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daughertyDavid Daughtery took the B-Spec Runoffs win, his ninth national championship. Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

The second day of racing ended Saturday at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB with the B-Spec class, which became a display of complete dominance by David Daughtery, of Fortville, Indiana, in the No. 94 Carbotech/Honda/HPD/Hoosier/KTuners Honda Fit.

From the get-go, Tire Rack pole sitter Daughtery jumped to the lead with Chi Ho, of Orlando, Florida, tucked right behind in the No. 07 BFGoodrich/Oreca-gear.com/Ktuner Honda Fit. The two put some space immediately on the rest of the field as a few other competitors tangled at the second turn from the start.

Before the halfway point in the race, Daughtery had pulled away to what would become a 10-second lead at times. He was never pressured and never gave up the top spot, claiming his ninth Runoffs win and first in B-Spec.

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"The car was awesome today," Daughtery said. "Our goal was to go out like gangbusters right off the bat. I figured that would be my strong point because I'd be weaker toward the end.

"Mid-Ohio being Honda's track, I wanted to come here with Honda to get my first win in a Honda," Daughtery continued. "And I'm looking forward to next year, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to doing the same thing."

After Daughtery pulled away, Ho found himself falling back into the clutches of the chase pack consisting of John Phillips from Sealy, Texas, in the No. 43 PRP/Hoosier/Jacks Paint Place Honda Fit; John Heinricy, from Clarkston, Michigan, in the No. 35 Hoosier/Mobil/Hawk/Matick Chevy Chevrolet Sonic; and Ryan Hall, of New Haven, Connecticut, in the No. 03 IndianSummerRacing/AdvancedMonogram Mini Cooper. For several laps, those four had an exciting battle for the second podium position. But when the checkered waved, it was Heinricy that crossed the line to claim the second spot.

"It was a lot of fun today," Heinricy said. "There was a lot of racing going on in our pack. Ran as hard as I could pretty much the whole race."

For Ho, third place wasn't what he set out for at this year's Runoffs held at the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but it is his first podium finish in only a second appearance at the national championship.

"It's an honor to run against these multiple Runoffs champions," Ho said. "I just tried to be as consistent as possible, hit my marks every time, and hopefully give them a good fight at the end. Third place is good. It's not the top of the podium, but I'm happy with it."

Phillips finished fourth, and Darren Seltzer, of Oviedo, Florida, managed a fifth in the No. 64 ORECA/BFGoodrich/KTuner Honda Fit.

Taking the Sunoco Hard Charger award was Jason Huepenbecker, of Winter Park, Florida, in the No. 23 Dynasty Automotive Honda Fit, finishing 8th from his 10th-place grid position.

The 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, the Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America's Club Racing National Champions this year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

  • Click here to stream the live broadcasts of the 53rd running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Races run Friday through Sunday.

While the live broadcast of all 28 National Championships is available live at SCCA.com, each race will be on demand in the coming weeks.

Provisional results for Saturday's SCCA B-Spec National Championship at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

1, (1), David Daughtery, Fortville, IN, Honda Fit, 22.
2, (4), John Heinricy, Clarkston, MI, Chevrolet Sonic, 22.
3, (2), Chi Ho, Orlando, FL, Honda Fit, 22.
4, (3), John Phillips, Sealy, TX, Honda Fit, 22.
5, (6), Darren Seltzer, Oviedo, FL, Honda Fit, 22.
6, (7), Rob Piekarczyk, Brunswick, OH, Honda Fit, 22.
7, (8), Calvin Tam, Long Beach, CA, Honda Fit, 22.
8, (10), Jason Huepenbecker, Winter Park, FL, Honda Fit, 21.
9, (5), Ryan Hall, New Haven, CT, Mini Cooper, 12.

Overall Time of Race: 40:08.415
Average Race Speed: 74.254 mph
Margin of Victory: 8.599 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: John Heinricy, 1:46.930 (80.967 mph)
Sunoco Hard Charger: #23 Jason Huepenbecker
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-22, #94 David Daughtery

SAM carSam Schmidt, who has torn up racetracks nationwide in the newest generation of Arrow Electronics' semi-autonomous car, will receive the nation's first autonomous vehicle restricted driver’s license to drive a semi-autonomous vehicle at an event in Las Vegas on Wednesday, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

In May, Schmidt, who has been a quadriplegic since a testing accident at Walt Disney World Speedway
in 2000, bested his own record by reaching 152mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the SAM project's modified 2016 Corvette Z06, which boasts more than 200bhp more than the Stingray that it replaces. His previous best of 107 mph was set in 2014 at IMS.

He has also driven the street circuit at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

The vehicle Schmidt drove in May included improvements to the electronic steering, acceleration and braking systems. Schmidt still controls the car with his head, but now sends input via an updated headset. Meanwhile, a new IoT [Internet of Things] platform allowed both Schmidt and Arrow engineers to make real-time adjustments to the car while it was on the track. Nine-time Pike's Peak Hill Climb winner and two-time Indy 500 starter Robby Unser was recruited as co-driver.

