Circuit of the Americas, host to the United States Grand Prix F1 race among many other marquee series, is always a big draw when it hosts an SCCA race, and the second Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour of the season was no exception as drivers from all over the country headed to Austin, Texas, to seek victory. Hosted jointly by SCCA’s Lone Star Region and Southwest Division, the event featured 300 racers, including 55 in Spec Miata.
Weather played a key role, as low clouds and intermittent heavy mist kept drivers on their toes on Saturday and heavy fog delayed the start of racing on Sunday morning. Spec Miata was one of the races affected by the weather, but Chris Haldeman was up to the challenge. Haldeman pushed his No. 28 X Factor Racing/Mazda/Hoosier/G-Loc Brakes/TPR Consulting/Black Armor Helmets Mazda Miata to the front at the very beginning of a race that spent several laps under a full-course yellow. While officials cleared the track, the mist that hung over the 20-turn, 3.41-mile circuit became more of a drizzle and made things slick.