Australian Burton-Harris Claims SCCA Formula Mazda National Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 25, 2015) – After one visit to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, 18-year-old Australian Joseph Burton-Harris left with an American National Championship. Carson Weeder, of Winter Haven, Fla., and Mike Anderson, of Anza, Calif., completed the podium.

Burton-Harris started on the Tire Rack Pole Position in his No. 132 Si Partners/Sydney Sports/GMG Formula Mazda, and ticked off a series of steady laps to get into the lead and cruise to a 9.906-second win.

“This is pretty amazing,” Burton-Harris said. “We’ve worked so hard all year. The whole winning part is great, I mean it feels amazing, but just being here and driving on this track is great. This time 10 years ago, we used to come to Orlando for my father’s business and this used to be my one trip, to do the tours. To actually go around there on the track itself is just an amazing feeling. For the SCCA to put on this event in Daytona, just the year that I was starting out in cars, I feel very fortunate.

“Going into this race, we had no idea what was going to happen. You never really know on these super speedways, even with the massive infield. On the opening lap, Carson stuck really close on my gearbox and he was really on me in the infield. He drafted by me, and I thought, this is going to be a really entertaining race. But my car just came on, and toward the end of the race we were getting quicker and quicker, which is a dream for a driver.”

With Burton-Harris in the clear, the battle for the final two podium positions came down to a back-and-forth battle between Weeder’s No. 28 Weeder Motorsports Formula Mazda and Anderson’s No. 1 HASA Pool Products Formula Mazda.

The pair swapped the position nearly every lap on the banking, with Weeder using the draft to get past just before the white flag.

A fast final lap from Weeder had him clear of Anderson, and held on for second in his second career Runoffs race.

“It was a little nerve racking at the end; He caught up to me and we started losing our grip on the infield,” Weeder said. “We go to the white flag, and he was behind me, and I just knew I had to keep the lead. I had seen before that when he tried to get past me on the straightaway, he didn’t have enough to finish the pass, so if it was going to happen it was right at the checkers.”

It’s the fifth career podium for Anderson, the 2014 National Champion, who has a win and three runner-up finishes.

“I definitely wanted to have a good run through the chicane, and I wasn’t able to hang in his draft,” Anderson said. “The one thing that changes the game here at Daytona is the set up, and I was a little more dialed in for the infield, and Carson is all about having a fast car on the speedway. I knew I was going to have to be tucked in tight to have a challenge at the end, but we did have an awesome race.”

Brekk Harris, in the No. 00 Formula Mazda, finished fourth, with Jarret Voorhies’ No. 15 Mitchell Petroleum 360 Fly Formula Mazda completing the top five.

The 52nd SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27.

The live broadcast of all 27 National Championship races is available live at SCCA.com, along with live timing and notes. Each race will be on demand at a later date.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Provisional results for Friday’s SCCA Formula Mazda National Championship at the 52nd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Daytona International Speedway, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

1, (1), Joseph Burton-Harris, Birmingham, AL, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

2, (3), Carson Weeder, Winter Haven, FL, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

3, (2), Mike Anderson, Anza, CA, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

4, (10), Brekk Harris, Hurst, TX, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

5, (5), Jarret Voorhies, Cresson, TX, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

6, (6), John Entwistle, Katonah, NY, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

7, (8), Bradley Yake, Fort Worth, TX, Star Formula Mazda, 14.

8, (9), William Snyder, Southlake, TX, Star Formula Mazda, 13.

9, (7), Paul Ravaris, Aledo, TX, Star Formula Mazda, 6.

10, (4), Alan McCallum, Houston, TX, Star Formula Mazda, 4.

 

Length of Race: 50 miles

Overall Time of Race: 27:48.314

Average Speed: 107.548 mph

Margin of Victory: 9.906 seconds

Fastest Race Lap: 1:58.029 (108.583 mph)

Lap Leaders: #28, 1; #132, 2-14

Sunoco Hard Charger: #28 Carson Weeder

Image: Joseph Burton-Harris cruised to a Formula Mazda Championship.

Credit: Mark Weber

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