SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:15:03 GMT 2015 Majors Date At New Jersey Moved Up One Week http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52049 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 30, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The 2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Northeast Conference weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park has been moved up one week and will run July 24-16, 2015.</p> <p>The doubleheader weekend was originally announced a week later on the calendar. The races will remain Rounds Nine and 10 on the Conference schedule.</p> <p>The 2015 schedule was announced in mid-September, featuring 25 events spread out through five Conferences. Two events are yet to be announced in the Mid-States Conference. The schedule can be found at SCCAMajors.com. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Mazda Behind The Zoom Forum On Mazda Raceway Open Wednesday Evening http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52047 <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 23, 2014) &ndash; Mazda competitors can get the inside scoop on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the manufacturer through the newest &ldquo;Behind The Zoom&rdquo; forums on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and plenty of additional technical information about the track on <a href="http://www.mazdamotorsports.com">MazdaMotorsports.com</a>.</p> <p>A Behind The Zoom page on the home of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs exists already on MazdaMotorsports.com with turn-by-turn instructions, data, an annotated track map, plus in-car and <a href="http://mazdamotorsports.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/DisplayRacerStoryView?source=STORY&amp;uniqueId=2519&amp;storeId=10001&amp;catalogId=10001&amp;langId=-1&amp;button=y ">track walk video here</a>.</p> <p>Mazda competitors received an email this week with a link in the Tuesday eNewsletter and invitation to the forum on Wednesday night from 9-10 p.m. EST, where Mazda professional racers Kenton Koch and Tristan Vautier or Joel Miller will take questions, give advice, and help Mazda pilots prepare for the Runoffs. Q&amp;A is encouraged throughout the forum. The drivers will use microphones, and be able to respond to typed questions by the Mazda racing family by either typing or speaking.</p> <p>The BEHIND THE ZOOM campaign is a series where 12 Mazda factory drivers and champions break down many of the tracks and venues across the country.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Members Featured Prominently In Safe is Fast video http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52046 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 19, 2014) &ndash;</strong> <a href="http://www.safeisfast.com">SafeIsFast.com</a>, in conjunction with the exclusive Road Racing Drivers Club, typically features content for a racer looking to improve or go faster. The current lead video goes beyond that &ndash; showcasing SCCA drivers in a video entitled &ldquo;How To Get Started In Road Racing.&rdquo;</p> <p>The video, narrated by Bob Varsha, features a number of SCCA racers &ndash; Eric Heinrich, Whitfield Gregg, Jeremy Morales, Beth Aquilante, Amy Aquliante, Danny Steyn, Robert Reed, Patrick Crider, even flagger Mick Levy &ndash; giving tips on how to get started behind the wheel.</p> <p>The video is the first in a partnership with SafeisFast, the RRDC, and SCCA. <a href="http://safeisfast.com/sections/7-driver-development/videos/66-getting-started">It can be found directly by clicking here</a>.</p> <p>SAFE stands for Skilled, Assured, Fit and Empowered, the key qualities that any young race driver must acquire and hone if they are to be successful in motor sport. That is why the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) has created the SAFEisFAST program: to engage with and support aspiring racers.</p> <p>SAFEisFAST provides online tutorials and guidance to promote and teach the skills necessary to be successful and safe on the track. Featuring expert advice from champion drivers and industry professionals, as well as tutorials on safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, sponsorship and more, the site is designed to assist drivers at all levels of motor sport.</p> <p>The site was created by the RRDC, a US organization made up of many of the world&rsquo;s finest racing drivers. Members are elected by their peers and include Formula One World Champions, Indy-500 winners, champion Sports Car Drivers, and top American amateur road racers.</p> <p>At the time of the club&rsquo;s creation in 1952, racing was enjoying a post-war boom with new circuits springing up but with safety considered of little importance to circuit designers and race organisers. Led by respected champions and prominent American road racers, the RRDC was formed to enable drivers to have greater input into the sport &ndash; particularly in the area of safety.</p> <p>Now, over 60 years later, the club continues to lead the way in motor sport safety and young driver development.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Announces 2015 Majors Schedule, Moves to Five Conferences http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52043 <p><em>(ed. note - updated Sept. 30 to reflect the NJMP&nbsp;date change)</em><strong><br /> <br /> TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 18, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The calendar for the 2015 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour was released today, with an announcement that the country will be divided into five Conferences for the 2015 season. The total number of events will remain the same in 2015 despite the Conference expansion, with select events counting for points in two Conferences.</p> <p>The schedule divides what was previously the Eastern Conference into the Northeast Conference and the Southeast Conference, while the Mid-States, Northern and Western Conference remain intact.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve vowed from the beginning to adjust the U.S. Majors Tour to fit the needs of the competitors,&rdquo; Lisa Noble, SCCA President/CEO, said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done that for 2015, making the travel distance for the highly populated East coast manageable yet keeping the number of events the same, supporting our initiative to cluster competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even with the split, the Northeast and Southeast Conferences remain among the largest in competitor population size, and the schedule for the rest of the country is one we consider to be the best in the three years of the Majors Tour. Every effort has been made to accommodate the drivers in each Conference, and hit the tracks that racers have traditionally supported and pointed to as worthy of a Majors event.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 2015 season opens with back-to-back weekends in the Southeast, beginning with Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jan. 9-11, followed by Sebring International Raceway, Jan. 16-18.</p> <p>The Western Conference opens Jan. 16-18 at Auto Club Speedway, with the Mid-States following in early March with the first dual-Conference event at NOLA Motorsports Park. NOLA will count for points in both the Mid-States and the Southeast Conferences.</p> <p>The Conferences based in the snow belt open later, with the Northeast sharing its opener with the Southeast in a dual event at VIRginia International Raceway in April, and the Northern Conference opening May 2-3 at Blackhawk Farms.</p> <p>Included on the Northern Conference schedule is the 60th running of the WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints, June 12-14, at Road America.</p> <p>In addition to NOLA and VIR, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the new 2.9-mile circuit at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (Northeast and Northern) will be dual-Conference race weekends.</p> <p>Two additional Mid-States Conference events will be added to the schedule at a later date.</p> <p>Conference Championships will continue to count the best eight of 12 races, with points for each race to the scheduled Conference. Dual Conference events will score points for a driver in each Conference, but count only once in the Nationwide points and for participation credit.</p> <p>Series registration for the 2015 season will open on October 15. At that time, drivers will once again be able to renew their 2014 number in one Conference, with new drivers eligible to register for a number and other benefits at this time as well. More information is forthcoming on the Majors Series Registration.</p> <p>The 2015 U.S. Majors Tour Schedule:</p> <p><u><strong>Southeast Conference </strong></u><br /> Jan. 9-11 &ndash; Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.<br /> Jan. 16-18 - Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla.<br /> March 7-8 - NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Mid-States)<br /> March 20-22 - Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.<br /> April 17-19* - VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Northeast)<br /> May 1-3 - Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Northeast)<br /> * - Pending track date approval</p> <p><u><strong>Northeast Conference</strong></u><br /> April 17-19* - VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. (With Southeast)<br /> May 1-3 - Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W. Va. (With Southeast)<br /> May 29-31* - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northern)<br /> July 3-5 - Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y.<br /> July 24-26 - New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, N.J.<br /> Aug. 14-16 &ndash; Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northern)<br /> * - Pending track date approval</p> <p><u><strong>Northern Conference</strong></u><br /> May 2-3 - Blackhawk Farms, S. Beloit, Ill.<br /> May 29-31* - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (With Northeast)<br /> June 12-14 &ndash; Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.<br /> July 11-12 - GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, Mich.<br /> Aug. 14-16 &ndash; Pitt Race (new 2.9-mile circuit), Wampum, Pa. (With Northeast)<br /> Aug. 22-23 &ndash; Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.