SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:05:03 GMT Oseth Named SCCA Pro Racing Vice President/General Manager http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52338 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Steve Oseth was named Vice President and General Manager of SCCA Pro Racing today, assigned with overseeing the day to day operations of the for-profit subsidiary of the Sports Car Club of America.</p> <p>Oseth will manage the staff and Pro Racing activities from the Topeka office, including the sanctioning of the Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am Championship and Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.</p> <p>Oseth comes to SCCA Pro Racing from AWRS International, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he owned the Nashville-area franchise of the automotive wheel sales and repair company. Prior to that, Oseth was the Founding President of Castle Concrete Corp., managing a company of more than 80 employees.</p> <p>He is a three-time SCCA Club Racing National Champion, winning the Runoffs&reg; three times &ndash; in 2003, 2006 and 2007, all in the Formula Vee class. Oseth is currently one of the Series Tech Coordinators for the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 and F1600 Championship Series.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking forward to having Steve&rsquo;s experience and knowledge, both of motorsports and the business world, in house at SCCA Pro Racing,&rdquo; Robert Clarke, SCCA Pro Racing President, said. &ldquo;Steve will manage both our in-house and event staff, and work closely with each of the series that we currently sanction to give them all the support that we can provide.&rdquo;</p> <p>Oseth will begin in the new role immediately, and will soon relocate to Topeka from his Nashville-area home.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am excited about this appointment and the challenges it presents,&rdquo; Oseth said. &ldquo;I have been a member of SCCA for 36 years and now having the opportunity to work with the people and organization that has been such an important part of my life is really extraordinary.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc. - a 65,000-member organization dedicated to motorsports events. SCCA Pro Racing provides full-service organization, operation and sanction for numerous professional racing series, documented within this web site. Each series holds events on high-profile race weekends and annually crowns Champions.<br /> <br /> Known for its operational expertise, SCCA Pro Racing has been the choice of privately-owned racing series, as well as those promoted by automobile manufacturers, to conduct all facets of their Championships.<br /> <br /> SCCA held its first professional racing event on February 3, 1963 - a United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) race won by Jim Hall at Daytona International Raceway. Throughout the years, SCCA Pro Racing has been at the forefront of the professional racing landscape in the United States with such landmark series as Trans-Am, Can-Am, Formula 5000 and World Challenge. SCCA Pro Racing formally became a subsidiary of SCCA in 1993, and is a voting member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS) - the FIA delegate for this country.</p> Club Racing Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Majors Concludes Inaugural Race Weekend at Chuckwalla http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52331 <p><strong>DESERT CENTER, Calif. (March 22, 2015) &ndash;</strong> Rounds Three and Four the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference concluded at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, this past weekend, with racing action on both Saturday and Sunday. This race marks the end point for the first third of the 12-round championship that will conclude in Portland, Oregon.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Saturday&rsquo;s on-track events included 15-minute qualifying sessions, divided into seven race groups, for the 25 National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes what were present. Following the mid-day lunch break, those same seven race groups competed in separate 30-minute sprint races.</span></p> <p>On Sunday, things started off with a morning warmup combining some groups. Following the warmup sessions, each of the seven race groups hit the track for their feature races.</p> <p>As this was the first trip to the venue for the Majors Tour, which features some of the most talented amateur racecar drivers in the Western United States, new lap records were on the chopping block at the 17-turn, 2.68-mile circuit. A total of 13 lap records were reset over the two-day race weekend.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a summary of what happened both days:</p> <p><strong>Run Group One</strong>: Kenneth Davis, of Escondido, California, was the top qualifier in Touring 1. He put on a dominating performance, winning the class by more than 20 seconds, at the wheel of his No. 64 Davis Stone Inc. Chevrolet Corvette.</p> <p>Russ Peterson, of Menlo Park, California, took the come-from-behind win in Touring 2. At the controls of his No. 7 Peninsula Equine Ford Shelby GT, Peterson clawed his way from a third-place starting position to take the win with a lap in hand over class rival Mitch Marvosh. Carl Young, of Salinas, California, also claimed victory in convincing fashion, in Super Touring Under, after not registering a lap in qualifying in his No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000.</p> <p>On Sunday, wide margins of victory were, again, the story of the day. Davis, Peterson, Paul Whiting (Super Touring Lite, No. 51 Next Victory Honda CRX), of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Derrick Ambrose (B-Spec, No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2), of Vancouver, Washington, swept the weekend, in their respective classes.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Two:</strong> On Saturday, TJ Acker, of Saugus, California, cruised to victory in the 30-minute sprint race in his No. 62 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen3. Acker captured the win 9 seconds ahead of Mike Miserendino.</p> <p>On Sunday, Miserendino, of Bakersfield, California, proved to be the fastest driver over the long haul by scoring the 20-lap feature race victory. Miserendino took the win by 13 seconds in his No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen3.</p> <p>In the Spec Racer Ford class, Elliott Freireich, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, ran unopposed both days in his No. 15 West Valley View: The newspaper SRF.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Three:</strong> Tim Day, Jr., of Scottsdale, Arizona, came roaring back from a tough morning in qualifying, on Saturday, to notch an overall group victory in his Prototype 1-classed No. 81 TJR Motorsports Stohr WF1. Day qualified in the fifth overall position, but set sail during the race on what would end up as a 9.6 gap back to the second-fastest car.</p> <p>Dan Erickson, of Chandler, Arizona, took home a narrow 0.692-second victory over Doug Nelson. Nelson was the better of the two drivers during the qualifying session, but Erickson drove his No. 6 Brawndo Formula Mazda to the eventual win.</p> <p>During Sunday&rsquo;s feature races, the each class winner put in a dominate performance, all finishing at least 50 seconds ahead of their closest in-class competition. Day was joined by Tom Hope (Formula Continental, No. 10 H&amp;M Racing Dart Van Diemen ZTec), of Downey, California; John LaBrie (Formula 1000, No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12), of Draper, Utah, and Ron Fletcher (Prototype 2, No. 19 Fletcher Team Inc. Radical SR3), of San Diego, as drivers who completed the sweep from the Wings &lsquo;n Things group.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Four:</strong> Clement Lee, of San Diego, California, cruised to an atypically large margin of victory in Spec Miata, on Saturday. Lee qualified his No. 33 RM Autosports Mazda Miata in third, but did what he needed to do to lead the field to the line.</p> <p>On Sunday, Steven Powers, of Mesa, Arizona, turned the tables on Lee. After finishing second to Lee the day before, Powers came home in first in his No. 145 Amerifirst Financial Mazda Miata. Lee finished the feature race in second.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Five:</strong> John Longwell, of Fallbrook, California, took Saturday&rsquo;s E Production win following a less-than-ideal qualifying run in his No. 138 Achilles Motorsports/Hoosier BMW 328 IS. Multi-time National Champion Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, California, also did something familiar&hellip;win. He took his F Production No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget to victory lane.</p> <p>On Sunday, Jason Isley (H Production, No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OSGiken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris), of Coto De Caza, California, and Craig Carter (GT-Lite, No. 31 Hazard Reduction Systems Nissan Sentra), of Long Beach, California, wrapped up the weekend sweeps.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Six:</strong> On Saturday, Robert Kahn, of Las Vegas, Nevada, started second in the GT-2 class, and third overall, bud didn&rsquo;t stay in that position. By the time the checkered flag fell on the 16-lap big-bore race, Kahn had jumped two positions and drove to a dominating 10-second win in his No. 35 RK Racing Chevrolet Corvette.</p> <p>Also scoring class wins were Kenneth Davis (GT-1, No. 64 Davis Stone Company Chevrolet Corvette), of Escondido, California; Christopher Qualls (American Sedan, No. 73 Hasa Chemical/B&amp;D Racing/Hoosier Ford Mustang), of West Los Angles, California, and Mike Henderson (GT-3, No. 12 Mazda/Redline Oil/Goodyear Mazda RX-7), of Alpine, California.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s racing saw Michael Von Quilich, of Pahrump, Nevada, score the overall win in his No. 19 Apartment 24-7.com SRT Viper ACRX. Qualls and Henderson completed the sweep in their respective classes.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Seven:</strong> On Saturday, Tim Harris, of Tustin, California, got the edge in a closely-contested Formula Vee battle. In his No. 20 Apex Fire Systems Mysterian M3, Harris beat class polesitter Skip Streets to the stripe by 0.099-second.</p> <p>However, Streets got his revenge during Sunday&rsquo;s 15-lap feature race. Streets, of San Clemente, California, drove his No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering Mysterian FV M3 to a win in Formula Vee by 0.146-second over Harris</p> <p>The next two rounds of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference Championship will be held at Thunderhill Raceway Park, April 11-12. Additional information, including full results, on the Chuckwalla Majors can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/chuckwallamajors">SCCA.com/ChuckwallaMajors</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> <p><strong>DESERT CENTER, Calif. -</strong> Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Three at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Christopher Qualls, West Los Angeles, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda2<br /> Formula 1000: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Race Works F1K12<br /> Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen ZTec FC<br /> Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read, Vacaville, Calif., Formula Enterprises*<br /> Formula F: Edward Erlandson, Burbank, Calif., Swift DB-6 Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Dan Erickson, Chandler, Ariz., Formula Mazda*<br /> Formula Vee: Tim Harris, Tustin, Calif., Mysterian M3<br /> E Production: John Longwell, Fallbrook, Calif., BMW 328 IS<br /> F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> GT-1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Robert Kahn, Las Vegas, Nev., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-3: Mike Henderson, Alpine, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> GT-Lite: Craig Carter, Long Beach, Calif., Nissan Sentra<br /> Prototype 1: Tim Day, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Stohr WF1<br /> Prototype 2: Ron Fletcher, San Diego, Calif., Radical SR3<br /> Spec Miata: Clement Lee, San Diego, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Elliott Freireich, Litchfield Park, Ariz., SRF<br /> Spec Racer Ford Gen3:.TJ Acker, Saugus, Calif., SRFG3*<br /> Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda CRX<br /> Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby GT<br /> Touring 4: Michael Tsay, Irvine, Calif., Honda Civic SI</p> <p><strong>DESERT CENTER, Calif. -</strong> Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Four at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. (*) &ndash; Denotes Saturday winner.</p> <p>American Sedan: Christopher Qualls, West Los Angeles, Calif., Ford Mustang*<br /> B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda2*<br /> Formula 1000: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Race Works F1K12*<br /> Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen ZTec FC*<br /> Formula F: John Barron, Phoenix, Ariz., Van Diemen RF93<br /> Formula Mazda: Larry Mason, Burbank, Calif., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Skip Streets, San Clemente, Calif., Mysterian FV M3<br /> E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> F Production: James Cantrell, Tucson, Ariz., Volkswagen Golf<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris*<br /> GT-1: Richard Gray, Moorpark, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> GT-2: Michael Von Quilich, Pahrump, Nev., SRT Viper ACRX<br /> GT-3: Mike Henderson, Alpine, Calif., Mazda RX-7*<br /> GT-Lite: Craig Carter, Long Beach, Calif., Nissan Sentra*<br /> Prototype 1: Tim Day, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Stohr WF1*<br /> Prototype 2: Ron Fletcher, San Diego, Calif., Radical SR3*<br /> Spec Miata: Steven Powers, Mesa, Ariz., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Elliott Freireich, Litchfield Park, Ariz., SRF*<br /> Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., SRFG3<br /> Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda CRX*<br /> Super Touring Under: Michele Abbate, Henderson, Nev., Toyota Scion FRS<br /> Touring 1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette*<br /> Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby GT*<br /> Touring 4: Steve Zink, Henderson, Nev., Ford Mustang</p> Club Racing Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Rainy Day In Atlanta Fails To Slow SCCA Majors Races http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52330 <p><strong>BRASELTON, Ga. (March 22, 2015) &ndash; </strong>A steady downpour throughout the day provided a mixed bag for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Southeast Conference Majors Tour at Road Atlanta, Round Eight of 12 on the season.</p> <p>A number of drivers saw their fortunes reversed, either positively or negatively, from Saturday&rsquo;s action during Sunday&rsquo;s 20-lap races.</p> <p>On Sunday:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> The soaked track gave the field an opportunity to catch up with Saturday&rsquo;s leaders, and Austin Mack took full advantage of it in the No. 11 K-Hill Motorsports/H2 Companies Mygale/Ford.</p> <p>Mack caught up to Saturday runner-up Scott Andrews&rsquo; No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014/Honda on lap seven, got in front on lap 11, then sailed away in the rain to take the win.</p> <p>For the second straight day, Stevan Davis found himself in front for at least a portion of the final lap in Formula Vee, but was left holding just the silver medal. Pushing his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines Racer&rsquo;s Wedge/Volkswagen hard to catch back up to Mitchell Ferguson&rsquo;s No. 52 Vorscha GB4, Davis moved to the front under braking in Turn 10.</p> <p>Davis led through the left and right complex, but found a slick patch of pavement and turned partially sideways. Though he caught it and continued, it killed his momentum enough for Ferguson to sneak by with a fist pump at the finish line for the win.</p> <p>Russell Strate cruised to the Formula 500 win in his No. 47 Quadrini Racing/Hoosier QRE Invader/Rotax.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> Jonathan Goring&rsquo;s No. 18 Jonathan Goring Motorsports Mazda Miata nearly saw all the early work he&rsquo;d put in erased with just a few minutes to go, when a car slid off the end of the backstraight and came to rest in the gravel trap. That brought out a full course caution with the 40-minute time window winding down, and erased a five second lead for Goring.</p> <p>With a host of rivals in his mirrors, Goring again got away on the one lap dash to the end. At the checkered flag, Goring was 1.109-second ahead of Danny Steyn&rsquo;s No. 39 ADEPT Studios/Rossini/OPM/Traqmate Miata, and almost two seconds ahead of Saturday winner Dillon Machavern&rsquo;s No. 24 Heritage Mazda Miata.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> Alex Mayer held off not one, but two restarts in the rain to keep his No. 77 JDR Racecars/Hoosier Tire JDR in front, cruising to a 4.672-second win in the rain.</p> <p>The weather had cars spinning in all directions and into the gravel to bring out the full course cautions, but Mayer proved the class of the field on Sunday. Jason Bell&rsquo;s No. 2 Gridsport Citation FB got in front of Mayer on the lap 14 restart, but Mayer was back in front by the completion of the circuit and stayed in front to the finish.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> The rain spaced out the production car group through lap times and some spins, leaving Tyler Kicera to run to the Touring 3 win in the No. 141 Kicera Motorsport Mazda MX-5. Eric Powell&rsquo;s E Production No. 47 CCP Fabrication Porsche 924 ran second overall.</p> <p>Four drivers doubled up with weekend sweeps, winning in both the dry on Saturday and the wet on Sunday. Ken Kannard (No. 39 Northwest Cable Mazda Miata) in F Production, Will Perry (No. 36 Rivergate Honda CRX) in H Production, Michael Scornavacchi (No. 22 BFGoodrich Tires Ford Mustang) in Touring 4, and Micahel Kamalian (No. 99 RevolutionSpeed.com Mazda Miata) in GT-Lite.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Not even a big spin on lap eight could keep Tray Ayres from repeating in Gen 3 Spec Racer Ford, as the No. 7 Ayres Racing SRF ran flag to flag for the win. By the time Ayres had his incident, he was far enough in front of the field that he was still leading by five seconds when he rejoined the race. Ayres finished with a 7.705-second win.</p> <p>Denny Stripling snuck his No. 41 Spec Racer Ford away from the rest of the SRF-class field, climbing up to eighth overall in the race despite a split start and the power and handling advantage of the newer cars.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> The rain caught out the big bore group on the opening lap, where Jorge Nazario&rsquo;s GT-2 No. 165 Brava Lubricants Chevrolet Corvette got sideways in the rain and went hard into the wall. While Nazario quickly exited the car to assess damage, it brought out a black flag for clean-up.</p> <p>Back underway, the closest battle was for the overall lead, but in different classes. Doug Peterson&rsquo;s GT-1 No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette was chased by Tony Ave&rsquo;s GT-2 Lamers Motor Racing Ford Mustang for the distance, with Peterson taking the checkers less than a second before Ave.</p> <p>Dainton Brooks repeated in American Sedan in the No. 31 Georgia Controls Ford Mustang, skating around the very slippery track. William Wilson was credited with the GT-3 win in the No. 147 Pink Mazda RX-7, as was Ted Height in Touring 1 in the No. 27 Bank of North Georgia Ford Mustang.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Group 7:</strong> With heavy rains falling again, Nick Leverone piloted his No. 31 Flatout Motorsports Mazda Miata to the front of a field that traditionally features quicker and more powerful cars to take the Super Touring Lite win.</p> <p>Tim Kezman&rsquo;s No. 144 Calypso Lemonade Porsche 911 GT3 got away from his class competition to take the Touring 2 class, while Thomas Lyttle held on in Super Touring Under in the No. 43 Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue Mazda RX-7.</p> <p>Darren Seltzer stretched out late to sweep B-Spec in the No. 64 BFGoodrich Tires Honda Fit, shaking free of a side by side battle early with Brian Kelm&rsquo;s No. 12 Ford Fiesta.</p> <p><strong>Group 8:</strong> Conner Kearby (No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda) repeated in Formula Atlantic after spending the early part of the race chasing his father, Gaston Kearby (No. 69 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda). The elder Kearby was still in front on lap 13 when suddenly his machine failed to accelerate out of a corner, done for the day. From there, Conner was alone on the lead to the finish line.</p> <p>Joseph Harris&rsquo; No. 132 Formula Mazda finished an impressive second overall, the only other car on Kearby&rsquo;s lead lap. The win capped a sweep of the weekend in class for Harris.</p> <p>Spencer Brockman and Jacek Mucha both snagged top five overall finishes, Brockman in the No. 77 K-Hill Motorsports Van Diemen to win Formula Continental, and Mucha in the NO. 7 Phoenix/Innotech JM016CP/Mazda to win Prototype 1.</p> <p>Michael Crowe (No. 85 Young Racing WF1/Suzuki) stood on top of the podium in Prototype 2, and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Ryan Norman Racing Formula Enterprises/Ford) did the same in Formula Enterprises, for a pair of weekend sweeps.</p> <p>The Southeast Conference returns to action April 17-19 at VIRginia International Raceway for rounds nine and 10 on the season.</p> <p>More information on the event can be found at SCCA.com/AtlantaMajors.</p> <p>BRASELTON, Ga. &ndash; Provisional race winners from Sunday&rsquo;s Southeast Conference SCCA Majors Tour Round Eight at Road Atlanta. Winners are listed by class: Name, homestown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Dainton Brooks, Riverdale, Ga., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., Honda Fit<br /> E Production: Eric Powell, Orlando, Fla., Porsche 924<br /> F Production: Ken Kannard, East Troy, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Will Perry, Sale Creek, Tenn., Honda CRX<br /> Formula 500: Russell Strate, Alden, N.Y., QRE Invader/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR F1000/Suzuki<br /> Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Spencer Brockman, Westport, Ct., Van Diemen/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprises: Ryan Norman, Aurora, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Austin Mack, Warren, R.I., Mygale/Ford<br /> Formula Mazda: Joseph Burton Harris, Cresson, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Donnie Isley, Fletcher, N.C., Agitator/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Tony Ave, Maiden, N.C., Ford Mustang<br /> GT-3: William Wilson, Englewood, Tenn., Mazda RX-7<br /> GT-Lite: Michael Kamalian, Marietta, Ga., Mazda Miata<br /> Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha, Highland Beach, Fla., JM016CP/Mazda<br /> Prototype 2: Michael Crowe, Jamestown, Ky., Stohr WF1/Suzuki<br /> Spec Miata: Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Ct., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Spec Racer Ford Gen 3: Tray Ayers, Gainesville, Ga., Spec Racer Ford3<br /> Super Touring Lite: Nick Leverone, Mendon, Mass., Mazda Miata<br /> Super Touring Under: Thomas Lyttle, Decatur, Ga., Mazda RX-7<br /> Touring 1: Ted Hight, Alpharetta, Ga., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 2: Tim Kezman, Franksville, Wis., Porsche 911 GT3<br /> Touring 3: Tyler Kicera, Manheim, Pa., Mazda MX-5<br /> Touring 4: Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, N.C., Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Southeast Conference Passes the Season’s Midpoint On Saturday at Road Atlanta http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52329 <p><strong>BRASELTON, Ga. (March 20, 2015) &ndash;</strong> With Spring in the March air, the Southeast Conference of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour slid past the halfway point on Saturday at Road Atlanta, running 25-minute timed races for Round 7 of 12 in the championship season.