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2016 MX-5 CUP PROTOTYPES MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT

May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 6, 2015) - The current Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires competitors got their first close look at the test platforms for what will be the 2016 MX-5 Cup car. That car will race not only in the U.S., but also in the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup – and will certainly find a home in other venues as well. Long Road Racing, Mazda Motorsports’ partner in developing the next-generation MX-5 Cup car that will be sold complete through Mazda, brought two of its test cars to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to run in the promoter test sessions on Thursday, and during MX-5 Cup practice sessions on Friday. The MX-5 Cup is running as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, headlined by the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Mazda SKYACTIV Prototype driver and 2016 MX-5 Cup test driver Tom Long, Freedom Autosport Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner MX-5 driver Andrew Carbonell and 2014 MX-5 Cup champion Kenton Koch drove the cars on track. The test day began with Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan making a few remarks, and Long Road Racing principal Glenn Long giving a presentation about the cars and how they were currently equipped. According to Tom Long, the cars have largely stock drivetrain at this point adding that a long-tube header and exhaust system had been developed and a cold air intake, similar to that on the current MX-5 car, will be created as well. Alternate springs, and shocks were on the test vehicles, but the sway bars remained stock. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, May 1-3, 2015:“We’re focused on trying to confirm all of our cooling advancements work, and they seem to in our initial testing,” says Tom. “We’ve made upgrades to the engine cooling, oil cooling, the differential and the transmission cooling. Some other things that we have plans to test in the future are upgraded sway bars and some continued development on the suspension – trying different dampers, tires, brakes – those types of things. We’re still fairly early in the testing stage.” The Mazda/Long Road Racing crew tried different things in different sessions, testing some chassis rigidity items and changing ride heights to see how the car reacts and confirm the results of the multi-post rig testing and simulations that they have run so far. Long, who has raced every generation of MX-5 Miata, says the ND reminds him a lot of the original NA car. “There are some comparisons to the current Cup car, yes, but also through the whole MX-5 chassis line, dating back to the original car,” he explains. “It really feels to me like it’s a very nicely refined version of the original MX-5. It’s very lightweight and nimble. The power-to-weight ratio has been improved compared to the current car, but with the car being so lightweight, it really exudes how nimble handling the car is. All the other systems – the brakes, the gearbox acceleration – are all upgrades to the current model. When you combine that with a lighter chassis and an upgraded suspension geometry, it’s proving to be a remarkably fun car to drive.” Mazda will continue its work on developing the MX-5 Global Cup race car over the next couple of months, with a final specification expected to be determined by the end of June. The first cars are scheduled to be completed in October, and current MX-5 Cup competitors will have delivery priority. Check back with MazdaMotorsports.com regularly for updates.

Summit Majors Sunday Highlighted by Photo Finish

May 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. (May 3, 2015) – A photo finish in Spec Miata highlighted a day of racing action on the final day of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at Summit Point Motorsports Park, hosted by the Washington D.C. Region. Danny Steyn, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, clinched the Southeast Conference Championship with his first win of the season after four previous runner-up finishes. Steyn looked to be in control of the race in his No. 39 ADEPT Studios/Rossini/OPM Motorsports/Traqmate Mazda Miata, until a resurgent Tyler Kicera battled back from an early issue in the closing laps. As the pair exited the final corner and headed to the finish, Kicera’s No. 44 Rock-It Cargo/Tait Towers/Kicera Motorsport Mazda Miata had the run and pulled alongside at the checkered flag. The finish was so close, it necessitated a visual ruling, with the judges on the start/finish stand noting that Steyn was ahead at the stripe, although Kicera’s timing transponder hit 0.005-second before Steyn’s. In other Championship battles, Alex Mayer, of Harleysville, Pa., earned his second-straight win of the weekend in Formula 1000 to force a tied point total with Michael Crowe. Mayer, driving the No. 77 JDR/Hoosier/Moon’s SuperCycle JDR/Suzuki, earned the season title based on his four wins to Crowe’s three. George Winkler, of Frederick, Maryland, survived contact to drive his No. 27 Winkler Automotive Service Center Ford Mustang Boss 302 to a fourth-place finish in Touring 1, clinching the Southeast Conference Championship. Winkler also won the drawing for a free SCCA Runoffs® entry. All Conference Champions in attendance at the season finale were eligible for the prize. With his sixth win on the season, Michael Scornavacchi, of Matthews, N.C., captured the Touring 4 Championship in his No. 25 Hoosier/Angry Sheep Motorsports/Carbotech Pontiac Solstice. Also of note, Kevin Fandozzi, who was part of Saturday’s fantastic Touring 3 race with Rob Hines, was uninjured after a heavy impact with the barrier in his Chevrolet Cobalt SS. Fandozzi’s single-car accident forced Race Group Four to be stopped for cleanup. Hines went on to the Touring 3 win. Finally, 15-year old Keyvan Andres Soori again lowered the overall track record at Summit Point Motorsports Park in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Swift 016a/Mazda. Andres Soori turned a 1:03.973 (112.548 mph) to set the Formula Atlantic record. Prior to the weekend, the class and overall SCCA mark was a 1:06.338. Full results and winner’s interviews are posted at www.scca.com/summitmajors. SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. – Class winners from Sunday’s SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at Summit Point Motorsports Park, with class, driver, hometown and class. American Sedan, Daniel Richardson, Derwood, Md., Chevrolet Camaro. B-Spec, Brian Price, Middletown, Va., Honda Fit. E Production, Chris Dryden, New Freedom, Pa., BMW Z3. F Production, James Scurria, Norfolk, Va., Fiat 124 Spider. Formula 500, Michael Brent, Bethel, Conn., Invader QC-1. Formula 1000, Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR/Suzuki. Formula Atlantic, Keyvan Andres, Abbotstown, Pa., Swift 016/Mazda. Formula Continental, Chuck Moran, Oakton, Va., Van Diemen/Ford. Formula Enterprises, Justin Huffman, Herndon, Va., SCCA FE/Ford. Formula F, James Oseth, Sterling, Va., Van Diemen RF98. Formula Vee, Stevan Davis, Danielsville, Ga., Racer's Wedge SB-1/VW. GT-1, Jack Busch, Torrington, Conn., Ford Mustang. GT-2, Randy Kinsland, Whittier, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette. GT-Lite, Robert Lentz II, Chantilly, Va., Nissan Sentra SER. H Production, Michael Macqueen, University Park, Md., MG Midget. Prototype 2, Dennis Hanratty, Mechanicsburg, Pa., West WR-1000/Suzuki. Spec Miata, Danny Steyn, Ford Lauderdale, Fla., Mazda Miata. SRF, Lee McNeish, Southbury, Conn., Spec Racer Ford. SRF Gen 3, David Jacobs, Bethesda, Md., Spec Racer Ford G3. Super Touring Lite, Bob Beede, Northampton, Mass., Honda Civic Si. Super Touring Under, Gregory Gale, Reston, Va., Mazda Miata. Touring 1, Joseph Gaudette, Manassas, Va., Chevrolet Corvette. Touring 2, Preston Calvert, Potomac, Md., Ford Mustang. Touring 3, Rob Hines, Arlington, Va., Nissan 350Z. Touring 4, Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, N.C., Pontiac Solstice. Image: David Jacobs en route to the SRF3 class victory at Summit Point Credit: Bill Stoler Image

Sunday At Buttonwillow - The Winners Are In

May 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. (May 3, 2015) – Round Eight of the SCCA Western Conference Majors Tour crowned another set of winners on Sunday following 20 lap races at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. The completion of the weekend pushes the Conference Championship point battles to the Northwest for the final two event weekends at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington, and Portland International Raceway. A windy, warm day at Buttonwillow hosted Sunday’s action. Though the race was 19 laps long due to the time limit, the first 18 and 11/12ths of the Spec Miata race were just a set-up for the final corner. Dakota Dickerson chased Clement Lee’s No. 33 RM Autosport Mazda Miata for most of the middle stages of the race, just like Saturday’s battle. With the white flag in the air, Dickerson chased Lee down the back stretch and carried his momentum through the final complex. With one turn to go, Lee moved to the inside to protect his position. Dickerson pulled his No. 8 Rush Motorsports Miata to the outside of the turn, taking the longer run around but carrying more speed on exit. The two ran side by side to the checkered flag, with Dickerson getting a nose in front and holding it there across the stripe for the win. GT-3 was a thriller as well. Saturday winner Wolfgang Maike and Scott Graham swapped positions, with Maike actually taking the lead when Graham accidentally flipped off the fuel pump switch down the straight in his No. 6 SCOS Orthopedics Mazda RX-7. Back under power, Graham chased down Maike’s No. 15 Toyota/Red Line Oil Toyota Paseo and got back in front, able to hang on for the win. The Western Conference returns to action on Memorial Day weekend at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington, for Rounds Nine and 10 of 12 on the season. Sunday's winners:  Scott Huffaker, Formula F Tim Harris, Formula Vee Dakota Dickerson, Spec Miata Eric Boucher, B-Spec Troy Ermish, GT-Lite Aaron Downey, E Production Jason Isley, H Production Joe Huffaker, F Production Mike Miserendino, SRF3 Jake Pipal, SRF Chris Qualls, American Sedan Scott Graham, GT-3 Frank Emmett, GT-1 Michael Von Quillich, GT-2 Larry Mason, Formula Mazda Jon Van Caneghem, Prototype 1 John LaBrie, Formula 1000 Ed Lever, Formula Atlantic Jeff Shafer, Prototype 2 Peter West, Formula Continental John Yeatman, Formula Enterprises Marc Hoover, Touring 1 Tom Lepper, STL Toby Larsson, STU Chris Qualls, Touring 2

Sunday Summit Point Winners Interviews

May 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. (May 3, 2015) -- The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour wraps up its 2015 Summit Point race weekend Sunday, with seven more races, serving as Round 12 of the Southeast Conference and Round 4 of the Northeast Conference. Below are interviews from each of the class winners. Videos will be added as they are available.  Keyvan Andres Soori, Formula Atlantic Dennis Hanratty, Prototype 2 Justin Huffman, Formula Enterprises Alex Mayer, Formula 1000 Chuck Moran, Formula Continental Danny Steyn, Spec Miata Lee McNeish, Spec Racer Ford  David Jacobs, Spec Racer Ford 3 Bob Beede, Super Touring Lite   Preston Calvert, Touring 2  Gregory Gale, STU Rob Hines, Touring 3 Brian Price, B-Spec   Michael Scornovacchi, Touring 4   James Oseth, Formula F   Michael Brent, Formula 500 Danny Richardson, American Sedan Randy Kinsland, Grand Touring 2 Joseph Gaudette, Touring 1 Jack Busch, Grand Touring 1 Chris Dryden, E Production Michael McQueen, H Production James Scurria, F Production Bobby Lentz, Grand Touring Lite

Wet Weather Splits the Blackhawk Majors on Sunday

May 2, 2015 - 8:00pm
South Beloit, Ill. (May 3, 2015) - Saturday’s picture perfect weather lasted just partway through Sunday at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, with SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour competitors testing their rain setups in Round Two of the 12-race championship. The Formula F battle matched up two multi-time National Champions during the still-dry Group 3. Tim Kautz ran a conservative early pace in the No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier Piper DF3D/Honda, but had his mirrors full of the No. 31 Morgan’s Collision Center Spectrum of Scott Rubenzer. Kautz answered the call, upping his pace and pulling away to a 21.075-second win. Things got very interesting in Group 4, with sprinkles while the Production classed cars were on the grid. Some chose to put on rain tires and others remained on the slicks, and the skies opened up at the midway point of the race. The downpour was so sudden and hard that officials elected to checker the race on lap 17 for safety, and the rest of the day was run under wet conditions. The Northern Conference returns to action May 29-31 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a joint event with the Northeast Conference. Spec Miata - Kyle Webb SRF - Adam Gottleib SRF3 - Scott Rettich Formula V - Ron Winston Formula Ford - Tim Kautz Formula 5 - James Weida H Production - Greg Gauper F Production - Michael Stearn GT Light - Steve Sargis E Production - Jon Brakke STL - Breton Williams Formula Atlantics - Fabio Castellani P1 - Jason Miller Formula C -  Jim Victor Matt Slavens - T2 P2 - Mike Rupert T3 - Patrick Womack FE - Scott Rettich T4 - Voytek Burdzy    T1 - Alan Kossof GT1 - Brian Long GT3 - Mike Cyphurt American Sedan - Scott Sanda  

First US Majors Tour Championships of 2015 Awarded at Summit Point

May 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. (May 2, 2015) – The initial group of SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Champions were honored Saturday at Summit Point Raceway, in a dual conference race that served as Round 11 of 12 for the Southeast Conference and Round Three of 12 in the Northeast Conference. Chuck Moran, of Oakton, Va., took his second Formula Continental win of the season and his ninth podium finish in his Van Diemen Ford to clinch his third-consecutive Conference Championship. In the same race, German 15-year old Keyvan Andres broke the overall and Formula Atlantic ® class SCCA track record at the 10-turn, 2-mile circuit in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Swift 016a/Mazda en route to victory. His fastest lap of 1:04.529 (111.578 mph) broke the existing track record by 1.8 seconds. Randy Kinsland, of Whittier, North Carolina, took the GT-2 class win to clinch his second-straight Conference Championship in his No. 14 Crossroads Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette. Kinsland set a new track record with a 1:14.313 en route to victory. Several drivers previously clinched championships, and others will go down to the wire with Sunday’s Souteast Conference finale races. Arguably the best race of the day was for the Touring 3 win between former National Champions Rob Hines and Kevin Fandozzi. The pair traded the lead multiple times, with Hines, of Arlington, Virginia, emerging victorious in his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Redline Nissan 350Z over Fandozzi’s No. 96 Insight Driven Race Engineering/Hoosier Chevrolet Cobalt SS. For full results, driver interviews and live coverage links, please visit www.scca.com/summitmajors. SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. – Class winners from Saturday’s 30-minute SCCA U.S. Majors Tour race at Summit Point Raceway, with class, driver, hometown and car. American Sedan, Cheyne Daggett, Warrenton, Va., Ford Mustang. B-Spec, Mac Korince, Ridgway, Ontario, MINI Cooper. E Production, Chris Dryden, New Freedom, Pa., BMW Z3. F Production, Ken Nesbit, Manassas, Va., Mazda Miata. Formula 500, Michael Brent, Bethel, Conn., Invader QC-1. Formula 1000, Alex Mayer, Harleysville, Pa., JDR/Suzuki. Formula Atlantic, Keyvan Andres, Abbotstown, Pa., Swift 016/Mazda. Formula Continental, Chuck Moran, Oakton, Va., Van Diemen/Ford. Formula Enterprises, Justin Huffman, Herndon, Va., SCCA FE/Ford. Formula F, James Oseth, Sterling, Va., Van Diemen RF98. Formula Vee, Rick Shields, Bridgeville, Pa., VDF/VW. GT-1, Jack Busch, Torrington, Conn., Ford Mustang. GT-2, Randy Kinsland, Whittier, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette. GT-Lite, Robert Lentz II, Chantilly, Va., Nissan Sentra SER. H Production, Tim Pitts, Louisville, Tenn., Volkswagen Golf. Prototype 2, Dennis Hanratty, Mechanicsburg, Pa., West WR-1000/Suzuki. Spec Miata, Tyler Kicera, Manheim, Pa., Mazda Miata. SRF, Jeffrey Lehner, Johnstown, N.Y., Spec Racer Ford. SRF Gen 3, Greg Obadia, Bethesda, Md., Spec Racer Ford G3. Super Touring Lite, Tim Estes, Lyme, N.H., Honda Civic Si. Super Touring Under, Eric Heinrich, Milton, Mass., BMW E30 M3. Touring 1, Joe Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette. Touring 2, Preston Calvert, Patomac, Md., Ford Mustang. Touring 3, Rob Hines, Arlington, Va., Nissan 350Z. Touring 4, Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, N.C., Pontiac Solstice. Image: Kevin Fandozzi leads eventual Touring 3 winner Rob Hines (4) at Summit Point Credit: Bill Stoler Image

High Temperatures, High Speeds on Saturday at Buttonwillow

May 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. (May 2, 2015) - With temperatures scorching into the mid-90s in the California desert, it felt more like the first weekend of August than the first weekend of May. But the 16 track records that fell on Saturday felt a lot like the end of the season Championship efforts. The Western Conference Majors Tour ran 30-minute races on a recently repaved surface at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, with track records falling left and right during Round Seven of the championship season. The day opened with a thriller in Formula Vee, as Tim Harris and Skip Streets skipped away from the field and were left to settle the race win. Both admitted to making mistakes that cancelled out at the finish, and with one corner to go, Streets moved his No. 51 Hoosier Mysterian M3/VW to the lead. Harris fired back, though, getting a run out of the corner in his No. 20 Apex Fire Systems Mysterian M3 onto the front straight. Harris had enough to go by, moving his nose just in front for the win at the checkered flag. Not to be outdone, the winged open wheel cars put on their own great show later in the day. In Formula Mazda, Larry Mason’s No. 12 Auto Diagnostic Services/Polar/The Fiberglass Body Formula Mazda took the lead early with Tazzio Ottis on his tail. The pair battled back and forth, with Ottis sneaking in front and catching traffic at opportune times to sneak away for the win in the No. 72 Patrick Ottis Company Formula Mazda. The Western Conference returns to action on Sunday for 20-lap races.   Race winners: Brett Smrz, Formula F Tim Harris, Formula Vee Eric Boucher, B-Spec Clement Lee, Spec Miata Jason Isley, H Production Bill Okell, F Production Troy Ermish, GT-Lite Aaron Downey, E Production Mike Miserendino, SRF3 Jake Pipal, SRF Wolfgang Maike, GT-3 Frank Emmett, GT-1 Christopher Qualls, American Sedan Michael Von Quillich, GT-2 Connor Funk, Formula Continental Tazzio Ottis, Formula Mazda Chris Emanuel, Formula Atlantic Brandon Aleckson, Formula Enterprises Jim Devenport, Prototype 1 David Ferguson, Prototype 2 Toby Larsson, STU Tom Lepper, STL Aaron Bailey, Touring 2  

Saturday Summit Point Winners Interviews

May 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
 SUMMIT POINT, W. Va. (May 2, 2015) -- Saturday's opening races of the Summit Point doubleheader were held under gorgeous skies, marking the penultimate round of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Southeast Conference and the third round of the Northeast Conference. As races conclude, we'll interview the winners and post the videos here.  Justin Huffman, Formula Enterprises  Alex Mayer, Formula 1000 Chuck Moran, Formula Continental  Keyvan Andres, Formula Atlantic Dennis Hanratty, Prototype 2  Tyler Kicera, Spec Miata  Jeff Lehner, Spec Racer Ford Eric Heinrich, Super Touring Under  Michael Scornavacchi, Touring 4  Preston Calvert, Touring 2  Tim Estes, Super Touring Lite  Rob Hines, Touring 3  Mac Korince, B-Spec Mike Brent, Formula 500 Jim Oseth, Formula F Rick Shields, Formula Vee  Joe Aquilante, Touring 1 Jack Busch, Grand Touring 1 Cheyne Daggett, American Sedan Randy Kinsland, Grand Touring 2 Chris Dryden, E Production Bobby Lentz, Grand Touring Lite Ken Nesbit, F Production Tim Pitts, H Production  

Blackhawk Majors Puts A Race In the Books For the Northern Conference

May 1, 2015 - 8:00pm
South Beloit, Ill. (May 2, 2015) - Picture perfect sunshine set the stage for the SCCA Majors Tour Northern Conference opener on Saturday at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, where each of the Runoffs-eligible classes ran 20 minute races for championship points. Racing came after both a practice and a qualifying session for each group in the packed schedule. Once racing got under way, seven run groups filled the track in back to back timed races. In Spec Miata, National Champion Dan Bender led early in the No. 8 Bravo Trailers Mazda Miata. Justin Hille, in the No. 46 Hilltrux/Roush Miata, gave chase with Michael Novak’s No. 9 Roush/Caldwell Race Prep Miata just behind. On lap three, Hille and Bender went two wide into Turn Seven, where Bender ran off the track. Hille slid into first, still pushed by Novak, to the finish, in the order they would finish at the checkers. Bobby Sak’s No. 19 The Pita Pit Spec Racer Ford put the pressure on perennial Northern Conference favorite Scott Rettich in the SRF Gen3 race on Saturday. Despite being within a second for most of the race, Rettich’s No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications SRF was out front when the checkered flag fell for the victory. The Northern Conference returns to action on Sunday for 24-lap or 45-minute races, whichever comes first, at Blackhawk Farms. Racing begins at 9:40 Central time. Race winners:   Justin Hille - Spec Miata Adam Gottlieb - SRF Scott Rettich - SRF3  Robert Perona - FF Herb Noble - F5  Jon Brakke - EP Matt Slavens - T2 Patrick Womack - T3 Rich Walke - STL Richard Colburn - P2   Scott Rettich - FE Scott Sanda - AS Tim Kezman - GT2 Tyler Thielmann - FB Alan Kossof - T1 Bryan Long - GT1 Daniel Bender - T4 Fabio Casteilani - FA Greg Gauper - HP  Jason Miller - P1 Jim Dentici - GTL

Andres Flies at Summit Point in Friday Majors Qualifying

April 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
SUMMIT POINT, West Virginia (May 1, 2015) – If Friday’s qualifying sessions for this weekend’s SCCA U.S. Majors Tour races at Summit Point Raceway are any indication, the name Keyvan Andres is one for the motorsports community to remember in the coming years. Fifteen-year old Andres, of Germany, highlighted the day with a sensational lap of 1:04.386 (111.825 mph) around the 10-turn, 2-mile circuit in his K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Swift 016a Mazda, nearly two seconds faster than the existing SCCA overall and Formula Atlantic® class track record. Friday offered a pair of qualifying sessions for the seven race groups preparing for U.S. Majors Tour races Saturday and Sunday, serving as Rounds 11 and 12 for the Southeast Conference and Rounds Three and Four for the Northeast Conference. While Andres effort was notable, being the fastest of all, several other drivers qualified faster than their existing respective class track record at Summit Point. They included: Alex Mayer (Formula 1000), Tyler Kicera (Spec Miata), Greg Obadia (Spec Racer Ford Gen 3), Lee McNeish (Spec Racer Ford), Rob Hines (Touring 3), Mac Korince (B-Spec), David Sanders (Touring 1) and Jerry Hinkle (F Production). The times do not establish new records, though, as SCCA only recognizes track records set during races. Each of the run groups will hold a final 15-minute qualifying session Saturday morning, followed by 30-minute races. On Sunday, the weekend will conclude with 25-lap races, which will close out the Southeast Conference Championship for 2015. For all event information, please visit www.scca.com/summitmajors. For live audio, timing and Twitter notes throughout the weekend, please visit www.sccahost.com/sccalive. SUMMIT POINT, West Virginia – Provisional polesitters for this weekend’s SCCA U.S. Majors Tour races from Summit Point Raceway with class, driver name and car. American Sedan, Daniel Richardson, Chevrolet Camaro. B-Spec, Mac Korince, MINI Cooper. E Production, Chris Dryden, BMW Z3. F Production, Jerome Hinkle, Lotus 7 Series IV. Formula 500, David Lapham, QRE Invader QC-1. Formula 1000, Alex Mayer, JDR/Suzuki. Formula Atlantic, Keyvan Andres, Swift 016/Mazda. Formula Continental, Chuck Moran, Van Diemen/Ford. Formula Enterprises, Justin Huffman, SCCA FE/Ford. Formula F, James Oseth, Van Diemen RF98. Formula Vee, Stevan Davis, Racer's Wedge SB-1. GT-1, Jack Bush, Ford Mustang. GT-2, Randy Kinsland, Chevrolet Corvette. GT-Lite, Robert Lentz II, Nissan Sentra SER. H Production, Doug Christensen, Honda CRX. Prototype 2, Dennis Hanratty, West WR-1000/Suzuki. Spec Miata, Tyler Kicera, Mazda Miata. SRF, Lee McNeish, Spec Racer Ford. SRF Gen 3, Greg Obadia, Spec Racer Ford G3. Super Touring Lite, Robert Beede, Honda Civic Si. Super Touring Under, Eric Heinrich, BMW E30 M3. Touring 1, David Sanders, Chevrolet Corvette. Touring 2, Preston Calvert, Ford Mustang. Touring 3, Rob Hines, Nissan 350Z. Touring 4, Michael Scornavacchi, Pontiac Solstice.

Southeast Conference Titles On the Line, Four Conferences In Action

April 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
SUMMIT POINT, West Virginia (May 1, 2015) -- While the Northern Conference of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour is just beginning its slate of races this weekend, the Southeast Conference will crown its 28 Champions this weekend, with the season finale at Summit Point Raceway, May 1-3. The Summit Point Majors weekend will serve as the 11th and 12th Rounds of the Southeast Conference Championship, as well as the third and fourth rounds of the Northeast Conference Championship. The Western Conference is in action at Buttonwillow Raceway Park for Rounds Seven and Eight, while the Northern Conference opens their season at Blackhawk Farms in a two day event. For the Southeast drivers, the season started the second weekend of the year, at Homestead Miami Speedway, followed a week later by Rounds three and four at Sebring International Raceway. After a month’s hiatus, the Championship moved to NOLA Motorsports Park in conjunction with the Mid-States Conference opener, then to Road Atlanta two weeks later, March 20-22 and VIRginia International Raceway in April. Championship Scenarios American Sedan – None of the three drivers mathematically eligible for the Championship are entered, so pending any last-minute registrations, Tom Ellis will be the Southeast Conference Champion. B-Spec – Of the seven drivers eligible to win the Championship, only Mac Korince is entered. Currently fourth in points, Korince is 23 points behind leader Darren Seltzer. A win on Saturday would push him to the lead, and solid finishes each day would push him to the Championship. E Production – None of the 10 drivers with a mathematical chance for the Championship are entered. Unless something changes, point leader Greg Ira will be crowned the Champion. Formula 500 – Neither of the drivers with a mathematical chance for the Championship is entered. Unless Russell Strate Jr. is a late entry, point leader Jack Walbran will take the title. Formula Atlantic – Neither of the drivers with a mathematical chance for the Championship are entered. Unless William Goldkind is a late entry and wins both races, point leader, and defending National Champion, Connor Kearby will take the title. Formula 1000 – Of the four drivers mathematically eligible for the title, only Alex Mayer is entered this weekend. He need to win both days to tie current leader Michael Crowe. If that was to happen, Mayer would take the tiebreaker with more wins. Formula Continental – Charles Moran and Douglas Rocco are tied at 144 points entering the final weekend. Moran is entered, Rocco is not. If Moran finishes a race and Rocco stays home, Moran will clinch the title. Formula Enterprises – None of the four drivers with a mathematical chance for the Championship are entered. Unless something changes, point leader Thomas Green will be crowned the Champion. Formula F - Neither driver with a mathematical chance for the Championship are entered. Unless something changes, point leader Thomas McGregor will be crowned the Champion. Formula Mazda - None of the five drivers with a mathematical chance for the Championship are entered. Unless something changes, point leader Doug Peterson will be crowned the Champion. F Production – With 196 points, Ken Kannard has clinched the Championship. Formula Vee – None of the three drivers mathematically eligible for the Championship are entered this weekend. Unless this changes, point leader Laura Hayes will be crowned the Champion. GT-1 – With 184 points, Simon Gregg has clinched the Championship. GT-2 – Of the 13 drivers mathematically eligible for the Championship, only point leader Randall Kinsland and 10th place John Yarosz are entered this weekend. If no other eligible drivers enter this weekend, and Kinsland finishes Saturday’s race in the points, he will lock in the Championship. GT-3 – Neither driver mathematically eligible for the Championship is entered. If this remains the case, point leader Ray Stephenson will win the Championship. GT-Lite – Of the three drivers mathematically in contention for the Championship, none are entered. If this remains the case, point leader Peter Shadowen will win the title. H Production – With 150 points, Will Perry has clinched the H Production Championship. Prototype 1 – With 180 points, Jacek Mucha has clinched the P1 Championship. Prototype 2 – Neither driver mathematically eligible for the Championship is entered. If this remains the case, point leader Sherman Chao will win the title. Spec Miata – Of the five drivers eligible for the Championship, only point leader Danny Steyn is entered this weekend. If this remains the case, Steyn will win the title. Spec Racer Ford – With 184 points, Scott Rettich has clinched the Championship. Spec Racer Ford 3 – Neither driver mathematically in contention for the Championship is currently entered. If this remains the case, Kerry Jacobsen will win the Championship. Super Touring Lite – Neither driver mathematically in contention for the Championship is currently entered. If this remains the case, Nick Leverone will win the Championship. Super Touring Under – None of the seven drivers mathematically in contention for the Championship is currently entered. If this remains the case, point leader Michael Flynn will win the title. Touring 1 – Two of the seven drivers mathematically eligible for the Championship, George Winkler (third) and Joe Aquilante (seventh), are entered this weekend. Winkler needs to finish fifth or better each day to pass Andrew Aquilante and win the Championship. Joe Aquilante would need to win both days and have Winkler finish no better than fifth and sixth in the two races to take the title. If Joe Aquilante is unable to win both days, Winkler can finish fifth and sixth to clinch the title by a single point. Touring 2 – With 169 points, Tim Kezman has clinched the Championship. Touring 3 – With 117 points, Tom Brady has clinched the Championship. Touring 4 – Of the five drivers in contention for the Championship, only fourth place Michael Scornavacchi is entered. With only two entries this weekend, Scornavacchi need only finish each day to score enough points to surpass current leader Tim Myers for the Championship. Follow all the weekend’s action with live timing, Twitter notes (for all events) and audio (at Summit Points) is available at www.scca.com/sccalive. -30-

Coulson Claims Tire Rack ProSolo Super Challenge at Crows

April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
CROWS LANDING, Calif. (April 28, 2015) – The SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo tour completed it second stop of the 2015 campaign this past weekend at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Crows Landing Airport, April 25-26. Brian Coulson, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, took the Super Challenge win, while Christine Grice, of Redondo Beach, Calif., was the last driver standing in the Ladies Challenge bracket. The two, nearly-symmetrical courses took advantage of the high-grip surface at the former military air installation. The courses were fast and flowed well, causing many to comment that these were the fastest and most fun ProSolo courses on which they had ever competed. For the most part, the weather cooperated as the rain forecasted for Saturday arrived early. Rain fell on Friday and persisted on-and-off throughout the evening hours. Almost every run on Saturday was in the dry, however extreme wind would prove to play havoc on all cars that had aerodynamic aides. The two-day event began with class-based competition on Saturday and Sunday morning. Those runs also served to set the seeding for Sunday’s Challenge brackets. Coulson (B Street, Stranoparts.com/SNAIL Spec Racing Chevrolet Corvette) began the bracket portion of the competition as the ninth overall seed. In his opening matchup, he dispatched with Mike Nakata (C Street, OS Giken/Fenstermacher Time Shares Scion FRS). The win allowed him to move to the round of 32, where he met Steve O’Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net Mazda Miata). Coulson took out O’Blenes, moving him to the bracket quarter-finals. In the quarters, Coulson scored a victory over Adrian Cardenas (C Street, Mazda RX-8). He then went on to meet with Andy McKee (Race Tire Index 2, Mike Maier, Inc./Ankeny Racing Engines Mazda RX-7) in the semi-finals. A win over McKee gave Coulson a spot in the bracket final against Michael Heinitz. The road to the final for Heinitz began as the second overall seed, meaning he was matched up against Jensen Tang (F Street Prepared, Toyota Corolla). Heinitz won that battle, pushing him forward in the competition. In the second round, Heinitz met Mark Scroggs (Bump Class 2, Stranoparts.com/Bridgestone Tires Ford Focus ST). Heinitz emerged with the win, and moved on to match up with Max Hayter (Bump Class 2, FRSport.com Subaru WRX). Heinitz was the winner of the quarter-final fight with Hayter and moved on to the semi-finals. Heinitz beat Ryan Otis (A Street, Chevrolet Corvette) in the penultimate round to earn a spot in the final against Coulson. When the dust settled, Coulson emerged as the Super Challenge winner. McKee completed the podium positions after beating Otis in the third-place runoff. “I ran my first Pro Solo in 2002,” Coulson said. “I've seen lots of different Super Challenge winners over the years, but the best I had ever done was to make the final eight a couple times. I can appreciate just how rare and special this is. “I have a tough class with lots of talent. The hardest part this weekend was to come out on top in that class to qualify for the Super Challenge. It required my best driving, and even then some luck. In the Super Challenge it was difficult to not get excited when it started going well...to stay focused on executing and staying clean.” In the Ladies Challenge, Grice (Ladies Class 1, Berry Family Racing/ChaseCam Mitsubishi Evo IX) started her run to the finals as the top seed in the bracket. Her opening-round matchup was against Jami Olerich (Ladies Class 2, Chevrolet Corvette). Grice was able to take the first-round win, moving onto the semi-finals where she met Jocelin Huang (Ladies Class 2, The Alignment Guy Porsche GT3). Grice won that matchup, moving her forward to the bracket final with Pamela Kannan (Ladies Class 2, Auburn Tire Service Ford Fiesta). To get to the finals, Kannan beat A. Tasha Mikko (Ladies Class 3, MAPerformance/English Racing Mitsubishi Evo IX) and Michelle Miller (Ladies Class 3, TCKline Racing/DirtFish Rally School Mini Cooper). In the final, Grice proved too much for Kannan and took the bracket title. Huang finished the competition on in third after beating Miller in the third-place runoff. “I have been lucky enough to compete in a bunch of Challenges, and win several over the years,” Grice said. “At the start of every Challenge I still get butterflies in my stomach. It's all about having a little skill and a lot of luck. “The transmission in my car decided to spit out chunks on the second side of the final round of the El Toro ProSolo Ladies Challenge. So, we spent the whole Crows Landing Pro worrying about the ‘new to us’ transmission in the car. Luckily it survived and didn't smell too much like left over burning gear oil.” Micah McElravy (Bump Class 4, Startled Armadillo Productions Mazda Miata), of La Honda, California, took home the win the Bonus Challenge bracket. “The biggest challenge for me this weekend was trying to find time,” McElravy said. “I got a low 32 with a cone on the right side course on Saturday morning, so I figured I'd be able to find a 31 on both sides in the afternoon when the sun was out and the course was clean. When I didn't improve my scratch times Saturday afternoon, I figured Sunday morning would bring results but it was more of the same. “I was still mid pack in the bump group with a really under prepped CSP car, so that was pretty cool, but it was frustrating to be so consistent and not improve.” The next stop for the SCCA Tire Rack ProSolo will be in Blytheville, May 2-3. This event is the rescheduled date from the cancelled season-opener. For additional information on the Crows Landings ProSolo event, including full results, click here. More information on the SCCA Tire Rack National Solo program can be found at SCCA.com/Solo. For the latest information, Like SCCA on Facebook at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial and follow the Club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Spec Miata Under The Lights At Daytona Highlights 2015 SCCA Runoffs Schedule

April 23, 2015 - 8:00pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (April 24, 2015) – Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs® presented by Mazda highlights the 2015 event schedule for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB® at Daytona International Speedway, where each of the 28 classes will race alone for the first time since 2008. The event begins with four days of qualifying and concludes with 10 races on Friday and nine each on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-27. “With its lighting options, Daytona International Speedway provides a unique opportunity for us and we thank Mazda for its support in helping make Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs a reality,” SCCA Vice President and COO Eric Prill said. “Spec Miata regularly delivers some of the very best racing of any weekend, and running its National Championship race under the lights ratchets that excitement up, providing a can’t-miss moment for everyone.” The Spec Miata class will crown a National Champion under the lights on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., with the 3.56-mile road course at the “World Center of Racing” lit to the same level as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Tuesday’s qualifying session will also be under the lights as a preview for Friday’s race. “Two years ago we set the all-time record for class size at the runoffs with 63 Spec Miatas,” John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports said. “In 2014, we brought the Runoffs to Mazda Raceway for the first time ever. Each year we work with the SCCA to raise the bar. This will be amazing to make history once again, by having the first ever night race at the Runoffs with Spec Miata. This will be an epic drafting battle.” The nighttime race also allows enough room in the schedule to fit each class in individually. “With Mazda’s help, this allows us to ensure that each of our 28 classes will have its own race,” SCCA Senior Manager of Club Racing Deanna Flanagan said. “At the last two venues, we held some multi-class races out of necessity. We thank the Runoffs volunteer chief team for creatively finding ways to make this happen for our participants.” Official qualifying sessions will be held from Monday through Thursday, with each class getting two 30-minute morning sessions and two 25-minute afternoon sessions throughout the week. The best time through the week will set the grids for the weekend’s 14-lap, 49.84-mile races, with each race winner crowned National Champion. The SCCA Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB has crowned Club Racing National Champions since 1964. Through 28 separate races over three days, the 2015 edition will crown champions in a winner-take-all, single race format. Preceding the event, the Central Florida Region SCCA will host test days from September 17 – 20. Unlike recent Runoffs events, parking, registration, and pre-event tech inspections will be good from test days through the length of the event. Test day registration will be available as an option when registering for the Runoffs. The entirety of the 2015 SCCA Runoffs races, including Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs presented by Mazda, will be broadcast live on SpeedcastTV.com. Runoffs registration opens July 22nd on SCCA.com. Additional information about the event, including the parking and garage reservation process, as well as promotional event activities, will be available soon. The full schedule and supplemental regulations are posted at SCCA.com/Runoffs.  

SCCA® Announces RallySprint

April 21, 2015 - 8:00pm
Topeka, Kan. (April 22, 2015) - Sports Car Club of America® announced the return of the name RallySprint. However, the name is the only thing that is returning. Instead, there will be two formats of RallySprint. RallySprint 1 will be a longer RallyCross with the possibility of top speeds five to 10 miles per hour faster than the typical RallyCross. RallySprint 2 will be one or two stages of a stage rally site. Each stage will run multiple times and will be scored like RallyCross. This exciting step forward will start on May 9, 2015, with the first pilot event in RallySprint. The SCCA® RallyCross Board (RXB) has been working towards this day for almost three years. The RXB realized that there was an underserved group of competitors that were not willing to commit to competing in full stage rally but wanted a little glimpse of it. May 9 will see a RallySprints 2 in New Hampshire and May 23 is set for a RallySprints 1 in Prairie City, California. The RXB will have the full rules package out toward the end of 2015 and hopes to proceed with a full program in 2016. Please watch www.SCCA.com for more information. "While RallySprint can provide a good bridge between SCCA RallyCross and stage rally events, it can also provide RallyCross enthusiasts with a faster event opportunity with relatively low hazard levels when open venues are used, thereby serving as a fun and challenging off road experience for SCCA members who are ready to move to another level of competition commitment," Howard Duncan, SCCA Senior Director of Solo® and Rally. New England Region SCCA is hosting the first RallySprint event at the Team O’Neil Rally School in New Hampshire. Long time SCCA RallyCross competitor, Scott Beliveau will be serving as the Event Chair. Scott bring years of both RallyCross and rally experience to the event. "SCCA RallyCross is 15 years old, now. Many of the 'older' RallyCross racers are searching for more, and have become involved in stage rallying as volunteers, crew, and, in some cases, competitors. In this progression, it's a very big leap from RallyCross to stage rally. SCCA®'s RallySprint program will add a stepping stone to help bridge that gap. It will provide a testing and training arena for people and machines as they move towards the longer, faster stage rallies," explains Beliveau. "With at least 8 major stage rallies within 8 hours and SCCA® RallyCross thriving in the Northeast, the area is a hot bed of rally related activity and in need of an intermediate sport. RallySprint will provide affordable seat time," continued Beliveau. Registration opened for the Team O'Neil SCCA RallySprint at the beginning of March. The 30 car entry limit was quickly reached and more than 10 other teams are on a waitlist hoping for a chance to race with SCCA in May. For more information on RallySprint please contact Brian Harmer at bharmer@scca.com or 1-800-770-2055.

Tire Rack Champ Tour Wraps at Crows Landing

April 20, 2015 - 8:00pm
CROWS LANDING, Calif. (April 21, 2015) – The SCCA Tire Rack National Tour meet at Crows Landing, held April 18-19, was the fourth of nine events on the road to the Tire Rack Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska. Utilizing the same class-based competition as the National Champion-crowning event, the Crows Landing surface has a similar grip level, making it a natural choice for both a competitive weekend and a measuring stick for later in the year. Steve O’Blenes (B Street Prepared, Roccos Pizza/Miataroadster.net Mazda Miata), of Garden Grove, California, set the best overall indexed time. He also scored the class win by 0.470-second over Anthony Porta. Pulling out the win by the narrowest margin was Jami Olerich (A Street Ladies, Chevrolet Corvette Z06), of Fairview, Oregon. Olerich held the class lead after day one, but Lacey Otis made her best attempt at a comeback to score the win. In the end, Otis fell 0.080-second short. In Street Touring Xtreme, Joseph Sim (Nameless Performance/Kartboy Scion FRS), of Gig Harbor, Washington, scored the win by 0.090-second when the dust settled on Sunday. After Saturday’s three runs he sat third in the standings, behind co-drivers Justin Tsang and Mack Tsang. However, he made his move on Sunday to clinch the win. Dallas Cutler (English Racing Mitsubishi Evolution), of Tigard, Oregon, was able to seal the class win in Street Modified on the strength of his Saturday runs. On his third run of the day, he logged a time in the 55-second rage. As the only car able to do that, he carried a 0.6-second lead into Sunday where he did what he needed to do in order to hold off Michael Yanase. John Tritsch (Subaru WRX), of Hillsboro, Oregon, left Crows Landing the winner in D Street. After finishing Saturday’s competition in second, about 0.2-second behind Justin Moore, Tritsch came back for the second day of the meet like a man possessed. On his last run, after taking out a cone on his previous lap, he ripped off a time of 57.212. That allowed Tritsch to take the lead, and also the class win. Street Touring Ultra came down to a battle between Jonathan Lugod (OS Giken/Bridgestone/LOT US Chevrolet Corvette), of Oceanside, California, and Jeff Stuart. Following Saturday’s runs, Lugod held a tenuous lead over Stuart. Coming back from the overnight break, Lugod was able to stay one step ahead of Stuart by lengthening his lead. The result was a 0.451-second win for Lugod. For more information, including full results, from the Tire Rack Championship Tour at Crows Landing, click here. The next stop for the series is Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Summer Nationals, slated for May 24-25. Additional facts regarding the Tire Rack SCCA National Solo program can be found at www.scca.com/solo. Remember to like the Club on Facebook, at Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial, and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.

Sunday Recap: Day Two of Majors Action from VIR

April 18, 2015 - 8:00pm
ALTON, Va. (April 19, 2014) – Low level rain clouds hung over VIRginia International Raceway on Sunday for Round 10 of the Southeastern Conference, and Round Two of the Northeastern Conference. The weather conditions teetered between wet and dry for most of the day. Eight 16-lap feature races were on the docket for Sunday, as winners in 28 Runoffs-eligible classes were crowned at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit. For each race group, the grid was full of anxious drivers hoping that the forecasted rain would hold off while they were on track. For many, the track remained dry. However, the conditions could change at any minute. Here's what the winners had to say: Jonathan Goring, Spec Miata Michael Scornavacchi, Touring 4 Kyle Boehm, Super Touring Lite Kurt Rezzetano, Touring 2 Brian Price, B-Spec  Chad Gilsinger, Touring 3   Ray Stephenson, GT-3 Denny Stripling, Spec Racer Ford Michael Brent, Formula 500 Mitchell Ferguson, Formula Vee  Kerry Jacobson, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 David Sanders, Touring 1 Daniel Richardson, American Sedan Tom Patton, GT-2 Simon Gregg, GT-1 Scott Andrews, Formula F Will Perry, H Production Ken Kannard, F Production Kevin Leigh, E Production  Michael Kamalian, GT-Lite  JR Osborne, Formula 1000   Kevyan Soori, Formula Atlantic Jacek Mucha, Prototype 1 Dennis Hanratty, Prototype 2 Tim Minor, Formula Continental    Additional information, including interviews with the winning drivers and results, on the VIR Majors can be found at SCCA.com/VIRMajors.

Saturday Recap: Race One from VIR

April 17, 2015 - 8:00pm
ALTON, Va. (April 18, 2014) – Day one of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour at VIRginia International Raceway started the day under sunny skies. The race served as Round Nine for the Southeastern Conference and was the season-opening race for the Northeastern Conference. Each of the eight race groups, made up of 28 Runoffs-eligible classes, took to the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit for a 25-minute sprit race. Spec Miata led the day off in a big way. With oil-dry on the course near the finish line, the opening moments saw six cars make contact just after taking the green flag. Three of those cars were able to continue the race, while three were not. The rest of the race, restarted on lap five, proved to be just as intense with a multi-car battle for the lead that included eventual race winner Dillon Machavern. Get reaction from each of the provisional winners here: Dillon Machavern, Spec Miata John Schmitt, Super Touring Under Michael Scornavacchi, Touring 4  Kurt Rezzetano, Touring 2 Kyle Boehm, Super Touring Lite  Chad Gilsinger, Touring 3  Mac Korince, B-Spec Kevin Leigh, E Production Randy Kinsland, GT-2   Ray Stephenson, GT-3  Danny Richardson, American Sedan Scott Rettich, Spec Racer Ford Laura Hayes, Formula Vee  Kerry Jacobsen, Spec Racer Ford Gen3 Michael Brent, Formula 500 Thomas McGregor, Formula F Ken Kannard, F Production Tim Minor, Formula Continental Kevyan Soori, Formula Atlantic Gianpaolo Ciancimino, Prototype 1 JR Osborne, Formula 1000 Reece Everard, Formula Enterprises Additional information, including grids, a schedule and full entry list, on the VIR Majors can be found at SCCA.com/virmajors.

Friday Recap: Majors Qualifying from VIR

April 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
ALTON, Va. (April 17, 2014) – Qualifying, in preparation for this weekend’s doubleheader race weekend, is now in the books the SCCA U.S. Majors tour event at VIRginia International Raceway. The weekend serves as Rounds Nine and 10 of the Southeastern Conference, as well as the opening two rounds of the Northwestern Conference. The track started out damp and slippery as a result of overnight rains, but was completely dry by mid-morning thanks to the sun warming things up. Each of the eight race groups, made up of 28 Runoffs-eligible classes, took to the 3.27-mile, 17-turn circuit for a pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions that set the field for Saturday’s 25-minute sprint races. Listen to what some of the drivers had to say about their performance on track. Jonathan Goring, Spec Miata   Michael Brent, Formula 500 Kevyan Soori, Formula Atlantic Additional information, including grids, a schedule and full entry list, on the VIR Majors can be found at SCCA.com/virmajors.

