TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2007) – Programming from the 2007 SCCA National Championship Runoffs continues on SPEED with the Formula Atlantic and American Sedan races, airing Wednesday, Dec. 12.
First up at noon (EST), Hans Peter will go for his second National Championship of 2007 when he starts the Formula Atlantic race on pole, alongside former Champ Car and Toyota Atlantic star Tonis Kasemets. The whole grid will take the green flag on wet tires to combat the standing water at Heartland Park Topeka, laid down by a massive thunderstorm earlier that day. Kasemets gets the jump on Peter at the start, but it doesn’t take long for the polesitter to reclaim his top spot and pull away from the pack.
Next at 1 p.m. it’s a wild American Sedan race on a damp, but drying track. The Ford Mustangs of Von Kluge and McDermid make up the front row, with McDermid taking over the point from polesitter Von Kluge on the start. McDermid opens up a lead early, but is reeled in by 11-time National Champion John Heinricy in a Pontiac Firebird. Following him around McDermid is the Ford Mustang of Tom Sloe, who will then mount his own challenge for the lead against Heinricy. The pair continue to battle for the closing laps, resulting in a jaw-dropping finish.
After Runoffs programming, stick around for Rounds Three and Four of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup, airing at 2 and 2:30 p.m., immediately following the American Sedan race.
Both Runoffs races will re-air, Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3 and 4 a.m. (EST).
All 25 SCCA National Championship races receive their own one-hour show on SPEED throughout the winter. Visit the Runoffs event page for the full schedule.