</p> <p>Sunshine and warm temperatures had everyone trying to put a best foot forward, with the weatherman calling for the dreaded rain during Sunday&rsquo;s races.</p> <p>Eight groups raced around the 2.54-mile circuit, with 20-lap races schedule for Sunday.</p> <p>On Saturday:</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> The day opened with the small formula cars, who led with their customarily big competition.</p> <p>Teammates Thomas McGregor (No. 90 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014/Honda) and Scott Andrews (No. 93 Exclusive Autosport Spectrum 014/Honda) swapped the lead in Formula F, dueling for fast laps and using the draft to catapult forward. McGregor pulled in front going into the final lap as they had caught lapped traffic, and Andrews had one last shot coming down the hill to the checkered flag to steal the win. Andrews ran wide in the final corner trying to carry as much speed as possible, but McGregor held on by a half car length and a 0.056-second margin of victory.</p> <p>Stevan Davis set a new Formula Vee track record and held the lead in the No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxanne Headers Racer&rsquo;s Wedge at the white flag. Hoping to have enough to hold on with the chance to be a sitting duck anyway in the draft, Davis had his momentum balked just enough by a slower car. That opened the door for a hard-charging Donnie Isley in the No. 30 Digital Intelligence Agitator, who swept through and into the lead for the win.</p> <p>Cory McLeod took Formula 500 in the No. 58 Animal Ark Rural Hall Red Devil/Rotax.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> Dillon Machavern (No. 24 Heritage Mazda Miata) held his position in the lead pack as he, Jonathan Goring (No. 18 Jonathan Goring Motorsports Miata) and Danny Steyn (No. 39 ADEPT Studios/Rossini/OPM/Traqmate Miata) broke away from the field in Spec Miata.</p> <p>Machavern rode in second for the majority of the race, then moved to the front with one to go. Ready to race, Machavern held on out front for the final lap, with Steyn a half-second behind at the stripe.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> The Formula 1000 group ran alone, with a standing start, to kick off the afternoon races. The race for the lead came down to the last lap, with Jeremy Hill&rsquo;s No. 00 Hoosier Tire Photon VD07 leading Alex Mayer (No. 77 JDR Racecars/Hoosier Tire JDR) and defending National Champion JR Osborne&rsquo;s No. 83 RFR Racecars Firman F1000).</p> <p>Under braking for Turn 10 at the end of the backstraight, both Mayer and Osborne saw an opportunity to make a move. Osborne shot up the inside from third, with Mayer in the middle and Hill on the outside. Mayer and Osborne touched, slowing Mayer to a crawl and spinning Osborne over in front of Hill, who came to a stop himself on track to avoid the contact.</p> <p>Mayer got his momentum back first, and crossed the stripe just in front of a charging Hill. Osborne stalled on course, finishing seventh.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Despite a wild double spin coming through the fast Turn 12 after another car had dropped oil on the track, Bob Schader took the overall and Touring 3 win on Saturday in the No. 8 Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z. After the spin, Jeffrey Cripe&rsquo;s E Production No. 96 German Cars BMW 328is briefly moved into the overall lead, and the two battled. Schader moved back to the front, but each took their class win.</p> <p>Ken Kannard&rsquo;s No. 39 Northwest Cable Mazda Miata took the win in F Production, with Will Perry garnering the top spot in H Production behind the wheel of the No. 36 Rivergate Honda CRX. Michael Scornavacchi claimed Touring 4 in the No. 22 BFGoodrich Tires Ford Mustang.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Spec Racer Ford is a class that celebrates the draft at Road Atlanta &ndash; except today for Tray Ayres. Ayres, with the help of a spin from a car chasing him, pulled just enough of a gap in the Gen 3 Spec Racer Ford class to walk away from the field in the No. 7 Ayres Racing Spec Racer Ford, opening up a nearly three second gap that was wide enough to earn the win without a last-lap challenge.</p> <p>Scott Rettich, in Spec Racer Ford, kept his No. 17 Alliance Autosport Spec Racer Ford glued to the back of Denny Stripling&rsquo;s No. 91 Spec Racer Ford for most of the race, then took advantage of the aero dynamics to move around and take the checkered flag.</p> <p><strong>Group 6:</strong> The on-track rivalry in GT-1 between Doug Peterson&rsquo;s No. 87 3Dimensional.com and Simon Gregg&rsquo;s No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette continued on Saturday following a pile up at the green flag in the middle of the field that involved at least four of the big bore machines. Though only one car was unable to restart following a black flag, it left just an eight minute dash for the race win.</p> <p>Peterson followed Gregg for the first six minutes, until Gregg found traffic in the large group at the wrong time. Peterson was able to get by, and then opened up a lead of more than two seconds in the final two laps for the top step on the podium.</p> <p>Pete Peterson (no relation) took GT-2 and third overall in the No. 98 Toyota Celica, with Dainton Brooks&rsquo; No. 31 Georgia Controls Ford Mustang on top of American Sedan. Tim Myers&rsquo; No. 22 BFGoodrich Tires Dodge Viper was the Touring 1 winner in the group.</p> <p><strong>Group 7:</strong> While Elivan Goulart was walking away with the overall and Super Touring Under win in the No. 72 Krugspeed Lotus Exige, the Touring 2 battle was cat and mouse behind him. Cameron Maugeri&rsquo;s No. 57 BTI Ford Mustang faced pressure from the No. 44 Calypso Lemonade/Fall Line Motorsports Porsche GT3, but Maugeri held on to the top spot by less than a length and a half at the finish. Nick Leverone won Super Touring Lite in the No. 31 Flatout Motorsports Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Though not the fastest cars on track, the B-Spec class was once again a back and forth battle between the No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/HPD Honda Fit of Chi Ho and the No. 64 BFGoodrich Tires Honda Fit of Darren Seltzer. Ho held off the SCCA Solo National Champion for the win by a small car length.</p> <p><strong>Group 8:</strong> Conner Kearby (No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda), Jim Downing (No. 63 Downing Atlanta Inc. Peach/Mazda), and Tim Minor (No. 8 Automotive Specialties Citation/Ford) all worked deftly through traffic on an extremely busy track to take wins in Formula Atlantic, Prototype 1 and Formula Continental, respectively.</p> <p>In Formula Mazda, Joseph Harris (No. 132 Formula Mazda) battled with Darryl Wills (No. 2 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda) until lap 15, when a car from a different class cut tried to sweep around the pair through a corner. Wills jumped on the brakes to avoid contact, but moved caused him to spin and Harris was left alone for the win.</p> <p>Michael Crowe (No. 85 Young Racing WF1/Suzuki) won Prototype 2, and Ryan Norman (No. 48 Ryan Norman Racing Formula Enterprises/Ford) won in Formula Enterprises.</p> <p>The Majors from Road Atlanta continues on Sunday with 20 lap races, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Live timing, notes, the PA audio feed and static cameras placed around the track are available at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>More information on the event can be found at SCCA.com/AtlantaMajors.</p> <p>BRASELTON, Ga. &ndash; Provisional race winners from Saturday&rsquo;s Southeast Conference SCCA Majors Tour Round Seven at Road Atlanta. Winners are listed by class: Name, homestown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Dainton Brooks, Riverdale, Ga., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., Honda Fit<br /> E Production: Jeffrey Cripe, Sarasota, Fla., BMW 328<br /> F Production: Ken Kannard, East Troy, Wis., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Will Perry, Sale Creek, Tenn., Honda CRX<br /> Formula 500: Jack Walbran, Saint Louis, Mo., Scorpion/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR F1000/Suzuki<br /> Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Tim Minor, Falls Church, Va., Citation/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprises: Ryan Norman, Aurora, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Thomas McGregor, Saskatoon, Canada, Spectrum/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Joseph Burton Harris, Cresson, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Donnie Isley, Fletcher, N.C., Agitator/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Pete Peterson, Lumberton, N.C., Toyota Celica<br /> GT-Lite: Michael Kamalian, Marietta, Ga., Mazda Miata<br /> Prototype 1: Jim Downing, Atlanta, Ga., Peach/Mazda<br /> Prototype 2: Michael Crowe, Jamestown, Ky., Stohr WF1/Suzuki<br /> Spec Miata: Dillon Machavern, Charlotte, Vt., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Spec Racer Ford Gen 3: Tray Ayers, Gainesville, Ga., Spec Racer Ford3<br /> Super Touring Lite: Nick Leverone, Mendon, Mass., Mazda Miata<br /> Super Touring Under: Elivan Goulart, Shelton, Ct., Lotus Exige<br /> Touring 1: Tim Myers, Atlanta, Ga., Dodge Viper<br /> Touring 2: Cameron Maugeri, Ormond Beach, Fla., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Bob Schader, Lafayette, Colo., Nissan 350Z<br /> Touring 4: Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, N.C., Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Majors Running on Each Coast This Weekend http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52328 <p>BRASELTON, Ga. (March 20, 2015) &ndash; It&rsquo;s a banner weekend for the U.S. Majors Tour, with Rounds Seven and Eight of the Southeastern Conference Championship at Road Atlanta and Rounds Three and Four of the Western Conference Championship in action on Saturday and Sunday at Chuckwalla.</p> <p>At Road Atlanta, cars took to the track on Friday for two qualifying sessions, prior to races on Saturday and Sunday. Chuckwalla is a two-day event, qualifying and running the doubleheader on the weekend only.</p> <p>Live timing and notes are available for both U.S. Majors Tour events this weekend - the Southeast Conference Rounds 7 and 8 at Road Atlanta, and the Western Conference Rounds 3 and 4 from Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.</p> <p>The enhanced SCCA Live screen, with the feed from the track Public Adress audio and static cameras set up to stream around the track, along with the live timing and notes on @SCCALive, will be available on Saturday and Sunday. <a href="http://www.sccahost.com/live/">That link can be found here</a>.</p> <p>The same SCCA Live Screen, with notes from @SCCALive1, from <a href="http://www.sccahost.com/sccalive/live2/">Chuckwalla is available here</a>.</p> <p>Information on the Road Atlanta race can be found at<a href="http://scca.com/atlantamajors"> SCCA.com/AtlantaMajors</a>, while Chuckwalla information can be found at <a href="http://scca.com/chuckwallamajors">SCCA.com/ChuckwallaMajors</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA To Debut New Road Racing Bracket Enduro Format http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52323 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 16, 2015) &ndash;</strong> A less restrictive rule set for both drivers and cars and a unique scoring method to balance the field highlight the SCCA&rsquo;s Bracket Enduro program, set to run on a limited basis in 2015 and grow dramatically in 2016.</p> <p>The events will feature 4 classes. The first will be an all out pace event, whoever goes the farthest the fastest wins. However, the other three will use a format that balances cars and teams through time allowances, similar to drag racing. Teams will have a variety of options, including tire choice and set up, to run within their target times. The SCCA Bracket Enduro will debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, June 6-7.</p> <p>&ldquo;We really wanted to build a program that made endurance racing truly affordable, but at the same time without limiting what people could spend,&rdquo; Heyward Wagner, SCCA Director of Experiential Programs, said. &ldquo;As we looked across the motorsports landscape, we found what we were looking for in a variation of the bracket racing model commonly used in drag racing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The format is designed to also appeal to former racers who may have found that their race car no longer fits well in traditional SCCA sprint racing. While to be eligible, performance potential must not exceed GT-3/Touring 3/E-Production, ITR, one of the founding principles of the program is that there are no illegal cars. If it passes safety inspection, and is deemed eligible, it is legal regardless of configuration or modification.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to encourage creativity, in preparation and strategy,&rdquo; Wagner said. &ldquo;This should be viewed as really fun challenge. And with the team element, it becomes something that families and friends can do together without breaking the bank. I think that is a win-win.&quot;</p> <p><strong>The Structure</strong></p> <p>The SCCA Bracket Enduro is designed to create a fun, fair and affordable way for racers to experience team endurance racing, allowing a wide range of preparation, investment and performance to compete on a level playing field.</p> <p>Each event will have four classes, with the first an &ldquo;open&rdquo; race class. The additional three classes will be set by a delta lap time. If a car runs quicker than its target lap, the time is multiplied by 1.5 and put into a bank. Bank time is paid back in pit lane.</p> <p>Class Two and Class Three will be based on SCCA ITR and ITB lap times. Class Four will be set three to five seconds slower than ITC. The variation in classes will allow for fast cars and drivers to still go as fast as they can, while also allowing less prepared cars or those on street tires to have a place to play.</p> <p>Races are expected to typically run at least seven hours, with a 24-hour race on the horizon.</p> <p><strong>Car Eligibility</strong></p> <p>The SCCA Bracket Enduro will use an essentially open rule set, with the exception of safety equipment and performance limitations to an SCCA Club Racing GT-3/IT-R/Touring 3/E Production level set by the existing Club Racing Experience rule set. Tires can be racing slicks or street legal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We would love for this program to appeal to competitors in other budget minded endurance racing programs, but we also want to reach out to current and past Club Racers,&rdquo; Wagner said. &ldquo;There are a lot of parked race cars out there. Some may have become uncompetitive, others may have become too expensive to campaign. This program fixes both of those problems.</p> <p>&ldquo;An older prod, GT or IT car can run street tires, with a modern, reliable stock motor and good brakes . not only will it be legal, it can win.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Driver Eligibility</strong></p> <p>Drivers participating in the SCCA Bracket Enduro will not be required to hold SCCA competition licenses.</p> <p><strong>Scoring</strong></p> <p>The scoring for the SCCA Bracket Enduro has two distinct methods.</p> <p>The first class is open &ndash; simply, like traditional rules, the car going the furthest prior to the checkered flag is the winner.</p> <p>The additional three classes are based on a delta time for each lap. Each lap that falls under the target time (times 1.5 as a penalty) will go into a bank that must be served in addition to the minimum pit stop length. Teams may continue to work on the car during the banked time payback.</p> <p>Banked time will be kept electronically and automatically through the race app, available to all competitors and spectators.</p> <p>For example, if the delta time is one minute, and a driver runs a lap of 59 seconds 10 times, the team would need to pay back 15 seconds of time (10 total seconds, times 1.5) before the end of the race.</p> <p>Each team will choose the class to compete in when they register, but may change their classification after the test and tune session.</p> <p>More information, and a complete rule set, <a href="http://www.scca.com/clubracing/content.cfm?cid=52321">on the SCCA Bracket Enduro series can be found here</a>, or by clicking the &quot;Bracket Enduro&quot; tab on the Club Racing page.. <a href="http://www.scca.com/assets/CRE-Rules.pdf">A list of Club Racing Experience rules is available for download here</a>. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Day Two of Majors Competition Concludes at NOLA Motorsports Park http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52317 <p><strong>AVONDALE, La. (March 8, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at NOLA Motorsports Park is officially a wrap, following the second day of competition. The race weekend served as Rounds Five and Six of the Southeastern Conference campaign, and was the opening weekend for the Mid-States Conference.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Seven race groups took to the 2.75-mile, 16-turn circuit just south of New Orleans for the second annual Majors race weekend in as many years. Once again, the Majors lived up to its billing by bringing the country&rsquo;s best amateur racecar driver to the best race tracks in America. NOLA Motorsports Park is slated to host its first professional auto race later this year, and has already hosted professional motorcycle racing.</span></p> <p>Here is a summary of the day&rsquo;s action:</p> <p><strong>Run Group One</strong>: Mike Lewis, of Poway, California, completed the weekend sweep in GT-1. At the wheel of his No. 12 Goodyear/Cyclo/Redline Oil Jaguar XKR, Lewis kept himself within striking distance of race leader Simon Gregg during the first half of the race. Just past the halfway point, Lewis forced the issue with Gregg and was able to make the overtaking maneuver stick. From there, Lewis weaved his way through traffic and held on to take the win as the checkered flag was displayed one lap early for a stalled car in Turn 13.</p> <p>Also scoring double wins on the weekend were Bill McGavic (GT-3, No. 69 Hoosier/No MO Money Race Engineering Mazda RX-7), of Arcadia, Florida; Tim Kezman (Touring 2, No. 44 Calypso Lemonade/Fall Line Motorsports Porsche 911), of Franksville, Wisconsin, and Brian Himes (American Sedan, No. 157 CH4 Resources Ford Mustang), of Slidell, Louisiana.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Two:</strong> Spec Miata was again decided during the last lap. Andrew Carbonell, of Miami, Florida, emerged as the winner over his teammate Todd Buras. As the field exited Turn 17 to take the white flag, Buras got a huge run on Carbonell and won the drag race to the strip. However, Buras was unable to hold the position.</p> <p>Going through Turn Two, Carbonell was able to get back around Buras. Carbonell then was able to complete the lap error free, at the controls of his No. 074 BSI Racing Mazda Miata. A perfect last half was all Carbonell needed to do to seal his victory.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Three</strong>: Joseph Burton Harris, of Cresson, Texas, went 2-0 at NOLA Motorsports Park, after beating a field of seven other Formula Mazdas on Sunday. Harris went toe-to-toe with multi-time National Champion Darryl Wills and came out on top as a result of patience.</p> <p>As the laps wound down in the 17-lap race, Harris got a good run off Turn 17. He and Wills were side-by-side as they approached Turn One. Harris had the inside line for the corner but Wills made his car stick on the outside line. It wasn&rsquo;t until the leaders got to Turn Four that Harris was able to finish his pass.</p> <p>Also scoring two wins on the weekend were Kirk Kindsfater (Prototype 1, No. 32 Ortho Center Rockies/K&amp;N/Arms Up Speads RS11), of Eaton, Colorado. Michael Crowe (Formula 1000, No. 88 Applied Oxidation Van Diemen F1000), of Jamestown, Kentucky, and Paul Schneider (Formula Enterprises, No. 73 Performance MotorCars of Charlotte Formula Enterprises), of Charlotte, North Carolina, also swept the weekend, unopposed.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Four:</strong> Steven Coates, of Stanford, North Carolina, took the lead on the last lap and was able to hold it together to clinch the win in Spec Racer Ford. As the field received the white flag, Coates trailed Grayson Strathman on the last lap but saw traffic ahead on the approach to Turn One. In his No. 93 Driving Solutions SRF, Coates made his move going into Turn One and had completed his move by Turn Two. Strathman was able to follow Coates by the slower traffic, but Coates completed the lap without a mistake.</p> <p>Brian Schofield, of Lakeland, Fla., completed the sweep with a Sunday win in his No. 61 PM Racing SRFG3. He finished the race by more than one second over Tray Ayres.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Five:</strong> Steven Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., was the winner in Formula Vee, at the wheel of his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Headers Racer&rsquo;s Wedge SB-1. On the penultimate lap, Davis sat in fifth and saw his opportunity to strike. On the front straight he popped out of line and was surprised to see fellow FV racer Laura Hayes do the same. He used her draft to work his way to the inside lane. As the group approached Turn One, Hayes backed off allowing Davis to slot into second. On the final lap, Davis used lapped traffic to get into the lead around Charles Hearn.</p> <p>Lewis completed his four-race sweep after notching the Sunday Formula F win in the No. 12 Redline Oil/Cyclo Vestal 09F. Also recording a perfect weekend was Jack Walbran, of St. Louis, Missouri, while driving his No. 67 Mitchel Racing Services Scorpion.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Six:</strong> Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, put on a dominating performance at the wheel of his No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM Mazda Miata. His Sunday win allowed him to complete the weekend sweep as he crossed the finish line more than 25 seconds ahead of class rival Andrew Robertson.</p> <p>Also notching double race wins on the weekend were Kevin Ruck (F Production, No. 73 Hoosier/Honda Performance Development Acura Integra), of Atascosa, Texas, and Will Perry (H Production, No. 36 Rivergate/Epilepsy Foundation Honda CRX), of Sale Creek, Tennessee.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Seven:</strong> John Phillips, of Sealy, Texas, took home the win in a close-fought B-Spec battle with JF McClughan. Phillips, in the No. 43 Phillips Race Prep/TRD/CARS Toyota Yaris, grabbed the lead and was able to hold that position as McClughan was constantly hounding him.</p> <p>Scoring double wins on the weekend were Robert Schader (Touring 3, No. 8 Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z), of Lafayette, Colorado; Michael Flynn (Super Touring Under, No. 26 Irish Mikes Racing BMW E46), of Eustis, Florida; Michael Van Steenburg (Super Touring Lite, No. 04 ISC Racing Services Mazda Miata), of Winter Haven, Florida, and Voytek Burdzy (Touring 4, No. 15 Advanced Autosports/Bravo Trailers Mazda MX-5), of Shiller Park, Illinois.</p> <p>The next event for the U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference will take place at Road Atlanta, March 20-22. The Western Conference will also be in action that same weekend at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, March 21-22. For additional information on the NOLA Majors, including full results, visit SCCA.com/NOLAMajors.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT First Day of NOLA Majors Features Pleasant Weather Conditions http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52316 <p><strong>AVONDALE, La. (March 7, 2015) &ndash;</strong> The Southeastern Conference is one step closer to the midway point of their 2015 schedule as the Mid-States Conference opens their season as part of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour race weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana, March 7-8. This event is the first dual-conference event of the season, and second in Majors history. Later in the year, there will be two other events that will run with the dual-conference format.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">This event is the second consecutive season NOLA Motorsports Park has played host to the Majors. Weather conditions for this season&rsquo;s opening day were much more favorable than that of a year ago. Dry conditions, under nearly cloudless skies, were the order of the day. The relatively cool temperatures made for happy engines pushing out as many horses as they could muster.</span></p> <p>Here is a summary of the day&rsquo;s action:</p> <p><strong>Run Group One:</strong> The big-bore group was in the leadoff spot as the day&rsquo;s racing action got underway. Mike Lewis, of Poway, Calif., scored what could be called an unlikely win in GT-1. Simon Gregg fought his way to the class lead in the opening laps, and was able to comfortably hold the position until a full-course caution was thrown on lap 12. Two laps later, the green flag was displayed for the restart. Gregg led the field into Turn One, but that didn&rsquo;t last for long.</p> <p>Lewis streaked into the lead, at the controls of his No. 12 Goodyear/Cyclo/Redline Oil Jaguar XKR, by the time the feild had made it to Turn Four following the restart. At that time, Gregg and Zachary Monette got tangled up allowing Lewis to extend his lead. Lewis then cruised to victory.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Two:</strong> Todd Buras scored what he termed as a come-from-behind win in his No. 056 BSI Racing/East Street Auto Spec Miata. Starting in seventh, Buras knew he would be in the mix toward the end of the 30-minute sprint race. However, he didn&rsquo;t expect to cross the line in first place when time expired.</p> <p>Buras narrowly missed being collected in an opening-lap incident that involved multiple cars flying off track. That incident brought out a full-course caution that lasted two laps. Once going back to green, the race was on. Denny Steyn, Chris Haldeman, Andrew Carbonell and Buras were locked in close battle for much of the race. As the laps began to wind down, Steyn was in the lead until he pushed wide through Turn 14. That was enough of an opening to let Buras and Haldeman through as they crossed the line in that order.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Three:</strong> Eight Formula Mazdas took the green flag for their Saturday sprint race. Joseph Burton Harris, of Cresson, Texas, came home the winner in his No. 132 Formula Mazda after holding off seven rivals, which included multi-time National Champion Darryl Wills.</p> <p>Michael Crowe (No. 88 Applied Oxidation Van Diemen F1000), of Jamestown, Kentucky, notched is second win of the Southeastern Conference season in Formula 1000. That allowed him to extend his championship point lead over the rest of the field.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Four:</strong> Spec Racer Ford and their sister Gen3 cars were next up. The Gen3s were the first to take the green in the split start. After eight relatively clean laps, a full course yellow was called after John Waak and Gytisha Strickland tangled in Turn Three. The field circulated four more times behind the pace car until the checkered flag was displayed. Brian Schofield (No. 61 PM Racing SRFG3), of Lakeland, Fla., and Grayson Strathman (No. 1 Monster Energy SRF), of Jennings, Okla., took the wins in SRFGen3 and SRF, respectively.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Five:</strong> The small-bore formula group was the first to complete their entire 30-minute race without a full-course caution. Lewis (No. 12 Redline Oil/Cyclo Vestal 09F) was able to double-dip by taking another overall win after clinching the victory in Formula F.</p> <p>The closest on-track battle for a class win came in Formula Vee, between Stevan Davis and Donnie Isley. Davis, of Danielsville, Georgia, emerged as the winner, at the controls of his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxanne&rsquo;s Headers Racer&rsquo;s Wedge SB-1, in a fight that was decided by less than 0.5-second. The finish was foreshadowed on the opening lap when the top four drivers approached Turn One side-by-side. However, they were able to get it sorted out before getting to the critical part of the turn and continue on cleanly.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Six:</strong> The production group was the second consecutive race to finish without the need for a full-course caution. Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, was able to complete 16 unimpeded laps as he drove to victory in E Production at the wheel of his No. 71 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Kevin Ruck, of Atascosa, Texas, also put on a dominating performance in the No. 73 Hoosier/Honda Performance Acura Integra. He was able to outpace the remainder of the F Production field, finishing one lap ahead of second-place finisher Paul Kullman.</p> <p><strong>Run Group Seven:</strong> The final race of the day also finished with little incident from green flag to checkered flag. The B-Spec race was the most intriguing battle of the entire group. JF McClugnau (No. 36 Mazdaspeed/Hoosier Mazda 2), of New Braunfalls, Texas, escaped with the victory, but John Phillips made him work for it.</p> <p>Phillips was pressing McClugnau up until the last lap. Phillips attempted to get underneath McClugnau through Turns 15 and 16, but was not able to pull off the move. McClugnau got a good exit off the corner and was able to seal his win by 0.176-second.</p> <p>The second, and final day, of the Majors at NOLA Motorsports Park is slated to start at 8:00 a.m. (CDT), on Sunday. Four 15-minute warm-up sessions will start the day off, while 17-lap feature races will start at 9:40 a.m. (CDT). For additional information on the NOLA Majors, including a schedule, full results and grids, visit SCCA.com/NOLAMajors.</p> Club Racing Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Majors Takes on the Big Easy at NOLA Motorsports Park http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52314 <p><strong>AVONDALE, La. (March 6, 2015) - </strong>The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour travels down to Dixie for the third race weekend on the Southeastern Conference schedule. In addition, this will be the opening weekend for those drivers looking to contest the Mid-States Conference Championships. Here are the pertinent facts you will need to get ready to follow this weekend's racing action.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Event/Circuit:</strong><br /> U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference &ndash; Rounds One and Two of 12<br /> U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference - Rounds Five and Six of 12 <br /> NOLA Motorsports Park<br /> 13-turn, 2.67-mile Permanent road course</p> <p><strong>Qualifying:</strong><br /> Seven Race Groups <br /> One 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning.</p> <p><strong>U.S. Majors Tour Races: </strong> <br /> Seven Group Races<br /> Saturday, March 7: 30 minutes, beginning at 1:00 p.m. (CST)<br /> Sunday, March 8: 17 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, beginning at 9:40 a.m. (CDT)<br /> <br /> <strong>Live Timing and Audio:</strong> <br /> Live Timing &amp; Scoring, lap notes, a feed from the PA Audio and static video via the SCCA&reg; Pit Board are available for all sessions through www.sccahost.com/live.</p> <p><strong>Entry lists, full event schedules, and more information is available at www.sccamajors.com.</strong></p> <p><u><strong>Storylines/Things To Watch For</strong></u><br /> <strong>Major League:</strong> In September 2012, the Sports Car Club of America rolled out the U.S. Majors Tour as the top level of amateur racing in this country. The Majors Tour replaces what was previously called &ldquo;National&rdquo; SCCA racing, split into a season-long championship in five geographic Conferences.<br /> <br /> <strong>SCCA Club Racers &ndash; The Best in the Country:</strong> There are lots of amateur road racing groups in the United States, but the clear leader of top drivers is with the SCCA. Though most are weekend warriors who take vacations from their full-time jobs to attend races, it&rsquo;s a craft taken seriously. Bobby Rahal, Mark Donohue, Roger Penske, Michael Andretti, and actor/driver Paul Newman got their start in SCCA Club Racing. More recently, you could have seen current stars Boris Said, Graham Rahal, Sam Hornish or J.R. Hildebrand at an SCCA Club race.</p> <p><strong>Voodoo Part Deux:</strong> This will mark the second year that the SCCA Majors program has traveled to the country club-style venue, located just south of the Big Easy. Last year&rsquo;s initial trip to the track was a positive experience, other than the difficult weather conditions that included freezing rain. The forecast for this weekend&rsquo;s event is on the cold side, but should prove to be more favorable than last year.</p> <p><strong>Mid-States Opener:</strong> Another change from last year&rsquo;s event will be that this race weekend will be counted toward two different Conference titles. This is the first dual-conference race in Majors history and will be the first of three dual-conference events held this year. The Mid-States Conference will kick off the 2015 campaign here, while the Southeastern Conference season will be half over at the conclusion of this event. For Mid-States drivers who have yet to turn a wheel at the controls of their racecar, it will be imperative to get up to speed quickly as much of their Southeastern Conference competition has already logged two weekend&rsquo;s worth of track time.</p> <p><strong>Miata Mania:</strong> Like the previous Southeastern Conference contests, Spec Miata is the largest single class slated to take to the track. A total of 43 drivers have pre-registered for the race, and there may be a few stragglers to join before the green flag falls on Saturday. An increased focus on technical compliance has been partially responsible for creating some of the close racing we have come to expect in this class.</p> Club Racing Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Inks Partnership with Garmin, Names VIRB Official Camera, Presenting Sponsor http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52311 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 4, 2015) &ndash; </strong>Sports Car Club of America has announced a new two-year partnership with Garmin naming the VIRB the &ldquo;Official Camera of SCCA.&rdquo; The Garmin VIRB will feature prominently at all levels of SCCA membership, presenting two Championship events as well as introducing new participants to the sport.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Garmin VIRB Elite is the ideal action camera for motorsport enthusiasts. In addition to recording 1080p HD video, VIRB Elite also has a built-in GPS sensor to gather metrics like speed, distance, heart rate and G-force. This data can then be embedded into the video using VIRB Edit, making user videos even more exciting. Featuring an easy-to-use slider switch and a 1.4&rdquo; Chroma display, VIRB Elite can record up to three hours of video on a single charge, and can be remotely controlled by other Garmin products or with the VIRB smartphone app.</span></p> <p>In addition to being named Official Camera, the Garmin VIRB becomes the presenting sponsor for the Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo&reg; Nationals and SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;. The brand will also be named the &ldquo;Official Camera of the Tire Rack Solo Starting Line&rdquo; school, bringing new participants to motorsports and the VIRB all at once.</p> <p>Every Tire Rack Solo Starting Line student will have video and GPS data captured by a Garmin VIRB. At the end of the school, each student will receive their runs and data on a removable microSD card.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud to welcome Garmin to the SCCA, and look forward to helping to introduce the Garmin VIRB, not only to the membership, but to the motorsports community,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA COO, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve learned the capabilities of the VIRB, and its ease of use and features are great for any of our competition disciplines, from Club Racing, to Solo to Rally.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Garmin VIRB will have a strong presence onsite at both the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by the Garmin VIRB and the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships presented by the Garmin VIRB, providing event enhancements not previously available. More details will be forthcoming.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SCCA has a big influence on the motorsports community,&rdquo; Jon Cassat, Garmin&rsquo;s vice president of communications, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thrilled to partner with the organization as the official camera sponsor, and integrate VIRB into events nationwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>VIRB cameras will be used to record video in each of the competition programs for use in promotional materials. Find additional product informaton on the VIRB by clicking <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-trail/action-cameras/virb-elite/prod119594.html">here</a>.</p> <p>The Garmin VIRB will join the circle of SCCA Official Partners, which includes Hawk Performance, Mazda, Mobil 1, SafeRacer, Sunoco and Tire Rack.</p> <p><u><strong>About Garmin</strong></u><br /> For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin, twitter.com/garmin, or youtube.com/garmin.</p> Club Racing Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT