LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2004) – Lew Larimer, of Hayward, Calif., captured his first-career National Championship Sunday, dominating the GT-1 class race at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Defending Champion Cliff Ebben, of Appleton, Wis., and Scott Murphy, of Thomasville, N.C., completed the top three.
Starting from the pole with a new qualifying record in the No. 47 American Port Weld/Red Line/Goodyear Oldsmobile Cutlass, Larimer took the lead at the start and never looked back, taking a 23.14-second win, averaging 92.444 mph.
Behind him, Ebben and Murphy each benefited from a late-race incident between Tom Sloe, of Newbury, Ohio, and Trevor Hopwood, of Lee, N.H., which caused both cars to spin.
"I thought that the car was good so I just went and ran for it,” Larimer said. “I didn't expect to win by that much. We went fast because we were ready to run fast. I backed off a little bit three of four laps from the end and hoped that nothing would go wrong with the car. This is my third Runoffs; I ran at Road Atlanta in 1980 then took a few years off, came back to finish second last year, and here I am this year."
Sloe and Hopwood recovered to complete 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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