In his second attempt, Goertz wins the SCCA RallyCross National Championship Prepared Rear-Wheel Drive title in a Miata
In terms of sheer number of events, Myles Goertz was practically a rookie when he went to Topeka, Kan., for the 2017 SCCA DirtFish RallyCross National Championship on the Heartland Park Topeka grounds. Although he had placed fourth at the national championship event the year before, he was still pretty new to the sport.
“I’m probably under 10 RallyCrosses in my career,” Goertz admits. “I had tried Nationals once before, but I really had no experience. I ended up getting fourth, so we knew we had a competitive car. We came into this year, got rally shocks for it – that was my graduation present for graduating from college. My dad put a lot of time and money into the car. He said, ‘If we’re going to be competitive, we need to have every single tire, we need to have every condition covered.’ It ended up being absolute slop, and we had the tires for it.”
And so the recent University of Iowa graduate, now selling real estate in Des Moines, took the Prepared Rear-Wheel Drive title co-driving with car owner Kyle Nilson, who finished third. The NB Miata they share is a platform that Goertz is familiar with; his father Kurtis, raced Spec Miata for years. That familiarity played a big part in his championship, he says.