korince (B-Spec), of Rideway, Ontario, Canada; Alex Mayer, of Harleysville, Pennsylvania; George Winkler, of Frederick, Maryland, and Michael Scornavacchi (Touring 4), of Matthews, North Carolina, each notched finishes both days that allowed them to jump ahead of the one-time class leaders.</p> <p>Winkler not only took home the Touring 1 Championship in the final race weekend of the season, but also took home a free entry to the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB. The Championship was Winkler&rsquo;s second, having scored his first in 2013. Before winning the drawing, Winkler said he had made no plans to attend this year&rsquo;s edition of the Runoffs. Now, his plans may include a trip to Daytona in October.</p> <p>In the Formula 1000 fight, Mayer and Michael Crowe finished the 12-race calendar tied at 134 points. However, Mayer got the edge in the Championship on the strength of his four wins. Crowe only scored three wins on the season, which gave the nod to Mayer for his third consecutive Championship.</p> <p>Formula Enterprises featured another close-fought battle in the drivers&rsquo; standings. When all was said and done, Thomas Green, of Lake Mary, Florida, claimed the title with a scant four-marker margin over Ryan Norman. The win gave Green his first Majors Championship title.</p> <p>Laura Hayes, of Fletcher, North Carolina, emerged as the Southeastern Conference Formula Vee Champion in season-long battle for the top spot. Throughout the season, the class featured races that were often decided by less than one second. While close racing put a premium on consistent performances, Hayes scored eight top-fives in 10 races. Those finishes propelled her to her first class title.</p> <p>Jack Walbran (Formula 500), of St. Louis, Missouri; Conner Kearby (Formula Atlantic), of Corpus Christi, Texas; Charles Moran (Formula Continental), of Oakton, Virginia; Thomas McGregor (Formula F), of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Doug Peterson (Formula Mazda), of Maiden, North Carolina, also took home Championships in the remaining formula-car classes.</p> <p>Michael Flynn, of Eustis, Florida, clinched the Super Touring Under class title in the span of three weekends, which included a pair of wins at NOLA Motorsports Park. Flynn clinched the title with a 14-point margin over Charlie Lowrance, for his first ever Majors Championship.</p> <p>Ken Kannard, of East Troy, Wisconsin, was dominating in capturing the F Production title. Kannard racked up seven wins in 10 races, which allowed him to take the top position in the standings with an 89-point margin over Mark Weber. This is Kannard&rsquo;s second Conference Championship title, having won before in 2014.</p> <p>In the remainder of the closed-fender classes, Tom Ellis (American Sedan), of Pompano Beach, Florida; Greg Ira (E Production), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Will Perry (H Production), of Sale Creek, Tennessee; Simon Greg (GT-1), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Randy Kindsland (GT-2), of Whittier, North Carolina; Ray Stephenson (GT-3), of Miami, Florida; Peter Shadowen (GT-Lite), of Loxahatchee, Florida; Danny Steyn (Spec Miata), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nick Leverone (Super Touring Lite), of Mendon, Massachusetts; Tim Kezman (Touring 2), of Franksville, Wisconsin, and Tom Brady (Touring 3), of Bradenton, Florida, were deemed Champs after Summit Point.</p> <p>Jacek Mucha, of Highland Beach, Florida, was also successful in his quest for a Conference Championship. Mucha cruised to a 71-point margin of victory over Gianpaolo Ciancimino. The 2015 Championship is Mucha&rsquo;s third consecutive title. Sherman Chao, of Palm Beach, Florida, finished the season as the Prototype 2 class champion.</p> <p>Rounding out the title-winners were Scott Rettich (Spec Racer Ford), Columbus, Ohio, and Kerry Jacobsen (Spec Racer Ford Gen3), of Deland, Florida.</p> <p>Full point totals of for the 2015 Southeastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour Championships can be found <a href="http://crbscca.com/staffAdmin/points/pointsReports/conferenceReport.php?conferenceID=1">here</a>. For further information on the Majors program, visit SCCA.com/Majors.