MSR Houston Majors Heats The Mid-States

ANGELTON, Texas (April 30, 2016) – The four corners of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour stretched to deep Texas in the Mid-States Conference on Saturday, where the rains in the Houston area finally cleared for the afternoon’s racing.

While morning was wet, the first race of the afternoon saw sunny, hot, and humid temperatures.

In that run, Karl Markey outlasted a rough and tumble Formula Mazda field to take the checkered flag in the class in the No. 80 Formula Mazda. The initial race was a lead battle by John Entwistle’s No. 8 Formula Mazda and the chasing Paul Ravaris’ No. 5 Madhatter Golf Formula Mazda. Contact between Entwistle and Ravaris sent Entwistle spinning and Ravaris off went a bent front wing and into the lead. Ravaris led for several laps, before Markey chased him down and Entwistle rallied. At the finish, Markey crossed in front of a charging Entwistle and then Ravaris.

That was followed by the overall winner in Group 2, John Vining, in the No. 15 Hoosier/Smiley Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Vining took the group lead at the start, and the 16-year-old rolled to the finish, just three days shy of his 17th birthday.

The Spec Racer Ford classes had a first lap caution, slowing the race for all but the final five laps of the race. The pacesetters in each class led away from the eventual restart and took the wins, with Scott Monroe’s No. 00 Spec Racer Ford winning in Generation 3, and Whitney Strickland’s No. 08 Calculated Controls Spec Racer Ford winning in the previous generation.

Proving everything really is bigger in Texas, at least for Saturday, 19 of the 21 race winners were from the Lonestar State.

Round Six of the Mid-States Majors Tour continues on Sunday with races in each of the seven groups at MSR Houston. Racing follows a morning qualifying session for each of the groups.

More information on each of the SCCA Majors Tour events, including the four running this weekend, can be found at

ANGLETON, Texas – Provisional Results from Saturday’s Mid-States Majors Tour Round Five from MSR Houston, with Class: Name, Hometown and Car.

American Sedan: Brian Himes, Slidell, La., Ford Mustang
B-Spec: John Phillips, Sealy, Texas, Toyota Yaris
E Production: Matt Reynolds, Fair Oaks, Texas, Mazda Miata
F Production: Randy Wagner, Tulsa, Okla., Mazda Miata
H Production: Aldora Louw, Houston, Texas, Fiat X1/9
Formula Enterprises: Clifford Maxwell, Leander, Texas, Formula Enterprises/Ford
Formula F: Bruce Cerveny, Houston, Texas, Piper DF5/Honda
Formula Mazda: Karl Markey, Rosharan, Texas, Formula Mazda
Formula Vee: Charles Hearn, Houston, Texas, Vortech/Volkswagen
GT-2: John Vining, Azle, Texas, Chevrolet Monte Carlo
GT-Lite: Larry Svanton, Alvin, Texas, Fiat X1/9
Prototype 1: Peter Outarsingh, McKinney, Texas, West WR1000
Prototype 2: Marvin Hodges, Brazoria, Texas, Lola 598
Super Touring Lite: James Goughary, Houston, Texas, Mazda Miata
Super Touring Under: Roy Johnson, Houston, Texas, Scion FRS
Spec Miata: Chris Haldeman, Frisco, Texas, Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford Gen 3: Scott Monroe, Kemah, Texas, Spec Racer Ford
Spec Racer Ford: Whitney Strickland, Houston, Texas, Spec Racer Ford
Touring 1: Kevin Maley, Houston, Texas, Ford Mustang
Touring 2: Donald Sweitzer, Houston, Texas, BMW M3
Touring 4: Louis Rivera, Houston, Texas, Mazda Miata