LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2004) – Jonathan Dick, of Columbus, Ohio, was awarded his second-consecutive Formula 500 SCCA National Championship after Douglas Marsh, of Eastlake, Ohio, was disqualified for technical issues. Aaron Ellis, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jason Morales, of Hundington Station, N.Y., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 74 Hoosier/King Business Interior, Dick started third and ran there for the first half of the race. Brian Novak led from lap five through lap 10, relinquishing the point to Marsh on lap 11 and falling out one lap later to promote Dick to second. He remained there for the remainder of the race, crossing the finish line 5.682 seconds behind Marsh. Following post-race technical inspection, Marsh was disqualified and Dick was named the winner.
"There was a lot of traffic," said Dick of his run following the race. "My left front tire was deflating and it was pushing hard. I couldn't go through the turns well at all. I had been very good in the Carousel in practice, but couldn't go fast there at all in the race. I couldn't get the car to stick."Jason Morales, of Hundington Station, N.Y., finished fourth, and Michael Brent, of Bethel, Con., 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.
Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, Sports Car Club of America is a 60,000 member motorsports organization that sanctions and promotes grassroots and professional motorsports events of a variety of disciplines, including road racing, autocrossing, road rally and performance rally.
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