SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:00:02 GMT Eight Run Groups Set for Day One of Competition at VIR http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51845 <p><strong>ALTON, Va. (April 18, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Hazy clouds and a consistent breeze greeted a full paddock of 245 competitors on Friday morning as they qualified for the first half of the doubleheader SCCA US Majors Tour Eastern Conference weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. However, the unseasonably cool temperatures did not deter the drivers when it came to pushing the limits on the newly-paved and widened racing surface at the historic circuit.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">In fact, the characteristics of the course have changed so much that the record book has been wiped clean. The fast times set during today&rsquo;s pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions and the fast laps through the remainder of the weekend&rsquo;s schedule, will set the new standard for all SCCA classes at the 17-turn, 3.27-mile track.</span></p> <p>Spec Racer Ford, featuring 52 entries, and Spec Miata, with 28 cars, are the largest single-class groups racing this weekend. But, there are several other classes that have attracted some respectable numbers and top talent. The GT-2 field is made up of 11 drivers that have a combined 15 National Championships to their names, including defending National Champion Andrew Aquilante. Jim Goughary, Tom Patton and Pete Peterson are the remaining Runoffs gold medal winners who will take to the new pavement in their GT-2 machines.</p> <p>Formula Enterprise is another well-subscribed class, boasting 11 entries. Like the GT-2 class, the talent pool in this class goes deep. Defending National Champion and Super Sweep winner Scott Rettich headlines a field that includes Brandon Kennedy, who has already scored a pair of Eastern Conference wins at Sebring and PBIR. Paul Schneider will also be a threat for the win as he looks to add to his six consecutive Eastern Conference podium finishes, thus far in 2014.</p> <p>Each of the eight race groups were allowed two 20-minute qualifying sessions on Friday, the best time of which will be used to set Saturday&rsquo;s starting grid. For Sunday&rsquo;s grid the best lap time from the two qualifying sessions or Saturday&rsquo;s race will be used to determine each driver&rsquo;s position.</p> <p>Each SCCA U.S. Majors Tour event, part of the SafeRacer National Club Racing program, is run in a doubleheader format. Saturday&rsquo;s race will be a 30-minute timed race. Sunday&rsquo;s race will last 16 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, followed by victory laps.</p> <p>Live Timing, lap notes and audio streaming of the public address can be found <a href="http://www.scca.com/sccalive">here</a>. Live timing, using Race Monitor, and lap notes, @SCCALive on Twitter, are also available separately. Additional information on the VIR Majors Tour event, including qualifying results and grids for Saturday&rsquo;s morning races, can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/virmajors">www.scca.com/virmajors</a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/SCCAOfficial">Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial</a>, and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs Races Available on DVD, Digital Download http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51842 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 15, 2014) &ndash;</strong> All 24 races broadcast from the 50th SCCA&reg; National Championship Runoffs&reg; are now available individually on DVD or via digital download through Amazon.com and CreateSpace, an Amazon company.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The 24 races, covering 28 SCCA National Championship classes, can be purchased for $8.99 per race on DVD, and $2.99 per race as a download. The digital download can be streamed on an Amazon video &ndash;compatible device, or downloaded to be viewed anywhere without an internet connection.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;The demand for full DVD sets has waned each year since introducing the webcast, and we&rsquo;ve received numerous requests for video downloads beyond watching the on-demand broadcasts, which requires an internet connection,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA VP of Marketing/Communications, said. &ldquo;In evaluating available options, Amazon&rsquo;s platform provided both an opportunity for downloads, but also DVDs of individual races on demand.&rdquo;</p> <p>The races are available for purchase immediately.</p> <p>&ldquo;We planned to have these available late in 2013, but encountered a number of unexpected delays with the new process,&rdquo; Prill said. &ldquo;While later than we had planned, we are excited to offer these new methods to relive and archive the excitement of the Runoffs.&rdquo;</p> <p>Links to specific races for digital download or for DVD can be found at <a href="http://www.scca.com/Runoffsvideo">SCCA.com/RunoffsVideo</a>.</p> <p>Streaming videos of all Runoffs races remain available online at <a href="http://www.speedcasttv.com/SCCA">SpeedCastTV.com/SCCA</a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or like SCCA on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/SCCAOfficial">Facebook.com/SCCAOfficia</a>l.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT 27 Winners In SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Sunday http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51841 <p><strong>WILLOWS, Calif. (April 13, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The Sports Car Club of America BFGoodrich Tires Thunderhill Super Tour crowned 27 more winners on Sunday at Thunderhill Raceway Park and awarded points for the season long Western Conference Majors Tour.</p> <p>A Thunderhill SCCA-event record 290 cars were on hand for the doubleheader weekend, which featured eight race groups on Sunday. Each of Sunday&rsquo;s races were 16 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first, and all ran the 16-lap distance on the 15-turn, 2.866-mile circuit.</p> <p><strong>Group 1:</strong> Like Saturday, Rylan Hazelton opened the day with a flag-to-flag Super Touring Under win in the No. 49 Driving Ambition/BFGoodrich Tires/HPD Honda S2000, joined by Spencer Trenery (No. 8 Fantasy Junction/TOP1 Motors Acura Integra) in Super Touring Lite and Jason Isley (No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris) in H Production with a weekend sweep.</p> <p>Joe Huffaker, quickly back up to speed with an eye on the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs after taking time away from competition, drove his No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget to the F Production win on Sunday.</p> <p>Derrick Ambrose and Kyle Keenan battled in B-Spec on Saturday, crossing the finish side by side after battling all race long, with Keenan taking the win. Ambrose evened the score on Sunday in the No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2, catching the necessary breaks and moving away from Keenan&rsquo;s No. 44 Kia Motors/Dick Hannah Dealers Kia Rio.</p> <p><strong>Group 2:</strong> The large &ldquo;wings and things&rdquo; group was split in two for Sunday&rsquo;s races, but it didn&rsquo;t slow Formula 1000 and overall winner JR Osbourne, who swept the weekend in his No. 3 Moon&rsquo;s Supercycle/Hoosier Tire Citation F1000. Osbourne stayed ahead of his class competition from the start, and moved around eventual Prototype 1 winner Jim Devenport with four laps to go to take the overall win.</p> <p>Devenport&rsquo;s No. 231 Cranbook Group, Inc. Norma M20 inherited his class lead on lap five when leader Chris Farrell pulled to a stop with a mechanical gremlin. Farrell&rsquo;s No. 58 C&amp;M Mfg/GDR Engines/Hoosier Stohr WF1 refired after the stall, but left him two laps down and fourth in class. Devenport hung on for the Prototype 1 win. Running third overall was Vince Gaddini&rsquo;s No. 43 Damon Racing Mazda PFM in Formula Atlantic, his second win of the weekend.</p> <p>In group 2B, Fabian Okonski drove his No. 6 Simplicity in Sound Mobile Audio Stohr 1G to a well deserved win in the Prototype 2 class. Okonski and David Ferguson followed John Basso&rsquo;s No. 96 B&amp;B Racing/RedLine Oil/Hoosier Fox RF3 through the early stages of the race, until a water line came loose in the rear of Basso&rsquo;s machine and he was forced out of the lead on lap six.