SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:00:02 GMT Terry Ozment Steps Down as Club Racing Vice President http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52122 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (October 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Terry Ozment announced that she will resign from the position of Vice President of Club Racing at Sports Car Club of America, effective the end of 2014.</p> <p>Ozment joined the national office staff in 2004. Ozment oversaw the creation of the U.S. Majors Tour from its pilot program in the Mid-States in 2012 to its current nation-wide rollout, as well as the change in structure of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; from a multi-year stay at one venue to an annual rotation. Including the recent Runoffs event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the planning already underway for Daytona International Speedway in 2015, Ozment&rsquo;s fingerprints have reached five different Runoffs venues.</p> <p>During Ozment&rsquo;s time in the National Office, the Club Racing department pulled the Time Trials program under its umbrella and grew the Performance Driving Experience, introduced the Alternate Driver School path for a competition license, and streamlined the licensing levels for road race competition.</p> <p>A key focus for Ozment has always been on customer service, and she introduced several initiatives that have spread throughout the entire organization.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t thank Terry enough for her time here at SCCA,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;The SafeRacer SCCA Club Racing program looks very different now than it did when she started. She was a driving force in creating the U.S. Majors Tour, the annual rotation for our championship Runoffs and a great resource for our worker programs. She has helped develop operational procedures, many of which have become SCCA staples. As a competitor, I know that SCCA racing is better for having her as a part of our Club.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ll work closely with Terry to make a transition that&rsquo;s best for Club Racing through the end of the year to help keep the momentum, and wish her the best of luck as she begins her next chapter.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;For the last 10 years, I&rsquo;ve been fortunate to be a part of the SCCA staff, the same Club I joined as a participant 30 years ago,&rdquo; Ozment said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve met many wonderful people during that time, at our events, interfacing with our boards and working with our sponsors, business and track partners. I&rsquo;ve had the good fortune to see how our &lsquo;sausage&rsquo; is made and am incredibly proud of the SCCA. I will miss working with the hard working and committed staff in Topeka, and will miss the daily interaction with the unique people that make SCCA such a special organization. I plan on resuming my volunteer SCCA life when possible, so look for me at an event near you in the future. I&rsquo;m thankful to the SCCA membership for making my tenure on staff so meaningful and enjoyable.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA will announce a succession plan for the vacant positon prior to the first of the year. </p> Club Racing Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Road America Cat Weekend Added to Majors Northern Conference Slate http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52113 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 24, 2014)</strong> &ndash; Sports Car Club of America announced today the addition of Milwaukee Region&rsquo;s Cat event, held July 25-26 at Road America, to the 2015 U.S. Majors Tour Northern Conference Schedule.</p> <p>As was the case in 2014, drivers will have two opportunities in the Majors schedule to compete at Road America, with the July weekend joining the 60th Chicago Region June Sprints weekend of June 12-14.</p> <p>The addition of a sixth race weekend in the Northern Conference means that the Aug. 14-16 event at PittRace will count only toward the Northeast Conference Championship, serving at that Conference&rsquo;s finale.</p> <p><strong>Revised 2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Northern Conference Schedule</strong><br /> May 2-3 - Blackhawk Farms, S. Beloit, Ill.<br /> May 29-31* - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northeast)<br /> June 12-14 &ndash; Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.<br /> July 11-12 - GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, Mich.<br /> July 25-26 &ndash; Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.<br /> Aug. 22-23 &ndash; Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.</p> <p>For schedules for each U.S. Majors Tour Conference, and additional series information, please visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/majors">www.scca.com/majors</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">-30-</p> Club Racing Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Koch Wins FIA Young Driver Competition, Earns Trip To Worldwide Finals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52103 <p><strong>PUEBLA, Mexico (October 17, 2014) - </strong>Sports Car Club of America member and reigning SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires champion Kenton Koch was named the winner of the 2015 FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy in the Americas division this week in Mexico as the lone U.S. representative to the competition. The 20-year-old Koch battled drivers from 11 countries in North and South America, coming out on top and earning a trip to the world finals with 10 other top young drivers.</p> <p>Held in Mexico October 13-16, the selection event put drivers aged 16-23 from across the region through their paces. This involved a variety of fitness tests, driving performance examinations and mental exercises to determine performance and safety understanding both on and off the track.</p> <p>Following an intensive four days of competition, six drivers were selected to take part in a final shoot-out. Each chosen driver had to set their fastest lap time and the winner was eventually announced as Koch by the judging panel.</p> <p>Koch was nominated by SCCA through ACCUS, the United States&rsquo; liason to the FIA.</p> <p>&quot;I am really happy with the outcome,&rdquo; Koch said. &ldquo;Coming here I was not expecting to win, I came here to have fun and to learn and I really appreciate having this experience. I am grateful to SCCA for nominating me. I have learnt a lot about myself, both mentally and physically and I am really looking forward to attending the elite academy. Thank you to the FIA Institute for providing this opportunity to young drivers like myself, guiding and helping us progress in our careers.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;This year we were honored to host the FIA Academy Americas Selection for a second time, and I have to recognize that the candidates were extraordinary, showing a world class competition level,&rdquo; Jose Abed, President of Mexican ASN OMDAI, which hosted the event, said. &ldquo;It proved to be a really tight competition, which notably complicated choosing the winner. This being said, I want to congratulate Kenton for his outstanding performance and tenacity shown throughout the event, which lead to him landing the coveted spot in the Academy. I am sure he will be a worthy representative of the Americas, and that we will see him in the pinnacle of motorsport in the years to come.&quot;</p> <p>Koch will join the other five regional selection event winners in the 2015 Academy. A number of other wild cards will be selected once every regional selection event has taken place.</p> <p>All participants in the Academy will receive a fully-funded training program, which aims to develop their motor sport careers, while actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track. All drivers will benefit from tuition and analysis from ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz and former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid, who are both Academy Performance Managers.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com. More information on Koch&rsquo;s Championship winning season in the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup can be found at MX-5Cup.com. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Message to SM Drivers from SCCA and Mazda http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52104 <p>&nbsp;<strong>MEMORANDUM</strong></p> <p><strong>TO: </strong>Spec Miata Participants<br /> <strong>FR: </strong>Lisa Noble, SCCA President &amp; CEO and<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; John Doonan, Mazda Motorsports Director<br /> <strong>RE: </strong>Rules, Runoffs and Remaining 2014 Races<br /> <strong>DT: </strong>October 17, 2014</p> <p>As you are undoubtedly aware, a number of Spec Miatas were found out of compliance at last week&rsquo;s SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Jointly, we want you all to know that this situation is a top priority for our collective staffs and the boards and committees at SCCA. Together, we are forming an independent committee to review both the current rules and the long-term direction of the class. We will share more on this as it develops.</p> <p>In the meantime, there is concern by many of you that, based on what transpired at the Runoffs, your engines may not be compliant. As a short-term solution, SCCA is suggesting to Regions holding events between now and the end of the season that they might establish a &ldquo;Regional-only&rdquo; class, dubbed SM1 in addition to the regular Spec Miata class. Our recommendation would be that the class follow the GCR Spec Miata regulations, but with a variance to the items in the cylinder head section to allow competitors with these modifications a place to race for the remainder of the season. This will be addressed by each Region on a case-by-case basis. It is not a requirement that they do this, but rather a suggestion.</p> <p>Working together, SCCA and Mazda have evaluated many options this week on how to address this situation in the short term, and we feel this is the fairest course of action at this time, allowing everyone a chance to race.</p> <p>We will share more information as appropriate, recognizing that time is of the essence with the 2015 season fast approaching.</p> <p>-Lisa and John</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Member Kenton Koch Takes Part in FIA Academy http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52100 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, is attending a racing day camp this week in Mexico at the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy, as nominated by the Sports Car Club of America. The 20-year-old reigning SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires Champion is the United States&rsquo; lone representative to the Oct. 13-15 program that educates young racecar drivers on what it takes to further their careers.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Koch is competing against 15 other drivers from North and South America for the opportunity to move onto the final world-wide academy. The four-day selection event is hosted by the OMDAI, Mexico&rsquo;s connection to the FIA, at the Aut&oacute;dromo Miguel E. Abed near Puebla, Mexico.</span></p> <p>As part of the program, Koch will go through many drills on and off the track aimed at charting his performance. Aside from learning where he stands right now, Koch will get to sit down with instructors to learn how to maximize his performance with the goal of becoming a complete racecar driver able to compete at the highest levels of motorsports. Physical, psychological, team development and, of course, driving skills will be measured and enhanced during the week.</p> <p>Koch&rsquo;s selection for this program was due, in part, to the association between SCCA and the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), the liaison between the Federation Internationalale de l&rsquo;Automobile (FIA) and the six major motorsport sanctioning bodies in the United States. SCCA is one of two motorsports clubs to have full membership in the organization.<br /> <br /> The FIA Academy program has three main objectives: to increase skills in the area of driver and road safety; to actively promote the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility both on and off the track; and to prepare young driver to compete at the pinnacle of the sport.</p> <p>The FIA Academy is open to drivers between the age of 15 and 23 years old. Each nominee must also have a long-term goal to compete in top-level, international events and have a logical pathway to get there. Among the instructors are former Formula One driver Alex Wurz and former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid.</p> <p>The Academy started in 2011, and is supported by FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.</p> ProRacing Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Tour Series Registration Opens Today http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52099 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (October 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Series registration for the 2015 U.S. Majors Tour, providing benefits to drivers including a reserved numbers, opened today.</p> <p>As with the 2014 season, drivers can reserve their number for each event in a particular Majors Conference by registering with the series. Numbers will be held up until three weeks prior to the event. The $50 registration fee also includes a revamped express tech line, express registration (where available) and a $25 gift certificate to Majors or SCCA merchandise in 2015. Registered drivers will also receive a commemorative Series hard card, and have the option of adding a name board or banner.</p> <p>A $100 option allows a driver to register a single three-digit number, beginning with 1, reserved for all five 2015 Conferences.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2014 Majors Tour registration was a success, but we learned a lot from our first year to provide even more impact,&rdquo; Terry Ozment, SCCA Vice President, Club Racing, said. &ldquo;We have a system in place that will provide an express tech line and express registration at most events for 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Realizing this has opened just after the Runoffs, we will need a method of payment at the time of registration, but will not charge credit cards until after January 1, 2015.&rdquo;</p> <p>From now until November 15, 2014, drivers can reserve an all-Conference three-digit number or a one or two-digit number for a single conference in one class. Those who reserved a 2014 number and attended at least two Majors events this season will have those numbers held for renewal for two weeks, until October 29. Drivers who have a reserved number from the 2014 Eastern Conference will be able to choose either the Northeast or the Southeast Conference. Beginning on November 15, drivers may reserve a number in a second Conference for an additional $25. As in 2014, the 2015 reserved numbers will not apply to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p>Numbers will be reserved based on standard run groups, following the preferred seven run group format. Reserved numbers will be held for drivers up until three weeks prior to each individual event, at which point any driver can register for the event with any available number. Any driver who runs two Majors events in 2015 will earn first right of refusal for the same number again in 2016.</p> <p>Reserved does not necessarily mean permanent. If class run groups for an event are different than the traditional seven run groups, conflicts will be resolved by the in-conference driver who registered for the event first.</p> <p>Series registration is not required to participate in the U.S. Majors Tour in 2015.</p> <p>Critical Dates for 2015 Majors Registration:<br /> - Oct. 15, 2014 &ndash; Registration opens for 3-digit all Conference or 1 or 2 digit single Conference registrations.<br /> - Oct. 29, 2014 &ndash; 2014 numbers held for renewal are released to the general pool.<br /> - Nov. 15, 2014 &ndash; Drivers may reserve additional Conferences in same class.<br /> - Dec. 1, 2014 &ndash; All drivers registered by this point are entered into a drawing for one premium item per Conference.<br /> - Jan. 1, 2015 &ndash; Credit cards will not be charged until after this date.</p> <p>To register for the U.S. Majors Tour, visit SCCAMajors.com or go directly to the registration page at <a href="http://msreg.com/2015Majors">http://msreg.com/2015Majors</a>.</p> <p>More information on the U.S. Majors Tour, and all of the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s programs, can be found at SCCA.com. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Director Ballots Are In The Mail for Areas 3, 11 http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52098 <p>It&rsquo;s SCCA voting season, with four of the 13 designated Areas electing a new member of the Board of Directors this year. Two are incumbents running unopposed, but for Areas 3 and 11, an election will elect the Area representative.</p> <p>Board members serve a three year term. Ballots were mailed to members in good standing as of October 1, 2014 to the addresses on record with the SCCA office for those in Areas with an upcoming election.</p> <p>Ballots will begin hitting your mailboxes by today, October 15, but please give them at least a week to come through the mail.</p> <p>Instructions are included with the ballot, but completed ballots should NOT be returned to the SCCA office. Instead, votes will be tallied by Mize Houser &amp; Company. A postage paid return envelope is included with the ballot for your convenience.</p> <p>If you did not receive a ballot and believe you should have, please contact SCCA Member Services at 800/770-2055. Again, please give time for those ballots to come through the mail before calling Member Services.</p> <p><strong><u>Ballots must be returned to Mize Houser &amp; Company by November 17.</u></strong></p> <p>The Areas up for election are:</p> <p><strong>Area 3</strong><br /> Area 3 encompasses part of the Southeast Division, including the Florida, Gulf Coast, Wiregrass, Central Florida and Dixie Regions.<br /> Outgoing Director is Robin Langlotz</p> <p>Area 3 Candidates, in alphabetical order (click for candidate supplied platforms and introductions):<br /> <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=52093 ">Lee H. Hill, III</a><br /> <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=52094 ">John M. Zuccarelli, III</a></p> <p><strong>Area 4</strong><br /> Area 4 encompasses the Great Lakes Division, and each Region contained within it.</p> <p>Incumbent Director is Stephen Harris running unopposed. According to SCCA By-laws, unopposed elections will be recorded as 1-0 votes and no ballots will be mailed.</p> <p><strong>Area 9</strong><br /> Area 9 encompasses part of the Northern Pacific Division, including San Francisco and Reno Regions.</p> <p>Incumbent Director <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=52101">Brian McCarthy</a> is running unopposed.</p> <p><strong>Area 11</strong><br /> Area 11 encompasses the Southern Pacific Division, including Arizona, Cal Club, Hawaii, San Diego, Las Vegas and Arizona Border Regions.</p> <p>Outgoing Director is Michael Lewis.</p> <p>Area 11 candidates, in alphabetical order (click for candidate supplied platforms and introductions):<br /> <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=52095 ">KJ Christopher</a><br /> <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=52096 ">Jim Malone</a><br /> <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=52097 ">Lois Petersen</a></p> <p>Members of the Board of Directors in the midst of their terms are:</p> <p>Area 1 - Dick Patullo<br /> Area 2 &ndash; Terry Hanushek<br /> Area 5 - Bruce Lindstrand<br /> Area 6 &ndash; Peter Zekert<br /> Area 7 - Dan Helman<br /> Area 8 - Bill Kephart<br /> Area 10 &ndash; John Walsh<br /> Area 12 &ndash; Tere Pulliam<br /> Area 13 - Todd Butler</p> <p>The Board of Directors represents you, the members &ndash; be a part of the process! <br /> &nbsp;</p> SCCA Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Stearns Named Spec Miata Champion Following Post-Race Penalties http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52091 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. (October 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Erik Stearns, of Van Buren, Ohio, was named 2014 SCCA Spec Miata National Champion Sunday after the first six cars from Friday&rsquo;s race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca were penalized following post-race inspection for unapproved modifications.</p> <p>Stearns started the 20-lap, 45-mile race at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit in 12th position in his No. 97 East Street Racing/Eds 24 Hour Service 2000 Mazda Miata. He moved into the top 10 on lap three, and advanced to seventh on lap 17, a position he would hold until the checkered flag.</p> <p>Seventh place is the lowest position a driver has ever crossed the finish line and been crowned champion in the 51 National Championship Runoffs events.</p> <p>&ldquo;What happened this week, with so many cars being non-compliant, is unfortunate. We need to ensure that this moment is a trigger for a positive change in this class,&rdquo; SCCA President Lisa Noble said.</p> <p>Matt Schultz, of Clackamas, Oregon, who finished eighth on the track in his No. 11 SMI Motorsports Inc. 1995 Mazda Miata was awarded second. Matt Reynolds, of Boerne, Texas, finished right behind Schultz in his No. 74 Reynolds Brothers Racing/Vintage Connection/X Factor 1999 Mazda Miata, and was awarded third place.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowned Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.</p> <p>MONTEREY, Calif. -- Final results for Friday&rsquo;s SCCA Spec Miata National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> 1, (12), Erik Stearns, Van Buren, OH, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 2, (16), Matt Schultz, Clackamas, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 3, (15), Matt Reynolds, Boerne, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 4, (17), Jason Rawlins, Hillsboro, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 5, (9), Will Schrader, Happy Valley, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 6, (21), Rusty Dees, Phoenix, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 7, (18), Steven Powers, Mesa, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 8, (14), Tim Auger, Monterey, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 9, (19), Ken Sutherland, Sherwood, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 10, (27), Barrett Tilley, Fremont, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 11, (20), Luke Bickham, Dallas, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 12, (11), Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 13, (25), Eric Jones, Eugene, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 14, (32), Joe Rombi, Pebble Beach, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 15, (22), Larry Fraser, Novato, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 16, (31), Jordan Wand, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 17, (30), Mason Filippi, Alamo, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 18, (33), David Varco, Bonita, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 19, (28), Dean Busk, Chandler, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 20, (36), Michael Babcock, Surprise, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 21, (35), Leeson Grant, Danville, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 22, (39), Ramon Niebla, Arcadia, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 23, (34), Juan Pineda, San Francisco, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 24, (38), Russell Lindemann, Longmont, CO, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 25, (41), Kent Carter, Houston, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 26, (43), Devin Dahn, Peoria, AZ, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 27, (42), Nels Lewis, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 28, (40), Randy Cummings, Herriman, UT, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 29, (44), Brad Green, Seattle, WA, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 30, (45), Jim Graffy, Vancouver, WA, Mazda Miata, 13.<br /> 31, (24), Jason Starr, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, 4.<br /> 32, (13), Jason Godfrey, Menlo Park, CA, Mazda Miata, 4.<br /> 33, (29), Michael Collins, Woodbine, MD, Mazda Miata, 3.<br /> 34, (1), Mark Drennan, San Jose, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 35, (3), Andrew Carbonell, Miami, FL, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 36, (4), Brian Ghidinelli, San Rafael, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 37, (10), Tyler Kicera, Manheim, PA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 38, (8), Craig T Berry, Tyler, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 39, (5), Jim Drago, Memphis, TN, Mazda Miata, 17.<br /> 40, (7), Joey Jordan, Fallbrook, CA, Mazda Miata, 16.<br /> 41, (6), Charlie Hayes, Walnut Creek, CA, Mazda Miata, 1.<br /> DNS, (23), Seth Rowley, Bay City, MI, Mazda Miata, .<br /> DNS, (37), Dave Dunning, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, .<br /> DQ, (2), Kyle Kaiser, Santa Clara, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> DQ, (26), Michael LaBouff, Los Gatos, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> Overall Time of Race: 35:48.962<br /> Average Race Speed: 74.983 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 12.086 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: Kyle Kaiser, 1:45.263 (76.540 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #48 Joe Rombi<br /> Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20, Mark Drennan</p> <p>Notes: #2 Drago, #10 Drennan, #12 Ghidinelli, #17 Jordan, #22 Hayes, #29 Berry, #44 Kicera, #79 Carbonell moved to last finishing position in order of finish per SOM - GCR 9.1.7.C.1.f.4 (cylinder head)<br /> #88 - Disqualified per Chief Steward - GCR 9.1.7.C.1.f.5 (cylinder head)<br /> #04 - Disqualified per SOM - GCR 6.11.1 (On course driver conduct)</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kearby Earns Formula Atlantic Crown in Sophomore Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52090 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif., (Oct. 12, 2014)</strong> &ndash; Seventeen-year-old Conner Kearby, of Corpus Christi, Texas, was the youngest winner of this year&rsquo;s SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, claiming the Formula Atlantic title over Sedat Yelkin, of Austintown, Ohio. Bruce Hamilton, of Monkton, Maryland, was third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>Kearby kicked off the Formula Atlantic race with a tremendous start, moving his No. 56 GK Motorsports Swift 016a Mazda from sixth on the grid to third in the opening lap.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really didn&rsquo;t anticipate any of it,&rdquo; Kerby said of the start. &ldquo;I went with the green and I saw Sedat take off and thought I could follow him. I went in with him on the inside because I was starting on the outside and this isn&rsquo;t a good track to start on the outside. I followed Sedat in there, got a good move, didn&rsquo;t hit anyone and it was a pretty clean start for all of us. I ran my race, set a pace and went with it.&rdquo;</p> <p>By lap five Kearby was into second and chasing down the leader and Tire Rack Pole winner, Michael Mallinen, of Liberty Lake, Washington. What started as a 2.5-second gap was quickly eroded when Mallinen began to slow with a gearbox issue. Kearby was around Mallinen and into the lead on lap 7.</p> <p>&ldquo;I passed him in Turn 11,&rdquo; Kearby recalled. &ldquo;I took the inside. I knew right away something was wrong with his car. I just made the pass and didn&rsquo;t see anyone in my mirrors again until the yellow.&rdquo;</p> <p>That yellow, on lap 16, was the only full course caution of the race. It erased a sizeable lead of more than 12 seconds that Kearby had built, but the 17-year-old was fortunate to have some slower cars as a buffer between him and Yelkin.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the yellow came out, I was thinking &lsquo;I went this far, I&rsquo;ve got to finish it out,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kearby said. &ldquo;I had a little buffer with two slower cars before Sedat. I still had to watch out. I just set off and ran my pace.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kearby&rsquo;s pace earned him his first Runoffs victory in only his second appearance, by 2.836 seconds over Yelkin.</p> <p>&ldquo;Honestly, this is crazy,&rdquo; Kearby smiled. &ldquo;I had the pole and then a lot of stuff went down and then I was P6. I figured I&rsquo;d just make the best out of it. I never thought I&rsquo;d be up here, but I tried my best.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kearby&rsquo;s drive from sixth on the grid to victory also earned him the Sunoco Hard Charger Award, the GoPro Hero Move of the Race Award and he is now eligible for the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy Club Racer Shootout and a $75,000 ride in the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup.</p> <p>Save for one attempted pass at the hands of Fabio Castellani, from Streamwood, Illinois, Yelkin&rsquo;s race was pretty tame after Kearby went by. The defending Formula Atlantic Champion finished second in the No. 75 EVERCLEAR LUBRICANTS Swift 014a Mazda.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did get to P2, which I thought was good enough, but we didn&rsquo;t have the pace to chase Mike Mallinen,&rdquo; Yelkin said. &ldquo;Fortunately, I saw Conner coming through at one point and I knew he had incredible speed. When he went by, I was just hoping that he and Mallinen would start slowing each other down. It didn&rsquo;t quite work out that way, but it was nonetheless a great race. I can&rsquo;t imagine anyone else I&rsquo;d rather lose to than Connor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Starting eighth in his No. 36 Team K-Hill Swift 016a Mazda, Hamilton used patience to pick his way through the Formula Atlantic field.</p> <p>&ldquo;I started on the outside and for me, that&rsquo;s not where I like to be,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;I just made sure I got through that turn and it worked out pretty well. I dropped back a couple of spots and just got some heat in the tires and started to work my way up. I let those who were racing each other do their thing and I just had patience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hamilton was running in sixth when he came through Turn 11 and saw the disabled cars of Richard Zober, from Croydon, Pennsylvania, and Lewis Cooper, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, who had been battling for third. That incident brought out the lone full course caution.</p> <p>&ldquo;I knew they were racing each other and usually it&rsquo;s just a matter of time, especially as the race starts to close,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;I made sure I had enough room, so if something happened, that I wasn&rsquo;t in the middle of it and that&rsquo;s exactly what happened. It was fortunate for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>He picked up one more spot on after the restart to claim his first Runoffs podium.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s my first Runoffs podium and this makes up for my first Runoffs in 2011 when I was in third on the last lap and spun in the rain,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;This really means a lot to me, to bring it home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Local driver, Robert Corliss, of Monterey, California, and William Goldkind, of Holbrook, New York, completed the top five.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.<br /> <strong><br /> MONTEREY, Calif.</strong> -- Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s Formula Atlantic National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.</p> <p>1, (6), Conner Kearby, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, Swift 016a Mazda, 20.<br /> 2, (5), Sedat Yelkin, Austintown, OH, Swift 014a Mazda, 20.<br /> 3, (8), Bruce Hamilton, Monkton, MD, Swift 016a Mazda, 20.<br /> 4, (7), Robert Corliss, Monterey, CA, Swift DB-4 Toyota, 20.<br /> 5, (9), William Goldkind, Holbrook, NY, Swift 014a Toyota, 20.<br /> 6, (2), Fabio Castellani, Streamwood, IL, Swift 014a Toyota, 19.<br /> 7, (11), Charles Duncan, Broomfield, CO, Swift 016a Mazda, 19.<br /> 8, (12), Jim Mali, Morgan Hill, CA, Elan Star Pro Formula Mazda, 19.<br /> 9, (3), Richard Zober, Croydon, PA, Swift 016a Mazda, 13.<br /> 10, (4), Lewis Cooper, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, Swift 014a Toyota, 13.<br /> 11, (1), Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, WA, Swift 016a Mazda, 8.<br /> 12, (10), Dwight Rider, Aurora, CO, Ralt RT41 Toyota, 6.<br /> 13, (13), Riley Hopkins, Gig Harbor, WA, Ralt RT4 Ford, 5.<br /> DNS, (14), Kenneth Davis, Escondido, CA, Ralt RT40 Other, .</p> <p>Overall Time of Race: 30:32.766<br /> Average Speed: 87.920 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 02.836 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: 1:22.668 (97.460 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #56 Connor Kearby<br /> Lap Leaders: #71, laps 1-6; #56 laps 7-20</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Loshak Wins the Drag Race to Defend his H Production Title at Mazda Raceway http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52089 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. (October 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Lawrence Loshak, of Grafton, Wisconsin, was able to close out the 2014 H Production title at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jason Isley, of Coto De Caza, California, finished a close second place, while Steven Hussey, of Capitola, California, completed the podium.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In the No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX, Loshak took the early lead after starting on the Tire Rack pole. However, Isley stayed close and was even able to record one lap as the official leader. On lap four, Loshak retook control of the race, which averaged 75.503 mph around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit, until Isley made a final push for the front.</span></p> <p>In the closing laps, Isley drove his No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris up to the rear bumper of Loshak. He spent the final three laps hounding Loshak, but could not make the key pass for the lead. The win marks Loshak&rsquo;s fifth National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was doing everything I could to stay ahead of Jason [Isley],&rdquo; Loshak said. &ldquo;It was a little crazy running Formula 1000 and H Production back-to-back. Heading into the weekend, we weren&rsquo;t planning on doing that. But, I got a call. Me being me, by putting too much on my plate and my crew&rsquo;s plate, I could not say no. I saw the FB car for the first time on Monday when we tried to dial it in. I feel like we may have neglected the CRX a little, but it came together for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;Toward the end, my rear tires weren&rsquo;t happy with me, and then my front tires joined the party. Jason was right there to apply the pressure and all I could think is &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t make a mistake, don&rsquo;t make a mistake. Oh, I almost made a mistake.&rsquo; I just tried to hang it out there. It&rsquo;s not fun just to qualify, then walk away from everyone else. It&rsquo;s all about racing door-to-door with the best drivers in the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>While Isley looked to have the advantage through the Corkscrew and through to Turn Nine in the closing laps, he wasn&rsquo;t able to convert the advantage into a winning pass by Turn 11. Loshak took a tight, defending line in the last turn leaving the outside open for Isley&rsquo;s car. It was Loshak, on the inside, that proved to have to low end grunt to beat Isley&rsquo;s outside run to the line.</p> <p>&ldquo;I caught some good breaks,&rdquo; Isley said. &ldquo;We both caught some local yellows, but he was the driver that caught up to the lapped traffic first. That was really the thing that allowed me to close the gap. I could see his rear tires were going off, and at the same time my tires were going away. All of those things gave me a chance to catch up.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was pretty happy. I was here earlier this season and was a little disappointed I wasn&rsquo;t able to match my pace from that event. I think it was just the difference in temperature. Qualifying was challenging, but I was happy to be finishing third. I had a little advantage over Steve [Hussey] on the start, and was able to hook up with Loshak. I was worried about Bartell in the long run, since he has rear-wheel drive, but ended up not being an issue.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hussey, in the No. 37 Linn Speed/CW Horton Honda CRX, tallied his fourth career Runoffs podium, all of which came in H Production.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a relatively unexciting race for me, to be honest,&rdquo; Hussey said. &ldquo;We qualified second with a pretty decent time, but both Jason [Isley] and Lawrence [Loshak] got the jump off the start. From there, I just tucked in behind the car in front of me after seeing all the carnage from earlier in the day. I just wanted to make it through the first couple corners clean.</p> <p>&ldquo;After one lap, the leaders had built a sizable gap back to me, and just kept doing that throughout the race. At one point Gauper attempted a pass on me going up the hill. I said &lsquo;Forget this,&rsquo; and set down my fastest laps of the race in order to keep my position solidified. After that, I was just working my way through lapped traffic.&rdquo;</p> <p>Greg Gauper, of Hubertus, Wisconsin, finished the race fourth in his No. 15 Rana Mort Racing/King Motorsports Honda Civic Si.</p> <p>Completing the top five was Tom Tuttle, of Windsor, California, in the No. 11 Huffaker/Insul-Therm International MG Midget.</p> <p>David Louw, of Houston, won the Sunoco Hard Charger award in the No. 78 Over 50 Racing Fiat X-1/9.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.</p> <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. --</strong> Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Formula 500 National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> 1, (1), Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, WI, Honda CRX, 20.<br /> 2, (3), Jason Isley, Coto De Caza, CA, Toyota Yaris, 20.<br /> 3, (2), Steven Hussey, Capitola, CA, Honda CRX, 20.<br /> 4, (5), Greg Gauper, Hubertus, WI, Honda Civic Si, 20.<br /> 5, (7), Tom Tuttle, Windsor, CA, MG Midget, 20.<br /> 6, (6), Gordon Jones, Tualatin, OR, BMW 1600, 20.<br /> 7, (4), Ron Bartell, Madbury, NH, MG Midget, 20.<br /> 8, (9), Mike Cummings, Martinez, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.<br /> 9, (12), Gary Wittman, Costa Mesa, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.<br /> 10, (10), Michael Miller, Walhalla, SC, Austin-Healey Sprite, 19.<br /> 11, (15), Jerry Oleson, Aurora, CO, Austin-Healey Sprite, 19.<br /> 12, (13), Carl Young, Salinas, CA, Honda Fit, 19.<br /> 13, (8), Chris Albin, Maryland Heights, MO, Volkswagen Golf GTI, 19.<br /> 14, (18), Alex Burnett, Louisville, CO, Nissan PL510, 19.<br /> 15, (17), Rob Horrell Jr, Memphis, TN, Austin-Healey Sprite, 18.<br /> 16, (21), David Louw, Houston, TX, Fiat X-1/9, 17.<br /> 17, (19), Mike Bachman, San Jose, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 14.<br /> 18, (20), Jon Becker, Martinez, CA, MINI 1275, 6.<br /> 19, (14), Andrew Wright, Murfreesboro, TN, Triumph Spitfire, 4.<br /> 20, (11), Patrick Casey, Kailua, HI, Austin-Healey Sprite, 1.<br /> DNS, (16), Cory Markos, Riverside, CA, Honda CRX Si.</p> <p>Overall Time of Race: 35:34.162<br /> Average Race Speed: 75.503 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 0.189-second<br /> Fastest Race Lap: Lawrence Loshak, 1:45.653 (76.257 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #78 David Louw<br /> Lap Leaders: Laps 1-2, 4-20, Lawrence Loshak; lap 3, Jason Isley</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT