SCCA Runoffs races: Day 3

SCCA Runoffs races: Day 3

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SCCA Runoffs races: Day 3

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Bovis Narrowly Bests Lentz at the Line to Win GT-Lite at 50th SCCA Runoffs
 
Chris Bovis, of Lawrence, Kan., beat Bobby Lentz, of Chantilly, Va., by 0.007-second to win his second-career GT-Lite National title at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. Bovis’ win is the closest Runoffs finish in the transponder era. Steve Sargis, of Frankfort, Ill., finished third.
 
Bovis started fifth in the No. 78 JDM Motorsports/Hoosier Tire Honda CRX and spent the first nine laps battling Kent Prather, of Wakarusa, Kan., in the No. 26 Prather Racing/Mazdaspeed/Moss Motorsports Mazda Miata for second. The two swapped spots several times before Bovis finally got by Prather for good on lap 10. From there, Bovis had his sights set on then race leader Lentz.
 
Bovis turned the Hawk Performance Hot Lap of the Race (2:33.161, 94.019 mph) en route to catching Lentz. On the final lap, Bovis was right behind Lentz’s No. 60 FGR/Hoosier/Nissan Sentra SER heading into turn 12. By the time both cars exited the corner, they were side-by-side. After contact side-by-side, Bovis tucked in behind Lentz heading into the final corner, which set up a sling shot move around Lentz up the hill to the stripe. At the line, Bovis was just inches in front of Lentz, which earned Bovis the GoPro Hero Move of the Race.
 
“We got a great start, and were able to focus,” Bovis said. “We had a huge gap, and I really was not happy to see that yellow flag come out to pull everybody back together. Once Kent [Prather] got around me, that was really the first time I really had to get around one guy that had a pace. That took a lot longer than I wanted it to. He’s a pretty tough competitor. Once we got around him, I figured honestly that we were going to run out of time and run out of laps. I was yelling at myself in the car, pounding the steering wheel, trying to get myself psyched up to run him down. And, we almost did.
 
“The difference between Bobby’s laps and my lap’s was just a matter of a few feet here and there. I was trying to figure out where I was quicker. It was just marginally quicker. The best thing I had was [Turn] 13, which is a terrible place to do anything. I’d love to tell you I had a plan, but I consciously thought going into [Turn] 3, this is just going to happen somewhere. Road America is a very important place for me. I grew up here. I’ve seen a lot of drivers run here differently. I just know sometimes here, if somebody is diving really hard into the corner, you can square the corner up, cut back, and just lengthen the straightaway up, and sometimes it works. That’s honestly the only option I had. It was the last lap and the best opportunity, and it was what it was.”
 
Lentz started from the Saferacer pole position and wasn’t seriously challenged for the race lead until Bovis caught him on lap 11. At that point, Lentz had to drive defensively to keep Bovis behind him. On the final lap, Lentz knew he and Bovis would have a drag race to the finish coming out of turn 14.
 
As bad luck would have it, and for the second straight year, Lentz was beat at the line by the narrowest of margins. This year, he lost by 0.007-second. Last year, Prather beat Lentz by 0.023. In two years, Lentz has missed winning a National Championship by a total time of 0.030-second. Lentz now owns three-career Runoffs podium finishes.
 
“He just got a great run, a great run on me, coming out of Canada [Corner],” Lentz said. “We went through Billy Mitchell Corner side-by-side. I got back over on the outside, and it was just a drag race up the hill to the finish line.
 
“I was hoping I was going to win. I could see him creeping, creeping, creeping. Frankly, all I thought was, here we go again. It was exactly what happened to me last year. I just got out-motored up the hill.
 
“Frankly, it’s just impossible for it to sink in that it’s happened to me two years in a row. In a million years, I would have never guessed that I would have the first and second closest finishes, and to be second in both of them two years in a row. My thought after qualifying was, if I could be heads down and run my race, I should be able to win this thing.”
 
Sargis, a seven-time Runoffs Champion, started 12th in the No. 8 SBS Batteries/Hoosier Tire Triumph Spitfire and moved up into the top five by lap three. By lap five, he was in fourth a position he held until the final lap when he passed Prather in Canada Corner for the final podium spot. Sargis now has 16-career Runoffs podiums.
 
“My plan was just to be cautious,” Sargis said. “I didn’t think I had a chance to win, and I wasn’t sure how the car was going to run. It seemed to run good today. When I got around a bunch of guys and I got around [Peter] Shadowen, I was like, oh, it can’t be too bad, because I know he is one of the top guys.
 
“Then the yellow came out, and I was like, uhhh. On the restart, Bobby Clark flew in front of me and got sideways in [Turn] 1, and kind of killed all of my momentum. So it took pretty much the rest of the race to catch Kent [Prather] again. I don’t know if he was having handling problems or was protecting his line too much, but he ended up going into Canada [Corner]. I took the normal line and took a good, sweeping turn. He was drifting wide through there anyway, and with the inside line, he really got wide. I got underneath him in Billy Mitchell Corner, and I think he went off in the last corner. I’m happy; it was fun.”
 
Sargis was the Sunoco Hard Charger after improving nine positions. He started 12th and finished third.
 
Bob Clark, of Glendale, Wis., finished fourth in the No. 77 JDM Group/Raglin Racing Honda CRX. Charles Leonard, of Palmetto, Fla., finished fifth in the No. 14 JB Racing/Hoosier Tire Nissan 200SX SE-R.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s GT-Lite national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (5), Christopher Bovis, Lawrence, KS, Honda CRX, 13.
2, (1), Robert Lentz, Chantilly, VA, Nissan Sentra SER, 13.
3, (12), Steve Sargis, Frankfort, IL, Triumph Spitfire, 13.
4, (2), Bob Clark, Glendale, WI, Honda CRX, 13.
5, (10), Charles Leonard, Palmetto, FL, Nissan 200SX SE-R, 13.
6, (6), Kyle Disque, Philadelphia, PA, Toyota Tercel, 13.
7, (8), Brian Downey, Bristow, VA, Nissan 200SX SE-R, 13.
8, (16), Lans Stout, Cornelius, OR, Nissan Sentra, 13.
9, (9), Peter Zekert, Maryland Heights, MO, Nissan 200SX SE-R, 13.
10, (7), Jonathan Goodale, Conifer, CO, Mazda MX-5, 13.
11, (4), Kent Prather, Wakarusa, KS, Mazda Miata, 13.
12, (11), Daniel Meller, Milwaukee, WI, Toyota Tercel, 13.
13, (13), James Hargrove, Surrey, BC, Honda Civic, 13.
14, (15), Roy Lopshire Jr, Blue Springs, MO, Toyota Tercel, 13.
15, (18), Bryan Floyd, Clarion, PA, Nissan 200SX, 13.
16, (19), Robert Bax, Cincinnati, OH, Nissan Sentra, 13.
17, (14), Noel Hayward, Vallejo, CA, MG Midget, 9.
DNF, (3), Peter Shadowen, West Palm Beach, FL, Honda CRX, 3.
DNF, (17), Jamie Houseman, London, ON, Honda CRX, 3.
DNF, (20), Greg Socha, Richland, MI, Toyota Celica, 3.
 
Overall Time of Race: 38:16.431
Average Race Speed: 81.518 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.007 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:33.161
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 94.019 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #8 Steve Sargis
Lap Leaders: #60 Laps 1-12, #78 Lap 13

Ira Declared E Production Champion at SCCA Runoffs
 
Three-times a bridesmaid, Greg Ira is now a Sports Car Club of America National Champion after on-track E Production race winner Matt Reynolds was penalized for last-lap contact in a battle for the lead at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America.
 
Ira, of Plantation, Fla., led in his No. 2 GlenMartin Nissan 260-Z as the field received the one-to-go signal. Recovering from an early-race spin in his No. 71 Reynolds Brothers Racing/Jesse Prather Mazda Miata, Reynolds ran Ira down, but made contact with the Nissan in Turn Eight, allowing the Mazda through and into the lead. On the track, Reynolds finished 0.173-second ahead of Ira.
 
Following the race, the SCCA Stewards of the Meet determined that Reynolds was in violation of General Competition Rules (GCR) sections 6.11.1.A, B, C and D relating to On Course Driver Conduct. He was moved back a total of three positions (one for the last-lap incident and two for an earlier incident), making the revised top three finishers Ira, Aaron Downey, of Rossmoor, Calif., and Chris Dryden, of New Freedom, Pa.
 
The race got off to an adventurous start, as two early leaders slid off course. Reynolds was battling with Jim Daniels on the third lap and took the lead when Daniels’ No. 76 TheRacingInsiders.com Mazda Miata slid off the track near the Kink. Moments later, Reynolds spun in Canada Corner on his own, and waited to rejoin the field as several cars passed him.
 
SafeRacer Polesitter Downey then took the point in his No. 5 roundpeg.com/Mazdaspeed Motorsports Mazda RX-3, but it was short-lived, as Ira was soon into the lead.
 
Having fallen back to 14th, Reynolds was on a tear through the field, setting the Hawk Performance Hot Lap of the Race with a time of 2:28.274 (97.117 mph) on lap six. He was back up to second place on lap 11, passing Downey for the position.
 
“The level of aggressiveness that some people have is different,” Ira said. “That might fly in another class, but a bump-and-run, for whatever the reason is, isn’t a good way to win if you ask me.
 
“These old cars we’re in, we really have to wheel them,” Ira added. “Winning with one of our older cars is difficult. But I was never comfortable. My head was always down, and I was always trying to click and hit my marks the best I could, for the exact reason that happened at the end. I told myself I was going to raise my aggressive level today because of our need to win so badly.”
 
“It was two very competitive drivers and two good drivers going for the same spot,” Reynolds said immediately following the race. “I chose my line, which was underneath, and there was just a little contact. It was a racing incident, and I did apologize to Greg.”
 
In the revised results, Ira’s margin of victory was 8.362 seconds, averaging 90.441 mph.
 
Downey bounced around the top five, and led lap three in the No. 5 roundpeg.com/Mazdaspeed Motorsports Mazda RX-3. In the end, he was only 0.201-second ahead of Dryden the new third-place finisher in the No. 02 PayPal/Carbotech BMW Z3.
 
“We were just off on the setup,” said Downey, the recipient of the GoPro Move of the Race after drifting through the Carousel early in the race. “I never lost sight of the leaders. Yes, I did lead a couple times during the race, but I never felt like I had a winning car.”
 
Reynolds was placed fourth in the final results, one position ahead of Jesse Prather, of Topeka, Kan., who drove the No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Mazdaspeed/Hoosier Mazda MX-5.
 
Philip Royle in the No. 42 CureSarcoma.org/Electromotive Mazda RX-7 picked up the Sunoco Hard Charger, advancing 18 spots from 34th to 16th.
 
Final results for Sunday’s SCCA E Production national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
1, (4), Greg Ira, Plantation, FL, Nissan 260-Z, 13.
2, (1), Aaron Downey, Rossmoor, CA, Mazda RX-3, 13.
3, (5), Chris Dryden, New Freedom, PA, BMW Z3, 13.
4, (3), Matt Reynolds, Boerne, TX, Mazda Miata, 13.
5, (6), Jesse Prather, Topeka, KS, Mazda MX-5, 13.
6, (10), Kevin Leigh, Harrisonburg, VA, BMW Z3, 13.
7, (7), Kenneth W Shreve, Sammamish, WA, Mazda RX-7, 13.
8, (11), James Simaras, Oconomowoc, WI, Mazda RX-7, 13.
9, (9), Sam Halkias, Westerville, OH, Triumph TR6, 13.
10, (13), John Morton, El Segundo, CA, Nissan 240-Z, 13.
11, (18), Don Bunt, Rockford, IL, Nissan 240-Z, 13.
12, (16), Lance Loughman, Lake Zurich, IL, Nissan 240-Z, 13.
13, (12), Steve Smyczek, Brookfield, WI, Mazda RX-7, 13.
14, (35), Robert E. Hummel, McHenry, IL, Mazda RX-7, 13.
15, (19), Charlie Clark, Mission, KS, Mazda RX-7, 13.
16, (34), Philip Royle, Winnetka, CA, Mazda RX-7, 13.
17, (26), Peter Morton, Milford, MI, Honda S2000, 13.
18, (24), Brian Haupt, Spring Hill, KS, Mazda RX-7, 13.
19, (25), Richard Luening, Milwaukee, WI, MG B, 12.
20, (33), Sydney Davis, Angleton, TX, Mazda Miata, 12.
21, (29), James Malone, Willcox, AZ, Porsche 944, 12.
22, (38), George Olsen, Barrington, IL, Austin-Healey 3000, 12.
23, (21), Michael Helm, Union, OH, Toyota MR-2, 11.
24, (2), Jim Daniels, Germantown, TN, Mazda Miata, 10.
25, (8), Rick Kavitski, Freeland, PA, Mazda Miata, 10.
26, (14), Rick Kosdrosky, Granbury, TX, Caterham 7 America, 7.
27, (32), Dan Hedley, Gorham, ON, Honda Prelude Si, 7.
28, (20), Tony Jimerson, Benicia, CA, Mazda RX-7, 6.
DNF, (15), Gary Gist, Del Mar, CA, Mazda RX-7, 3.
DNF, (23), Ron Olsen, Barrington, IL, Mazda RX-7, 2.
DNF, (30), Dwight Cooke, Greensboro, NC, Triumph TR4, 2.
DNF, (17), Rob Coffey, Thunder Ray, ON, Honda Prelude Si, 1.
DNF, (31), Rich Olsen, South Barrington, IL, Mazda RX-7, 1.
DNS, (22), Steve Hussey, Capitola, CA, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (27), Chris Stevens, Shawnee, KS, Mazda RX-7.
DNS, (28), Donald Walsh, Orrtanna, PA, Mazda RX-7.
DNS, (37), Jon Brakke, Fargo, ND, Mazda Miata.
 
Overall Time of Race: 34:29.864
Average Race Speed: 90.441 mph
Margin of Victory: 8.535 seconds
Hawk Performance Fastest Race Lap: Matt Reynolds, 2:28.274 (97.117 mph), Record
Sunoco Hard Charger: #42 Philip Royle
Lap Leaders: Lap 1, #76 Daniels; Lap 2, #71 Reynolds; Lap 3, #5 Downey, Laps 4-9, #2 Ira; Lap 10, #76 Daniels; Laps 11-12, #2 Ira; Lap 13, #71 Reynolds.
Note: Reynolds penalized three positions per SCCA GCR 6.11.1.A, B, C, D

Portante Wins Formula Continental Race in SCCA Runoffs Debut
 
SafeRacer polesitter Peter Portante of Plainville, Conn., emerged from an early battle with David Grant to score victory in the Formula Continental race Sunday at Road America, part of the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs.
 
It was the maiden Runoffs race for the 17-year-old Portante, who averaged 102.997 mph after leading nine of 13 laps. Christopher Miller, of Edina, Minn., finished second, ahead of Robert Allaer, of Lithia, Fla.
 
“It’s a great trophy to have in a small trophy case,” Portante said. “It’s going to be a lot of work to keep improving, though. It’s good to win at such a young age, but you have to keep improving you can’t plateau.”
 
Portante driving the No. 24 Hoosier Tire/Innercity Lines Van Diemen RF01 Ford spent the first half of the race challenging Grant, as they swapped the lead several times around the 4.0-mile, 14-turn track. They pulled away from Miller by several car lengths after five laps, and on Lap Six, Portante made the final lead change. He quickly established a six-car length lead, and never looked back.
 
“The beginning was quite interesting,” Portante said of racing Grant. “We were both trying to size each other up. I knew we had a really quick car, and I wasn’t sure where Grant sat at his overall pace. When he was in front, he would slow down in places you normally wouldn’t slow down. It was aggressive racing at its best. It was very clean. I stayed behind him for a couple laps to see where he was fast, where I was fast. I passed him in a section where I knew I was quicker, and pushed ten-tenths for three to four laps until I had the gap.”
 
Portante steadily opened his gap, and when Grant who led four laps hit the tire barrier in Turn 2 on Lap 10, Portante held a lead of more than 11 seconds. His margin of victory was 16.894 seconds over Miller, who drove the No. 84 Stockholm Motorsports Park/JDC Van Diemen Zetec. For his series of moves and lead battles with Grant, Portante was honored with the GoPro Hero Move of the Race Award.
 
“I made a lot of mistakes during this race, and there is still plenty to learn,” Portante said. “I’m still in my second year of road racing, coming over from stock cars and ovals. I’m learning the hard way. I’ve had a real up-and-down year, and this is a great result for everyone that has been around me. Hopefully this carries some momentum from this year into next year.”
 
Portante also turned the Hawk Performance Hot Lap of the Race 2:11.353 (109.628 mph) four hundredths of a second faster than his qualifying effort.
 
Like Portante, Miller who started second was also a rookie in the Runoffs. He shared the front row with Portante, but fell back on the start. That early mistake kept Miller from battling Portante for the win.
 
“I was hoping to give Peter a run for his money, and raced with them, but I made a mistake in (Turn) 1 and from there was playing catch-up,” Miller said. “I’m still pretty happy to be on the podium in my first Runoffs. I think Peter was in a class of his own, and did a great job all week. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to come back and try again and do one step better.”
 
Allaer, in the No. 52 Voss/Martini LTD Motorsports Van Diemen RF02, spent much of his run in the top five after starting fifth. His only previous Runoffs start came last year, when he finished fourth.
 
“It was a very talented field,” Allaer said. “I had hopes of finishing on the podium, and I think I benefitted from a little attrition. I basically held the car together, and I did what I could do to finish in the spot where I was. These kids are fast, and they deserve everything that they got.”
 
Fourth was Todd Marrical of Havertown, Pa., in the No. 69 Scott Honda/K-Hill Motorsports Van Diemen RF06. He also earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award for advancing a race-high four positions. Jim Victor, of Davenport, Iowa, finished fifth in the No. 77 Smith Barner/ArmsUp Motorsports RFR F2000.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s SCCA Formula Continental (FC) national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (1), Peter Portante, Plainville, CT, Van Diemen RF01, 13.
2, (2), Christopher Miller, Edina, MN, Van Diemen Zetec, 13.
3, (5), Robert Allaer, Lithia, FL, Van Diemen RF02, 13.
4, (8), Todd Marrical, Havertown, PA, Van Diemen RF06, 13.
5, (9), Jim Victor, Davenport, IA, RFR F2000, 13.
6, (10), William Hoops, Mountain Top, PA, Van Diemen RF99, 12.
7, (11), Mark Dillon, Naples, FL, Van Diemen RF96, 10.
8, (4), David Grant, Germantown, TN, Van Diemen RF03, 9.
9, (7), Tonis Kasemets, Mundelein, IL, Van Diemen RF01, 5.
10, (3), Gerald D Szykulski, Edina, MN, Van Diemen DP08, 4.
DNS, (6), J.R. Smart, Fitchburg, WI, Van Diemen RF01, 0.
 
Overall Time of Race: 30:17.352
Average Race Speed: 102.997 mph
Margin of Victory: 16.894 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:11.353
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 109.628 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #69 Todd Marrical
Lap Leaders: Lap 1, #24 Portante; Laps 2-5, #29 Grant; Laps 6-13, #24 Portante

Scornavacchi Races Ahead Of Battle To Take SCCA Title In Touring 4
 
Michael Scornavacchi, of Matthews, N.C., stayed clear of a lengthy battle for the final podium positions to run practically unchallenged to the Touring 4 title at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Lance Stewart, of Miami, Fla., and Greg Vandersluis, of North Olmstead, Ohio, completed a Mustang sweep of the podium.
 
Scornavacchi became a two-time National Champion in the No. 2 Angry Sheep Motorsports/Carbotech Ford Mustang, averaging 88.720 mph in the 13-lap, 52-mile race on his way to a 1.948-second victory.
 
The new Touring 4 class is a combination of the previous Showroom Stock B and Showroom Stock C class, with Scornavacchi returning one year after claiming the final SSB title.
 
Scornavacchi started on the SafeRacer pole, got away at the start, and then hit his marks as the field battled for second through fifth behind him. The gap on the opening laps was enough for Scornavacchi to set sail for the title.
 
“The first one was the toughest one, because I should have probably won this thing a couple of other times when it was back in Topeka and something would always seem to go wrong,” Scornavacchi said. “This year, things kind of worked out. Qualifying is so important here, because as you saw behind me, there were just all kinds of stuff going on. So I could kind of set a pace. This one is a little bit more special, because the other was the first one and it seemed like it was never going to happen.”
 
Stewart, who finished second behind Scornavacchi for the second-consecutive year, worked through the field quickly in the No. 31 Specialty Vehicle Logistics/BFGoodrich Tires Ford Mustang from his eighth spot on the grid. Stewart was fifth by the end of the opening lap, then began to climb through the contenders.
 
Getting to the front required Stewart to pass several cars. He picked off the No. 24 HPD/Honda Racing/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic of Matthew Staal on lap two to move to fourth, then battled with Brian Price’s No. 51 RP Performance/Performance Auto Works Mazda MX-5 for two laps.
 
Stewart’s Mustang had the power to get by Price’s Mazda on the front straight, but the Mazda was quicker through the back part of the track and under braking. Stewart made an impressive pass through Turn 13 to earn the GoPro Hero Move of the Race and get clear of Price for good.
 
Next up for Stewart in the swarm of T4 cars was Lee Niffenegger’s No. 42 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si. Stewart moved to second position in Canada Corner, and set his sights on Scornavacchi.
 
Stewart closed to Scornavacchi, but was too far behind at the start of the chase. For the second-consecutive year, Stewart stayed one step below the class champion on the podium. On his way to second place, he turned the Hawk Performance Hot Lap in 2:41.499 (89.165 mph).
 
“Eighth is probably not the best place to start the race because of his [Scornavacchi’s] car,” Stewart said. “He was driving it really well. The first two turns, it was a battle. It was just a big rugby scrum and we were trying to gain a position wherever we could. There was a lot of late braking going on. Then, it was just trying to catch Mike. But he was driving well, his car was working well, and he was too far ahead. We gave it all we had.
 
“It’s three times in a row, essentially, that I’ve been second-place in that car here. It’s kind of frustrating, I really wish I could have done better. But he did a good job, you can’t fault him. We’ve just got to try harder.”
 
Vandersluis’ No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich Tires/Ford Racing Ford Mustang started second, and got a bump on the opening lap in turn five and ran wide, falling to sixth.
 
From there, Vandersluis followed much of the path that Stewart did, working his way to third in not only his first Runoffs appearance, but his first visit to Road America.
 
“The start was decent,” Vandersluis said. “We got going into Turn 5, and there was a lot of traffic everywhere. Getting down on the brakes, one of the MX-5s punted me pretty hard. I almost completely spun out, and luckily nobody hit me and I was able to continue. I knew that whatever I dropped to wasn’t going to cut it, and I had to make a drive up.”
 
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I started second and usually I like to improve on that, but everything happens for a reason. I’m just glad of my drive, I could get all the way up to third.”
 
Niffenegger finished fourth, followed by Price.
 
Tom Daly improved seven positions in the No. 20 Luther Westside VW/BFGoodrich Tires Volkswagen Rabbit, finishing 15th and winning the Sunoco Hard Charger.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s Touring 4 national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (1), Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, NC, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
2, (8), Lance Stewart, Miami, FL, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
3, (2), Greg Vandersluis, North Olmsted, OH, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
4, (3), Lee Niffenegger, Santa Clarita, CA, Honda Civic SI, 13.
5, (4), J Brian Price, Middletown, VA, Mazda MX-5, 13.
6, (6), Matthew Staal, Torrance, CA, Honda Civic SI, 13.
7, (9), Andrew von Charbonneau, Boca Raton, FL, Ford Mustang, 13.
8, (7), Ralph Porter, Kokomo, IN, BMW Z4 2.5, 13.
9, (11), Steven Zink, Fort Worth, TX, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
10, (5), Michael Collins, Mount Airy, MD, Mazda MX-5, 13.
11, (10), Jim Ebben, Appleton, WI, Mazda RX-8, 13.
12, (12), Toby Grahovec, Royal Oak, MI, BMW Z4 2.5, 13.
13, (13), Paul Gargiulo, Weston, CT, Honda Civic SI, 13.
14, (14), Stan Czacki, Truth Or Consequences, NM, Acura RSX Type-S, 13.
15, (22), Tom Daly, Minneapolis, MN, Volkswagen Rabbit, 13.
16, (18), Victor Van Tress, West Hills, CA, Mazda MX-5, 13.
17, (16), Lothar Kremer, Franktown, CO, Chevrolet Camaro, 13.
18, (17), James Place, San Antonio, TX, Ford Mustang, 13.
19, (20), Steven Christopher, Olathe, KS, Mazda 3s, 12.
20, (19), Keith Jones, Lorain, OH, Mazda Miata, 12.
DNS, (15), Kristina Etherington, Henderson, NV, Ford Mustang V6, .
DNS, (21), Mark McCaughey, Sarasota, FL, Toyota Celica GTS, .
 
Overall Time of Race: 35:10.002
Average Race Speed: 88.720 mph
Margin of Victory: 1.948 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:41.499
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 89.165 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #20 Tom Daly
Lap Leaders: #2 Laps 1-13

James Takes Inaugural B-Spec SCCA Championship
 
Charlie James, of Joplin, Mo., earned his first Sports Car Club of America National Championship, taking the inaugural B-Spec title at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs Sunday at Road America. Joel Lipperini, of Pittston, Pa., and Tony Kester, of Joliet, Ill., completed the podium.
 
James started third in his No. 02 SafeRacer/BFGoodrich/Sparco/FedEx/Joe Gibbs MINI Cooper and took the lead after SafeRacer Polesitter Joel Weinberger slid off and into the Turn One barrier at the start when his quick-release steering wheel reportedly came loose.
 
From there, James held the lead for the rest of the 12-lap, 48-mile race, beating Lipperini to the checkered flag by 2.867 seconds.
 
“It feels great to be a champion,” James said. “As a longtime SCCA member, this just feels awesome. It feels good to be here and especially for the first B-Spec podium. We were happy just to be here and support the new class.
 
“The Turn One incident was definitely interesting at the very start. It shocked us all and we weren’t sure what to make of it. Joel was behind me and we just put our heads down and started to race and see where we all ended up.”
 
Lipperini, a three-time SCCA National Champion, started fourth in his No. 81 BFGoodrich Tires/Honda/Racelabz/Hawk/RedLine Honda Fit and moved to second on the opening lap.
 
“It was just about getting through Turn One clean,” Lipperini said. “From then on, we just ran our own race. I tried to run down Charlie, but it was actually a pretty boring race from my seat.”
 
A former Formula Ford Champion, Kester started 10th in the No. 99 Continental Mazda/ALM ACC Members MAZDA2, and worked his way to third in his first Runoffs appearance since 1992.
 
“First lap of qualifying on Tuesday, I got tapped by another car and my Mazda got put on its lid,” Kester said. “It was like an astronaut test as the car was spinning on its roof while it was sliding down the track. It ended up in the gravel and flipped back up onto its wheels. So when my mechanic Vince Fiore started putting it back together, he pulled about 50 or 60 pounds of gravel out of it. On the warm-up lap, when I was weaving back and forth, I could hear the gravel somewhere in the car sliding back and forth.
 
“The guys worked real hard. John Doonan with Mazda helped us get some parts. Pounded out the roof. There were actually a couple of holes worn through the roof. So, it’s now the FrankenMazda. They put it together and it was pretty good, all things considered. We had a good race, and I ended up third.
 
“The race with Mike [Asselta] was one of the best races I’ve had with anybody.”
 
Asselta finished fourth in his No. 03 SafeRacer/BFG/Sparco/FedEx/Joe Gibbs MINI Cooper, followed by Shawn Young’s No. 11 Continental Mazda/STA-BIL/Castrol MAZDA2. Young turned the Hawk Performance Hot Lap for the fastest lap in the race of 2:55.373 (82.111 mph).
 
Kester also was the Sunoco Hard Charger for his move from 10th to third, and he made the GoPro Hero Move of the Race during his run.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s SCCA B-Spec National Championship race at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (3), Charlie James, Joplin, MO, Mini Cooper, 12.
2, (4), Joel Lipperini, Pittston, PA, Honda Fit, 12.
3, (10), Tony Kester, Joliet, IL, MAZDA2 , 12.
4, (5), Mike Asselta, Overland Park, KS, Mini Cooper, 12.
5, (2), Shawn Young, Bensenville, IL, MAZDA2 , 12.
6, (8), Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, WA, MAZDA2 , 12.
7, (7), Roy Richards, Boron, CA, Honda Fit, 12.
DNF, (1), Joel Weinberger, Hinsdale, IL, MAZDA2 , 0.
DNF, (6), Brian Kelm, Plymouth, MI, Ford Fiesta, 0.
DNS, (9), Mark Boden, Winnetka, IL, MAZDA2.
 
Overall Time of Race: 35:50.250
Average Race Speed: 80.363 mph
Margin of Victory: 2.867 seconds
Hawk Performance Fastest Race Lap: Shawn Young, 2:55.373 (82.111 mph)
Sunoco Hard Charger: #99 Tony Kester
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, Charlie James


Rettich Dominates Formula Enterprises Race, Wins Super Sweep at SCCA Runoffs
 
Scott Rettich, of Camden, Ohio, dominated the Formula Enterprises race at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America and, in the process, also won the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep. Reece Everard, of Lake Orion, Mich., and Brandon Kennedy, of Bear, Del., finished second and third, respectively.
 
Rettich started from the SafeRacer pole position in the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications SCCA Formula Enterprises. The only part of the race Rettich did not lead was the first four corners of the race. Rettich passed then-leader Paul Schneider, of Mint Hill, N.C., in turn five to retake the lead and opened up a gap.
 
On lap two, Rettich’s lead was erased by the race’s only caution. The yellow came out after Tilden Kinlaw, of Lumberton, N.C., and Matthew Cutter, Sterling, Ill., made contact in turn six. Both cars spun, sustained damage and did not finish.
 
The race went green again on lap four. On the restart, Rettich got a great jump and never looked back. He drove a dominant race, winning by 47.021 seconds. Additionally, he turned the Hawk Performance Hot Lap of the Race with a 2:14.220 (107.287 mph) en route to winning his third-career Formula Enterprises National crown. He turned his fast lap on the penultimate lap of the 13-lap race demonstrating he was not slowing down.
 
“I knew I had the car to beat,” Rettich said. “We had a great setup. I gave myself a pretty good start. Schneider was pretty aggressive, but fair. He got to the outside of me and I let him go because I knew I could get back around him. I passed him going into turn five on the first lap. He broke deep and got to the inside of me. We went two-wide at the entry and I came out ahead.
 
“Then, I put my head down and started pulling away. I didn’t like to see the full course caution. But, I got a good solid restart made no mistakes. I started opening a gap again. I was a little nervous with three laps to go when I saw a couple competitors off, so I was hoping there wasn’t going to be a full-course caution. Luckily there wasn’t and I went on to the win.”
 
Rettich was the third driver of the 50th Runoffs to win the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep. The Super Sweep is the most difficult on-track award for a driver to claim, as it requires a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championship, a win in a key, designated Majors race, the nationwide point championship, and a National Championship at the Runoffs, all in the same class.
 
Rettich has been a Super Sweep winner in each of his three Championship seasons.
 
“Winning the 50th Runoffs, winning the Super Sweep, and the Triple Crown, just feels incredible,” Rettich said. “Certainly, it is a great accomplishment. A lot of dedication and time goes into winning this.”
 
Everard started 10th in the No. 3 HGS Automotive SCCA Formula Enterprises. Through solid driving, and some attrition, he was third heading into the final lap. At that point, Everard was right behind Kennedy in the No. 14 Osinga Construction Inc Hage Tool & Machine SCCA Formula Enterprises. Everard passed Kennedy in turn one for second place, and Kennedy returned the favor in turn five. But, the two weren’t done swapping spots. Everard saw an opportunity to pass Kennedy in Canada Corner and he took it. Everard held on for second his first-career Runoffs podium finish.
 
“Those last few laps, I saw Brandon ahead of me,” Everard said. “I knew I just had to put my head down and try as hard as I could, and I finally caught up with him.
 
“That last lap, I knew I had to do something. I passed him in turn one, but I knew that wasn’t going to be the last of it. I knew he would be coming back. I knew in turn five he would get alongside me. In Canada Corner, I had an edge on him, so I figured I would wait until then, and it paid off. It was a good finish.”
 
The turn 12, last-lap pass earned Everard the GoPro Hero Move of the Race. He was also the Sunoco Hard Charger after improving eight positions. He started 10th and finished second.
 
Kennedy started sixth and was up to fourth after one lap. By lap eight, Kennedy’s No. 14 machine was in second. At that point, Kennedy was reeled in by Everard over final five laps. That’s when Kennedy and Everard traded spots three times before Kennedy had to settle for the final podium spot. Kennedy’s third place finish was his first-career Runoffs podium.
 
“It was a great battle,” Kennedy said of his race with Everard. “I could see him gaining on me in my mirror for six, eight laps. I wanted to hold second. But, Reece is a tough competitor. He got me going into [turn] one, I got him back going into [turn] five. I was sliding the car, doing everything I could to keep him behind me. He got me in Canada [Corner], and I couldn’t get him back.
 
“If I had some more experience, there might have been some tricks up my sleeve, but I did everything I was told to try to do. He just managed to do more than I did.”
 
Eric Cruz, of Barhamsville, Va., finished fourth in the No. 86 Cruz Associates, Inc. SCCA Formula Enterprises. Keith McDonald, of Ranson, W. Va., finished fifth in the No. 10 Hoosier SCCA Formula Enterprises.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s Formula Enterprises national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (1), Scott Rettich, Camden, OH, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 13.
2, (10), Reece Everard, Lake Orion, MI, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 13.
3, (6), Brandon Kennedy, Bear, DE, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 13.
4, (8), Eric Cruz, Barhamsville, VA, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 13.
5, (11), Keith McDonald, Ranson, WV, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 12.
6, (9), Carl Przyborowski, River Forest, IL, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 10.
7, (3), Steve Grundahl, Blue Mounds, WI, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 8.
8, (4), Paul Schneider, Mint Hill, NC, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 7.
DNF, (5), Tilden Kinlaw, Lumberton, NC, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 0.
DNF, (7), Matthew Cutter, Sterling, IL, SCCA Formula Enterprises, 0.
DNS, (2), Denny Marklein, Dodgeville, WI, SCCA Formula Enterprises, .
 
Overall Time of Race: 31:40.080
Average Race Speed: 98.522 mph
Margin of Victory: 47.021 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:14.220
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 107.287 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #3 Reece Everard
Lap Leaders: #17 Laps 1-13

Reynolds Spins, Comes Back to Win EP Race in SCCA National Championship Runoffs
 
Matt Reynolds’ path to his first national championship Sunday in the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, didn’t come easy, nor without a little controversy.
 
Reynolds, of Boerne, Texas, spun on lap three while leading the 13-lap race, dropping him outside the top 15. Yet, he came through the field and, on the final lap, made contact with leader Greg Ira in Turn Eight, sending Ira wide and giving Reynolds the lead, which he held until the checkered flag. Ira, of Plantation, Fla., finished second, ahead of SafeRacer polesitter Aaron Downey of Rossmoor, Calif.
 
Reynolds averaged 90.448 mph, and officially only led the second and 13th laps. His race was adventurous from the start. Reynolds was battling with Jim Daniels on the third lap and took the lead when Daniels’ No. 76 TheRacingInsiders.com Mazda Miata slid off the track near the Kink. Moments later, Reynolds spun in Canada Corner on his own, and waited to rejoin the field as several cars passed him.
 
“There seemed to be a lot of oil there,” Reynolds said. “As soon as I turned in, the car started coming around. I just locked it up, but kept it going. It was all on my own.”
 
He was undeterred, rushing through the field and setting the Hawk Performance Hot Lap of the Race with a time of 2:28.274 (97.117 mph) on lap six. That time was the only lap set under two-and-a-half minutes, and became a single lap Runoffs race record in the class. Picking off cars left and right, Reynolds finally made it to second on lap 11, passing Downey .
 
With his sights set on Ira, Reynolds closed the advantage to less than a second as the white flag flew, and the pair ran nose-to-tail until Turn 8. As both drivers went through the corner, Reynolds front bumper caught the rear of Ira’s No. 2 GlenMartin Nissan 260Z, sending him wide and moving to the lead.
 
“It was two very competitive drivers and two good drivers going for the same spot,” Reynolds said. “I chose my line, which was underneath, and there was just a little contact. It was a racing incident, and I did apologize to Greg.”
 
Ira, who led two for a race-high eight laps, told a different version.
 
“The level of aggressiveness that some people have is different,” Ira said. “I don’t think that would fly in another class, but a bump-and-run, for whatever the reason is, isn’t a good way to win if you ask me.”
 
Ira had a final chance, powering up the hill to the finish line, but came up 0.173 seconds short. It marked his fourth consecutive runner-up finish in the class.
 
“It’s getting old,” Ira said. “I’m proud of my team and the effort we put in. There is a lot of back story to this particular car, and how the races have been lost. This may have been the last time we race this car. It was an emotional second-place.
 
“These old cars we’re in, we really have to wheel them,” Ira added. “Winning with one of our older cars is difficult. But I was never comfortable. My head was always down, and I was always trying to click and hit my marks the best I could, for the exact reason that happened at the end. I told myself I was going to raise my aggressive level today because of our need to win so badly.”
 
Downey bounced around the top five, and led lap three in the No. 5 roundpeg.com/Mazdaspeed Motorsports Mazda RX-3. He took third place, only .201 seconds ahead of Chris Dryden of New Freedom, Pa., who drove the No. 02 PayPal/Carbotech BMW Z3 to fourth.
 
“We were just off on the setup,” said Downey, the recipient of the GoPro Move of the Race after drifting through the Carousel early in the race. “I never lost sight of the leaders. Yes, I did lead a couple times during the race, but I never felt like I had a winning car.”
 
Finishing fifth was Jesse Prather of Topeka, Kan., who drove the No. 34 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Mazdaspeed Mazda MX-5.
 
SportsCar Magazine Editor Philip Royle in the No. 42 CureSarcoma.org/Electromotive Mazda RX-7 picked up the Sunoco Hard Charger, advancing 18 spots from 34th to 16th.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s SCCA Touring 3 (T3) national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (3), Matt Reynolds, Boerne, TX, Mazda Miata, 13.
2, (4), Greg Ira, Plantation, FL, Nissan 260-Z, 13.
3, (1), Aaron Downey, Rossmoor, CA, Mazda RX-3, 13.
4, (5), Chris Dryden, New Freedom, PA, BMW Z3, 13.
5, (6), Jesse Prather, Topeka, KS, Mazda MX-5, 13.
6, (10), Kevin Leigh, Harrisonburg, VA, BMW Z3, 13.
7, (7), Kenneth W Shreve, Sammamish, WA, Mazda RX-7, 13.
8, (11), James Simaras, Oconomowoc, WI, Mazda RX-7, 13.
9, (9), Sam Halkias, Westerville, OH, Triumph TR6, 13.
10, (13), John Morton, El Segundo, CA, Nissan 240-Z, 13.
11, (18), Don Bunt, Rockford, IL, Nissan 240-Z, 13.
12, (16), Lance Loughman, Lake Zurich, IL, Nissan 240-Z, 13.
13, (12), Steve Smyczek, Brookfield, WI, Mazda RX-7, 13.
14, (35), Robert E. Hummel, McHenry, IL, Mazda RX-7, 13.
15, (19), Charlie Clark, Mission, KS, Mazda RX-7, 13.
16, (34), Philip Royle, Winnetka, CA, Mazda RX-7, 13.
17, (26), Peter Morton, Milford, MI, Honda S2000, 13.
18, (24), Brian Haupt, Spring Hill, KS, Mazda RX-7, 13.
19, (25), Richard Luening, Milwaukee, WI, MG B, 12.
20, (33), Sydney Davis, Angleton, TX, Mazda Miata, 12.
21, (29), James Malone, Willcox, AZ, Porsche 944, 12.
22, (38), George Olsen, Barrington, IL, Austin-Healey 3000, 12.
23, (21), Michael Helm, Union, OH, Toyota MR-2, 11.
24, (2), Jim Daniels, Germantown, TN, Mazda Miata, 10.
25, (8), Rick Kavitski, Freeland, PA, Mazda Miata, 10.
26, (14), Rick Kosdrosky, Granbury, TX, Caterham 7 America, 7.
27, (32), Dan Hedley, Gorham, ON, Honda Prelude Si, 7.
28, (20), Tony Jimerson, Benicia, CA, Mazda RX-7, 6.
DNF, (15), Gary Gist, Del Mar, CA, Mazda RX-7, 3.
DNF, (23), Ron Olsen, Barrington, IL, Mazda RX-7, 2.
DNF, (30), Dwight Cooke, Greensboro, NC, Triumph TR4, 2.
DNF, (17), Rob Coffey, Thunder Ray, ON, Honda Prelude Si, 1.
DNF, (31), Rich Olsen, South Barrington, IL, Mazda RX-7, 1.
DNS, (22), Steve Hussey, Capitola, CA, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (27), Chris Stevens, Shawnee, KS, Mazda RX-7.
DNS, (28), Donald Walsh, Orrtanna, PA, Mazda RX-7.
DNS, (37), Jon Brakke, Fargo, ND, Mazda Miata.
 
Overall Time of Race: 34:29.691
Average Race Speed: 90.448 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.173 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:28.274
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 97.117 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #42 Philip Royle
Lap Leaders: Lap 1, #76 Daniels; Lap 2, #71 Reynolds; Lap 3, #5 Downey, Laps 4-9, #2 Ira; Lap 10, #76 Daniels; Laps 11-12, #2 Ira; Lap 13, #71 Reynolds.

Huffmaster Keeps STL Title In The Family At 50th SCCA Runoffs
 
Rob Huffmaster, of Clarkston, Mich., watched his father win the Super Touring Lite race a year ago. At the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs, the younger Huffmaster drove away to win the class title in the same car. Chad Gilsinger, of Marysville, Ohio, and Jim Drago, of Memphis, Tenn., finished second and third, respectively, to earn their second medals of the weekend.
 
Huffmaster started the No. 11 Huffmaster Security/Hoosier/Mazda Mazda RX-8 on the SafeRacer pole and drove away from the field at the green flag to a 5.198-second win. He averaged 93.362 mph over the 13-lap, 52-mile race and turned the Hawk Performance Hot Lap in a race-record 2:33.125 (94.041 mph).
 
The championship-winning car was the same one that Ray Huffmaster drove to the win a year ago, complete with some cosmetic body damage on the front fender. The elder Huffmaster’s win did not count as a National Championship, as the class only had supplemental status in 2013.
 
“It was cool that he won the race last year, keeping it in the family for STL,” Huffmaster said. “He’s actually a little frustrated that it’s a national championship class this year. But yeah, the damage on the car is still from last year. We haven’t done much with the car because we’ve been running Trans-Am, but we came out for all the test days for this race, and did everything we could to get what we could out of it.
 
“It was actually pretty much the same as it was a year ago. We took it out to a local track Waterford race track and blew the motor. So, we had to get a new motor in and stuff, so we weren’t sure how that was going to work or stack up. From last year, we had to move down a tire size and had smaller brakes for the car.”
 
The title is the third in four tries for the 27-year-old, who adds to his 2007 Touring 3 and the 2012 Super Touring Under title.
 
“It’s really special to win three of four, because it’s not that easy,” the three-time Champion said. “The first one in ’07 was a rain race, and got a couple breaks that went my way. Last year, the same thing we had a great car, had a brake problem, then struggled for it. And then this year, I know Jim [Drago] and Chad [Gilsinger] are really good drivers so I knew they were going to give me something. I was just hoping I was going to be able to get a little gap and break them out of the draft and hold that steady for the rest of the race. Three of four it sounds easy on paper, I guess, but it’s not.”
 
Drago’s No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata and Gilsinger’s No. 64 BFGoodrich Tires/HPD/H&R Honda Civic Si stayed in a line early to try to keep pace with Huffmaster, but eventually fell into a battle with each other to decide the second position.
 
Gilsinger moved to the silver medal position going into turn five on lap six, and never relinquished the spot. Gilsinger also earned the Touring 3 National Championship earlier Sunday morning.
 
“This was my first time running the car all year, so I didn’t know what I was going to do in the car or what these guys were going to do,” Gilsinger said. “[Drago] and I fell behind Rob, which gave Rob breathing room. I was content to just stay behind [Drago], but then I noticed that the tires were going off a little bit and he was drifting wide a lot at some of the exits. I was kind of planning for a few laps of how I was going to take advantage of that. I got a good run coming out of (turn) three, and just tucked up behind him and made the move coming into (turn) five. He was great to run with; he gave me plenty of room, and I got by him. He stayed with me as we were trying to catch up with Rob, but he had it in cruise mode. I was just trying to not to make a mistake and fall out of second.”
 
Drago, Friday’s Spec Miata National Championship, will add a bronze medal to his collection.
 
“It was kind of strange,” Drago said. “Rob and I were talking before the race, and I had never seen Rob and never seen Chad on the track. None of us knew where our gearing was, how fast the cars were, where our braking points were. Rob and I talked we were very concerned that Chad was just going to blow past us, and then we thought, well, maybe we should start here. We didn’t even know where our gears were. So we just decided to go; we would just get through the start as best we could. Even going into turn five, we still didn’t know how fast Chad was.
 
“Truthfully, I don’t think any of us were here to just get on the podium we were here to win. I slipped a little behind Rob, and he opened a two- or three-second gap. I was able to maintain it, but drove the car off. It was a little tight, so I just kept trying to drive it and drive it; it was getting a little worse and a little worse. Chad stayed the same, and it seemed like he was a little more sorted. He slowly reeled me in, and he caught me in [turn] five. I let him go, and I figured I would get in behind him and cool the tires and come back and race him toward the end and see if we could do anything with Rob. He slowly inched away, and my car got a little worse. I knew we had a pretty good gap, so I just tried to maintain position and kept the podium position.”
 
Luke Wilwert, of Marysville, Ohio, had an eventful race to move to finish fourth in the No. 79 HPD/BFGoodrich Tires/H&R Springs Honda Civic Si. Wilwert and the No. 13 BFGoodrich Tires/Red Line Oil/HPD Honda Prelude of John Schmitt got together in turn 1 on the second lap, spinning Wilwert. The contact ended Schmitt’s day, and dropped Wilwert as low as ninth.
 
Robert Beede finished fifth in the No. 28 Bill Fenton Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si.
 
Rich Walke finished sixth, just ahead of Greg Amy. Amy’s No. 33 Honda Racing/HPD/Hoosier started 39th and worked through the field after swapping out his motor earlier in the week to earn the Sunoco Hard Charger. He, and his crew, were also awarded the GoPro Hero Move of the Race for the engine swap and charge through the field.
 
Breton Williams, Darin Treakle, and Tom Kraft all cracked the top 10.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s Super Touring Lite national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (1), Rob Huffmaster, Clarkston, MI, Mazda RX-8, 13.
2, (3), Chad Gilsinger, Marysville, OH, Honda Civic Si, 13.
3, (2), Jim Drago, Memphis, TN, Mazda Miata, 13.
4, (5), Luke Wilwert, Marysville, OH, Honda Civic Si, 13.
5, (6), Robert Beede, Northampton, MA, Honda Civic Si, 13.
6, (10), Rich Walke, Hawthorn Woods, IL, Mazda RX-7, 13.
7, (39), Greg Amy, Middletown, CT, Acura Integra, 13.
8, (11), Breton Williams, Clinton, IA, Mazda RX-7, 13.
9, (16), Darin Treakle, Broad Run, VA, Acura Integra, 13.
10, (23), Tom Kraft, Des Moines, IA, Mazda Miata, 13.
11, (12), Tim Selby, Sheboygan, WI, Mazda Miata, 13.
12, (13), Gregory Gale, Reston, VA, Mazda MX-5, 13.
13, (38), Todd Lamb, Atlanta, GA, Mazda Miata, 13.
14, (18), Thomas Lepper, Benicia, CA, Acura Integra, 13.
15, (15), Tom Brown, Muskego, WI, Mazda Miata, 13.
16, (22), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, GA, Mazda Miata, 13.
17, (27), Quinten Nelson, Newark, OH, Mazda Miata, 13.
18, (25), Brett Fenske, Charlotte, NC, Mazda Miata, 13.
19, (29), Whitfield Gregg, New York, NY, Mazda Miata, 13.
20, (14), Stephen Wheeler, Geneva, NY, Acura Integra, 13.
21, (24), Peter Keane, Cocoa Beach, FL, Acura Integra, 12.
22, (30), Amy Mills, New York, NY, Mazda Miata, 12.
23, (26), Mike Smith, Elk Grove Village, IL, Honda Civic Si, 12.
24, (31), Jim Kettelkamp, Bettendorf, IA, Mazda Miata, 12.
25, (9), Brian Laughlin, Tulsa, OK, Mazda Miata, 12.
26, (33), Thomas Lamb, Caledonia, MI, Honda CRX Si, 12.
27, (7), Robert Schader, Longmont, CO, Mazda Miata, 12.
28, (32), E. Lawrence Cahall, Indian Creek, IL, Mazda Miata, 12.
29, (36), Tom Hughes, Van Nuys, CA, Mazda Miata, 12.
30, (35), Derrick Ambrose, Vancouver, WA, MAZDA2 , 11.
31, (28), Kyle Watkins, Broomfield, CO, Mazda Miata, 10.
32, (4), John Schmitt, Sunbury, OH, Honda Prelude, 8.
33, (34), Joey Jordan, Fallbrook, CA, Mazda Miata, 6.
DNS, (8), Andrew Salzano, Marysville, OH, Honda Civic Si.
DNS, (17), Steven Gorriaran, Providence, RI, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (19), Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (20), L. Patrick Sandlin, Cordova, TN, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (21), Ted Cahall, Clyde Hill, WA, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (37), Bruce Andersen, Sarasota, FL, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (40), Andrew Charbonneau, Boca Raton, FL, Mazda Miata.
DNS, (42), Ray Huffmaster, Clarkston, MI, Mazda RX-8.
 
Overall Time of Race: 33:25.104
Average Race Speed: 93.362 mph
Margin of Victory: 5.198 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:33.125
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 94.041 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #33 Greg Amy
Lap Leaders: #11 Laps 1-13


Farrell Wins DSR National Title and Super Sweep at SCCA Runoffs
 
It was a big day for Saferacer polesitter Chris Farrell, of Salt Lake City, on Sunday at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. He won the D Sports Racing National title and, as a result, won the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep in the process. David Locke, of Lafayette, Ind., and Tom Bootz, of Evansville, Ind., completed the podium.
 
Though the polesitter, Farrell started on the outside of the front row in the No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/GDR Engines/Hoosier Tires Stohr WF1. This was an interesting decision because it allowed Bootz to take the early race lead. But, on lap two, Bootz hit the Turn 6 rumble strips, which led to his car’s kill switch being shut off. Bootz pull off course at Turn 9 and Farrell took the lead. He went on to win in dominating fashion by 10.800 seconds over Locke. This was Farrell’s first DSR National title and his third-career Runoffs podium.
 
“You know, I just wasn’t thinking,” Farrell said of starting on the outside pole. “I was on the normal driving line on the straightaway. In fact, even after the start, I hadn’t realized I hadn’t taken the inside for the pole position. I had no idea. It was just brain fade totally!
 
“I was very surprised that he [Bootz] pulled off. I figured I was going to have to chase him down and actually work to get by him. He made it awfully easy for me, so I was pleasantly surprised, because I lost my headrest. I had to hold my head up the whole time at 150 mph. My neck is still pretty sore.”
 
Farrell was the first driver of the 50th Runoffs to win the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep. The Super Sweep is the most difficult on-track award for a driver to claim, as it requires a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championship, a win in a key, designated Majors race, the nationwide point championship, and a National Championship at the Runoffs, all in the same class.
 
“For me, it’s like, finally,” Farrell said of his first Runoffs win. “I’ve been second a couple times and third and broken, and just had so much bad luck at the Runoffs. This feels pretty good.

“I had heard of the Super Sweep, so that was kind of an added treat. It’s pretty gratifying. It’s nice to have finally done it, and winning the Super Sweep is an added bonus. I chased the Majors this year and had a lot of fun we had a great time running. So it’s very gratifying to have won the Runoffs and the Super Sweep.
 
Locke started third in the No. 18 Moon’s Supercycle Stohr WF1 Suzuki and moved up to second by lap four, a position he would never relinquish. Locke’s second-place finish was a Runoffs career-best for him. His previous best Runoffs finish was fifth in 2011.
 
“It was largely uneventful, other than when Brian Hall spun in front of me,” Locke said of his race. “I had a lot of difficulty getting heat in the tires. I had the same set of tires to last the whole week. I scrubbed those Monday morning, and made them last until today. I think one of the downsides was that they were pretty tired by the race, sliding a lot in the early laps. Brian managed to get by me in (Turns) 5 and 6, and then spun in front of me; I had to get on the brakes in order to keep from T-boning him. After that, I just kind of put my head down and tried to get back in the rhythm and run consistent laps and keep an eye in the mirrors, looking for the CSRs coming from behind.”
 
Bootz got the good fortune to start from pole in the No. 36 Hoosier/Havoc Motorsports/Bootz Industries Stohr WF1. Shortly after the green flag dropped, Bootz darted into the lead in Turn 1 and led the first lap. But, on the second lap, Bootz hit the Turn 6 rumble strips damaging some bodywork that hit the kill switch on his machine. He coasted to a stop off driver’s left at Turn 9.
 
“Well, our polesitter decided he didn’t want the inside of the track apparently,” Bootz said of his race start. “I’m not sure what that was all about, but that’s fine. We got a good start. He pulled out a little bit, and I pulled out a little bit, and was able to get out in front. It was going pretty until we got to Turn 6. We hit some rumble strips and the bodywork came up and hit the kill switch, so it shut off.
 
“Oddly, I figured that’s what that was; otherwise, something else would have broken. So then, I had to think about where there might be somebody that could turn it back on for me. Having gone off a lot here, I went to Turn Nine. It worked; the guy ran out and understood what I was yelling, and turned it back on for me.”
 
By then, Bootz had dropped from first to sixth before he got his No. 36 machine restarted. Bootz put down some consistently fast laps, including the Hawk Performance Hot Lap of 2:04.697 (115.480 mph), to be back in contention for the final podium spot by lap five. Unfortunately, he was too far behind Farrell and Locke to contend for a higher finish.
 
“Well, it wasn’t much of a race; I caught a couple of guys and got around them,” Bootz said. “I just got some good laps and tried to stay consistent. I didn’t really know where I was, because I didn’t count how many guys I passed. And then, the CSRs were coming up, and I didn’t want to get in their way, so I was watching my mirrors and trying to get some halfway decent laps, trying to get into position. Finally, the crew did tell me I was in position three. It worked out in the end.”
 
Bootz got the GoPro Hero Move of the Race for getting his machine restarted to finish third. Bootz won the DSR National title in 2011. This now gives his four-career podium finishes.
 
Jim Hallman, of Kitchener, Ontario, finished fourth in the No. 64 Stohr WF1 Suzuki. Brian Hall, of Spring Grove, Ill., finished fifth in the No. 69 Audi Hoffman Estates/Hoosier Stohr WF1.
 
Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, N.C., was the Sunoco Hard Charger after improving three positions. He started ninth and finished sixth.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s D Sports Racing national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (1), Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, UT, Stohr WF1, 12.
2, (3), David Locke, Lafayette, IN, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 12.
3, (2), Tom Bootz, Evansville, IN, Stohr WF1, 12.
4, (5), Jim Hallman, Kitchener, ON, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 12.
5, (4), Brian Hall, Spring Grove, IL, Stohr WF1, 12.
6, (9), Doug Piner, Chapel Hill, NC, Dauntless MX-1 Suzuki, 11.
7, (7), Michael Reupert, Hubertus, WI, NosTendo 1, 10.
DNF, (11), Garrett Kletjian, Hingham, MA, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 3.
DNF, (6), Richard Colburn, Northbrook, IL, NosTendo 2 Suzuki, 0.
DNS, (8), Jim Vogel, Middleton, WI, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, .
DNS, (10), Brandon Dixon, Tuscaloosa, AL, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, .
 
Overall Time of Race: 26:40.986
Average Race Speed: 107.933 mph
Margin of Victory: 10.800 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:04.697
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 115.697 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #00 Doug Piner
Lap Leaders: #36 Laps 1, #58 Laps 2-13

Alexander Wins C Sports Racing SCCA Championship
 
Lee Alexander, of Las Vegas, Nev., captured his first Sports Car Club of America National Championship Sunday, winning the C Sports Racing class at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs. Jason Miller, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and James French, of Sheboygan, Wis., completed the podium at Road America.
 
Alexander started his No. 48 Factory 48/APE Raceparts Stohr WF1/Suzuki from the SafeRacer Pole Position, but saw second-starting Miller move to the lead in Turn 5 on the first lap. One lap later, Alexander returned the favor, and he sped away to a 6.903-second victory, averaging 116.957 mph over the 13-lap, 52-mile race.
 
“My girlfriend lives out here, so I spent the summer out here and had a chance to race with these guys at all the local events,” Alexander said. “I really learned a lot from these guys. They have so much experience here and I learn something every time.
 
“I had a weird shudder in the car and I thought it was the slipstream behind Jason initially, but when I did get by him it didn’t go away. My crew got on the radio with me and told me that I’d lost an endplate on the front of the car. It made for an interesting race. I thought the mirrors were going to vibrate off the fenders!
 
“Jeff Shaffer did some testing in our car and he set a benchmark for me to try to get to, which I didn’t quite get to, but that was very helpful. I knew the car could do a 1:58.5 because Jeff did that, and I didn’t know if I could do it. It was fun to break two minutes [in qualifying]. I really, really wanted to try to do it in the race, but it just wasn’t going to happen today.”
 
Miller chose a low-downforce setup on his No. 8 Kohler/Millenium WynnFurst/Kohler, a move that may have allowed him to move to the lead early, but ultimately made the racing difficult in the high-speed sections of the track. The runner-up finish was a career-best for the hometown driver.
 
“We knew we needed to create a low-downforce car to see if I could get Lee,” Miller said. “We were able to get the lead, but Lee returned the favor and pulled away. At that point, I wanted to make sure I was maintaining the gap and see if I could catch up.
 
“I saw James coming and diving to the inside in Turn 14 and I tried to maintain the outside line. Luckily we both got through the corner and it all worked out. I’m really happy that the car performed so well and I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to race with.”
 
French started sixth in his No. 46 Motorsports Enterprises Ltd. Swift 014/Toyota after only turning a qualifying time on Thursday due to being in school all week. He worked his way around three-time Champion Steve Forrer, Dudley Fleck and Kirk Kindsfater en route to challenging Miller for the runner-up spot in the closing laps.
 
“I didn’t qualify as well as I would have liked to because I only had one session, so I started from P6,” French said. “I just had to fight my way through it and get up as high as I could. The battle with Jason at the end was very intense.”
 
French turned the race’s fastest lap for the Hawk Performance Hot Lap at 2:01.324 (118.690 mph) and also was presented the GoPro Hero Move of the Race for his drive up to finish third. He also earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award for advancing three positions in the race.
 
Forrer finished fourth in the No. 84 K-Hill Motorsports/Forrer Supply Ralt RT-41/Toyota, followed by Fleck in his No. 74 Mazda/Hoosier/Coors Light Van Diemen DP02/Mazda.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s SCCA Sports 2000 National Championship race at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
1, (1), Lee Alexander, Las Vegas, NV, Stohr WF1 Suzuki, 13.
2, (2), Jason Miller, Sheboygan Falls, WI, WynnFurst Kohler, 13.
3, (6), James French, Sheboygan, WI, Swift 14, 13.
4, (5), Steve Forrer, Milwaukee, WI, Ralt RT41, 13.
5, (3), Dudley Fleck, Cedar Rapids, IA, Van Dieman DP02 Mazda, 13.
6, (7), Kirk Kindsfater, Eaton, CO, Speads RS011A, 13.
7, (9), Miles Jackson, Maple Valley, WA, Stohr OD1, 13.
8, (8), Brian French, Sheboygan, WI, Ralt RT 41, 13.
9, (4), Jacek Mucha, Laval, QC, Swift JMS 016a CP Mazda, 13.
10, (11), Bob Wheless, Reidsville, NC, Stohr WF1, 13.
11, (10), Jim Downing, Atlanta, GA, Peach Day-02 Mazda, 13.
12, (12), David Watson, Kleinburg, ON, Stohr WF1, 13.
13, (13), Joseph Schifini, Las Vegas, NV, Stohr WF1, 12.
 
Overall Time of Race: 26:40.584
Average Race Speed: 116.957 mph
Margin of Victory: 6.903 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: James French, 2:01.324 (118.690 mph)
Sunoco Hard Charger: #46 James French
Lap Leaders: Lap 1, Jason Miller; laps 2-13, Lee Alexander

Gilsinger Holds Onto T3 Class Victory in SCCA National Championship Runoffs
 
Chad Gilsinger, of Marysville, Ohio, held on to win Sunday’s Touring 3 (T3) race in the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, leading all 13 laps at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn track. Second was Kevin Fandozzi of Conshohocken, Pa., and third was Scotty B. White of Auburn, Wash.
 
Gilsinger averaged 93.958 mph and set the race’s fastest lap, 2:31.400 (95.112 mph).
 
Gilsinger the SafeRacer polesitter who drove the No. 07 BFGoodrich/HPD/H&R Acura TL SH-AWD had established a lead in excess of eight seconds, but won by only 1.834 seconds. Much of his advantage was lost on the final lap, when he became caught behind a lapped car through turn 12, which was covered by a local caution. Despite that, he was able to earn his second National Championship in the Runoffs; he also won the race in 2010.
 
“I was basically in cruise mode at that point, and was coming up on lapped traffic,” Gilsinger said. “He was going overly slow, and he was pointing me by. As we were going down into Canada (Corner), as I got alongside him, I noticed a yellow flag. I didn’t want anything to screw up the win, so I almost stopped to let him back by, so we could get past the incident, before I passed him after the incident so there was no question.
 
“In the meantime, these guys (Fandozzi and White) were coming full board,” Gilsinger continued. “It was almost a bad situation, but luckily it turned out okay.”
 
Gilsinger battled for the first couple laps with David Daugherty, who was making his first appearance in the Runoffs since 2003, but steadily pulled away after three laps. He said he was determined to overcome a lackluster performance from 2012.
 
“Last year, I brought a knife to a gun fight,” Gilsinger said. “This year, I searched for a gun and found the biggest one. I knew if I could get out front and break off the draft, that I would be okay. David Daugherty has almost as much power as me, and he made a pretty optimistic move on me in Turn 1. I think he lost some momentum after that, and that allowed Kevin to battle him, which allowed me to pull away. I knew if they weren’t in my draft, I would be okay. It worked out that way.”
 
Gilsinger also compared his 2010 victory to that of this year’s 50th Runoffs triumph.
 
“This one was a little easier, I’ll admit,” Gilsinger said. “But it’s definitely not any less special. Everybody that comes here is very passionate about racing and SCCA and doing the best they can. I’m really happy for myself and Acura, and glad to bring home a win.”
 
Fandozzi, in the No. 34 Insight Driven Race Engineer Chevrolet Cobalt, spent most of his race battling for and then holding off others for second. On Lap 7, he finally took command of second with an inside pass in Turn 1 on Daugherty, who lost five positions over the next lap-and-a-half before pulling to pit lane with mechanical issues. Two laps later, his mirrors were full of White’s No. 3 BFGoodrich Tires/Knight Transport Ford Mustang. The two ran nose-to-tail for the final two laps, with White sliding off the track twice in pursuit of the runner-up spot.
 
Regardless of who he battled for second, Fandozzi’s focus was on Gilsinger.
 
“I knew that we had to stay with Chad,” Fandozzi said. “Fighting with David wasn’t going to help anything. We planned to clean up, go, and get Chad. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough.
 
“We are lucky to have a very deep field. When you see Scotty White and Chad Gilsinger and David Daugherty these are top-notch guys. I knew if you could get inside the mix with those guys, anything could happen.”
 
Fandozzi also earned the GoPro Hero Move of the Race, when he passed White while racing for third which became the battle for second – on Lap 2.
 
For White, it marked his first podium since 2005.
 
“The car was a pretty good hot-rod,” White said. “We had a great time with Kevin. I probably had one good shot, the second-to-last lap, going into (Turn) 1. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to knock a front-wheel car off the track or not before it’s really difficult because they stay on the track and keep going. So we decided that wasn’t worth the effort, the fender. We raced him clean, and Kevin did a phenomenal job. He held onto that car, and I had big eyes there a couple times. I can’t wait to come back next year and stand on the gas a little harder.”
 
Fourth was Jason Ott of Thornton, Colo., driver of the No. 09 BimmerHaus/Hoosier Tire BMW Z4 3.0L. In fifth was Rob Hines of Arlington, Va., driver of the No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech Nissan 350Z.
 
The Sunoco Hard Charger was Robert Schmidt of Chicago, who took the No. 15 Fall-Line/Jones, Lang & LaSalle BMW M3 from 17th to ninth, an increase of eight spots.
 
Provisional results for Sunday’s SCCA Touring 3 (T3) national championship at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.
 
1, (1), Chad Gilsinger, Marysville, OH, Acura TL SH-AWD, 13.
2, (4), Kevin Fandozzi, Conshohocken, PA, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, 13.
3, (5), Scotty B White, Auburn, WA, Ford Mustang, 13.
4, (6), Jason Ott, Thornton, CO, BMW Z4 3.0L, 13.
5, (12), Rob Hines, Arlington, VA, Nissan 350Z, 13.
6, (2), Chris J Puskar, Charlotte, NC, Honda S2000, 13.
7, (8), Luke Wilwert, Marysville, OH, Honda S2000, 13.
8, (13), Tommy Boileau, Monument, CO, BMW Z4 Coupe, 13.
9, (17), Robert Schmidt, Chicago, IL, BMW M3, 13.
10, (10), James Leithauser, Westminster, CO, BMW Z4 Coupe, 13.
11, (14), Tim Myers, Atlanta, GA, Nissan 370Z, 13.
12, (19), Derek Kulach, Albuquerque, NM, Nissan 350Z, 13.
13, (20), David Muramoto, Aurora, CO, Nissan 350Z, 13.
14, (18), Richard Kulach, Franklin, TN, Nissan 370z, 12.
15, (21), Mike Kramer, Lewisburg, TN, Saturn Ion Redline, 12.
16, (22), Richard Fisher, Evanston, IL, Volkswagen GTI, 11.
17, (3), David Daughtery, Fortville, IN, Nissan 350Z Nismo, 8.
DNF, (9), Tom J Wickersham, San Ramon, CA, Honda S2000, 5.
DNF, (7), Kevin Boehm, Marysville, OH, Honda S2000, 5.
DNF, (16), Dan Spirek, Parker, CO, BMW Z4 M, 4.
DNF, (11), Alan Kossof, Prospect Heights, IL, BMW M3, 0.
DNF, (15), Richard Baldwin, Madisonville, LA, Nissan 350Z, 0.
 
Overall Time of Race: 33:12.380
Average Race Speed: 93.958 mph
Margin of Victory: 1.834 seconds
Hawk Fastest Race Lap: 2:31.400
Fastest Race Lap Average Speed: 95.112 mph
Sunoco Hard Charger: #15 Robert Schmidt
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-13, #07 Gilsinger

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