SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:05:02 GMT Koch Wins FIA Young Driver Competition, Earns Trip To Worldwide Finals http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52103 <p><strong>PUEBLA, Mexico (October 17, 2014) - </strong>Sports Car Club of America member and reigning SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires champion Kenton Koch was named the winner of the 2015 FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy in the Americas division this week in Mexico as the lone U.S. representative to the competition. The 20-year-old Koch battled drivers from 11 countries in North and South America, coming out on top and earning a trip to the world finals with 10 other top young drivers.</p> <p>Held in Mexico October 13-16, the selection event put drivers aged 16-23 from across the region through their paces. This involved a variety of fitness tests, driving performance examinations and mental exercises to determine performance and safety understanding both on and off the track.</p> <p>Following an intensive four days of competition, six drivers were selected to take part in a final shoot-out. Each chosen driver had to set their fastest lap time and the winner was eventually announced as Koch by the judging panel.</p> <p>Koch was nominated by SCCA through ACCUS, the United States&rsquo; liason to the FIA.</p> <p>&quot;I am really happy with the outcome,&rdquo; Koch said. &ldquo;Coming here I was not expecting to win, I came here to have fun and to learn and I really appreciate having this experience. I am grateful to SCCA for nominating me. I have learnt a lot about myself, both mentally and physically and I am really looking forward to attending the elite academy. Thank you to the FIA Institute for providing this opportunity to young drivers like myself, guiding and helping us progress in our careers.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;This year we were honored to host the FIA Academy Americas Selection for a second time, and I have to recognize that the candidates were extraordinary, showing a world class competition level,&rdquo; Jose Abed, President of Mexican ASN OMDAI, which hosted the event, said. &ldquo;It proved to be a really tight competition, which notably complicated choosing the winner. This being said, I want to congratulate Kenton for his outstanding performance and tenacity shown throughout the event, which lead to him landing the coveted spot in the Academy. I am sure he will be a worthy representative of the Americas, and that we will see him in the pinnacle of motorsport in the years to come.&quot;</p> <p>Koch will join the other five regional selection event winners in the 2015 Academy. A number of other wild cards will be selected once every regional selection event has taken place.</p> <p>All participants in the Academy will receive a fully-funded training program, which aims to develop their motor sport careers, while actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track. All drivers will benefit from tuition and analysis from ex-Formula One driver Alex Wurz and former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid, who are both Academy Performance Managers.</p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America is available at SCCA.com. More information on Koch&rsquo;s Championship winning season in the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup can be found at MX-5Cup.com. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Message to SM Drivers from SCCA and Mazda http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52104 <p>&nbsp;<strong>MEMORANDUM</strong></p> <p><strong>TO: </strong>Spec Miata Participants<br /> <strong>FR: </strong>Lisa Noble, SCCA President &amp; CEO and<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; John Doonan, Mazda Motorsports Director<br /> <strong>RE: </strong>Rules, Runoffs and Remaining 2014 Races<br /> <strong>DT: </strong>October 17, 2014</p> <p>As you are undoubtedly aware, a number of Spec Miatas were found out of compliance at last week&rsquo;s SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Jointly, we want you all to know that this situation is a top priority for our collective staffs and the boards and committees at SCCA. Together, we are forming an independent committee to review both the current rules and the long-term direction of the class. We will share more on this as it develops.</p> <p>In the meantime, there is concern by many of you that, based on what transpired at the Runoffs, your engines may not be compliant. As a short-term solution, SCCA is suggesting to Regions holding events between now and the end of the season that they might establish a &ldquo;Regional-only&rdquo; class, dubbed SM1 in addition to the regular Spec Miata class. Our recommendation would be that the class follow the GCR Spec Miata regulations, but with a variance to the items in the cylinder head section to allow competitors with these modifications a place to race for the remainder of the season. This will be addressed by each Region on a case-by-case basis. It is not a requirement that they do this, but rather a suggestion.</p> <p>Working together, SCCA and Mazda have evaluated many options this week on how to address this situation in the short term, and we feel this is the fairest course of action at this time, allowing everyone a chance to race.</p> <p>We will share more information as appropriate, recognizing that time is of the essence with the 2015 season fast approaching.</p> <p>-Lisa and John</p> Club Racing Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Tour Series Registration Opens Today http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52099 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (October 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Series registration for the 2015 U.S. Majors Tour, providing benefits to drivers including a reserved numbers, opened today.</p> <p>As with the 2014 season, drivers can reserve their number for each event in a particular Majors Conference by registering with the series. Numbers will be held up until three weeks prior to the event. The $50 registration fee also includes a revamped express tech line, express registration (where available) and a $25 gift certificate to Majors or SCCA merchandise in 2015. Registered drivers will also receive a commemorative Series hard card, and have the option of adding a name board or banner.</p> <p>A $100 option allows a driver to register a single three-digit number, beginning with 1, reserved for all five 2015 Conferences.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2014 Majors Tour registration was a success, but we learned a lot from our first year to provide even more impact,&rdquo; Terry Ozment, SCCA Vice President, Club Racing, said. &ldquo;We have a system in place that will provide an express tech line and express registration at most events for 2015.</p> <p>&ldquo;Realizing this has opened just after the Runoffs, we will need a method of payment at the time of registration, but will not charge credit cards until after January 1, 2015.&rdquo;</p> <p>From now until November 15, 2014, drivers can reserve an all-Conference three-digit number or a one or two-digit number for a single conference in one class. Those who reserved a 2014 number and attended at least two Majors events this season will have those numbers held for renewal for two weeks, until October 29. Drivers who have a reserved number from the 2014 Eastern Conference will be able to choose either the Northeast or the Southeast Conference. Beginning on November 15, drivers may reserve a number in a second Conference for an additional $25. As in 2014, the 2015 reserved numbers will not apply to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p>Numbers will be reserved based on standard run groups, following the preferred seven run group format. Reserved numbers will be held for drivers up until three weeks prior to each individual event, at which point any driver can register for the event with any available number. Any driver who runs two Majors events in 2015 will earn first right of refusal for the same number again in 2016.</p> <p>Reserved does not necessarily mean permanent. If class run groups for an event are different than the traditional seven run groups, conflicts will be resolved by the in-conference driver who registered for the event first.</p> <p>Series registration is not required to participate in the U.S. Majors Tour in 2015.</p> <p>Critical Dates for 2015 Majors Registration:<br /> - Oct. 15, 2014 &ndash; Registration opens for 3-digit all Conference or 1 or 2 digit single Conference registrations.<br /> - Oct. 29, 2014 &ndash; 2014 numbers held for renewal are released to the general pool.<br /> - Nov. 15, 2014 &ndash; Drivers may reserve additional Conferences in same class.<br /> - Dec. 1, 2014 &ndash; All drivers registered by this point are entered into a drawing for one premium item per Conference.<br /> - Jan. 1, 2015 &ndash; Credit cards will not be charged until after this date.</p> <p>To register for the U.S. Majors Tour, visit SCCAMajors.com or go directly to the registration page at <a href="http://msreg.com/2015Majors">http://msreg.com/2015Majors</a>.</p> <p>More information on the U.S. Majors Tour, and all of the Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s programs, can be found at SCCA.com. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Stearns Named Spec Miata Champion Following Post-Race Penalties http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52091 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. (October 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Erik Stearns, of Van Buren, Ohio, was named 2014 SCCA Spec Miata National Champion Sunday after the first six cars from Friday&rsquo;s race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca were penalized following post-race inspection for unapproved modifications.</p> <p>Stearns started the 20-lap, 45-mile race at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit in 12th position in his No. 97 East Street Racing/Eds 24 Hour Service 2000 Mazda Miata. He moved into the top 10 on lap three, and advanced to seventh on lap 17, a position he would hold until the checkered flag.</p> <p>Seventh place is the lowest position a driver has ever crossed the finish line and been crowned champion in the 51 National Championship Runoffs events.</p> <p>&ldquo;What happened this week, with so many cars being non-compliant, is unfortunate. We need to ensure that this moment is a trigger for a positive change in this class,&rdquo; SCCA President Lisa Noble said.</p> <p>Matt Schultz, of Clackamas, Oregon, who finished eighth on the track in his No. 11 SMI Motorsports Inc. 1995 Mazda Miata was awarded second. Matt Reynolds, of Boerne, Texas, finished right behind Schultz in his No. 74 Reynolds Brothers Racing/Vintage Connection/X Factor 1999 Mazda Miata, and was awarded third place.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowned Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.</p> <p>MONTEREY, Calif. -- Final results for Friday&rsquo;s SCCA Spec Miata National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> 1, (12), Erik Stearns, Van Buren, OH, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 2, (16), Matt Schultz, Clackamas, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 3, (15), Matt Reynolds, Boerne, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 4, (17), Jason Rawlins, Hillsboro, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 5, (9), Will Schrader, Happy Valley, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 6, (21), Rusty Dees, Phoenix, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 7, (18), Steven Powers, Mesa, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 8, (14), Tim Auger, Monterey, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 9, (19), Ken Sutherland, Sherwood, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 10, (27), Barrett Tilley, Fremont, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 11, (20), Luke Bickham, Dallas, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 12, (11), Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 13, (25), Eric Jones, Eugene, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 14, (32), Joe Rombi, Pebble Beach, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 15, (22), Larry Fraser, Novato, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 16, (31), Jordan Wand, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 17, (30), Mason Filippi, Alamo, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 18, (33), David Varco, Bonita, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 19, (28), Dean Busk, Chandler, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 20, (36), Michael Babcock, Surprise, AZ, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 21, (35), Leeson Grant, Danville, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 22, (39), Ramon Niebla, Arcadia, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 23, (34), Juan Pineda, San Francisco, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 24, (38), Russell Lindemann, Longmont, CO, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 25, (41), Kent Carter, Houston, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 26, (43), Devin Dahn, Peoria, AZ, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 27, (42), Nels Lewis, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 28, (40), Randy Cummings, Herriman, UT, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 29, (44), Brad Green, Seattle, WA, Mazda Miata, 19.<br /> 30, (45), Jim Graffy, Vancouver, WA, Mazda Miata, 13.<br /> 31, (24), Jason Starr, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, 4.<br /> 32, (13), Jason Godfrey, Menlo Park, CA, Mazda Miata, 4.<br /> 33, (29), Michael Collins, Woodbine, MD, Mazda Miata, 3.<br /> 34, (1), Mark Drennan, San Jose, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 35, (3), Andrew Carbonell, Miami, FL, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 36, (4), Brian Ghidinelli, San Rafael, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 37, (10), Tyler Kicera, Manheim, PA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 38, (8), Craig T Berry, Tyler, TX, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> 39, (5), Jim Drago, Memphis, TN, Mazda Miata, 17.<br /> 40, (7), Joey Jordan, Fallbrook, CA, Mazda Miata, 16.<br /> 41, (6), Charlie Hayes, Walnut Creek, CA, Mazda Miata, 1.<br /> DNS, (23), Seth Rowley, Bay City, MI, Mazda Miata, .<br /> DNS, (37), Dave Dunning, Portland, OR, Mazda Miata, .<br /> DQ, (2), Kyle Kaiser, Santa Clara, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> DQ, (26), Michael LaBouff, Los Gatos, CA, Mazda Miata, 20.<br /> Overall Time of Race: 35:48.962<br /> Average Race Speed: 74.983 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 12.086 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: Kyle Kaiser, 1:45.263 (76.540 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #48 Joe Rombi<br /> Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20, Mark Drennan</p> <p>Notes: #2 Drago, #10 Drennan, #12 Ghidinelli, #17 Jordan, #22 Hayes, #29 Berry, #44 Kicera, #79 Carbonell moved to last finishing position in order of finish per SOM - GCR 9.1.7.C.1.f.4 (cylinder head)<br /> #88 - Disqualified per Chief Steward - GCR 9.1.7.C.1.f.5 (cylinder head)<br /> #04 - Disqualified per SOM - GCR 6.11.1 (On course driver conduct)</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kearby Earns Formula Atlantic Crown in Sophomore Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52090 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif., (Oct. 12, 2014)</strong> &ndash; Seventeen-year-old Conner Kearby, of Corpus Christi, Texas, was the youngest winner of this year&rsquo;s SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, claiming the Formula Atlantic title over Sedat Yelkin, of Austintown, Ohio. Bruce Hamilton, of Monkton, Maryland, was third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>Kearby kicked off the Formula Atlantic race with a tremendous start, moving his No. 56 GK Motorsports Swift 016a Mazda from sixth on the grid to third in the opening lap.</p> <p>&ldquo;I really didn&rsquo;t anticipate any of it,&rdquo; Kerby said of the start. &ldquo;I went with the green and I saw Sedat take off and thought I could follow him. I went in with him on the inside because I was starting on the outside and this isn&rsquo;t a good track to start on the outside. I followed Sedat in there, got a good move, didn&rsquo;t hit anyone and it was a pretty clean start for all of us. I ran my race, set a pace and went with it.&rdquo;</p> <p>By lap five Kearby was into second and chasing down the leader and Tire Rack Pole winner, Michael Mallinen, of Liberty Lake, Washington. What started as a 2.5-second gap was quickly eroded when Mallinen began to slow with a gearbox issue. Kearby was around Mallinen and into the lead on lap 7.</p> <p>&ldquo;I passed him in Turn 11,&rdquo; Kearby recalled. &ldquo;I took the inside. I knew right away something was wrong with his car. I just made the pass and didn&rsquo;t see anyone in my mirrors again until the yellow.&rdquo;</p> <p>That yellow, on lap 16, was the only full course caution of the race. It erased a sizeable lead of more than 12 seconds that Kearby had built, but the 17-year-old was fortunate to have some slower cars as a buffer between him and Yelkin.</p> <p>&ldquo;When the yellow came out, I was thinking &lsquo;I went this far, I&rsquo;ve got to finish it out,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kearby said. &ldquo;I had a little buffer with two slower cars before Sedat. I still had to watch out. I just set off and ran my pace.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kearby&rsquo;s pace earned him his first Runoffs victory in only his second appearance, by 2.836 seconds over Yelkin.</p> <p>&ldquo;Honestly, this is crazy,&rdquo; Kearby smiled. &ldquo;I had the pole and then a lot of stuff went down and then I was P6. I figured I&rsquo;d just make the best out of it. I never thought I&rsquo;d be up here, but I tried my best.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kearby&rsquo;s drive from sixth on the grid to victory also earned him the Sunoco Hard Charger Award, the GoPro Hero Move of the Race Award and he is now eligible for the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy Club Racer Shootout and a $75,000 ride in the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup.</p> <p>Save for one attempted pass at the hands of Fabio Castellani, from Streamwood, Illinois, Yelkin&rsquo;s race was pretty tame after Kearby went by. The defending Formula Atlantic Champion finished second in the No. 75 EVERCLEAR LUBRICANTS Swift 014a Mazda.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did get to P2, which I thought was good enough, but we didn&rsquo;t have the pace to chase Mike Mallinen,&rdquo; Yelkin said. &ldquo;Fortunately, I saw Conner coming through at one point and I knew he had incredible speed. When he went by, I was just hoping that he and Mallinen would start slowing each other down. It didn&rsquo;t quite work out that way, but it was nonetheless a great race. I can&rsquo;t imagine anyone else I&rsquo;d rather lose to than Connor.&rdquo;</p> <p>Starting eighth in his No. 36 Team K-Hill Swift 016a Mazda, Hamilton used patience to pick his way through the Formula Atlantic field.</p> <p>&ldquo;I started on the outside and for me, that&rsquo;s not where I like to be,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;I just made sure I got through that turn and it worked out pretty well. I dropped back a couple of spots and just got some heat in the tires and started to work my way up. I let those who were racing each other do their thing and I just had patience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hamilton was running in sixth when he came through Turn 11 and saw the disabled cars of Richard Zober, from Croydon, Pennsylvania, and Lewis Cooper, of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, who had been battling for third. That incident brought out the lone full course caution.</p> <p>&ldquo;I knew they were racing each other and usually it&rsquo;s just a matter of time, especially as the race starts to close,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;I made sure I had enough room, so if something happened, that I wasn&rsquo;t in the middle of it and that&rsquo;s exactly what happened. It was fortunate for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>He picked up one more spot on after the restart to claim his first Runoffs podium.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s my first Runoffs podium and this makes up for my first Runoffs in 2011 when I was in third on the last lap and spun in the rain,&rdquo; Hamilton said. &ldquo;This really means a lot to me, to bring it home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Local driver, Robert Corliss, of Monterey, California, and William Goldkind, of Holbrook, New York, completed the top five.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.<br /> <strong><br /> MONTEREY, Calif.</strong> -- Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s Formula Atlantic National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.</p> <p>1, (6), Conner Kearby, CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, Swift 016a Mazda, 20.<br /> 2, (5), Sedat Yelkin, Austintown, OH, Swift 014a Mazda, 20.<br /> 3, (8), Bruce Hamilton, Monkton, MD, Swift 016a Mazda, 20.<br /> 4, (7), Robert Corliss, Monterey, CA, Swift DB-4 Toyota, 20.<br /> 5, (9), William Goldkind, Holbrook, NY, Swift 014a Toyota, 20.<br /> 6, (2), Fabio Castellani, Streamwood, IL, Swift 014a Toyota, 19.<br /> 7, (11), Charles Duncan, Broomfield, CO, Swift 016a Mazda, 19.<br /> 8, (12), Jim Mali, Morgan Hill, CA, Elan Star Pro Formula Mazda, 19.<br /> 9, (3), Richard Zober, Croydon, PA, Swift 016a Mazda, 13.<br /> 10, (4), Lewis Cooper, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, Swift 014a Toyota, 13.<br /> 11, (1), Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, WA, Swift 016a Mazda, 8.<br /> 12, (10), Dwight Rider, Aurora, CO, Ralt RT41 Toyota, 6.<br /> 13, (13), Riley Hopkins, Gig Harbor, WA, Ralt RT4 Ford, 5.<br /> DNS, (14), Kenneth Davis, Escondido, CA, Ralt RT40 Other, .</p> <p>Overall Time of Race: 30:32.766<br /> Average Speed: 87.920 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 02.836 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: 1:22.668 (97.460 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #56 Connor Kearby<br /> Lap Leaders: #71, laps 1-6; #56 laps 7-20</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Loshak Wins the Drag Race to Defend his H Production Title at Mazda Raceway http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52089 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. (October 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Lawrence Loshak, of Grafton, Wisconsin, was able to close out the 2014 H Production title at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jason Isley, of Coto De Caza, California, finished a close second place, while Steven Hussey, of Capitola, California, completed the podium.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In the No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX, Loshak took the early lead after starting on the Tire Rack pole. However, Isley stayed close and was even able to record one lap as the official leader. On lap four, Loshak retook control of the race, which averaged 75.503 mph around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit, until Isley made a final push for the front.</span></p> <p>In the closing laps, Isley drove his No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris up to the rear bumper of Loshak. He spent the final three laps hounding Loshak, but could not make the key pass for the lead. The win marks Loshak&rsquo;s fifth National Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was doing everything I could to stay ahead of Jason [Isley],&rdquo; Loshak said. &ldquo;It was a little crazy running Formula 1000 and H Production back-to-back. Heading into the weekend, we weren&rsquo;t planning on doing that. But, I got a call. Me being me, by putting too much on my plate and my crew&rsquo;s plate, I could not say no. I saw the FB car for the first time on Monday when we tried to dial it in. I feel like we may have neglected the CRX a little, but it came together for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;Toward the end, my rear tires weren&rsquo;t happy with me, and then my front tires joined the party. Jason was right there to apply the pressure and all I could think is &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t make a mistake, don&rsquo;t make a mistake. Oh, I almost made a mistake.&rsquo; I just tried to hang it out there. It&rsquo;s not fun just to qualify, then walk away from everyone else. It&rsquo;s all about racing door-to-door with the best drivers in the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>While Isley looked to have the advantage through the Corkscrew and through to Turn Nine in the closing laps, he wasn&rsquo;t able to convert the advantage into a winning pass by Turn 11. Loshak took a tight, defending line in the last turn leaving the outside open for Isley&rsquo;s car. It was Loshak, on the inside, that proved to have to low end grunt to beat Isley&rsquo;s outside run to the line.</p> <p>&ldquo;I caught some good breaks,&rdquo; Isley said. &ldquo;We both caught some local yellows, but he was the driver that caught up to the lapped traffic first. That was really the thing that allowed me to close the gap. I could see his rear tires were going off, and at the same time my tires were going away. All of those things gave me a chance to catch up.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was pretty happy. I was here earlier this season and was a little disappointed I wasn&rsquo;t able to match my pace from that event. I think it was just the difference in temperature. Qualifying was challenging, but I was happy to be finishing third. I had a little advantage over Steve [Hussey] on the start, and was able to hook up with Loshak. I was worried about Bartell in the long run, since he has rear-wheel drive, but ended up not being an issue.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hussey, in the No. 37 Linn Speed/CW Horton Honda CRX, tallied his fourth career Runoffs podium, all of which came in H Production.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a relatively unexciting race for me, to be honest,&rdquo; Hussey said. &ldquo;We qualified second with a pretty decent time, but both Jason [Isley] and Lawrence [Loshak] got the jump off the start. From there, I just tucked in behind the car in front of me after seeing all the carnage from earlier in the day. I just wanted to make it through the first couple corners clean.</p> <p>&ldquo;After one lap, the leaders had built a sizable gap back to me, and just kept doing that throughout the race. At one point Gauper attempted a pass on me going up the hill. I said &lsquo;Forget this,&rsquo; and set down my fastest laps of the race in order to keep my position solidified. After that, I was just working my way through lapped traffic.&rdquo;</p> <p>Greg Gauper, of Hubertus, Wisconsin, finished the race fourth in his No. 15 Rana Mort Racing/King Motorsports Honda Civic Si.</p> <p>Completing the top five was Tom Tuttle, of Windsor, California, in the No. 11 Huffaker/Insul-Therm International MG Midget.</p> <p>David Louw, of Houston, won the Sunoco Hard Charger award in the No. 78 Over 50 Racing Fiat X-1/9.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.</p> <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. --</strong> Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Formula 500 National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> 1, (1), Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, WI, Honda CRX, 20.<br /> 2, (3), Jason Isley, Coto De Caza, CA, Toyota Yaris, 20.<br /> 3, (2), Steven Hussey, Capitola, CA, Honda CRX, 20.<br /> 4, (5), Greg Gauper, Hubertus, WI, Honda Civic Si, 20.<br /> 5, (7), Tom Tuttle, Windsor, CA, MG Midget, 20.<br /> 6, (6), Gordon Jones, Tualatin, OR, BMW 1600, 20.<br /> 7, (4), Ron Bartell, Madbury, NH, MG Midget, 20.<br /> 8, (9), Mike Cummings, Martinez, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.<br /> 9, (12), Gary Wittman, Costa Mesa, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.<br /> 10, (10), Michael Miller, Walhalla, SC, Austin-Healey Sprite, 19.<br /> 11, (15), Jerry Oleson, Aurora, CO, Austin-Healey Sprite, 19.<br /> 12, (13), Carl Young, Salinas, CA, Honda Fit, 19.<br /> 13, (8), Chris Albin, Maryland Heights, MO, Volkswagen Golf GTI, 19.<br /> 14, (18), Alex Burnett, Louisville, CO, Nissan PL510, 19.<br /> 15, (17), Rob Horrell Jr, Memphis, TN, Austin-Healey Sprite, 18.<br /> 16, (21), David Louw, Houston, TX, Fiat X-1/9, 17.<br /> 17, (19), Mike Bachman, San Jose, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 14.<br /> 18, (20), Jon Becker, Martinez, CA, MINI 1275, 6.<br /> 19, (14), Andrew Wright, Murfreesboro, TN, Triumph Spitfire, 4.<br /> 20, (11), Patrick Casey, Kailua, HI, Austin-Healey Sprite, 1.<br /> DNS, (16), Cory Markos, Riverside, CA, Honda CRX Si.</p> <p>Overall Time of Race: 35:34.162<br /> Average Race Speed: 75.503 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 0.189-second<br /> Fastest Race Lap: Lawrence Loshak, 1:45.653 (76.257 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #78 David Louw<br /> Lap Leaders: Laps 1-2, 4-20, Lawrence Loshak; lap 3, Jason Isley</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Osborne Adds To Gold Medal Collection In Formula 1000 http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52088 <p>MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2014) &ndash; If J.R. Osborne, of Englewood, Colorado, finishes his race at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, he usually wins. He was a winner on Sunday in Formula 1000, claiming his fourth career National Championship with a 5.693-second win. Alex Mayer, of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, and Gary Hickman, of Alpine, California, completed the podium.</p> <p>Osborne led flag-to-flag from the Tire Rack Pole Position, turning the fastest lap of the race on lap six with a 1:24.701 (95.120 mph) behind the wheel of the No. 83 Ralph Firman/Hoosier/GeartronicsMoo RFR 1000/Kawasaki. Osborne was pressured by Mayer&rsquo;s No. 77 Mayer Motorsports/Autoworks JDR F1000/Suzuki on the start, with Mayer trying to take the lead around the outside, but Osborne got through and set sail to the finish.</p> <p>The final margin of victory for Osborne was 5.693 seconds, with Osborne averaging 93.790 mph for the 20-lap, caution free race.</p> <p>Osborne&rsquo;s fourth National Championship is his first since 2008 at Heartland Park Topeka, bringing is record to four titles, two DNFs, and just one finish that wasn&rsquo;t a win.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely one of the hottest race days here, and the track seemed very greasy,&rdquo; Osborne said. &ldquo;It seemed like most of the cars were loosening up. I pushed really hard to get a little gap and it stayed at seven seconds. Alex did not let up at all, and I couldn&rsquo;t push any harder without taking a chance of throwing it off. Each lap, it just got a little tougher, rear end wise, and thankfully it was enough and we were able to finish this year. We&rsquo;ve had such a tough run of it, and it&rsquo;s brilliant to come here at what I consider my home track, even though I&rsquo;m from Colorado, this is my favorite place to be.</p> <p>&ldquo;You&rsquo;re here for 10 days, it&rsquo;s just a big deal. It puts more pressure on you, because you&rsquo;ve got so much into it that you want something to go well. It&rsquo;s gutting when you have the whole week and you go out and have a failure of some sort, and I don&rsquo;t wish that on anybody. On the flip side, those tough days make today that much sweeter.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mayer held close to Osborne for a few laps, but, with lap times just tenths slower than the winner, eventually fell to far behind to challenge for the lead. The 20-year-old was also fast enough to work away from the No. 76 Edge Engineering Phoenix F1000/Suzuki of Hickman to bring home the silver medal.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a good start,&rdquo; Mayer said. &ldquo;I tried to stay on the outside of J.R. going through Turn Two and it didn&rsquo;t work quite well. After that, we all separated and had our own races.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a great year, even from the start. At the first race, there was a big wreck on Sunday and we ended up getting caught up in that. After that, we got the car fixed and kept racing through the year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hickman chased the leaders early, but just didn&rsquo;t have the pace for anything more than third in just his second Runoffs appearance, and first since 1989 at Road Atlanta.</p> <p>&ldquo;We made a tire change just before we went out, which may or may not have been a good thing,&rdquo; Hickman said. &ldquo;I hung with Alex until probably the eighth or ninth lap and picked up a little bit of an oversteer that just got worse and worse. I could see we were pulling away from everybody because I couldn&rsquo;t see anybody in my mirrors. So I thought, why not just preserve the car and keep it on the track and roll over in third place. Other than that, it went well. I&rsquo;d have liked to have done better, but third is good too.</p> <p>&ldquo;The last time I was here [at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca] was back in 1982, and it was a different track then. This is just an incredible track. It&rsquo;s certainly on any racer&rsquo;s bucket list to come to this track.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jeremy Hill kept his No. 00 Photon VD07/Suzuki in fourth after a mid-race battle with Glenn Cooper&rsquo;s No. 43 Ralph Firman Racing/Hoosier Tires RFR F1000/Kawasaki. Cooper finished fifth. Dore Chaponick improved five positions from the start to finish eighth in the No. 79 Gridsport/Highway Systems/Corby Stohr F1000/Suzuki to win the Sunoco Hard Charger.</p> <p>Jose Gerardo won the GoPro Hero Move of the Race in the No. 14 General Labels &amp; Printing LLC Stohr F1000 for a sweeping pass through the Corkscrew on the opening lap when he improved from 14th on the grid all the way to 5th, but Gerardo ended his day on the second lap when he flew off the track in turn six and into the gravel.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.</p> <p>MONTEREY, Calif. -- Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Formula 1000 National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.</p> <p>1, (1), J.R. Osborne, Englewood, CO, RFR 1000 Kawasaki, 20.<br /> 2, (2), Alex Mayer, Harleysville, PA, JDR F1000 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 3, (3), Gary Hickman, Alpine, CA, PHOENIX F1000 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 4, (4), Jeremy Hill, Toronto, ON, PHOTON VD07 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 5, (7), Glenn Cooper, Roswell, GA, RFR F1000 Kawasaki, 20.<br /> 6, (6), Lawrence Loshak, Grafton, WI, Astra Summerhawk Suzuki, 20.<br /> 7, (5), Larry Vollum, Portland, OR, Stohr F1000 Kawasaki, 20.<br /> 8, (13), Dore Chaponick, Miami, FL, Stohr F1000 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 9, (8), Jason Bell, Tampa, FL, Citation FB Suzuki, 20.<br /> 10, (11), Rod Rice, Austin, TX, Stohr F1000 Kawasaki, 20.<br /> 11, (10), Randy Cook, Palo Alto, CA, JDR F1000 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 12, (14), John LaBrie, Draper, UT, Phoenix F1K.12 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 13, (16), Duane Eitel, Casa Grande, AZ, Phoenix F1K.12 Suzuki, 4.<br /> 14, (12), Jose Gerardo, El Paso, TX, Stohr F1000, 2.<br /> 15, (9), Tyler Thielmann, Kiel, WI, JDR JDR-012 Suzuki, 1.<br /> DNS, (15), Ross Wolf, Sammamish, WA, Stohr F1000 Suzuki, .