SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:20:03 GMT Kummer to Vacate Club Racing Post http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51985 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Butch Kummer has announced that he will resign from the Club Racing Director position at Sports Car Club of America, effective the end of September 2014.</p> <p>Kummer joined the staff in 2012, tasked primarily with the operational launch of the new SCCA U.S. Majors Tour program.</p> <p>&ldquo;My directive from the beginning of this project was to elevate the status of &lsquo;national&rsquo; racing, and working together over the past two years I feel we have delivered a product that clearly differentiates our highest level of amateur competition from &lsquo;just racing,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kummer said. &ldquo;Certainly, the most dramatic change was developing a schedule with fewer conflicting events which resulted in increased participation and competition. In addition we&rsquo;ve increased consistency in event structure/operation and improved recognition of our events. &ldquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I accept Butch&rsquo;s resignation with some melancholy, as he and I have worked on the Majors project together since he began with us two years ago,&rdquo; SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble said. &ldquo;We all wish him success as he looks at what the next steps in life bring and I&rsquo;m sure we will see him continue with the SCCA in some role.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA will announce a succession plan for U.S. Majors Tour oversight shortly. Kummer will remain on through September in a transitional role.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2014 Runoffs Early Registration Deadline Is Friday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51981 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 28, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Friday, August 29 marks the last chance for the best drivers in the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s SafeRacer Club Racing program to join the 507 competitors already registered for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; before the early bird registration and price break expires.</p> <p>After midnight Central time this Friday, the entry fee for the event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 7 &ndash; 12, will increase by $200 per entrant.</p> <p>The link to online registration, as well as the full schedule, entry list, supplemental regulations and parking information, is available at <a href="http://SCCA.com/Runoffs">SCCA.com/Runoffs</a>.</p> <p>The 2014 edition of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs is the first visit of the National Championship event to the West Coast in 46 years. The event opens with qualifying sessions for all 27 Runoffs-eligible classes on Tuesday, October 7 through Thursday, October 9, with National Champions crowned in the winner-take-all class races on Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12.</p> <p>Each race will be broadcast live on <a href="http://www.SpeedCastTV.com">SpeedcastTV.com</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Runoffs Schedule For Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Posted http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51977 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 27, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The Sports Car Club of America has posted the schedule and run order for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, Oct. 7 &ndash; 12, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>The 51st running for amateur road racing&rsquo;s top prize includes 20 minute qualifying sessions for each of the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes on Tuesday through Thursday, with 20 laps or 40 minute races for the National Championship on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>Each class will make one qualifying appearance per day prior to the race days.</p> <p>The schedule also includes the All Participant Party presented by Racers Insurance Services on Thursday evening, where the Tire Rack Pole and the BFGoodrich Tires Worker of the Year Awards will be presented.</p> <p>In addition to the official event schedule, the Monday, October 6 test day schedule and run order has also been posted.</p> <p>Currently, 500 drivers are entered in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, with early bird entry open through Friday, August 29th.</p> <p><a href="http://www.scca.com/assets/2014_Runoffs_Schedule_8.25.14.pdf">The event schedule is available here</a>, as is the <a href="http://www.scca.com/assets/2014%20Test%20Day%20Schedule%208%20run%20groups.pdf">test day schedule here</a>. More information on the event, including both schedules, can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/Runoffs">SCCA.com/Runoffs</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Northern Conference 2014 Season Gets Checkered Flag at Grattan http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51973 <p><strong>BELDING, Mich. (August 24, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The 2014 SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour wrapped on Sunday at Grattan Raceway with 25-lap races in six groups. The season-long championship battle counted the best eight of 12 races available on the schedule, with a handful of point races coming down to the final stop on Sunday.</p> <p>Sunday highlights included:</p> <p>Group 1: Battles through the field marked the first group of the day and sealed Championships in three classes.</p> <p>Up front, Jonathan Start&rsquo;s strategy of stretching the lead early in the No. 51 Kalin Construction/Hoosier/Carbotech Dodge Viper before the tires went away worked early as he climbed away from Tom Patton. Start was up more than eight seconds after lap seven and tried to maintain the gap when Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Hoosier Tires/Red Line Oil Sunbeam Tiger started chipping away.</p> <p>On lap 17, Patton tried to go to the outside of Start through the final corner and up the front straight, but lost momentum and fell back just slightly. On lap 21, however, he finally fought his way through, taking over the lead with four laps to go and holding it to the finish. The win clinched the GT-2 Championship for Patton.</p> <p>The GT-1 title went to Tom Stanford, who swept the weekend in the No. 20 Pote-Stanford Reporting Chevrolet Camaro. Stanford chased Robert Hofmann&rsquo;s No. 06 B.C. Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro until lap nine, when corner workers started to report fluid leaking from Hofmann&rsquo;s Camaro. He pulled to pit lane on lap 11, and his crew dumped his cool suit bucket &ndash; sending him back onto the track but well behind Stanford.</p> <p>Joe Kristensen earned his second win of the weekend in GT-3, driving his No. 4 Acura RSX to a dominating win, just feet from lapping second-place Michael Cyphert at the finish. Kristensen had his hands full with Paul Young&rsquo;s No. 79 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe early, but an overheating issue forced Young to slow and then pull to pit lane before the finish. Young was in conservation mode, as he could have potentially captured the season title. When Cyphert reached the halfway point necessary to score points, he clinched the title in his No. 76 Toyota Motorsports/TRD/RedLine/Hoosier Toyota Celica.</p> <p>Ed Hosni battled a miss in his No. 17 Lasco Ford/Hoosier Tire/Steeda/Ford Racing/Edelbrock Ford Mustang, talking the lead on lap four, and then falling back to the clutches of the No. 28 KMS Autosport Ford Mustang of Scott Schweitzer on lap 12. Hosni&rsquo;s miss came at high RPM, and he spent the next several laps figuring how to shift to maximize his lap time. That, coupled with a corded left front tire on Schweitzer&rsquo;s Mustang that slowed him in the right hand corners, allowed Hosni to pull to the rear of Schweitzer at the finish, but out of time to challenge for the lead.</p> <p>Group 2: Three groups provided three thrilling races in Group Two, with one high-pressured win clinching a class title.</p> <p>Early on up front, the Formula 500 machines of Calvin Stewart and Brian Novak diced with the Formula F machines of Russell Ruedisueli and Max Mallinen for both class titles and the overall lead.</p> <p>Ruedisueli, who needed a weekend sweep to take the Conference Championship coming into the weekend and nailed down the first part with a win on Saturday, got a boost on lap 11 when Mallinen&rsquo;s No. 10 Spectrum 014H pulled to pit lane with a flat tire.</p> <p>Mallinen pulled off just before a one-lap full course caution to remove the No. 21 Metalloid Corp. Falcon .5 of Ryan Barth, who spun midway down the front straight and tapped the wall in an odd incident. The scene was covered with a local yellow for cleanup, but then went full course caution for the lap to remove the safety vehicles from the track. Even with the yellow, Mallinen returned to the track essentially one lap down as the field went back to green.</p> <p>That gave Ruedisueli the room he needed to drive his No. 20 Van Diemen RF-99 to the race win and the Championship, backing off late in a sportsmanlike gesture to let the dueling Formula 500 machines settle their class race.</p> <p>Stewart started his No. 7 Novakar Novakar Blade F600 from the rear of the field after missing Saturday&rsquo;s race, but had caught up to the leaders by the lap seven incident. Once even with Novak&rsquo;s No. 13 Hoosier/NovaRace/AiM NovaKar J360, the pair swapped the lead several times. The pair went back and forth, with Stewart the first to the one to go sign. Novak looked in a couple of corners, but didn&rsquo;t have a way around Stewart, who crossed the stripe just 0.219-second in front.</p> <p>Formula Vee was just as thrilling, with four cars in the pack from start to finish. Jeff Loughead, Charles McCormick, Brandon Abbott and Andrew Abbott swapped the position all race long, many times racing two by two or three-wide up the front straight, even with faster class cars working through.</p> <p>McCormick&rsquo;s No. 90 RSE Incorporated Vortech CM1 needed the lead, as mechanical troubles were switching his car off through the &ldquo;bowl&rdquo; complex of the track temporarily. With the rest of the pack behind him, he could keep them there and bunch them up. If he was behind, he had to use the draft up the front straight to catch back up.</p> <p>That happened on the final lap. Andrew Abbott&rsquo;s No. 25 Hoosier/Linamar/McLaren Performance Technologies/Vector Racecars Vector AM-1 led, with McCormick and Loughead&rsquo;s No. 18 Hoosier Tire/LL Loughead, DDS Vortech CR04 in tow. McCormick got a great run up the hill into the final turn, and at that point, Abbott was a sitting duck.</p> <p>McCormick drafted by, popping out just before the finish to take a 0.023-second win by less than a half car-length.</p> <p>Group 3: Brake line issues cost Sam Halkias a weekend sweep in E Production, and nearly unfortunately decided the GT-Lite race as well just before lunch. Halkias, after a hard-fought Saturday win in the No. 6 Catawba island Marina/Halkias Performance Services Triumph TR6, looked to have the E Production race under control. Halkias led the opening 20 laps, then saw it all evaporate.</p> <p>Shedding parts, Halkias ran off course trying to scrub speed, then reentered just in front of GT-Lite leader Joel Hipp. Hipp&rsquo;s No. 44 Austin Healey Mini spun to avoid Halkias, but kept his car running and rejoined still in the class lead.</p> <p>With Halkias off course, Lance Loughman&rsquo;s No. 20 5:01 Motorsports Datsun 240Z was able to grab the E Production win he just narrowly missed on Saturday.</p> <p>Greg Gauper (No. 15 Rana Mort Racing/King Motorsports Honda Civic), John Walker (No. 9 Walker Racing MG B) and David Daughtery (No. 8 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkei Nissan Versa) swept the weekend in H Production, F Production, and B-Spec.</p> <p>Group 4: Justin Hille walked his No. 48 Hilltrux/Roush Mazda Miata away from the Spec Miata field on Saturday, and for a while on Sunday, it looked like it may happen again.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Hille, the tandem of Voytek Burdzy&rsquo;s No. 41 Advanced Autosports Mazda Miata and Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep worked well together to shake Seth Rowley and run down Hille on lap 12.</p> <p>Burdzy moved to the lead with a draft and out braking maneuver into turn one to start lap 15, and when Novak spun in turn six, the race was down to Burdzy and Hille. Hille took the lead back on 16, but Burdzy took control on lap 19 and was able to remain in front. On his final lap, Burdzy held a two car length advantage, and held the distance for the win. Hille and Rowley&rsquo;s No. 08 Great Lakes Motorsports/Rowleys/Service Pro/HAWK Miata completed the podium.</p> <p>Group 5: On Saturday, Tyler Theilmann clinched the Formula 1000 championship on Saturday despite running just off the pace in second place and promised the Northern Conference crowd at dinner that he planned to represent them well at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October.</p> <p>On Sunday, he proved that he could.</p> <p>Thielmann drove his No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012 around Nicho Vardis&rsquo; No. 00 Vardis Racing/Hoosier Tire/AiM RFR F1000 on lap 15, then passed Michael Mallinen&rsquo;s No. 71 Swan Motorsports/Mazda Motorsports Development Swift 016/Mazda on lap 17 for the overall lead. In front, Thielmann set a new track record in class and left Vardis behind to win.</p> <p>Thielmann&rsquo;s day almost ended on the opening lap, when Ralph Provitz&rsquo; No. 38 V2 Motorsports/George Dean Racing Engines/AIM Staudacher S08 checked up to miss Mallinen going into turn five and spun. Thielmann just brushed the end plate of Provitz&rsquo; wing, knocking it off and ending Provitz day before it could begin. How close was it? Thielmann didn&rsquo;t know he hit him following the race.</p> <p>With the oil light on, Mallinen pulled off on lap 24, but had enough of a gap to still be declared the winner in Formula Atlantic &ndash; his second of the weekend. Conference Champion Dale VandenBush ended his Formula Mazda season with a win in the No. 12 Lake Effect Motorsports Formula Mazda.</p> <p>Group 6: For the second consecutive day, Scott Rettich rode away from the Spec Racer Ford field for the overall win to end the Northern Conference season, winning by 30.858 seconds in the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>The back and forth battle was for the final two podium spots, as Adam Gottleib&rsquo;s No. 0 Flat Black Racing SRF swapped positions Dudley Fleck&rsquo;s No. 81 Elite Autosport SRF all race long. Each driver used lapped traffic and slower classes to influence the race, with Gottleib finally caught out in the closing stages and falling to third.</p> <p>Daniel Bender clinched the Touring 4 title with a win in the No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda MX-5, and David Daughtery achieved his goal of finishing out his Runoffs qualifications with a weekend sweep in Touring 3 in the No. 05 Nissan/Hoosier/CarboTech/Enkei Nissan 370Z. Aaron Kaplan&rsquo;s second place finish in the No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3 added to his point total in the already clinched title fight.</p> <p>Tim Selby held off a late charge from the No. 13 Mazda RX-7 of Marty Doane, taking Super Touring Lite on Sunday in the No. 78 Mazda Miata.</p> <p>That concludes the Northern Conference Majors Tour season, with only the finale in the Mid-States Conference at Heartland Park Topeka, August 30-31, remaining.</p> <p>More information from the Northern Conference finale at Grattan, including race results, can be found at SCCA.com/GrattanMajors.</p> <p>Belding, Mich. - Provisional race winners from Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round 12 from Grattan Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Scott Schweitzer, Lake Orion, Mich., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan Versa<br /> E Production: Lance Loughman, Lake Zurich, Ill., Datsun 240Z<br /> F Production: John Walker, Richland, Mich., MG B<br /> H Production: Greg Gauper, Hubertus, Wis., Honda Civic<br /> Formula 500: Calvin Stewart, Novi, Mich., Novakar Blade F600<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Theilmann, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012<br /> Formula Atlantic: Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Swift 016a/Mazda<br /> Formula F: Russell Ruedisueli, Rochester, Mich., Van Diemen RF-99<br /> Formula Mazda: Dale VandenBush, Green Bay, Wis., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Charles McCormick, Clarkston, Mich., Vortech CM1/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Tom Stanford, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Acura RSX<br /> GT-Lite: Joel Hipp, Norwalk, Ohio, Austin Healey Mini<br /> Prototype 1: Jim Cain, Hartland, Mich., Staudacher S12<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Tim Selby, Sheboygan, Wisc., Mazda Miata<br /> Touring 1: John Buttermore, Wolverine Lake, Mich., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Rich Rigda, Saginaw, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> Touring 3: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan 370Z<br /> Touring 4: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Ill., Mazda MX-5<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Grattan Packs Heat Into Northern Conference Races on Saturday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51972 <p><strong>BELDING, Mich. (August 23, 2014) &ndash; </strong>Heat and humidity were the first things drivers often mentioned after crawling from their cars following Round 11 of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour races at Grattan Raceway on Saturday.</p> <p>The effort it took to win on the physically demanding track was the second.</p> <p>Twenty-four drivers scored wins in the penultimate round of the season-long Championship race on Saturday during 25 minute races at the Michigan track, with a handful clinching titles with the effort.</p> <p>Highlights from Saturday&rsquo;s races:</p> <p>Group 1: Jonathan Start got the jump on polesitter Tom Patton at the green flag, moving his No. 51 Kalin Construction/Hoosier/Carbotech Dodge Viper into the lead and setting the early pace overall in GT-2. Patton battled back however, taking the outside line through the final corner of lap four and running side-by-side with the Viper up the front straight. Under braking for the right handed turn one, the No. 50 Hoosier Tires/Red Line Oil Sunbeam Tiger moved into the lead.</p> <p>That was short-lived, however, as Patton spun in the difficult turn three, just two corners after taking the point. Patton kept the Tiger running (and from collecting Start in the spin), and began the chase while Start worked through traffic. On lap 13, Start&rsquo;s mirrors were once again full of Patton&rsquo;s Tiger.</p> <p>Patton regained the lead on lap 14 through turn 11, and this time, held on to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Behind the GT-2 battle, GT-3 started as a terrific three-car battle. Rob Warkcocki&rsquo;s No. 73 Deerfield/Hoosier/TRO/Mazda Mazda RX-7 led away at the start, with Paul Young behind after a great start in the No. 79 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe. That battle was quickly joined by Joe Kristensen&rsquo;s No. 4 Acura RSX, and the three ran in a line.</p> <p>The group was separated on lap three when Young spun in turn eight, just in front of Kristensen. Kristensen was able to avoid the spinning Ford, and quickly reclosed the gap to Warcocki. On lap six, Kristensen moved in front to take the lead, and stretched the gap slightly. That gap was closing with one to go, but Kristensen had enough to get to hold the lead.</p> <p>Ed Hosni (No. 17 Lasco Ford/Hoosier Tire/Steeda/Ford Racing/Edelbrock Ford Mustang), Tom Stanford (No. 20 Pote-Stanford Reporting Chevrolet Camaro), John Buttermore (No. 52 Hoosier/Carbotech/StopTech Chevrolet Corvette) and Rich Rigda (No. 3 ChevyPerfParts/Caravan FM/Tremec Chevrolet Camaro) won American Sedan, GT-1, Touring 1 and Touring 2, respectively, going away.</p> <p>Group 2: Attrition and mistake-free races by the leaders decided each of the races in the small formula group.</p> <p>Russell Ruedisueli kept his No. 20 Van Diemen RF-99 just in front of Max Mallinen&rsquo;s No. 10 Spectrum 014H early in Formula F, then at the end of the race ticked off laps that were just faster than the 16-year-old&rsquo;s to bring home a win for the veteran&rsquo;s and keeping his Northern Conference Championship hopes alive.</p> <p>Brian Novak, fine tuning a car this weekend that hasn&rsquo;t been his season-long chariot this season in Formula 500 and prepping for the Runoffs, clinched the Conference Championship with a win on Saturday in the No. 13 Hoosier/NovaRace/AiM NovaKar J360.</p> <p>Jeff Loughead led Formula Vee in the No. 18 Hoosier Tire/LL Loughead, DDS Vortech CR04/Volkswagen, holding off Charles McCormick&rsquo;s No. 90 RSE Incorporated Vortech CM1. The pair were joined early by Brandon Abbott&rsquo;s No. Hoosier/Linamar/McLaren Performance Technoligies/Autowerks/Vector Racecars Vector AM-1, but Abbott came to pit lane on lap seven in the battle for the lead with his engine spitting smoke.</p> <p>Group 3: Try as he might, Lance Loughman&rsquo;s No. 20 5:01 Motorsports Datsun 240Z just didn&rsquo;t have enough for No. 6 Catawba island Marina/Halkias Performance Services Triumph TR6 of Sam Halkias for the E Production and overall win. Loughman spent the 25 minutes looking for a way around Halkias, poking to the inside going to turn one on a handful of occasions, but Halkias stayed calm and in control of the race.</p> <p>Greg Gauper clinched the Northern Conference H Production title with his win in the No. 15 Rana Mort Racing/King Motorsports Honda Civic. Gauper led the distance, but had the No. 46 Baurle Autosport/MS Datsun 510 of Tom Hannagan and the No. 11 Kim, Ty, Kasey, Mom and Dad Austin Healey Sprite of Eric Vickerman charging hard at the finish. Gauper still had a gap of 3.9 seconds at the checkers.</p> <p>Isaac Preston took control of GT-Lite in his No. 72 MetroLineDirect.com Toyota Tercel when the No. 44 Austin Mini of Joel Hipp spun from the lead early on in turn three. John Walker ran away with F Production in the No. 9 Walker Racing MG B, while David Daughtery was the B-Spec winner in the No. 8 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkei Nissan Versa.</p> <p>Group 4: Justin Hille was able to do what few can do in any Spec Miata race &ndash; escape from his rivals, break the draft, and march to a win by more than four seconds.</p> <p>Hille steadily marched his No. 48 Hilltrux/Roush Mazda Miata away from the two car battle for second between Voytek Burdzy and Seth Rowley. That gap got larger when Rowley&rsquo;s No. 08 Great Lakes Motorsports/Rowleys/Service Pro/HAWK Miata tapped the rear of the Burdzy&rsquo;s No. 41 Advanced Autosports Mazda Miata, swapping positions as both continued.</p> <p>Burdzy moved back into the second position, and then held on for second podium spot at the finish with Rowley behind.</p> <p>Group 5: Tyler Theilmann led overall and in Formula 1000 early in the &ldquo;wings and things&rdquo; group with a challenge from the No. 00 Vardis Racing/Hoosier Tire/AiM RFR F1000 of Nicho Vardis. Vardis got a run up the front straight and around Theilman on lap five, when his No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012 was &ldquo;just off,&rdquo; in his words.</p> <p>Vardis would win the class, eventually passed for the overall lead by Prototype 1 winner Ralph Provitz&rsquo; No. 38 V2 Motorsports/George Dean Racing Engines/AIM Staudacher S08. The second-place finish for Theilmann was enough to clinch the season-long Championship in his class.</p> <p>Richard Colburn won on Saturday in Prototype 2 and had previously clinched his Championship in the No. 97 Amari Metals Nostendo.</p> <p>Group 6: As has been the case so many times this season in the Northern Conference, Spec Racer Ford was the Scott Rettich show. The No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Spec Racer Ford got out in front of the field at the green flag and pulled away lap after lap, bringing home his eighth Conference win of the season to score the maximum 200 points.</p> <p>The Touring 4 battle remains tight after Daniel Bender&rsquo;s win on Saturday. Championship leader Greg Vandersluis packed up and headed home after qualifying with a mechanical issues that couldn&rsquo;t be fixed at the track in his No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich/Ford Racing/Vandersluis Motorsports/Track First Ford Mustang. With the win, Bender&rsquo;s No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda MX-5 needs a win or a second place on Sunday to take the title.</p> <p>John Schmitt scored a dominating Super Touring Lite win on Saturday behind the wheel of the No. 73 Honda Prelude after moving around Touring 3 winner David Daughtery&rsquo;s No. 05 Nissan/Hoosier/CarboTech/Enkei Nissan 370Z following their early race battle.</p> <p>The final round of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour continues from Grattan Raceway on Sunday morning, with the 25 lap races beginning at 9:35 a.m. Live notes, timing and the PA audio are available online at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>More information, including race results, can be found at SCCA.com/GrattanMajors.</p> <p>Belding, Mich. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round 11 from Grattan Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Edward Hosni, Galloway, Ohio, Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan Versa<br /> E Production: Sam Halkias, Westerville, Ohio, Triumph TR6<br /> F Production: John Walker, Richland, Mich., MG B<br /> H Production: Greg Gauper, Hubertus, Wis., Honda Civic<br /> Formula 500: Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich. NovaKar J360<br /> Formula 1000: Nicho Vardis, Sylvan Lake, Mich., RFR F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Swift 016a/Mazda<br /> Formula F: Russell Ruedisueli, Rochester, Mich., Van Diemen RF-99<br /> Formula Mazda: Jason Vinkemulder, Spring Lake, Mich., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Jeff Loughead, Darien, Ill., Vortech CR04/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Tom Stanford, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Acura RSX<br /> GT-Lite: Isaac Preston, Morton Grove, Ill., Toyota Tercel<br /> Prototype 1: Ralph Provitz, Macomb, Mich., Staudacher S08<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo<br /> Spec Miata: Justin Hille, Canfield, Ohio, Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: John Schmitt, Sunbury, Ohio, Honda Prelude<br /> Touring 1: John Buttermore, Wolverine Lake, Mich., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Rich Rigda, Saginaw, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> Touring 3: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan 370Z<br /> Touring 4: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Ill., Mazda MX-5<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 23 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 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