</p> <p>Ferguson&rsquo;s No. 75 Veracity Racing Data/Hoosier Stohr WF-1/Suzuki moved around Okonski on lap 11, but the Saturday winner spun on his own on lap 12 and left Okonski in the lead. Okonski didn&rsquo;t escape the weekend trouble free, as during Saturday&rsquo;s qualifying session he was left with nowhere to go when a rival car slowed on the front straight. Okonski missed Saturday&rsquo;s race, and ran Sunday with a nose piece seemingly held together with rivets and racer&rsquo;s tape.</p> <p>Bob Negron drove his Formula Continental to an early lead, pushing hard in his No. 8 Hoosier/Terri Negron Web Design Van Diemen RF99/Ford to put pressure on Saturday winner and 15-year-old Yufeng Luo and the rest of the field. The strategy worked, as Negron stayed in front to the end and a nine-second win.</p> <p>Mel Kemper swept the weekend in Formula Mazda, behind the wheel of the No. 4 Goodyear/Mazda Formula Mazda.</p> <p><strong>Group 3:</strong> After falling just short in Saturday&rsquo;s race, William Brinkov knew the strength of his No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette was to get an early lead and hang off the charging No. 15 Fantasy Junction Porsche GT3 of Trenery. His plan was working to perfection until an unwelcomed full course caution on lap seven.</p> <p>Brinkov was not happy to see the double yellow flag, but as the cleanup stretched longer and his tires cooled, his advantage came back. Following a lap 12 restart, Brinkov again stretched his lead out to five seconds and beat Trenery to the finish line.</p> <p>While GT-1&rsquo;s Rob Davis (No. 95 RDavisCPA.com Chevrolet Camaro) and GT-3&rsquo;s Collin Jackson (No. 53 Nissan 240SX) were sweeping the weekend, Dylan Olsen was pushing hard at the front of the American Sedan field. The caution erased a significant lead that the No. 2 Shock Shop/Nutter Racing Engines Ford Mustang had built, but Olsen picked up again right after the second green and rolled to the checkered flag.</p> <p><strong>Group 4:</strong> Spec Miata started with a line of 16 cars nose to tail, early in the race, and all looked like they had a chance to contend. Even at halfway, with four cars running nose to tail, a train of 10 ran just five car lengths back, waiting for a mistake.</p> <p>The challenge, as always, is to maintain that pace for the full race distance. With just two laps to go, only polesitter Charlie Hayes&rsquo; No. 22 22 TFB/AIM Tires/RM Autosports Miata and Elliott Skeer&rsquo;s No. 77 Rush Motorsports Mazda Miata were left and battling for the lead.</p> <p>Skeer took some looks, but with Hayes driving flawlessly, was left with no reasonable openings. Quickest all weekend, Hayes was able to finish the job on Sunday and take the win.</p> <p><strong>Group 5:</strong> Still in the transformation from Super Touring Under to Touring 1 in his No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA/NexGen Mazda MX-5, Marc Hoover led early and, for the first time all weekend, was able to put together more than just a few consecutive laps without mechanical gremlins.</p> <p>By the halfway point, there was simply not enough tire under the turbo Mazda, and Hoover was noticeably sliding around the corners. That opened the door for Brinkov&rsquo;s second win of the day and third of the weekend, driving his No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports/Abel Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette around Hoover and stretching his lead to the finish.</p> <p>Huffaker matched Brinkov with his second win of the day and third of the weekend, sweeping GT-Lite in the No. 77 Huffaker Engineering Huffaker Mini. Aaron Downey, who fell out of Saturday&rsquo;s race early with a blown fuse in the No. 5 RoundPeg.com/MAZDASPEED Motorsports/Carbotech Mazda RX-3, had hardwired the ECU directly to solve the problem and found himself in a battle with Tony Jimerson.</p> <p>Downey tried to use the traffic to break away from the No. 28 A.T. Mechanical Mazda RX-7, but every time Downey snuck past a slower car, it only opened the door for Jimerson to get through as well. Downey, on the same set of tires that he used to finish as runner-up at the 2013 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, was slowing dramatically near the finish as his old tires were down to the cords on the right front. Unfortunately for Jimerson, he didn&rsquo;t know how dire the situation was. Still pushing hard, Jimerson spun with two to go, and Downey held on for the win.</p> <p>A similar situation played out in Touring 2, but in this case, Don Van Nortwick took advantage from second place to earn his first career SCCA victory. Van Nortwick moved his No. 51 Tobar Industries Ford Mustang around David Ray&rsquo;s No. 30 Hooked on Driving Ford Mustang with two laps to go. Ray won on Saturday and was looking for his third consecutive win on the same set of tires &ndash; a task that proved too tall.</p> <p>On Saturday in Touring 4, traffic helped Lance Stewart&rsquo;s No. 3 Specialty Vehicle Logistics Ford Mustang stay in front of Lee Niffenegger&rsquo;s No. 42 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si. Sunday looked like it could play out the same way, but Niffenegger closed the gap quickly with just a few laps to go, and moved around Stewart to take the win.</p> <p><strong>Group Six:</strong> The Spec Racer Ford started as repeat of Saturday, as well, as Todd Harris immediately walked out in front of the field on his own in the No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/HMS Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>With just a few laps remaining, however, John Black&rsquo;s No. 17 Spec Racer Ford caught Harris &ldquo;like he was driving a Gen Three,&rdquo; according to Harris &ndash; a reference to the new, faster Spec Racer Ford expected to hit Majors racing next season.</p> <p>Brown looked for a way around Harris, trying on the final two laps through turn three, but didn&rsquo;t have a clear path against an expert driver. Instead, Harris stayed in front to the checkered flag, followed by Brown and Mike Miserendino&rsquo;s No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford.</p> <p>Miserendino&rsquo;s podium comes just a couple of weeks after an accident during a Sports Car Club of America Regional event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, home of October&rsquo;s Runoffs, and massive repairs to the car.</p> <p><strong>Group Seven:</strong> The small formula cars set up the wildest showdown of the weekend in the final race.</p> <p>A five car incident just after the green flag blocked the track through turn three and brought out a red flag, causing the full race to restart. All drivers walked away from the incident, and the race started from scratch after the cleanup.</p> <p>Three more caution periods, including a spin by Formula F&rsquo;s then-second place Dave Zurlinden&rsquo;s No. 131 Pro Pack Systems/Fast Forward Piper DF5/Honda that also collected Alexander Kirby&rsquo;s No. 81 Piper DF5/Honda and scattered those in pursuit, left the field with a final two-lap dash to the finish.</p> <p>In Formula F, Thomas Merrill&rsquo;s No. 55 Piper Race Cars/Fast Forward Engineering Piper DF5/Honda restarted ahead of Chuck Horn and Ethan Shippert. Unbeknownst to his rivals, Merrill&rsquo;s machine had been hit under yellow behind the pace car and was struggling with his handling.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Shippert had made his run to the front for the final restart after starting from the rear of the field in the No. 44 JBF Racing Swift DB5/Honda instead of his No. 95 Swift DB-1/Ford after Jon Brandstad asked to swap cars so that Shippert could give feedback on his machine. En route, Shippert ran through the grass to miss the Zurlinden/Kirby incident and was nearly collected himself, but survived.</p> <p>On the final lap, Shippert drove around the oversteer that he battled all race long, nearly running off track through turn six in an effort to make up the two seconds he trailed Merrill. Shippert got a run out of the final corner and passed Merrill in the gap between the display of the checkered flag and Thunderhill&rsquo;s finish line that is further up the track by a 0.069-second margin. Horn&rsquo;s No. 54 Hotel California/Porter Racing Swift DB6/Honda was just one more car length behind in third.</p> <p>Like Merrill in Formula F, Terran Swanson had his hard-earned lead erased with the caution flags and led Quinn Posner and Skip Streets on the final restart.</p> <p>With one to go, Swanson&rsquo;s No. 86 Toad Hall Enterprises/Swan Tech Graphic Co. Mysterian M4/Volkswagen dropped two wheels into the dirt through turn five and opened the door for Posner to sneak by and into the lead. Coming down the straight into turn 14, Streets&rsquo; No. 5 Hoosier Mysterian M2/Volkswagen pushed Swanson back into the lead around Posner.