College Station Tire Rack Championship Tour Concluded

April 13, 2015 - 8:00pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (April 14, 2015) – The third round of the 2015 SCCA Tire Rack National Championship Tour wrapped up the first third of the season on the campus of Texas A&M University. This meet is part of a nine-race event series that leads up to the Tire Rack Solo National Championships, Sept. 8-11, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Precipitation was a constant threat throughout the weekend, but never materialized during competition. The only rain that fell occurred between competition on Saturday and Sunday. However, only had a small impact on the race as there were only scattered puddles left by the time cars hit the course for the second day of competition. Vivek Goel, one of two course designers at the 2014 Tire Rack Solo National Championships, was the course designer for this event. Goel created a pair of courses that were challenging, but well-liked by many of the drivers. A total of 193 drivers turned out to compete in the Champ Tour format, which is based on the same class-based competition utilized at the National Championship meet. Many of these drivers are planning to take part in the Nationals later this year, and use these events as a tune-up for the winner-take-all competition. Once the dust settled following the on-track action, John Kanalas (Yee-haw! Ford Mustang), of Shavano Park, Texas, was the winner of the most closely-contested class of the meet. Following the first day of runs, Kanalas was fifth in F Street, but made a heroic comeback on day two. Kanalas waited until his last run on Sunday to thrown down the fastest lap in the class by more than 1.5 seconds, vaulting him over four other drivers in the process. When the final results were tallied, Kanalas was the winner by 0.026-second. In Street Modified FWD, Jeffrey Pierce (House of Honda Motorsports Honda CRX Si), of Eros, Louisiana, was able to seal a 0.116-second win over his co-driver Jereme Mason. Following the first day of runs, Mason held the upper hand. However, Pierce put in a great final run on Sunday allowing him to take over the top position for the win. Street Touring Sport was another battleground, as Blanton Payne (Whitener Racing Shocks Honda CRX), of Denton, Texas, took the class win. He took the victory with only a 0.125-second gap over his co-driver Gerry Terranova. Heading into the over-night break, Payne held the class lead and did what he needed to do to escape with the win. Daniel McCelvey (Chevrolet Corvette), of Houston, took the win in A Street by 0.179-second over Todd Roberts (Hangover Racing Team/RTRT Honda S200). The class proved to be a showdown between the Chevrolet Corvette and Honda S2000. While the Corvette proved to be victorious, the makes were evenly matched as the top for positions resulted in an even split between manufacturers. Federico del Toro (Porsche Boxster), of San Antonio, Texas, was the class winner in F Prepared by a small margin, like many of the other classes run during the competition. Following day one, del Toro was the class leader by more that 0.5-second. On Sunday, he was not the top driver, but had done what he needed to do on Saturday to secure the win by 0.297-second when all was said-and-done. Kent Kroll (E Street Prepared, Ford Mustang GT), of Spring, Texas, emerged as the class victor by 0.640-second ahead of Casey Brown. Kroll’s best run on Saturday put him in second place. The next day, Kroll returned with a vengeance as he was one of only two drivers to get a time into the 24-second range. In Street Touring FWD, David Whitener (Black Armor Helmets/Texas Track Works Honda Civic), of Fort Worth, Texas, had a good day at the race track. Aside from taking a decisive 2.637-second win in class, Whitener was the top indexed driver of the meet. Additional information on the College Station Tire Rack Championship Tour, including full results, can be found at http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=8372. The next stop for the Championship Tour is scheduled for April 18-19 at Crow’s Landing Airport Facility in Crow’s Landing, California. 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.

West Coast Drivers Fight Hard at Thunderhill’s Western Conference Majors Round Eight

April 11, 2015 - 8:00pm
Willows, Calif. (April 12, 2015) – Thunderhill Raceway is located in the rolling foothills of Northern California’s coastal mountain range, overlooking the verdant farmland of the state’s Central Valley. At this time of year, temperatures are mild and cool breezes temper the California sunshine. This is the setting for Round 8 of the Western Conference Majors Tour. For the second day, a healthy field of 130 drivers distributed among seven race groups raced for mission-critical season points. Grid positions for today’s 16-lap races were established by fast lap times in yesterday’s 30-minute timed sprints. After a set of early-morning warm-ups, racing began promptly at 9:00 AM. Race Group 3 is composed of GT1-2-3, Touring 1, and American Sedan, and the drivers took advantage of the cool morning air to make horsepower. Yesterday’s winning GT-1 driver Frank Emmett, of Penngrove, California, (No. 45 Red Line Oil Chevrolet Corvette) moved out smartly to lead from flag to flag, trailed by Kenneth Davis, of Escondido, California, (No. 64 Davis Stone.com Chevrolet Corvette) until lap six, when Davis slowed with mechanical trouble. In GT-2, Erich Joiner, of Torrance, California, (No. 3 Tool of North America Porsche 997) kept his car ahead of contender Scotty B. White, of Auburn, Washington, (No. 0 GOT CDL?/Knight Transport LLC/BFGoodrich Dodge SRT10) Viper) most of the way to the checker, but White pulled ahead on lap 14 to take the win. The two tore up the track in the most exciting race of the group. “We had a great battle with Erich,” White said. “It was a lot of fun and a clean race. With a couple laps to go he was starting to get a little bit loose, but the BFGoodrich tires I have just get better at the end of the race, and the Hawk brakes are so good. I couldn’t believe I was outbraking a Porsche GT3 in a Viper!” Three-time SCCA National Championship Runoffs winner Collin Jackson, of Langley, British Columbia, (No. 53 BM&M Screening Solutions Nissan 240SX) claimed his second GT3 win of the weekend, with Guy Laidig, of Woodside, California, (No. 52 Mazda/Hoosier Tire/Fuzzball Racing Mazda RX-7) finishing second. Touring 1 belonged to Pratt Cole, of Salt Lake City, Utah, (No. 8 Western Metals Transport Ford Mustang FR500S). Allison Palitz, of San Leandro, California, (No. 82 Maximum Motorsports Ford Mustang) claimed her second win in AS. Group 4 was all Spec Miata, and there were grudges to settle from yesterday’s sprint race. Among the top four drivers, anyone could take the victory. Mason Filippi, of Alamo, California, (No. 40 Cuttings Edge Drapery Mazda Miata) grabbed the lead in the first corner, but Steven Powers, of Mesa, Arizona (No. 145 Amerifirst Financial/miatacage.com/East Street Racing Mazda Miata) was right behind him. Marco Gallaher, of Santa Rosa, California, (No. 8 First Community Bank/PFR/Rossini Racing Products Mazda Miata) and Tommy McCarthy, of Mountain View, California, (No. 23 Du-All Safety Mazda Miata) tucked into the lead draft, as well. Multiple light body contacts were reported, and leaders changed every lap in the early part of the race, but in the end it was Gallaher who claimed the lead on lap five and began pulling away to repeat his previous victory with a margin of 9.28 seconds over second place Filippi. Powers completed the podium in third position. In Race Group 5, Joe Huffaker, of Petaluma, California, (No. 77 Huffaker Horsepower MG Midget) had mechanical issues on Saturday, but came back today to set a new lap record and earn the win in F Production, with a 5.8-second margin of victory over yesterday’s winner Jess Heitman, of Portland, Oregon, (No. 47 Maz-Toy Auto Recycling/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata). In E Production, Anthony Jimerson, of Benicia, California, (No. 28 A.T. Mechanical/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Mazda RX-7) completed his weekend with a second win. Troy Ermish, of Tracy, California, (No. 38 Datsun 510 Parts Outlet/REBELLO Racing Engines Datsun 510) repeated his GT-Lite victory, as did Tom Wickersham, of Piedmont, California, (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing/Competition Autowerks/BFGoodrich Mazda MX-5) in Touring 4. Jason Isley, of Coto de Caza, California,(No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/RACER.com Toyota Yaris) swept the weekend in H Production. Group 6 saw a repeat victory for past champion Mike Miserendino, of Bakersfield, California, (No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford 3). Miserendino clearly has the new third generation SRF fully sorted out. Before the race, past national champion John Black, of Olympic Valley, California, (No. 17 CSR Performance Spec Racer Ford 3) said, “I don’t think I have anything for Mike. He’s going to walk away.” Black’s assessment proved prophetic, as he finished in second position, with Todd Harris, of Portland, Oregon, (No. 24 Pro Drive Racing/Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford 3) claiming the third step on the podium after a clean close race. Among the second-generation SRF cars, a fourth-lap crash took out Bill Booth, of Cupertino, California, (No. 57 Accel Biotech Spec Racer Ford) and Jerry Apless, of Newcastle, California, (No. 71 Burrell Consulting Group, Inc. Spec Racer Ford), causing a full course caution. At the checker, Paul Raby, of Las Vegas, Nevada, (No. 7 Flat Out Racing Spec Racer Ford) claimed the win, followed by Michael Boyle, of Santa Clara, California, (No. 53 SE.com/Donata Realty Spec Racer Ford) and Rich Kenny, of Reno, Nevada, (No. 33 CSR Performance Spec Racer Ford). “It was definitely hooked up,” Miserendino siad. “We spent a lot of time working on the car in the off-season, and the guys at MBI did a great job putting all our Gen Threes together. I just drive it.” After the lunch break, the Group 7 race, Formula F again showed a close race with Denny Renfrow, of Santa Clara, California, (No. 11 Wheely Open Racing Piper/Honda) and Scott Huffaker, of Menlo Park, California, (No. 99 Van Diemen) locked into an evenly-matched fight for the lead. Daniel Swanbeck, of San Jose, California, (No. 27 BigWheels.net/SmugMug/TwoSeven Designs Piper/Honda) and Alex Kirby, of Long Beach, California, (No. 81 Fast Forward Racing Components Piper/Honda) followed and made it a four-car lead pack. For a time it looked as though Renfrow would have it all his way, but on Lap 14 Huffaker took the lead and held it to the checker. Renfrow settled for his second runner-up finish of the weekend, and Swanbeck took third place. In the Formula Vee class, Dennis Andrade, of Buckeye, Arizona, (No. 87 D&D Racing Vortech) and Skip Streets, of San Clemente, California, (No. 51 Hoosier/Ron Chuck Engineering /My Bride Traci Mysterian) also repeated their battle, but this time the pair traded the lead back and forth throughout the race. Ron Wake, of Lafayette, California, (No. 41 Ron Chuck Engineering Mysterian) put himself in a solid third place and waited for the leaders to make a mistake. Streets led almost every lap, but on the final run to the checker, Andrade popped out of the draft and beat the other two cars to the line. Streets finished second and Wake in third. Joe Rozelle, of Modesto, California, (No. 70 Novacar F500) took the uncontested win in F500. The afternoon remained cool and breezy as Group 1 took over the course. Tom Wickersham (No. 01 Maine Straight Racing, Competiton Autowerks, BF Goodrich Ford Mustang) had the pole position in Touring 3, but appeared to have mechanical difficulties at the start, pulling off and rejoining the field at the rear. Outside polesitter Scotty B. White (No. 0 BFGoodrich Tires/GOT CDL?/Knight Transport LLC Ford Mustang) took over the overall and T3 lead but had his own troubles and fell back as well. That left Lansing Stout, of Corvallis, Oregon, (No. 54 NISMO/UpRev Engine Mgmt/OR Powder Coat/Korvis LLC Nissan 350Z) and Kevin Fandozzi, of St. Joseph, Michigan, (No. 37 Hoosier/Moton/Insight Driven Chevrolet Cobalt SS) to battle for the T3 lead. But White wasn’t done yet, and worked his way back to the class lead by the eighth lap, holding that position to the finish. Fandozzi finished in second place and Stout third. Don Van Nortwick, of San Jose, California, (No. 51 Tobar Industries Ford Mustang) took the group overall honors and the win in Touring 2. Mitch Marvosh, of Ventura, California, (No. 29 Wolf Films / Beacon Marine Ford Mustang) maintained second place, and Russ Peterson, of Menlo Park, California, (No. 7 Peninsula Equine Ford Shelby GT) claimed third in class. In STL, Bob Bradfield, of Aptos, California, (No. 60 Cary's Redding Tire Ford Mustang) claimed his second win of the weekend, while Carl Young, of Salinas, California, (No. 49 Driving Ambition Honda S2000) took the STU class victory. The B-Spec victory went to Eric Boucher, of Auburn, California, (No. 35 The Wife Mazda2). Group 2 closed out this round of the Western Conference Majors, again combining all winged formula and sports racing cars. Jim Devenport, of Modesto, California, (No. 23 Cranbrook Group, Inc. Norma M20) again took the Prototype 1 class and overall group win, while Chris Farrell, of Salt Lake City, Utah, (No. 58 C&M mfg./GDRE/Hoosier/Geartronics Stohr WF1) claimed his second Prototype 2 victory of the weekend. Formula B was the fastest group of open-wheel cars, with Gary Hickman, of Santee, California, (No. 76 Edge Engineering Inc. Phoenix) leading the class in third position overall. A mid-race caution allowed the field to bunch up, but Hickman pulled away again on the Lap 10 restart. Second place in FB went to John LaBrie, of Draper, Utah, (No. 33 Bug and Weed Mart Phoenix Race Works F1K12) and third position was claimed by Larry Vollum, of Portland, Oregon, (No. 5 Compview Medical Stohr). In Formula Continental, Tom Hope, of Downey, California, (No. 10 H&M Racing Data Van Diemen) took the win, while Matthew Hauff, of Rohnert Park, California, (No. 38 Goebel Construction SCCA Enterprises) took FE honors. Completing the field, Mel Kemper, of Toledo, Washington, (No. 4 Thanks Mazda/Goodyear Formula Mazda) took the top step in Formula Mazda. Rounds Nine and 10 of the Western Conference Majors Tour will be held May 1-3, at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, in Buttonwillow, Calif. Complete race results and further information is available at SCCA.com/ThunderhillMajors. Willows, Calif. - Provisional race winners for Saturday’s Western Conference Majors Tour Round 7 at Thunderhill Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car. American Sedan: Allison Palitz, San Leandro, Calif., Ford Mustang B-Spec: Eric Boucher, Auburn, Calif., Mazda2 E Production: Anthony Jimerson, Benicia, Calif., Mazda RX-7 F Production: Joe Huffaker, Petaluma, Calif., MG Midget H Production: Jason Isley, Coto de Caza, Calif., Toyota Yaris Formula B: Gary Hickman, Santee, Calif., Phoenix Formula Continental: Tom Hope, Downey, Calif., Van Diemen Formula Enterprises: Matthew Hauff, Rohnert Park, Calif., Formula Enterprises Formula F: Scott Huffaker, Menlo Park, Calif., Van Diemen Formula Mazda: Mel Kemper, Toledo, Wash., Formula Mazda Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade, Buckeye, Ariz., Vortech GT-1: Frank Emmett, Penngrove, Calif., Chevrolet Corvette GT-2: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Dodge SRT10 Viper GT-3: Collin Jackson, Langley, B.C., Nissan 240SX GT-Lite: Troy Ermish, Tracy, Calif., Datsun 510 Prototype 1: Jim Devenport, Modesto, Calif., Norma M20 Prototype 2: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stohr WF1 Super Touring Lite: Bob Bradfield, Aptos, Calif., Mazda RX-7 Super Touring Under: Carl Young, Salinas, Calif., Honda S2000 Spec Miata: Marco Gallaher, Santa Rosa, Calif., Mazda Miata Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., Spec Racer Ford 3 Spec Racer Ford: Paul Raby, Las Vegas, Nev., Spec Racer Ford Touring 1: Pratt Cole, Salt Lake City, Utah, Ford Mustang FR500S Touring 2: Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, Calif., Ford Mustang Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Wash., Ford Mustang Touring 4: Tom Wickersham, Piedmont, Calif., Mazda MX-5


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