Records Continue to Fall in Second Day at NOLA Motorsports Park

AVONDALE, La. (February 28, 2016) – The second day of U.S. Majors Tour racing at NOLA Motorsports Park carried the torch from the first, delivering close racing and fast times. Drivers in six classes posted new track records during the day’s races. The speed and clean racing were a great testament to the quality of drivers competing in the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour.

Sunday’s races kicked off with the highly popular Spec Miata class. Thirty-two cars started the race in the late morning. Within the first two laps, the pack settled into single file, only deviating when a driver chose to make a strategic move. Four drivers held the lead throughout the race. Pole sitter Chris Haldeman held onto the position he earned in qualifying for the first three laps in his X-Factor Racing Mazda Miata. Blake Clements then claimed the position and held on for an additional four laps in his OPM Autosports/G-LOC Brakes Miata, despite growing pressure from Andrew Carbonell in his BSI Racing Miata. Carbonell took the position on the eighth lap and held the lead despite the top four cars running in a tight string. On lap 13, Clements made an attempt to regain the lead, only to be denied and end up back in fourth. This move opened the door for Selin M. Rollan in his Apex Alignment/BSI Racing/Rossini Racing Miata. Rollan claimed the top spot on the second-to-last lap, but it was not over yet. Multiple racers attempted to make passes for the top spot on the last lap only to be denied. Rollan held on to take the first checkered flag of the day.

Just after lunch, the Spec Racer Fords gridded up for their 18-lap race. Denny Stripling started on pole in his Southeast Spec Racer/PlantingSeedsCC SCCA Enterprise Gen3 Spec Racer Ford, but wouldn’t hold that position. After one lap of racing, Stripling was shuffled back to third with Tray Ayres taking the lead in his Ayres Racing SRF3, and Brian Schofield taking second in his PM Racing SRF3. Those two would break away from the remainder of the pack and battle between themselves for the remainder of the race. Ayres held the lead initially for six laps before Stripling took his first turn at the top spot. He held on for three laps before Ayres was back up front. In his shortest possession of the lead, Ayres was overtaken after just two laps by Schofield. That wouldn’t be the final pass for the lead as Ayres took back the top spot with two laps to go. He was unpassable from there on, despite the best attempts of Schofield. Stripling was able to finish out the podium after falling as low as sixth.

Father-son teammates Buz and Brad McCall swept the weekend in T1 and STU respectively. Buz McCall is making a triumphant return to SCCA Club Racing with his Round 3 Racing Porsche Cayman S, winning both races this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park. He said Saturday that these represent his first Club Racing wins in over thirty years and credits his son with his return to the sport. Brad also had a banner weekend in his Round 3 Racing Scion FR-S, winning both races.

Racing in the U.S. Majors Tour Southeast Conference continues March 18-20 at Road Atlanta. The U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference continues April 9-10 at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. More information can be found at on the U.S. Majors Tour Page.

AVONDALE, La. – Winners from Sunday’s 18-lap or 35-minute SCCA U.S. Majors Tour races at the 2.75-mile NOLA Motorsports Park circuit, with class, driver, hometown and car.
American Sedan, Tom Himes, Slidell, La., Ford Mustang
B-Spec, Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., Honda Fit
E Production, Matt Reynolds, Fair Oaks, Tx., Mazda Miata
F Production, Weber Manning, Germantown, Tenn., Mazda Miata
Formula 500, John W. Walbran, Saint Louis, Mo., Scorpion 2006
Formula Enterprises, Paul Schneider, Charlotte, N.C., SCCA FE
Formula F, Meg Sauce, Arlington, Tx., Swift Db-6
Formula Mazda, Jacob Loomis, Denton, Tx., Formula Mazda
Formula Vee, Stevan Davis, Danielsville, Ga., Racer's Wedge SB-1
GT-1, David Fershtand, Fort Worth, Tx., Chevrolet Corvette
GT-2, Tom Patton, Hamilton, Ohio, Sunbeam Tiger
GT-3, Alan Marshall, Bulverde, Tx., Mazda RX-7
GT-Lite, Peter Shadowen, West Palm Beach, Fla., Honda CRXsi
H Production, Andrew Wright, Murfreesburo, Tenn., Triumph Spitfire
Prototype 1, Jim Downing, Atlanta, Ga., Peach Mazda Day-02
Prototype 2, Michael Crowe, Jamestown, Ky.
Spec Miata, Selin M. Rollan, Miami, Fla., Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford, Scott Rettich, Columbus, Oh., SCCA Enterprises SRF2
Spec Racer Ford 3, Tray Ayres, Gainesville, Ga., SCCA Enterprises SRF3
Super Touring Lite, Brian Laughlin, Tulsa, Ok., Mazda Miata
Super Touring Under, Brad McCall, Boca Raton, Fla., Scion FR-S
Touring 1, Buz McCall, Boca Rotan, Fla., Porsche Cayman S
Touring 2, Donald Sweitzer, Houston, Tx., BMW M3
Touring 3, Derek Kulach, Albuquerque, N.M., Nissan 350Z
Touring 4, Kevin Koelemeyer, Fort Meyers, Fla., Mazda MX-5

Image: Brad McCall teamed up with his father, Buz, to claim four wins at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Credit: Mark Weber