</p> <p>The draft carried Swanson deeper than normal, however, and Swanson ended up off the track in 14. Posner&rsquo;s No. 9 Protoform Volkswagen swept around Streets through turns 14 and 15 and back up the front straight to the finish line and the win.</p> <p>Lance Spiering swept the weekend in Formula 500, driving the No. 28 KBS Mk VII/Rotax.</p> <p>The next U.S. Majors Tour event takes place in the Eastern Conference at VIRginia International Raceway next weekend, April 18-20. The Western Conference returns to action in just two weeks at Buttonwillow Raceway, April 26-27.</p> <p>Results and more information from this weekend&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour is available at SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors.</p> <p>Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires Thunderhill Super Tour, Round Six of the Western Conference Majors Tour at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Dylan Olsen, Kelso, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., MAZDA2<br /> E Production: Aaron Downey, Rosmoor, Calif., Mazda RX-3<br /> F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> Formula 500: Lance Spiering, Beaverton, Ore., KBS MkVII/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: JR Osborne, Greenwood Village, Colo., Citation F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Vince Gaddini, Auburn, Calif., Mazda PFM<br /> Formula Continental: Bob Negron, Morgan Hill, Calif., Van Diemen RF99<br /> Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read, Vacaville, Calif., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Ethan Shippert, Petaluma, Calif., Piper DF5/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Quinn Posner, Camas, Wash., Protoform P3/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Rob Davis, Sonora, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: William Brinkop, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, Canada, Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., Huffaker Mini<br /> Prototype 1: Jim Devenport, Modesto, Calif., Norma M20FC<br /> Prototype 2: Fabian Okonski, Los Gatos, Calif., Stohr WF-1/Suzuki<br /> Spec Miata: Charlie Hayes, Walnut Creek, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Spencer Trenery, Berkley, Calif., Acura Integra<br /> Super Touring Under: Rylan Hazelton, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: William Brinkop, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: Lee Niffenegger, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda Civic Si<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Huge Crowd Opens BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour at Thunderhill http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51840 <p><strong>WILLOWS, Calif. (April 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> With an overflowing paddock and trailers parked outside the gate, the first SCCA U.S. Majors Tour event at Thunderhill Raceway Park opened Saturday under blue skies.</p> <p><br /> The doubleheader event, Rounds Five and Six of the Western Conference Majors Tour point championship, saw 284 cars race in the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes on tap for the weekend. Saturday featured morning qualifying sessions for seven groups, followed by 30-minute timed races just after lunch.</p> <p>An early yellow bunched the field in a large and diverse group one, erasing Rylan Hazelton&rsquo;s Super Touring Under lead. He was able to get away in his No. 49 Driving Ambition/BFGoodrich Tires/HPD Honda S2000 after the restart, stretching back out and working through to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Behind him, however, the traffic was a factor in several races. Bruce Ackerman&rsquo;s No. 13 McGee Motors Sports Volvo P1800 led a three-car battle early in F Production, with Brian Linn&rsquo;s No. 4 Hoosier/RedLine/Carbotech Lotus Super Seven and Joe Huffaker&rsquo;s No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget splitting a Mazda Miata on the opening lap restart and Huffaker moving up into second.</p> <p>On lap seven, Huffaker fell back to fourth, behind Jess Heitman&rsquo;s No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Competition Autoworks Mazda Miata, and Linn moved into the lead around Ackerman. The gap fluctuated through traffic, with each of the top three drivers hanging on within a couple of car lengths to the final lap. Huffaker turned the fastest lap of the race trying to chase the front pair down on the last pass, and Ackerman went for the lead on the opening part of the final lap.</p> <p>Going into turn one, Ackerman went deep on the brakes, sliding sideways in an effort to get past Linn. Linn exited the corner in the lead, and held on to the finish for the win.</p> <p>Jason Isley&rsquo;s No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris watched his H Production gap fluctuate throughout the race, holding the lead with an eye on the mirrors. His disaster nearly struck in the last corner of the race, when he moved to the inside of a lapped car. That car hit his left rear wheel, breaking the wheel and leaving him to limp up the front straight to the checkered flag.</p> <p>After an according effect to their gap throughout the race, Derrick Ambrose moved his No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2 in front of Kyle Keenan&rsquo;s No. 44 Kia Motors/Dick Hannah Dealers Kia Rio on the final lap in the back part of the course, trying to break Keenan&rsquo;s momentum. Keenan got the run out of that corner, but the two came to the checkered flag side by side. When Keenan shifted coming up the front straight, Ambrose thought he had a shot to sneak by, but Keenan remained in front by a bumper as they crossed the finish line.</p> <p>Chris Farrell took the overall win in group two going away, but one of the most impressive drives was by 15-year-old Yufeng Luo in Formula Continental.</p> <p>Luo&rsquo;s No. 61 Van Diemen/Ford battled early with Bob Negron&rsquo;s No. 8 Hoosier/Terri Negron Web Design Van Diemen RF99/Ford, running side by side after yet another early full course caution. Once in clear traffic, the youngster opened up a gap. Luo nearly tossed his first SCCA Majors victory away when he found oil on track, making what he called &ldquo;a great save&rdquo; to keep it on track and stay in front to the checkered flag.</p> <p>David Ferguson sat behind John Basso&rsquo;s No. 96 B&amp;B Racing/RedLine Oil/Hoosier Fox RF3 early in the race, falling behind as faster classes slid in between the pair and separated the Prototype 2 battle. The two continued to push, and, with Ferguson&rsquo;s No. 75 Veracity Racing Data/Hoosier Stohr WF-1/Suzuki pressuring Basso too deep into turn nine. Ferguson moved into the lead as Basso recovered off track and took the win.</p> <p>A iconic sight in motorsports, a Porsche and a Corvette chasing each other briskly around the pavement, played out in an epic GT-2 battle. William Brinkov led early in the No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, chased hard and thoroughly by Spencer Trenery&rsquo;s No. 15 Fantasy Junction Porsche GT3. Exactly as expected, Brinkov&rsquo;s Corvette could stretch out slightly down the long straights, with Trenery&rsquo;s Porsche closing back up through the tighter sections of the track.</p> <p>Still fighting closely, Brinkov was slowed, just slightly, as the pair made the run onto the back straight between turns eight and nine. That was just enough for Trenery to get side by side into the braking zone and take the lead under hard, hard braking. Once in front, Trenery held the lead to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Spec Miata came in its traditional form, with six cars up front in the lead back through the early stages. Kyle Kaiser&rsquo;s metallic blue No. 88 Miata was the first of the lead group to fall back when he spun, and with two to go it was down to Charlie Hayes, Tyler Vance, Brian Ghidinelli and Joey Jordan.</p> <p>Hayes, in the 22 TFB/AIM Tires/RM Autosports Miata, and Vance, in the No. 85 TMG/RM Autosports/Sparco Miata, were racing hard to hold the top spot when they went side by side, and then off the track, in turn nine on the way to the one to go board. Both Ghidinelli and Jordan took advantage of the off to move into the lead and begin the final lap.</p> <p>Ghidinelli kept Jordan behind him for the final circuit, and entered the last turn conscientiously reminding himself not to overcook the corner. With that in mind, Ghidinelli&rsquo;s No. 12 RaceHero.io/MotorsportReg.com Mazda Miata probably slowed too much, and Jordan got a run up the front straight to the finish. It was too little, too late for Jordan&rsquo;s No. 47 Minxnails.com/Protomotive Miata, and Ghidinelli crossed the stripe in front by less than a car length.</p> <p>Group five was a redemption song, of sorts, for two drivers. After falling short earlier in the day, Huffaker, this time in his GT-Lite No. 77 Huffaker Engineering Huffaker Mini, and Brinkov, in the Touring 1 No. 78 TC Design/Synergy Motorsports/Abel Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette, earned wins in a race that was shortened and finished under caution when a car blew a motor down the front straight and deposited oil in the braking zone of turn one.</p> <p>Todd Harris, who has had the October SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circled on his calendar since the event was announced last September, continued taking steps toward a potential National Championship with a win on Saturday in Spec Racer Ford. Harris pulled out an early lead in his No. No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/HMS machine, and with Jonathon Allen (No. 40 Off Constantly Racing SRF), John Black (No. 17 SRF), Mike Miserendino (No. 11 MBI Racing SRF) and Steve Fogg (No. 21 Pro Drive/Flat Out SRF) battling for second through fifth behind him, got away for the win.</p> <p>Thomas Merrill, making his first start in the Western Conference Majors Tour but no stranger to the west coast tracks, pulled away from the field at the start of the Formula F race in the No. 55 Piper Race Cars/Fast Forward Engineering Piper DF5/Honda. Merrill was slowed by a lap 2 caution, and passed on the ensuing restart on a great run by Chuck Horn&rsquo;s No. 54 Hotel California/Porter Racing Swift/Honda. Merrill moved back around in turn three, however, and steadily picked his way through traffic and the field for the win.</p> <p>Like Merrill, Terran Swanson did the same in Formula Vee. Swanson pushed hard early on cold tires to open up a gap, and then maintained that lead to the finish in the No. 86 toad Hall Enterprises/Swan Tech Graphic Co. Mysterian M4/Volkswagen.</p> <p>Sunday features eight race groups hosting the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. (PST). Sunday&rsquo;s races are 16 laps or 40 minutes, followed by victory laps and podium ceremonies.</p> <p>Live timing and lap notes are available on Sunday at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information is available at SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors.</p> <p>Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires Thunderhill Super Tour, Round Five of the Western Conference Majors Tour at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Aaron Bailey, Shasta Lake, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro<br /> B-Spec: Kyle Keenan, Vancouver, Wash., Kia Rio<br /> E Production: Tony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7<br /> F Production: Brian Linn, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Lotus Super Seven<br /> H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris<br /> Formula 500: Lance Spiering, Beaverton, Ore., KBS MkVII/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: JR Osborne, Greenwood Village, Colo., Citation F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Vince Gaddini, Auburn, Calif., Mazda PFM<br /> Formula Continental: Yufeng Luo, Arcadia, Calif., Van Diemen<br /> Formula Enterprises: Brandon Aleckson, Watsonville, Calif., Formula Enterprises/Ford<br /> Formula F: Thomas Merrill, Salinas, Calif., Piper DF5/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Terran Swanson, Petaluma, Calif., Mysterian M4/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Rob Davis, Sonora, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Spencer Trenery, Berkeley, Calif., Porsche GT3<br /> GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, Canada, Nissan 240SX<br /> GT-Lite: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., Huffaker Mini<br /> Prototype 1: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stohr WF1<br /> Protoype 2: David Ferguson, Paso Robles, Calif., Stohr WF-1/Suzuki<br /> Spec Miata: Brian Ghidinelli, San Rafael, Calif., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Spencer Trenery, Berkley, Calif., Acura Integra<br /> Super Touring Under: Rylan Hazelton, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: William Brinkop, Merced, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: David Ray, Danville, Calif., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Tom Wickersham, Piedmont, Calif., BMW Z4<br /> Touring 4: Lance Stewart, Miami, Fla., Ford Mustang<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Rain Fails to Dampen High Spirits from Hallett http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51834 <p><strong>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 6, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Sunshine and cool temperatures in the morning gave way to rain that held off until the final two run groups at Sunday&rsquo;s Safe Racer National Race Program SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Trailers, competitors and racecars filled the paddock of Hallett. Many braved the cool morning temperatures and late afternoon rains to complete the two-race weekend held at the 10-turn, 1.8-mile permanent road course.</span></p> <p>Group One saw three drivers complete the Hallett sweep. Cliff Johnson, of Stilwell, Kan., drove the No. 4 Alpine Lotho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5 to victory in Formula F. The dual wins will put Johnson in fourth place in the season-long conference point standings.</p> <p>Timothy Friest, of Leavenworth, Kan., will vault into the lead of the Formula 500 Mid-States Conference point standings after two victories. This was the third win in 2014 for Friest in the No. 86 Hoosier/XTRacing/Rod End Supply KBS Mk. VII.</p> <p>Charles Hearn lengthens his point lead in Mid-States Conference standings with his pair of wins. Driving the No. 8 Noble Racing/Hoosier Tire/Hearn Contractors Protoform P-2 FV, this is Hearn&rsquo;s third consecutive conference win following his Sunday victory at Eagle&rsquo;s Canyon.</p> <p>Group Two produced some top-notch racing action for participants and on-lookers, alike. Jonathan Goodale, of Conifer, Colo., was the GT Lite winner, once the dust settled following a fierce three-way battle for the lead.</p> <p>Kent Prather was able to move to the lead around initial GTL leader Roy Lopshire by lap 13. Goodale took advantage of the move and followed Prather, slotting into second. On lap 18, Goodale put his No. 04 MAZDASPEED/Hoosier/JoeApex.com Mazda MX-5 into position to get around Prather and made the pass stick.</p> <p>Eric Prill was the first to see the checkers in E Production. In the early laps, it looked like Saturday&rsquo;s winner, Nigel Saurino, had the field covered. However, Prill kept himself in contention and was able to take advantage as Saurino&rsquo;s machine began to give out. In the No. 7 Super Max/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Tires Mazda Miata, Prill made the pass around Saurino&rsquo;s faltering car and cruised to victory.</p> <p>A heated battle between defending Spec Miata National Champion Jim Drago and Matt Reynolds ensued during Group Three. Drago would take the win in his No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata, but it was not easy by any means.</p> <p>Reynolds was fast all weekend and showed he could match Drago&rsquo;s pace, step for step. Before starting lap seven, Reynolds and Drago had traded the lead twice at the line. Reynolds made a final push for the lead, sparking a late-race lead exchange. However, Drago proved he was up to the task, regaining the top position and taking the win, despite the best efforts of Reynolds.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Wings and Things&rsquo; classes produced a trio of two-day winners. Alan McCallum, of Houston, Texas, led from wire to wire in Formula Mazda. Driving the No. 9 Alan McCallum Racing Formula Mazda, McCallum pressed hard in the opening laps to put pavement between himself and Moses Smith, who finished second both days. The plan worked as McCallum was able to finish with a sizable lead.</p> <p>Doug Stout (No. 19 DS Masonry/Front Range Motorsports Van Diemen RF 05), of Pueblo, Colo., and Jay Messenger (No. 59 Jacob&rsquo;s Ladder/Hoosier Tire Carbir CS2), of Muleshoe, Texas, doubled up in Formula Continental and Prototype 2, respectively.</p> <p>Group Five was made up of the high-horsepower, big-bore classes. In GT-1, Tom Smith, of Springdale, Ark., took Sunday&rsquo;s win after losing out to David Fershtand by 0.011-second on Saturday. Driving the No. 6 USA Metal Recycling/Go Hogs Go! Chevrolet Camaro, Smith took the lead into Turn One and outdrove Fershtand just enough hold the lead.</p> <p>Robert Prilika (No. 25 Porsche of Colorado Springs Porsche 997 GT3 Cup), of Castle Rock, Colo., and Jim Wheeler (No. 20 Hoosier Tire/Wilwood/KC Raceware Pontiac TransAM), of Lenexa, Kan., flexed their proverbial muscles, taking back-to-back wins on the weekend.</p> <p>Rain began to fall by the start of Group Six and played a significant role in the finishing order. Michael Pettiford, of Louisville, Colo., took the overall, and Touring 2 class, win driving his No. 42 GO 4 IT Racing Schools/Hoosier Tire/Hardbar USA Chevrolet Corvette Z06.</p> <p>As a slight rain began to fall, Pettiford got the jump on the start over polesitter Natha Waldbaum. Pettiford had the setup that worked well as the track became more slick; however Waldbaum began to take huge chunks from Pettiford&rsquo;s lead when the rain let up for a couple laps. The reprieve from rain was short lived and Pettiford took advantage by driving away from the field.</p> <p>Jason Ott (No. 09 BMW Z4 Coupe), of Littleton, Colo., and Brian Laughlin, of Tulsa, Okla., also took well to the changing weather conditions by completing the weekend sweep. In the No. 09 BimmerHaus/Hoosier Tire/Alpine Motorsports BMW Z4 Coupe, Ott took the win in Touring 3, while Laughlin (No. 25 Tulsa Radiology Associates/Mazda Mazda Miata) double-dipped in Super Touring Lite.</p> <p>In Spec Racer Ford, Keith Verges showed what it takes to drive in the rain. He made his No. 69 Apex Driving Academy Spec Racer Ford dace around the rain-soaked course, allowing him the dual victories during the weekend.</p> <p>The next stop for the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference is scheduled for May 3-4, at High Plains Raceway in Byers, Colo.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information from Hallett can be found at SCCA.com/HallettMajors.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. Live notes from the event can be followed @SCCALive.</p> Club Racing Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Hallett Majors Weekend Opens with Close, Hard Racing http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51833 <p><strong>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 5, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Prime weather conditions on Saturday greeted a record number of racers at the opening day of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference doubleheader weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Sunny skies and good air allowed each of the 142 registered entrants to get the most horsepower out of their machines. That was evidenced by the four track records that were set around the 11-turn, 1.8-mile circuit.</span></p> <p>Cliff Johnson, of Stilwell, Kan., was not the fastest qualifier of Group One, but he certainly made up for that during the race. Driving his No. 4 Alpine Litho-Graphics/Farley Engines Swift DB-1, Johnson took the overall lead from Formula F polesitter David Loken and never looked back. In his first race of the season, Johnson crossed the line first in front of Tim Webb.</p> <p>Timothy Friest, of Leavenworth, Kan., and Charles Hearn, of Houston, Texas, enjoyed dominating wins in Formula 500 and Formula Vee, respectively. Both drivers had one lap in hand over their closest class competitors.</p> <p>Group Two featured the production classes where the battle in F Production was the most captivating of the four classes. Local driver Nigel Saurino, of Tulsa, Okla., scored the F Production win after qualifying third, in class. Driving the No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tire MG Midget, Saurino got caught up in mid-field traffic during the opening laps of the race. But Saurino was able to find his way through to take the lead from Eric Prill by the race&rsquo;s halfway point.</p> <p>However, that wasn&rsquo;t the end of the on-track battle. During lap 13, Prill took a huge bite out of Saurino&rsquo;s lead, closing the gap to less than one second. In the end, Saurino&rsquo;s speed proved to be too much, as he was able to increase his lead and cruise to the win.</p> <p>Jesse Prather, of Topeka, Kan., scored the E Production win in his No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/MAZDASPEED Mazda MX-5. However, Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, set a new class lap record of 1:22.442.</p> <p>Group Three, Spec Miata, featured a red-hot battle at the front of the pack in the waning laps of the 25-minute sprint race. The eventual winner Jim Drago, of Memphis, Tenn., took the lead from the start. Reynolds, who qualified second, was able to parlay some of his record-setting pace into his Spec Miata race passing Drago for the lead on lap eight. By lap 12, Drago had regained the lead only to have Reynolds retake the lead four laps later. On the penultimate lap, Drago made his move to retake the lead and close out the race in front behind the wheel of his No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata.</p> <p>The battle between Formula Mazda class winner Alan McCallum, of Houston, Texas, and second-place-finisher Moses Smith took center stage in Group Four. While Smith out-qualified McCallum, the later worked his way into the lead around Smith on lap five. The next seven laps played out like a high-speed game of chess as McCallum, in his No. 9 Alan McCallum Racing Formula Mazda, patiently waited to make his move. On lap 12, McCallum saw his opportunity to pounce and made his pass count then pushed hard to build a gap to Smith.</p> <p>In Group Five, 17 laps of hard racing came down to a matter of inches at the finish line. David Fershtand, of Fort Worth, Texas, won the GT-1 drag race to the wire by 0.011-second over Tom Smith. Driving his No. 05 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette, Fershtand started second but was in the lead after completing lap two. Only two laps later, it looked like Fershtand may drive away from the rest of the field.</p> <p>Clearly, Smith had other thoughts as he challenged Fershtand for the lead heading into Turn One on lap seven. Smith was unable to make his attempted pass stick, but it was foreshadowing what was to come. Smith was able to complete his move around Fershtand just before a four-lap full-course caution was issued before the completion of lap seven. Following the restart, Fershtand stalked his prey and made the winning move in the last corner of the race.</p> <p>Super Touring Lite was the main attraction in the Touring Class, Group Six. Jim Drago looked poised to take another win, but Brian Laughlin, of Tulsa, Okla., broke up Drago&rsquo;s attempt at the Hallett double. Driving his No. 25 Tulsa Radiology Associates/Mazda/Hoosier Tire Mazda Miata, Laughlin spent 15 laps staying just off the rear deck lid of Drago. After taking the lead, Laughlin held the lead for the remaining three of 18 laps.</p> <p>Spec Racer Ford was the last group to hit the track. Driving the No. 69 Apex Driving Academy Spec Racer Ford, Keith Verges, of Dallas, Texas, led the 18-lap affair from start to finish. What made the win even more impressive was that he spent 16 of those laps fending off two quick drivers in the form of Richard Stephens and Grayson Strathman who finished second and third, respectively.</p> <p>Each of the seven race groups representing 23 Runoffs-eligible classes return to the track for Sunday&rsquo;s races, beginning at 9:25 a.m. (CDT). Sunday&rsquo;s races will last 25 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, followed by victory laps and podium ceremonies.</p> <p>Live timing and lap notes are available for Sunday at <a href="http://SCCA.com/SCCALive">SCCA.com/SCCALive</a>.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information can be found at <a href="http://SCCA.com/HallettMajors">SCCA.com/HallettMajors</a>. Like the Club on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. Live notes from the event can be followed @SCCALive.</p> Club Racing Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mid-States Conference Readies to Take on Hallett http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51832 <p><strong>JENNINGS, Okla. (April 4, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The mid-way point of the 2014 season is just around the corner, as Rounds Five and Six of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference competition is set to begin this weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.</p> <p>The seven run groups will qualify on Saturday morning, then we head into one timed race for each group. Sunday features 25-lap or 40-minute races, whichever comes first, starting at 9:25 a.m. (CDT). <a href="http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/assets/14_hal_sched.pdf">The full schedule is available here.</a></p> <p>Each day of the event will feature live timing on the Race Monitor app, and notes on Twitter @SCCALive. If you're on a computer, all of that can be found at one place at <a href="http://SCCA.com/SCCALive">SCCA.com/SCCALive</a>.</p> <p>Beginning with Saturday's race, those at home can eaves drop on the race track PA system at the same link.</p> <p>All of the weekend's information can be found at <a href="http://SCCA.com/HallettMajors">SCCA.com/HallettMajors</a>.</p> <p><strong>Thunder in Oklahoma</strong>: In a state known for extreme weather, hearing rumblings while outdoors is not new. However, some of this weekend&rsquo;s noise will be compliments of the SCCA big-bore classes, American Sedan, GT-1, GT-2, GT-3 and Touring 1. Entries in those classes account for 26 of the drivers slated to take to the northeastern Oklahoma road course. This will be the largest collection of these ground-pounding machines to hit the track in Mid-States competition, thus far, in 2014.</p> <p><strong>Spec Racer Spectacular:</strong> Spec Racer Ford is another of the large classes featuring 24 entries. Keith Verges has the chance to capitalize on these two races, when it concerns the season-long conference points. Currently sitting second, Verges can jump into the lead in the point battle ahead of Denny Stripling while furthering his lead over Darryl Wills. Both Stripling and Wills are not slated to start this two-race event.</p> <p><strong>Fun for The Family:</strong> Fans may attend the event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit as guests of the SCCA for a $10 per day and $15 for the weekend. Spectators under 12 years of age will be admitted for $5 per day. Admission allows spectators into the garage areas for up-close visits with the drivers and cars. &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nomination Period Now Open For SCCA Worker of the Year http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51828 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 2, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The Sports Car Club of America is now accepting nominees for the 2014 BFGoodrich Tires Worker of the Year award. A trip to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and a lifetime membership to the SCCA are just two of the top prizes available to volunteers in 10 worker specialties.</p> <p><br /> BFGoodrich Tires, the Official Street Tire of SCCA and the title sponsor of the SafeRacer Club Racing program&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour, is in the fourth year of entitling a program that has recognized volunteers in roles such as Emergency Services, Grid and Pit, Timing and Scoring, Registration, Race Administration, Flagging and Communications, Starter, Steward, Scrutineering and Sound Control since 1985.</p> <p>Last year, Gene Petersen, a scrutineer from the Arizona Region, was selected for the trip to Sebring. Sadly, &ldquo;Geno&rdquo; passed away before being able to attend the event. His wife, Lois, attended the event in his memory.</p> <p>One BFGoodrich Tires &ldquo;Worker of the Year&rdquo; from each of the ten SCCA worker specialties will be honored, as has traditionally been selected. In 2012 and 2013, winners were selected by Division. Each of those specialty winners will win a set of BFGoodrich Tires for their passenger car or light truck and a patch, plaque and jacket to commemorate the achievement, and be entered into the drawing for the Sebring trip and the lifetime membership.</p> <p>The Grand Prize, courtesy of BFGoodrich Tires, will include airfare for two, hotel, event credentials, at-track hospitality, rental car and golf cart at the event.</p> <p>The winners will be announced at the BFGoodrich Tires Worker of the Year party at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Thursday night, October 9th, during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.</p> <p>Each Divisional Administrator is being asked to nominate an outstanding worker in their specialty to be included in the selection. SCCA members can also submit nominations to the SCCA Club Racing Office for consideration by August 8, 2014.</p> <p>By definition, award nominees should support their specialty, events, region, competitors, fellow workers and the SCCA; show dedication and support throughout the year; exhibit strong skills, good leadership, and a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected; and provide excellent customer service to everyone that person encounters.</p> <p>The nomination form is available at www.scca.com/runoffs, by clicking on the &ldquo;BFGoodrich Tires WOY Nomination Form&rdquo; on the right - <a href="http://www.scca.com/clubracing/content.cfm?cid=51718">or going directly to the page here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>More information on the SCCA and the BFGoodrich Tires Worker of the Year program is available at www.scca.com. <a href="http://www.scca.com/about/?cid=44475">Past &ldquo;Worker of the Year&rdquo; recipients are listed on SCCA.com here.</a></p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America can be found at SCCA.com. Follow the SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Runoffs Schedule, Parking Information and Supps Posted http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51815 <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (March 25, 2014) &ndash; Sports Car Club of America has released the initial schedule for the 51st National Championship Runoffs&reg;, to be held this October 7-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event&rsquo;s Supplemental Regulations, Entry and Parking Information are also available at <a href="http://www.scca.com/Runoffs">www.scca.com/runoffs</a>.</p> <p><br /> <strong>Schedule &amp; Sound</strong><br /> The first trip to the left coast in 46 years will feature the traditional three days of racing (Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12), preceded by three days of qualifying (Tuesday, Oct. 7 through Thursday, Oct. 9). The schedule for race days has been posted, with the qualifying groupings and order planned for announcement Sept. 12, following evaluation of early entries.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the move to the West Coast, our Runoffs driver population will change, meaning the classes that had big fields in 2013 might not be the same in 2014,&rdquo; Terry Ozment, SCCA VP of Club Racing said. &ldquo;Once the early deadline passes Aug. 29, we will be able to finalize the qualifying groups and run order for each day.&rdquo;</p> <p>Also factoring into qualifying day and race day order are local sound ordinances.</p> <p>&ldquo;While we can have cars on track from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, the first and last half hours of the day are limited to 90 decibels,&rdquo; Ozment said. &ldquo;We have worked with SCCA Enterprises to ensure a muffler program for the Spec Racer Ford class to meet that requirement. Outside of SRF, there is no viable option to ensure that all cars will meet 90db without changes that could significantly affect the competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;For that reason, the one thing that we can say with certainty regarding the qualifying schedule is that Spec Racer Ford will run at 8:30 Tuesday through Thursday. Being scheduled as the opening act each day will have one benefit, though, as each session will last 30 minutes, as opposed to the 20-minute sessions for the other classes throughout qualifying.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sound for the other classes is limited to 103db per the GCR. For race days, the sound limit for every class, including SRF, is 103db. Full sound information is available in the event Supplemental Regulations as well as on the event home page at <a href="http://www.scca.com/Runoffs">www.scca.com/runoffs</a>.</p> <p><strong>Registration</strong><br /> Worker registration for the 2014 Runoffs will open June 4, while driver registration will follow seven weeks later, on July 23. Driver car numbers from 2013 will be honored in the same class for one week, until July 30. Complete registration process, including car number conflict procedures, is included in the supplemental regulations. The event entry fee is set at $950.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Runoffs [business] model changes significantly starting this year,&rdquo; SCCA Treasurer, Area 11 Director and Runoffs Champion Michael Lewis said in a letter to his fellow licensed drivers. &ldquo;The most important change is our goal of moving the Runoffs annually to some of the most iconic tracks the country has to offer. We on the BoD not only thought this was the best future for the event, we were also responding to what we heard drivers/members asking for.