DESERT CENTER, Calif. (March 22, 2015) – Rounds Three and Four the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference concluded at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, this past weekend, with racing action on both Saturday and Sunday. This race marks the end point for the first third of the 12-round championship that will conclude in Portland, Oregon.
Saturday’s on-track events included 15-minute qualifying sessions, divided into seven race groups, for the 25 National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes what were present. Following the mid-day lunch break, those same seven race groups competed in separate 30-minute sprint races.
On Sunday, things started off with a morning warmup combining some groups. Following the warmup sessions, each of the seven race groups hit the track for their feature races.
As this was the first trip to the venue for the Majors Tour, which features some of the most talented amateur racecar drivers in the Western United States, new lap records were on the chopping block at the 17-turn, 2.68-mile circuit. A total of 13 lap records were reset over the two-day race weekend.
Here’s a summary of what happened both days:
Run Group One: Kenneth Davis, of Escondido, California, was the top qualifier in Touring 1. He put on a dominating performance, winning the class by more than 20 seconds, at the wheel of his No. 64 Davis Stone Inc. Chevrolet Corvette.
Russ Peterson, of Menlo Park, California, took the come-from-behind win in Touring 2. At the controls of his No. 7 Peninsula Equine Ford Shelby GT, Peterson clawed his way from a third-place starting position to take the win with a lap in hand over class rival Mitch Marvosh. Carl Young, of Salinas, California, also claimed victory in convincing fashion, in Super Touring Under, after not registering a lap in qualifying in his No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000.
On Sunday, wide margins of victory were, again, the story of the day. Davis, Peterson, Paul Whiting (Super Touring Lite, No. 51 Next Victory Honda CRX), of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Derrick Ambrose (B-Spec, No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance Mazda2), of Vancouver, Washington, swept the weekend, in their respective classes.
Run Group Two: On Saturday, TJ Acker, of Saugus, California, cruised to victory in the 30-minute sprint race in his No. 62 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen3. Acker captured the win 9 seconds ahead of Mike Miserendino.
On Sunday, Miserendino, of Bakersfield, California, proved to be the fastest driver over the long haul by scoring the 20-lap feature race victory. Miserendino took the win by 13 seconds in his No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen3.
In the Spec Racer Ford class, Elliott Freireich, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, ran unopposed both days in his No. 15 West Valley View: The newspaper SRF.
Run Group Three: Tim Day, Jr., of Scottsdale, Arizona, came roaring back from a tough morning in qualifying, on Saturday, to notch an overall group victory in his Prototype 1-classed No. 81 TJR Motorsports Stohr WF1. Day qualified in the fifth overall position, but set sail during the race on what would end up as a 9.6 gap back to the second-fastest car.
Dan Erickson, of Chandler, Arizona, took home a narrow 0.692-second victory over Doug Nelson. Nelson was the better of the two drivers during the qualifying session, but Erickson drove his No. 6 Brawndo Formula Mazda to the eventual win.
During Sunday’s feature races, the each class winner put in a dominate performance, all finishing at least 50 seconds ahead of their closest in-class competition. Day was joined by Tom Hope (Formula Continental, No. 10 H&M Racing Dart Van Diemen ZTec), of Downey, California; John LaBrie (Formula 1000, No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12), of Draper, Utah, and Ron Fletcher (Prototype 2, No. 19 Fletcher Team Inc. Radical SR3), of San Diego, as drivers who completed the sweep from the Wings ‘n Things group.
Run Group Four: Clement Lee, of San Diego, California, cruised to an atypically large margin of victory in Spec Miata, on Saturday. Lee qualified his No. 33 RM Autosports Mazda Miata in third, but did what he needed to do to lead the field to the line.
On Sunday, Steven Powers, of Mesa, Arizona, turned the tables on Lee. After finishing second to Lee the day before, Powers came home in first in his No. 145 Amerifirst Financial Mazda Miata. Lee finished the feature race in second.
Run Group Five: John Longwell, of Fallbrook, California, took Saturday’s E Production win following a less-than-ideal qualifying run in his No. 138 Achilles Motorsports/Hoosier BMW 328 IS. Multi-time National Champion Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, California, also did something familiar…win. He took his F Production No. 77 Huffaker Engineering MG Midget to victory lane.
On Sunday, Jason Isley (H Production, No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OSGiken/Racer.com Toyota Yaris), of Coto De Caza, California, and Craig Carter (GT-Lite, No. 31 Hazard Reduction Systems Nissan Sentra), of Long Beach, California, wrapped up the weekend sweeps.
