The first day of qualifications for the 2011 SCCA National Championship Runoffs is in the books, with 28 drivers a quarter of the way to the coveted pole position for their class race this weekend at Road America.
The day opened with heavy rain, and many drivers opting to sit their respective session out with the prediction of better weather the remainder of the week. After a handful of wet sessions early, the track dried around lunch time, allowing drivers in five classes to set new qualifying track records.
Gerald Szykulski, of Edina, Minn., was the first driver to lower a track record, and he sits on the provisional Formula Continental pole after turning a 2:11.471 (109.530mph) in his No. 30 Rotary Systems Inc. Van Diemen.
The combined Formula Enterprises/Formula Mazda session produced two track records. Defending National Champion and Super Sweep winner Scott Rettich, of Camden, Ohio, dropped the FE qualifying record to a 2:13.462 (107.896mph) in his No. 17 Alliance Autosport/Springboro Car Wash/PDI entry. Douglas Peterson, of Bonita Springs, Fla., turned a 2:15.738 (106.087mph) in his No. 87 3Dimensional.com Formula Mazda to drop that class' track record.
Tom Bootz, of Evansville, Ind., lowered the D Sports Racing track record with a 2:02.417 (117.631mph) in his No. 36 Bootz Industries Stohr WF1/Suzuki. Finally, Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., needed only one lap to shatter the Touring 2 track record in his No. 32 Phoenix/Hoosier/Hawk Ford Mustang with a time of 2:29.499 (96.322mph).
All 28 classes will do it all over again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the best lap of the week setting the pole position for this weekend's races.
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The SCCA National Championship Runoffs will crown Sports Car Club of America's Club Racing National Champions for the 48th consecutive year in 2011. The best amateur drivers from across North America convene on Road America's historic four-mile road course in what is considered the “Olympics” of motorsports. This year's event begins with four days of qualifying and concludes with three days of racing, Sept. 23-25.
* - Denotes better than existing track record.
American Sedan, John Heinricy, Holly, Mich., Pontiac Firebird, 2:55.026, 82.273.
C Sports Racing, Jacek Mucha, Laval, QC, JMS 016/Mazda, 2:02.610, 117.446.
D Sports Racing, Tom Bootz, Evansville, Ind., Stohr WF1/Suzuki, 2:02.417*, 117.631.
E Production, Jon Brakke, Fargo, N.D., Mazda Miata, 2:30.941, 95.402.
F Production, Mason Workman, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Mazda Miata, 3:16.461, 73.297.
Formula 1000, Brandon Dixon, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Citation F1000/Suzuki, 2:55.739, 81.94.
Formula 500, Aaron Ellis, Farmington, Minn., Ellis AE06, 2:45.643, 86.934.
Formula Atlantic, Fabio Castellani, Streamwood, Ill., Swift 014/Toyota, 2:44.363, 87.611.
Formula Continental, Gerald D. Szykulski, Edina, Minn., Van Diemen DP08, 2:11.471*, 109.53.
Formula Enterprises, Scott Rettich, Camden, Ohio, Formula Enterprises, 2:13.462*, 107.896.
Formula F, Lewis Cooper, Grosse Pointe, Mich., Van Diemen RF00/Ford, 2:21.356, 101.87.
Formula Mazda, Douglas Peterson, Bonita Springs, Fla., Star Formula Mazda, 2:15.738*, 106.087.
Formula Vee, Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., Speed Sport AM-5, 2:48.741, 85.338.
GT-1, Cliff Ebben, Appleton, Wis., Ford Mustang, 2:07.372, 113.055.
GT-2, Mark Boden, Winnetka, Ill., Porsche GT3 Cup, 2:19.429, 103.278.
GT-3, John Black, Olympic Valley, Calif., Nissan 350Z, 2:24.907, 99.374.
GT-Lite, Kent Prather, Wakarusa, Kan., Mazda Miata, 2:34.876, 92.978.
H Production, Greg Gauper, Hubertus, Wis., Honda Civic, 3:10.519, 75.583.
Showroom Stock B, Toby Grahovec, Chicago, Ill., BMW Z4, 2:42.863, 88.418.
Showroom Stock C, Brian Husting, Irving, Calif., Chevrolet Cobalt, 2:49.530, 84.941.
Spec Miata, Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mazda Miata, 3:04.769, 77.935.
Spec Racer Ford, Cliff White, Vail, Colo., SCCA Spec Racer Ford, 2:39.432, 90.321.
Sports 2000, Corey Fergus, Powell, Ohio, Carbir CS2, 2:17.867, 104.448.
Super Touring O, Marty Grand, Manassas Park, Va., Mitsubishi Evo IX, 2:58.733, 80.567.
Super Touring U, Eric Heinrich, Milton, Mass., BMW M3, 2:31.534, 95.028.
Touring 1, Michael Pettiford, Louisville, Colo., Chevrolet Corvette GS, 3:16.799, 73.171.
Touring 2, Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Ford Mustang, 2:29.499*, 96.322.
Touring 3, Richard Fisher, Glencoe, Ill., Volkswagen GTI, 2:35.347, 92.696.