SOUTH HAVEN, MI (April 26-28) -- SCCA's Central Division
season opened last weekend at the 1.88-mile Gingerman Raceway in South Haven,
MI. Weather was a major factor as the competitors encountered sunny skies and
temperatures in the 50's on Friday's open test day, to high winds with cold and
rainy conditions on Sunday. Not surprisingly, the diverse weather conditions
did nothing to deter members of Team-Hoosier in their quest for wins. A total of
13 wins were recorded by Hoosier-shod drivers--the most wins by any competing
A few new records were set over the weekend, including a record
number of competitors that chose the Hoosier brand for their competition needs.
An amazing 65% of the drivers that took the green flag for Sunday's action were
riding on Hoosier tires.
Congratulations to Justin Pritchard in the Piper 2002 for lowering the FF
qualifying record with a 1:23.271 lap.
Brian Tomasi dominated the FC class with a
pole and a win. Thirteen FC cars competed--11 on Hoosier tires.
John Fergus started first and finished first in S2000. John Schmitt started
first and finished first in EP.
Steve Sargis started first and finished first
in FP, while lapping second place finishing Rick Haynes who was using a competing tire
brand. Mike Biangardi started
first and finished first in FA. Chris Crissenberry won GP. John Salisbury won
Jeff Ervin came out on top in a dramatic battle with Tim Cowen and Cliff
Ebben. All three competed on Hoosier tires. Ben and Al Beasley, Jr. (the "Beasley Bunch") took
the gold in CSR and DSR. Calvin Stewart won a close battle in F500 with Paul
Shipp as both drivers competed on Hoosiers.
Toby Grahovic and Harry Manning, on Hoosier Dirt Stockers, left
the pole-sitter in their wake, as they
finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in SSB. John Fernandez and Ralph Porter engaged in close
battle in their Neons to finish 1st and 2nd in SSC.
Hoosier Road Racing Product Manager Bruce Foss attended the
weekend of racing and reported the details for this story.
All in all, it was a great beginning to the SCCA Central
Division season with 13 races won by cars on Hoosiers. Congratulations to all
the competitors who trusted USA-made Hoosier tires during the weekend's