The 2019 SCCA Hoosier Super Tour began as it did last year, with the second Southeast Conference Majors race of the season at Sebring International Raceway. Attracting well over 350 entrants, the event enjoyed large fields across 29 classes racing on the 17-turn, 3.74-mile track.
Preston Pardus put on a show in Spec Miata driving his No. 42 Danus Utilities/East Street Racing/5x Racing Mazda Miata. Leading from pole, the 2017 National Champion was chased by Jim Drago and Elivan Goulart, both former champs themselves. Even with the talent behind him, Pardus kept the point and maintained a gap that ranged from one to three car lengths throughout the eight-lap race, which was shortened to 20 minutes due to incidents in earlier races that compressed the schedule.
“It was a pretty fun race,” Pardus said. “I had Jim and Elivan, and luckily it was a pretty clean race for me. They started racing behind me for second a few laps into it, and I was able to make a little gap there at the end.”