Run Group Six: On Saturday, Robert Kahn, of Las Vegas, Nevada, started second in the GT-2 class, and third overall, bud didn’t stay in that position. By the time the checkered flag fell on the 16-lap big-bore race, Kahn had jumped two positions and drove to a dominating 10-second win in his No. 35 RK Racing Chevrolet Corvette.
Also scoring class wins were Kenneth Davis (GT-1, No. 64 Davis Stone Company Chevrolet Corvette), of Escondido, California; Christopher Qualls (American Sedan, No. 73 Hasa Chemical/B&D Racing/Hoosier Ford Mustang), of West Los Angles, California, and Mike Henderson (GT-3, No. 12 Mazda/Redline Oil/Goodyear Mazda RX-7), of Alpine, California.
Sunday’s racing saw Michael Von Quilich, of Pahrump, Nevada, score the overall win in his No. 19 Apartment 24-7.com SRT Viper ACRX. Qualls and Henderson completed the sweep in their respective classes.
Run Group Seven: On Saturday, Tim Harris, of Tustin, California, got the edge in a closely-contested Formula Vee battle. In his No. 20 Apex Fire Systems Mysterian M3, Harris beat class polesitter Skip Streets to the stripe by 0.099-second.
However, Streets got his revenge during Sunday’s 15-lap feature race. Streets, of San Clemente, California, drove his No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering Mysterian FV M3 to a win in Formula Vee by 0.146-second over Harris
The next two rounds of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference Championship will be held at Thunderhill Raceway Park, April 11-12. Additional information, including full results, on the Chuckwalla Majors can be found at SCCA.com/ChuckwallaMajors.
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DESERT CENTER, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Three at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.
American Sedan: Christopher Qualls, West Los Angeles, Calif., Ford Mustang B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda2 Formula 1000: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Race Works F1K12 Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen ZTec FC Formula Enterprises: Jeff Read, Vacaville, Calif., Formula Enterprises* Formula F: Edward Erlandson, Burbank, Calif., Swift DB-6 Honda Formula Mazda: Dan Erickson, Chandler, Ariz., Formula Mazda* Formula Vee: Tim Harris, Tustin, Calif., Mysterian M3 E Production: John Longwell, Fallbrook, Calif., BMW 328 IS F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris GT-1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Robert Kahn, Las Vegas, Nev., Chevrolet Corvette GT-3: Mike Henderson, Alpine, Calif., Mazda RX-7 GT-Lite: Craig Carter, Long Beach, Calif., Nissan Sentra Prototype 1: Tim Day, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Stohr WF1 Prototype 2: Ron Fletcher, San Diego, Calif., Radical SR3 Spec Miata: Clement Lee, San Diego, Calif., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Elliott Freireich, Litchfield Park, Ariz., SRF Spec Racer Ford Gen3:.TJ Acker, Saugus, Calif., SRFG3* Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda CRX Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000 Touring 1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby GT Touring 4: Michael Tsay, Irvine, Calif., Honda Civic SI
DESERT CENTER, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Sunday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Four at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. (*) – Denotes Saturday winner.
American Sedan: Christopher Qualls, West Los Angeles, Calif., Ford Mustang* B-Spec: Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, Wash., Mazda2* Formula 1000: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, Phoenix Race Works F1K12* Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen ZTec FC* Formula F: John Barron, Phoenix, Ariz., Van Diemen RF93 Formula Mazda: Larry Mason, Burbank, Calif., Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Skip Streets, San Clemente, Calif., Mysterian FV M3 E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7 F Production: James Cantrell, Tucson, Ariz., Volkswagen Golf H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris* GT-1: Richard Gray, Moorpark, Calif., Mazda RX-7 GT-2: Michael Von Quilich, Pahrump, Nev., SRT Viper ACRX GT-3: Mike Henderson, Alpine, Calif., Mazda RX-7* GT-Lite: Craig Carter, Long Beach, Calif., Nissan Sentra* Prototype 1: Tim Day, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz., Stohr WF1* Prototype 2: Ron Fletcher, San Diego, Calif., Radical SR3* Spec Miata: Steven Powers, Mesa, Ariz., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Elliott Freireich, Litchfield Park, Ariz., SRF* Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., SRFG3 Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Las Vegas, Nev., Honda CRX* Super Touring Under: Michele Abbate, Henderson, Nev., Toyota Scion FRS Touring 1: Kenneth Davis, Escondido, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette* Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby GT* Touring 4: Steve Zink, Henderson, Nev., Ford Mustang
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