LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 24, 2004) – Tom Feller, of Clarkston, Mich., won his first-ever National Championship Friday, taking the H Production class win at the 2004 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Dan Collishaw, of East Orleans, Mass., and Christopher Crisenbery, of Parma, Mich., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 71 WMI Imports/Brinks Mach/DJ Race Triumph Spitfire, Feller made a great start from his third position on the grid, diving inside polesitter Ron Bartell in the first corner to take the lead. Feller, Bartell and Collishaw ran nose-to-tail for several laps until Bartell spun at the beginning of the esses on lap three. Collishaw’s Austin Healey Sprite dogged Feller for the remaining 20 laps, but could never make the pass. Feller won by 0.856-second, averaging 77.137 mph.
"At the start I had a good view of the green flag,” said Feller. “I didn't get much of a jump over the others, but we went three wide and I out-braked them into the turn. After that, I had to fight off Dan [Collishaw], who was in my mirrors all the time. I had a little more top end power than he did and he kept on trying to take me on the outside going down the straight but I was able to hold him off and out-brake him into the Esses."
Crisenbery held off a furious charge from John Salisbury, of Gurnee, Ill., to finish third. Behind Salisbury, Don Barrack, of Gerrardstown, W.V., 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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