SCCA - News Sports Car Club of America Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:20:03 GMT Sun and Blue Skies Greet Racers on Sunday at VIR Majors <p><strong>ALTON, Va. (April 20, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Bright and sunny skies finally showed up for the first time during the race weekend, for Sunday&rsquo;s Round Eight of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour from VIRginia International Raceway, part of the SafeRacer National Club Racing program.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Eight race groups took to the newly-paved VIR circuit during prime weather conditions for their feature races at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road course. The 27 Runoffs-eligible classes were slated for races lasting 16 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first.</span></p> <p>The opening race group, Spec Racer Ford, produced some very spirited racing. Brian Schofield, of Lakeland, Fla., completed the sweep in his No. 61 PM Racing Spec Racer Ford. However, the best racing was right behind Schofield.</p> <p>The cars of second-place finisher John Greene, third-place finisher Bruce Myers and Andrew Charbonneau were involved in a three-way battle for second while working to stay close to the leader. Charbonneau dropped out of the battle early on, following mechanical issues with his machine. Myers picked up the fight, but was unable to get around Greene, and crossed the line in third.</p> <p>In Group Two, the small-bore formula cars took center stage. For most of the 16-lap race, the Formula Vee race was nip and tuck among Donnie Isley, Jonathan Weisheit and Stevan Davis. Isley, of Fletcher, N.C., came away with the win, but it wasn&rsquo;t clear that would be the outcome until the final two laps.</p> <p>Faster Formula F traffic sliced through the top three in class as the laps wound down, allowing Isley to break away in his No. 30 Agitator by Brookshire Formula Vee. Jonathan Weisheit and yesterday&rsquo;s winner, Stevan Davis, were left to sort out second and third on their own. Weisheit finished with the upper hand by crossing the line second, just ahead of Davis.</p> <p>Additionally, Michael Brent (No. 47 Hoosier Tire/QRE Invader QC1), of Bethel, Conn., was able to pull off the doubleheader win in Formula 500.</p> <p>With Spec Miata, close racing is the expected norm and Sunday&rsquo;s 16-lap feature race did not disappoint. Alex Bolanos, of Hialeah, Fla., brought home the second-day win at VIR. Bolanos (No. 57 Autotechnik/Momo/Apex Alignment Mazda Miata), Dillon Machavern and Andrew Carbonell spent the first 15 laps of the race looking for open real estate. It seemed as though no one wanted to lead until the last lap, and Bolanos was in the catbird seat when the field was shown one-to-go.</p> <p>Machavern made a hard challenge for the lead as the front pack approached Turn 14. He attempted the same outside move that was made on him when he held the lead during Saturday&rsquo;s closing lap. Again, the results were the same. Bolanos had the inside line through the downhill right-hander, allowing him the edge through the resulting left-handed Turn 15, which proved enough to secure the win.</p> <p>Group Four spotlighted the production classes, and B-Spec was the closest class finish of the group. Once again, it came down to Travis Washay (No. 30 Indian Summer Racing/Northern Cross Mini Cooper), of Milford, Conn., who duked it out with teammate Ryan Hall. At the line, Washay beat Travis to the line. The weekend sweep is Washay&rsquo;s second in the Eastern Conference this season.</p> <p>Warren Montague (No. 32 TRD/Toyota Motorsports/Pella Toyota Tercell), of Manakin Sabot, Va., and Michael Miller (No. 64 Sports Car Salvage/App Race Tire Austin Healey Sprite), of Walhalla, S.C., also completed sweeps in GT-Lite and H Production, respectively.</p> <p>The big-bore formula and prototype cars featured a trio of close races for class wins. In Prototype 1, Jacek Much, of Laval, Quebec, Can., doubled up on the weekend at the controls of his No. 07 Phoenix-innotech/Mazda JMS06CP Mazda. He finished up front in the back-and-forth P1 battle between himself and Garrett Kletjian, while Gaston Kearby (No. 56 GK Motorsports Swift 016), of Corpus Christi, Texas, brought home the Formula Atlantic win just ahead of his son Connor.</p> <p>Glenn Cooper, of Roswell, Ga., scored the narrow Formula 1000 victory over Alex Mayer. While he never got in front of Cooper, Mayer was driving in the tire tracks of Cooper&rsquo;s No. 43 Ralph Firman Racing/Hoosier Tire/ No Kitty RFR F1000 for the entire 16-lap race waiting to pounce on any error made by Cooper.</p> <p>On the heels of the big formula cars was the ground-pounding big-bore class. Four winners were able to complete the sweep, including George Winkler, of Frederick, Md., in Touring 1. Driving the No. 27 Winkler Automotive Service Center Ford Mustang Boss 302 S, Winkler weaved his way to the class lead around Preston Calvert early in the race.</p> <p>As the field strung out, Winkler was able to open a gap back to Calvert but that didn&rsquo;t last for long once Winker got into lapped traffic. As the 16-lap race wound down, Winkler started to see Calvert&rsquo;s Red Corvette in his mirrors. As a result Winkler picked up the pace, which propelled him to the win.</p> <p>The Three remaining drivers able to rack up weekend sweeps in Group Six were Tony Ave (No. 04 Beebe Racing/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette), of Maiden, N.C., Chad Bacon (No. 18 FedEx Ground/Goodyear Tires/Toyota TRD), of Kingsport, Tenn., and Daniel Richardson (No. 15 Performance Auto Works/Hayworth Racing Chevrolet Camaro), of Derwood, Md., in GT-1, GT-3 and American Sedan, respectively.</p> <p>In Group Seven, Thomas McGregor, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Can., took the Formula Continental win in his No. 93 Exclusive Autosport/Dairy Queen/Sparco Spectrum 014Z. Early in the race, McGregor was gaining on overall leader, and eventual winner, Scott Rettich until he lost third gear at the race&rsquo;s midway point. McGregor took home some valuable lessons about the circuit that he will put to use later in the year, as he will be back at VIR in June to race in the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 Championship Series.</p> <p>Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, N.C., cleaned up in Prototype 2 as he took wins on both days in his No. 00 Sirius Computer Solutions Dauntless MX-1.</p> <p>The final group of the day consisted of the touring classes. While Kurt Rezzetano (No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Mustang), of Phoenixville, Penn., completed the Majors Touring 2 double from VIR, Sage Marie captured the Sunday win in Touring 3.</p> <p>Marie, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was able to jump to the class lead in his No. 64 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Acura TL shortly after the drop of the green flag. During Turn 17 of the opening lap, Marie&rsquo;s machine jumped sideways which killed his momentum onto the long front straight. The bobble allowed his class competitors, Rob Hines and Kevin Boehm, to get around him. Marie spent the remainder of the race regaining the positions he lost at the start. By the end of the 16-lap affair, Marie was back up front and beat Hines to the line by 0.5-second.</p> <p>The next stop for the Eastern Conference SCCA U.S. Majors Tour will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Rounds Nine and 10 of the conference season are scheduled for June 6-8.</p> <p>Full results of the VIR Majors can be found at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at, and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Day One of Eastern Conference Majors at VIR in the Books <p><strong>ALTON, Va. (April 19, 2014) &ndash;</strong> Slick conditions and cool temperatures affected all eight race groups that took to the track to contest Round Seven of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour at VIRginia International Raceway, part of the SafeRacer National Club Racing program.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">Add one part water to the unseasonably cool temperatures from Friday, and those were the conditions that greeted 246 racers on Saturday morning as a result of overnight rains that continued through the four warm-up sessions at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit. By the time racing action began, the rain had stopped falling. However, the track and surrounding runoff was still soaked, and never completely dried due to high humidity and temperatures that barely cracked 60 degrees.</span></p> <p>Spec Racer Ford was the first class to take to the drenched racetrack. Brian Schofield, of Lakeland, Fla., led tape-to-tape in the nine-lap race. In the No. 61 PM Racing SRF, Schofield got the jump heading into turn on the very slick track.</p> <p>The new pavement that was so nice in the dry was treacherous in the wet. Schofield found that out, first hand, as he had a big wiggle under braking for Turn Two on his first green-flag lap. From that point on, Schofield ran a comfortable pace which allowed him to stay out front.</p> <p>Some drivers deeper in the field were not as lucky. Lee Hill made heavy contact with the outside tire wall in the climbing esses. Lee was cleared from the medical center, but his car was not as lucky. As a result of the impact, a short pause was needed to make repairs to the wall.</p> <p>The small-bore formula cars were the feature of Group Two. Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Ga., took home the win in Formula Vee which featured a very tight battle at the front of the class. Davis and Mitchell Ferguson traded the lead several times throughout the race, playing cat and mouse to determine where each had the advantage over the other. On the final lap, Davis sealed the win with a good exit out of Turn 17 in his No. 80 Hoosier Tire/Butler Engine/Roxannes Heads Racers Wedge Volkswagen.</p> <p>Spec Miata took center stage in Group Three. Dillon Machavern, of Charlotte, Vt., notched the sprint race win after a tough scrap at the front. Driving the No. 24 Heritage/Panic/T-Speed Mazda Miata, Machavern was the leader in the closing laps of the 25-minute race. However, Andrew Carbonell made a strong challenge for the lead on the final lap.</p> <p>Under braking on the approach to Turn 14, Carbonell dove to the Machavern&rsquo;s left. The move put him on the outside of the downhill, right-hand curve. Carbonell&rsquo;s momentum carried him off course through Turn 15. The short off-course excursion allowed Machavern to seal his victory.</p> <p>After the lunch break, Group Four hit the track. The race started with some unwanted excitement as the overall polesitter, Kevin Leigh, lost control and collided with the wall at Turn Four, on the opening lap. Leigh was uninjured, but Patrick Crider, of Leesburg, Va., assumed the lead and never looked back. He cruised to the overall win in his F Production No. 89 Hoosier Tire/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata.</p> <p>In B-Spec, Travis Washay, of Milford, Conn., took home first-place honors in a close battle with teammate Ryan Hall. Driving the No. 30 Indian Summer/Northern Cross Mini Cooper, Washay stayed one step ahead of Hall for the entire 25-minute race. Toward the end of the race, Hall was starting to gain on Washay due, in part, to a difference in tire compounds. However, the advantage wasn&rsquo;t enough to allow Hall the win during the short-form race.</p> <p>Group five consisted of the big-bore formula and prototype classes. The initial start was waived off as polesitter Jacek Mucha, of Laval, Quebec, Can., was not the first to the flag stand. Once underway, Mucha took the overall win in the No. 07 Phoenix-innotech/Mazda JMS06CP Mazda, while a battle in Formula 1000 raged between Glenn Cooper and Alex Mayer.</p> <p>Mayer, of Harleysville, Penn., would come away with the win in the No. 77 Mayer Motorsports JDR, even though Cooper crossed the line first. Mayer was the proverbial shadow to each move made by Cooper while under green-flag conditions. Following the race, it was determined Cooper had committed a pass while a local yellow was being displayed. As a result, Mayer was promoted to the win and Cooper lost two class positions.</p> <p>Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., showed why he has the reputation as such a top-notch driver, in race Group Six. Driving the No. 04 Beebe Racing/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette, Ave scored a dominating GT-1 win in his first Eastern Conference Majors race of 2014.</p> <p>Scott Rettich, of Camden, Ohio, proved to be the class of the field in Group Seven, as he took the overall win in his No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communication Systems Formula Enterprise. Rettich drove hard and completed 14 laps before the 25-minute clock expired, finishing 33 seconds clear of second-place finisher Paul Schneider.</p> <p>Robert Noell, of Cary, N.C., extended his Eastern Conference winning streak to three after capturing a Saturday win at VIR. Driving the No. 27 Guest Concepts/VIPER Formula Mazda, Noell did himself a big favor when it comes to the conference point standings, by keeping his winning streak alive.</p> <p>The Touring classes in Group Eight ended the first day of racing action from VIR. Following a clean first corner, carnage broke out. Michael Scornavacchi dropped both right-side tires off the pavement at the exit of Turn Three, and spun. Having no way to avoid the situation, Conor Flynn made contact with Scornavacchi&rsquo;s car. Three more cars tried to take evasive action, but got off course and hit the tire wall. During a full-course caution to clean up the wreck that lasted over 20 minutes, Scornavacchi and Flynn climbed out of their cars while the other three drivers continued the race in their damaged machines.</p> <p>Kurt Rezzetano, of Phoenixville, Penn., was credited with the provisional win in his Touring 2 No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier Tire/Hawk Performance Ford Mustang. Pending official review, final results from this race will be released Sunday morning.</p> <p>Round Eight of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour is slated to begin Sunday at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) with feature races for the 27 Runoffs-eligible classes. The eight run groups are set to run 16-lap or 40-minute races, whichever comes first.</p> <p>Live Timing, lap notes and audio streaming of the public address for Sunday&rsquo;s races can be found at Live timing, using Race Monitor, and lap notes, @SCCALive on Twitter, are also available separately. Additional information on the VIR Majors Tour event, including Saturday&rsquo;s results and grids for Sunday&rsquo;s races, can be found at</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at, and follow on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> Club Racing Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Eight Run Groups Set for Day One of Competition at VIR <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 25-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="">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=""></a>.</p> <p>Like the Club on Facebook at <a href=""></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 <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 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=""></a>.</p> <p>Streaming videos of all Runoffs races remain available online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or like SCCA on Facebook at <a href=""></a>l.&nbsp;</p> Club Racing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT 27 Winners In SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Sunday <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/ 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 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 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</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 <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/ 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 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 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</p> <p>Results, grids and more information is available at</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 <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/ 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</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 <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=""></a>.</p> <p>Results, grids and more information can be found at <a href=""></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 <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="">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=""></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=""></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 <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, by clicking on the &ldquo;BFGoodrich Tires WOY Nomination Form&rdquo; on the right - <a href="">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 <a href="">Past &ldquo;Worker of the Year&rdquo; recipients are listed on here.</a></p> <p>More information on the Sports Car Club of America can be found at Follow the SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, or on Facebook at</p> Club Racing Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT