Tricky and ever-changing conditions plagued more than 500 racers this past weekend at the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour at Virginia International Raceway, which will play host for the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs in October. While not every Runoffs contender competed at VIR this past weekend, and the conditions make it challenging to predict what may come of the Runoffs, the event did provide some insight.
Mazda’s takeaways from VIR:
GT-3 – This weekend’s GT-3 event was part of GT-3 Challenge presented by MPI, a series supported by Max Papis Innovations, Penske Racing Shocks (new addition to GT-3 Challenge and constant supporter of club racers), AiM Sports, Hoosier Racing Tire, and Mazda. The GT-3 Challenge consists of five events held around the country, culminating with October’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs. As a class, GT-3 is gaining momentum. Stacy Wilson, driving the No. 47 Hoosier Tire/Mobil 1 Mazda RX-7, won both races, but not without a fight Sunday from Mazda driver Taz Harvey. If not for a daring pass attempt attempt by Wilson, the day could have been Harvey’s. Harvey, Wilson, and Jeff Dernehl are expected to compete for a championship in October. If Collin Jackson, Rob Warkocki, and Michael Lewis show up, it’s anyone guess how the podium forms. We may be biased (we are), but we do believe a Mazda is going to take the checkered flag this year.
F Production – We have a little more confidence in predicting the podium, or at least top five here. Charlie Campbell was the best driver of the weekend, even though the race wins eluded him. But come the Runoffs, we expect Eric Prill to challenge for the win again, with Ken Kannard in the mix. There are others.
E-Production – Simply, it’s hard to beat Matt Reynolds. But John Hainsworth did take the Saturday win in a Mazda RX-7. Congrats to John for the win!