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"Arrow's engineers incorporated insights learned from the previous model to build an advanced car design that incorporates cutting-edge Internet of Things technologies and live data-streaming, among other exciting improvements," Joe Verrengia, Arrow's global director of corporate social responsibility, who oversees the company's SAM project, said in May. "We hope the SAM car continues to inspire and drive technology innovation forward."

Schmidt credits the current success of his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar operation to the team's association with Arrow, which has evolved to the point where SPM is considering adding a third car.

"It is full steam ahead and it is all good with ARROW," Schmidt said in September. "They're getting a substantial return on their investment. Everybody at the company's happy. A lot of things we are doing outside as well as inside provide value; it's the race team, a comprehensive promotions deal that includes the SAM Corvette, and a lot of off-track activation and events. It's more than just the on-track part.

"All that being said, it's also the toughest thing I've ever done in my life. Going back 20 years to try and find my own budget to drive. And then subsequently put teams together in IndyCar and then Indy Lights, it's not easy, but we have good partners making our team stronger. Honestly, if I wouldn't have started driving the [ARROW-outfitted SAM] Corvette and building upon that, and getting some commercial traction in the technology industry, I don't know where we would be right now."

LinnHP1Brian Linn earned the H Production win on Saturday at Mid-Ohio. Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

Hermosa Beach, California-native Brian Linn earned his second SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB win in as many years on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Unlike 2015, he and back-to-back runner-up Jason Isley, of Coto De Caza, California, were pointed down the track and moving forward. Ron Bartell, of Madbury, New Hampshire, finished third in an emotional podium.

Linn drove his No. 21 Hoosier/Carbotech/Red Line Oil MG Midget to a slim 0.697-second win in 39:54.854, averaging 67.886 miles in the time-shortened race that was slowed by a five-lap full course caution.

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At the 2015 Runoffs at Daytona International Raceway, Linn and Isley, along with A.J. Hulse made contact on Daytona's fast tri-oval and slid across the finish line, with Linn taking the win. At Mid-Ohio, Linn skipped the theatrics and drove superbly for the victory.

"It feels great," Linn said. "I came here, going to run two classes. SportsCar kind of put it out there that it may be too tall of a task for me, and I fell behind in F Production because of it. After that, I had to focus on my best chance, and that was H.

"The last lap, going down the backstraight, Jason closed up the gap a bunch, and he was coming. I went to the inside, and then we came through and I didn't know it was the last lap. And my crew said 'congratulations,' and I saw the corner worker give me a thumbs up.

"Last year, I had the car that had the highest speed capability. It wasn't as much driver there as it was car potential. Jason clearly had a handle on the infield there, better than I was driving. I screwed up on the last lap there but was fortunate to come back and get it. But this, no drama."

Isley's No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/RACER.com Toyota Yaris moved from the second row to the lead on the start, using the straight line speed of his front-wheel drive machine to slide around the outside.

"I figured I'd have the legs on the start, but I was deathly afraid that people in the back would have a head of steam and it would be a yard sale behind us. I just wanted to feel it out and see. Unfortunately, during qualifying, I didn't make a practice start, so I had no idea where the brake point would be. So I figured I would wait for them to brake, and brake later, and it worked. But there was no point in leading from that race because I knew I was just going to heat the tires up and I wanted to save them for the end of the race. I wanted to show them that I could do it and I was hoping that we could get a small breakaway, but it just didn't pan out."

Isley gave the lead back to the No. 71 DJRace/West MI-Imports/Goodyear/RCRace Triumph Spitfire of Tire Rack polesitter Tom Feller, but the race was on from there. Feller led the first 12 laps officially, but both Linn and Isley led corners in that time frame.

Feller slipped back as the race progressed with a mechanical issue, eventually fading to sixth, as Bartell's No. 4 Hoosier Tires MG Midget stayed in the mix. Bartell moved to second and challenged Linn before landing behind Isley at the checkered flag.

"It's been a real rollercoaster week," Bartell said. "We struggled in the early stages. We had some transmission trouble. We knew we were capable of setting some fast laps, but we were never able to finish the lap. When we finally got a gearbox under me, we almost put it on the pole. During the race, I tried my best. I swapped some positions with some of the guys, and I feel bad for Tom Feller. He certainly would have been in there, but without the full course caution, he would have been gone.

"I have a little bit of a heavy heart. I found out yesterday that my dad passed away. It was not unexpected, but it still hits you like a ton of bricks. So we strapped in a little bit with a heavy heart."

Vesa Silegren hung just behind the lead pack for the full 20 laps, neither falling behind in the No. 60 Hoosier/Honda HPD/svtek.com Honda CRX nor having quite enough to challenge the leaders, finishing fourth. Dan Meller drove his No. 61 Core Consulting LLC Nissan 210 to fifth.

Johannes Krauss improved his No. 46 Hansa Reenen Volkswagen Scirocco 12 positions from the start of the race, finishing 20th, to earn the Sunoco Hard Charger award.

The 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, the Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America's Club Racing National Champions this year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

  • Click here to stream the live broadcasts of the 53rd running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Races run Friday through Sunday.

While the live broadcast of all 28 National Championships is available live at SCCA.com, each race will be on demand in the coming weeks.

Provisional results for Saturday's SCCA H Production National Championship at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

1, (3), Brian Linn, Hermosa Beach, CA, MG Midget, 20.
2, (4), Jason Isley, Coto De Caza, CA, Toyota Yaris, 20.
3, (2), Ron Bartell, Madbury, NH, MG Midget, 20.
4, (5), Vesa Silegren, Chattanooga, TN, Honda CRX, 20.
5, (9), Dan Meller, Milwaukee, WI, Nissan 210, 20.
6, (1), Tom Feller, Holland, MI, Triumph Spitfire, 20.
7, (6), Matthew Brannon, Columbus, OH, Fiat X-1/9, 20.
8, (10), Eric Vickerman, Howell, MI, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.
9, (7), Greg Gauper, Hubertus, WI, Honda Civic Si, 20.
10, (11), Michael Ogren, Northville, MI, Volkswagen Scirocco, 20.
11, (13), Jeffrey Parnell, Lake Forest, IL, Volkswagen Scirocco, 20.
12, (18), Gordon Jones, Tualatin, OR, BMW 1600, 20.
13, (17), Dayle Frame, Dewitt, MI, MG Midget, 20.
14, (20), Ron Copeland, Maumee, OH, Honda CRX Si, 20.
15, (24), Michael Miller, Walhalla, SC, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.
16, (19), Michael Cummings, Martinez, CA, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.
17, (25), Joe Camilleri, Etobicoke , ON, Volkswagen Scirocco, 20.
18, (28), Jason Stine, Broadview Heights, OH, Austin-Healey Sprite, 20.
19, (21), Marnie Brannon, Columbus, OH, Fiat X 1/9, 20.
20, (32), Johannes Krauss, Prattsville, NY, Volkswagen Scirocco, 20.
21, (33), Aldora Louw, Houston, TX, Fiat X-1/9, 19.
22, (26), Jack Schulz, Monett, MO, MG Midget, 18.
23, (16), Scott Hileman, Johnstown, OH, Volkswagen Rabbit, 17.
24, (27), Michael Sestili, Lakewood, OH, Honda Civic, 17.
25, (23), Jeremiah Reed, Cardington, OH, Volkswagen Rabbit, 16.
26, (12), William Trainer, Lake In The Hills, IL, Volkswagen Scirocco, 16.
27, (29), Michael MacQueen, University Park, MD, MG Midget, 15.
28, (31), Robert Horrell Jr, Memphis, TN, Honda CRX, 14.
29, (15), Steven Hussey, Capitola, CA, Honda CRX, 7.
30, (34), Jason LaManna, Ontario, NY, Volkswagen Rabbit, 5.
31, (22), Andrew Wright, Murfreesboro, TN, Triumph Spitfire, 3.
32, (30), James Hardesty, Xenia, OH, Honda Civic, 3.
33, (8), Chris Albin, Maryland Heights, MO, Volkswagen Golf, 2.
34, (14), Ralf Lindow, Bellevue, NE, Volkswagen Golf, 1.


Overall Time of Race: 39:54.854
Average Race Speed: 67.866 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.697 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: #4 Bartell, 1:40.425 (80.944 mph)
Sunoco Hard Charger: #46 Johannes Krauss
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-12, #71 Feller; Laps 13-20, #21 Linn

boehmKevin Boehm has a mirror full of Eric Kutil on his way to an STL win. Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

Kevin Boehm, of Marysville, Ohio, and Eric Kutil, of Columbus, Ohio, both climbed out of their Super Touring Lite cars after 23 laps around Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday at the SCCA Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB having used up their brakes. But that didn't slow the on-track action for the pair, with Boehm finishing 0.719-second ahead for his second consecutive National Championship. Cliff Ira, of Kansas City, Missouri, completed the podium.

That second championship didn't come easy, though Boehm covered the 23 laps in 38:04.383, averaging 81.844 mph and turned the fastest lap of the race in 1:36.625 (84.127 mph).

Boehm's No. 79 BFGoodrich/HPD/Hondata/Red Line Honda Civic Si left the field at the green flag from the Tire Rack pole position, and built a steady lead of over three seconds in the early stages of the race. Every tenth of that was necessary, as it turned out, when by lap 19, Kutil's No. 82 Auto Assets Honda Civic Si was stuck to the bumper.

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Boehm used his racing experience to deal with fading brakes late in the race, slowing into the Keyhole turn to get a good run out and down the back straight, then going just as fast as necessary to cool the brakes in the back part of the track.

Kutil tried several times to get by on the inside of the carousel – a notoriously difficult place to make a pass at Mid-Ohio. The two ran side by side on three different occasions, including coming to the white flag, but Boehm made sure to hold the inside line coming onto the short front straight, across the stripe, still in the lead.

"It's really great to be up here on the top step again," Boehm said. "When you're at one of these events and the competitors are as good as they are here, it's so rewarding to be able to pull it off. It's such a long week, there's so much that can go wrong. Even just putting it all together over the whole season to qualify just to be here is awesome. Congratulations to Eric and Cliff, they pushed me and the car to the limit. Definitely glad that people like that show up to the Runoffs, it's not fun to just run away with it. Being forced to really look at every detail of the car and hit every mark, it's really rewarding."

Part of the Honda of America Racing Team, Kutil took a much different path to the Runoffs podium than most SCCA Club Racers. Just a year ago, Kutil attended his first track day – ever. Having enjoyed that, he decided to join his coworkers on the HART team, and got a racing license. With just about 365 days of experience in track activities, Kutil now has a silver medal.

"My brakes started getting pretty soft because I had some tiny rotors on there," Kutil said. "I couldn't brake where I wanted to, and the only corner I could maybe stick my nose was the Carousel. I may have given Kevin a couple of love bumps there, trying to get him out of the way. But it was a fun race. I didn't want to dive bomb him and try to lock up or ruin both of our days, so I tried to play it safe and pass where it's most possible.

"I don't really have much experience, maybe video games when I was younger. I autocrossed when I was in college, and then last year I started doing track days and decided to buy a race car and try this out. I guess I had to learn pretty quick to keep up with these guys."

With a third-place finish on Saturday, Ira now has a complete set of podium finishes, following a win and a second in the last two years. Pushing hard, he had nothing for the top two places but was locked securely in third.

"I was digging as hard as I could, and usually when you're behind you tend to dig a little bit deeper," Ira said. "I did everything I could to try to catch up to these guys. I could see them. I tried to drive as smooth and as fast as I could, and usually my car is good on longer runs. It just didn't have enough for them. Congratulations to Kevin and Eric, they drove a great race. I gave it all I had to not overdrive the car and be as smooth as I could. It's good for us. It's my second weekend here, ever, and I think we did as well as we could not spending a lot of time here. Love the track, love the facility, and had a lot of fun."

Nick Leverone finished fourth in the No. 31 Flatout Motorsports/DrillMasters Mazda Miata, with Garret Dunn moving from 10th to fifth at the checkered flag in the No. 136 Dunns Welding/King Motorsports Honda CRX Si. Eric Thompson was the big mover of the race, launching from 24th to 12th in the No. 187 Flatout Motorsports/Kevin Thompson Mazda Miata to win the Sunoco Hard Charger.

The 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, the Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America's Club Racing National Champions this year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

  • Click here to stream the live broadcasts of the 53rd running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Races run Friday through Sunday.

While the live broadcast of all 28 National Championships is available live at SCCA.com, each race will be on demand in the coming weeks.

Provisional results for Saturday's SCCA Super Touring Under National Championship at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

1, (1), Kevin Boehm, Marysville, OH, Honda Civic Si, 23.
2, (3), Eric Kutil, Columbus, OH, Honda Civic Si, 23.
3, (2), Cliff Ira, Kansas City, MO, Acura Integra GS-R, 23.
4, (4), Nick Leverone, North Smithfield, RI, Mazda Miata, 23.
5, (10), Garret Dunn, Commerce Township, MI, Honda CRX Si, 23.
6, (6), Andrew Salzano, Marysville, OH, Honda Civic, 23.
7, (7), Darin Treakle, Broad Run, VA, Honda Civic Si, 23.
8, (11), Bob Beede, Northampton, MA, Honda Civic Coupe, 23.
9, (14), Brian Laughlin, Tulsa, OK, Mazda Miata, 23.
10, (16), Mike Taylor, Cumming, GA, Honda Civic, 23.
11, (18), Clint Boisdeau, Los Angeles, CA, Honda Civic, 23.
12, (24), Eric Thompson, Aberdeen, NJ, Mazda Miata, 23.
13, (17), Ken Kannard, Sebring, FL, Mazda Miata, 23.
14, (15), Greg Amy, Middletown, CT, Honda CivicSI, 23.
15, (19), John Hainsworth, Marlton, NJ, Mazda RX-7, 23.
16, (23), Joseph Ebben, Mequon, WI, Acura RSX Type S, 23.
17, (8), Kevin Ruck, Pearsall, TX, Honda Civic, 23.
18, (22), Steven Sancricca, Grand Blanc, MI, Honda CRX, 23.
19, (25), Bernard Naegele, Geneva, NY, Acura Integra GS-R, 22.
20, (20), Thomas Smith, Evesham, NJ, Mazda RX-7, 22.
21, (26), Thomas Lamb, Kalamazoo, MI, Honda CRX Si, 22.
22, (28), Brian Mangan, Wellington, FL, Mazda RX7, 22.
23, (30), Mark Utecht, Stacy, MN, Honda Civic, 22.
24, (34), David Palfenier, Hinkley, IL, Mazda Miata, 22.
25, (29), Lee Graser, Andersonville, TN, Mazda MX5, 22.
26, (31), Scott Bettinger, Haysville, KS, Mazda Miata, 21.
27, (9), Myles Gilsinger, Marysville, OH, Honda Civic Si, 18.
28, (12), Jeromey Mizer, Millersburg, OH, Honda Civic Si, 16.
29, (27), Kirk Knestis, Syracuse, NY, Acura Integra, 13.
30, (21), Oscar Jackson, Chino, CA, Scion FR-S, 8.
31, (5), John Schmitt, Sunbury, OH, Honda Prelude, 6.
DNS, (13), Andrie Hartanto, Concord, CA, Acura Integra, .
DNS, (32), Hugh McHaffie, Walpole, MA, Honda S2000, .
DNS, (33), Craig McHaffie, Walpole, MA, Mazda MX-5, .

Overall Time of Race: 38:04.383
Average Race Speed: 81.844 mph
Margin of Victory: 0.719 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: #79 Boehm, 1:36.625 (84.127 mph)
Sunoco Hard Charger: #187 Eric Thompson
Lap Leaders: Lap 1-23, #79 Boehm

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Justin Hille led every lap to win Saturday's Spec Miata race at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB. Credit: Jay Bonvouloir

Justin Hille, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, took the lead at the start from the Tire Rack pole and led every lap to win Saturday's Spec Miata race at the SCCA National Champion Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Driving his No. 48 Hilltrux/Roush/V2/East Street Mazda Miata, Hille earned his first National Championship in his second Runoffs appearance after a 10th place Spec Miata finish last year in his Daytona debut.

Michael Carter, of Savannah, Georgia, finished second in the No. 08 Rossini Racing Products Mazda Miata while Elivan Goulart, of Shelton, Connecticut, finished third in the No. 70 S.A.C. Racing/SCDA1.com/Hoosier Mazda Miata.

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Hille led a four-car breakaway throughout the race that included Carter, Goulart and Jim Drago in the No. 2 East Street Racing/Mazdaracers.com Mazda Miata.

Carter and Drago each took a shot at passing for the lead in the race's closing laps, but in the end Hille held on to lead Carter across the finish line by .379 of a second.

"My car was falling off in the last five or six laps and I was doing everything I could to hang on to it," Hille said. "I knew Michael was going to try and make a move somewhere. He got a perfect run near the end, set it up perfectly and I think we were side-by-side for a second on the straight. We made a little contact but it was still good, clean racing."

Making his Runoffs debut, Carter ran third in the lead group of four for the majority of the race. He slipped through for second when Drago pulled alongside Hille on the back straight to challenge for the lead on lap 15.

"When Drago pulled to the inside to try for the lead I thought that I had a chance because I knew I wasn't going to be able to clear Justin," Carter said. "I was able to run in under braking, got behind Justin's bumper and pushed him by, and I cleared Drago under braking. That was about it and I knew it was going to be a good race from there between me and Justin."

Carter made his own back-straight move on Hille on the last lap of the race.

"I had been planning that move for the last seven laps," Carter said. "I was just trying to get the best run I could possibly get out of the Keyhole. It was pretty much a perfect run, I was on Justin's bumper and went to the outside in the esses. We were about even going into turn four, but I guess I got in the marbles outside the groove, and that was about it. That was my only chance."

Elivan came out on top of a tussle with Drago with two laps to go when the two came together in the Mid-Ohio esses.

"My car was phenomenal under braking but unfortunately we were a little down on power," Goulart said. "I was able to make that up under braking but Drago was a bit stouter down the straight. Once I got by him for third my goal was to keep him behind me. At the end, we both turned in for the corner, made slight contact, but we were able to keep it going, keep it on the track and we made it through for a podium finish."

Drago finished fourth while Alex Bolanos charged from 13th on the grid to finish fifth in his No. 57 Autotechnik/G-Loc/Apex Alignment Mazda Miata.

Kyle Webb won the Sunoco Hard Charger award for improving a race-high 12 positions to finish 12th in his No. 99 Nova Brown Notforgotten/ESR Mazda Miata.

The 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, the Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America's Club Racing National Champions this year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

  • Click here to stream the live broadcasts of the 53rd running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Races run Friday through Sunday.

While the live broadcast of all 28 National Championships is available live at SCCA.com, each race will be on demand in the coming weeks.

Provisional results for Saturday's Spec Miata race at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

1, (1), Justin Hille, Ypsilanti, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
2, (2), Michael Carter, Savannah, GA, Mazda Miata, 23.
3, (7), Elivan Goulart, Shelton, CT, Mazda Miata, 23.
4, (3), Jim Drago, Memphis, TN, Mazda Miata, 23.
5, (13), Alex Bolanos, Hialeah, FL, Mazda Miata, 23.
6, (10), Michael Gagliardo, Chicago, IL, Mazda Miata, 23.
7, (5), Adam Roberts, Hilliard, OH, Mazda Miata, 23.
8, (11), Andrew Carbonell, Miami, FL, Mazda Miata, 23.
9, (6), Jordan Smart, Ypsilanti, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
10, (4), Max Nufer, Wildwood, MO, Mazda Miata, 23.
11, (15), Dean Busk, Chandler, AZ, Mazda Miata, 23.
12, (24), Kyle Webb, Centerville, OH, Mazda Miata, 23.
13, (22), Jonathan Davis, Seven Hills, OH, Mazda Miata, 23.
14, (18), Voytek Burdzy, Algonquin, IL, Mazda Miata, 23.
15, (9), Michael Novak, Highland, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
16, (23), Frank Todaro, Dublin, OH, Mazda Miata, 23.
17, (26), Spencer Rutherford, Nicholasvillle, KY, Mazda Miata, 23.
18, (17), Cory Collum, Cape Coral, FL, Mazda Miata, 23.
19, (20), Daniel Setili, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
20, (16), Jason Kohler, White Lake, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
21, (27), Alex Piku, Grosse Pointe, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
22, (32), John Carter, Tampa, FL, Mazda Miata, 23.
23, (34), Jeffrey Luckritz, Saint Joseph, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
24, (30), Anthony Geraci, Glen Head, NY, Mazda Miata, 23.
25, (31), Charles Campbell, Corry, PA, Mazda Miata, 23.
26, (14), Nick Leverone, North Smithfield, RI, Mazda Miata, 23.
27, (33), B Clark Cambern, Dewitt, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
28, (29), Jesse Prather, Topeka, KS, Mazda Miata, 23.
29, (28), Jesse Schmidt, Fitzwilliam, NH, Mazda Miata, 23.
30, (39), James Randall, Watertown, MN, Mazda Miata, 23.
31, (36), Christopher Ciufo, Livonia, NY, Mazda Miata, 23.
32, (35), Eric Matoy, Leonard, MI, Mazda Miata, 23.
33, (21), Joshua Bilicki, Richfield, WI, Mazda Miata, 23.
34, (42), Domenico Leuci, Binghamton, NY, Mazda Miata, 23.
35, (41), Michael Lattanzio, Aliquippa, PA, Mazda Miata, 23.
36, (38), Richard Astacio, Stamford, CT, Mazda Miata, 23.
37, (44), James Henson, Mansfield, OH, Mazda Miata, 22.
38, (8), Erik Stearns, Van Buren, OH, Mazda Miata, 21.
39, (43), Brandon Fetch, Waldwick, NJ, Mazda Miata, 21.
40, (37), David Ciufo, Livonia, NY, Mazda Miata, 17.
41, (40), Eric Pratt, Rockford, IL, Mazda Miata, 13.
42, (12), Selin Rollan, Miami, FL, Mazda Miata, 6.
43, (19), Steven Powers, Mesa, AZ, Mazda Miata, 3.
44, (45), Daniel Harding, Dover, OH, Mazda Miata, 2.
DNS, (25), Matthew Reynolds, Boerne, TX, Mazda Miata

Length of Race: 52 miles
Overall Time of Race: 39:30.544
Average Speed: 78.869 mph
Margin of Victory: .379 of a second
Fastest Race Lap: No. 08 Carter 1:40.764 (80.672 mph)
Lap Leaders: No. 48, laps 1 – 23
Sunoco Hard Charger: No. 99 Kyle Webb

Pagenaud trophy 660After many years of trying, Simon Pagenaud finally became the complete package. His career-defining season was a byproduct of immense effort, and was only made possible once Pagenaud transformed himself into a genuine ass kicker.

The numbers don't lie: He earned more wins and poles, led more laps and races, and also led the standings for 15 events – from Round 2 in April through the checkered flag on Sunday in Sonoma – to secure his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

He also brought poise, character, humor and humility to his championship bid, and displayed an unending hunger to improve with every lap. If you're searching for an athletic role model to put in front of your kids, Pagenaud fits nicely among the Scott Dixons and Ryan Hunter-Reays.

His journey from being forgotten and exiled at the end of 2007 to a super-sub in 2011 to reaching the top of the mountain in 2016 completes an incredible nine-year journey, and it's another aspect of Pagenaud's narrative that deserves praise. Having been there for most of that wild ride, I've come to appreciate a few things about the pride of Poitiers, France.

First, he's an unapologetic throwback. Sure, when he speaks, he sounds an awful lot like the character Jean Girard from Talladega Nights (which he's aware of, and has fun with), but accents aside, the new IndyCar champ would fit perfectly in the romantic 1960s where drivers from every corner of the world met to race at Monaco, the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Pikes Peak, and even the Daytona 500, to the delight of racing traditionalists.

V8Supercars 2011 Gold Coast600 167 copyIn the finest tradition forged by the Andrettis, Foyts, Gurneys and Unsers, Pagenaud will race anyone, anywhere, at any time. He's strapped into a wider variety of racing machines than any of his contemporaries, and continues to search for new driving experiences.

Open-wheel, sports cars (in three different flavors – prototypes, GTs and sedans), rallying, hill climbs, endurance racing, sprint racing ... amateur endurance racing ... karting. Throw in a stock car race and a few jumps in a monster truck, and he'll have every base covered.

Simply put, hand Pagenaud a steering wheel and half a chance, and he's game.

Hell, after a long season that started in January at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the champ isn't headed for a month-long vacation to celebrate his title; you'll find him at Road Atlanta next week, sweating his balls off in a Corvette Daytona Prototype, to try and help the Action Express Racing team win an IMSA title.

And why would he choose roasting in a DP over tanning himself on a beach in the Caribbean? Because they asked. I'm not suggesting Pagenaud is as good as the Andrettis, Foyts, Gurneys or Unsers; he hasn't done enough to enter that conversation, but there's no question he's driven by the same tradition and all-rounder spirit that built those men into legends and icons.

It's also easy to appreciate how Pagenaud has achieved the American Dream. He doesn't come from wealth, has earned everything he's received, and lives in North-freakin-Carolina with his American girlfriend.

As far as feel-good stories go, Pagenaud has written a damn fine script since crossing the Atlantic: A skinny European kid comes to America barely out of his teens, wins the Atlantic championship, scores a ride in the Champ Car series – during what proved to be its final season – and impressed everyone, including his teammate (and future Penske star) Will Power on his debut.

His sophomore Indy car season never materialized after Champ Car collapsed (and was bought by IndyCar) in early 2008. Out of an open-wheel drive, and with his career all but stalled, he held onto the dream by accepting a lesser one as a sports car pilot in the American Le Mans Series.

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Gutted by the lack of interest shown by teams in the blended IndyCar Series, he used that anger to elevate his name. It happened far away from IndyCar's bright lights, but Pagenaud's stock began to rise as a fierce competitor within the Honda/Acura factory LMP2 system. He'd go on a three-year prototype campaign that regularly delivered shock and awe, and in his final ALMS season, it produced the 2010 LMP championship with Highcroft Racing.

Undeterred by the IndyCar snub, Pagenaud actually benefitted from being sent down to the minors at just 24 years old. Champ Car was a good introduction to top-tier open-wheel racing, but his blade was properly sharpened behind the wheel of scary-fast prototypes. Thrust into LMP2 against Penske Racing's factory Porsche RS Spyders and the sister Acura programs from Andretti-Green and Fernandez Racing, Pagenaud was pitted against absolute animals that surpassed whatever Champ Car offered in 2007.


Highcroft 660 copyPagenaud got lucky, in that sense, and being relegated to sports cars actually provided a glimpse of his future. Acura would import its top IndyCar stars on regular occasion to share those fearsome prototypes, and it gave him a chance to bang wheels with Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, Marco Andretti, and to measure himself against Scott Dixon in his own de Ferran Motorsports program.

Penske would also draft in his IndyCar stars on occasion as Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe saddled up for the LMP2 dogfights. The pressure-packed environment allowed Pagenaud to test himself against IndyCar's best in his domain, to learn from de Ferran – the old Brazilian wizard, and expand his skills in ways Champ Car could not offer. And in 2010, with his move to Highcroft, he was passed to another wizard – of the Australian kind – with David Brabham.

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Teaming with Brabs after de Ferran was like earning a second PhD by the age of 26. As the enduring star within Honda's sports car camp, and with the brand about to exit the ALMS as a full-fledged factory participant, Pagenaud's value as an IndyCar option became apparent to all those who watched his magical performances at Sebring, Road Atlanta, and every ALMS stop in between.

He'd also caught the eye of the home team. Pagenaud made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut with the French ORECA team weeks after de Ferran Motorsports launched its program in May 2008, and by 2009, he was signed to drive for Pescarolo Sport in a works-affiliated Peugeot 908 FAP at Le Mans. His relentless pace at Pescarolo was rewarded with a full factory drive in 2010 – for the French national Peugeot team – and again in 2011 where he finished second overall with mentor and countryman Sebastien Bourdais.

His eight wins from 31 ALMS starts and 16 overall podiums made a clear statement in the world of sports car racing, and with a Le Mans podium added in, not to mention three wins in the precursor to today's World Endurance Championship, Pagenaud was regarded as a certified G and a bona fide stud. It was also becoming painfully obvious he was ready for a return to the major leagues.

The diversion to sports cars was an odd road to follow, but it prepared Pagenaud in ways that moving directly from Champ Car to IndyCar would not have provided. Although it might not have felt like a positive move at the time, he was able to develop his racecraft and technical education in an intensive environment that would eventually lead to taking his first IndyCar crown.

And then we have his persistence. Pagenaud's first three starts in the IndyCar Series came under trying conditions, and in each case, the situation was a perfect encapsulation of his career. Three seasons removed from Champ Car, new open-wheelers had come along and made splashes in IndyCar. His old teammate Power had become Penske's gunslinger, Indy Lights champions JR Hildebrand and Alex Lloyd were starting their careers in the big show, and the only opportunities for an outside came with bags of cash or last-minute surprises.

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An injured hand for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Ana Beatriz opened the door to his first super-sub drive at Barber in 2011 where he crossed the finish line in eighth while chasing future Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. The next drive came later in the season at Mid-Ohio when DRR's Justin Wilson injured his back during practice. Stepping in cold, and in borrowed driving gear for his first session, he raced hard and finished 13th. Another strange circumstance – stemming from a visa issue which barred HVM's Simona de Silvestro entry into the US – gave Pagenaud another shot to step in and perform at Sonoma.

Although his 15th-place finish in the wine country might not have jumped out in the final results, teams were watching. The HVM engineers also marveled at his feedback and efforts to turn a last-place car into a mid-pack challenger in such short order. Those three IndyCar samples – produced in less than optimal circumstances – confirmed his readiness for a full-time gig.

Signed by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to lead its Honda-powered program in 2012, Pagenaud put his enhanced body of skills to work and finished fifth in the championship. He toppled numerous giants the following year, scored his first and second wins, and split Penske's Castroneves and Power on the way to taking third in the standings. 

Two more wins and fifth overall in 2014 prompted Roger Penske to realize it would be smarter to race with the Frenchman than against him. The Captain picked up the phone and set Pagenaud on a course that handed RP a championship on the team's 50th anniversary.

Pagenaud's path, thanks to the supreme heights and depths he's encountered along the way, produced a fine and worthy champion. Watching his American Dream come true has been a pleasure, and as compelling as his story might be, something tells me Pagenaud has more feel-good chapters to add.

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nascar startFor some in the Sprint Cup Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the desperate need to count points has already begun.

The first three rounds in the NASCAR playoffs contain just three races each, meaning there are only a handful of opportunities to win and automatically advance. The short round structure also provides a greater margin of error should something go wrong, so it's important to put together the best average finish possible.

A dramatic event at Chicagoland Speedway last weekend left several expected contenders closer to the cut-off point than anticipated. As a result, they are realistically one more bad finish away from a must-win scenario next weekend at Dover International Speedway.

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Tony Stewart occupies the final provisional playoff spot but is only one point ahead of Austin Dillon and Kevin Harvick. Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher occupy the two final positions and are two and eight point behind, respectively.

Dillon says he's been counting points since he left Richmond.

"I think you are already in that mindset," Dillon said."You know you've got to beat sixteen of those guys. You watch where they are at and you are trying to be ahead of every one of them you can. Every restart you have to be aggressive at the end. You have to make calls to gain those positions to put yourself in that position.

"We will be aggressive the next two weeks, as aggressive as we can, aggressively smart. I think two top-10 finishes will give us a great shot to move to the next round. That is what we want to do so we can regroup. I feel like we've got a good shot the next two weeks."

EdwardsOn the other hand, New Hampshire pole winner Carl Edwards is only four points ahead of the cutoff and says he doesn't expect to think about points – especially given that he has a car capable of winning the next two weeks.

"Points are obviously important," Edwards said. "They honestly might be what makes the difference, but I think right now you just go as hard as you can. You try to win. You try to get every position you can. I didn't look at the points. I saw them on the screen there earlier, but I'm not even sure what points position we're in yet, so I guess no, not yet."

On the other hand, there are guys like Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, who didn't win and have a solid points cushion thanks to their regular season. Barring the remarkable and unlikely, they should advance with ease, and Logano expects them to race without pressure until the second round.

"If you didn't have a good race last week, then the pressure is added – no doubt," Logano said. "But we finished second last week and scored some good points. We talk about this round as being base hits and don't have to do anything crazy. We did that exactly last week, so we'll just come up here and do the same exact thing. If something happens, something happens and we'll approach Dover in a different way, but, right now, let's go out here and if we can win the race, let's win the race.

"If not, let's try to top-5 it and that will give us a good sense of security heading into Dover."

Here's the Chase Grid heading into Sunday at New Hampshire.

1. Martin Truex (1 win, advanced to second round)
2. Brad Keselowski +22
3. Kyle Busch +19
4. Denny Hamlin +18
5. Joey Logano +15
6. Chase Elliott +11
7. Matt Kenseth +6
8. Jimmie Johnson +6
9. Carl Edwards +4
10. Kurt Busch +3
11. Jamie McMurray +1
12. Tony Stewart +1
13. Austin Dillon -1
14. Kevin Harvick -1
15. Kyle Larson -2
16. Chris Buescher -12

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Kimi Raikkonen is demonstrating he is "not a world champion for nothing" after his performance in the Singapore Grand Prix, according to his Formula 1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

The Finn put pressure on Lewis Hamilton in the battle for third and passed the Briton when he made a mistake only to lose the position during a pit stop sequence later in the race.

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He went on to finish fourth for the second successive race on a weekend when he consistently outshone his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen is just five points behind Vettel in the drivers' championship, having been 113 adrift at this point in the season last year.

"Talking about Kimi, he is showing he was not a world champion for nothing," said Arrivabene. "He was very, very good, especially when he overtook Hamilton, even if Hamilton made a little mistake.

"Sometimes you make a mistake because the other guy is pushing your back. Kimi has enough experience to feel that and in my opinion it was great."

Arrivabene also praised Vettel's performance after the German came through the field from the back to finish fifth.

"Sebastian had a fantastic race, the choices of strategy were correct and he was able to use that advantage to the maximum," he said. "It was fantastic."

A MERCEDES GETS OVERTAKEN

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Raikkonen's pass on Hamilton was only the sixth time a Mercedes has been overtaken in a proper move on track, not including the start, in 2016.

In China, Hamilton was nursing damage after a first-corner collision and said the car was "flexing like crazy, like a four-poster bed" when he was passed by Daniel Ricciardo and then Raikkonen.

The reigning world champion started 10th in Baku, after an error-strewn qualifying session, and was passed by Valtteri Bottas, who also got by Max Verstappen in the same move.

Nico Rosberg was "baffled" by a lack of pace in the race in Monaco, as Hamilton went on to win, and was mugged by Nico Hulkenberg on the line to lose sixth.

At Silverstone, Verstappen [pictured] pulled off a brilliant move on Rosberg in damp conditions around the outside of at Becketts.

Originally on Autosport.com

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