Grids set for first seven of 28 SCCA Runoffs races at Road America
After three days of qualifying, the grids for the first seven races have been set at the 47th SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Subway at Road America. Provisional poles changed hands in an additional seven classes on Wednesday to set up Thursday's final day of qualifying.
A combined session for Touring 3 and Super Touring Under marked the first of the classes whose grids were finalized during Wednesday's series of 20-minute sessions at the 14-turn, four-mile circuit. Sage Marie, of Huntington Beach, Calif., saw his time of 2:34.706 (93.080mph) from Monday hold up through all three qualifying sessions to earn the T3 pole in his No. 4 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Honda S2000. Joel Weinberger, of Hinsdale, Ill., improved his Runoffs qualifying record to 2:29.038 (96.620mph) in the No. 3 Continental Audi/Fall-Line MS Audi A4. Weinberger was the provisional polesitter after Tuesday's second qualifying.
Jason Knuteson, of Danville, Ind., also saw his Formula 500 qualifying time of 2:22.896 (100.773mph) from Monday's opening day hold serve throughout the three sessions. Knuteson's No. 92 Mitchell Racing Services/Hoosier Scorpion S1 Rotax 493 also established a class record.
Like the Touring 3 and Formula 500 classes, the Spec Miata, GT-Lite and D Sports Racing polesitters set their quick laps on Monday. Defending Champion Steve Gorriaran, of Providence, R.I., posted a best time of 2:42.983 (88.353mph) in the No. 44 Gorilla Racing/Driven Performance/Racer Motors Mazda Miata to by just over a second from Tony Coello, of East Troy, Wis. In GTL, Peter Shawdowen, of Loxahatchee, Fla., saw his new class record of 2:32.390 (94.494mph) in the No. 72 Road n Race/Goodyear/HPD/Red Line Honda CRX stand, as did the early-week effort of Chris Farrell, of Salt Lake City, Utah, in DSR. Farrell posted a best time of 2:02.901 (117.167mph) in his No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/GDRE/Hoosier/Sunoco Stohr WF1/Suzuki.
In E Production, Jon Brakke, of Fargo, N.D., improved his time on Wednesday to clinch the pole position. Brakke sat on the provisional pole since Monday in his No. 89 Margaret Peterson Bars Mazda Miata, but improved his time on Wednesday afternoon to a fast lap of 2:27.508 (97.622mph) to secure the pole by 0.844sec over Greg Ira, of Plantation, Fla.
In addition to the completed grids, 14 other classes held their second qualifying sessions on Wednesday.
Matthew Staal, of Torrance, Calif., took the top spot in the Showroom Stock B class with a best time of 2:42.183 (88.789mph) in the No. 53 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Honda Civic Si. Staal eclipsed the time set on Monday by Michael Scornavacchi in the No. 25 Hoosier/Carbotech/Angry Sheep BMW Z4. Scornavacchi was unable to turn a time in Wednesday's session after contact with the wall left his car with heavy damage on Monday.
Steve Sargis, of Frankfort, Ill., climbed to the top of both the H Production and F Production charts on Wednesday. Driving the No. 18 SBS Batteries/Goodyear Tire Triumph Spitfire 1500 in FP, Sargis set a new qualifying record with a time of 2:30.789 (95.498mph) to sit on pole 2.536sec ahead of Rick Harris, of Derby, Kan. In HP, Sargis posted a best time of 2:41.988 (88.895mph) in a different No. 18 SS Batteries/Goodyear Tire Triumph Spitfire, topping Milwaukee's Michael Moser.
Michael Lewis, of Poway, Calif., lowered the GT-1 qualifying record and moved onto the provisional pole in his No. 12 Goodyear/Cyclo/Red Line Jaguar XKR with a time of 2:05.208 (115.009mph). Lewis topped Cliff Ebben, of nearby Appleton, Wis., who posted the fasted time in class on Monday.
In Sports 2000, Corey Fergus, of Powell, Ohio, claimed the provisional pole position from Matthew Direnzo, of Medford, N.J., with a lap of 2:16.082 (105.819mph) in the No. 07 Hoosier Tires/Carbotech Brakes Carbir CS2/Ford that lowered his qualifying record set in 2009. Fergus was the polesitter a season ago in S2000.
In its first dry session of the week for the class, Jason Vinkemulder, of Spring Lake, Mich., climbed to the top of the Formula Mazda class with a best time of 2:16.437 (105.543mph). Vinkemulder's lap eclipsed the FM qualifying record by a half-second and topped the previous session in the rain by nearly 24 seconds.
Steve Forrer (C Sports Racing), Scott Tucker (Touring 1), Michael Varacins (Formula Vee), Mark Boden (GT-2), Niki Coello (Formula Continental), Mike Henderson (GT-3), Brian Schofield (Spec Racer Ford), and Jerry Onks (Super Touring Over) all went quicker on Wednesday and held their positions as provisional polesitters. With his time on Wednesday, Forrer established the fastest SCCA Club Racing lap ever at Road America with a time of 2:01.607 (118.414mph).
Qualifying continues for the fourth and final day on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. (CDT). Live timing is available all week at www.scca.com/runoffs. Racing will commence on Friday, Sept. 24 and run through Sunday, Sept. 26 for all 28 classes.
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