LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2004) – Tony Loniewski, of Michigan City, Ind., captured his first-career National Championship Sunday, winning the C Sports Racing class race at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Canadian Jacek Mucha and John Hill, of Seattle, Wash., completed the top three.
Starting from the pole in his No. 34 Loyning Engine Service Swift Viking, Loniewski led at the start, but conceded the lead to second qualifier Jacek Mucha, of Canada, for laps three through seven. Loniewski re-passed Mucha for the lead and never looked back as Mucha’s car began to run poorly. Loniewski beat Mucha to the checkered flag by an event-high 33.29 seconds, averaging 97.146 mph for the 20, lap, 45.16-mile race.
En route to victory, Loniewski also set a new record for fastest race lap of 1:20.386 (101.122 mph).
"I spent some time looking for a place where I was stronger than Jacek [Mucha] so that I could make a pass,” said 20-year old Loniewski. “When the time came, I was able to make my move. I just grabbed a lower gear and got out of the corner quicker. I think [the race] went great!”
Chad McQueen, of Malibu, Calif., and Eric Vassian, of Atlanta, Ga., completed 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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