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

May 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
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

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

May 29, 2015 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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.

From Karts to Sports Cars

May 25, 2015 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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.

Summit Majors Sunday Highlighted by Photo Finish

May 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
 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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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 - 7:00pm
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-


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