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SCCA RUNOFFS 2009

10-08-09
Submitted By: Paula Nate

September 27, 2009 Elkhart Lake, WI – On what had turned out to be a beautiful autumn weekend, for the most part a bit of rain to end the weekends events, the 45th SCCA Runoffs were held on the spectacular 4.0 mile rolling, twisting, turning Road American road course.  Hoosier Racing Tire was there to support and service over half of the more than 600 entrants that competed for 25 National Titles.

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs is one of the top 10 events in motorsports.  SCCA Club Racing drivers do not simply enter the Runoffs, they are invited. To earn an invitation to the Runoffs, a driver must be amongst the top 10 in their class in one of the nine SCCA Divisions, or be that class’ defending National Champion.  

The Runoffs began with three days of qualifying from September 22-24th.  Racing began Friday, September 25th and continued through September 27th.  There were 25 race groups 24 races in all, varying from high tech open-wheel cars, to high-power American muscle cars and even stock sedans straight off the showroom floor.  Each race is 13 laps (52.624 miles) in length.  

Servicing done by Hoosier Tire Midwest, out of Plymouth , Indiana was done in a timely, organized and effective fashion, getting drivers out on the track racing.  Hoosier Racing Tire corporate also added valuable engineering and technical service.  

After a season filled with ups and down and now two weeks of testing, practice and qualifying, Friday September 25, 2009, saw the racing get underway; winning on Hoosier Race Tires:
Race 1,   
FA (Formula Atlantic)- Hoosier swept the podium with car No. 88 Mirl Swan in first, the win capped a tremendous season for Swan, who captured the SCCA Super Sweep award.  The award has four components: a driver must win one of nine key National races, a Divisional Championship, a National Championship and the newly created nationwide point standings – all in one single class. Car No. 28 Jason Byers came in a close second and car No. 75 Sedat Yelkin in third place.  

Race 2,
FP (F Production)- Hoosier Racing Tire captured third with Eric Prill.  

Race 3,
SSC (Showroom Stock C)- Just eight weeks removed from quintuple bypass surgery, car No. 36, Joseph Mclughan came in 2nd and Car No. 14, Ali Naimi took the third step receiving a hard fought 3rd place finish.  

Race 4,
AS (American Sedan)- Another podium sweep car Car No. 74, Tom Sloe was on the top step of the victory circle stand.  Car No. 8, Brian Wallace stood by his side holding down the 2nd place position. Philip Smith in the No. 54 car took the third place honors.  

Race 5,
S2 (Sports 2000)- Mark Mercer, car No. 34 came in 1st  place capturing his second Sports 2000 National Championship in four years.  Car No. 07, Corey Fergus, after a record shattering run for the pole, wound up in 2nd place.  

Race 6, 
T2 (Touring 2)- Attaining another Hoosier podium sweep, car No. 35, Don Knowles was 1st, capturing his fifth-career SCCA National Championship. Car No. 2, Jason Ott was 2nd and car No. 86, Andy Wolverton was 3rd.

Race 7,
CSR (C Sports Racing)- Sweeping the podium again, car No. 82, rookie Matt Miller stood proud atop the podium bringing home a first place finish, capturing the C Sports Racing title by just 0.128 seconds over, car No. 07, Jacek Mucha in second. Car No. 46, James French finished in third place.

Race 8 ,
GTL (GT Lite)- Hoosier Racing Tire had the No. 27 of Rob Macfarlane battling hard for a fifth place finish.

In a day filled with lots of racing excitement, eight races and eight different classes Hoosier earned four podium sweeps and five first place wins.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 the second day of racing.

Race 1,
T3 (T3)- Car No. 12 Bret Spaude came in 2nd and car No. 68 Aaron Stehly was 3rd.

SSB (Showroom Stock B)- Hoosier has a top spot with car No. 86, Toby Grahovec and a third with car No. 25, Michael Scornavacchi.

Race 2, 
FM (Formula Mazda)- In a field of seventeen up for the challenge racecars. Car No.25, of James Harelson fought his way to a fifth place finish.

Race 3,
SM (Spec Miata)- Is a non-Hoosier spec tire race.

Race 4,
SRF (Spec Racer Ford)- Is a non-Hoosier spec tire race.  

Race 5,
FV (Formula Vee)- After finishing second the last three years Michael Varacins, in car No. 65 comes in first.  Hoosier also takes third with car No. 48 driven by Brian Jennerjahn.  

Race 6,
T1 (Touring 1)- Hoosier is proud to take yet another podium sweep with winner,car No. 55, Scott Tucker, second going to car No. 37, Lance Knupp and in third car No. 52 driven by John Buttermore.

Race 7,  
FC (Formula Continental)- Hoosier stands atop the podium in first place with car No. 81, Nicholas Coello and the second step with car No. 88 driven by Justin Pritchard. After a race shortened on 40 minute time limited due to a collision on the track.

Race 8, the final race of the day  
GT3 (GT3)- An eight-place finish for car No. 0, Jeffrey Dernehl was the top spot for Hoosier in this terrific battle of the GT3s.

In a second day racing excitement, eight races and nine different classes Hoosier had one podium sweep and four first place wins.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, once again found racing underway.

Race 1,
FE (Formula Enterprise)- Hoosier sweeps the podium with car No. 91, Nick Evans.  Second spot goes to car No. 17, Scott Rettich and third to car No. 83 driven by Brandon Aleckson. 

Race 2,
GT2 (GT2)- Car No. 46, James Goughary hangs in for a great third place finish.  

Race 3,
F5 (Formula 500)- Hoosier’s second podium sweep of the day and car No. 92, Jason Knuteson second-consecutive Formula 500 title. Car No. 00, driven by Patrick Gallagher in second and car No. 43, of Aaron Ellis in third place.  

Race 4,
HP (H Production)- Car No. 4, Ron Bartell took the second place finish.  

Race 5, 
FF (Formula Ford)- After the lead duo, Tim Kautz and Tony Coello(both on Hoosiers), crashed in the final turn overtaking a lapped car, Hoosier’s car No. 31, Scott Rubenzer took 1st, and car No. 72, Thomas Schwietz Jr took 3rd.  

Race 6,
GT1 (GT1)- Managing to bring in an eighth-place finish was car No. 83, of Max Lagod in this very difficult class of experienced drivers.

Race 7,
DSR (D Sports Racer)- In an 18 car field and the skies starting to darken, teams and drivers had to make decisions to stay on the slicks or change to wets, Garry Crook in car No. 41 makes all the right moves and takes the win.

Race 8,
EP (E Production)- As the cars sat on the grid the skies darkened, but the rain did not begin to fall steadily until the cars were on the pace lap, forcing drivers to predict what tires they would need at the green flag.
In his good Hoosier Tire choice John Schmitt in car No. 62 brings home a fourth place finish.  

In Sunday’s eight races, Hoosier had 2 podium sweeps.  Four 1st places.  

Total wins for the tire companies this weekend…………

 

Podiums

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Hoosier

38

13

11

14

13

16

Goodyear

27

8

11

8

8

5

Kumho

1

 

 

1

 

 

Avon

1

 

 

1

1

1

Hankook

0

 

 

 

 

 

Michelin

2

1

1

 

1

1

Dunlop

0

 

 

 

 

 

Toyo

3

1

1

1

1

1

American Racer

0

 

 

 

 

 

BFG

3

2

1

 

1

1

The official web site of the Sport Car Club of America is www.scca.com.  The official web site of Road America is www.roadamerica.com
Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be a major tire supplier for the SCCA racing series.

      

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