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the more painful changes to come from this new future is that entry fees will escalate. I know this will be painful for all and perhaps crippling for some. Unfortunately there's no way around it. In some ways, the pain we're feeling is the result of what a good job the national office has done over the past decade in keeping entry fees down!&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Parking</strong><br /> Included in each entry for 2014 is a 30-foot long by 25-foot wide paddock space. Larger spaces are available for participants with trailers longer than 30 feet in length for an additional cost. Unlike in the past, where specific spaces were reserved in the paddock, participants will be assigned to a paddock area based on their space needs and registration date, and then parked as they stage to enter the facility. This will both ensure easy access to spaces and utilize every possible piece of real estate in the paddock. Space is limited, and the main paddock areas will be assigned by entry date.</p> <p>&ldquo;Without question, the most interesting challenge leading into the event is planning how to fit all of the participants into the paddock at Mazda Raceway,&rdquo; Ozment said. &ldquo;This process will require cooperation from the racing community, recognizing that space is incredibly limited.</p> <p>&ldquo;We ask our racers to consider coordinating their paddock compounds with others in order to conserve space, which is at a premium. During the registration process, we will ask for the footprint of your paddock compound, as well as with whom you may be sharing transporter or paddock space so we may plan accordingly.&rdquo;</p> <p>Entrants wishing to paddock next to specific people are encouraged to stage together prior to entering the facility. South Boundary Road will be open for staging Thursday, Oct. 2 and Friday, Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paddock parking will begin Saturday morning and run daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p> <p>Several special parking places and opportunities are planned for the event. All Spec Racer Ford participants will paddock in the area driver&rsquo;s right between Turns Two and Five, with a separate tech area within their own paddock. A limited number of garages are available for rent adjacent to pit lane, with further details in the supplementary regulations. Several auto manufacturers will have tents set up and available for their customers, including a special paddock area and tent for Mazda, as was the case at Road America. Additional information about the manufacturer tents will be released prior to the opening of registration.</p> <p><strong>Testing</strong><br /> While recent Runoffs events have included multiple days of testing leading up to race week, the 2014 event will have a single test day, Monday, Oct. 6. Test day registration will be available with Runoffs event registration, with additional information (including test day fees) being available prior to the opening of registration.</p> <p>All Runoffs event information is available at<a href="http://www.scca.com/Runoffs"> www.scca.com/runoffs</a>. Additional questions can be directed to the SCCA Club Racing department at <a href="mailto:clubracing@scca.com">clubracing@scca.com</a> or by calling 800-770-2055.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour Gets Afternoon Sunshine http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51813 <p><strong>BRASELTON, Ga. (March 23, 2014) &ndash; </strong>An impressive 297 cars participated this weekend in the SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour at Road Atlanta, with Round Six of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour coming to a close on Sunday under sunny skies.</p> <p>The final day schedule featured eight race groups running races of 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first, at the 11-turn, 2.540-mile Road Atlanta.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Sunday&rsquo;s races were over before they began for Super Touring Lite drivers Yiannis Tsiounis (No. 69 Yushino Mazda Miata), Aaron Povoledo (No. 82 Aaron Povoledo Track Days Mazda Miata), Todd Lamb (No. 84 Cahall/Driving Coach/Hawk Performance Mazda Miata) and Joe Strong (No. 08 Blablakids.com Mazda Miata), who were involved in a big incident under the flag stand at the race&rsquo;s green flag.</p> <p>As the field accelerated to the green, Tsiounis, starting fourth, was hit and spun by another car. Sitting sideways in the track, Tsiounis and the others were collected as the large field tried to scramble through the open gaps. The incident brought the entire field to pit lane under black flag conditions with the 40-minute clock still running.</p> <p>Once running again, the battle up front in Touring 2 was a repeat of Saturday. Kurt Rezzetano started his No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Ford Mustang on the pole and withstood a challenge to the finish from the No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 997 of Andrew Longe.</p> <p>Opposite of Saturday, Luke Wilwert held the early lead in Touring 3 in the No. 07 HPD/BFGoodrich Tires/Hondata Acura TL over Rob May&rsquo;s No. 04 Fall-Line Motorsports/Hoosier/Rytec Doors BMW M3. May used a run down the front straight to carry the momentum and make the pass on the way to turn two working lap nine, and held off a charging Wilwert to the finish.</p> <p>Back in the STL battle, Brian Shanfeld moved his No. 66 Honda R&amp;D/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si around Bruce Andersen&rsquo;s No. 3 Senson Racing Grp/Autotechnik Racing Mazda Miata on lap nine, and then pulled away for a 2.5-second win at the finish line for a weekend sweep. Joining him in sweeping their respective classes during the weekend were Matthew Pullano (No. 72 PullanoPT.com/Krugspeed Lotus Exige, in Super Touring Under) and Travis Washay (No. 33 Indian Summer Racing/Northern Cross MINI Cooper, in B-Spec).</p> <p>The rain started to fall on the pace lap for the small formula cars, sending a handful to pit lane with the pace car and waving off the initial start of the race. Clint McMahan&rsquo;s No. 2 Satellite Racing Nova KBS-01 Formula 500 took off at the start, racing to the overall lead ahead of the Formula F battle.</p> <p>Now wet and with McMahan out in front of his class, the Formula F and Formula Vee fields were left to sort out their races. The No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier/Euroquipe Piper DF-3D Honda of Tim Kautz led early in FF, with John Benson&rsquo;s No. 7 Advanced Borehole Services/Lee Racing/Cricket Farm Motors Swift DB-3 and Max Hanratty&rsquo;s No. 91 Honda/SynerComm Inc./Sparco Spectrum in tow. Benson took the lead on lap seven, one lap before Steven Davis&rsquo; Formula Vee No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/RoxannesHeaders Racer&rsquo;s Wedge SB-1 spun in turn five to bring out a full course caution.</p> <p>Benson, Kautz and Hanratty ran in order on the track, and two laps after the lap 10 restart, Benson moved into the overall lead and crawled away from Kautz to the finish.</p> <p>Donnie Isley&rsquo;s No. 30 Agitator By Brookshire Agitator 016 held off a challenge from Saturday winner Laura Hayes&rsquo; No. 22 Protoform P2 early, and when Davis spun, was well out in front of the Formula Vee field. That continued after the full course caution, and Isley rebounded from Saturday&rsquo;s mechanical failure for the win on Sunday.</p> <p>For the second straight day, Brian Schofield kept his No. 61 PM Racing Spec Racer Ford in front of a tight battle with Trey Ayres&rsquo; No. 7 Ayres Racing SRF and John Greene&rsquo;s No. 29 Jacky Jones Lincoln/PM Racing machine, with the three running nose to tail for most of the 18 laps.</p> <p>Ayres moved his black number seven to the front on lap five, but for the most part Schofield stayed just in front of the draft. With Greene and Ayres battling for second on the final lap, Schofield opened up a half-second lead at the finish, followed by Ayres and Greene less than a car length apart for the podium.</p> <p>The fastest cars in the big bore group were also the closest, as Doug Peterson and Simon Gregg renewed their SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am rivalry on Sunday in the GT-1 class. The last two pro champions, Peterson led wire to wire in what was a mistake-free drive, with Gregg rarely more than just a few car lengths behind during the entire race.</p> <p>Unable to find a way around Peterson&rsquo;s yellow No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette, Gregg set up one last chance with a hard-braking maneuver into turn 10 at the end of the backstraight. Gregg may have had an opportunity to wrestle the spot away in the No. 59 Deerhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, but respectfully gave Peterson enough room to turn in as well. Coming down the hill to the finish, Peterson was just in front, and the final margin ended at just a scant 0.324-second.</p> <p>Tom Ellis (No. 57 Steeda/Averitt/Palm Express Ford Mustang) and Jason Von Kluge (No. 119 Varsity Ford Ann Arbor/Steeda Ford Mustang) put on impressive drives this weekend, sweeping the American Sedan and Touring 1 classes, respectively. Von Kluge stalked the No. 10 Ford Mustang of Ricardo Flores early in a three-car battle that included the No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske/Hawk Chevrolet Corvette of Preston Calvert, then moved around Flores on lap eight and kept the others at bay to the checkered flag.</p> <p>With the track now bone dry, the Spec Miata gang took over and put on a show. Polesitter Alex Bolanos got a shove from Jim Drago at the start, and the pair led a line of Mazdas 10 deep through the early stages.</p> <p>It didn&rsquo;t take long until the No. 57 Autotechnik/Momo/Apex Alignment Miata and the No. 2 East Street Racing Miata, joined by Dillon Machavern&rsquo;s No. 24 Heritage/Panic/T-Speed Mazda, had shed the rest of the line and the three lapped the circuit nose to tail.</p> <p>On lap 13, Machavern followed the two-time defending National Champion Drago around Bolanos. Bolanos quickly moved right back onto the train and kept the pressure on.</p> <p>Lap after lap until the finish, the three waited for a mistake that never came. Still separated by a razor&rsquo;s edge, Drago crossed in front of Machavern and Bolanos for the podium.</p> <p>The Formula Atlantic, Formula 1000 and Prototype 1 race came to a sudden and eventful end when, going through the fast, right handed turn one at speed on lap 12, the (front) wheel literally came off. The carnage scattered Christopher Ash (No. 67 Scanworks Medical/Rilltech Racing Spreads RS11), Jason Slahor (No. 19 Slahor Racing Van Diemen RF98, second at the time in Formula B), Alex Mayer (No. 77 Mayer Motorsports JDR), Bruce Hamilton (No. 06 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier Swift 014), and Dore Chaponick (No. 79 Gridsport/Highway Systems/Corby Concepts/Hoosier Tire Stohr F1000), with Lewis Cooper (No. 70 Martini/Coors Light/Johan Klaus German Wines/Voss Water/Polestar Swift 014) following the group in and finding contact. All drivers were cleared from the track medical center following the incident.</p> <p>That came after an initial six lap green flag run, followed by four laps of caution for another stalled car on course.</p> <p>Under the short green flag runs and the limited race, Daniel Burkett (No. 4 K-Hill Motorsports Swift 016), Jacek Mucha (No. 07 Phoenix-Innotech/Mazda JMS 016cp), and Glen Cooper (No. 43 Ralph Firman Racing/Hoosier Tires/HorseLoversGifts.com RFR F1000) scored wins in Formula Atlantic, Prototype 1 and Formula 1000, respectively.</p> <p>Like Saturday, the featured race in the mid-speed open wheel group was the Formula Continental battle. Chuck Moran, running a low downforce setup on the No. 45 Van Diemen RF99, led early over Thomas McGregor&rsquo;s No. 93 Honda/Dairy Queen/Sparco Spectrum 014Z, with McGregor taking the lead for the first time on lap five.</p> <p>Over the next 15 laps, the pair swapped the lead several times. On the last lap, the duo came into the heavy turn 10 braking zone side by side. Moran was stuck on the outside of 10a, and tried to cut back to the inside to get a run coming out of 10b. Unfortunately for him, he was carrying too much speed and didn&rsquo;t have enough grip to make the move work and locked up his left front tire. That was all the gap McGregor needed to get to the finish.</p> <p>Robert Noell took the lead from Darryl Wills&rsquo; No. 1 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda on lap eight, and the pair ran within half a second until lap 17, when Wills spun out of contention. The run to the finish completed a weekend sweep for Noell in the No. 27 Robert Noell Associates/Guest Concepts Formula Mazda.</p> <p>The weekend was capped by weekend sweeps from Jim Daniels (No. 76 TheRacingInsiders.com Mazda Miata in E Production) and Michael Miller (No. 64 SportsCarSalvage/AppRaceTire/Comptune Austin Healy Sprite in H Production), a first time U.S. Majors Tour winner in Patrick Crider (No. 89 Hoosier Tire/Jesse Prather Motorsport/Ducommun Incorporated Mazda Miata in F Production), and a redeeming win by Peter Shadowen (No. 72 Road N Race Automotive/Flat Top Brewing Company/Hoosier/HPD/Redline/Hawk Honda CRX in GT-Lite).</p> <p>Shadowen spent the entire race fending off the No. 14 JB Racing/Hoosier Tires/Appalachian Race Tire Nissan 200SX of Charles Leonard, with the gap fluctuating between two car lengths and a full second for 20 laps as they worked through traffic. Crider got a boost when both Ken Kannard and Don Ahrens pulled off track, giving him a full lap of breathing room but elevating the back and forth battle between Mark Weber&rsquo;s No. 25 Goodyear/RedLine Oil/ESCP/Mazda Mazda Miata and Gary Johnson&rsquo;s No. 7 Lotus 7 to the final two podium spots, with Weber in front of Johnson at the end.</p> <p>The Eastern Conference Majors Tour returns to action at VIRginia International Raceway, April 18-20, for Rounds Seven and Eight on the schedule. The next U.S. Majors Tour event on the calendar comes in the Mid-States Conference at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, April 5-6.</p> <p><em>Saturday Revision:</em> Officials issued final results on Sunday morning for Saturday&rsquo;s Round Five race for Formula Atlantic, Formula 1000, and Prototype 1 that reflected changes to the originally posted provisional results. Saturday&rsquo;s race featured a full course caution and resulting black flag that brought the cars to pit lane for a brief period. However, a review post-race revealed the cars were restarted in the incorrect order on the track.</p> <p>Officials determined that the final results would revert back to the final green flag lap prior to the black flag. The ruling reversed the standings in Prototype 1 and Formula 1000, with Mucha and Slahor reverted to their respective class wins.</p> <p>Results and more from the BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour can be found at SCCA.com/ATLMajors.</p> <p>BRASELTON, Ga. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Atlanta Super Tour at Road Atlanta, Round Six of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Tom Ellis, Sunrise, Fla., Ford Mustang<br /> B-Spec: Travis Washay, Milford, Conn., MINI Cooper<br /> E Production: Jim Daniels, Germantown, Tenn., Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Patrick Crider, Leesburg, Va., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Michael Miller, Walhalla, S.C., Austin Healy Sprite<br /> Formula 500: Clint McMahan, Covington, Ga., Nova KBS-01<br /> Formula 1000: Glen Cooper, Roswell, Ga., RFR F1000<br /> Formula Atlantic: Daniel Burkett, Winnipeg, MB, Swift 016 <br /> Formula Continental: Scott McGregor, Spectrum 014Z <br /> Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Camden, Ohio, Formula Enterprises<br /> Formula F: John Benson, Dade City, Fla., Swift DB-3<br /> Formula Mazda: Robert Noell, Cary, N.C., Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Donnie Isley, Fletcher, N.C., Agitator 016<br /> GT-1: Doug Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Pete Peterson, Lumberton, N.C., Toyota Celica<br /> GT-3: Chad Bacon, Kingsport, Tenn., Toyota Celica<br /> GT-Lite: Peter Shadowen, Loxahatchee, Fla., Honda CRX Si<br /> Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha, Laval, Quebec, Jms016cp/Mazda <br /> Prototype 2: Bailey Monette, Milton, Ga., Mazda Sport Racer<br /> Spec Miata: Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Brian Schofield, Lakeland, Fla., Spec Racer Ford<br /> Touring 1: Jason Von Kluge, Ann Arbor, Mich., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano, Phoenixville, Pa., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Rob May, Wadsworth, Ill., BMW M3<br /> Touring 4: Tony Pandjiris, Naples, Fla., Dodge Neon<br /> Super Touring Lite: Brian Shanfeld, Powell, Ohio, Honda Civic Si<br /> Super Touring Under: Matthew Pullano, Endicott, N.Y., Lotus Exige<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT