SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:55:02 GMT Pirelli World Challenge Heads to California Wine Country http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51971 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 21, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The GT and GTS classes of the Pirelli World Challenge will be in action this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. You can catch every minute by logging onto www.world-challengetv.com to view each race via live streaming.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In GT, Cadillac pilot Johnny O&rsquo;Connell still holds the top spot in the Drivers&rsquo; Championship. Mike Skeen, driving an Audi R8 Ultra this season, sits second in season-long points, 82 markers behind O&rsquo;Connell. With the season winding down, it&rsquo;s crunch time to make hay in the Championship fight.</span></p> <p>Michael Mills took over the lead in GT-A by notching the best-in-class finish in both races at Mid-Ohio. Former Championship leader Henrik Hedman held on to the second spot in class, trailing by 27 markers. Dan Knox holds station in third, with 536 points.</p> <p>In GTS, Mark Wilkins is the top dog in class heading into this weekend&rsquo;s racing. Wilkins holds a 143-point lead over his teammate, Nic Jonsson, and will be looking for a smooth race weekend to consolidate his class lead. Sitting third in the Drivers&rsquo; Championship is defending titlist Lawson Aschenbach, with 999 points.</p> <p>Both races of this doubleheader weekend will be covered via live internet broadcast, which can be seen by going to www.world-challengetv.com. Starting Aug. 23, at 2:20 p.m. (PDT), will be Race One. The event will be capped off by coverage of Race Two Aug. 24, at 4:10 p.m. (PDT).&nbsp;</p> ProRacing Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Newgarden Wins Formula F 45th Anniversary Feature Race at Barber http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51968 <p><strong>&nbsp;BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Aug. 10, 2014) &ndash; </strong>Taking a break from his busy Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, Josef Newgarden called racing in Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Summer Speedfest Formula F 45th Anniversary feature race the &ldquo;most fun he had all year,&rdquo; running from last to first to win at Barber Motorsports Park. Sixteen year-old sensation Max Mallinen finished second.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Newgarden, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was testing his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing machine Saturday, which allowed Franklin Futrelle to drive the HPD/Honda Performance Development Piper DF-5/Honda to victory in a wet sprint race. Newgarden arrived in time to see the Saturday race, and later joined the teams, officials and friends Saturday evening at the Formula F &ldquo;birthday&rdquo; celebration, presented by HPD/Honda Performance Development.</span></p> <p>Sunday morning provided Newgarden, the only American to ever win the prestigious Formula Ford Festival in England, an opportunity to run a few laps in the car. He became the first driver all weekend to run a sub 1:33 lap, serving notice that, despite starting 11th and last on the grid, the IndyCar ace would be a force with which to be reckoned.</p> <p>Polesitter and three-time SCCA Runoffs&reg; Formula F Champion Tim Kautz got the jump on field to lead early in his No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier/Euroquipe Piper DF-5/Honda. Kautz and Mallinen&rsquo;s No. 1 Spectrum 014H/Honda were never more than one second apart in the opening stages of the 21-lap, 49.98-mile race, but Newgarden was on the charge.</p> <p>Newgarden was to third by lap three and had caught the lead duo by lap five. The three-way lead battle allowed Cliff Johnson to close in his No. 4 Alpine Lotho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5/Honda to make it a four-way scrap. Newgarden went to the lead on lap nine, only to see Kautz re-take the position a lap later. Newgarden went back to the lead on lap 11, a position he held for the final 10 laps.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the most fun I&rsquo;ve had this racing season,&rdquo; Newgarden said. &ldquo;You just can&rsquo;t race any better than this. You can drive the car sideways. You can go three-wide into the brake zones. You can race the guys for two- to three-corners at a time. It&rsquo;s just the most fun you can have in an open-wheel car.</p> <p>&ldquo;Tim [Kautz] and Max [Mallinen] were really good&mdash;they drove really clean. I ran them really hard. I had to. They were strong at latching on, and it was hard to get rid of them once I was up there. I knew if I could break away, we&rsquo;d be in good shape, but I just couldn&rsquo;t. They kept battling. Really clean, good drivers. It was fun to mix it up with them.&rdquo;</p> <p>As Newgarden was beginning to pull out a gap, Kautz had an issue and ran off on lap 15, leaving Mallinen, of Liberty Lake, Washington, by himself and leaving Johnson, of Stilwell, Kansas, solidly in third.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today was really cool,&rdquo; high school junior Mallinen said. &ldquo;We were all fighting really hard, but still respecting each other. There were a lot of opportunities to catch wheels, but I&rsquo;m glad that everyone was able to keep it clean. At one point, the three of us went three-wide into the chicane. That was exhilarating!&rdquo;</p> <p>Formula F veteran Johnson stayed close, but was just off the battle for the lead.</p> <p>&ldquo;When I was running fourth, I could see that they had just a little more talent than I have,&rdquo; Johnson surmised. &ldquo;I just tried to keep up with them, but they&rsquo;d pull me by little bits here and there. I&rsquo;m okay with finishing third today. This is a tough crowd!&rdquo;</p> <p>Bob Perona, of Indianapolis, Indiana, drove his Piper DF-3 to a fourth-place finish, followed by Kautz.</p> <p>Newgarden set a new track record for Formula F at 1:32.440 (92.687 mph). After the race, he noted the class&rsquo;s importance in the motorsports development ladder.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula F is one of those training grounds that should never go away,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think it is the best open wheel training ground for a young driver. If you want to get the best experience and training, Formula F is the place to go. Honda is obviously very involved in this and for them to invite me down here to do this, I can&rsquo;t thank them enough. They&rsquo;re always so good to me. I hope that I can do this some more.&rdquo;</p> <p>In other SCCA Summer Speedfest action, Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Georgia, led flag-to-flag in his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Headers Racer&rsquo;s Wedge SB-1/VW to win Formula Vee in a field that saw five drivers break his existing track record. Steve Oseth and Laura Hayes completed the podium.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tough field,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;We only have 12 cars, but there are five or six really tough, competitive cars. It was good to run out front. I was amazed that I was able to get away!&rdquo;</p> <p>Hayes came away with the new lap record, a 1:44.884 (81.690 mph) in her Protoform P2/VW.</p> <p>W. Clint McMahan, of Covington, Georgia, dominated Formula 500, beating Thomas Edwards in his Nova KBS/Honda Formula 600. Chris Forrer, of Pensacola, Florida, doubled up on the weekend in Club Formula Ford, winning in his Scurvydog Motorsports Tiga/Ford. In the opening race of the day, Kevin Ferah, of Montreal, won in Spec:RaceAtom, driving his Ariel Atom.</p> <p>For a full listing of results from Sunday&rsquo;s four race groups, please visit www.scca.com/ff45th.</p> <p>Image: Josef Newgarden returns to his Formula F roots to take the 45th Anniversary Race at Barber<br /> Credit: Clark McInnis<br /> Right-click and &ldquo;save as&rdquo; for larger image.</p> <p>-30-</p> Club Racing Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Futrelle Wins Wet FF Anniversary Saturday Sprint at Barber http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51967 <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Aug. 9, 2014) &ndash;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;"> Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Georgia, made the most of his time in the No. 11 HPD/Honda Performance Development Piper DF5/Honda, winning Saturday&rsquo;s sprint race commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Formula F class at the SCCA&reg; Summer Speedfest at Barber Motorsports Park. Futrelle will turn the seat over to current Verizon IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden for Sunday&rsquo;s feature race.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Qualifying for Saturday&rsquo;s race was held under dry conditions, and the No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier/Euroquipe Piper/Honda of defending SCCA Runoffs&reg; National Champion Tim Kautz set the pace, turning a 1:33.942. The lap put him 0.020-second ahead of Futrelle, with 16-year-old Max Mallinen, Jason Generotti and Cliff Johnson each within a half second of the front row.</span></p> <p>Following qualifying and during the opening Spec:RaceAtom race, the threatening skies opened up, putting the field on wet setups for the race, which was shortened to a 20-minute sprint.</p> <p>At the start, Futrelle went to the front, a position he would never relinquish in the 12-lap run. In the end, Futrelle beat Kautz, of Geneva, Illinois, by 6.254 seconds. Johnson, of Stillwell, Kansas, finished third in his No. 4 Alpine Litho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5/Honda.</p> <p>&ldquo;The track was kind of weird,&rdquo; Futrelle said. &ldquo;There were parts of the track that were dry, but then others that weren&rsquo;t even close to dry. I even debated trying dry tires before the race, which would have been a horrible call. I have some experience running on dirt tracks, so that helped me search for grip on the track.&rdquo;</p> <p>Saturday was the first time Futrelle had driven the No. 11 machine.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the Honda factory car,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a made-in-America Piper, with a Honda motor directly from HPD, so it hasn&rsquo;t been off to a separate builder. We struggled in practice and qualifying, but the HPD and Jay Motorsports guys worked really hard to get it good for the race.&rdquo;</p> <p>In other action on the day, Donnie Isley, of Fletcher, N.C., made a last-lap pass in changing conditions to win the Formula Vee race in his No. 30 Agitator by Brookshire Agitator 016/VW.</p> <p>Polesitter Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., led the opening 10 laps immediately following the Formula F race, the final seven with Isley on his gearbox. As rain began to again fall, Isley was able to make his move in the final corners on Davis&rsquo; No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Headers Racer&rsquo;s Wedge SB-1/VW to take 0.282-second victory.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had sized [Davis] up the last couple of laps and it started to sprinkle again in a couple of spots,&rdquo; Isley said. &ldquo;I thought maybe he&rsquo;d make a mistake somewhere, but he never did. Then, he opened the door for me on the last lap and that surprised me. I went for the gap and the rest is history!&rdquo;</p> <p>Davis finished second, with Charlie Rogers, of Powder Springs, Ga., making up three seconds on the final lap to finish third, less than a half second behind Isley.</p> <p>Other winners on the day included Kevin Ferah, of Montreal, Quebec, in Spec:RaceAtom, driving his Ariel Atom; Clint McMahan, of Covington, Ga., driving his Nova KBS/Honda Formula 600; and James Christian Forrer, of Pensacola, Fla., who put his Scurvydog Motorsports Tiga/Ford into the lead on the final lap in Club Formula F.</p> <p>Forrer said Newgarden&rsquo;s advice after watching the Formula F race prompted him to choose slick tires, despite the slippery conditions. The tire choice was the right one, and helped set up the last-lap move.</p> <p>The racers, teams and workers come together Saturday evening for the 45th Formula F Anniversary party, presented by HPD/Honda Performance Development.</p> <p>Sunday brings morning warm-up sessions for all four race groups, with 21-lap feature races concluding the inaugural SCCA Summer Speedfest weekend. To follow all the action, including complete results, visit <a href="http://www.scca.com/ff45th">www.scca.com/ff45th</a>.</p> <p>Follow live notes via Twitter @SCCALive. View live timing and notes at www.scca.com/sccalive.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">-30-</p> Club Racing Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Tire Rack Championship Tour from Wilmington Outlasts Foul Weather http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51966 <p><strong>WILMINGTON, Ohio. (Aug. 6, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Tire Rack SCCA Solo&reg; Championship Tour completed its final regular-season stop prior to September&rsquo;s Tire Rack Solo National Championships this past weekend at the Wilmington (Ohio) Airpark.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">This Championship Tour event was nearly a record setting one as 368 competitors were entered into the two-day event. The current record sits at 398 for the 2005 event in Peru, Indiana. Wilmington now holds the distinction of being the second-most attended meet.</span></p> <p>Weather became an issue during Saturday&rsquo;s second heat. The skies opened up, drenching the course and competition was halted for 45 minutes for lightning in the area. Rain was still falling when the remainder of the heat two drivers got back on course, but by the beginning of heat three the rain had stopped. Sunday offered some relief as the rain stayed away, producing better course conditions for each of the drivers</p> <p>Alex Jones designed the courses for this event. Under the gun to get Sunday&rsquo;s course set as quickly as possible, Jones and his crew rose to the occasion. That gave each competitor the chance to complete the customary course walk prior to jumping in their cars.</p> <p>Neal Tovsen (C Street Prepared, Apruve/Vision Speedworks Mazda Miata), of Apple Valley, Minnesota, was the CSP winner by the smallest margin recorded during the meet. The leader going into the overnight break, Tovsen was able to maintain his lead over Brian Garfield. Tovesen&rsquo;s combined time was 0.044-second ahead of Garfield.</p> <p>Wayne Onyschuk (D Street, Subaru WRX), of Oak Forest, Illinois, secured his class win with a clutch performance. After Saturday&rsquo;s competition, Bran Anthony lead Onyschuk by a small margin. On Sunday, Onyschuk came out on top in the tightly-contested fight that was decided by 0.063-second.</p> <p>Formula Junior A was another class that produced some close racing. Tom Regganie (FJA, Regganie Racing/KAO Racing Margay), of Joliet, Illinois, took the win over 2013 McClintock-Berry Award winner Trey White. Regganie trailed White by more than 0.2-second headed into the overnight break. However, Regganie rose to the occasion on Sunday and overcame the deficit to win by a 0.088-second margin.</p> <p>H Street was also a fierce battle that saw Greg Reno (HS, MINIUSA/Baron MINI &amp; BMW/Kumho), of Lawrence, Kansas, take the eventual win. Reno left the competition site on Saturday night with a 0.2-second lead in hand. It looked as though he may have had the other drivers in his class covered, but Tim Carritte was able to edge out Reno&rsquo;s best Sunday time. However, it wasn&rsquo;t enough to overcome the lead that Reno had built up, whittling his margin of victory down to 0.165-second.</p> <p>Mike Lane (B Street Prepared, Hills Garage/Z1 Motorsports Nissan 350Z), of Frederick, Maryland, had a tough opening day of competition. Heavily affected by the rain, Lane was unable to post a clean run on Saturday but still managed to hold down the second position. On Sunday, Lane went for broke, setting the quickest class time by nearly 0.2-second. When the composite times were compared, Lane beat Laurence Casey by 0.293-second.</p> <p>More information, including full results, from the Packwood Championship Tour is available at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6991.</p> <p>The SCCA Tire Rack Solo National Championships is the next major event listed on the Championship Tour schedule. The next true Championship Tour event will conclude the season, Sept, 27-28, at the Arkansas Aeroplex in Blytheville, Arkansas. More information on The Tire Rack SCCA Solo Program is available at www.scca.com/solo.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Solo Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Contingencies Outlined for Tire Rack Solo Nationals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51965 <p><strong>&nbsp;TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> While the focus at this year&rsquo;s Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals is to bring home a National Championship, several organizations have pledged their support of the event through contingency prizes. The awards include cash payouts and product vouchers from many of the top companies in motorsports.<br /> <br /> <strong>Mazda North American Operations</strong>, the Official Car of SCCA, will be offering prizes for Mazda drivers in all classes. Eligible drivers signed up for the program will be able to get their hands on a $1,000 payday with a National Championship win. Second place will be worth $600, while third is worth $300.<br /> <br /> <strong>Honda Performance Development (HPD) </strong>continues to show support for the event, as well. Drivers of a Honda or Acura, in eligible classes, will claim $500 for a win. The company will award $300 and $100 for the final two podium positions, in that order.<br /> <br /> Also offering cash awards for top finishers is <strong>MINI USA</strong>. Drivers of the marque in eligible classes will score a $1,000 payday with a win. Second-place drivers will get $500, with third-place competitors earning $250.<br /> <br /> <strong>Nissan Motorsports</strong> will award class-winning racers at the controls of a current eligible model with a $1,000 cash prize. Drivers of non-current models will get $500. <strong>Toyota/TRD</strong> will be running a similar program, awarding $1,000 to an eligible winner across all classes. <strong>Scion Racing</strong> has also promised to support the Solo Nationals, this year. Eligible winners driving a Scion in any class will earn $1,000.<br /> <br /> Drivers of Fiat 500s, Fiat 500 Abarths and Dodge/SRT Vipers will be eligible for contingency payouts in eligible classes through <strong>SRT Motorpsorts</strong>. Eligible drivers will earn $500 for a win, with second and third worth $300 and $100, respectively.<br /> <br /> <strong>Subaru of America</strong> has pledged their support with their own contingency program for the Solo National Championships. Entrants in eligible classes can take home $1,250 for a first-place finish. The company will pay down to fifth place, dropping $250 for each position. Subaru has also made a change to their ProSolo payouts. Class winners at the ProSolo Finale will enjoy doubled payouts. In addition, Subaru will offer $1,000 to each year-end point winner in class and challenge standings. Second place is worth $750, followed by $500 for third.<br /> <br /> Tire makers are also in the mix, led by <strong>BFGoodrich Tires</strong>, the Official Street Tire of SCCA. Drivers in select classes will bag four free tires, while second place will earn two free tires. Eligible drivers placing third will get one free tire.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hankook Tire</strong> will be offering cash awards to drivers using certain tire models in an eligible class. A National Championship is worth $1,200. The remaining podium positions are worth $800 and $500, respectively. In addition, the company will award $1,000 to any driver who takes home the prestigious Solo Triad Award.<br /> <br /> <strong>Hoosier Racing Tires</strong> will also be part of the contingency mix, offering eligible drivers four free tires for a win and two tires for a second-place finish. <strong>Kumho Tires</strong> will provide four tires to eligible winners in all classes. Two tires will go to second place, with one being awarded for third. In the Street and Street Touring classes, these amounts will be doubled.<br /> <br /> Car components are another important part of racing. With that in mind, <strong>Hawk Performance</strong>, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, is offering a contingency program for all classes. Registered drivers can earn a $125 product certificate with a win. Second place will get a $75 certificate, while third will receive a $50 certificate.<br /> <br /> <strong>Penske Racing Shocks</strong> offer product certificates to enrolled drivers using approved shocks. Class winners will get a $250 certificate, with second place getting a $150 certificate. Third place will earn a $100 certificate, while fourth place will get a $75 certificate. Fifth- and sixth-place finishers will get $50 certificates.<br /> <br /> <strong>GoPro</strong>, the Official Camera of SCCA, is also on board. They are offering a GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition camera to the winner of the &lsquo;GoPro Hero Moment.&rsquo; The winner will be the driver who makes the most position improvements from day one to day two of competition in each of the seven class categories.<br /> <br /> <strong>Mobil 1</strong>, the Official Oil of SCCA, is offering eligible class-winning drivers $100 cash and a $50 product certificate. In addition, all eligible class winners are entered into a random drawing to win one of three Mobil 1 10&rsquo;x10&rsquo; E-Z Up instant shelters. Second-place entrants will be rewarded with a $50 product certificate.<br /> <br /> <strong>Petrel Data Systems</strong> will also be part of the program, offering a $100 cash prize to all first-place finishers who purchased a SoloStorm data system. The company is offering a 10-percent discount to SCCA competitors on all software purchases through Sept. 5.<br /> <br /> Completing the list of contingency partners for the SCCA Solo National Championships is <strong>Race Technology USA</strong>. Eligible drivers winning a National Championship will collect a 30-percent discount on a new system, or a $200 parts credit to make upgrades to an existing system. Second place will earn a 25-percent discount or $125 parts credit, while a third-place finisher can take home a 20-percent discount or $75 parts credit.<br /> <br /> For more information on these contingency programs and how to register to participate, click <a href="http://www.scca.com/solo/content.cfm?cid=51955">here</a>. Drivers must register for contingency programs prior to competing. Program descriptions should be read carefully to ensure all requirements are met. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in forfeiting of awards.<br /> <br /> The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships takes place in Lincoln, Neb., September 2 &ndash; 5. Nearly 1,200 competitors are expected to be on hand for the four days of competition which will crown this year&rsquo;s National Champions at the largest motorsports event in the world. More information is available at SCCA.com/Solo.<br /> <br /> Like the Club on Facebook at facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Eastern Conference Season is Complete at Summit Point http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51964 <p><strong>SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. (Aug. 3, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour came to a close on Sunday at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program, after 14 rounds of racing.<br /> <br /> Weather conditions played into the finish of many classes on Sunday as temperatures and the dew point was higher than any other point this race weekend at the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit. The increased heat produced increasingly slick conditions throughout the day for each of the seven race groups. Hardware for 12 Conference Championship winners was given out during each race group&rsquo;s podium ceremonies.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Group One:</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;"> Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, completed the weekend sweep in Spec Racer Ford. Starting in fifth, Vultaggio got his No. 43 Dinosaur Racing Spec Racer Ford toward the front in quick order. Vultaggio and Jeffrey Lehner then spent nearly 20 laps trading the lead amongst themselves, followed closely by Bruce Myers. On the final lap, Vultaggio was able to get his machine in the right position to win the race to the line.</span></p> <p>Myers, of Greenland, New Hampshire, claimed the Eastern Conference title with his fifth place finish. At the wheel of the No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry Spec Racer Ford, Myers rode around in third for most of the race. To seal the Championship Myers needed to finish in seventh or higher. On the final lap, Myers spun in Turn Five while trying to take over the lead. He quickly regained control of his machine and was able to hold onto a fifth-place finish.</p> <p><strong>Group Two:</strong> Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, did the double at Summit Point by winning the final Eastern Conference Formula Vee race of the season in his No. 72 JK Technologies JK Tech SP-1. However, it was the race for second, between Richard Shields and Roger Siebenaler that was most intriguing. The two drivers were nose-to-tail for much of the 25-lap race, trading spots regularly. When it came down to it, Shields got to the line first by 0.001-second.</p> <p>Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, completed the weekend sweep in Formula F. Also sweeping the weekend in Formula 500 was Jay Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, in the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1.</p> <p><strong>Group Three</strong>: Mike Collins, of Woodbine, Maryland, eked out a closely contested win in Spec Miata. Collins, at the controls of the No. 75 Meathead Racing/Tri-Speed Mazda Miata, got the win over Sebastian Landy. Landy spent much of the race hounding Collins, but was unable to make the pass for the lead happen.</p> <p><strong>Group Four:</strong> Until lap 15, it looked like GT-Lite was going to be a close race to the end between eventual winner Kyle Disque, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Robert Lenz II. Those drivers were involved in an intense fight for the lead that saw the two cars separated by less than two seconds as they diced through traffic. At the control of his No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel, Disque was able to win the battle of attrition as Lenz was forced to drop out before the checkered flag fell with a mechanical issue.</p> <p>The win helped Disque claim top honors in the Eastern Conference GTL points. Also taking home hardware for a Conference title was Joe Kelly in E Prepared, as his friend Minor Wilcox (No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham Seven America), of Wingina, Virginia, went two-for-two at Summit Point in the same class. Ron Bartell (No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget), of Madbury, New Hampshire, and Jerry Hinkle (No. 66 Element One Associates Lotus Seven), of Catonsville, Maryland, were also double winners.</p> <p><strong>Group Five:</strong> The interfamily race between Formula Atlantic pilots Conner and Gaston Kearby, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, took center stage. While the Eastern Conference title had been decided after Saturday&rsquo;s race in Gaston&rsquo;s favor, Conner still had the opportunity for the weekend sweep. When the checkers fell, Conner was able to finish 0.160-second ahead of his father in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016.</p> <p>Also claiming Conference hardware following the race was Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Prototype 2 and Paul Schneider, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Formula Enterprise.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> The Big-bore class, again, saw a pair of Aquilantes win. Amy (No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird), of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, took the win in America Sedan while Joe (No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette), of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, was the winner in Touring 1. With the win, Amy finalized her bid for the Eastern Conference Championship.</p> <p>GT-1 winner Scott Quaile, of Copake Falls, New York, was the overall leader of the race until he ran into mechanical issues with only two laps remaining in the race. While Quaile completed the GT-1 sweep in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro, his early retirement allowed GT-2 class winner James Goughary, of Houston, Texas, to take the overall group victory in his No. 46 Redline Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven</strong>: Rob Hines, of Arlington, Virginia, left Summit Point as a double race winner and Touring 3 Eastern Conference Champion. In his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Redline Oil/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, Hines was able to beat his class rival, Kevin Boehm, to the finish line by 0.505-second.</p> <p>Preston Calvert (No.77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang GT), of Potomac, Maryland, and Chris Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata), of Darnestown, Maryland, scored weekend sweeps and Conference Championships in Touring 2 and Touring 4, respectively.</p> <p>The next stop for many of these same racers will be the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, to take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Oct. 6-12.</p> <p>Additional information on the Summit Point Majors, including full results and entry list, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6896">here</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Eastern Conference Season is Complete at Summit Point http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51964 <p><strong>SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. (Aug. 3, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour came to a close on Sunday at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program, after 14 rounds of racing.<br /> <br /> Weather conditions played into the finish of many classes on Sunday as temperatures and the dew point was higher than any other point this race weekend at the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit. The increased heat produced increasingly slick conditions throughout the day for each of the seven race groups. Hardware for 12 Conference Championship winners was given out during each race group&rsquo;s podium ceremonies.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Group One:</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;"> Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, completed the weekend sweep in Spec Racer Ford. Starting in fifth, Vultaggio got his No. 43 Dinosaur Racing Spec Racer Ford toward the front in quick order. Vultaggio and Jeffrey Lehner then spent nearly 20 laps trading the lead amongst themselves, followed closely by Bruce Myers. On the final lap, Vultaggio was able to get his machine in the right position to win the race to the line.</span></p> <p>Myers, of Greenland, New Hampshire, claimed the Eastern Conference title with his fifth place finish. At the wheel of the No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry Spec Racer Ford, Myers rode around in third for most of the race. To seal the Championship Myers needed to finish in seventh or higher. On the final lap, Myers spun in Turn Five while trying to take over the lead. He quickly regained control of his machine and was able to hold onto a fifth-place finish.</p> <p><strong>Group Two:</strong> Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, did the double at Summit Point by winning the final Eastern Conference Formula Vee race of the season in his No. 72 JK Technologies JK Tech SP-1. However, it was the race for second, between Richard Shields and Roger Siebenaler that was most intriguing. The two drivers were nose-to-tail for much of the 25-lap race, trading spots regularly. When it came down to it, Shields got to the line first by 0.001-second.</p> <p>Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, completed the weekend sweep in Formula F. Also sweeping the weekend in Formula 500 was Jay Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, in the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1.</p> <p><strong>Group Three</strong>: Mike Collins, of Woodbine, Maryland, eked out a closely contested win in Spec Miata. Collins, at the controls of the No. 75 Meathead Racing/Tri-Speed Mazda Miata, got the win over Sebastian Landy. Landy spent much of the race hounding Collins, but was unable to make the pass for the lead happen.</p> <p><strong>Group Four:</strong> Until lap 15, it looked like GT-Lite was going to be a close race to the end between eventual winner Kyle Disque, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Robert Lenz II. Those drivers were involved in an intense fight for the lead that saw the two cars separated by less than two seconds as they diced through traffic. At the control of his No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel, Disque was able to win the battle of attrition as Lenz was forced to drop out before the checkered flag fell with a mechanical issue.</p> <p>The win helped Disque claim top honors in the Eastern Conference GTL points. Also taking home hardware for a Conference title was Joe Kelly in E Prepared, as his friend Minor Wilcox (No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham Seven America), of Wingina, Virginia, went two-for-two at Summit Point in the same class. Ron Bartell (No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget), of Madbury, New Hampshire, and Jerry Hinkle (No. 66 Element One Associates Lotus Seven), of Catonsville, Maryland, were also double winners.</p> <p><strong>Group Five:</strong> The interfamily race between Formula Atlantic pilots Conner and Gaston Kearby, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, took center stage. While the Eastern Conference title had been decided after Saturday&rsquo;s race in Gaston&rsquo;s favor, Conner still had the opportunity for the weekend sweep. When the checkers fell, Conner was able to finish 0.160-second ahead of his father in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016.</p> <p>Also claiming Conference hardware following the race was Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Prototype 2 and Paul Schneider, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Formula Enterprise.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> The Big-bore class, again, saw a pair of Aquilantes win. Amy (No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird), of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, took the win in America Sedan while Joe (No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette), of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, was the winner in Touring 1. With the win, Amy finalized her bid for the Eastern Conference Championship.</p> <p>GT-1 winner Scott Quaile, of Copake Falls, New York, was the overall leader of the race until he ran into mechanical issues with only two laps remaining in the race. While Quaile completed the GT-1 sweep in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro, his early retirement allowed GT-2 class winner James Goughary, of Houston, Texas, to take the overall group victory in his No. 46 Redline Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven</strong>: Rob Hines, of Arlington, Virginia, left Summit Point as a double race winner and Touring 3 Eastern Conference Champion. In his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Redline Oil/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, Hines was able to beat his class rival, Kevin Boehm, to the finish line by 0.505-second.</p> <p>Preston Calvert (No.77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang GT), of Potomac, Maryland, and Chris Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata), of Darnestown, Maryland, scored weekend sweeps and Conference Championships in Touring 2 and Touring 4, respectively.</p> <p>The next stop for many of these same racers will be the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, to take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Oct. 6-12.</p> <p>Additional information on the Summit Point Majors, including full results and entry list, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6896">here</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Eastern Conference Season is Complete at Summit Point http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51964 <p><strong>SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. (Aug. 3, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour came to a close on Sunday at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program, after 14 rounds of racing.<br /> <br /> Weather conditions played into the finish of many classes on Sunday as temperatures and the dew point was higher than any other point this race weekend at the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit. The increased heat produced increasingly slick conditions throughout the day for each of the seven race groups. Hardware for 12 Conference Championship winners was given out during each race group&rsquo;s podium ceremonies.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Group One:</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;"> Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, completed the weekend sweep in Spec Racer Ford. Starting in fifth, Vultaggio got his No. 43 Dinosaur Racing Spec Racer Ford toward the front in quick order. Vultaggio and Jeffrey Lehner then spent nearly 20 laps trading the lead amongst themselves, followed closely by Bruce Myers. On the final lap, Vultaggio was able to get his machine in the right position to win the race to the line.</span></p> <p>Myers, of Greenland, New Hampshire, claimed the Eastern Conference title with his fifth place finish. At the wheel of the No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry Spec Racer Ford, Myers rode around in third for most of the race. To seal the Championship Myers needed to finish in seventh or higher. On the final lap, Myers spun in Turn Five while trying to take over the lead. He quickly regained control of his machine and was able to hold onto a fifth-place finish.</p> <p><strong>Group Two:</strong> Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, did the double at Summit Point by winning the final Eastern Conference Formula Vee race of the season in his No. 72 JK Technologies JK Tech SP-1. However, it was the race for second, between Richard Shields and Roger Siebenaler that was most intriguing. The two drivers were nose-to-tail for much of the 25-lap race, trading spots regularly. When it came down to it, Shields got to the line first by 0.001-second.</p> <p>Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, completed the weekend sweep in Formula F. Also sweeping the weekend in Formula 500 was Jay Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, in the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1.</p> <p><strong>Group Three</strong>: Mike Collins, of Woodbine, Maryland, eked out a closely contested win in Spec Miata. Collins, at the controls of the No. 75 Meathead Racing/Tri-Speed Mazda Miata, got the win over Sebastian Landy. Landy spent much of the race hounding Collins, but was unable to make the pass for the lead happen.</p> <p><strong>Group Four:</strong> Until lap 15, it looked like GT-Lite was going to be a close race to the end between eventual winner Kyle Disque, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Robert Lenz II. Those drivers were involved in an intense fight for the lead that saw the two cars separated by less than two seconds as they diced through traffic. At the control of his No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel, Disque was able to win the battle of attrition as Lenz was forced to drop out before the checkered flag fell with a mechanical issue.</p> <p>The win helped Disque claim top honors in the Eastern Conference GTL points. Also taking home hardware for a Conference title was Joe Kelly in E Prepared, as his friend Minor Wilcox (No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham Seven America), of Wingina, Virginia, went two-for-two at Summit Point in the same class. Ron Bartell (No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget), of Madbury, New Hampshire, and Jerry Hinkle (No. 66 Element One Associates Lotus Seven), of Catonsville, Maryland, were also double winners.</p> <p><strong>Group Five:</strong> The interfamily race between Formula Atlantic pilots Conner and Gaston Kearby, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, took center stage. While the Eastern Conference title had been decided after Saturday&rsquo;s race in Gaston&rsquo;s favor, Conner still had the opportunity for the weekend sweep. When the checkers fell, Conner was able to finish 0.160-second ahead of his father in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016.</p> <p>Also claiming Conference hardware following the race was Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Prototype 2 and Paul Schneider, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Formula Enterprise.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> The Big-bore class, again, saw a pair of Aquilantes win. Amy (No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird), of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, took the win in America Sedan while Joe (No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette), of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, was the winner in Touring 1. With the win, Amy finalized her bid for the Eastern Conference Championship.</p> <p>GT-1 winner Scott Quaile, of Copake Falls, New York, was the overall leader of the race until he ran into mechanical issues with only two laps remaining in the race. While Quaile completed the GT-1 sweep in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro, his early retirement allowed GT-2 class winner James Goughary, of Houston, Texas, to take the overall group victory in his No. 46 Redline Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven</strong>: Rob Hines, of Arlington, Virginia, left Summit Point as a double race winner and Touring 3 Eastern Conference Champion. In his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Redline Oil/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, Hines was able to beat his class rival, Kevin Boehm, to the finish line by 0.505-second.</p> <p>Preston Calvert (No.77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang GT), of Potomac, Maryland, and Chris Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata), of Darnestown, Maryland, scored weekend sweeps and Conference Championships in Touring 2 and Touring 4, respectively.</p> <p>The next stop for many of these same racers will be the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, to take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Oct. 6-12.</p> <p>Additional information on the Summit Point Majors, including full results and entry list, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6896">here</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Eastern Conference Season is Complete at Summit Point http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51964 <p><strong>SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. (Aug. 3, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour came to a close on Sunday at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program, after 14 rounds of racing.<br /> <br /> Weather conditions played into the finish of many classes on Sunday as temperatures and the dew point was higher than any other point this race weekend at the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit. The increased heat produced increasingly slick conditions throughout the day for each of the seven race groups. Hardware for 12 Conference Championship winners was given out during each race group&rsquo;s podium ceremonies.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Group One:</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;"> Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, completed the weekend sweep in Spec Racer Ford. Starting in fifth, Vultaggio got his No. 43 Dinosaur Racing Spec Racer Ford toward the front in quick order. Vultaggio and Jeffrey Lehner then spent nearly 20 laps trading the lead amongst themselves, followed closely by Bruce Myers. On the final lap, Vultaggio was able to get his machine in the right position to win the race to the line.</span></p> <p>Myers, of Greenland, New Hampshire, claimed the Eastern Conference title with his fifth place finish. At the wheel of the No. 28 Seacoast Physiatry Spec Racer Ford, Myers rode around in third for most of the race. To seal the Championship Myers needed to finish in seventh or higher. On the final lap, Myers spun in Turn Five while trying to take over the lead. He quickly regained control of his machine and was able to hold onto a fifth-place finish.</p> <p><strong>Group Two:</strong> Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, did the double at Summit Point by winning the final Eastern Conference Formula Vee race of the season in his No. 72 JK Technologies JK Tech SP-1. However, it was the race for second, between Richard Shields and Roger Siebenaler that was most intriguing. The two drivers were nose-to-tail for much of the 25-lap race, trading spots regularly. When it came down to it, Shields got to the line first by 0.001-second.</p> <p>Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, completed the weekend sweep in Formula F. Also sweeping the weekend in Formula 500 was Jay Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, in the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1.</p> <p><strong>Group Three</strong>: Mike Collins, of Woodbine, Maryland, eked out a closely contested win in Spec Miata. Collins, at the controls of the No. 75 Meathead Racing/Tri-Speed Mazda Miata, got the win over Sebastian Landy. Landy spent much of the race hounding Collins, but was unable to make the pass for the lead happen.</p> <p><strong>Group Four:</strong> Until lap 15, it looked like GT-Lite was going to be a close race to the end between eventual winner Kyle Disque, of Philadelphia, Pa., and Robert Lenz II. Those drivers were involved in an intense fight for the lead that saw the two cars separated by less than two seconds as they diced through traffic. At the control of his No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel, Disque was able to win the battle of attrition as Lenz was forced to drop out before the checkered flag fell with a mechanical issue.</p> <p>The win helped Disque claim top honors in the Eastern Conference GTL points. Also taking home hardware for a Conference title was Joe Kelly in E Prepared, as his friend Minor Wilcox (No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham Seven America), of Wingina, Virginia, went two-for-two at Summit Point in the same class. Ron Bartell (No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget), of Madbury, New Hampshire, and Jerry Hinkle (No. 66 Element One Associates Lotus Seven), of Catonsville, Maryland, were also double winners.</p> <p><strong>Group Five:</strong> The interfamily race between Formula Atlantic pilots Conner and Gaston Kearby, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, took center stage. While the Eastern Conference title had been decided after Saturday&rsquo;s race in Gaston&rsquo;s favor, Conner still had the opportunity for the weekend sweep. When the checkers fell, Conner was able to finish 0.160-second ahead of his father in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016.</p> <p>Also claiming Conference hardware following the race was Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in Prototype 2 and Paul Schneider, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Formula Enterprise.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> The Big-bore class, again, saw a pair of Aquilantes win. Amy (No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird), of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, took the win in America Sedan while Joe (No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette), of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, was the winner in Touring 1. With the win, Amy finalized her bid for the Eastern Conference Championship.</p> <p>GT-1 winner Scott Quaile, of Copake Falls, New York, was the overall leader of the race until he ran into mechanical issues with only two laps remaining in the race. While Quaile completed the GT-1 sweep in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro, his early retirement allowed GT-2 class winner James Goughary, of Houston, Texas, to take the overall group victory in his No. 46 Redline Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven</strong>: Rob Hines, of Arlington, Virginia, left Summit Point as a double race winner and Touring 3 Eastern Conference Champion. In his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Redline Oil/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, Hines was able to beat his class rival, Kevin Boehm, to the finish line by 0.505-second.</p> <p>Preston Calvert (No.77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang GT), of Potomac, Maryland, and Chris Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata), of Darnestown, Maryland, scored weekend sweeps and Conference Championships in Touring 2 and Touring 4, respectively.</p> <p>The next stop for many of these same racers will be the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, to take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Oct. 6-12.</p> <p>Additional information on the Summit Point Majors, including full results and entry list, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6896">here</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 03 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Day One from Summit Point is a Wrap http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51963 <p><strong>SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. (Aug. 2, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Seven race groups of 27 Runoffs-eligible classes put on quite an opening act during Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour Round 13 race at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program. While watching the on-track action, one could tell many of these drivers were pushing hard during the final race weekend on the conference schedule.<br /> <br /> Unlike Friday&rsquo;s cool, cloudy and drizzly weather, the sun shone down on the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit on Saturday. While the sun was shining brightly, temperatures stayed very comfortable for the competitors, volunteers and spectators in attendance. Six Eastern Conference Championship trophies will be awarded following today&rsquo;s action, with an addition 10 up for grabs on Sunday.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Group One: </span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, earned the distinction of being the first race winner on Saturday in an extremely close contest. Starting fifth in the No. 43 Dinosaur Racing SRF, Vultaggio wasted little time getting to the front of the field. In the later stages of the race, he found himself in the middle of a nip-and-tuck battle with Bruce Myers and Robert Reed for the lead. As the laps wound down, Vultaggio made the race-winning pass around Meyers. In an effort to get back around Vultaggio, Meyers spun in Turn Five sealing the results. Reed and Matthew Polk completed the podium positions.</span></p> <p>Jeffrey Lehner was the early leader, showing the pace needed to stay in the lead battle. On lap nine, misfortune befell Lehner as his car suffered a mechanical failure that forced his early retirement.</p> <p><strong>Group Two: </strong>Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, scored the Formula Vee win by the narrowest margin of victory all day. Weisheit&rsquo;s No. 61 JK Technologies JK Tech XP1 crossed the finish line 0.011-second ahead of Roger Siebenaler. For all 22 laps, Weisheit, Siebenaler and Richard Shields were involved in a three-way tussle for the lead. The Turn One braking zone seemed to be the favored passing zone as Siebenaler and Weisheit took turns trading the lead as the laps wound down.</p> <p>In Formula F, Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsport/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, won in dominating fashion while Jay Beckley (No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1), of Marlton, New Jersey, ran away with the Formula 500 win.</p> <p><strong>Group Three:</strong> Tyler Kicera, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, led flag-to-flag in Spec Miata. From the drop of the green flag, Kicera clicked off consistently fast laps allowing him to open a sizable lead at the wheel of his No. 44 Rock-It Cargo/Kicera Motorsports Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Running in second at the time, Sebastian Landy dropped out of the race on lap 11 with a mechanical issue. His brother, Forrest, inherited the second spot and held station for the remaining laps. Marc Cefalo completed the podium, in third.</p> <p><strong>Group Four:</strong> Robert Lentz, of Chantilly, Va., was Saturday&rsquo;s winner in a GT-Lite battle that lasted for 20 of the 22 laps run. Lentz, in the No. 60 FGR/Hoosier Tire Nissan Sentra SE-R, got around Disque by lap five. He then tucked in behind Warren Montague, the leader at the time. Montague and Lentz played a high-speed game of cat and mouse at the front for the next 15 laps. The lead drivers traded positions back and forth until Montague made a mistake by dropping off course briefly. After gathering his car back up, Montague was in third, behind Kyle Disque. That&rsquo;s how they came across the line to complete the podium.</p> <p>Ron Bartell, of Madbury, New Hampshire, was dominating in H Production. Driving his No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget, Bartell pulled out a 25-second gap to his next closest competitor, in class.</p> <p><strong>Group Five:</strong> Conner Kearby (No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016), of Corpus Christi, Texas, took the win in Formula Atlantic. However the most interesting on-track battle occured behind him. Conner&rsquo;s father, Gaston, and Chris Fahan spent all 27 laps within two seconds of each other. In the end, Fahan didn&rsquo;t have enough to get by Gaston and had to settle for third.</p> <p>Alex Mayer, of Harleysville, Pa., won the race in Formula 1000. Piloting the No. 77 Mayer Motorsports JDR F1000, Mayer made great strides toward wrapping up the Eastern Conference title. His closest challenger in the season-long standings, Alastair McEwan, was unable to complete a lap due to a mechanical issue.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> For the Aquilante clan, it was a family affair as Joe Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., took the Touring 1 win and his niece, Amy Aquilante, of Phoenixville, Pa., was the top finisher in American Sedan.</p> <p>In his No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette, Joe was embroiled in a close battle with David Sanders. Once Joe was able to get around Sanders early in the run, he never looked back. Sanders made a race of it, staying just off the rear decklid of Joe for much of the race.</p> <p>Amy, piloting her No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird, was also in a close-quarters battle with Daniel Richardson for 22 laps. In the end, her margin of victory was a slim 0.456-second.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven: </strong>B-Spec was the highlight, but it wasn&rsquo;t winner Peter Schwartzott (No. 04 BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet Sonic), of White Plains, New York, who got the most attention. Behind him was a great battle involving Peter Schwartzott, Sr. and Brian Audet. The two drivers traded positions countless times during the race, sometimes swapping places multiple times per lap. In the end, it was Schwartzott Sr. that had the advantage, claiming second place 0.031-second in front of Audet</p> <p>Greg Amy, of Middletown, Conn., put on a driving clinic in Super Touring Lite. Driving his No. 33 Hoosier/HPD/Carbotech/Kessler Engineering Acura Integra GS-R, he was able to put the two other cars in his class one lap down.</p> <p>Each of the seven groups will conclude the Eastern Conference Majors season with a 25-lap endurance race, starting Sunday at 8:40 a.m. (EDT).</p> <p>Additional information on the Summit Point Majors, including the schedule and entry list, can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=6896">here</a>.</p> <p>Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT