The 2020 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour completed its second day of competition Sunday with 35-min./21-lap races on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn “Club” circuit found at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during a weekend hosted by SCCA’s Ohio Valley Region.
Production Produces Drama: F Production’s race Sunday was a nail-biter as Kevin Ruck, driving the No. 73 Hoosier/AEM Electronics Acura Integra, was tailed in early stages by the Lotus Super 7 of Saturday race winner Craig Chima and the Mazda Miata of Charlie Campbell.
Things got exciting as the trio skillfully picked through traffic. With about 15 minutes remaining in the 35-minute race, Chima fell to the wayside with a problem, and Campbell lost touch with the leader. This allowed Ruck a little breathing room as he headed toward victory.
“My car ran great, finally,” Ruck said afterwards. “It’s been a rough year, or two years. I was super happy to have a car that was quick and consistent even though I ran that thing hard for 21 laps in some super-hot conditions. I couldn’t be happier.”
In the same race group that included other Production classes, the eventual winner in E Production came as a surprise. Jason Albright, driving a Mazda RX-7, had a solid lead for nearly the whole race. But it was Steven Jeffers, in the No. 16 Jeffers Motorsports Mazda RX-7, who went home with the first-place trophy Sunday.
“Sometimes it takes attrition to win races,” Jeffers admitted post-race. “Unfortunately, it took a little bit of bad luck for Jason that allows us to stand here. But we’ll take ‘em any way we can get ‘em. I’m not complaining.”
Last-Lap Magic: The Formula Enterprises 2 (FE2) race was hampered by an extended full-course yellow after an on-track incident. Once things were cleaned up, competitors basically had two racing laps to figure out who would emerge victories.
At the restart, James Libecco was leading with Sunday winner Max Grau and FE2 stalwart Scott Rettich in tow. But when the checkered flag waved, it was Sabre Cook in the No. 5 Apple Motorsports/Extract Technologies Mazda FE2 who was out front.
“I got a run on Scott out of the Keyhole and was trying to set him up for a pass. At the same time, Max and Jim were also going at it,” Cook recounted. “I think Scott outbroke himself, and Jim and Max just sort of washed wide. There were a lot of cars and not a lot of racetrack. Unfortunately, they went off track and I was able to get behind Jim and make the pass going out of turn seven.”
American Sedan also saw last-lap lunacy after Saturday winner Andrew McDermid, driving a Ford Mustang, was in command and looked to be on his way to a repeat victory. But as laps dwindled, so did McDermid’s lead. Gregory Eaton’s Ford Mustang and the No. 15 GentiumTech/Hoosier/Hayworth/AutoGear Chevrolet Camaro of Daniel Richardson closed in. Somewhat miraculously, Richardson crossed the finish line first.
“I was following Greg most of the race, and just took advantage of an opportunity to get by him,” Richardson said. “We were chasing down Andy, and Andy had something happen and he was slowing down. We got by him on the last lap and drove away as best we could.”
Feeling Sweepy: Plenty of competitors at the Mid-Ohio Hoosier Super Tour managed to sweep their class races on Saturday and Sunday. Those who achieved the accomplishment include: Touring 4 driver Michael Borden in the No. 42 Coinigy/Advanced Autosports Mazda MX-5, Super Touring Under’s Mark Wajda in the No. 23 Kingmotorsports/Avtech Connect Prospect Airport Services Honda Prelude, Super Touring Lite ace Joe Moser in the No. 34 Hoosier/King Motorsports Honda CRX SI, Spec Racer Ford Gen3’s Bobby Sak in the No. 19 Elite Autosport car, Graham Fuller and his No. 2 Hoosier/Hub City Performance/Ostar Motorsports Honda CRX in GT-Lite, H Production legend Steve Sargis in the No. 48 Carbotech Triumph Spitfire, Prototype 2 pilot Mike Reupert in the No. 7 Sunshine Metals Stohr WF1 sled, Ahsen Yelkin in the No. 79 Everclear Swift 014 Formula Atlantic car, Devin Lesueur in the No. 05 OSQ/Hoosier Tire Van Diemen RF02 Formula Continental vehicle, Spec Miata’s Jonathan Davis in the No. 61 Rossini Racing Products/G-LOC Brakes Mazda Miata, Mark Boden in the No. 146 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991.2 Cup GT-2 car, the No. 79 Young Racing/ Hoosier Tire Ford Probe GT-3 car of Paul Young, Touring 1 racer Hugh Stewart in the No. 23 Hi Speed Motorsports BMW M3 racecar, Colin Cohen driving the No 38 Norwood Auto Italia Maserati Trofeo GT4 in the GT-X class, Formula F competitor Russell Ruedisueli in the No. 20 Van Diemen RF99, and Formula Vee’s Andrew Whitston in the No. 12 Rocket Motors/Subway/Hoosier Protoform P2 vehicle.
Victorious Statements: Hear directly from racers who earned victories Saturday or Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Hoosier Super Tour through post-race winner video interviews. Check out a whole host of post-race winner comments here.
Packed Up and Headed South: Now that all the trophies have been handed out at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour series quickly heads 11 hours south to Braselton, Georgia, for a July 25-26 event on Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta’s 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit -- the penultimate event on the 2020 Hoosier Super Tour calendar. Unfortunately, that event will not be open to spectators. But as usual, fans can follow along online with live timing/scoring, video, Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire and more at www.scca.com/live.
Sunday Winner Rundown: Below are provisional race results from Sunday’s Hoosier SCCA Super Tour at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Class: Name, Hometown, Region and Car.
American Sedan®: Daniel Richardson; Derwood, MD; Washington DC Region; Chevrolet Camaro
B-Spec: Tom Coury; Westlake, OH; NEOhio Region; Mazda2
E Production: Steven Jeffers; Noblesville, IN; Indianapolis Region; Mazda RX-7
F Production: Kevin Ruck; Marysville, OH; Ohio Valley Region; Acura Integra
H Production: Steve Sargis; Frankfort, IL; Blackhawk Valley Region; Triumph Spitfire
Formula 500: James Weida; West Lafayette, IN; Indianapolis Region; Scorpion W1
Formula Atlantic®: C. Ahsen Yelkin; Canfield, OH; Steel Cities Region; Swift 014
Formula Continental®: Devin Lesueur; Saint Charles, IL; Chicago Region; Van Diemen RF02
Formula Enterprises 2: Sabre Cook; Grand Junction, CO; Colorado Region; FE2/Mazda
Formula F: Russell J. Ruedisueli; Rochester, MI; Detroit Region; Van Diemen RF99
Formula Vee®: Andrew Whitston; Neenah, WI; Milwaukee Region; Protoform P2
GT-2: Mark Boden; Buffalo Grove, IL; Chicago Region; Porsche 991.2 Cup
GT-3: Paul Young; Commerce Township, MI; Detroit Region; Ford Probe
GT-Lite: Graham Fuller; Martinsburg, WV; Washington DC Region; Honda CRX
GT-X: Colin Cohen; Southlake, TX; Texas Region; Maserati Trofeo GT4
Prototype 1: Todd Vanacore; Ormond Beach, FL; Central Florida Region; Elan DP02
Prototype 2: Mike Reupert; Hubertus, WI; Milwaukee Region; Stohr WF1
Spec Miata: Jonathan Davis; Wadsworth, OH; NEOhio Region; Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford 3: Bobby Sak; West Bloomfield, MI; Detroit Region; SRF3
Super Touring® Lite: Joe Moser; Wilmette, IL; Detroit Region; Honda CRX SI
Super Touring® Under: Mark Wajda; Cement City, MI; Detroit Region; Honda Prelude
Touring 1: Hugh Stewart; Milford, CT; New England Region; BMW M3
Touring 2: Tim Kezman; Franksville, WI; Milwaukee Region; Porsche 997.2
Touring 3: Dan March; Boiling Springs, PA; Susquehanna Region; BMW 330i
Touring 4: Michael Borden; Greenfield, WI; Milwaukee Region; Mazda MX-5
Photo: Sabre Cook grabbed the Formula Enterprises 2 win Sunday during the Hoosier Super Tour at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Photo Credit: Jeff Loewe