The second of two West Coast Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour events got rolling Saturday at Portland International Raceway (PIR) during a race weekend hosted by the SCCA’s Oregon Region. Throughout the day, there was plenty of tight competition on the 1.977-mile, 12-turn circuit situated along the Columbia River.
The “comeback” of the day went to Super Touring Under (STU) driver Nicolai Elghanayan in the No. 9 Muellerized Marco Polo Motorsports Lotus Exige S. He quickly moved to the front at the beginning of Saturday’s 25-minute race, but spun off the track during a heated battle and found himself in third. Elghanayan gathered himself and moved along with the task of catching Whitfield Gregg, in a Mazda Miata, and Kevin Lachance, who led the STU class in his Acura Integra.
Reclaiming second place from Gregg about midway through the race, Elghanayan set his sights on Lachance and closed in on the leader. By the final lap, Elghanayan was back in front and was first to the checkered flag.
“It was a really challenging ride. This was one of my more challenging races,” Elghanayan said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The opening day of Hoosier Super Tour competition at PIR featured many other interesting battles throughout the afternoon. For instance, while the GT-2 lap chart shows that driver Brad McAllister led the entire race in his No. 24 Periodontal Associates Ford Mustang, fans trackside were treated to a much different and exciting chase. Throughout the entire event, McAllister was shadowed and kept in check by the BMW E36 GTR of Michael McAleenan. Lap after lap, McAllister would open up a bit of a lead, then McAleenan would close right back on his bumper.
“We definitely had a great race,” McAllister said after the win. “We’d be side-by-side, then head would be ahead, then I’d be ahead.
“He was tearing me up in the left turns,” McAllister continued. “We made a few setup changes before the race and we missed the mark on the left turns. On every left turn, McAleenan would eat us alive. He did a great job and we had a blast.”
The E Production (EP) race also featured some nail-biting excitement. In that event, John Mueller and Darren Dilley, both driving similar cars, fought hard for the EP lead early in the action-packed event.
“In the opening half of the race, I was doing what my car would let me,” Mueller said. “My adversary made a clean pass going into turn one. I took him deep into the corner, but let him have the lead knowing there was lots of racing ahead.”
Later, as the duo managed race traffic, Mueller got his chance to retake the top position. With a little dust and a lot of guts, Mueller moved to the front and built a gap no one could close. And with that, he brought his No. 92 Muellerized Mazda RX-7 home to victory at PIR, a track his family has been racing at for 50 years.
Food and fun closed out the day as competitors, volunteers, friends and family gathered together for a light bite. But competition resumes Sunday morning at Portland International Raceway with qualifying, followed by afternoon races lasting no more than 35 minutes or 26 laps. Follow all the action live at www.scca.com/live.
Below are provisional race results from Saturday’s Hoosier SCCA Super Tour event at Portland International Raceway with Class: Name, Hometown, Winner’s SCCA Region and Car.
-American Sedan: Kevin Smith; Hillsboro, OR; Oregon Region; Pontiac Firebird
-B-Spec: Kyle Keenan; Vancouver, WA; Oregon Region; Kia Rio
-E Production: John Mueller; Santa Ana, CA; Cal Club; Mazda RX-7
-F Production: Ian Green; Portland, OR; Oregon Region; Honda CRX Si
-H Production: Gordon Jones; Tualatin, OR; Oregon Region; BMW 1600
-Formula 500: Lance Spiering; Beaverton, OR; Oregon Region; KBS MK VII
-Formula 1000: JR Osborne; Greenwood Village, CO; Oregon Region; Firman F1000
-Formula Atlantic: Jay Horak; Mesa, AZ; Arizona Region; Star Pro Mazda
-Formula Continental: Mitch Egner; West Kelowna, BC; Northwest Region; Van Diemen
-Formula Enterprises 2: Thomas Burt; Woodway, WA; Northwest Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: Rick Payne; Mission, BC; Northwest Region; Van Diemen Honda
-Formula Vee: Dennis Andrade; Silverlake, WA; Northwest Region; Vortech
-Formula Mazda: Brad Drew; Trabuco Canyon, CA; Cal Club; Formula Mazda
-GT-1: Michael Fine; West Sacramento, CA; San Francisco Region; Chevrolet Camaro
-GT-2: Brad McAllister; Sherwood, OR; Oregon Region; Ford Mustang
-GT-3: Jeff Scoville; Seattle, WA; Oregon Region; Nissan 240-SX
-GT-Lite: Lans Stout; Cornelius, OR; Oregon Region; Nissan Sentra
-Prototype 1: Todd Slusher; Las Vegas, NV; Las Vegas Region; Elan DP02
-Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr.; Scottsdale, AZ; Cal Club; Stohr WF1
-Spec Miata: Ken Sutherland; Sherwood, OR; Oregon Region; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino; Bakersfield, CA; Cal Club; SCCA Enterprises SRF3
-Super Touring Lite: James Bishop; Clovis, CA; Cal Club; Toyota Celica
-Super Touring Under: Nicolai Elghanayan; Santa Ana, CA; Cal Club; Lotus Exige S
-Touring 1: Marc Hoover; Shingle Springs, CA; Arizona Region; Mazda MX-5 Miata
-Touring 2: Roger Eagleton; Burlingame, CA; San Francisco Region; Ford Mustang
-Touring 3: Jason Fraser; Snohomish, WA; Northwest Region; BMW 325is
-Touring 4: Ross Murray; Marina del Rey, CA; Cal Club; Mazda RX-8