Redemption Found During Day 2 of VIR Majors

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

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