LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2004) – Michael Mazziotti, of Wexford, Pa., captured his first National Championship Sunday, taking the GT-4 class win at the 2004 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Joe Kristensen, of London, Ont., and Kirk Olsen, of Lakewood, Colo., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 56 Jackson Welding Supply Honda CRX, Mazziotti led 18 of the 20 laps, to win the final GT-4 National Championship. Starting on pole, Wilson Wright Jr. maintained the lead at the start of the final race of the 2004 SCCA Runoffs. Running unchallenged at the front of the field, Wright Jr. pulled off course on lap three with a mechanical failure, allowing Mazziotti to take the lead. Consistently driving smooth fast laps, Mazziotti led the remainder of the race for a Honda CRX sweep of the podium. At the checkered flag, Mazziotti won by 7.908 seconds with an average speed of 81.880 mph.
“Willie [Wilson Wright Jr.] banged out quick lap in qualifying pretty easily,” said Mazziotti. “We knew we had something for him if we stayed close. Unfortunate for him, but good for me he had a problem in the race.”
Keith Grant, of Germantown, Tenn., finished fourth, and Lans Stout, of Cornelius, Ore., 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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