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Daddio Secures Long-Awaited Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52391 <p><strong>EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (May 12, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Mark Daddio, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, was the Super Challenge winner, following a long drought, at last weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo meet, held at the MetLife Stadium complex. Stephanie Reeve, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, took home the victory in the Ladies Challenge bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The event took place in the shadow of the stadium that plays home to the National Football League&rsquo;s New York Giants and Jets franchises. The weather conditions themselves gloomy as high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 80s cloudy skies. The sun finally broke through the cloud cover as the three Challenge winners were crowned on Sunday.</span></p> <p>The course, itself, was designed by Mark Labbancz and was challenging for many of the drivers. Aside from the technical challenge of the course, there was also a straight that featured a wonderful view of the New York City skiyline from which was hard to look away.</p> <p>Daddio, in his Daddio&rsquo;s New Auto Parts, Inc. Chevrolet Corvette, qualified for the Super Challenge in the 22nd position after narrowly winning the A Street class over Mike Johnson. The battle proved to be one of the best during the class-based portion of the competition as the winner was decided by only 0.019-second through eight runs.</p> <p>In the Super Challenge, Daddio defeated No. 16 seed Bill Rogerson (A Street Prepared, Subaru STI) in his first-round matchup. That win allowed Daddio to move forward to the second round.</p> <p>There, Daddio met and downed Dick Rasmussen (F Street, 50 Years of Employment Ford Mustang). Following the win, Daddio moved on to a quarter-final meeting with Grant Reeve.</p> <p>Daddio proved too much for Reeve (Super Street R, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Chevrolet Corvette) and took the win to move him onto the penultimate round of the competition.</p> <p>In the semi-finals Daddio defeated G.J. Dixon (Street Touring Roadster, Monticello Motor Club/Grand Prix New York Honda S2000) earning Daddio the right to move to the final meeting with Evan Schickel.</p> <p>Schickel (B Street, HAMFIST Racing Chevrolet Corvette) started his march to the final round with wins over Ron Bistrais (E Street Prepeard, Evolution/Stranoparts.com Ford Shelby) and Todd Kean (Street Modified, G-Fab/iRacing.com Nissan 240 SX) in the first two rounds, respectively.</p> <p>In the quarter-finals, Schickel took out Martin Kriz (Street Touring Ultra, IAG Performance/OS Giken/MCS/Evolution Subaru WRX), then got to the finals by beating Erik Carlson (E Street Prepared, CarTuned.com Ford Mustang).</p> <p>When the dust from the final runs came to rest, Daddio was the final competitor standing. Dixon completed the top three positions after beating Carlson in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was beginning to think that I would never win another Challenge, so I was as shocked as I was excited with the win,&rdquo; Daddio said. &ldquo;It has been a really long time since my last one, and Super Challenge wins are really tough to come by. Not only do you have to be consistent, but you always seem to have to have a little bit of luck on your side. Luck was definitely on my side for this one.</p> <p>&ldquo;The biggest hurdle for me was from being a bit rusty. This is only my second event of the year, and was a crash course in figuring out the car setup with the new tires. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season. I plan on running two more ProSolo events, a National Tour, the ProSolo Finale, and Nationals. I am just planning on taking one event at a time, and seeing what happens.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Ladies Bracket, Reeve (Ladies Class 1, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Chevrolet Corvette) started the bracket portion of the meet as the three seed. She defeated Tamara Hunt (Ladies Class 2, Honda S2000) in the opening round.</p> <p>The win moved her forward in the competition, where she was paired with Elisabeth Flannagan (Ladies Class 2, Honda Civic Si). Reeve downed Flannagan, and moved to a final-round meeting with Kandy Johnson.</p> <p>Johnson (Ladies Class 2, Evolution/BFGoodrich Tires/MCS Chevrolet Corvette) was the top qualifier in the bracket and matched up with Dawn Ammirata in the opening round.</p> <p>The win moved her to the semi-finals, where she met Rachel Baker (Ladies Class 1, Thanks PJ/G-Fab PPR Nissan 240 SX). Johnson won the matchup with Baker, allowing her to move forward in the bracket.</p> <p>In the final round, Reeve ended up as the driver on top after besting Johnson. Baker completed the podium positions after beating Flannagan in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn't believe that I won and smiled so much that my face hurt,&rdquo; Reeve said. &ldquo;Once the high wore off I started wondering how I actually pulled it off. Luck&hellip;lots of luck.