Lexington, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2005) – Tom Feller, of Clarkston, Mich., became the first SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Champion of 2005 Friday morning, taking the H Production race by more than six seconds.-30-
Chris Crisenbery, of Parma, Mich., and Dan Collishaw, of East Orleans, Mass., finished second and third, respectively.
Feller began the race on the pole in his West Michigan Imports/DJ Race Triumph Spitfire, but Crisenbery, in his Rascal Racing Triumph Spitfire, jumped past him to open a sizable lead on the wet 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. As the course dried, however, Feller’s speed continued to climb, eventually wiping out Crisebery’s nine-second advantage and catching him on Lap 12 of the 20-lap race.
The two battled each other while dodging lapped traffic for the next three laps, before Feller made his move on the inside of Crisenbery at Turn 9 on Lap 15. From there, Feller drove away, winning his second-consecutive H Production Championship and the second Runoffs title of his career.
"I dropped back to fourth in the first turn and spent the first few laps just learning the rain line,” Feller said. “I figured it out where my car was loose and where it was pushing. Then I stayed with the same line and followed Chris (Crisenbery). I followed his line through the water to keep my tires cool. The track dried quickly and I was sliding around quite a bit. I caught Chris and we were side by side. It was very clean racing."
Matt Brannon, of Columbus, Ohio, started 10th and finished fourth on the strength of turning the race’s fast lap (1:49.175) on Lap 21. Greg Feller, of Sylvania, Ohio, completed the top five.
Now in its 42nd year, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs annually crown the best amateur road racers in North America as Champions. More than 750 competitors have gathered this year to battle for 23 class titles this year, with eight races being run Friday and Saturday and seven on Sunday.
Celebrating its 61st 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 rallycross.
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