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SCCA Adds Albin To Marketing Department

June 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (June 4, 2015) - The Sports Car Club of America, Inc. announces the hiring of Andrea “Andie” Albin as the new Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Albin is responsible for the social media presence of SCCA as well as contributions to the website and other various marketing activities. Albin grew up within the SCCA community, starting as a volunteer and recently transitioning to a competitor. Her background in Club Racing ignited a passion for the sportsmanship and comradery found at SCCA events. “SCCA events have been a fundamental part of my life since childhood,” Albin said. “I do not know where I would be without the experiences I have had and the friends I have made thanks to this Club. I look forward to putting my knowledge and experience to work for SCCA.” Albin recently earned her MBA from Stephens College following her undergraduate education at the same institution. She completed her Masters Project on the economic feasibility of road racing, focusing on the topical efforts of SCCA. “Andie made an ideal candidate for this position because of her combined background in SCCA events and marketing,” Reece White, SCCA Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications, said. “She has volunteered her time to the future of racing at a local level and we know she will continue to support the future of the sport in her new position.” Albin has relocated from her hometown of St. Louis to Topeka to serve in this role.

Herbst Takes Wilmington ProSolo Super Challenge Title

June 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
WILMINGTON, Ohio (June 3, 2015) – Kyle Herbst, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, was the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Super Challenge winner at this past weekend’s meet that took place at the Wilmington AirPark. Kim Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the Ladies Challenge bracket champion at the event’s conclusion. This was the first of two ProSolo events to take place at the Wilmington airport this year. Weather conditions were a constant concern throughout this edition of the event as scatters showers fell on the event site, and surrounding area. While showers did fall, at least every class managed to get at least one set of dry runs at the Cincinnati Region-hosted event. Following class competition on throughout Saturday and Sunday morning, Herbst (Super Touring Xtreme, Active Autowerke/Diffsonline BMW 128i) has qualified as the No. 7 seed in the bracket competition. That equaled an opening-round matchup with Jon Caserta (Street Touring Roadster, Honda S2000). Herbst proved why he was the higher seed, beating Caserta. The opening-round win by Herbst moved him to a second-round meeting with Evan Schickel (B Street, Hamfist Racing Chevrolet Corvette). Herbst pulled off the victory, which allowed him to advance to the quarter-finals. There, Herbst was paired up against Aaron Shoe (Bump Class 3, JSCSpeed.com/J Tune Performance Mitsubishi Evo MR). Herbst bested Shoe, which pushed him forward to the semi-finals. In the Semis, Herbst meet, and took out, Brian Karwan (Street Touring Roadster, Karcepts/JRZ Suspension Honda S2000). That win earned him a spot in the finals versus John Laughlin (F Street, Bridgestone/Strano Parts BMW M3). Laughlin earned his way to the bracket finals by beating David White (Bump Class 3, g-Fab Nissan 240sx) in the opening round. Laughlin then beat David Wampler (Street Touring Ultra, IAG Performance/OSGiken Subaru STi) and Martin Kriz (Street Touring Ultra, IAG Performance/ OSGiken/MCS Subaru WRX STi) in the second and quarter-final rounds, respectively. As his last step to the bracket final, Laughlin took down John Brown (Street Touring Sport, Mazda Mazda Miata). When all was said and done, Herbst ended the day as the Super Challenge winner. Completing the podium was Brown who won the third-place runoff. “After the Super Challenge win I really couldn't believe the events that had just occurred,” Herbst said. “I went into the weekend hoping for the chance at just a class trophy and walked away winning the Super Challenge. Just having everyone come up to me afterwards with congratulations was the best feeling ever. Being so new to National events, only my second year participating, and turning in a result like this is pretty incredible. “The biggest hurdle I had to overcome was trying to block out my driving from the first round of the Super Challenge. I won purely based off a 0.499 red light by Caserta. I thought I was done, not knowing Caserta had a red light, then coming back around I saw the next match up roll up to the start. Going through the finish I thought I just blew my chance at any shot to advance, then in a blink of an eye I was onto the next round. After the finishing five-tenths down to Schickel in the second round, and then narrowly wining by a couple hundredths, I started to believe I actually had a chance.” In the Ladies Challenge, Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic) started her march to the final round from the No. 1 seed. In the first round, Whitener beat Holly Schwedler (Ladies Class 3, StranoParts.com/Thanks Don! Scion FR-S) to the finish line. In the second round, Whitener took down Laura Campbell (Ladies Class 2, Subaru WRX). That win earned her a place in the final meeting with Kandy Johnson (Ladies Class 2, Evolution/BFGoodrich Tires/MCS Chevrolet Corvette). Johnson earned a spot in the final by beating Rachel Baker (Ladies Class 1, Thanks PJ/G-Fab/PPR Nissan 240sx) and Chris Peterson (Ladies Class 2, Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder). In the final Whitener was on her game, as she beat Johnson. Peterson took the final podium position after beating Campbell in the third-place runoff. After finishing fifth in class competition, David Potocki (C Street, StranoParts.com/ANZE/MCS Scion FR-S) was the winner of the Bonus Challenge. “It was cool to get a chance to participate in the challenge format and move through the different rounds despite not making it to the Super Challenge,” Potocki said. “I developed an inability to find third gear during the Bonus Challenge after no issues all weekend. Shifting from second to first, unexpectedly, was a bit exciting.” Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Lincoln ProSolo, including full results, can be found here. Facts on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found by visiting SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Water and Treacherous Conditions Predominate Early Races from Day Two at Mid-Ohio

May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 31, 2015) – Racers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour awoke to fog and wet conditions as the results of heavy overnight rain. The track started out wet and slippery for the first group who took to the track for Round Six of the Northeastern Conference and Round Four of the Northern Conference title chase. As the Spec Racer Fords of Group One lapped the 15-turn, 2.9-mile circuit, the track began to dry in many places. That allowed drivers in later groups to turn up the wick a bit, except when short showers fell during part of each of the first three races. Here is how things went down, according to Sunday’s winners: Alex Bolanos, Spec Miata Jim Gray, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 Josh Tavel, Spec Racer Ford Tim Kautz, Formula F Gary Blanarik, Formula Vee  John Heinricy, B-Spec Andrew Salzano, STL er="0" allowfullscreen> Chad Gilsinger, Touring 3 John Schmitt, STU Kurt Rezzetano, Touring 2  Toby Grahovec, E Production Eric Prill, F Production Roy Lopshire, GT-Lite Greg Gauper, H Production Mike Lewis, GT-1 John Heinricy, American Sedan John Buttermore, Touring 1  Mike Reupert, Prototype 2 Brandon Kennedy, Formula Enterprise Alex Mayer, Formula 1000 Brian Novak, Formula Atlantic John Gyann, Prototype 2

Get a full morning of Pirelli World Challenge on TV

May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Rain, rain, go away - but if it doesn't, kick back and watch Pirelli World Challenge action all morning long! Tune into CBS Sports Network TODAY (Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!) for three-and-a-half hours of Pirelli World Challenge racing action. Starting with the Touring Car races from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at 9 a.m., followed by the CTMP GTS races at 10 a.m. and finishing with the LIVE GT/GTA race from Detroit at 12 Noon Eastern - all on CBS Sports Network. That's right - today's GT/GTA race from Belle Isle is a live broadcast, in high definition. Turn on the tv, or ask your locally watering hole to do the same!  More information can be found at www.world-challenge.com.   

Opening Races of the Weekend Majors Doubleheader Checkered at Mid-Ohio

May 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 30, 2015) – Rain showers threatened throughout the day on Saturday, but only affected one race of the U.S. Majors Tour Northern Conference Round Three and Northeastern Conference Round Five race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A quality turnout represented drivers from 27 Runoffs-eligible classes who took to the 15-turn, 2.4-mile circuit to complete 25-minute sprint races. The aforementioned rain was a brief shower that occurred during the middle laps of the Production and GT-Lite races. The rain fell for less than five minutes and was gone as quickly as it came. Sunshine followed and completely dried the course before the race was complete. Listen and watch the reaction of Saturday's winners: Justin Hille, Spec Miata Tim Kautz, Formula F David Lapham, Formula 500 Bruce Myers, Spec Racer Ford Scott Rettich, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 Charlie Campbell, F Production David Brand, STU Kurt Rezzetano, Touring 2 Michael Novak, Touring 4 JR Osborne, Formula 1000 Reece Everard, Formula Enterprises Joshua Saurino, Formula Continental Andrew McDermid, American Sedan Kyle Disque, GT-Lite Joe Moser, E Production Greg Gauper, H Production Joe Kristensen, GT-3 Kevin Boehm, STL Derek Kulach, Touring 3 John Heinricy, B-Spec David Bleke, Formula Atlantic Pete Peterson, GT-2 John Buttermore, Touring 1

Rain Briefly Slows Day One of Mid-Ohio Majors

May 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 29, 2015) – The 13 scheduled qualifying sessions of the U.S. Majors Tour at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course were completed on Friday in preparation for Rounds Three and Four of the Northern and Rounds Five and Six of the Northeastern Conferences. Three qualifying sessions remain to be completed on Saturday morning, as originally scheduled. A majority of the day’s sessions were run under overcast conditions. While many of the clouds did not look to hold much threatening moisture, a very dark cloud arrived within the vicinity of the 15-turn, 2.4-mile circuit by 2:30 p.m. (EDT). Just 30 minutes later, a hard shower or rain, lasting five minutes, fell forcing many of the drivers in group three to pit lane. Because of that, the checkered flag flew early on the small-bore formula class. However, the sun made an appearance right after the shower, returning the track to a dry status. Come Saturday, the first order of business will be to complete qualifying for the three remaining race groups – the production, big-bore and wings ‘n things groups. Directly after those three sessions, we move into eight 30-minute sprint races, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (EDT). Sunday will spotlight a full day of racing action with eight 19-lap feature races, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EDT). Follow along with us, on Saturday and Sunday, by visiting SCCA.com/SCCALive. There you will find a link to live scoring, a PA feed and live streaming video from around the famous Ohio race course. Additional information, including an entry list, track records and a weekend schedule, can be found at SCCA.com/MidOhioMajors. Be sure to like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Sparks Clinches Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win at Lincoln

May 26, 2015 - 8:00pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (May 27, 2015) – Dennis Sparks, of Birmingham, Alabama, captured the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge win at the Lincoln Airpark, over the extended Memorial Day weekend, May 22-23. Shelly Monfort, of Saratoga, California, took home top honors in the Ladies Challenge at the ProSolo event that led off a weekend featuring two national-level Solo events at the home of the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and the ProSolo Finale. Weather conditions during the two-day event, held on Friday and Saturday, were predominantly cool throughout each day. Both mornings started with moisture on the ground. But by the afternoon, the course was dry allowing drivers to take advantage of the horsepower-producing air conditions. Following his class-based runs, which determined the seeding for the bracket style Super Challenge competition, Sparks was seeded 19th after claiming the runner-up position in the Bump Class 1 by 0.008-second. In the opening round, Sparks (Bump Class 1, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX) met and defeated Ricky Crow (Street Touring R, My Wallet S2000). That allowed him to move to a second round match with Neal Tovsen. Sparks beat Tovsen (Bump Class 4, Apruve/SoloPro/Vision Speedworks Mazda Miata), which moved Sparks to a pairing with Paul Brown (E Street, Toyota) in the quarter-finals. Sparks was able to down Brown, moving him forward in the competition. In the Semis, Sparks took on Sam Strano (Super Street R, Chevrolet Corvette). He was able to get the best of Strano, allowing him to reach the bracket final where Sparks was matched up against Craig Wilcox (Street Touring Xtreme, MC2/BFGoodrich Tires/OSGiken/HVT Mini Cooper). Wilcox earned his way to the final by knocking off Stan Whitney (Bump Class 4, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman) in the opening round. Wilcox them moved forward to a battle with Brian Peters (E Street Prepared, ProPartsUSA Ford Mustang), from which he was able to emerge with the victory. In the quarter-finals, Wilcox was paired to take on Mark Hill (Street Touring Ultra, Jayhawk Racing Mitsubishi Evo IX). Wilcox scored the win in that match, moving him on to a semi-final meeting with Robert Pendergest (Street Touring Ultra, Grimmspeed/Racecomp Engineering Subaru STi). Wilcox won that battle, which allowed him to move to the Super Challenge final. In the final pairing, Sparks took down Wilcox. In the third-place runoff, Pendergest completed the podium positions after beating Strano. “I’m totally surprised to have won,” Sparks said. “I'm usually lucky to qualify for the Super Challenge. I never dreamed of winning one. “My biggest challenge was just maintaining concentration. I was up against some excellent competition with Charles Kim and Ron Williams during the qualifying rounds. I then faced Ricky Crow, Neal Tovsen, Paul Brown, Sam Strano, and Craig Wilcox during the Challenge. None of those guys made any mistakes, and neither could I. In the end, I had the right car for the conditions and came out on top.” In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Monfort (Ladies Class 1, Strano Performance Parts/Shameless Iced Tea Chevrolet Corvette) qualified for the bracket competition as the No. 2 seed. That pitted her against Jamie Yost (Ladies Class 3, Riptidehosting.com Honda Civic Si) in the opening round. Monfort earned the victory in her opening round battle, which allowed her to move forward to the bracket quarter-finals. There, she met Meredith Brown (Ladies Class 2, Toyota of Santa Fe Toyota Spyder) and was able to come out on top with the win. The next opponent for Monfort to face was Jocelin Huang (Ladies Class 2, Porsche GT3) in the semis. Monfort was able to win the meeting with Huang, which moved her to the bracket final against Su Brude (Ladies Class 1, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman). Brude made her way to the final by beating Becca Nell (Ladies Class 2, Argylepm.com/G-Fab Racing Nissan 350Z) in the opening round. Brude then went to take wins over Jordan Towns (Ladies Class 2, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX) and Kim Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic), which advanced her to the final versus Monfort. In the final, Monfort was able to get the best of Brude. Huang completed the top-three by winning the third-place runoff against Whitener. Jeremy Salenius (Street Touring FWD, Dare 2 Dream Motorsports/HVT Suspension Mini Cooper), of Bonner Springs, Kansas, took home the Bonus Challenge title. “To be able to win my first Challenge, of any sort, in front of the many friends who made the trip to Lincoln from our Region makes this win very sweet,” Salenius said. “The praise, the ‘Well done’ and ‘Great job’ handshakes and high-fives all put a giant smile on my face. “I had to work Thursday night, and got off work at about 1:00 a.m. I went home and started to get the last few things packed up in the car, and had planned to leave my house about 3:00 a.m. I finished packing at about 1:30 a.m., and decided to sleep for an hour. I somehow managed to sleep through my alarm and woke up late. I ended up with just enough time to throw everything in the car and make it to the event just before registration and tech closed. It was a very stressful start to a great weekend!” Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA Lincoln ProSolo, including full results, can be found here. Facts on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found by visiting SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Tire Rack Spring Nationals at Lincoln Complete

May 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (May 26, 2015) – The fifth of nine events on the 2015 SCCA Tire Rack National Championship Tour calendar, the Tire Rack Lincoln Spring Nationals Championship Tour, was held at the Lincoln (Neb.) Airpark this past weekend. The two-day event, May 24-25, was held on the same site that will host the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, later in the year. For several reasons, this is one of the most popular SCCA Tire Rack Championship Tour events. Chief among those reasons is many competitors use this as a measuring stick to prepare for the National Championships later in the year. A total of 292 drivers did battle across 52 classes on the expansive concrete surface in Lincoln. The competition utilized the same competition format as the National Championships which allows each driver to take a total of six runs throughout the weekend. With the expansive real estate at the Lincoln Airpark, organizers were able to construct two completely separate courses much like what is done at the National Championship. Competitors were given three runs on the west course on Sunday, which was Lee Piccon’s 2014 Nationals course run in reverse. On Monday, the field transferred over to run the East Course designed by John Hunter. Weather conditions were of paramount concern for each on Sunday. Wet conditions were present throughout the day, forcing drivers to slow down and take some different driving lines. The changing conditions throughout the day put a premium on being able to be flexible and make the best out of each run. Monday was a different story, although not less tricky. The proceedings started under overcast skies with one heat run during light sprinkles. But, sunny skies were present by the end of the day. H Street featured a battle that came down to the wire between winner Greg Reno (MiniUSA/Baron Mini-BMW Mini Cooper), of Lawrence, Kansas, and Trevor Jones. Heading into the overnight break, Reno held the advantage by 0.009-second. On Monday, he came out of the box on fire by setting the fastest timed run by anyone in the class on his first lap. That would be the decider, which allowed him to take the win by 0.096-second. Street Touring Ultra saw another close battle that included a Lawrence, Kansas resident. This time, however, it was Robert Pendergest (Grimmspeed/Racecomp Engineering Subaru STi), of Wichita, Kansas, that beat out Lawrencian Mark Hill. Pendergest had the advantage following the first day of competition, after opening the meet with his fastest lap. He then logged the best time of the class on Monday, resulting in a 0.180-second margin of victory. Bob Bundy (949 Racing/MAZDASPEED Mazda Miata), of Anacortes, Washington, took home a narrow victory in Super Street Modified. Bundy progressively worked his way down to setting the fastest lap of the day in the class. On Monday Bundy did not capture the best time, but had built enough of a gap to take the win over Randall Wilcox by 0.178-second. The battle for supremacy in Street Touring R was won by Ricky Crow (My Wallet Honda S2000), of Bulverde, Texas, but it was not looking like that would be the result following the first day of competition. David Whitener finished the first day as the top driver in the class, with a 1.3-second lead over Crow. On Monday, Crow came roaring out of the box by setting the fastest time posted in the class on his first run. It proved to be enough to change the tide of the competition resulting in a 0.321-second win for Crow. Tom Harrington (Seventh-Gear.com Honda CRG), Austin, Texas, drove to victory after bouncing back from a slow lap on day one to take the Kart Modified class win. On Sunday night, Harrington was at a 0.5-second deficit to Ryan Windfeldt. However, on Monday, Harrington bounced back with a blistering lap that cleared Whindfeldt’s time by 0.9-second that resulted in a 0.465-second margin of victory. In Street Touring FWD, Jeremy Salenius (Dare 2 Dream Motorsports Mini Cooper), of Bonner Springs, Kansas, went into the Sunday night break with the clear lead in the class. On Monday, he set the fast time in the class, but had built enough of a lead to ensure his win in the class by 0.499-second over Kim Whitener. Additional information on the Lincoln Tire Rack Championship Tour, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8375. The next stop for the Championship Tour is scheduled for June 13-14 at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado. Additional information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo program can be found by visiting SCCA.com/Solo. Be sure to like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

From Karts to Sports Cars

May 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
Are you a karter wondering whether you are ready to make the leap to sports car racing? 15-year old Max Nufer just made the transition and has some interesting takeaways to consider in his impressive debut. Keep your eye out for Max! The transition from karts to cars is not always an easy one. While karting can teach a racer many things, there are still valuable lessons to be learned when stepping into a car, especially going to a production-based class such as Spec Miata. That’s what 15-year-old Max Nufer recently discovered in his first SCCA Majors race at the Hallett Motor Racing circuit in Oklahoma. Nufer, of Wildwood, Mo., started competing in karts at age 5 and spent 10 years progressing through the kart ranks up to the fast Shifter karts and TAG 125 classes. Last summer, he attended several Skip Barber schools and competed in the Skip Barber Karts to Cars Scholarship Shootout before earning his SCCA Competition License earlier this year. Nufer and his team, Nufer Race Engineering (NRE) competed in their first Majors event in April, having only been on track once before with the Spec Miata supported by Mazda, Suburban Autobody and Florissant Auto Paint. It was also Nufer’s first time on Hoosiers, so figuring out correct pressures for the shorter, timed races on Saturday and the longer races on Sunday proved to be a challenge. Fourteen drivers from Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee and Missouri, including several National Champions, were entered for the event. In Saturday’s qualifying session, Max demonstrated that his Hoosier tires provided much improved levels of grip as compared to the first regional race he had done two weeks earlier when he raced on used tires that came with his recently purchased 1999 Miata. Max qualified the NRE Miata in a solid fifth place of the 14 cars. His time of 1m 29.486 was nearly two seconds a lap faster than his previous best time running on old tires. With all race teams watching the weather radar for potential rain for the timed sprint on Saturday, all cars were on dry tires; no one was willing to gamble on running rain tires. With only a 25 minute race, there would be no time to pit to change tires. A grid worker asked Nufer and his crew chief if they were nervous. He replied, “No, this is just like kart racing only with slightly larger cars and seat belts attached with a roll cage.” He said he felt much lower stress from a safety perspective. At the start, Nufer missed a shift to third gear which cost him several positions. As the field spread out, Max started working to catch back up. The first communication on the radio from Nufer was about the rain that started falling on the second lap – it was getting really slick in some corners. Soon it was pouring rain and cars started to go off track; there were many spins and off-track excursions by other cars. Nufer started retaking the positions he lost at the start. His experience driving shifter karts in the rain (without rain tires) helped him cope with the track conditions. The leader of the race, Jim Drago, two-time SCCA National Champion, went off track at Turn 2. Max was closing in on the leaders and was now up to fourth place. The rain came down even harder and on the last lap Max began his attack on Luke Bickham in third. Max got along side of Bickham but was unable to complete the pass. On Sunday, rain was not a threat. Nufer again started from fifth spot on the grid and lost one position at the start. With cars three-wide going into Turn 1, he got squeezed. The race on Sunday was much longer – 25 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first. Max worked hard to catch Bickham but could not keep up in the early stages. Over the radio he communicated his challenge with low grip, which caused the car to slide excessively. Before the race, the team debated tire pressures, knowing that this race would be much longer than the day before. It decided to go slightly lower on starting tire pressures with its strategy to be fast at the end of the race. It apparently was a sound plan, because Nufer set his fastest lap of the race on lap 20 before turning his quickest time of the weekend on lap 24. Nufer dove inside of Bickham for fifth in the penultimate turn and was side by side all of the way through. Bickham kicked up dirt at the exit but did not back off as the two of them headed into the final turn still side by side. Once again, though, Nufer was unable to complete the pass. Nufer competes again this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park and then the 60th Annual June Sprints at Road America. Find him on Facebook or at www.nreusa.com.

Pacific Raceways Majors Takes the Checkers Out West

May 24, 2015 - 8:00pm
KENT, Wash. (May 25, 2015) – Round 10 of the SCCA Western Conference U.S. Majors Tour concluded at Pacific Raceways as part of a doubleheader race weekend that capped off the Memorial Day holiday. The event brought together some of the most talented amateur racecar drivers on the West Coast on a weekend where winners in many different disciplines of motorsport were honored. At Pacific Raceways, drivers from 24 Runoffs-eligible classes completed six 20-lap races at the 10-turn, 2.25-mile circuit. The starting grid for each race was ordered by the fastest single lap turned by each driver throughout the weekend, up until Monday. That included laps from the two 15-minute qualifying sessions run on Saturday and Sunday, as well as laps from Sunday’s sprint race. Here is a summary of Monday’s competition: Race One: Both Super Touring Lite and Touring 4 saw repeat winners. Paul Whiting, of Pahrump, Nevada, took home the win in STL, and the overall win, in his No. 57 Honda CRX. Like Sunday Whiting was able to cover the field and best his closest rival, Thomas Lepper. Lance Stewart, of Coconut Grove, Florida, also snagged the win by, once again, finishing ahead of Kristina Etherington. Race Two: In a race group that combined the Spec Racers with three classes of closed-fender cars, Patrick Byrne, of Spokane, Washington, took home the feature race win in his No. 02 Spec Racer Ford Gen3. However, there was also some great racing that went on deeper in the pack. Todd Harris, of Portland, Oregon, tallied a second win on the weekend, but this time in the previous generation of SRF car. In his No. 24x Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out SRF, Harris beat Leonardo Del Castillo to the line by 0.869-second. In addition, Harris also claimed a new track record. Further back, the battle for B-Spec supremacy was renewed between Eric Boucher and Derrick Ambrose. Boucher, of Auburn, California completed the sweep while also setting a new track record in his No. 35 The Wife Mazda2. Also taking home wins on Monday were Michelle Abbate, of Henderson, Nevada, in Super Touring Under and Marco Gallaher, of Santa Rosa, California, in Spec Miata. Race Three: The production group was fairly spaced out by the time the overall leader – Jess Heitman, of Portland, Oregon – saw the checkered flag. Heitman also added another feather in his cap as he got the best of Runoffs winning driver Joe Huffaker twice. However, Huffaker still showed his driving talent behind the wheel as he set the fastest lap of the race. Also finishing the extended holiday weekend with two-race sweeps were Kale Swifts, of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, in E Production; Lansing Stout Jr., of Corvallis, Oregon, in Touring 3; Lans Stout, of Cornelius, Oregon, in GT-Lite and Parker Johnstone, of Wilsonville, Oregon, in H Production. Race Four: In the small-bore formula group, winners in both Formula Vee and Formula F were decided by less than 0.3-second. Rick Payne, of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, recorded his second overall, and Formula F class, win on the weekend in his No. 75 Payton Pools Van Diemen. Payne pulled off the two-race feat after beating Mark Keller to the line by just 0.275-second. Formula Vee also saw a repeat winner in Brian McCarthy, of Sacramento, California. Like Sunday’s race, McCarthy finished at the front of a tightly-packed FV field. He took home victory with only a 0.296-second margin to second place. Race Five: In Formula 1000, Gary Hickman (No. 76 Edge Engineering Inc. Phoenix F1000), of Santee, California, was the class and overall group winner. By doing that, Hickman kept Larry Vollum one win short of a weekend sweep to go with his new track record set on Monday. Drivers in the group who did complete double wins on the weekend were Jeffery Lederman, of Vacaville, California, in Prototype 1 and Edward Lever, of Bakersfield, California, in Formula Atlantic. Race Six: The big-bore cars put a period on the weekend’s on-track activities. Erich Joiner, of Torrance, California, took home the day-two win in GT-2. His class win was not in question by the end of the 20-lap race as he rolled across the finish line, in his No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997, with four laps in-hand over his class competitor. Marc Hoover, of Shingle Springs, California, took home a second win in Touring 1 as did Collin Jackson, of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, in GT-3; Roger Start, of Redmond, Washington, in GT-1 and Russ Peterson, of Menlo Park, California, in Touring 2. Additional information regarding the Majors at Pacific Raceways, including full results, can be found at SCCA.com/PacificMajors. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. KENT, Wash. - Provisional race winners for Monday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round 10 race at Pacific Raceways. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. (*) – Denotes Sunday winner. B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2* Formula 1000: Gary Hickman, Santee, Calif., Phoenix F1000 Formula Atlantic: Edward Lever, Bakersfield, Calif., Pro Star Formula Mazda* Formula F: Rick Payne, Mission, B.C., Can., Van Diemen* Formula Mazda: Michael Ottis, Portland, Ore., Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Brian McCarthy, Sacramento, Calif., Formula Vee Anduril* E Production: Kale Swifts, Surrey, B.C., Can., Mazda RX-7* F Production: Jess Heitman, Portland, Ore, Mazda Miata* H Production: Parker Johnstone, Wilsonville, Ore., MG Midget* GT-1: Roger Stark, Redmond, Wash., Chevrolet Corvette* GT-2: Erich Joiner, Torrance, Calif., Porsche 997* GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Can., Nissan 240SX* GT-Lite: Lans Stout, Cornelius, Ore., Nissan Sentra* Prototype 1: Jeff Lederman, Vacaville, Calif., Stohr WF1* Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata* Spec Racer Ford: Todd Harris, Portland, Oregon, SCCA SRF Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Patrick Byrne, Spokane, Wash., SCCA SRF Gen3 Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Pahrump, Nev., Honda CRX* Super Touring Under: Michelle Abbate, Henderson, Nevada, Scion FR-S Touring 1: Marc Hoover, Shingle Springs, Calif., Mazda MX-5* Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby* Touring 3: Lansing Stout Jr., Corvallis, Ore., Nissan 350Z* Touring 4: Lance Stewart, Coconut Grove, Fla., Ford Mustang*

Day One of Racing in Pacific Northwest Complete

May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
KENT, Wash. (May 24, 2015) – Round Nine of the SCCA Western Conference U.S. Majors Tour was contested at Pacific Raceways as part of a Sunday/Monday doubleheader race over the three-day Memorial Day weekend. Drivers representing 24 Runoffs-eligible classes took to the 10-turn, 2.25-mile circuit to run their 25-minute sprint races. The sprint races were originally scheduled to last only 20 minutes, but a run group consolidation allowed each race to run an additional five minutes in length. The races were preceded by a pair of 15-minute qualifying sessions that were used to set the starting order. Here is a summary of the day’s action: Race One: The Super Touring Lite and Touring 4 classes took center stage during the first session scored by position, instead of best time. Paul Whiting, of Pahrump, Nevada, took the win in STL at the wheel of his No. 57 Honda CRX. Not only did Whiting beat out Thomas Lepper for the class win, but he also scored the overall victory. In Touring 4, Lance Stewart (No. 13 Ford Mustang) of Coconut Grove, Florida, scored the win as he finished ahead of Kristina Etherington. Race Two: The second group on the schedule represented a blending of several different classes. The Spec Racer Ford and Spec Racer Ford Gen3 classes were combined with the Spec Miata, B-Spec and Super Touring Under classes for their sprint race. The B-Spec battle, won by Eric Boucher, of Auburn, California, stole the show in this group. In his No. 35 The Wife Mazda2, Boucher took the 0.481-second win over Derrick Ambrose. While Ambrose still holds a significant lead in the Conference standings, Boucher is still pushing hard to close the gap. Race Three: The production group provided a pair of close races for class victories. Jess Heitman (No. 47 Woodstock Motorsports Mazda Miata), of Portland, Oregon, took home top honors in F Production by beating Joe Huffaker. The victory for Heitman was well earned, finishing just 0.293-second ahead of the multi-time SCCA National Champion. Lansing Stout Jr., of Corvallis, Oregon, was the winner in Touring 3. Driving the No. 54 NISMO/Up-Rev Engineering Nissan 350Z, Stout finished 0.465-second ahead of fellow Nissan driver John Baker. Race Four: In the small-bore formula group, Brian McCarthy, of Sacramento, California, was able to finish in front of a tightly bunched field of Formula Vees. Driving the No. 05 BRM Engineering Formula Vee, McCarthy crossed the line 0.280-second ahead of Marjorie Lundberg. Rick Payne, of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, took the overall, and class, win in his No. 75 Payton Pools Van Diemen Formula F. Race Five: The large-bore formula cars were fairly strung out by the end of their 25-minute race, but Formula Mazda produced a relatively close finish as Michael Ottis, of Portland, Oregon, took the win. Driving the No. 72 Patrick Ottis Formula Mazda, Ottis managed to finish 0.762-second ahead of Mel Kemper. At the front of the field, Larry Vollum, of Portland, Oregon, cruised to victory in his No. 5 CV Medical Phoenix MV14. Race Six: The big-bore ground-pounders wrapped up scheduled on-track activities. Erich Joiner, of Torrance, California, was the winner in GT-2, but Scotty White made things interesting. When the checkered flag flew for Joiner in the No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997, White crossed the strip just 0.388-second ahead behind. Marc Hoover (No. 98 Hooverspeed/NRA Mazda MX-5), of Shingle Springs, California, and Collin Jackson (No. 53 BM&M Screening Nissan 240SX), of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, were dominate in Touring 1 and GT-3, respectively. Both drivers managed to lap their closest class competition en route to scoring their wins. Tomorrow’s Round 10 of the Western Conference will close out the three-day event at Pacific Raceways. Each of the six race groups are set to run 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, with racing starting at 9:40 a.m. (PDT). Additional information regarding the Majors at Pacific Raceways, including full results, can be found at SCCA.com/PacificMajors. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. KENT, Wash. - Provisional race winners for Sunday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round Nine race at Pacific Raceways. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2 Formula 1000: Larry Vollum, Portland, Ore., Phoenix MV14 Formula Atlantic: Edward Lever, Bakersfield, Calif., Pro Star Formula Mazda Formula F: Rick Payne, Mission, B.C., Can., Van Diemen Formula Mazda: Michael Ottis, Portland, Ore., Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Brian McCarthy, Sacramento, Calif., Formula Vee E Production: Kale Swifts, Surrey, B.C., Can., Mazda RX-7 F Production: Jess Heitman, Portland, Ore, Mazda Miata H Production: Parker Johnstone, Wilsonville, Ore., MG Midget GT-1: Roger Stark, Redmond, Wash., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Erich Joiner, Torrance, Calif., Porsche 997 GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Can., Nissan 240SX GT-Lite: Lans Stout, Cornelius, Ore., Nissan Sentra Prototype 1: Jeff Lederman, Vacaville, Calif., Stohr WF1 Prototype 2: Marvin Hodges, Brazoria, Texas, Lola 598 Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford: Leonardo Del Castillo, Carnation, Wash., SCCA SRF Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Todd Harris, Portland, Ore., SCCA SRF Gen3* Super Touring Lite: Paul Whiting, Pahrump, Nev., Honda CRX Super Touring Under: Oscar Jackson Jr., Chino, Calif., Mazda Miata Touring 1: Marc Hoover, Shingle Springs, Calif., Mazda MX-5 Touring 2: Russ Peterson, Menlo Park, Calif., Ford Shelby Touring 3: Lansing Stout Jr., Corvallis, Ore., Nissan 350Z Touring 4: Lance Stewart, Coconut Grove, Fla., Ford Mustang

Winners Reactions from Day Two at Texas World

May 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (May 24, 2015) – On Sunday, competitors awoke to extremely wet conditions caused by overnight rain storms that caused flash floods in some parts of central Texas. The conditions for Round Six of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference at Texas World Speedway were not that severe, but it was enough to force drivers to readjust to the slick conditions. Group one, Spec Miata, had to deal with the most challenging conditions as the track dried quickly. When race group two took to the track, a dry line was beginning to form at many places on the 15-turn, 2.9-mile circuit. Here is what the winners from Sunday had to say: Michael Ross, Spec Miata Moses Smith, Formula Mazda Kirk Kindsfater, Prototype 1 Gary Glanger, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 Jake Pipal, Spec Racer Ford David Fershtand, GT-1 Steve Coleman, Touring 1 Alan Marshall, GT-3 Tom Himes, American Sedan Michael Pettiford, Touring 2 John Phillips, B-Spec Charles Hearn, Formula Vee Jack Walbran, Formula 500 Wesely Cunningham, Formula F Bob Schader, Touring 3 Charles Mathes, Super Touing Lite Toby Grahovec, Touring 4 John Trenery, H Production <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UecyMRv2NMk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  Jonathan Goodale, GT-Lite <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QzdnHJcYAnU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Matt Reynolds, E Production <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_pXkrzPRwDM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Be sure to follow live timing and scoring, with live video, at SCCA Live.

Day One Recap: TWS Majors

May 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
College Station, Texas (May 23, 2015) – Starting the morning in sticky Texas conditions, day one of the Texas World Speedway Majors served as Round Five of the Mid-States Conference 12 Round Championship. Drivers in 28-Runoffs eligible classes took to the 15-turn, 2.9-mile course in what is anticipated to be the final national-level SCCA event held at the venue. The day started with each of the seven race groups completing a 25-minute qualifying session that would set the grid for the afternoon’s 25-minute sprint races. Many of the drivers used the first, or last, half of the session to put down their fast laps, saving the car for the rest of the weekend. As the day progressed, weather conditions cooled slightly as scattered showers moved into the College Station area following the lunch break. Many of the race groups ran unaffected, while the last two groups had to deal with increasingly slick conditions produced by the rain showers. Reaction from the class winners can be seen here: Alex Bachura, Spec Miata Darryl Wills, Formula Mazda David Zalverson, Formula Atlantic Travis Parker, Formula Continental Kirk Kindsfater, Prototype 1 Jack Donellan, Prototype 2 Carl Cramm, Spec Racer Ford Gary Glanger, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 Gregg Rodgers, GT-2 John Phillips, B-Spec Toby Grahovec, Touring 4 <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X5tHV6pbX7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Peter Federlin, Super Touring Under Alan Marshall, GT-3 Tom Himes, American Sedan David Fershtand, GT-1 Charles Mathes, Super Touring Lite Bob Schader, Touring 3 Don Sweitzer, Touring 2 Jack Walbran, Formula 500 John Trenery, H Production Wes Cunningham, Formula F Dennis Andrade, Formula Vee Kevin Ruck, F Production Andrew Robertson, E Production Jonathan Goodale, GT-Lite   Additional information on the TWS Majors, including full results and schedules, can be found at SCCA.com/TWSMajors.  

Southeastern and Western Conference Roll Forward this Weekend

May 21, 2015 - 8:00pm
College Station, Texas (May 22, 2015) - A pair of Majors doubleheader events are on tap for the this three-day holiday weekend. Featured will be the Mid-States Conferecne at Texas World Speedway and the Western Conference at Pacific Raceways. Many will have thier eye on the Majors taking place in the Lone Star State as it will most likely be one of the last big race weekends at the circuit which has become a favorite of many SCCA Club Racing drivers. This race will serve as round five and six of the 12-race Mid-States schedule. The penultimate weekend of the conference calendar will take place out west at Pacific Raceways, starting Saturday and running through Monday. A total of 28 Conference Championships are coming down to the wire as we head into the final four races of the 2015 season. Here's what to look for: Last Run for Texas World: This race weekend is currently slated to be the final Majors event held at the track before it is torn down to make way for residential and commercial development. While it has been reported that development plans have hit a legal snag, and the track has decided to book events through the end of the year, this is most likely the last time the venue will host national-level SCCA racing. Since its completion in 1968, the track has held numerous professional-level motor races, including NASCAR, IndyCar and ARCA. In more recent years, the track has become a favorite of many SCCA Club racers because of its high speed and flowing turns. Notable Names at Pacific: The entry list at the Pacific Majors has some big hitters when looking at their career driving record. Included among those notable drivers is multi-time National Champion Joe Huffaker. He will be doing battle behind the wheel of an F Production Mini this weekend. Also on the entry list is national-level Spec Racer Ford stalwart Todd Harris. Past Majors Champion Scotty B White will be pulling double duty, racing in both GT-2 and Touring 4. Frontrunner Derrick Ambrose will also be behind the wheel two cars, both in Touring 4 and B-Spec. Spec Surplus: Both the Spec Miata and Spec Racer Ford fields at Texas World Speedway will be sizeable. In Spec Miata, 28 drivers are slated take to the circuit to decide two race winners during this doubleheader weekend. Matt Reynolds and Craig Berry are just two examples of the top-level talent that are registered to race. In the Spec Racer Ford category, 24 SRF drivers have registered, while 12 drivers of the new Gen3 cars plan to attend the event. With the evenly matched cars in each class, the racing should prove to be intriguing as things play out on the 2.9-mile circuit. Texas Touring Tornado: Also boasting large entry numbers for the Mid-States Conference battle is the Touring Group, made up of the Touring 2-4, Super Touring Lite, Super Touring Under and B-Spec classes. Names to look for in this group include Toby Grahovec (T4), Mike Pettiford (T2), Steve Taake (B-Spec) and Stan Czacki (T4). Each of these racers has the ability to nab a win, but will have to fend off a host of other hungry drivers. Be sure to follow live timing for the entire weekend by visiting SCCA.com/SCCALive.

Majors Southeastern Conference Championships in the Books

May 21, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 22, 2015) – The first set of Conference Champions have been crowned as the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference title run came to a triumphant conclusion May 2-3 at Summit Point Motorsports Park. The new two-conference structure on the East Coast opened the door for many new faces to claim a season-long Championship. A total of 17 drivers were crowned Majors Champions for the first time in their career. With the high rate of participation on the East Coast, Majors Officials entered 2015 by splitting the former Eastern Conference into two entities – the Southeastern and Northeastern Conferences, increasing the number of races in a part of the country that has already embraced the Majors program in a big way. Four drivers sealed their Championship season by claiming the title at Summit Point Motorsports Park, a dual-Conference event that counted as the final two rounds of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Mac Korince (B-Spec), of Rideway, Ontario, Canada; Alex Mayer, of Harleysville, Pennsylvania; George Winkler, of Frederick, Maryland, and Michael Scornavacchi (Touring 4), of Matthews, North Carolina, each notched finishes both days that allowed them to jump ahead of the one-time class leaders. Winkler not only took home the Touring 1 Championship in the final race weekend of the season, but also took home a free entry to the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB. The Championship was Winkler’s second, having scored his first in 2013. Before winning the drawing, Winkler said he had made no plans to attend this year’s edition of the Runoffs. Now, his plans may include a trip to Daytona in October. In the Formula 1000 fight, Mayer and Michael Crowe finished the 12-race calendar tied at 134 points. However, Mayer got the edge in the Championship on the strength of his four wins. Crowe only scored three wins on the season, which gave the nod to Mayer for his third consecutive Championship. Formula Enterprises featured another close-fought battle in the drivers’ standings. When all was said and done, Thomas Green, of Lake Mary, Florida, claimed the title with a scant four-marker margin over Ryan Norman. The win gave Green his first Majors Championship title. Laura Hayes, of Fletcher, North Carolina, emerged as the Southeastern Conference Formula Vee Champion in season-long battle for the top spot. Throughout the season, the class featured races that were often decided by less than one second. While close racing put a premium on consistent performances, Hayes scored eight top-fives in 10 races. Those finishes propelled her to her first class title. Jack Walbran (Formula 500), of St. Louis, Missouri; Conner Kearby (Formula Atlantic), of Corpus Christi, Texas; Charles Moran (Formula Continental), of Oakton, Virginia; Thomas McGregor (Formula F), of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Doug Peterson (Formula Mazda), of Maiden, North Carolina, also took home Championships in the remaining formula-car classes. Michael Flynn, of Eustis, Florida, clinched the Super Touring Under class title in the span of three weekends, which included a pair of wins at NOLA Motorsports Park. Flynn clinched the title with a 14-point margin over Charlie Lowrance, for his first ever Majors Championship. Ken Kannard, of East Troy, Wisconsin, was dominating in capturing the F Production title. Kannard racked up seven wins in 10 races, which allowed him to take the top position in the standings with an 89-point margin over Mark Weber. This is Kannard’s second Conference Championship title, having won before in 2014. In the remainder of the closed-fender classes, Tom Ellis (American Sedan), of Pompano Beach, Florida; Greg Ira (E Production), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Will Perry (H Production), of Sale Creek, Tennessee; Simon Greg (GT-1), of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Randy Kindsland (GT-2), of Whittier, North Carolina; Ray Stephenson (GT-3), of Miami, Florida; Peter Shadowen (GT-Lite), of Loxahatchee, Florida; Danny Steyn (Spec Miata), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nick Leverone (Super Touring Lite), of Mendon, Massachusetts; Tim Kezman (Touring 2), of Franksville, Wisconsin, and Tom Brady (Touring 3), of Bradenton, Florida, were deemed Champs after Summit Point. Jacek Mucha, of Highland Beach, Florida, was also successful in his quest for a Conference Championship. Mucha cruised to a 71-point margin of victory over Gianpaolo Ciancimino. The 2015 Championship is Mucha’s third consecutive title. Sherman Chao, of Palm Beach, Florida, finished the season as the Prototype 2 class champion. Rounding out the title-winners were Scott Rettich (Spec Racer Ford), Columbus, Ohio, and Kerry Jacobsen (Spec Racer Ford Gen3), of Deland, Florida. Full point totals of for the 2015 Southeastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour Championships can be found here. For further information on the Majors program, visit SCCA.com/Majors. Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

World Challenge Racing Live North of the Border

May 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
BOWMANVILLE, Canada (May 16, 2015) - The Pirelli World Challenge's GT/GTA, GT Cup presented by MOMO, GTS and TC/TCA/TCB classes, head north of the border May 15-17 to one of North America's venerable road courses, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Over 90 drivers across the series' seven classes will compete in the Remo Ferri Group Canadian Grand Prix presented by Replay XD, part of the Victoria Day SpeedFest weekend. GT, GTA and GT Cup drivers will compete in Rounds 8 and 9 of the championships, while GTS competitors will race Rounds 7 and 8. TC, TCA and TCB competitors will compete in Rounds 4, 5 and 6. All of the action is available on World-ChallengeTV.com live (all times Eastern).  Saturday: TC/TCA/TCB Round 5: 8:50 a.m. GTS Round 7: 10:20 a.m.  GT/GTA/GT Cup Round 8: 1:15 p.m.  Sunday: TC/TCA/TCB Round 6: 8:00 a.m. GTS Round 8: 9:40 a.m. GT/GTA/GT Cup Round 9: 3:00 p.m. More information can be found at World-Challenge.com  

Daddio Secures Long-Awaited Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win

May 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (May 12, 2015) – Mark Daddio, of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, was the Super Challenge winner, following a long drought, at last weekend’s Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo meet, held at the MetLife Stadium complex. Stephanie Reeve, of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, took home the victory in the Ladies Challenge bracket. The event took place in the shadow of the stadium that plays home to the National Football League’s New York Giants and Jets franchises. The weather conditions themselves gloomy as high temperatures ranged from the low 70s to the low 80s cloudy skies. The sun finally broke through the cloud cover as the three Challenge winners were crowned on Sunday. The course, itself, was designed by Mark Labbancz and was challenging for many of the drivers. Aside from the technical challenge of the course, there was also a straight that featured a wonderful view of the New York City skiyline from which was hard to look away. Daddio, in his Daddio’s New Auto Parts, Inc. Chevrolet Corvette, qualified for the Super Challenge in the 22nd position after narrowly winning the A Street class over Mike Johnson. The battle proved to be one of the best during the class-based portion of the competition as the winner was decided by only 0.019-second through eight runs. In the Super Challenge, Daddio defeated No. 16 seed Bill Rogerson (A Street Prepared, Subaru STI) in his first-round matchup. That win allowed Daddio to move forward to the second round. There, Daddio met and downed Dick Rasmussen (F Street, 50 Years of Employment Ford Mustang). Following the win, Daddio moved on to a quarter-final meeting with Grant Reeve. Daddio proved too much for Reeve (Super Street R, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Chevrolet Corvette) and took the win to move him onto the penultimate round of the competition. In the semi-finals Daddio defeated G.J. Dixon (Street Touring Roadster, Monticello Motor Club/Grand Prix New York Honda S2000) earning Daddio the right to move to the final meeting with Evan Schickel. Schickel (B Street, HAMFIST Racing Chevrolet Corvette) started his march to the final round with wins over Ron Bistrais (E Street Prepeard, Evolution/Stranoparts.com Ford Shelby) and Todd Kean (Street Modified, G-Fab/iRacing.com Nissan 240 SX) in the first two rounds, respectively. In the quarter-finals, Schickel took out Martin Kriz (Street Touring Ultra, IAG Performance/OS Giken/MCS/Evolution Subaru WRX), then got to the finals by beating Erik Carlson (E Street Prepared, CarTuned.com Ford Mustang). When the dust from the final runs came to rest, Daddio was the final competitor standing. Dixon completed the top three positions after beating Carlson in the third-place runoff. “I was beginning to think that I would never win another Challenge, so I was as shocked as I was excited with the win,” Daddio said. “It has been a really long time since my last one, and Super Challenge wins are really tough to come by. Not only do you have to be consistent, but you always seem to have to have a little bit of luck on your side. Luck was definitely on my side for this one. “The biggest hurdle for me was from being a bit rusty. This is only my second event of the year, and was a crash course in figuring out the car setup with the new tires. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season. I plan on running two more ProSolo events, a National Tour, the ProSolo Finale, and Nationals. I am just planning on taking one event at a time, and seeing what happens.” In the Ladies Bracket, Reeve (Ladies Class 1, iRacing.com/G-Fab Racing Chevrolet Corvette) started the bracket portion of the meet as the three seed. She defeated Tamara Hunt (Ladies Class 2, Honda S2000) in the opening round. The win moved her forward in the competition, where she was paired with Elisabeth Flannagan (Ladies Class 2, Honda Civic Si). Reeve downed Flannagan, and moved to a final-round meeting with Kandy Johnson. Johnson (Ladies Class 2, Evolution/BFGoodrich Tires/MCS Chevrolet Corvette) was the top qualifier in the bracket and matched up with Dawn Ammirata in the opening round. The win moved her to the semi-finals, where she met Rachel Baker (Ladies Class 1, Thanks PJ/G-Fab PPR Nissan 240 SX). Johnson won the matchup with Baker, allowing her to move forward in the bracket. In the final round, Reeve ended up as the driver on top after besting Johnson. Baker completed the podium positions after beating Flannagan in the third-place runoff. “I couldn't believe that I won and smiled so much that my face hurt,” Reeve said. “Once the high wore off I started wondering how I actually pulled it off. Luck…lots of luck. “Self-doubt is one of my biggest hurdles. I get to run with some of the quickest and most talented women around. I trust Horse, my Corvette Z06, completely, but often don’t trust myself to carry that extra speed into a turn or figure I’ll blow it somewhere. I tried to push myself to focus on what was in front of me, to forget about the mistake I just made, and to give it my best. My husband Grant and my G-Fab family help me remember to have fun and enjoy myself. It feels strange to be the Reeve who brought home the most tires this time. I don’t know if this will ever happen again, but I will continue to enjoy running with my friends.” Michael Buck (F Street, Lexus IS300), of North East, Maryland, was the winner of the Bonus Challenge as he defeated Nathan Young (B Street, Honda S2000) in the final. “I am shocked more than anything,” Buck said. “The whole challenge happened so fast. It was the biggest moment of my autocross career and I got to share it with lots of folks. My wife and sister-in-law were at the event as co-drivers in L2, along with many drivers from our Region. My two-year-old daughter and wife's parents came on Sunday afternoon, just in time. It was a really proud moment for me. “I didn't drive very well all weekend until the Challenge. I red-lit five consecutive runs on Saturday and was well behind my co-drivers on the right course. I knew that if I could stay clean in the Challenge that I had ‘time’ in hand that could work to my advantage. Somehow I held it together for all three rounds and went faster and faster while staying clean.” Additional information on the Tire Rack SCCA New Jersey ProSolo, including full results, can be found here. Facts on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found by visiting SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Hall of Famer Denise McCluggage Passes Away

May 6, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 7, 2015) -- Famed motorsports journalist, racer and SCCA Hall of Fame inductee Denise McCluggage passed away Wednesday, May 6. She was 88. SCCA President and CEO Lisa Noble offered the following statement: "Fearless, brave, pioneer are words that are being spoken today about Denise McCluggage. I prefer to think that she disregarded those and just did exactly what she wanted to do; drive race cars, write and ski. "Denise wrote, 'Things change. It is good to notice those changes. What was and what is.' She lived through what was, changed it by her presence and became a big part in making the sport what it is today. "Undoubtedly, Denise broke barriers at the very top levels of motorsport as a driver and journalist. She also got immense personal enjoyment from driving at most every level - from Grand Prix events to SCCA races to car tests for Autoweek. Her confident passion about cars was understated, almost matter-of-fact, but somehow, Denise dragged you in to share that excitement. "Denise McCluggage was a hero to me. Without her and a very small handful of other women in those early days, accomplishing what women in the sport do now would not have been possible. She made my life and the lives of decades of readers and fans a richer experience through knowing her personally or through her writing. The world feels a little smaller today at her passing." RACER.com has published the following on McCluggage's passing.

Madarash Takes Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge Win at Blytheville

May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
Blytheville, Ark. (May 6, 2015) – Mark Madarash, of Red Oak, Texas, was the winner of the Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge, held at the Arkansas Aeroplex, this past weekend. Kim Whitener, of Fort Worth, Texas, was the big winner in the Ladies Challenge Bracket. The course, designed by Grady Wood and J. Jackson, had a flowing feel to it, but was bookended by technical and tight slaloms. The clear weather conditions furthered the enjoyment of many competitors that were on hand. All ProSolo events utilize class-based competition on Saturday and Sunday to set the initial seeding for the head-to-head bracket competition. The bracket portion of the meet uses a drag racing-style Christmas tree to start the competitors according to their dial-in set during the class-based part of the event. A perfect run for both competitors, even if they are in different classes, would result in each car crossing the finish line at the same time. Madarash completed the class-based part of the competition as the No. 7 seed, overall. His seeding came as a result of his 0.553-second margin of victory over Darrin DiSimo in the Race Tire Index 2 class. As a result of his seeding, Madarash (R2, Pontiac Trans-Am) met Marc Osgood (Super Street Modified, Lotus Elise). Madarash was able to take the win that allowed him to move forward in the bracket-style competition. In the second round, Madarash met, and defeated, Dennis Sparks (Bump Class 1, Lotus Elise). That win allowed Madarash the opportunity to move to the quarter-final round where he met David Whitener. Madarash was able to move to the semi-finals after downing Whitener in their head-to-head battle. Brad McCann (G Street, Korean Camaro Racing Hyundai Genesis) was the next challenge for Madarash. However, Madarash found what it took to best McCann. The win moved him to the final round of competition, against Ricky Crow. Crow’s ascension to the final started as the top qualifier of the meet. Crow (Street Touring Roadster, My Wallet Honda S2000) defeated Daniel McCelvey (B Street Prepared, Chevrolet Corvette) in the opening round. In round two, Crow delivered the knockout blow to John Mensch (Street Touring Sport, Frugal Racing Enterprizes Honda CRX Si), taking him out of the competition. In the quarter-final round, Crow beat Joe Tharpe (Bump Class 4, R and S Racing/Loctite Chevrolet Corvette), which allowed him to move forward in the competition. The victory moved Crow to the semi-final round, where he met Chris Harvey (C Street, Tire Rack Mazda MX-5). Crow was the winner of that match, which pitted him against Madarash in the final. When it came time for Crow to face Madarash, Madarash emerged as the winner once the times were computed. While Madarash is a multi-time National Champion, this is only his second Challenge win. His other win came at this same site, one year ago. In the third-place runoff, McCann completed the full complement of podium positions following his win over Harvey. In the Ladies Challenge bracket, Whitener (Ladies Class 3, Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic) was the top qualifier. In her first match, she met up with Jordan Towns (Ladies Class 2, Dixie Audacity Subaru WRX). After winning that round Whitener moved on to tangle with Chris Peterson for top honors. On the other side of the bracket, Peterson (Ladies Class 2, Atomic Empire Toyota Spyder) met Su Brude (Ladies Class 2, Fliegenschwein Racing Porsche Cayman S). Peterson was able to take the bracket win. That allowed her to move forward with a final between herself and Whitener. After the dust settled, Whitener was the winner in of the Ladies Challenge bracket. Towns completed to podium positions by beating Brude in the third-place runoff. David Ogburn, Jr. (C Street, Yaw Moment Racing Scion FR-S), of Richmond, Virginia, was the Bonus Challenge winner. For more information on the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo event at Blytheville, including full results, click here. The next stop for the series will be at the South Parking Lot of MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, May 9-10. For additional information on the entire Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program, visit SCCA.com/Solo. Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Opening Tire Rack Match Tour Event Goes off Without a Hitch

May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 6, 2015) – Scott Giles, of Union, Kentucky, was the Super Shootout winner at this past weekend’s Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour event, held at the National Corvette Museum, May 2-3. Cody Mason, of La Grange, Kentucky, was the winner of the Club Shootout. For each Tire Rack Match Tour event, Saturday is a full day of class-based competition. Sunday morning’s three runs then set the field for the Super Shootout brackets. From each heat, the top eight indexed times are places into a Super Shootout bracket. The next eight qualifiers are placed in the Club Shootout, while the remaining competitors are eligible for the Bonus Shootout. In both the Super and Club Shootouts, the bracket competition whittles the field down to one driver from each heat. In the final round of both the Super and Club Shootouts, each driver takes one run to determine the bracket winner. The winner is the driver that is closest to their dial-in time. The course for this event, held on the grounds of the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, featured an autocross pad that was constructed with racetrack-grade asphalt. The coned circuit featured an excellent mix of sweeping turns and technical slaloms. Giles (F Street Prepared, SemperFiFund.org/PME/Koni Honda CRX) was the top qualifier from Heat Two. In his opening match up, he met up with Gordon Maciulewicz (Street Touring Xtreme, Active Autowerke/Diffsonline BMW 128i). After defeating Maciulewicz, Giles faced, and beat, Ryan Finch (E Street Prepared, Gearhead Homes Chevrolet Camaro Z28). In his final head-to-head matchup of the bracket, Giles went up against Nick Myers (F Street Prepared, Toyota Corolla GTS). Giles emerged as the winner, earning him the right to represent the heat in the final round. In the final, Giles was up against Heat One finalist Scott Dobler (C Street, Z1 Motorsports Nissan 350Z) and Heat Three winner Shelly Monfort (Super Street R, StranoParts.com/Shameless Iced Tea Chevrolet Corvette). When the final tallies were made, Giles emerged as the winner. “It feels great to take a victory of any kind over the level of talent at this event,” Giles said. “The FSP class win was hard enough, but the shootout was even harder. “This was our first big event of the year and it gets us off to a great start. Thanks to the Hoosier contingency it also gets us a pair of new tires for the Wilmington Pro Solo.” In the Club Shootout, Mason (C Street Prepared, Mazda Miata) also started Sunday’s bracket completion as the top qualified driver of Heat Two. Mason’s first battle came against Jason West (F Street Prepared, WorldBycycleRelief.org Toyota Corolla GTS). Mason proved to have what it took to beat West, and moved to the second round of competition where he was paired with Stephen Lee (Street Touring R, Honda S2000). After beating Lee, Mason moved on to the Heat Two final against Tim Viars (Street Touring R, Mazda Miata). Mason emerged from that Match as the winner. In the Club Shootout Final, Mason met Heat One winner Chris Harp (C Street, Big Fluffy Dog Rescue/MAZDASPEED Mazda RX-8) and Heat Three finalist Bryan Schafer (Super Street R, Dave Kutney Tire/RAFT Chevrolet Corvette). Mason ended his day as the closest of the three to his dial-in time which earned him the overall Club Shootout title. Cody Willett (H Street, Ford Fiesta ST), of Louisville, Kentucky, began his march to the Bonus Shootout title with a win against Killian Jones (Street Modified, Subaru BRZ) in the opening round. Willett then downed Chris Bolt (E Street Prepared, Chevrolet Camaro) in the semi-finals. In the Bonus Shootout final, Willett met with Daniel Stone (B Modified, LeGrand Mk18). Willett walked away with the victory, once everything was settled. “The win was great and totally unexpected,” Willett said. “I was lucky to get in, and twice as lucky to advance. When I pulled into grid for the Bonus Shootout and saw some of my fellow Kentucky Region drivers, Ray Dsouza and Shawn Lambert, I knew from experience they were far more consistent and didn't think I stood a chance. So, I just went for broke and it paid off. “When I came through the lights on my second pass in the Bonus Shootout, the temperature gauge wasn't looking happy. The car was trying its best to live up to the name of its Molten Orange paint job, and I didn't have much time to get it cooled down for the next round. Fortunately, a few guys from my region, Stephen Lee, Jamey McDaniel and my fellow Bonus Shootout competitor, Ray Dsouza, all stepped up to fan the hood and spray down the heat exchangers while I sat in the car with the heat cranked and tried to concentrate on making my next run. I couldn't have made it happen without them.” For more information on the Tire Rack SCCA Match Tour from Kentucky, including full results, click here. Facts on the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo Program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. Be sure to Like the Club on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.


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