</p> <p>&ldquo;Self-doubt is one of my biggest hurdles. I get to run with some of the quickest and most talented women around. I trust Horse, my Corvette Z06, completely, but often don&rsquo;t trust myself to carry that extra speed into a turn or figure I&rsquo;ll blow it somewhere. I tried to push myself to focus on what was in front of me, to forget about the mistake I just made, and to give it my best. My husband Grant and my G-Fab family help me remember to have fun and enjoy myself. It feels strange to be the Reeve who brought home the most tires this time. I don&rsquo;t know if this will ever happen again, but I will continue to enjoy running with my friends.&rdquo; </p> <p>Michael Buck (F Street, Lexus IS300), of North East, Maryland, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge as he defeated Nathan Young (B Street, Honda S2000) in the final.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am shocked more than anything,&rdquo; Buck said. &ldquo;The whole challenge happened so fast. It was the biggest moment of my autocross career and I got to share it with lots of folks. My wife and sister-in-law were at the event as co-drivers in L2, along with many drivers from our Region. My two-year-old daughter and wife's parents came on Sunday afternoon, just in time. It was a really proud moment for me.</p> <p>&ldquo;I didn't drive very well all weekend until the Challenge. I red-lit five consecutive runs on Saturday and was well behind my co-drivers on the right course. I knew that if I could stay clean in the Challenge that I had &lsquo;time&rsquo; in hand that could work to my advantage. Somehow I held it together for all three rounds and went faster and faster while staying clean.&rdquo;</p> <p>Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA New Jersey ProSolo, including full results, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8386">here</a>.</p> <p>Facts on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found by visiting <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo">SCCA.com/Solo</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hall of Famer Denise McCluggage Passes Away http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52386 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (May 7, 2015) -- </strong>Famed motorsports journalist, racer and SCCA Hall of Fame inductee Denise McCluggage passed away Wednesday, May 6. She was 88.</p> <p>SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble offered the following statement:</p> <p><em>&quot;Fearless, brave, pioneer are words that are being spoken today about Denise McCluggage. I prefer to think that she disregarded those and just did exactly what she wanted to do; drive race cars, write and ski.</em></p> <p><em>&quot;Denise wrote, 'Things change. It is good to notice those changes. What was and what is.' She lived through what was, changed it by her presence and became a big part in making the sport what it is today.</em></p> <p><em>&quot;Undoubtedly, Denise broke barriers at the very top levels of motorsport as a driver and journalist. She also got immense personal enjoyment from driving at most every level - from Grand Prix events to SCCA races to car tests for Autoweek. Her confident passion about cars was understated, almost matter-of-fact, but somehow, Denise dragged you in to share that excitement.</em></p> <p><em>&quot;Denise McCluggage was a hero to me. Without her and a very small handful of other women in those early days, accomplishing what women in the sport do now would not have been possible. She made my life and the lives of decades of readers and fans a richer experience through knowing her personally or through her writing. The world feels a little smaller today at her passing.&quot;</em></p> <p>RACER.com has published the <a href="http:// http://www.racer.com/more/historic/item/116454-journalist-racer-pioneer-denise-mccluggage-passes-away-at-88">following </a>on McCluggage's passing.</p> SCCA Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Opening Tire Rack Match Tour Event Goes off Without a Hitch http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52384 <p><strong>BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 6, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Scott Giles, of Union, Kentucky, was the Super Shootout winner at this past weekend&rsquo;s Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour event, held at the National Corvette Museum, May 2-3. Cody Mason, of La Grange, Kentucky, was the winner of the Club Shootout.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">For each Tire Rack Match Tour event, Saturday is a full day of class-based competition. Sunday morning&rsquo;s three runs then set the field for the Super Shootout brackets. From each heat, the top eight indexed times are places into a Super Shootout bracket. The next eight qualifiers are placed in the Club Shootout, while the remaining competitors are eligible for the Bonus Shootout.</span></p> <p>In both the Super and Club Shootouts, the bracket competition whittles the field down to one driver from each heat. In the final round of both the Super and Club Shootouts, each driver takes one run to determine the bracket winner. The winner is the driver that is closest to their dial-in time.</p> <p>The course for this event, held on the grounds of the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, featured an autocross pad that was constructed with racetrack-grade asphalt. The coned circuit featured an excellent mix of sweeping turns and technical slaloms.</p> <p>Giles (F Street Prepared, SemperFiFund.org/PME/Koni Honda CRX) was the top qualifier from Heat Two. In his opening match up, he met up with Gordon Maciulewicz (Street Touring Xtreme, Active Autowerke/Diffsonline BMW 128i).</p> <p>After defeating Maciulewicz, Giles faced, and beat, Ryan Finch (E Street Prepared, Gearhead Homes Chevrolet Camaro Z28).</p> <p>In his final head-to-head matchup of the bracket, Giles went up against Nick Myers (F Street Prepared, Toyota Corolla GTS). Giles emerged as the winner, earning him the right to represent the heat in the final round.</p> <p>In the final, Giles was up against Heat One finalist Scott Dobler (C Street, Z1 Motorsports Nissan 350Z) and Heat Three winner Shelly Monfort (Super Street R, StranoParts.com/Shameless Iced Tea Chevrolet Corvette). When the final tallies were made, Giles emerged as the winner.</p> <p>&ldquo;It feels great to take a victory of any kind over the level of talent at this event,&rdquo; Giles said. &ldquo;The FSP class win was hard enough, but the shootout was even harder.</p> <p>&ldquo;This was our first big event of the year and it gets us off to a great start. Thanks to the Hoosier contingency it also gets us a pair of new tires for the Wilmington Pro Solo.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the Club Shootout, Mason (C Street Prepared, Mazda Miata) also started Sunday&rsquo;s bracket completion as the top qualified driver of Heat Two. Mason&rsquo;s first battle came against Jason West (F Street Prepared, WorldBycycleRelief.org Toyota Corolla GTS).</p> <p>Mason proved to have what it took to beat West, and moved to the second round of competition where he was paired with Stephen Lee (Street Touring R, Honda S2000).</p> <p>After beating Lee, Mason moved on to the Heat Two final against Tim Viars (Street Touring R, Mazda Miata). Mason emerged from that Match as the winner.</p> <p>In the Club Shootout Final, Mason met Heat One winner Chris Harp (C Street, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue/MAZDASPEED Mazda RX-8) and Heat Three finalist Bryan Schafer (Super Street R, Dave Kutney Tire/RAFT Chevrolet Corvette).</p> <p>Mason ended his day as the closest of the three to his dial-in time which earned him the overall Club Shootout title.</p> <p>Cody Willett (H Street, Ford Fiesta ST), of Louisville, Kentucky, began his march to the Bonus Shootout title with a win against Killian Jones (Street Modified, Subaru BRZ) in the opening round. Willett then downed Chris Bolt (E Street Prepared, Chevrolet Camaro) in the semi-finals.</p> <p>In the Bonus Shootout final, Willett met with Daniel Stone (B Modified, LeGrand Mk18). Willett walked away with the victory, once everything was settled.</p> <p>&ldquo;The win was great and totally unexpected,&rdquo; Willett said. &ldquo;I was lucky to get in, and twice as lucky to advance. When I pulled into grid for the Bonus Shootout and saw some of my fellow Kentucky Region drivers, Ray Dsouza and Shawn Lambert, I knew from experience they were far more consistent and didn't think I stood a chance. So, I just went for broke and it paid off.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I came through the lights on my second pass in the Bonus Shootout, the temperature gauge wasn't looking happy. The car was trying its best to live up to the name of its Molten Orange paint job, and I didn't have much time to get it cooled down for the next round. Fortunately, a few guys from my region, Stephen Lee, Jamey McDaniel and my fellow Bonus Shootout competitor, Ray Dsouza, all stepped up to fan the hood and spray down the heat exchangers while I sat in the car with the heat cranked and tried to concentrate on making my next run. I couldn't have made it happen without them.&rdquo;</p> <p>For more information on the Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour from Kentucky, including full results, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8374">here</a>.</p> <p>Facts on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Be sure to Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT 2016 MX-5 CUP PROTOTYPES MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52383 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. (May 6, 2015) - </strong>The current Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires competitors got their first close look at the test platforms for what will be the 2016 MX-5 Cup car. That car will race not only in the U.S., but also in the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup &ndash; and will certainly find a home in other venues as well.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Long Road Racing, Mazda Motorsports&rsquo; partner in developing the next-generation MX-5 Cup car that will be sold complete through Mazda, brought two of its test cars to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to run in the promoter test sessions on Thursday, and during MX-5 Cup practice sessions on Friday. The MX-5 Cup is running as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, headlined by the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype driver and 2016 MX-5 Cup test driver Tom Long, Freedom Autosport Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner MX-5 driver Andrew Carbonell and 2014 MX-5 Cup champion Kenton Koch drove the cars on track.</span></p> <p>The test day began with Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan making a few remarks, and Long Road Racing principal Glenn Long giving a presentation about the cars and how they were currently equipped. According to Tom Long, the cars have largely stock drivetrain at this point adding that a long-tube header and exhaust system had been developed and a cold air intake, similar to that on the current MX-5 car, will be created as well. Alternate springs, and shocks were on the test vehicles, but the sway bars remained stock.</p> <p>TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, May 1-3, 2015:&ldquo;We&rsquo;re focused on trying to confirm all of our cooling advancements work, and they seem to in our initial testing,&rdquo; says Tom. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve made upgrades to the engine cooling, oil cooling, the differential and the transmission cooling. Some other things that we have plans to test in the future are upgraded sway bars and some continued development on the suspension &ndash; trying different dampers, tires, brakes &ndash; those types of things. We&rsquo;re still fairly early in the testing stage.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Mazda/Long Road Racing crew tried different things in different sessions, testing some chassis rigidity items and changing ride heights to see how the car reacts and confirm the results of the multi-post rig testing and simulations that they have run so far.</p> <p>Long, who has raced every generation of MX-5 Miata, says the ND reminds him a lot of the original NA car.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are some comparisons to the current Cup car, yes, but also through the whole MX-5 chassis line, dating back to the original car,&rdquo; he explains. &ldquo;It really feels to me like it&rsquo;s a very nicely refined version of the original MX-5. It&rsquo;s very lightweight and nimble. The power-to-weight ratio has been improved compared to the current car, but with the car being so lightweight, it really exudes how nimble handling the car is. All the other systems &ndash; the brakes, the gearbox acceleration &ndash; are all upgrades to the current model. When you combine that with a lighter chassis and an upgraded suspension geometry, it&rsquo;s proving to be a remarkably fun car to drive.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mazda will continue its work on developing the MX-5 Global Cup race car over the next couple of months, with a final specification expected to be determined by the end of June. The first cars are scheduled to be completed in October, and current MX-5 Cup competitors will have delivery priority. Check back with MazdaMotorsports.com regularly for updates.</p> Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Madarash Takes Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win at Blytheville http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52385 <p><strong>Blytheville, Ark. (May 6, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Mark Madarash, of Red Oak, Texas, was the winner of the Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge, held at the Arkansas Aeroplex, this past weekend. Kim Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the big winner in the Ladies Challenge Bracket.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The course, designed by Grady Wood and J. Jackson, had a flowing feel to it, but was bookended by technical and tight slaloms. The clear weather conditions furthered the enjoyment of many competitors that were on hand.</span></p> <p>All ProSolo events utilize class-based competition on Saturday and Sunday to set the initial seeding for the head-to-head bracket competition. The bracket portion of the meet uses a drag racing-style Christmas tree to start the competitors according to their dial-in set during the class-based part of the event. A perfect run for both competitors, even if they are in different classes, would result in each car crossing the finish line at the same time.</p> <p>Madarash completed the class-based part of the competition as the No. 7 seed, overall. His seeding came as a result of his 0.553-second margin of victory over Darrin DiSimo in the Race Tire Index 2 class.</p> <p>As a result of his seeding, Madarash (R2, Pontiac Trans-Am) met Marc Osgood (Super Street Modified, Lotus Elise). Madarash was able to take the win that allowed him to move forward in the bracket-style competition.</p> <p>In the second round, Madarash met, and defeated, Dennis Sparks (Bump Class 1, Lotus Elise). That win allowed Madarash the opportunity to move to the quarter-final round where he met David Whitener.</p> <p>Madarash was able to move to the semi-finals after downing Whitener in their head-to-head battle. Brad McCann (G Street, Korean Camaro Racing Hyundai Genesis) was the next challenge for Madarash. However, Madarash found what it took to best McCann. The win moved him to the final round of competition, against Ricky Crow.</p> <p>Crow&rsquo;s ascension to the final started as the top qualifier of the meet. Crow (Street Touring Roadster, My Wallet Honda S2000) defeated Daniel McCelvey (B Street Prepared, Chevrolet Corvette) in the opening round.</p> <p>In round two, Crow delivered the knockout blow to John Mensch (Street Touring Sport, Frugal Racing Enterprizes Honda CRX Si), taking him out of the competition. In the quarter-final round, Crow beat Joe Tharpe (Bump Class 4, R and S Racing/Loctite Chevrolet Corvette), which allowed him to move forward in the competition.</p> <p>The victory moved Crow to the semi-final round, where he met Chris Harvey (C Street, Tire Rack Mazda MX-5). Crow was the winner of that match, which pitted him against Madarash in the final.</p> <p>When it came time for Crow to face Madarash, Madarash emerged as the winner once the times were computed. While Madarash is a multi-time National Champion, this is only his second Challenge win. His other win came at this same site, one year ago.</p> <p>In the third-place runoff, McCann completed the full complement of podium positions following his win over Harvey.</p> <p>In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic) was the top qualifier. In her first match, she met up with Jordan Towns (Ladies Class 2, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX). After winning that round Whitener moved on to tangle with Chris Peterson for top honors.</p> <p>On the other side of the bracket, Peterson (Ladies Class 2, Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder) met Su Brude (Ladies Class 2, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman S). Peterson was able to take the bracket win. That allowed her to move forward with a final between herself and Whitener.</p> <p>After the dust settled, Whitener was the winner in of the Ladies Challenge bracket. Towns completed to podium positions by beating Brude in the third-place runoff.</p> <p>David Ogburn, Jr. (C Street, Yaw Moment Racing Scion FR-S), of Richmond, Virginia, was the Bonus Challenge winner.</p> <p>For more information on the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo event at Blytheville, including full results, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8383">here</a>.</p> <p>The next stop for the series will be at the South Parking Lot of MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, May 9-10.</p> <p>For additional information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program, visit SCCA.com/Solo.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT