Lucky Sunday for Some at Road Atlanta Hoosier Super Tour

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 17, 2019) – The luck of the Irish graced a handful of Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour competitors Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta during a weekend hosted by SCCA’s Atlanta Region. The world–renowned 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit produced exciting results that were unpredictable right up until the checkered flag fell.

After being unable to hold the Super Touring® Under (STU) lead Saturday, Paul Azan made good Sunday.  David Brand, Saturday’s STU winner, had the class lead early in his Lotus Exige. But Azan, driving the No. 173 Active Autowerke/Toyomoto Sales/AEM BMW 328, hounded Brand early and grabbed the lead before the race’s midpoint.  He then drove the car solidly to a victory.

“We learned a lot yesterday after looking at video as to certain areas on the track where we were losing a lot of speed,” Azan said after the race. “David and I race really clean. We had one unfortunate bump in the race. However, the racing has been extremely good. Today, the car handled great. We made all the right decisions.”

In Touring 4, Nick Leverone did battle at times with Bryan Horowitz and Raymond Blethen throughout the event. But Horowitz’ Scion FRS and Blethen’s Mazda RX-8 couldn’t get the better of Leverone who brought home the Sunday win in his No. 186 Flatout Motorsports Subaru BRZ.

“It was a great race,” Leverone said. “All the competitors were super quick this weekend, and there were a lot of us at the front. This class is growing and it’s really good. There are a lot of different makes that are capable of winning. Should be fun for the rest of the season.”

Three Formula Vee® drivers had some fun Saturday as Donnie Isley, Stevan Davis and Laura Hayes left onlookers wondering until the last moment who would reach the finish line first. Davis, driving a Racer's Wedge SB-1, and Isley both took turns leading the race, while Hayes sat third in a Caracal D Silver Bullet.  Coming through the last corner on the last lap, Davis looked to have a slight advantage. But Isley, who left Saturday’s race after one lap, had the momentum and only just got the win in his No. 30 Digital Intelligence Agitator 016 racecar.

“Once again, a three-way battle in Formula Vee. I think you could’ve flipped a coin and any one of the three of us could’ve won,” Isley said.

The Formula F event produced a surprise winner after Simon Sikes jumped to an early lead in his Mygale SJ13 Honda. But Sikes soon fell back and Saturday’s winner, Tyler O'Connor, moved to the front and established a solid gap on the field in his Mygale SJ15 racecar.  Behind the leader, a battle for the runner-up spot was raging between Joe Colasacco, Ayrton Ori, David H. Livingston Jr. and Burton Kyle August. Colasacco, in his No. 5 Rive Bistro/Auriana Racing Van Dieman FF, emerged from the battle and was on his way to a solid second-place finish when, with the race winding down, O’Connor pulled off the track with a problem -- gifting the win to Colasacco.

“I was pretty fortunate today,” Colasacco admitted. “The leaders got away and I was just hoping to stay in third. It’s unfortunate for the top runners that they both went out. But I finished the race in the right spot, I guess.”

Perhaps no surprise, Spec Miata’s cream-of-the-crop, consisting of several Runoffs® champions, also generated an exciting event that any number of challengers could’ve won.  During the 19-lap race, drivers such as Preston Pardus, Jim Drago, Danny Steyn, Tyler Kicera, Jared Thomas and Chris Haldeman all ran up front in the lead pack. Thomas led a handful of laps early with the help of Steyn, who also led a couple laps. Drago took a turn up front before Pardus led the last third of the race and came home a winner, by only .198-second, in the No. 42 Danus Utilities/East Street Racing/5x Racing/ PR Mazda Miata.

Luck again played a role later Sunday during the GT-2 race. Saturday winner Barry Boes, driving a Ford Mustang, was leading the class. Meanwhile, longtime SCCA racer Tom Patton was charging through the field in his crowd-pleasing No. 50 Hoosier Tires/RedlineOil/Carbotech Sunbeam Tiger. With Patton on his tail, Boes’ car suffered a mechanical issue and he pulled off track. Patton went by and on to the GT-2 victory after starting fourth in class.

“I put my head down and was just chasing down Barry,” Patton said. “My car was hooked up today. It’s a great start to the year.”

The Hoosier Super Tour will now take a weekend off before heading to the rolling Osage Hills of North Eastern Oklahoma for a March 30-31 event at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. Follow all the action live from the 1.8-mile, 10-turn track at www.scca.com/live.

Below are provisional winners from Sunday’s Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Hoosier Super Tour event with Class: Name, Hometown, SCCA Region and Car.
-American Sedan®: Gregory Eaton; Woodbridge, VA; Washington DC Region; Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: David Daughtery; Fortville, IN; Indianapolis Region; Honda Fit
-E Production: Peter Norton; Pelham, NC; North Carolina Region; Caterham Seven
-F Production: Ken Kannard; Sebring, FL; Atlanta Region; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Will Perry; Sale Creek, TN; Chattanooga Region; Honda CRX
-Formula 500: Eric McRee; Lapeer, MI; Detroit Region; NovaRace Blade
-Formula 1000: Brandon Dixon; Ellicott City, MD; Alabama Region; Citation F1000
-Formula Atlantic®: Dario Cangialosi; Chester, NJ; Northern New Jersey Region; Mazda Swift 016
-Formula Continental®: Brandon Dixon; Tuscaloosa, AL; Alabama Region; Citation F2000
-Formula Enterprises: Bailey Monette; Milton, GA; Atlanta Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Scott Rettich; Columbus, OH; Ohio Valley Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: Joe Colasacco; Greenwich, CT; Northern New Jersey Region; Van Dieman FF
-Formula Vee®: Donnie Isley; Fletcher, NC; Central Carolinas Region; Agitator 016
-Formula Mazda: Brad Yake; Fort Worth, TX; Texas Region; Formula Mazda
-GT-1: Michael Lewis; Poway, CA; San Diego Region; Jaguar XKR
-GT-2: Tom Patton; Fairfield Twp., OH; Cincinnati Region; Sunbeam Tiger
-GT-3: Stacy Wilson; Englewood, TN; Atlanta Region; Mazda RX-7
-GT-Lite: Peter Shadowen; West Palm Beach, FL; Florida Region; Honda CRXsi
-GT-X: Ben Johnston; Alpharetta, GA; Atlanta Region; Ferrari 458 Challenge
-Prototype 1: Todd Slusher; Las Vegas, NV; Las Vegas Region; Elan DP02
-Prototype 2: Tray Ayres; Gainesville, GA; Atlanta Region; Van Diemen ESR
-Spec Miata: Preston Pardus; New Smyrna Beach, FL; Central Florida Region; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Tray Ayres; Gainesville, GA; Atlanta Region; SCCA Enterprises SRF3
-Super Touring® Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region; Mazda MX-5
-Super Touring® Under: Paul Azan; Miami, FL; Florida Region; BMW 328
-Touring 1: Hugh Stewart; Milford, CT; New England Region; BMW M3
-Touring 2: Michael Lavigne; Hooksett, NH; New England Region; Ford Mustang GT
-Touring 3: Broderick Baugess; Laurinburg, NC; North Carolina Region; BMW SE46
-Touring 4: Nick Leverone; Mendon, MA; New England Region; Subaru BRZ

Photo: Formula Vee winner Donnie Isley

Photo Credit: SCCA Staff

 

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Andy Couchracer DeLay

I'm including the Super Tour highlights in my daily syndicated Burning Rubber Racing Report. Please go to my facebook page Andy DeLay's Burning Rubber Racing Report and like it! So far this week Ive aired an interview with Deanna Flanagan and focused on Danny Steyn and Brandon Dixon.

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Jim Murphy

I would like for the drivers to start posting their own race reports to help fill out what HQ does not report on as I am sure that it would be interesting for all to read here.

Jim Murphy

Sigh . . . Again, no F500 race report above so I will add one:  It rained all day Thursday and Friday morning then got cold so the qualifying times for the class were slower than usual.  Perennial hot shoe, Clint McMahan, was the one to beat as he had the fastest overall qualifying for the whole race group (F5, FF, FV) at a 1:31.2 but drama usually follows Clint around and it was no exception for this weekend.  On Saturday, while handily building up a big lead overall with a fast lap of 1:30.7, on the 3rd lap under very heavy braking into Turn #10A (slowing down from over 140 mph), the upper left front A arm rod end snapped, instantly losing brake force on the left front corner, causing Clint to hit the concrete barrier on the right side, collapsing the RF suspension and sliding along the wall into the gravel trap.  Fortunately, the body work was only scratched up.  A little deja-vu (sp?) here as Clint snapped the right front upper rod end while leading on the first lap into the bus stop at the 2015 Daytona Runoffs (See the F5 race video for this).  Meanwhile, way back at the very end of the race group, after dramatically spinning on the pace lap (sounds familiar from the 2017 Indy Runoffs with Clint), the 2nd qualifier, Eric McRee, was flying through traffic to catch up to the front runners.  Just before the race ended due to the time limit, Eric had gained the lead and won, which he was not expecting, from all the way in the back.  Clint and Dan, his father, worked well into the night replacing both sides of the front suspension along with checking everything else on the car.  Clint was able to run the cold Sunday morning hardship lap with no trouble so he would be able to start from the pole again for the Sunday race.  For the Sunday race, again, Clint jumped to the lead but this time Eric was able to stay on his tail and both set their fastest race times in the low 1:31's as the weather was beautiful.  Yet again drama struck as Clint slowed after several laps allowing Eric to take the lead and win for the second time this weekend.  Clint later said that something in the drivetrain had broken causing him to pull into the pits.  The rest of the field had an uneventful weekend with Jeff Delong taking 2nd place on both days, with the exception of Patrick McRee, Eric's father, having to replace his motor for the Sunday race.