Sunday Redemption During Day 2 of SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at VIRginia International Raceway
ALTON, Virginia (April 17, 2016) – During the second day of SCCA U.S. Majors Tour competition at VIRginia International Raceway, several drivers were given a second chance to achieve victory, and many seized the opportunity.
Alex Mayer, a Formula 1000 driver, was having one rotten weekend in Alton, Virginia. After a good qualifying run Friday, his second qualifying session Saturday ended in a wall. Mayer’s team put the car’s rear wings back on and he headed out for the afternoon race Saturday. Unfortunately, that event also ended in a wreck after Mayer was fighting for a win. But the young man’s luck changed Sunday when he made a last-lap pass to earn victory.
Super Touring Under competitor Cameron Maugeri also saw a brighter Sunday. His Lotus Exige came to a halt early in Saturday’s race and he pulled off the circuit. The crew worked hard to correct the transmission problem so he could get back out on the 18-turn, 3.27-mile track Sunday, and Maugeri rewarded their effort with a win.
“It was really tough today,” Maugeri said after the race. “I hadn’t been on course since early Saturday and the track conditions really changed a lot. It seemed like everything changed. But it was good to bring home a win.”
Another driver that made the most of second chances was Tim Kezman. His Touring 2 Porsche held a substantial lead on the field Saturday, but Marty Grand in a Mitsubishi closed the gap and stole the win after a great battle. However, revenge was had by Kezman Sunday when this time he chased down Grand and made a pass that ultimately brought victory.
“We got a little snookered at the start today, but got our rhythm going, got back up to Marty and had a good race for a couple laps,” Kezman said. “Yesterday, I made a few mistakes and Marty got me. I simply couldn’t let that happen again today.”
This weekend’s activities at VIRginia International Raceway wrapped up the 10-round Southeast Conference SCCA U.S. Majors Tour season while also launching the 12-round Northeast Conference SCCA U.S. Majors Tour calendar. Next up on the Northeast Conference schedule is an April 29-May 1 event at Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia. More information about that event and the entire SCCA U.S. Majors Tour can be found at SCCA.com/majors.
Below are race results from Sunday’s SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at VIRginia International Raceway with Class: Name, Hometown and Car.
-American Sedan: Gregory Eaton, Woodbridge, VA; Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: Felix Borodaty, Madison, NJ; Mini Cooper
-E Production: Rick Kavitski, Freeland, PA; Mazda Miata
-F Production: Blake Meredith, Alpharetta, GA; Honda CRX
-H Production: Sam Moore, Kannapolis, NC; Honda Civic Si
-Formula 1000: Alex Mayer, Harleysville, PA; JDR
-Formula Atlantic: Ryan Norman, Abbottstown, PA; Mazda Swift 016
-Formula Continental: John LaRue, Muncie, IN; Citation Snipe FZ
-Formula 500: F Russell Strate Jr., Alden, NY, MO; Rocketech R-2
-Formula Enterprises: Paul Schneider, Charlotte, NC; SCCA FE
-Formula F: Neil Verhagen, Abbottstown, PA; Honda Mygale
-Formula Vee: Mitchell Ferguson, Salem, VA; Vorscha GB4
-GT-1: Ryan McManus, Westfield Center, OH; Chevrolet Corvette
-GT-2: Russ Snow, Eden, NC; Chevrolet Corvette Z06
-GT-3: Chad Bacon, Kingsport, TN; Toyota Celica
-GT-Lite: Michael Kamalian, Marietta, GA; Mazda MIATA
-Prototype 1: Alastair McEwan, Cary, NC; Elan DP-02
-Prototype 2: Thomas Kaufman, Cheriton, VA; West WX-10
-Spec Miata: Dillon Machavern, Charlotte, VT; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford: Mark Vultaggio, Swiftwater PA; SCCA Enterprises SRF
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Tray Ayres, Gainesville, GA; SCCA Enterprises SRF3
-Super Touring Lite: Kevin Boehm, Marysville OH; Honda Civic Si
-Super Touring Under: Cameron Maugeri, Ormond Beach, FL; Lotus Exige
-Touring 1: Mark Boden, Buffalo Grove, IL; BMW M3
-Touring 2: Tim Kezman, Franksville, WI; Porsche 997
-Touring 3: Chad Gilsinger, Marysville, OH; Acura TL SH-AWD
-Touring 4: Tim Myers, Atlanta, GA; Mazda RX-8
Photo: Tim Kezman leads Marty Grand during Sunday’s SCCA U.S. Majors Tour visit to VIRginia International Raceway
Photo Credit: Mark Weber