<br /> Overall Time of Race: 28:38.048 (93.790 mph)<br /> Margin of Victory: 5.693 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: 1:24.701 (95.120 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #79 Dore Chaponick<br /> Lap Leaders: #83 JR Osborne, 1-20<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT White Wins Closest-Ever Spec Racer Ford Finish at Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52087 <p><strong>MONETEREY, Calif., (Oct. 12, 2014)</strong> &ndash; Cliff White, of Huntsville, Alabama, won the Spec Racer&reg; Ford race at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, by 0.065-second over Mike Miserendino, of Bakersfield, California. It was the closest SRF finish in Runoffs history. T.J. Acker, of Santa Clarita, California, completed the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>Starting from the Tire Rack Pole Position, Miserendino held his lead in the No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford on the opening lap without issue. Behind him, however, a multi-car incident in Turn Two brought out the first of two full-course caution periods.</p> <p>On the restart, Miserendino again had no issue holding the lead, but behind him, White was falling behind.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was having trouble with my second and third shifts coming out of 11 and Turn Two,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;I missed the second to third shift. T.J. luckily missed me, but it was mostly driver error.&rdquo;</p> <p>White was back on it and working his way through the field, fighting with Scott Rettich, Todd Harris and Acker. The battle enabled Miserendino to pull a gap on the field. Once White was by Acker in the Corkscrew on lap five, he set his sights on Miserendino, who had a three-second lead.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a fantastic car,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;We worked on it all week. We knew Mike, T.J. and the guys at MBI were the guys to beat this week. I spent a lot of time doing laps by myself, not in traffic. As soon as I got through fourth, third and second, I was able to get in a rhythm and start chewing away at Mike&rsquo;s lead. He was the carrot.&rdquo;</p> <p>A full-course yellow was exactly what White needed to erase the deficit to Miserendino. Though the two held their positions through the lap 12 restart, White&rsquo;s No. 58 Cottage Senior Living/Valvoline Spec Racer Ford was filling Miserendino&rsquo;s mirrors.</p> <p>Four laps later, White made his move, passing Miserendino in the famed Corkscrew. The pass earned him the GoPro Hero Move of the Race Award.</p> <p>&ldquo;The lap before, he got really lose going into Turn Seven,&rdquo; recalled White. &ldquo;I was getting pretty good runs out of Turn Six and up the hill. I was showing my nose and I was able to sneak in there a little bit and the car stuck, luckily. He gave me enough racing room like we do up at the front of Spec Racer all the time.&rdquo;</p> <p>Miserendino was not letting White get off easy. Though he initially lost ground, Miserendino slowly reeled White back in and made his move to the inside on the last corner of the last lap.</p> <p>&ldquo;I moved down a little bit, but I tried to give him as much room as is reasonable,&rdquo; White said. &ldquo;I knew he was coming on the inside and that&rsquo;s the only place you could pass there. I tried to get the car rotated and stomped on the gas. We drag raced down the front straightaway.&rdquo;</p> <p>That drag raced ended in a 0.065-second victory for White, the seventh-closest finish in Runoffs history since adopting transponders for scoring. It is the second SRF title for White.</p> <p>Miserendino never got too comfortable with his lead through the first half of the race, knowing SRF was likely to have at least one more caution before the finish.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the back of my mind, I was always worried about that second full-course yellow and then it did come out,&rdquo; Miserendino said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s racing. It came out and I settled in and Cliff and I had a great end of the race battle going.</p> <p>&ldquo;I started to slide a little bit toward the second half of the race. He made a good move into the Corkscrew and was able to squeak by. I hung right there, but bobbled out of 11 on that same lap. He was able to get a good lead. I did my best to reel him back in and got him on the last lap. I sure wish this race was 21 laps!&rdquo;</p> <p>Starting third in the No. 62 MBI Racing/Cindescency Spec Racer Ford, Acker advanced to second in the first restart, taking advantage of White&rsquo;s missed shift.</p> <p>&ldquo;I assumed Cliff had some kind of problem,&rdquo; Acker said. &ldquo;I found out he missed a shift. That&rsquo;s what allowed me to get by him. I tried to help my teammate by being as big of a pain in the butt as I could possibly be and stay in front, but he caught up and got by me without much problem.&rdquo;</p> <p>From there on, Acker had his hands full with Rettich, John Black and Steve Fogg who all had their eye on the final podium spot.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was fairly exciting,&rdquo; Acker said. &ldquo;I was having a difficult time getting the car stopped at the bottom of the hill going into Turn Two. Other than that, I thought I was doing pretty well and had the rest of the corners covered. I just had to keep it going straight and get through that corner without getting dive-bombed. Everyone was gracious enough to not do that to me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rettich, of Columbus, Ohio, and Black of Olympic Valley, California ended up completing the top five.</p> <p>Joseph Wolf, of East Nassau, New York, was awarded the Sunoco Hard Charger, advancing from 35th on the grid to 20th at the finish.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.<br /> <br /> MONTEREY, Calif. -- Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s Spec Racer Ford National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> <br /> 1, (2), Cliff White, Huntsville, AL, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 2, (1), Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 3, (3), TJ Acker, Santa Clarita, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 4, (6), Scott Rettich, Columbus, OH, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 5, (7), John Black, Olympic Valley, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 6, (5), Steve Fogg, West Linn, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 7, (8), John Tipton, Lake Oswego, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 8, (17), Perry Richardson, Los Gatos, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 9, (14), Darryl Wills, Houston, TX, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 10, (16), Michael Keller, Napa, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 11, (19), Bill Booth, Cupertino, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 12, (10), Scott Monroe, Seabrook, TX, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 13, (18), Paul Marino, Chatsworth, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 14, (13), Mark Ballengee, Shafter, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 15, (11), Robert Breton, San Francisco, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 16, (24), Mark Vultaggio, Swiftwater, PA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 17, (21), Lee Douglas, Portland, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 18, (22), Michael Boyle, Santa Clara, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 19, (29), Ricky Lee, Murray, UT, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 20, (35), Joseph Wolf, East Nassau, NY, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 21, (28), Paul Goudy, Portland, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 22, (25), Daniel Halloran, Portland, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 23, (27), Tom Miserendino, Los Angeles, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 24, (30), JoJo Saunders, Mill Valley, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 25, (26), Paul Raby, Las Vegas, NV, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 26, (38), Denny Fosdick, Riverside, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 27, (40), Phil Fogg Sr, Tualatin, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 28, (34), David Kay, Los Gatos, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 29, (39), Dan Brooks, Colorado Springs, CO, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 30, (37), Peter Jankovskis, Lisle, IL, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 31, (41), Matias Bonnier, New Albany, OH, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 32, (43), Benjamin Brinn, Lafayette, IN, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 33, (44), Denny Wright, Portland, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 34, (42), Roy Hillenburg, Friendswood, TX, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 20.<br /> 35, (32), Matt Gray, Chaska, MN, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 19.<br /> 36, (4), Todd Harris, Portland, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 14.<br /> 37, (9), Jonathon Allen, Laguna Beach, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 8.<br /> 38, (31), Mark Hutchins, Lincoln, NE, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 8.<br /> 39, (15), Umberto Milletti, Hillsborough, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 7.<br /> 40, (12), Lee Fleming, Lake Forest, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 6.<br /> 41, (20), Jonah Rhodehamel, Oakland, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 0.<br /> 42, (23), Bob Gardner, Sunnyvale, CA, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 0.<br /> 43, (33), Gary Manchester, Portland, OR, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 0.<br /> 44, (36), Court Cardinal, Carson City, NV, SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 0.<br /> <br /> Overall Time: 39:06.815<br /> Average Speed: 68.662 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 0.065-second<br /> Fastest Lap: Cliff White, 1:43.800 (77.618 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #4 Joseph Wolf<br /> Lap leaders: Mike Miserendino, laps 1-15; Cliff White, laps 16-20</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Novak Takes Formula 500 Title in Runaway Win at Mazda Raceway http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52086 <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. (October 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Brian Novak, of Dearborn, Michigan, took all the marbles as he won the Formula 500 Championship at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Wiley &lsquo;Clint&rsquo; McMahan, of Covington, Georgia, and Jeff Jorgenson, of San Francisco, California, completed the podium.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Driving the No. 73 Hoosier/NovaRace/AiM NovaKar J360/Rotax, Novak did no wrong at Mazda Raceway as to won the F500 title by leading all 20 laps from the Tire Rack Pole Position. He paced the race at an average speed of 84.819 mph around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile course.</span></p> <p>This win marks the third National Championship for Novak. Dating back to his maiden attempt in 2001, he has made every Runoffs except for the 2008 running.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were pretty pleased to get that Tire Rack pole,&rdquo; Novak said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s my first career pole at the Runoffs. It makes things so much easier when you can just make your start and hold the inside line. The whole plan was to try and create a five- or six- second gap and maintain that throughout the race.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did a pretty decent job cruising the car out there until the handling went away. For a while, I needed to steer the car with the throttle and then it got better. All of a sudden the car got bad again and we had to do what we could do to keep the car on course to the end.&rdquo;</p> <p>McMahan, at the controls of his No. 36 Metalloid/Formula 600 Challenge Maverick Nova/Suzuki, finished second, tying his career-high Runoffs finish. From the third spot on the starting grid, McMahan made an outside pass in Turn Two stick on the second lap.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a tough battle for second,&rdquo; McMahan said. &ldquo;Going into the race, Jeff [Jorgenson] and I had an agreement that weren&rsquo;t going to battle each other through Turns One and Two on the opening lap. We stuck to the agreement and the game was on. On the second lap my right-front suspension started to go down a little bit, forcing me to lose some turning.</p> <p>&ldquo;We looked a little loose since the car just was not turning. We pushed for 18 or 19 hard laps while doing that. It&rsquo;s a long ride back to Georgia, and I won&rsquo;t question myself if there was anything more we could have done on track.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jorgenson won an extremely close battle to finish third in his No. 84 Veskimo Cooling Quadrini Racing Invader QC1/Rotax. As the field took the white flag, Jorgenson was behind Calvin Stewart&rsquo;s No. 77 NovaKar Novakar Blade F600/Suzuki. Heading into Turn Two, Jorgenson made the pass work. At the Corkscrew, Stewart, of Novi, Michigan, set up on the outside of Turn 8a before dropping down the hill. That move didn&rsquo;t stick, but a pass up the inside of the final corner did. However, Jorgenson didn&rsquo;t give up, and negotiated a perfect over-under move to retake the position on the corner exit.</p> <p>&ldquo;On lap 19, I had too much rear brake going into Turn Two and Stewart got past me,&rdquo; Jorgenson said. &ldquo;I would try to run him down and catch him, but couldn&rsquo;t make the pass. I got by him in Two, and led him up to the Corkscrew where he tried to get around me.</p> <p>&ldquo;He finally got by me on the inside of Turn Nine. I was able to get a nose ahead of him going into 11, but he beat me to the corner under braking. So, I cut behind him and had enough up the straight to get him. It was some great racing. He [Stewart] is still talking to me, so I don&rsquo;t think it was dirty. It was just a lot of fun.&rdquo;</p> <p>After the last-lap heroics by Jorgenson, Stewart finished the race in fourth.</p> <p>Completing the top-five positions was Jack Walbran, of St. Louis, Missouri, at the wheel of his No 67 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion S1/Rotax.</p> <p>Fred Edwards, of Sturgis, Michigan, was named the Sunoco Hard Charger after finishing eighth in the No. 121 Metalloid/Formula 600 Challenge Maverick F500 Suzuki, a four-spot improvement.</p> <p>The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.</p> <p><strong>MONTEREY, Calif. --</strong> Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Formula 500 National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> 1, (1), Brian Novak, Dearborn, MI, NovaKar J360 Rotax, 20.<br /> 2, (3), Wiley McMahan, Covington, GA, Maverick Nova Suzuki, 20.<br /> 3, (2), Jeff Jorgenson, San Francisco, CA, Quadrini Racing Invader QC1 Rotax, 20.<br /> 4, (4), Calvin Stewart, Novi, MI, Novakar Blade F600 Suzuki, 20.<br /> 5, (6), Jack Walbran, Saint Louis, MO, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 19.<br /> 6, (7), Lance Spiering, Beaverton, OR, KBS MK VII Rotax, 19.<br /> 7, (8), Ryan Barth, Sturgis, MI, Falcon Falcon 0.5 Suzuki, 19.<br /> 8, (11), Fred Edwards, Sturgis, MI, Maverick F500 Suzuki, 19.<br /> 9, (5), Jeremy Morales, Indianapolis, IN, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 19.<br /> 10, (10), Herb Noble, Marion, IA, Scorpion S1 Rotax, 18.<br /> 11, (9), Thomas Edwards, Sturgis, MI, Maverick 00-003 Suzuki, 9.</p> <p>Overall Time of Race: 31:39.761<br /> Average Race Speed: 84.819 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 16.052 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: Brian Novak, 1:33.941 (85.764 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #19 Fred Edward<br /> Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20, Brian Novak&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kelley Runs Away With GT-1 Title at Mazda Raceway Runoffs http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52085 <p><em>Revised 10/12 at 5:15 Pacific</em></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2014) &ndash;</span></strong><span class="apple-converted-space"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">One day after narrowly missing out on his first SCCA National Championship in the Touring 2 class, Kyle Kelley, of Huntington Beach, California, cashed in on gold in GT-1 at the SCCA Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Kenneth Davis, of Escondido, California, and Robert Rodriguez, of Danville, California, completed the top three.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Kelley started second in his No. 3 UPRacing.com/Jamison Engineering/1st Class Chevrolet Corvette but immediately went to the front when Tire Rack Pole Winner Michael Lewis, of Poway, California, broke the rear end of his No. 12 Goodyear/Cyclo/RedLine Oil Jaguar XKR as the green flag waved.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">With Lewis&rsquo; departure, Kelley was the class of the field, turning a fastest lap of 1:27.746 (91.820 mph) en route to a 30.277-second victory in the 20-lap, 44.76-mile race. The race was slowed by one caution for two laps.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&ldquo;Winning the Runoffs feels pretty good,&rdquo; Kelley said. &ldquo;I think that yesterday was the one we really earned. Unfortunately, Lewis had an issue today and that&rsquo;s not the way we wanted to win it, but I&rsquo;ll take it.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&ldquo;Unfortunately, a lot of the fast guys from the east didn&rsquo;t make the trip out here. I&rsquo;ve been out east 10 times, so you think they&rsquo;d have come at least once, but that&rsquo;s all right. It was fun and a good race. I enjoyed it.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Second place was in doubt the entire race, with Springdale, Arkansas&rsquo; Tom Smith first occupying the spot in his No. 62 USA Metal Recycling/Go Hogs Go! Chevrolet Corvette before being black flagged for exceeding the strict sound limits. That then promoted his son, Dane Smith, to second in his No. 21 USA Metal Recycling/Go Hogs Go! Chevrolet Corvette, a position he held until lap 19, when he spun.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Smith&rsquo;s spin promoted Davis, who started eighth in his No. 65 Davis Stone.com Chevrolet Corvette and emerged on top of an early-race battle with Robert Rodriguez&rsquo;s No. 48 TurboHoses R&amp;D Ford Noble M12/M400 and Shannon&rsquo;s No. 07 Spectra Holdings/Gateway Racing/Eatmon Chevrolet Corvette. The runner-up position was a career-best for Davis, who previously finished third in C Sports Racing in 2007.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">&ldquo;This feels great, I had a really good time,&rdquo; Davis said. &ldquo;I just kind of stuck with it to get a finish. That&rsquo;s the key here. We were definitely a little quicker than [Rodriguez]. I couldn&rsquo;t get around him though. That thing pulled pretty hard down the straightaways. Eventually, I just stuck with it and pressured him to make a mistake and we both got by.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Rodriguez finished third, following the disqualification of Shannon&rsquo;s finish due to technical non-compliance.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Todd Peterson, of Boulder, Colorado, in the No. 26 Peterson Machining Inc. Ford Mustang, finished fourth, followed by Dane Smith following his spin.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Kelley earned the GoPro Hero Move of the Race for his dominating performance, while Davis earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award for advancing six positions.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America&rsquo;s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.<br /> <br /> The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date on SpeedcastTV.com.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; line-height: 10.5pt;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">MONTEREY, Calif. -- Provisional results for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA GT-1 National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.<br /> 1, (2), Kyle Kelley, Huntington Beach, CA, Chevrolet Corvette, 20.<br /> 2, (8), Kenneth Davis, Escondido, CA, Chevrolet Corvette, 20. <br /> 3, (9), Robert Rodriguez, Danville, CA, Ford Noble M12/M400, 20.<br /> 4, (7), Todd Peterson, Boulder, CO, Ford Mustang, 20.<br /> 5, (5), Dane Smith, Springdale, AR, Chevrolet Corvette, 20.<br /> 6, (11), Robert Davis, Sonora, CA, Pontiac Firebird, 19.<br /> 7, (12), James Cantrell, Tucson, AZ, Chevrolet Corvette, 19.<br /> 8, (3), Tom Smith, Springdale, AR, Chevrolet Corvette, 19.<br /> 9, (4), Rob Davis, Modesto, CA, Chevrolet Camaro, 5.<br /> 10, (10), John Blizzard, Bend, OR, Chevrolet Camaro, 3.<br /> 11, (1), Michael Lewis, Poway, CA, Jaguar XKR, 0.<br /> DNS, (13), Richard Gray, Moorpark, CA, Mazda RX-7.<br /> DQ, (6), Elmer Shannon, Oakland, CA, Chevrolet Camaro, 20.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height:10.5pt"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif;">Overall Time of Race: 32:17.793<br /> Average Race Speed: 83.154 mph<br /> Margin of Victory: 30.277 seconds<br /> Fastest Race Lap: Kyle Kelley, 1:27.746 (91.820 mph)<br /> Sunoco Hard Charger: #65 Kenneth Davis<br /> Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20, Kyle Kelley<br /> &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT