SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:40:02 GMT Northern Conference Round Nine Runs At Hot Road America http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51957 <p><strong>ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 26, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour made its second stop at the four-mile Road America for the summer, competing in Round Nine of the season-long championship on Sunday in the first day of the doubleheader.</p> <p>Temperatures climbed into the eighties with high humidity by the afternoon for the seven race groups, which ran 10-lap races without a single full course caution for the day.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> The day opened with a series of drivers crawling away from their closest competition, with Ron Pawley taking the Super Touring Under and overall win in the No. 4 J. Pauley Toyota/Scion Lexus IS300 over Touring 3 winner Mark Boden&rsquo;s No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports/Hoosier BMW M3. Boden&rsquo;s BMW kept a gap to third-overall running Aaron Kaplan&rsquo;s No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3 through the 10-lap race to take the T3 win.</p> <p>Daniel Bender was the flag-to-flag leader in Touring 4, fourth overall in the No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires Mazda MX-5.</p> <p>The closest race was, for a few laps, in Super Touring Lite. Tim Selby had moved his No. 48 Mazda Miata to the rear of the No. 61 Creative Technology, Inc. Mazda RX-7 of Rich Walke, but Walke stretched his lead back out to over a second and took the checkered flag.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> The three small formula car classes came down to the final eight miles, or two circuits, around Road America.</p> <p>The battle for the overall lead was also the battle for the Formula F class win, and came down to a shootout between the No. 33 Hoosier/Subway Van Diemen Honda of Jeffrey Bartz and the No. 0 Spectrum 014H of Max Mallinen. Bartz led across the stripe to the one to go sign, with 16-year-old Mallinen in tow. Mallinen used the draft to move into the lead under braking in turn five, and held on to the finish in his U.S. Majors Tour debut. Mallinen is no stranger to SCCA racing, however, as the son of 2011 Formula Atlantic National Champion Michael Mallinen.</p> <p>That Formula F battle played a role in the finish of the Formula Vee race. Once Charles McCormick&rsquo;s No. 90 RSE Incorporated Vortec CM1 and Ron Whitston&rsquo;s No. 5 Subway/Hoosier Protoform P2 shook clear of early contender Bruce Livermore, the two were left to settle the race win on their own. McCormick, already playing out his last lap strategy and driving conservatively with fading brakes, quickly switched mental gears with the Formula F battle came through on the last lap and opened up a small gap between he and Whitston. With some breathing room, McCormick increased his aggressiveness, and held the lead through the final lap to win by 0.221-second.</p> <p>Jeremy Morales started in the back of the grid for the Formula 500 race, but climbed quickly to the front, aided by polesitter Michael Mueller pulling to pit lane on the opening lap in the No. 24 MJ Mfg/Fibeco/Hoosier Red Devil/Rotax. Morales&rsquo; No. 110 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion S1 held the lead until two laps to go, when the No. 20 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600 of Brian Novak whipped past, creating enough of a gap in the closing stages to take a 2.988-second win.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> The Production class cars, led by Jon Brakke&rsquo;s No. 89 Margaret Peterson Bars Mazda Miata, worked to the front of the field and steered clear of class competition.</p> <p>The overall win was decided nearly as soon as Brakke took the green flag, as he cruised to a 55-second win over F Production victor Michael Sturm&rsquo;s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata. Sturm was another eight seconds clear of Dieter Griesinger, running second in FP in the No. 69 Mako Mold Corporation Mazda Miata.</p> <p>The development of Lawrence Loshak&rsquo;s No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance Honda CRX continued with yet another win, the third consecutive Majors trophy for the defending National Champion&rsquo;s new ride.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> The top four in Spec Miata broke away early, leaving the rest of the field behind and sorting out the podium among themselves.</p> <p>Todd Lamb&rsquo;s No. 80 Cahall/Driving Coach/Hawk Miata led the way for most of the race, with Voytek Burdzy&rsquo;s No. 41 Advanced Autosports Miata close behind, and Justin Elder&rsquo;s No. 19 SunDrop Citrus Soda Miata and Tom Brown&rsquo;s No. 27 Advanced Autosports Miata on the tail end of the line and pushing.</p> <p>Elder spun on lap nine through turn five with Brown just behind, slowing Brown&rsquo;s momentum temporarily and leaving Lamb and Burdzy alone on the final lap to settle the win. Lamb led across the stripe, but Burdzy moved into the lead as the pair headed down into turn five. Burdzy ran a defensive line through turn 12 on the final lap, giving Lamb a run, but a local yellow in the final corner helped Burdzy keep Lamb just behind him on the run up to the checkered flag to take the win. Brown held on for third to complete the podium.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Jim Gray took an eventful trip to the Spec Racer Ford win, driving from 13th on the grid for the top spot in the No. 17 Reid Johnson Racing Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>Gray made up four spots on the opening lap of the 10-lap race, and by the end of lap three, sat in fifth position. When he turned the quickest lap of the race on lap five, he finally sat third and was battling for the top spot.</p> <p>At that point, Gray was on the rear of Chris Funk, leading in the No. 54 KC Racing SRF, and second-running Rick Bartuska&rsquo;s No. 15 M/K Industries/Mundelien SRF. Gray went by both one lap later, relinquished the lead briefly back to Funk on lap eight, and then moved back in front at the finish.</p> <p>By the time the trio completed their 40 miles, Gray was in front by 1.337-seconds and Bartuska and Funk crossed the finish line side by side for second, with Bartuska just in front.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Cliff Ebben drove away from the big bore field for the win in his No. 36 McMahan Group/Stumpf Ford Ford Mustang, besting Denny Lamers in the No. 66 McMahon Group/Stumpf Ford Ford Mustang by 15.357 seconds.</p> <p>Tom Patton moved his No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tire Sunbeam Tiger around AJ Henriksen&rsquo;s No. 44 ECC Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro on lap four, with Patton keeping the lead to the finish once he got into clear traffic. Mark Boden&rsquo;s No. 47 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 did the same to Todd Napieralski on lap three, moving into the lead and holding it once he cleared the No. 39 Tremec/SKF/Hoosier Chevrolet Camaro SS.</p> <p>Matt Slavens rode flag to flag in Touring 2 in the No. 34 Fall-Line Porsche GT3, with Scott Sanda shaking his No. 73 Tro Manufacturing Cadillac CTS-V free of Chris Pedersen&rsquo;s No. 67 Ford Mustang with a pass on lap five, then taking his class win.</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> The wings and things ended the day with the quickest of the 10 lap races, with Jason Miller driving his No. 8 Kohler/Millenium/Hoosier WynnFurst to the P1 and overall win.</p> <p>Polesitting Michael Mallinen pulled to pit lane on the opening lap in the No. 1 Swan Motorsports Swift 016a/Mazda, opening up the Formula Atlantic battle even more. Richard Zober took advantage in the No. 66 Zober Industries Swift 016a/Mazda, staying just in front of Tyler Hunter&rsquo;s No. 22 Swan Racing Swift 014a/Toyota for the distance and emerging with a 0.975-second win.</p> <p>Dean Opperman lost the lead to Reece Everard&rsquo;s No. 61 HGS Automotive Formula Enterprises on lap five, but kept his No. 27 Formula Enterprises machine in the hunt. Running Everard back down, Opperman moved around Everard coming to the one to go board, and escaped with a 0.638-second win.</p> <p>Round Ten of the Northern Conference Majors Tour continues Sunday morning with 13-lap races beginning at 9:10 a.m. CDT at Road America. More information from Road America, including results, can be found at SCCAMajors.com. Live timing and notes are available throughout the day on Sunday at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Nine from Road America. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Scott Sanda, Western Springs, Ill., Cadillac CTS-V<br /> B-Spec: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan Versa<br /> E Production: Jon Brakke, Fargo, N.D., Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> GT-1: Cliff Ebben, Neenah, Wis., Ford Mustang<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> Formula 500: Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich, Scorpion F600<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Thielmann, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012 <br /> Formula Atlantic: Richard Zober, Corydon, Pa., Swift 016a/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Devin Lesueur, Saint Charles, Ill., Van Diemen RF02<br /> Formula Enterprises: Dean Oppermann, Plainfield, Ill., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Spectrum 014H<br /> Formula Mazda: Jason Vinkemulder, Spring Lake, Mich., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Charles McCormick, Clarkston, Mich., Vortech CM1<br /> Prototype 1: Jason Miller, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., WynnFurst<br /> Prototype 2: Mike Reupert, Hubertus, Wis., Nostendo 1<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Jim Gray, Minneapolis, Minn., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Super Touring Under: Ron Pawley, Greenwood, Ark., Lexus IS300<br /> Touring 1: Mark Boden, Wadsworth, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 2: Matt Slavens, Davenport, Iowa, Porsche GT3<br /> Touring 3: Mark Boden, Wadsworth, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 4: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Ill., Mazda MX-5<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT IndyCar Star Josef Newgarden to Participate at SCCA Formula F 45th Celebration http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51956 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 25, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Verizon IndyCar star Josef Newgarden, the only American to ever win in the famed Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch, has been confirmed to participate in the Sports Car Club of America Formula F 45th Anniversary at Barber Motorsports Park, August 9-10. Newgarden will race on Sunday in a Honda-powered Piper Formula F, and participate as a speaker in the Formula F birthday celebration on Saturday night.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Newgarden will take a break from his current job as the driver of the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda to return to his roots for the weekend. The prestigious Team USA scholarship selection in 2008 allowed Newgarden to win the Formula Ford festival (Kent class) and spend a season racing in the British Formula Ford series, among other rides. The Nashville native returned stateside in 2011, and began his IndyCar career in 2012.</span></p> <p>He fills the seat with help of Honda Performance Development, a presenting sponsor of the event.</p> <p>&ldquo;This event is going to be fun for me --I&rsquo;m thankful for SCCA and to HPD for helping me to be a part of it,&rdquo; Newgarden said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve raced at Barber in an IndyCar, and it&rsquo;s going to be fun to race in a Formula F. It&rsquo;s a chance to go back to where this all really got started for me, and to race against some good drivers who do this quite often with SCCA. I&rsquo;m looking forward to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 24-year-old racer will join an event that includes some of the best current Formula F racers in SCCA, as well as Club Ford, vintage Formula Ford, Formula 500, Formula Vee and Spec: RaceAtom on the weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a Formula Vee driver participating in the weekend myself, I&rsquo;m honored that Josef is joining us for the event,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;HPD was the key in getting Josef to Barber to race, and we&rsquo;re thankful to them for the support.&rdquo;</p> <p>Registration is now open for the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, featuring the Formula F 45th Anniversary, with schedule and supplemental regulations also posted at SCCA.com/FF45th.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com.</p> Club Racing Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Contingency Programs Set for 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51953 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 23, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Each driver at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, set for Oct. 6-12, will have one goal in mind &ndash; winning a National Championship. However, 46 companies have sweetened the pot by committing to provide contingency prizes in support of the event.</p> <p><strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">Mazda North American Operations</span></strong><span style="line-height: 14px;">, the Official Car of SCCA, will award Mazda drivers $5,000 for a win in an eligible class, with payouts of $3,000 and $1,500 for second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Additionally, Mazda drivers from each Majors Conference who finished in the top three in season-long points can pull from an additional tow fund. If a Mazda driver can complete the prestigious Super Sweep, a $3,000 prize is available.</span></p> <p>In 2014, <strong>Chevrolet</strong> will support B-Spec, where a Championship will yield $750. The remaining podium spots will garner $500 and $250 awards, in that order. Ford Racing will be in the mix, too. A win in an eligible vehicle is worth $2,500, with second place earning $1,000 and third, $750.</p> <p><strong>Honda Performance Development (HPD)</strong> will give out $2,500 to any Honda/Acura driver who takes home a Runoffs gold medal in an eligible class, $1,500 for second, and $1,000 for third. In addition, HPD pays a start bonus and a prize for winning a Conference or Divisional point championship. <strong>MINI USA</strong> has a $2,500 prize for a National Championship, with a runner-up finish earning $1,500 and $1,000 for third. MINI will also give $1,250 for an eligible Super Sweep.</p> <p><strong>Nissan Motorsports</strong> also offers cash payouts to its racers. A win is worth $2,500 in a current model, with $1,500 and $1,000 rounding out the podium and a $1,000 reward for completing the Super Sweep. <strong>Scion Racing</strong> will award eligible drivers for wins and runner-up finishes with $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. A pole or Super Sweep is worth $1,000.</p> <p>Drivers in Fiat 500s, Fiat 500 Abarths or Dodge/SRT Vipers will be eligible for prizes provided by <strong>SRT Motorsports</strong>. A podium finish in an eligible class will earn $2,500, $1,000 and $750, respectively. <strong>Toyota/TRD</strong> is offering up to $5,000 for a win and $3,000 for a runner up finish, as well as $1,000 for a top qualifier or Super Sweep.</p> <p>Tire manufacturers are also part of the contingency equation for the Runoffs. They are led by <strong>BFGoodrich Tires</strong>, the Official Street Tire of SCCA, who will provide 12 complimentary tires to a National Champion in an eligible class. The company will award tires down to fourth, with each driver getting six, four and two tires, in that order for the final three spots.</p> <p><strong>Goodyear Tire</strong> will also put cash up for grabs in select classes. The winner will receive $500, with the final podium spots getting $300 and $100 payouts, respectively. Hankook Tire will offer cash rewards to eligible racers finishing in the top five, with payouts for a podium ($4,000, $2,000 and $1,000) and fourth and fifth getting $500 each.</p> <p><strong>Hoosier Racing Tire</strong> will be giving out four free tires, as well as a set for each entered 2015 U.S. Majors Tour event, for race winners in every class. Spec Miata gets a bump, with payouts through 10th place, including 16 tires for the Spec Miata National Champion. The first 50 Spec Miata entrants at the event will receive a set of tires from Hoosier. Michelin will be awarding an eligible GT-2 winner with four new tires.</p> <p><strong>Pirelli</strong> will award podium finishers in GT-1, GT-2 and Prototype 1, on tires purchased from JX2, with JX2 gift certificates worth $500, $300 and $100, respectively. Eligible class winners running <strong>Yokohama Tires</strong> purchased from Trackside Performance will receive two free front and two rear tires. Second place will get two front tires, while third and fourth will each get one front tire.</p> <p>A number of parts manufacturers and service providers are running programs. <strong>Hawk Performance</strong>, the Official Brake Products of SCCA, will offer five free axle sets of brakes to eligible winners. Two free axle sets will be available for each of the remaining two podium positions. Fourth- through 10th-place finishers will also get product certificates ranging in value from $125, down to $50.<br /> <br /> <strong>Carbotech Performance Brakes</strong> will offer a 2015 product sponsorship package to all eligible National Champions, which includes six axle sets of brakes. The manufacturer will also provide product certificates to finishers two through 10, with values ranging from $300 to $50.</p> <p><strong>Eibach</strong> has also pledged their support of the event, offering two free springs to winners and second-place drivers in eligible classes. Drivers claiming the final step of the podium will be eligible to get one free spring.</p> <p><strong>Electromotive</strong> will offer a $500 certificate to National Champions. A $200 certificate is up for grabs to second place, with third getting a $100 certificate. <strong>Hyperco</strong> will offer two free Hypercoils certificates to first- and second-place finishers in eligible classes. The third-place driver will get one free Hypercoil certificate.</p> <p><strong>Pagid RS</strong> drivers fulfilling the requirements and winning will get a full set of brake pads. Second place will get one axle worth of pads. <strong>Penske Racing Shocks</strong> is offering eligible class winners a $500 product certificate, which decreases by $100 for each position through fifth. If eligible, the sixth-place driver will get a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>SPA Technique</strong> will be offering $100 product certificates to all winners enrolled in the program, plus $50 certificates to all eligible fourth-place drivers. National Champions enrolled in the contingency program for <strong>Taylor Race Engineering</strong> will be able to get their hands on a $250 product certificate.</p> <p>For all eligible classes, <strong>Tilton Engineering</strong> is offering a $175 product certificate to the National Champion. A $100 certificate is available for the third-place finisher, and a $50 certificate is available for the fifth-place driver. <strong>Wilwood Disk Brakes</strong> will offer a $125 certificate to winning drivers enrolled in the program, while second- and third-place finishers will get $75 and $50 certificates, respectively.</p> <p>Several other organizations have shown their support for the event. <strong>GoPro</strong>, the Official Camera of SCCA, will provide one GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition Camera to the driver who wins the GoPro Hero Moment of the race. SCCA staff will select the winner of this award.</p> <p><strong>Mobil 1</strong>, the Official Oil of SCCA, will offer a $500 cash bonus and custom Mobil 1 racing suit to all eligible National Champions. For second place, Mobil 1 will provide a $400 product certificate and third will get a $250 product certificate.</p> <p><strong>SafeRacer</strong>, the Official Safety Provider of SCCA, pays out a $100 product certificate for a win, and a $50 certificate for the first driver to miss the podium.</p> <p><strong>Sunoco</strong>, the Official Fuel of SCCA, will sponsor the Hard Charger Award, worth $100. The cash award will go to the driver who advances the most positions during each race.</p> <p><strong>TireRack.com</strong>, the Official Tire Retailer of SCCA, will also provide contingency opportunities at the Runoffs. The company will offer a $500 product certificate to the pole qualifiers in each class. Eligible fifth-place finishers in the race will also receive a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>SCCA Enterprises</strong> will offer contingencies in support of the Spec Racer Ford and Formula Enterprises classes. The SRF National Champion will receive a 50-percent discount off the new GEN3 conversion kit. The final two places on the SRF podium will earn $500 and $250, respectively. In FE, the winner will earn $500. Second will take home a $350 bonus, and third will get $200.</p> <p>For a winning B-Spec driver, <strong>Pirelli World Challenge</strong> is offering a full season of entry fees for their Touring Car B class. Second place will get three complimentary entries, with third place getting a single entry.</p> <p><strong>AiM Sports</strong> is offering a Solo lap timer to registered winners in all classes. Alpinestars will also offer registered National Champions, in select classes, a $250 product certificate.</p> <p><strong>CoolShirt Systems</strong> will offer a $250 cash prize to the Hard Charger in each eligible class. In addition, all participants who register for the program will be eligible for a 15-percent discount on a new CoolShirt system.</p> <p>Supporting the Spec Miata class, exclusively, is <strong>Driven Race Gear</strong>. The company will provide a steering wheel, Nomex shoes and Nomex gloves to an eligible winner. Second place will get a steering wheel, while third can claim a pair of Nomex gloves. The fourth place finisher has the opportunity to get a Driven gift certificate worth $50, while fifth place will get a pair of Driven sunglasses.</p> <p>Fuel additive maker <strong>EFS Combust</strong> will offer two bottles of their product to all race winners who purchase the product prior to the event. Drivers finishing second will earn one bottle of product. <strong>Holliday Canopies</strong> is giving all eligible drivers a custom road racing canopy certificate worth $300. A current owner who wins a National Championship can take their prize in $150 of cash.</p> <p>Those looking to hone their Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca skills online may have turned to <strong>iRacing.com</strong>. The company will offer winners a two-year membership or 200 iRacing credits for existing members. Second- and third-place drivers will get a one-year membership, or 100 iRacing credits.</p> <p><strong>K1 RaceGear</strong> has thrown their hat into the ring by offering product certificates to drivers in all classes. Competitors who take home gold at the Runoffs will be able to get a $50 certificate. The final podium position is also worth a $50 certificate, and an eligible Hard Charger can take home a $50 certificate.</p> <p><strong>Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies</strong> will continue to offer a contingency program. An eligible driver who wins the Super Sweep Award will get a $250 gift certificate. Eligible finishers in fourth through sixth will get certificates starting at $75 for fourth place. From there, the value will decrease by $25.</p> <p><strong>Red Line Synthetic Oi</strong>l will dole out a $750 product certificate to eligible winners in each class. The remainder of eligible podium finishers will get $400 and $250 certificates, in that order. <strong>Race Technology USA</strong> will offer prizes to podium finishers in all classes. Registered winners will receive discounts on a new system or credit to upgrade an existing system.</p> <p><strong>Summit Racing Equipment</strong> will offer $150 in certificates to all eligible National Champions. Second place will get a $100 certificate, while places third through sixth can each claim a $50 certificate. In addition, Summit will provide a $50 Hard Luck certificate to the program eligible starter who completes the least number of laps in each class.</p> <p>Drivers are responsible for closely monitoring the program requirements for eligibility, and must register for contingency programs prior to competing. Failure to meet any listed requirements will result in the forfeiture of awards. For more information on these contingency programs, and how to register, visit www.scca.com/runoffs.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs is available at www.scca.com.<br /> <br /> Follow the SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Runoffs Registration Now Open http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51951 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 21, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Registration for the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the first west coast visit for the event in 46 years, is now open.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The registration process for the Runoffs, running Oct. 7-12 at the classic Monterey, California circuit, includes the ability for a driver to choose a car number for the National Championship event, as well as sign up for the Monday, Oct. 6, test day. Driver car numbers from 2013 will be honored in the same class for one week, until July 30. Complete registration process, including car number conflict procedures, is included in the supplemental regulations.</span></p> <p>Included in each entry for 2014 is a 30-foot long by 25-foot wide paddock space. Larger spaces are available for participants with trailers longer than 30 feet in length for an additional cost. Unlike in the past, where specific spaces were reserved in the paddock, participants will be assigned to a paddock area based on their space needs and then parked as they stage to enter the facility. This will both ensure easy access to spaces and utilize every possible piece of real estate in the paddock. Space is limited, and the main paddock areas will be assigned by entry date.</p> <p>Test day registration for Monday, October 6 is also available at the time of Runoffs Registration. The test day entry fee is $300.</p> <p>More information, including the Supplemental Regulations, schedule, detailed paddock parking instructions and more, is available at <a href="http://www.SCCA.com/Runoffs">SCCA.com/Runoffs</a>.</p> Club Racing Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Honda Performance Development To Sponsor SCCA FF 45th Anniversary http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51947 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (July 16, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Honda Performance Development has been named presenting sponsor of the Formula F 45th Anniversary, part of the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, Aug. 9-10 at Barber Motorsports Park.</p> <p>As a presenting sponsor of the event, HPD will have a large presence on site, including displays and giveaways, and will provide the weekend&rsquo;s pace car &ndash; a race-prepared Honda CRZ.</p> <p>HPD will also post contingency payouts at the same level as the U.S. Majors Tour, offering $500 for a win, $300 for second-place, and $150 for a third-place finish in Formula F while running a Honda motor.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to announce HPD&rsquo;s involvement with this Formula F birthday celebration, and especially for the true support that they&rsquo;re throwing behind the competitors for this milestone weekend,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;In addition to the support as presenting sponsor, HPD is helping us put the finishing touches on a celebrity appearance that we should be able to announce in the coming days. This event is shaping up as a &lsquo;can&rsquo;t miss&rsquo; for those in the small formula car community.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Formula F 45th anniversary event is the focal point of the SCCA Summer SpeedFest at Barber Motorsports Park. Highlighting the weekend is the Saturday night Formula F birthday celebration open to drivers, participants, workers and crew members of each class participating in the weekend, including dinner, at the track. The celebration will feature industry celebrities and legendary racers.</p> <p>On the track, run groups will feature cars from each era of the Formula F timeline, ranging from vintage racers to what are now known as &ldquo;Club Ford&rdquo; through the current National Championship-eligible specs. Each class will race both on Saturday and Sunday, with a 45th celebration planned at the track for Saturday night featuring industry celebrities and legendary racers.</p> <p>In addition to the Formula F and Formula Ford classes, Formula 500/600, Formula Vee and Spec: RaceAtom races are a part of the weekend. HPD will also post contingency to Honda-powered Formula 600s.</p> <p>Registration is now open for the SCCA Summer SpeedFest, with schedule and supplemental regulations also posted at SCCA.com/FF45th.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com.</p> Club Racing Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Northern Conference Continues Sunday At GingerMan http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51944 <p><strong>SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (July 13, 2014) &ndash;</strong> After light rains on Saturday dampened the track and storms soaked the facilities overnight, the sunshine and warmer temperatures brought lots of speed on Sunday at GingerMan Raceway, with a handful of track records falling early in the day for Round Eight of the Northern Conference Majors Tour.</p> <p>The SCCA National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes were divided into seven race groups for 21-lap races on Sunday.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> A track record of 1:40.101 put Joe Moser&rsquo;s No. 63 Hoosier/King Motorsports/Moser Racing Honda Prelude in control of the overall and E Production race on his way to a weekend sweep to open the day on Sunday. Lawrence Loshak, driving the H Production No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX, and John Heinricy, in the No. 37 Matlick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic, followed suit in their H Production and B-Spec classes, respectively.</p> <p>After both he and his father, Joe Walker, failed to make the finish on Saturday, John Walker took his No. 9 Walker Racing MG B to Saturday winner Michael Sturm&rsquo;s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata early on. Sturm led at the beginning, but Walker slipped his MG around the Miata on lap eight. From there, Walker kept Sturm behind him and took the win.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> When Fabio Castellani&rsquo;s No. 97 Hoosier/ABRO/Pro-One Swift 014/Toyota pulled off course and out of the Formula Atlantic and overall lead on lap eight, it opened a door for Charles Duncan&rsquo;s No. 98 Circle D Racing Swift 016/Mazda to shake free of the No. 53 Campbell Ford Lincoln, Inc. Swift 014/Toyota of Doug Campbell and move to the lead.</p> <p>Duncan&rsquo;s challenge is with his own car, as an intermittent transmission issue has often plagued him in the opening stages of the session. That caused him to lose touch of Castellani early, relegating him to second place prior to the then-leader&rsquo;s mechanical issues.</p> <p>Ralph Provitz battled with the Atlantic leaders for the overall lead, finally settling for second overall and a Prototype 1 win in the No. 38 V2 Motorsports/George Dean Racing Staudacher S08. Tyler Thielmann was mixed up, at times, in that overall battle on his way to a weekend sweep in the No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012. Richard Colburn was the class of the Prototype 2 field all weekend, sweeping both races from the pole in the No. 9 Amari Metals NosTendo 2, while Scott Rettich did likewise in Formula Enterprises driving the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Formula Enterprises/Ford.</p> <p>Dale VandenBush&rsquo;s day wasn&rsquo;t as dramatic as Saturday, but he had to use his No. 12 Lake Effect Motorsports Formula Mazda to fight off a hard challenge from Jason Vinkemulder&rsquo;s No. 10 Vinkemulder Financial Formula Mazda. VandenBush got free on lap 12 when Vinkemulder spun, and held on to the end.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> Last lap contact on Saturday in Spec Miata caused hurt feelings, but Voytek Burdzy removed those on Sunday by driving away to a convincing win in the No. 41 Advanced Autosports Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Burdzy and Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata pulled away from the field together, nearly from the green flag. Novak took the lead into the last corner at the end of lap seven, with Burdzy to the inside as they raced side by side down the front straight. Burdzy reclaimed the lead through turn one, and the two were once again side by side down the front straight to start lap 11.</p> <p>Burdzy kept Novak behind, and began to pull away through traffic over the final laps, eventually winning by 12.830 seconds. Novak turned the fastest lap of the race for a new track record in 1:46.919.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Scott Rettich won Sunday&rsquo;s Spec Racer Ford race in his favorite fashion &ndash; ticking off consistently fast laps and daring the field to keep up.</p> <p>Adam Gottlieb did all he could do, putting his No. 7 Spec Racer Ford in front of Rettich for the opening lap with the hope of preventing Rettich from running away from the field. Going through turn one to start lap three, however, Rettich slid to the inside under braking and took the lead.</p> <p>Rettich ran the first 17 laps of the race within one second of his fastest lap of 1:46.005, never going faster than he did on lap three, but running a consistent pace that was quicker than any other driver could keep pace with. In front, Rettich deftly worked through lapped traffic to get his second win of the day, and fourth of the weekend.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> John Kachadurian watched Tom Patton and Jonathan Start throw down the gauntlet on Saturday in GT-2, too far back to challenge. A new set of Hoosier slicks and some changes to the set-up, and Kachadurian&rsquo;s No. 80 Chicago Motor Cars Porsche GT3 was a player in the action on Sunday.</p> <p>Start led the opening three laps in the No. 51 Kalin Construction/Hoosier/Carbotech Dodge Viper before Kachadurian ran his Porsche by in turn 10, bringing Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tires Sunbeam Tiger side by side with Start on the back straight before turn 11. Start held him off that time, but less than one lap later and Patton was in second, chasing for the lead.</p> <p>In the chase, Patton locked up his rear brakes and spun back to third behind Start. Just as he had cut Kachadurian&rsquo;s lead back under five seconds, it happened again &ndash; this time just in front of Start &ndash; and Kachadurian had the space he needed to run to the win.</p> <p>Paul Young pulled to pit lane with a flat tire on his No. 79 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe, handing the win to Ken Nelson&rsquo;s No. 45 Dodge Daytona. A similar effort played out in Touring 2 when leader Rich Rigda pulled his No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro behind the wall with transmission issues, allowing Gregory Schermer&rsquo;s No. 149 Posh Racing/Fall Line Porsche GT3 to race to the win.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Saturday&rsquo;s Touring 3 battle resumed on Sunday, with the proverbial blanket over the top two cars for the entire 21 laps. David Daughtery&rsquo;s No. 05 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkel Nissan 370Z led the opening 15 laps of the race, covered by Mark Boden&rsquo;s No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3. Boden finally found an opening going into the final corner of lap 16, then won the drag race to turn one to secure the lead. In front, he was unable to shake Daughtery, but was just quick enough to keep the BMW in front for his second win of the day and a reversal of Saturday&rsquo;s Touring 3 finish.</p> <p>Andy McDermid&rsquo;s No. 24 WeatherTech/Felice Perf Engines/T&amp;A Shocks Ford Mustang wasn&rsquo;t performing at its peak during the second half of the race, but the cushion he had built in class early on was enough to carry him to a weekend sweep. Rich Walke matched the two class wins in Super Touring Lite when Bruce Anderson&rsquo;s No. 73 Senson Racing/Auto Technik Racing Mazda Miata pulled out of the lead and behind the wall on lap 17, with Walke&rsquo;s No. No. 61 Creative Technology Mazda RX-7 holding off Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata at the finish.</p> <p>Dan Bender&rsquo;s No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda Miata ran a thrilling first lap, running side by side with Greg Vandersluis&rsquo; No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich Tires/Ford Racing Ford Mustang for several corners, and then putting Anderson&rsquo;s STL car between the two early to give Bender space to stretch the lead.</p> <p>Unfortunately for Bender, on lap 14 his clutch started to go, leaving him stuck in third gear for the remainder of the race. His lap times were quick enough to hold onto second place, but Vandersluis quickly motored his Mustang into the lead and earned the weekend sweep.</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> The final group of the weekend ended with two close battles, even after two class leaders fell out with mechanical issues.</p> <p>Michael Varacins was the first class leader to go, falling out of the Formula Vee race on lap three with gearbox issues in his No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5. That left Jeff Loughead&rsquo;s No. 8 Hoosier Tire/LL Loughead, DDS Vortech CR04 and Andrew Abbott&rsquo;s No. 25 Hoosier/Linamar/McLaren Performance Technologies Vector AM-1 to battle for the lead, with Loughead just in front of Abbott.</p> <p>Abbott was content to follow Loughead around the track, and the two ran nose to tail. Abbott got runs twice going into the final corner, but elected to wait until the pair was coming to the one to go sign to make his move. That backfired, however, when the front end of his car washed out and left him stuck behind the flawlessly driving Loughead, who held on for the win.</p> <p>Clint McMahan pulled his No. 2 Formula600Racing.com/Satellite Racing Scorpion FDS off course and out of the Formula 500 lead on lap nine, and when Saturday winner James Weida pulled off with mechanical issues of his own on the No. 22 Weida Apartments/Formula X-1 Scorpion/W-1 Rotax just a few laps later, it looked like Novak had the race in hand.</p> <p>The gap was probably large enough, until Novak&rsquo;s No. 19 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600 ran wide in the exit of turn one. That let the No. 07 Novakar Blade F600 of Calvin Stewart right on his tail, but Novak stayed in front to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Russell Ruedisueli repeated on Sunday in his No. 20 Van Diemen for the Formula F win.</p> <p>The Northern Conference Majors Tour continues July 26-27 at Road America with Rounds Nine and 10. More information on the GingerMan races, including results, can be found at SCCA.com/GingerManMajors. More information on the SCCA Majors Tour can be found at SCCAMajors.com.</p> <p>South Haven, Mich. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Eight from GingerMan Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Andy McDermid, Howell, Mich., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic<br /> E Production: Joe Moser, Wilmette, Ill., Honda Prelude<br /> F Production: John Walker, Richland, Mich., MG B<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> Formula 500: Brian Novak, Dearborn, Mich., Scorpion F600<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Thielman, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012<br /> Formula Atlantic: Charles Duncan, Broomfield, Colo., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Thomas Gaffney, Birmingham, Mich., Reynard SF88/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Russell Ruedisueli, Rochester, Mich., Van Diemen RF-95<br /> Formula Mazda: Dale VandenBush, Green Bay, Wis., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Jeff Loughead, Darien, Ill., Vortech CR04<br /> GT-1: Tom Stanford, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> GT-2: John Kachadurian, Chicago, Ill., Porsche GT3<br /> GT-3: Ken Nelson, Novi, Mich., Dodge Daytona<br /> Prototype 1: Ralph Provitz, Macomb, Mich., Staudacher S08<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo 2<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 1: Mark Boden, Buffalo Grove, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 2: Gregory Schermer, Bettendorf, Iowa, Porsche GT3<br /> Touring 3: Mark Boden, Buffalo Grove, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 4: Greg Vandersluis, North Olmstead, Ohio, Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Northern Conference Dodges Rain Drops At GingerMan http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51943 <p><strong>SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (July 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Though the sun never quite poked through and light showers fell intermittently through the afternoon, seven race groups ran 30-minute timed races on Saturday at GingerMan Raceway for round seven of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour.</p> <p>The day began with qualifying for each of the Runoffs-eligible classes and drivers in attendance, giving way to an afternoon of racing.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> The afternoon of racing opened with the Production category, along with B-Spec, with Joe Moser pulling his No. 63 Hoosier/King Motorsports/Moser Racing Honda Prelude away from the field for a flag-to-flag win. Moser pushed his orange Honda through traffic with a right rear tire locking up under braking, which got especially treacherous with two laps to go when a light rain started to fall. Moser kept control to the end.</p> <p>Michael Sturm&rsquo;s F Production win came following a battle with the Walker family. Joe Walker&rsquo;s No. 5 Walker Racing Lotus Super 7 went around Sturm&rsquo;s No. 48 Sturminator Design/Hoosier Mazda Miata on lap 12 for the lead after starting near the rear of the field. Walker abandoned the lead and pulled to pit lane just three laps later with a stuck throttle.</p> <p>Sturm thought he was in the clear at that point, then suddenly discovered the No. 9 Walker Racing MG B driven by John Walker, Joe&rsquo;s son, in his mirrors. Back in race mode, Sturm picked up his pace, and the younger Walker tried to go to the outside of a turn for a pass. Walker ran off course and ended his day three laps from the checkers, and Sturm finally had his win.</p> <p>Defending H Production National Champion Lawrence Loshak&rsquo;s brand new race car made its debut this weekend at GingerMan, and it now has a perfect record after one race. While Loshak admitted the No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX wasn&rsquo;t flawless, it was good enough to walk away with the class win. John Heinricy&rsquo;s No. 37 Matlick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic used traffic to ease away for the B-Spec win, despite the slickness at the finish and the rain causing his front windshield to start to fog up.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> Fabio Castellani won overall in the wings and things group, taking Formula Atlantic on a track that started wet and slippery. Drying out as the race went on, Castellani worked his No. 97 Hoosier/ABRO/Pro-One Swift 014/Toyota through the lapped field and ticked off fast laps to the finish. Tyler Thielmann&rsquo;s No. 6 SO Bright LLC JDR-012 and John Gyann&rsquo;s No. 47 Gycor International Stohr WF1 finished second and fourth overall for class wins in Formula 1000 and Prototype 1, respectively.</p> <p>The closest battle of the race came in Formula Mazda, where Dale VandenBush had a year&rsquo;s worth of racing incidents condensed to the 30-minute race in his No. 12 Lake Effect Motorsports Formula Mazda. VandenBush had built an eight second lead early on, but saw that evaporate when he ran off track through turn two, and made contact with a Formula Enterprises machine in a separate incident trying to go by.</p> <p>With VandenBush&rsquo;s radiator screen covered in grass, Jason Vinkemulder&rsquo;s No. 10 Vinkemulder Financial Formula Mazda closed to his gearbox. Though Vinkemulder hounded him for several laps and with VandenBush&rsquo;s temperatures starting to climb, he could not find a way by, and VandenBush still was able to celebrate a win.</p> <p>Scott Rettich, already leading the Formula Enterprises race by several seconds after he started on rain tires, got radio communication to back off and save the tires on his No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications Formula Enterprises machine. Rettich gave the ok, then turned his fastest lap of the race on lap 13 to seal the win. As the track dried, Rettich slid down the overall charts, but kept his FE win by more than 40 seconds.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> The Spec Miata race went to a full course caution on lap six, with Voytek Burdzy&rsquo;s No. 41 Advanced Autosports Mazda Miata leading Michael Novak&rsquo;s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata and the No. 68 Dynomax Exhaust Miata of David Bednarz third.</p> <p>Both Novak and Bednarz pushed hard on the first lap after the restart, with Bednarz going hard in the braking zone for turn one just after the first full lap. Bednarz didn&rsquo;t get by, but the three were the fastest cars on course.</p> <p>Novak was the leader as the field saw the one to go board. As they raced through turn 10, Novak and Burdzy touched, disrupting Novak&rsquo;s rhythm as he tried to stay in the lead. The two raced down the back straight to the final corner and back to the checkered flag with Bednarz in tow and also looking for a way to the front. Following the drag race to the three-wide finish, Burdzy stayed in front by 0.098-second, with Bednarz in third and only 0.193-second (about half a car length) behind.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Scott Rettich earned his second win of the day, this time in Spec Racer Ford, drawing away from the field with a steady stream of fast laps in the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/Springboro Car Wash Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>Behind Rettich was Scott Goolsbey&rsquo;s No. 79 Lindell Motorsports machine, who settled in during the middle stages with a gap on either side of him after losing touch with Rettich. Goolsbey had an issue with the valve stem on his left rear wheel, and put extra air into the tire to start the race, anticipating a very slow leak. The tire held, however, leaving him with too much pressure in the tire. That, of course, lessened the grip available on right hand corners, and had a charging Jeff Beck in his mirrors at the finish.</p> <p>Beck&rsquo;s No. 31 Lindell/Ryan Spec Racer Ford ran out of laps at the end of the race following a tight battle for third with Adam Gottlieb&rsquo;s No. 7 Spec Racer Ford. Beck finally got free of Gottlieb, but couldn&rsquo;t finish running down Goolsbey and finished third.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Jonathan Start led the way early in the No. 51 Kalin Construction/Hoosier/Carbotech Dodge Viper, but Tom Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tires Sunbeam Tiger moved around him through turn two on lap 16, then held on for a 1.306-second victory on Saturday in GT-2. Patton set a new track record, besting the existing mark for the second time in as many weeks (including the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour).</p> <p>Start spent the early part of the race with Patton&rsquo;s Tiger on his tail, but as the tires started to fade in the Viper, was a sitting duck. Patton never created much of a gap, but had enough to get to the finish.</p> <p>Paul Young (No. 79 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe), Tom Stanford (No. 20 Pote-Stanford Reporting Chevrolet Camaro), and William Moore (No. 33 MSports/Swift/Backstreet/Mom Chevrolet Camaro SS) won GT-3, GT-1, and Touring 2, respectively.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> Andy McDermid&rsquo;s No. 24 WeatherTech/Felice Perf Engines/T&amp;A Shocks Ford Mustang ran away and hid from the American Sedan field for the overall win, but three class battles behind him were wheel to wheel.</p> <p>David Daughtery and Mark Boden were head to head early, with Daughtery&rsquo;s No. 05 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkel Nissan 370Z leading the opening six laps, and Boden&rsquo;s No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 taking over on lap seven.</p> <p>On lap nine, the two tried to get through a corner at the same time and made contact, sending Boden into a spin and bringing Daughtery nearly to a stop. Both continued, with Daughtery several seconds in front for the win. Boden climbed back around the No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3 of Aaron Kaplan to finish second.</p> <p>Rich Walke held on to Super Touring Lite in his No. 61 Creative Technology Mazda RX-7 after a race-long run with Bruce Anderson. Anderson&rsquo;s No. 73 Senson Racing/Auto Tchnik Racing Mazda Miata chased Walke, pulling in front of Walke through turn 10 and down the back straight. Walke caught back up down the straight, and the two went side by side through the corner and around a lapped car, with Walke holding on for the final lap to take a 1.8-second win.</p> <p>A similar scenario played out in Touring 4, where Greg Vandersluis&rsquo; No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich Tires/Ford Racing Ford Mustang led the entire race, but got pressure from Dan Bender for the final 10 minutes. Bender&rsquo;s No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires/Autobarn Mazda Mazda Miata dove hard on the brakes into turn one, just after the one to go board was displayed, but Vandersluis kept him from getting by with the wider arc through the left hander.</p> <p>The two went side by side through the next two corners, with Vandersluis emerging in front. The Mustang stayed in front the rest of the way, including the drag race out of the final corner to the checkered flag, for a 0.224-second win</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> The Formula 500 battle for the overall lead was the one to watch, as James Weida&rsquo;s No. 22 Weida Apartments/Formula X-1 Scorpion/W-1 Rotax and Clint McMahan&rsquo;s No. 2 Formula600Racing.com/Satellite Racing Scorpion FDS slugging it out early. McMahan&rsquo;s two stroke motor appeared to have the edge out of the corners, but McMahan&rsquo;s top end put him back in the lead. That battle ended when McMahan spun on lap five, recovering to set his quick lap on lap seven but losing touch with the leaders.</p> <p>Though Weida initially had space, Brian Novak picked up where McMahan fell off, turning the fastest lap of the race in 1:34.843 on the second to last lap in his No. 19 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600. With sponsor Metalloid just over an hour away from the track and dozens of associates on hand to watch, Novak dove deep into turn one on the final lap to try to steal the lead.</p> <p>That pass attempt didn&rsquo;t stick, and Weida pulled out a gap through the middle of the track. The gap closed again going into the final corner, but Weida kept in front for a 0.280-second victory.</p> <p>Russell Ruedisueli kept his No. 20 Van Diemen in front of Mark Davison&rsquo;s No. 91 Hardly Davison Swift DB-1 early, and inched away for the Formula F win. Michael Varacins started on the Formula Vee pole and marched away throughout the race for the win in his No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5.</p> <p>Round Six of the Northern Conference Majors Tour continues Sunday morning with 21 lap races beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT at GingerMan Raceway. More information from GingerMan, including results, can be found at SCCA.com/GingerManMajors. Live timing and notes are available throughout the day on Sunday at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>South Haven, Mich. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round Seven from GingerMan Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Andy McDermid, Howell, Mich., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic<br /> E Production: Joe Moser, Wilmette, Ill., Honda Prelude<br /> F Production: Michael Sturm, Grafton, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, Wis., Honda CRX<br /> Formula 500: James Weida, West Lafayette, Ind., Scorpion W1<br /> Formula 1000: Tyler Thielman, Kiel, Wis., JDR-012<br /> Formula Atlantic: Fabio Castellani, Streamwood, Ill., Swift 014/Toyota<br /> Formula Continental: Thomas Gaffney, Birmingham, Mich., Reynard SF88/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Russell Ruedisueli, Rochester, Mich., Van Diemen RF-95<br /> Formula Mazda: Dale VandenBush, Green Bay, Wis., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., Speed Sport AM-5<br /> GT-1: Tom Stanford, Orland Park, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> GT-3: Paul Young, Commerce Township, Mich., Ford Probe<br /> Prototype 1: John Gyann, Darien, Ill., Stohr WF1<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo 2<br /> Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Mazda RX-7<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Shiller Park, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 2: William Moore, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro SS<br /> Touring 3: David Daughtery, Fortville, Ind., Nissan 370Z<br /> Touring 4: Greg Vandersluis, North Olmstead, Ohio, Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Western Conference Champions Crowned in Portland http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51938 <p><strong>PORTLAND, Ore. (July 6, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The final round of the 2014 SCCA Western Conference Majors Tour is in the books and all championships are decided. Many of those championships were determined in the final races of the series today.</p> <p>The day opened with Spec Racer Ford. This championship was decided yesterday in favor of local leader Todd Harris of the Pro Drive Racing Team in the No. 24 Pro Drive/Flat Out/HMS SRF. Today&rsquo;s contest saw past National champion Mike Miserendino in the No. 11 MBI Racing SRF prove his skills by leading several laps. In the end, however, Harris slipped by Miserendino for the checker. Steve Fogg was third in the No. 21 Pro Drive/Flat Out SRF.</p> <p>The Spec Miata drivers looked ready to repeat Saturday&rsquo;s race, with Will Schrader&rsquo;s No. 87 miatacage.com/Midas Miata and Ken Sutherland in the No. 94 miatacage.com/Wyatt Fire Protection Miata starting on the front row. Sutherland emerged victorious despite a strong challenge from Kyle Kaiser of Santa Clara, Calif. in the No. 88 Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Clement Lee finished eighth in the No. 28 RM Autosports Miata, resulting in a points tie with Sutherland for the season. In the case of a tie, the championship is awarded based on total number of race wins, which allowed Sutherland to claim the title.</p> <p>&ldquo;God is great!&rdquo; Sutherland said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m preparing my car to go to the Runoffs. I&rsquo;m bringing the same car with the same engine - nothing special. I hope it&rsquo;s good enough to beat those fast guys down there.&rdquo;</p> <p>Group Four included the big-bore GT classes, American Sedan, and Touring 1. The race for the overall lead was between Western Conference champion Michael Von Quilich in the No. 19 apartments247.com Dodge Viper, Steven Streimer in the Lux Performance/Streimer Porsche GT3 Cup, and Matt Crandall in his No. 3 speedsports.net Porsche GT3 Cup. Von Quilich turned up the wick for an early lead, but temperatures were rising in the late morning and Crandall moved ahead for the win.</p> <p>&ldquo;Michael is incredibly fast in the straightaway, but Steven (Streimer) and I have a home track advantage here,&rdquo; Crandall said. &ldquo;Steve drove a great race, but he got off a little bit. When the Viper&rsquo;s tires started to go away, I was able to get ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p>Collin Jackson won the GT3 class again in the No. 53 Nissan, sealing his Western Conference championship. Ken Davis won in Touring 1, but the Championship went to Marc Hoover in the No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA/Necksgen Mazda Miata. Kevin Smith reinforced his American Sedan championship in the No. 3 Stacey and Holly Smith Pontiac Firebird with a win.</p> <p>In Group Five, Chris Farrell secured his championship in the Prototype 1 class driving the No. 58 C&amp;M Mfg/GDR Engines/Hoosier Tire Stohr WF1. Farrell led the race from the pole position to the checker. Wade Carter won Formula Atlantic in the No. 74 Swift, and Zach Crago took the Formula Continental win in his No. 27 Rocky Mountain Medical Lasers Van Diemen. Michael Manning in the Cypress Lane Racing/Auto-Ware/Fast Van Diemen secured the championship in FC with a fourth place finish.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year, the focus is on preparing for the Runoffs for sure, but also on winning the Conference,&rdquo; Manning said. &ldquo;Our goal this weekend was to clinch the Conference, and the race win yesterday was an added bonus.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s race for Formula 1000 was the last for the Western Conference Majors title, with many drivers running in a concurrent US Formula 1000 West Championship professional series. The pro series will race again in Washington in August at their own event, and count the SCCA National Championship Runoffs in October as the final round of the US F1000 championship.</p> <p>Larry Vollum repeated Saturday&rsquo;s win from the pole position in his No. 05 Compview Medical Stohr F1000. But because of the way the season points have added up, Randall Cook claimed the championship after finishing second in the No. 9 Hoosier Tires/Moon Supercycles JDR and John Labrie finished third in the No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix. The two ended the Western Conference FB point race with a tie, and Cook was declared the champion by virtue of the greatest number of race wins. Vollum ended up third in Western Conference points.</p> <p>Scotty B. White jumped to an early T2 lead in the No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/Knight Transport Ford Mustang and held it throughout the race. David Ray in the No. 30 Hooked on Driving Ford Mustang ran a strong second and claimed the season championship. Russell Peterson was also in the hunt for the championship in his No. 7 Peninsula Equine Ford Shelby GT, finishing third in the race and second in season points.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been racing since 1986, but this is the first time I&rsquo;ve done this,&rdquo; Ray said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been a rewarding experience. We&rsquo;re really proud of the fact that this is a Spec Mustang - a San Francisco Region class, and we want to thank the Club Racing Board for putting us in T2. We&rsquo;re excited about going to the Runoffs.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the hotly contested Super Touring Lite class, Oscar Jackson, Jr. in the No. 16 Dead Horse Racing/Jackson Racing Honda Civic Si won over Clement Lee in the No. 33 RM Autosports Mazda Miata. Going into the race, Jackson trailed Lee by two points in the season championship. Jackson&rsquo;s win today delivered him the STL Western Conference championship.</p> <p>In Formula F, Thomas Merrill led the field to the checker in his No. 81 Piper Race Cars/Fast Forward Piper Honda. However, Dave Zurlinden in the No. 131 Pro Pack Systems/Fast Forward Piper Honda claimed the championship with an insurmountable points lead. Dennis Andrade took his second Formula Vee win in two days in the No. 87 D + D Racing Vortech. Jeff Jorgenson took Formula 500 race honors in the No. 84 Veskimo Invader QC-1.</p> <p>To close out the weekend, Stephen Epperly claimed his second E Production victory of the weekend in his No. 82 ZTherapy, Inc. Datsun 240Z. Lans Stout took a second GT-Lite victory in his No. 6 Loyning&rsquo;s Engine Service/EFM Nissan. Jess Heitman again drove his No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata unopposed to claim the season championship in F Production. Gordon Jones again drove his No. 25 Mike O&rsquo;Hara BMW Service BMW 2002 to the race win in H Production.</p> <p>In Touring 3, Scotty B. White&rsquo;s No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/Knight Transport Ford Mustang started the race with a seven point lead over Tom Wickersham in the No. 14 Maine Straight Racing/BFGoodrich Honda S2000. White took the lead at the green flag and never relinquished it to claim the class win and the championship.</p> <p>With all season championships decided in the Western Conference, the focus for all these drivers now turns to the National Championship Runoffs coming up October 6-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.</p> <p>Race results and further information is available at SCCA.com/PortlandMajors.</p> <p>Portland, Ore. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Twelve at Portland International Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Kevin Smith, Hillsboro, Ore., Pontiac Firebird<br /> B-Spec: Kyle Keenan, Vancouver, Wash., Kia Rio<br /> E Production: Stephen Epperly, Salem, Ore., Datsun 240Z<br /> F Production: Jess Heitman, Portland, Ore., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Gordon Jones, Tualatin, Ore., BMW 2002<br /> Formula 500: Jeff Jorgenson, San Francisco, Calif., Invader QC-1<br /> Formula 1000: Larry Vollum, Portland, Ore., Stohr F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Wade Carter, Seattle, Wash., Swift 14<br /> Formula Continental: Zach Craigo, Englewood, Colo., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Enterprises: John Yeatman, Newcastle, Calif., Van Diemen<br /> Formula F: Thomas Merrill, Spreckels, Calif., Piper Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade, Brush Prairie, Wash., Vortech<br /> GT-1: Rob Davis, Sonora, Calif., 1999 Chevrolet<br /> GT-2: Matt Crandall, Milwaukie, Ore., Porsche GT3 Cup<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Lan Stout, Cornelius, Ore., Nissan <br /> Prototype 1: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah. Stohr WF1<br /> Super Touring Lite: Oscar Jackson, Jr., Yorba Linda, Calif., Honda Civic<br /> Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Chevrolet<br /> Spec Miata: Ken Sutherland, Sherwood, Ore., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 1: Ken Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet<br /> Touring 2: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4:Steven Zink, Henderson, Nev., Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Eastern Conference BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Completes At The Glen http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51937 <p><strong>WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 6, 2014) - </strong>The Eastern Conference SCCA Majors Tour has trimmed down to just one event remaining on the schedule after Sunday&rsquo;s action at the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s eight group races for the 27 SCCA National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes made up round 12 of 14 on the season for the Conference, making each point all the more valuable.</p> <p>Several races came down to the wire during the day, with races schedule for 15-laps at the 3.4-mile circuit.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> A fan could be forgiven for thinking Sunday&rsquo;s Spec Miata race was a rerun, as, for the second day in a row, young hot shoes Andrew Carbonell and Dillon Machavern worked together to run away from the field and settle the race all on their own.</p> <p>A stout field of Runoffs podium contenders and National Champions couldn&rsquo;t keep pace with Carbonell&rsquo;s No. 78 BSI Racing Mazda Miata with Machavern&rsquo;s No. 24 Heritage/Panic/T-Speed Miata pushing, leaving the field behind both on the initial start, and again on the lap four restart after the safety team removed a stopped car.</p> <p>Carbonell led the distance, and Machavern looked for a way around after the white flag waved to signal one lap to go. His final effort came out of the final corner and in the drag race to the checkered flag, where Machavern pulled alongside and to the door of Carbonell&rsquo;s Miata, but couldn&rsquo;t complete the pass before the stripe.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> Saturday, the overall lead in the Production group took shape on the first turn when polesitter and E Production leader Rick Kavitski put his No. 24 RDK Engineering Mazda Miata in front under braking in turn one and stayed in front to the finish. On Sunday, Chris Dryden reversed his fortunes with a similar attack, setting a new track record on his way to the win.</p> <p>Kavitski&rsquo;s Miata appeared to have the handling, but Dryden&rsquo;s No. 02 Pay Pal/Carbotech/Team JBS BMW Z3 and Kevin Leigh&rsquo;s No. 97 JBS Racing/Hoosier BMW Z3 moved in front on acceleration when the green flag flew. Leigh moved to the inside going into turn one, avoiding a repeat of yesterday&rsquo;s start, and Kavitski was in third while Dryden pulled away.</p> <p>With Dryden clicking off laps even faster than Saturday, including the aforementioned track record, and stayed just in front of a charging Kavitski to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Patrick Crider finally had his No. 89 Hoosier Tire/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata in full song for the first time this weekend, and used that to run away with the F Production win on Sunday. Kyle Disque repeated his Saturday feat, taking the GT-Lite win in the No. 92 Toyota/TRD/Hoosier Tire Toyota Tercel.</p> <p>Jason Stine took advantage of a first turn incident to claim the H Production win in his No. 37 Austin-Healey Sprite. Saturday winner Ron Bartell&rsquo;s No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget and Mark Weber&rsquo;s F Production No. 25 Goodyear/Red Line Oil/ESCP Mazda Miata came together in a very busy first corner, sending both toward the tire barrier and ending their days without a completed lap. The full course caution lasted three laps.</p> <p>Group 3: Three full course cautions, including one that brought out the checkered flag on lap 13, marred the Formula Atlantic, Formula 1000 and Prototype 1 race on Sunday.</p> <p>Chris Fahan&rsquo;s No. 39 Hoosier Tire/MAZDASPEED Swift 016/Mazda led the way on each restart to take the overall and Formula Atlantic win, with Kirk Kindsfater&rsquo;s No. 32 Ortho Center Rockies/K&amp;N Filters Speads RS11 just behind for the Prototype 1 win. Jeremy Hill swept Formula 1000, and ran third overall, behind the wheel of his No. 00 Hoosier Tire Photon VD07.</p> <p>Group 4: Simon Gregg once again led the way in the big bore group, charging away to a GT-1 and overall win in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. While Gregg was pulling away, two very different GT-2 machines were battling behind him.</p> <p>Joe Napoleon&rsquo;s No. 91 Chevrolet Camaro moved around Tom Patton&rsquo;s No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tires Sunbeam Tiger in the race&rsquo;s middle stages, but couldn&rsquo;t pull away and had the Tiger in his mirrors for three full laps. Once Patton moved around, however, he pulled away for the win.</p> <p>Behind that lead group, which included runaway GT-3 winner Joe Kristensen&rsquo;s No. 4 Acura RSX, was a split start for the Touring 1 and American Sedan groups that brought out a full-course caution for an incident in the opening corner.</p> <p>Saturday American Sedan winner Bill Baden&rsquo;s No. 98 Van Winkle Baten/Marks ADR/Hoosier Hoosier Chevrolet Camaro and Philip Smith&rsquo;s No. 54 Phil Harper Motorsports/Hoosier Chevrolet Camaro came together, spinning Smith and ending Baden&rsquo;s day at the same time. Amy Aquilante, running just behind in the No. 5 TAR/Hoosier/Hawk Pontiac Firebird, stood on the brakes in an effort to miss the spinning car, just clipping it with her left front as it went around. The near miss and continue left her alone in front, and, after the lap four restart Aquilante zipped off to the win.</p> <p>Amy&rsquo;s uncle Joe Aquilante was in the midst of an intramural battle between three Phoenix Racing teammates in Touring 1. David Sanders&rsquo; No. 73 Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette led early, but Preston Calvert&rsquo;s No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang took the class lead after the restart. Calvert held the lead, with Aquliante&rsquo;s No. 32 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Chevrolet Corvette moving to second with Sanders spun on lap 12, then catching up to Calvert going through the boot. Aquilante got the worst of contact with the outside rear of Calvert in a challenge for the lead on the same lap, slowing him down and helping Calvert march to a hard-fought win.</p> <p>Group 5: Though the group featured a number of late lead changes on Saturday, Sunday&rsquo;s mid-size open wheel machines took care of business early and often.</p> <p>Dennis McCarthy went the distance as the overall leader in his No. 4 Jagermeister Van Diemen FC, keeping a steady gap to the second-running Douglas Rocco. Rocco was just 1.623-second behind in his No. 46 Jagermeister Van Diemen DP-02, but couldn&rsquo;t pull close enough to mount a serious challenge for the lead.</p> <p>Joe Sammut again moved his No. 7 Pencils Plus/Motion Dynamics Formula Enterprises machine around early leader Justin Huffman on lap eight for the Formula Enterprises lead, holding on in front of the No. 11 Jamison Formula Enterprises in the last half distance for the win.</p> <p>On Saturday, Sam Ryan made a last lap pass to take the Formula Mazda win in his No. 70 machine. On Sunday, he made the race much less dramatic, joining Prototype 2 winner Jerry Bergman&rsquo;s No. 22 Beasley B-2 as flag-to-flag class winners.</p> <p>Group 6: A lap eight full course caution closed the gaps and bunched the field, giving some of the leading drivers a breather and leaving a couple of others as sitting ducks to the finish.</p> <p>Restart or not, Preston Calvert&rsquo;s No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske Ford Mustang pulled away for his third win of the weekend, and completed the sweep in Touring 2. David Brand took the Super Touring Under lead just before the caution in the No. 3 Krugspeed Racing Lotus, and then held on over Eric Lendrum&rsquo;s No. 15 North Country Subaru Subaru STI after the yellow to take his victory.</p> <p>Jim Drago and Brian Shanfield swapped the lead several times in Super Touring Lite, with Drago&rsquo;s No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata finally moving in front for good on lap 12, and then turning his fastest lap of the race on lap 13 to put the No. 66 Honda Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si away.</p> <p>Kevin Boehm got revenge in his No. 9 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda S2000 in the Touring 3 class after just falling short of Sage Marie on Saturday. Marie had opened up a much-needed early lead in the No. 64 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Acura TL again on Sunday, only to see it all evaporate with the full course caution. With no cushion, Boehm hounded Marie, and the two swapped the lead twice through the boot on lap 14. Boehm emerged in front, however, and kept his S2000 there to the finish.</p> <p>When Saturday winner Steve Lewis&rsquo; No. 68 Steve Lewis Subaru Ford Mustang fell out of the Touring 4 race on lap 10, it left the battle for the lead to be decided between James Place&rsquo;s No. 138 Place Rentals/Hawk/Acura/BFGoodrich Tires Acura Integra and Christopher Collins&rsquo; No. 57 Meathead Racing/COCA Mazda MX-5. The only problem, of course, is that Collins didn&rsquo;t know they were racing for the lead. It may not have mattered, as the two raced hard for the position, but the 82-year-old Place held on at the finish for a 0.396-second win.</p> <p>John Heinricy kept his No. 37 Matick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic to a win, holding on over the No. 44 Chevrolet/BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet Sonic of Peter Schwartzott for the win after a three-way battle that included the No. 30 Indian Summer Racing Mini Cooper of Travis Washay.</p> <p>Group 7: Scott Rettich took a &ldquo;fast is steady&rdquo; approach to the Spec Racer Ford race, ticking off consistent lap after consistent quick lap to first lose the majority of the field, and eventually challengers Robert Reed and Andrew Charbonneau late.</p> <p>Reed&rsquo;s No. 03 IceRace.com SRF led laps seven through nine, with Charbonneau&rsquo;s No. 67 Skittles/Mountain Dew SRF taking an official lap led across the stripe for the fourth time. Rettich&rsquo;s car was quicker from the bus stop through the toe of the boot (turns seven through nine), and continued to tick away laps until he broke the draft with just a couple of laps remaining and left the latter two to decide the podium.</p> <p>Those positions swapped back and forth as well, setting up a final drag race to the finish. Reed and Charbonneau waffled through the side draft up the front straight, with Charbonneau edging his nose in front at the finish line for second place. The finish was so close that the electronic timing showed Reed in front, based on transponder position, but visual confirmation clearly gave the nod to Charbonneau.</p> <p>Group 8: Heavy contact on lap 12 brought out a simultaneous yellow flag and checkered flag to end the day after three thrilling battles in Formula F, Formula 500 and Formula Vee.</p> <p>The similar lap times, though pieced together in different ways, of the Formula F and Formula 500 machines left Formula F contenders Ross Devoe and Keith Joslyn and F500 competitors Jeremy Morales and David Lapham battling not only for class wins, but overall wins all at once.</p> <p>Each class took its turn at the front, with Lapham&rsquo;s No. 89 machine leading the opening two laps, Morales&rsquo; No. 110 Mitchell Racing Services/JWR Scorpion S1 leading laps three through six, and Devoe taking over in his No. 4 RED Racing Van Diemen RF-99 from lap seven to the finish.</p> <p>Once in front, Devoe tried to use the traffic to lose the No. 50 ASI Signage/Trimark/Hoosier Van Diemen 98VD of Joslyn, but Joslyn continued to chase him. Joslyn got caught out trying to sneak by lapped traffic on lap 11, however, spinning, losing touch with Devoe, and falling out of contention in the incident that saw a Formula 500 make impact with the wall and bring out the checker. Joslyn recovered to hold onto third, with Devoe winning overall.</p> <p>Morales was able to take his win when Lapham went off hard on lap nine. Clear of the challenge, Morales sat behind the Formula F battle, finishing second when Joslyn went off track.</p> <p>Jonathan Weisheit pulled to pit lane early on Saturday, but escaped with a win on Sunday after &ldquo;throwing the kitchen sink&rdquo; at Roger Siebenaler&rsquo;s No. 72 Autowerks/Hoosier Mysterian M2 on the way to the finish. The long-time competitors have gone back and forth in Eastern Conference action this season, and Weisheit used traffic to keep his No. 61 JK Technologies Inc JK Technologies/Volkswagen on the top of the class as the laps wound down. The 11 laps the Formula Vees completed featured six lead changes between the two drivers, but Weisheit held on for the final four to pull into Gatorade Victory Lane at Watkins Glen.</p> <p>The Eastern Conference Majors Tour wraps August 1-3 at Summit Point Raceway. The next U.S. Majors Tour event is in the Northern Conference, at GingerMan Raceway, next weekend, July 12-13.</p> <p>More information from the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour, including results, can be found at SCCA.com/WGIMajors.</p> <p>WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Watkins Glen Super Tour at Watkins Glen International, Round Twelve of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Amy Aquilante, Phoenixville, Pa., Pontiac Firebird <br /> B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic<br /> E Production: Chris Dryden, New Freedom, Pa., BMW Z3<br /> F Production: Patrick Crider, Leesburg, Va., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Jason Stine, Medina, Ohio, Austin-Healey Sprite<br /> Formula 500: Jeremy Morales, Indianapolis, Ind., Scorpion S1/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: Jeremy Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Photon VD07<br /> Formula Atlantic: Chris Fahan, Redding Center, Conn., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Dennis McCarthy, Hartsdale, N.Y., Van Diemen RF01<br /> Formula Enterprises: Joe Sammut, Bayville, N.Y., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Ross DeVoe, Middletown, N.J., Van Diemen RF-93<br /> Formula Mazda: Sam Ryan, White Haven, Pa., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Jonathan Weisheit, Baltimore, Md., JK Technologies XP-1/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Simon Gregg, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger<br /> GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Acura RSX<br /> GT-Lite: Kyle Disque, Philadelphia, Pa., Toyota Tercel<br /> Prototype 1: Kirk Kindsfater, Eaton, Colo., Speads RS11<br /> Prototype 2: Jerry Bergman, East Amherst, N.Y., Beasley B-2<br /> Spec Miata: Andrew Carbonell, Miami, Fla., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mazda Miata<br /> Super Touring Under: David Brand, Syosset, N.Y., Lotus<br /> Touring 1: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Kevin Boehm, Marysville, Ohio, Honda S2000<br /> Touring 4: James Place, San Antonio, Texas, Acura Integra<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 06 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Celebrates Holiday Weekend at The Glen http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51935 <p><strong>WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 5, 2014) &ndash; </strong>On Friday night, the fireworks happened over Seneca Lake. On Saturday, they were on course during the SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour, Rounds 11 and 12 of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour at Watkins Glen International.</p> <p>With the season-long championship winding down, points are at a premium for drivers trying to score points. All 27 Runoffs-eligible classes were on hand, with more than 250 drivers competing for the top prize in 30-minute timed races on Saturday.</p> <p>Highlights included:</p> <p>Group 1: In a deep class full of talented drivers, a pair of young guns ran away from the Spec Miata field and settled the race win for themselves in the final two laps of the race, with Andrew Carbonell coming out on top over Dillan Machavern.</p> <p>Carbonell&rsquo;s No. 78 BSI Racing Mazda Miata led the way from the start, with 18-year-old Machavern&rsquo;s No. 24 Heritage/Panic/T-Speed Miata right behind. The two pushed away from the field, getting an additional boost from a black flag on two-time defending National Champion Jim Drago&rsquo;s No. 2 East Street Racing Miata for jumping the start.</p> <p>As time counted down, only Yiannis Tsiounis&rsquo; No. 69 Yushino Miata was within range, and he could get no closer than several car lengths back. With two to go, Machavern took the lead for the first time with a pass under braking into turn 1, and held the lead for the rest of the lap.</p> <p>Carbonell, the veteran of the group at 24-years-old, repaid the favor in the same corner just after the white flag waved with one to go. In the lead, Machavern had a run leaving the boot, but Carbonell killed that momentum and came home with the win.</p> <p>Group 2: The Production group featured a series of great drives by the winners to stretch their final margins, and some tight battles for the additional podium positions in a handful of classes.</p> <p>Rick Kavitski was on the overall pole in his E Production No. 24 RDK Engineering Mazda Miata, but at the green flag saw the No. 02 Pay Pal/Carbotech/Team JBS BMW Z3 of Chris Dryden accelerate past. Kavitski went hard and late on the brakes into turn one, skating by and getting back in front on the opening lap. Once in the lead, Kavitski kept the BMW at bay and earned the win.</p> <p>In F Production, Peter Tonelli got in front of what would turn into a three-way battle for second place, and grabbed the win in his No. 91 Driven Performance Mazda Miata. Tonelli, turning the fastest laps of the race in class, got additional help when Ken Kannard inserted himself in the battle for second. Kannard, who had never been to Watkins Glen, arrived at the track on Saturday morning and started from the rear of the field in the No. 51 Northwest Cable Construction Mazda Miata. With just the 10-minute morning warm-up, Kannard caught the No. 89 Hoosier Tire/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata of Patrick Crider and the No. 57 DEE Autosport Mazda Miata of Kyle Baker early, and the three mixed it up for most of the race. Each driver shuffled between second and fourth until late in the race, when Kannard locked into the runner-up position and held it to the flag. Baker edged Crider, who was struggling with mechanical issues following a test day crash, for third.</p> <p>In the same group, Kyle Disque drove his No. 92 Toyota/TRD/Hoosier Tire Toyota Tercel to an impressive GT-Lite victory, including a new track record in the process. Ron Bartell fell short of the track record, but piloted his No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget to another big win in H Production.</p> <p>Group 3: Not even an early full-course caution to retrieve a stalled car could slow Chris Fahan&rsquo;s No. 39 Hoosier Tire/MAZDASPEED Swift 016/Mazda, who raced away again after the restart to claim the Formula Atlantic title on Saturday.</p> <p>Jeremy Hill ran second overall to take the Formula 1000 win in the No. 00 Hoosier Tire Photon VD07, sneaking around a Formula Atlantic and Prototype car at the right moment to put them between he and his closest competition, Alex Mayer&rsquo;s No. 77 Mayer Motorsports JDR. The gap was just enough for the two drivers, running similar lap times, and Hill stayed in front.</p> <p>Hill moved to second overall when the No. 32 Ortho Center Rockies/K&amp;N Filters Speads RS11 of Kirk Kinsfater fell out with an apparent electrical issue, losing both the overall position and his leading Prototype 1 class position to the No. 134 The Door Company Stohr WF1 of Greg Bell. Kinsfater, despite falling two laps short of the finish, still was classified in second at the checkered flag.</p> <p>Group 4: The big bore group launched just after lunch, with Simon Gregg&rsquo;s No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette outlasting the No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro of Scott Quaile to the finish for the overall and GT-1 win.</p> <p>On lap seven, Joe Kristensen almost tossed away a GT-3 win when, entering the bus stop, he tried to sneak by and tangled with an American Sedan machine. Kristensen&rsquo;s No. 4 Acura RSX fell all the way back to fourth in class as it regained momentum, then climbed into the midst of an additional three-car battle for the class lead just two laps later. At the end of lap nine, Kristensen was back ahead of Paul Young (No. 2 Young Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Probe), James Ashe (No. 22 Dependable Energy Mazda RX-7), and James Lustig (No. 51 Luna Sueno Tequila/Autosport Automotive Acura Integra) and pulled back ahead for the win.</p> <p>While Bill Baten was driving his No. 98 Van Winkle Baten/Marks ADR/Hoosier Hoosier Chevrolet Camaro that was previously a Touring 2 car to his first American Sedan win, Randy Kinsland was positive he was well on his way to a GT-2 win in the No. 14 Crossroads Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. Kinsland was up more than five seconds with two laps to go after fixing a power steering problem just before the green flag, but the No. 50 Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tires Sunbeam Tiger of Tom Patton was absolutely flying at the finish. Patton set a new track record with two laps to go and seemingly came out of nowhere to close right to the rear of Kinsland at the checkered flag, but not in front.</p> <p>Joe Aquilante drove his No. 32 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Chevrolet Corvette around David Sanders&rsquo; No. 73 Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette on lap five, then earned the victory by leading the rest of the way.</p> <p>Group 5: Three of the mid-sized formula car classes saw leads swap in the last half of their 16 lap race, including two classes with less than two laps to go.</p> <p>On lap 13, Dennis McCarthy swung around Douglas Rocco to take over the Formula Continental and overall lead in the No. 4 Jagermeister Van Diemen FC, completing a race that began in seventh place. Rocco&rsquo;s No. 46 Jagermeister Van Diemen DP-02 battled early with polesitter Kyle Mack&rsquo;s No. 41 Mack Motorsports Group/MSH Ventures Van Diemen RF-95, then held on until McCarthy took the lead late.</p> <p>After Stuart Rettie&rsquo;s No. 21 Hillenburg Motorsports/The Speed Connection Formula Mazda led most of the race with the No. 70 Formula Mazda of Sam Ryan moved to the front with just one to go. The pair never separated, but Ryan kept his car in front to take the checkered flag.</p> <p>Justin Huffman&rsquo;s No. 11 Jamison Formula Enterprises machine took the lead very early in the race, and then held on through the first half until the No. 7 Pencils Plus/Motion Dynamics Formula Enterprises of Joe Sammut found his way past on lap 10. The duo stayed close to the finish, but Sammut held off Huffman for the win.</p> <p>Group 6: A full course caution for a two-car incident left the group under yellow from lap three to lap seven, giving the group just seven full green-flag laps in the timed race. Elivan Goulart pulled his No. 72 Krugspeed/SCDA1.com Lotus Exige back away from the field after the caution period, cruising to the overall and Super Touring Under win.</p> <p>Preston Calvert kept his No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske Ford Mustang in front of the No. 8 American Foundry Chevrolet Corvette of John Shannon after the restart, earning his win in Touring 2.</p> <p>The Touring 3 battle came down to the wire, with a pair of Honda teammates in very different cars dueling for the top spot. Kevin Boehm&rsquo;s No. 9 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda S2000 bobbed and weaved coming out of the boot, trying first to the outside of the No. 64 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Acura TL of Sage Marie, but Marie made his Acura just wide enough to keep Boehm in back by 0.360-second at the checkered flag. Marie managed to set a new track record on his way to the win.</p> <p>Jim Drago&rsquo;s No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata took the win in Super Touring Lite, but Brian Shanfield&rsquo;s No. 66 Honda Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si is leaving with the track record in the class. John Heinricy took both in B-Spec, driving his No. 37 Matick Chevrolet/Hoosier/Hawk Chevrolet Sonic to a win over Travis Washay and Joel Lipperini.</p> <p>Group 7: Scott Rettich and Robert Reed separated themselves from the Spec Racer Ford field, breaking away from a lead pack of eight cars to decide the title for themselves.</p> <p>Rettich&rsquo;s No. 17 Alliance Autosport/Springboro Car Wash SRF was the leader as the pair crossed the stripe with one to go, but Reed drove his No. 03 IceRace.com SRF to the inside into turn one to take over the top spot for the second time, after leading the early laps.</p> <p>Reed held the point entering the boot on the last lap, and then left the door open in the heel, drifting just a bit wide. Rettich saw the brief opportunity and pounced, taking over the lead and keeping his car in front for a 0.226-second victory.</p> <p>Group 8: Michael Brent and David Lapham battled early and often, swapping positions not only for the Formula 500 class win, but for the overall win as well. Brent&rsquo;s No. 47 Hoosier Tire/QRE Invader QC-1 led nine of the 15 laps overall, with Lapham chipping in another four overall laps led, even after Ross Devoe inserted his Formula F-leading No. 4 RED Racing Van Diemen RF-99 into the mix for the overall lead, as well.</p> <p>Lapham stumbled on lap 12, however, falling a second or two off the pace of Brent and giving him the opportunity to focus on the overall win. He did, and kept ahead of Devoe at the finish as they both captured class leads.</p> <p>Roger Siebenaler inherited the keys to the Formula Vee win when, after battling with Jonathan Weisheit early, Weisheit pulled his No. 61 JK Technologies Inc JK Technologies/Volkswagen to pit lane on lap seven. Now squarely in front, Siebenaler&rsquo;s No. 72 Autowerks/Hoosier Mysterian M2 took a 13.268-second class win.</p> <p>The BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour continues Sunday from Watkins Glen with 15 lap races, beginning at 8 a.m. Live Timing, notes, audio and streaming video is available at <a href="http://www.scca.com/SCCALive">SCCA.com/SCCALiv</a>e.</p> <p>Results from Saturday, grids for Sunday, and more information on the event is available at <a href="http://scca.com/WGIMajors">SCCA.com/WGIMajors</a>.</p> <p>WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Watkins Glen Super Tour at Watkins Glen International, Round Eleven of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Bill Baten, Indianapolis, Ind., Chevrolet Camaro <br /> B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Chevrolet Sonic<br /> E Production: Rick Kavitski, Freedland, Pa., Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Peter Tonelli, Westboro, Ma., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Ron Bartell, Madbury, N.H., MG Midget<br /> Formula 500: Michael Brent, Bethel, Conn., Invader QC-1/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: Jeremy Hill, Toronto, Ontario, Photon VD07<br /> Formula Atlantic: Chris Fahan, Redding Center, Conn., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Dennis McCarthy, Hartsdale, N.Y., Van Diemen RF01<br /> Formula Enterprises: Joe Sammut, Bayville, N.Y., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Ross DeVoe, Middletown, N.J., Van Diemen RF-93<br /> Formula Mazda: Sam Ryan, White Haven, Pa., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Roger Siebenaler, North Hero, Vt., Mysterian M2/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Simon Gregg, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Randy Kinsland, Whittier, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Acura RSX<br /> GT-Lite: Kyle Disque, Philadelphia, Pa., Toyota Tercel<br /> Prototype 1: Greg Bell, Ottawa, Ontario, Stohr WF1<br /> Prototype 2: Jerry Bergman, East Amherst, N.Y., Beasley B-2<br /> Spec Miata: Andrew Carbonell, Miami, Fla., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mazda Miata<br /> Super Touring Under: Elivan Goulart, Shelton, Ct., Lotus Exige<br /> Touring 1: Joe Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Sage Marie, Huntington Beach, Calif., Acura TL<br /> Touring 4: Steve Lewis, Wilbraham, Mass., Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 05 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT