Texas isn’t immune to the bitter cold that has invaded most of the country, but despite the temperatures in the 30s and rain at Circuit of the Americas, the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour hosted by the Lone Star Region – appropriately dubbed the Polar Prix – raced on.
Those wet, cold and slowly drying conditions were a factor right away on the 20-turn, 3.427-mile circuit. Five-time Hoosier Super Tour E Production runner-up Breton Williams started on the front row in the No. 52 Breton Williams Racing/First Wealth Financial Group/G-Loc Brakes/Hoosier Mazda MX-5. Unlike competitors Matt Reynolds and James Rogerson, however, Williams elected to test the track conditions on Hoosier rain tires. After following Rogerson’s BMW for the opening lap, Williams slipped by and began to open up a lead on Reynolds.