</p> <p><u><strong>Mid-States Conference</strong></u><br /> March 7-8 &ndash; NOLA Motorsports Park, Avondale, La. (With Southeast)<br /> April 11-12 - Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Jennings, Okla.<br /> July 4-5 - High Plains Raceway, Byers, Colo.<br /> July 25-26 &ndash; Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pueblo, Colo.<br /> TBA - Two additional events will be added</p> <p><u><strong>Western Conference</strong></u><br /> Jan. 16-18 - Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif.<br /> March 21-22 &ndash; Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, Desert Center, Calif.<br /> April 11-12 &ndash; Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, Calif.<br /> May 1-3 - Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, Calif.<br /> May 23-25 - Pacific Raceway, Kent, Wash.<br /> July 3-5 - Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Nation-wide Points Champions Crowned In SCCA SafeRacer Club Racing Program http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52019 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 12, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Following the conclusion of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour season, 27 nation-wide point championships have been crowned in in the SafeRacer Club Racing program.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The SafeRacer Nation-wide standings are used to measure drivers from different parts of the country against one another. Each driver&rsquo;s seven best finishes at a U.S. Majors Tour race, regardless of the conference in which the points were earned, are tallied and added together.</span></p> <p>Just like the season-long points for each Majors Conference title, points are awarded for finishes down to 20th place. Wins are worth 25 points, with a second-place finish worth 21 points and 18 are awarded for third. Finishes from fourth, on down, are worth 17 points and decrease by one for each finishing position.</p> <p>All but four classes had clear winners based on points earned. Formula F, GT-1, Prototype 2 and Super Touring Under required a tie-breaker to determine a champion.</p> <p>Max Mallinen, of Liberty Lake, Washington, was awarded the Championship title in FF after finishing the season tied with Timothy Kautz, with 159 points. The nod went to Mallinen who recorded four wins in 2014, one more than Kautz.</p> <p>In GT-1, the same situation occurred, this time between Champion Simon Gregg, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and David Fershtand. Both drivers ended the season with 171 points, but the decision went in the favor of Gregg as he doubled the number of second-place finishes collected by Fershtand.</p> <p>Richard Colburn, of Northbrook, Illinois, took home the Prototype 2 Championship after ending the season deadlocked with David Ferguson at 175 points, the maximum possible. Colburn was awarded the championship on the strength of his 12 wins throughout the season.</p> <p>The final tie, following the point tally, came between Rylan Hazelton, of Santa Cruz, California, and Anthony Simmers in STU. Both drivers earned the maximum 175 points, but Hazelton had the edge for the title after scoring wins in all eight races in which he ran during the season.</p> <p>Each driver who won the Nation-wide points chase in their respective class will be presented with a unique trophy to mark the occasion, compliments of SafeRacer. In addition, each winner also receives a $500 gift certificate for SafeRacer products.</p> <p>Nation-wide point champions are:</p> <p>American Sedan: Jim Wheeler, Lenexa, Kan., Pontiac Trans-Am<br /> B-Spec: Travis Washay, Milford, Conn., Mini Cooper<br /> E Production: Matt Reynolds, Boerne, Texas, Mazda Miata<br /> F Production: Ken Kannard, East Troy, Wis., Mazda Miata <br /> H Production: Gregory Gauper, Hubertus, Wis., Honda Civic <br /> Formula 500: Timothy Friest, Leavenworth, Kan., KBS Mk VII/Rotax<br /> Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., 2014 JDR<br /> Formula Atlantic: Conner Kearby, Corpus Christi, Texas, Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula Continental: Charles Moran, Oakton, Va., Van Diemen/Ford<br /> Formula Enterprise: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Formula Enterprises/Ford <br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Spectrum/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Darryl Wills, Houston, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., Speed Sport AM-5/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: Simon Gregg, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Randall Kinsland, Whittier, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-3: Chad Bacon, Kingsport, Tenn., Toyota Celica<br /> GT-Lite: Jonathan Goodale, Conifer, Colo., Mazda Miata<br /> Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha, Laval, Que., Can., JMS 016CP/Mazda<br /> Prototype 2: Richard Colburn, Northbrook, Ill., Nostendo<br /> Spec Miata: Voytek Burdzy, Algonquin, Ill., Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mazda Miata<br /> Super Touring Under: Rylan Hazelton, Santa Cruz, Calif., Honda S2000<br /> Touring 1: Joseph Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: Lee Niffenegger, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda Civic</p> <p>The complete Nation-wide standings for all 27 Runoffs-eligible classes are available <a href="http://crbscca.com/staffAdmin/points/pointsReports/nationwideReport.php">here</a>.</p> <p>Many of these same drivers will be in action for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Oct. 7-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT SCCA Runoffs Live Webcast Features Motorsports Heavy Hitters http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52016 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 11, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Those who cannot make the trip west to the SCCA&reg; National Championship Runoffs&reg; this October can watch all of the action from wherever they may be on SpeedCastTV.com, with an all-star cast of broadcasters calling the action.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">The cast, calling all 27 National Championship races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca live, features a host of familiar faces to SCCA stalwarts and the motorsports industry at large.</span></p> <p>Greg Creamer and Jeff Lepper, the voices of the Pirelli World Challenge webcast, will pair up for half the races, while the remaining calls will go to the team of Rick Benjamin and Randy Pobst. SCCA staff member, and renowned Tire Rack SCCA Solo voice, Heyward Wagner will join the team from pit lane and victory circle.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SpeedCastTV webcast has evolved into something revered by both the Club and the industry,&rdquo; Eric Prill, SCCA VP, Marketing and Communications, said. &ldquo;We once again have a team of broadcasters that is among the most respected in road racing, and we&rsquo;re thrilled to again work with Clark Cambern and the entire SpeedCast crew for the sixth-straight year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The experience both Creamer and Benjamin bring to the broadcast runs the gamut of professional motorsports, from NASCAR to MotoGP, and nearly every road racing series televised. Creamer has been an SCCA member for more than 25 years and has broadcast experience in many forms of motorsports, but has become a Runoffs staple as a play-by-play announcer. Benjamin was a staple of the SCCA Trans-Am Series and teamed with Pobst for the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and has called multiple Runoffs himself.</p> <p>Pobst is one of the most decorated drivers in SCCA history, winning National Championships at the Runoffs and the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, as well as multiple Championships in Pirelli World Challenge. Lepper joined the Runoffs team in 2013 in addition to his Pirelli World Challenge duties and has been an SCCA member since his childhood, with plenty of wheel-to-wheel experience at the Club and Pro level. Wagner, a long time announcing voice in the SCCA Solo community and a lifetime SCCA member, joins the Runoffs on-air talent for the first time in 2014.</p> <p>Those at the track during the races will once again hear John Fippin on the public address feed. Fippin has been the on-site voice of the Runoffs for every event since 1994, when the event was first held at his home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.</p> <p>The 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca begins with qualifying sessions for each of the 27 classes each day from Tuesday, October 7 through Thursday, October 9. Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature the National Championship Runoffs races, with each one broadcast live. Following the event, each race will be available on demand. To view previous Runoffs race webcasts, please visit www.speedcasttv.com/scca.</p> <p>More information, including a full schedule, can be found at SCCA.com/Runoffs.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT 2015 SCCA Runoffs Dates At Daytona Revised http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=52003 <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (September 4, 2014) &ndash; The dates for the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Daytona International Speedway have been moved up a week to avoid a conflict with the season-ending IMSA race at Road Atlanta. The 2015 SCCA Runoffs will begin with a test weekend, Sept. 17-20, and run through Sunday, September 27.</p> <p>The change moves the full calendar one week earlier than what was announced in May 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;The event at Road Atlanta is an important one for our workers, drivers, teams and officials, so we worked with the staff at Daytona International Speedway to get the event moved as soon as we could,&rdquo; Terry Ozment, SCCA Vice President, Club Racing, said. &ldquo;Both events are important and there was no reason to compete head to head. Even though we&rsquo;re more than a year out, we wanted to spread the word as early as possible to minimize any inconveniences with the change.&rdquo;</p> <p>The official running of the 2015 event will now be Monday, September 21 through Sunday, September 27. Preceding the event, the Central Florida Region SCCA will host test days from September 17 &ndash; 20. Parking, registration, and pre-event tech inspections will be good from test days through the length of the event for those who participate. Test day registration will be available as an option when registering for the Runoffs in 2015.</p> <p>The 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are approaching, with 500 cars on the entry list for the first West Coast appearance of the event in 46 years. Each of the 27 classes will qualify from Tuesday, October 7 through Thursday, October 9. Friday, Saturday and Sunday feature the National Championship Runoffs races, broadcast live on SpeedcastTV.com.</p> <p>More information on the 2014 event can be found at SCCA.com/Runoffs. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Tour Schedule Takes Checkers At Topeka http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51987 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 31, 2014) &ndash;</strong> The SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour, and the entire 2014 U.S. Majors Tour schedule, wrapped on Sunday at Heartland Park Topeka with six group races and settled the remaining open championships.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s schedule featured 21-lap races around the 2.2-mile HPT configuration to wrap the season. Championship battles were settled by scoring the best eight of 12 races within the Conference.</p> <p>Highlights from Sunday include:</p> <p>Group 1: Denny Stripling clinched the Mid-States Conference Spec Racer Ford championship with a pair of wins in his No. 4 Lightspeed Motorsports Spec Racer Ford, walking away from the field to take care of business without any help.</p> <p>There were a number of scenarios that would allow Stripling to vault Keith Verges&rsquo; No. 69 Apex Driving Academy SRF in the standings, but the simplist entering Sunday&rsquo;s race was for Stripling to win. Starting from pole, he held the lead for the distance and won by a final margin of 12.740 seconds.</p> <p>That final margin of victory is a bit misleading. Stripling was up four seconds when the field saw the white flag, with Chris Funk&rsquo;s No. 54 KC Racing SRF battling hard with Verges for second and third place. Funk spun on the final lap, and Verges spun to avoid him, avoiding contact. Both continued quickly, and crossed the line together in order to complete the podium with Jimmy Cote&rsquo;s No. 20 Micro-Comm Inc. SRF just behind.</p> <p>Matt Reynolds swept the weekend in Spec Miata, running flag to flag for his win in the No. 73 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Group 2: In a mirror image of Saturday&rsquo;s race, Michael Mallinen started in front of the field and pulled away in the No. 71 Swan Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda to lap the entire field and take the win.</p> <p>Stuart Rettie&rsquo;s No. 21 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda swept the weekend in Formula Mazda, moving around Darryl Wills late in the race. Wills&rsquo; second-place finish clinched the Mid-States Majors Tour class championship in the No. 1 Hillenburg Motorsports/Hoosier Tire/Hawk Performance Formula Mazda.</p> <p>Group 3: Saturday winner Max Mallinen was an unexpected Formula F winner on Sunday after a last lap incident elevated his No. 1 Spectrum 014H/Honda from third to first.</p> <p>The race was a three car battle between Mallinen, Bill Kephart, and Cliff Johnson, with all three taking their turn in the lead in a race that featured an official 10 lead changes.</p> <p>By the final stages of the race, Mallinen had fallen back and Kephart&rsquo;s No. 37 Vestial 10F/Honda led Johnson&rsquo;s No. 4 Alpine Litho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5/Honda at the white flag. Johnson, looking for an opportunity to move into the lead, tried to move around Kephart in turn three. The two got together, with Kephart going over the top of Johnson&rsquo;s machine.</p> <p>Mallinen suddenly found himself in the lead, and picked up the win. Because they had already put a lap on the rest of the field, Johnson limped around for second, with Kephart being towed in but still in third on the final standings.</p> <p>In Formula 500, Herb Noble held on for the win in his No. 44 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion 001/Rotax after a battle with Conference champion Timothy Friest. The battle between Noble and Friest&rsquo;s No. 86 Hoosier/XTRacing/RodEndSupply KBS MkVII/Rotax became the battle for the lead with CJ McAbee&rsquo;s No. 15 AJ&rsquo;s Import Garage/Hoosier AJ&rsquo;s 2012/Rotax pulled to pit lane on lap three.</p> <p>Lisa Noble drove the No. 7 LittleFeat.Net Vortech FV to the Formula Vee win after starting from the rear of the field. Noble worked through traffic and took the class lead on lap five, then swapped the lead with Justin Willbanks&rsquo; No. 21 RS1 Motorsports Wormer EV-3 for the next two laps. Noble broke free of that battle and drove to the win.</p> <p>Group 4: David Fershtand and Mark Kirby marched away from their closest competition on Sunday, taking wins in GT-1 and GT-2, respectively, and finishing first and second in the overall order.</p> <p>Fershtand led flag to flag in the No. 05 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette, setting a new track record with a 1:23.016 on lap three. Kirby matched the win in the No. 21 Dodge Viper, winning by six seconds over Mike McGinley&rsquo;s No. 50 Hendrick Chevrolet/McGinley Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.</p> <p>Group 5: A weekend sweep by Preston Calvert in Touring 2 gave him the nation-wide point title in the No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske/Hawk Ford Mustang, but Steven Coleman&rsquo;s third place finish in class gave him the points he needed in the No. 25 Race Away Cancer Ford Mustang to take the Mid-States class title. Coleman&rsquo;s point total equaled second place Natha Waldbaum&rsquo;s in the No. 51 Hutter Performance/Vettesport Chevrolet Corvette, but earned the title on tiebreakers.</p> <p>Kim McDonald got a great start in the No. 29 Kim's Auto Repair Services/Herman Plumbing/BosselmanOil Pontiac Firebird, jumping into the early lead but falling behind Tim White&rsquo;s No. 7 Woomah.com Ford Mustang and Dean Palmer&rsquo;s No. 5 Palmer Racing Development/Ford Racing Parts/Hoosier/AJ's racing engines Ford Mustang on the opening lap. By lap five, McDonald had moved back to the lead, and held the position through the middle stages of the race. By lap 19, however, Trevor Janke&rsquo;s No. 14 Janke Auto/Blue Ox/Famous Racing Ent./Pender Body and Glass was closing to the back of McDonald. McDonald held on for the final two laps, with Janke second.</p> <p>Cliff Ira got revenge from Saturday&rsquo;s race, keeping his No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra in front of Bob Schader&rsquo;s No. 12 MiataCage.com/Hoosier Tire Mazda MX-5 for the distance. Ira held off a charging Schader through the final corner, when Schader dove to the inside in his last effort to take the win. Schader spun, with just a hint of contact, but Ira stayed in front up the front straight to the checkered flag.</p> <p>Anthony Simmers wrapped up the Super Touring Under Conference title in the No. 45 RebayReseller.com/Hoosier Tires/Vaslet Design Volkswagen GTI with a pair of wins in the weekend, and James Place swept the Touring 4 weekend with a win on Sunday in the No. 138 Place Rentals/Hawk/Acura/BFG/Summit Acura GRS.</p> <p>Group 6: Nigel Saurino, running in F Production on Sunday, moved his No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tire MG Midget around Jesse Prather&rsquo;s E Production No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/MAZDASPEED/Carbotech/Hoosier Mazda MX-5 on lap five through lapped traffic, then kept his car in front for the overall and class win.</p> <p>Saurino maintained a gap over class rivals Rick Harris, in the No. 8 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier/V8 Roadsters/Mazdaspeed Mazda Miata, and Eric Prill, in the No. 7 MaxtonsFight.org/JPM/Hoosier Tire Mazda Miata, to hold off any serious challenges. Harris and Prill completed the class podium.</p> <p>Roy Lopshire drove his No. 98 TRD/Williams Racing Development/Hoosier Toyota Tercel around Kent Prather&rsquo;s No. 26 PratherRacing/Mazdaspeed/MossMtrs/Torco/Carbotech/Hoosier Tires Mazda Miata on lap 15, then pulled away for the race win.</p> <p>Ralf Lindow swept H Production with a win on Sunday in the No. 53 Volkswagen Golf, but the No. 09 R &amp; R Racing/R. Smart Properties Fiat X 1/9 of Randy Smart walked away with the season long Mid-States Conference championship with his second place on Sunday.</p> <p>That concludes both the Mid-States Conference and the entire U.S. Majors Tour for the 2014 season, as the SafeRacer Club Racing program turns its eyes to the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, October 7-12. Each of the National Championship Races will be broadcast live on SpeedCastTV.com.</p> <p>More information from the Mid-States Conference Majors Tour finale, including race results, can be found at SCCA.com/HPTMajors.</p> <p>TOPEKA, Kan. - Provisional race winners for Sunday&rsquo;s SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour Round 12 from Heartland Park Topeka. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Kim McDonald, Potomac, Md., Pontiac Firebird<br /> E Production: Jesse Prather, Topeka, Kan., Mazda MX-5<br /> F Production: Nigel Saurino, Tulsa, Okla., MG Midget <br /> H Production: Ralf Lindow, Bellevue, Neb., Volkswagen Golf<br /> Formula 500: Herb Noble, Marion, Iowa, Scorpion 001/Rotax<br /> Formula Atlantic: Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty City, Wash., Spectrum 014H/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Stuart Rettie, Houston, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Lisa Noble, Manhattan, Kan., Vortech FV/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: David Fershtand, Fort Worth, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Mark Kirby, Shawnee Mission, Kan., Dodge Viper<br /> GT-Lite: Roy Lopshire, Blue Springs, Mo., Toyota Tercel<br /> Spec Miata: Matt Reynolds, Fair Oaks, Texas, Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Cliff Ira, Kansas City, Mo., Acura Integra<br /> Super Touring Under: Anthony Simmers, Boulder, Neb., Volkswagen GTI<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: James Place, San Antonio, Texas, Acura GRS<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Majors Season Just One Race From Finish In Topeka http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51986 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (August 30, 2014) &ndash; </strong>The SCCA Mid-States Majors Tour final weekend was met by a hot, humid start to the Labor Day weekend on Saturday at Heartland Park Topeka, where six race groups ran 25-minute timed races.</p> <p>The day began with 25-minute qualifying sessions to set the grids for Saturday afternoon on the track&rsquo;s 2.2-mile configuration. Saturday&rsquo;s Round 11 is the penultimate round in the Mid-States Conference season-long point championship, which counts the best eight finishes.</p> <p>Highlights include:</p> <p>Group 1: Denny Stripling entered the weekend with a 38-point deficit in Spec Racer Ford to championship leader Keith Verges and needing two strong finishes to be able to move to the top of the standings. He helped his cause on Saturday.</p> <p>Stripling&rsquo;s No. 4 Lightspeed Motorsports Spec Racer Ford led start to finish on Sunday, steadily pulling away from Chris Funk&rsquo;s second-place No. 54 KC Racing SRF throughout the 16 lap race. Verges finished third in the No. 69 Apex Driving Academy SRF, but needed to finish second or better to add to his Championship points after drops.</p> <p>A win for Stripling on Sunday clinches the Mid-States Championship. If Verges wins on Sunday, Stripling must finish second. A second-place for Verges forces Stripling to finish fifth or better, while Stripling needs just an 8th or better if Verges is third or lower.</p> <p>Matt Reynolds set a new Spec Miata track record of 1:35.313 on the way to his flag-to-flag win in the No. 73 Reynolds Bros. Racing/JPM/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata.</p> <p>Group 2: Michael Mallinen drove his No. 71 Swan Motorsports Swift 016/Mazda to a flag to flag victory in Formula Atlantic, ticking off lap after lap to the finish. Mallinen was actually one of two former Formula Atlantic National Champions from the state of Washington entered in the race, along with third-finishing Riley Hopkins in his Ralt RT-4. Mallinen is the defending class champion, while Hopkins&rsquo; win came way back in 1983.</p> <p>Darryl Wills set a new track record in the No. 1 Hillenburg Motorsports/Hoosier Tire/Hawk Performance Formula Mazda early, but was forced to pit lane late in the race. He came back on the track just behind Stuart Rettie&rsquo;s No. 21 Hillenburg Motorsports Formula Mazda, and stayed in that order to the finish.</p> <p>Group 3: Max Mallinen continued his winning ways in Formula F, taking a flag to flag class victory in the No. 1 Spectrum 014H/Honda. The 16-year-old set a new track of 1:24.293 to join his dad, Michael, as a race winner on Saturday.</p> <p>CJ McAbee, racing for the first time since leading at the 2013 SCCA National Championship Runoffs last September, led early in Formula 500 and overall before pulling his No. 15 AJ&rsquo;s Import Garage/Hoosier AJ&rsquo;s 2012/Rotax to pit lane on lap 11. That left Herb Noble&rsquo;s No. 44 Mitchell Racing Services Scorpion 001/Rotax to inherit the lead, but Mid-States Conference champion Timothy Friest moved around Noble on lap 17 in the No. 86 Hoosier/XTRacing/RodEndSupply KBS Mk VII, taking home the win.</p> <p>Richard Shields went the distance in Formula Vee to not only take the top trophy, but clinch his Runoffs qualifications in the No. 7 Vortech FV.</p> <p>Group 4: Both David Fershtand and Mark Kirby found themselves behind their rivals early, and both moved into the lead on lap two, cruising to wins in GT-1 and GT-2 on Saturday.</p> <p>Fershtand&rsquo;s No. 05 Fershtand Race Prepared Chevrolet Corvette around the No. 48 Heartland Park/Baroque Racing Chevrolet Camaro of Eugene Kraus on the second lap to take the race win and clinch his season-long Championship in the Mid-States.</p> <p>Kirby&rsquo;s No. 21 Dodge Viper moved around Mike McGinley&rsquo;s No. 50 Hendrick Chevrolet/McGinley Motorsports on the same lap, and went around a fading Kraus for second overall by the finish.</p> <p>Group 5: Preston Calvert took the overall win in an effort to nail down the nation-wide Touring 2 point title in the No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Penske/Hawk Ford Mustang, followed by the two drivers battling it out for the Mid-States Conference title &ndash; leader Natha Waldbaum and Steven Coleman.</p> <p>If the order remains the same on Sunday, Coleman&rsquo;s No. 25 Race Away Cancer Ford Mustang will walk away with the Conference championship &ndash; Waldbaum&rsquo;s No. 51 Hutter Performance/Vettesport Chevrolet Corvette needs a win to clinch the title.</p> <p>Jim Wheeler&rsquo;s No. 20 Hoosier/Wilwood/K.C. Raceware Pontiac Trans-Am was battling overheating problems, but managed the gap back to second-running Trevor Janke&rsquo;s No. 14 Janke Auto/Blue Ox/Famous Racing Ent. Pontiac Firebird and stayed just in front to the finish.</p> <p>The Super Touring Lite race was a tail of two races. Cliff Ira set the early pace in the No. 36 Fira Motorsports Acura Integra, leading away from the start and building a gap on Bob Schader. Schader&rsquo;s newly built No. 12 MiataCage.com/Hoosier Tire Mazda MX-5 started to close by mid race, and the two were bumper to bumper by lap 10.</p> <p>On lap 12, the duo approached a lapped car in turn 13. With a split second choice to make, Ira guessed wrong &ndash; Schader took the opposite path and moved around both and into the lead. Though the margin remained close, Schader&rsquo;s Mazda stayed in front to a finish of 0.323-second.</p> <p>Group 6: The day ended with Jesse Prather running away from the E Production field in the No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/MAZDASPEED/Carbotech/Hoosier Mazda MX-5 to an overall victory, setting a new track record of 1:31.027 in the process. His overall margin of victory closed to just 0.028-second when teammate and F Production winner Eric Prill pulled his No. 7 MaxtonsFight.org/JPM/Hoosier Tire Mazda Miata alongside up the front straight to the finish.</p> <p>Prill&rsquo;s race win came after he shook free of Rick Harris&rsquo; No. 8 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier/V8 Roadsters/Mazdaspeed Mazda Miata. He then found himself in the midst of a pair of brothers looking for the GT-Lite win.</p> <p>Joshua Saurino moved into second overall, around Prill, on lap six in the No. 56 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tires MG Midget. Engine issues ended his day on lap nine, and left brother Nigel Saurino&rsquo;s No. 57 The Race Shop/Kelley Engines/Hoosier Tires MG Midget in the class lead, right behind Prill.</p> <p>Nigel, who started from the rear of the field and worked all the way through, eventually fell back slightly from Prill and each earned their class wins. Ralf Lindlow scored the H Production win in the No. 53 Volkswagen Golf.</p> <p>The final round of the SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour continues from Heartland Park Topeka on Sunday morning, with the 21 lap races beginning at 9:30 a.m. Live notes and timing are available online at SCCA.com/SCCALive.</p> <p>More information, including race results, can be found at SCCA.com/HPTMajors.</p> <p>TOPEKA, Kan. - Provisional race winners for Saturday&rsquo;s SCCA Mid-States Conference Majors Tour Round 11 from Heartland Park Topeka. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.</p> <p>American Sedan: Jim Wheeler, Lenexa, Kan., Pontiac Trans-Am<br /> E Production: Jesse Prather, Topeka, Kan., Mazda MX-5<br /> F Production: Eric Prill, Topeka, Kan., Mazda Miata<br /> H Production: Ralf Lindlow, Bellevue, Neb., Volkswagen Golf<br /> Formula 500: Timothy Friest, Leavenworth, Kan., KBS Mk VII/Rotax<br /> Formula Atlantic: Michael Mallinen, Liberty Lake, Wash., Swift 016/Mazda<br /> Formula F: Max Mallinen, Liberty City, Wash., Spectrum 014H/Honda<br /> Formula Mazda: Stuart Rettie, Houston, Texas, Formula Mazda<br /> Formula Vee: Richard Shields, Bridgeville, Pa., Vortech FV/Volkswagen<br /> GT-1: David Fershtand, Fort Worth, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette<br /> GT-2: Mark Kirby, Shawnee Mission, Kan., Dodge Viper<br /> GT-Lite: Nigel Saurino, Tulsa, Okla., MG Midget<br /> Spec Miata: Matt Reynolds, Fair Oaks, Texas, Mazda Miata<br /> Spec Racer Ford: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford<br /> Super Touring Lite: Bob Schader, Longmont, Colo., Mazda MX-5<br /> Super Touring Under: Anthony Simmers, Boulder, Neb., Volkswagen GTI<br /> Touring 2: Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang<br /> Touring 4: James Place, San Antonio, Texas, Acura GRS<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT Kummer to Vacate Club Racing Post http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51985 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 29, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Butch Kummer has announced that he will resign from the Club Racing Director position at Sports Car Club of America, effective the end of September 2014.</p> <p>Kummer joined the staff in 2012, tasked primarily with the operational launch of the new SCCA U.S. Majors Tour program.</p> <p>&ldquo;My directive from the beginning of this project was to elevate the status of &lsquo;national&rsquo; racing, and working together over the past two years I feel we have delivered a product that clearly differentiates our highest level of amateur competition from &lsquo;just racing,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kummer said. &ldquo;Certainly, the most dramatic change was developing a schedule with fewer conflicting events which resulted in increased participation and competition. In addition we&rsquo;ve increased consistency in event structure/operation and improved recognition of our events. &ldquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I accept Butch&rsquo;s resignation with some melancholy, as he and I have worked on the Majors project together since he began with us two years ago,&rdquo; SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble said. &ldquo;We all wish him success as he looks at what the next steps in life bring and I&rsquo;m sure we will see him continue with the SCCA in some role.&rdquo;</p> <p>SCCA will announce a succession plan for U.S. Majors Tour oversight shortly. Kummer will remain on through September in a transitional role.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Club Racing Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT