The Southern Conference is the last to wrap up its SCCA U.S. Majors Tour season, with multiple Mazda champions being crowned
The final conference to wrap up its SCCA U.S. Majors Tour season, the Southern Conference (which encompasses Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana) completed the year with a triple event at Motor Sports Resort Houston. With the points tallied, seven Mazda drivers earned championships in the conference.
Spec Miata racer Chris Haldeman got his three events out of the way early, hitting the first three Majors weekends of the year in the Southern Conference. He swept two of those weekends, at COTA and Hallett, then sat back and waited. Several drivers got close, but none could catch Haldeman’s four wins and a second. Nils Musaeus tried to do it on volume, competing at every Majors event in the conference. Tyler Quance made 12 starts but ended up third despite a win and two second-place finishes in the final triple Majors weekend at MSR Houston. Justin Crickenberger and Joseph Boyd rounded out the top five, each scoring at least one win during the year.
Quance double-dipped and was in the thick of the battle in Super Touring Lite, where the top cars were all some form of MX-5. In the end, it was a close fight between Quance’s 2006 MX-5 and James Goughary and his ’94 Miata. Goughary had his best outings at MSR Houston, scoring a win and then five straight second-place finishes in the two triple Majors weekends to squeak by with the conference championship. In the end, he had a five-point gap over Quance, who swept the second triple weekend.
L. Huston also swept a triple weekend at MSR and was the only Touring 4 driver to complete six races or more in his MX-5. That gave him the conference title by a wide margin. The same was true in GT-Lite, where Larry Svaton drove his MX-5 to seven unchallenged wins, plus a couple of seconds to claim the title.