The 2023 SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® produced an outstanding season of competition thanks to the dedication of countless members from throughout the Club’s many different Regions. In total, 31 different venues were visited during 36 eventful weekends that allowed SCCA Road Racers to come out and have #funwithcars, and fun with friends and family. And now, at season’s end, it’s time to celebrate the winners.
Conference points are awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class per U.S. Majors Tour Conference (which are the Northeast Conference, Northern Conference, Southeast Conference, Southern Conference, Mid-States Conference, and Western Conference). Winners earn 25 points, and 21 points go to second. Points are then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher. Only the best eight finishes within a Conference count towards a driver’s points total.
The expandable menus below list the 2023 U.S. Majors Tour Conference champions, with those listings including the racing class, driver’s name, and SCCA Region of record. Complete points tallies can be found here.
All Tied Up
Each U.S. Majors Tour Conference in 2023 had multiple points-earning races, and drivers could gather up as many as 200 points per Conference – so it’s kind of amazing the number of ties that occurred. Then again, considering that the Spec Miata National Championship Runoffs race this year at VIRginia International Raceway ended in a tie, should you expect anything less for a season-long battle?
The Northeast Conference saw a three-way tie in Prototype 2 with Jack Zweifel, Michael Moulton, and Pat Wildfire earning 50 points each. The Formula X battle in the Southeast Conference also ended as a three-way tie with Nico Dal Monte, Robert Wright, and Russ McBride each earning 50 points.
Formula Vee® (FV) saw a tie in the Western Conference with Mark Edwards and Quinn Posner matching up at 146 points apiece. Then FV racers Mark Felsen and William Lauer did the same with 50 points each in the Mid-States Conference.
More Mid-States Conference ties materialized in the Prototype 1 (P1) and Formula Enterprises® 2 (FE2) classes. In P1, Doug Schumacher and Glenn Conser matched each other at 50 points. In FE2, Darryl Wills and Gray Fowler also matched marks at 50 points.
Different Conferences, Same Results
Since we mentioned Darryl Wills, let’s note his shared Mid-States Conference FE2 achievement was matched by a solo FE2 Southern Conference Championship where he amassed 196 points, which is far from shabby.
In Prototype 1, Jim Devenport earned top honors in the Western Conference and Southern Conference. Jack Donnellan did the same in Prototype 2, taking top honors in the Southern Conference and Mid-States Conference. Chris Edens also secured a Southern Conference Championship in the GT-3 class, then maxed out at 200 points on his way to triumphing in the Mid-States Conference GT-3 skirmish.
And let’s not forget about Scotty B. White, who spent his 2023 racing season traveling to multiple events around the country. For his effort, White secured the Western Conference Touring 4 title, as well as the Southeast Touring 2 title.
Two Titles, One Conference
Each year within single U.S. Majors Tour Conferences, you can usually find a couple of talented drivers who manage to claim a title in two or more different classes. That held true again in 2023.
In the Western Conference, Caleb Shrader doubled up by winning the FE2 and Spec Racer Ford Gen3 classes. Michael Lewis did the same in the Western Conference, but emerged as Champion in the GT-Lite and GT-1 classes.
The Southeast Conference saw Danny Steyn triumph in both Spec Miata and Super Touring® Lite. Then in the Mid-States Conference, driver Michael Pettiford once again earned two Championships, one in Touring 3 and another in the Touring 1 class.
Congratulations to all the 2023 U.S. Majors Tour Champions. We can’t wait for the 2024 U.S. Majors Tour to bring about another incredible racing season.
Photos by Dave Green (T2) and Wedrick Campbell First Place Visuals.