LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2004) –Mike Davies, of Houston, Texas, captured his seventh National Championship Sunday, taking the Spec Racer Ford class win at the 2004 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. John Black, of Olympic Valley, Calif., and T.J. Acker, of Aqua Dulce, Calif., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 83 Logix Communications Spec Racer Ford, Davies captured his first National Championship since 1995, when won the Shelby Can-Am class. Going three wide into the first corner of the race, Davies got past front-row starter Richard Spicer to move into second. After pressuring polesitter Joseph Colasacco on the opening lap, Davies took the lead on lap two. Racing in close formation, he held off-several challenges from Colasacco until lap 12, when he relinquished the lead for one lap, before regaining the top spot. On the penultimate lap, Colasacco got a good run on Davies entering the Keyhole. Looking to the inside, Colasacco spun under braking into the gravel trap, ending his race. With a sizeable gap on Black in second place, Davies led the final two laps, to win by 5.128 seconds with an average speed of 79.910 mph.
“Our cars were equally matched,” said Davies, who captured his first National Championship in the Spec Racer Ford class. “I was stronger in turns eight through eleven while Joe [Colasacco] had me on the run up to the keyhole. I think that both our rear tires were used up because when we went into the keyhole together he started sliding around. There was no contact. He must have locked up his rears. I looked in my mirrors and saw him off the road. I said to myself, 'I'm so sorry! '”
Spicer, of Laurel, Md., finished fourth, and Lee Fleming, of Lake Forest, Calif., completed the top five.
Now in its 41st year, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs annually crown the best amateur road racers in North America Champions. More than 700 competitors have gathered this year to battle for 24 class titles this year, with eight races being run each day from Friday through Sunday.
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