Andrew McDermid, of Grand Ledge, Mich., collected his fifth American Sedan National Championship in convincing fashion at Road America during the 2009 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The win earned McDermid the new SCCA Club Racing Super Sweep Award, making him only the second driver to do so. Tom Sloe, of Newbury, Ohio, and Brian Wallace, of Grand Blanc, Mich., completed the podium.
Starting from the pole in his No. 24 Felice Racing Engines/Hoosier/Lane Ford Mustang, McDermid crossed the finish line side-by-side with second-place starter Sloe, but had the lead firmly in hand by Turn One. McDermid then seemingly set his Mustang to autopilot, as he proceeded to open up a 16.458-second margin of victory over the course of the 13-lap, 52-mile race. In his march to the checkered flag, McDermid set the fastest lap of the race, a 2:28.877 (96.724 mph).
"With these guys on your backside, you've just got to run 10-tenths," McDermid said. "That's all there is to it. The start was clean and everyone seemed to behave themselves, which is cool. I heard Tom miss a shift and I thought 'okay, maybe we've got a shot at getting him into the corner.' We were able to beat him into Turn One, but with guys like Tom [Sloe] and Brian [Wallace] behind you, you've got to go wide open the whole time."
With the win, McDermid also collected the SCCA Club Racing Super Sweep award. The Super Sweep includes winning the nationwide point standings, a Divisonal Championship, a National Championship and a key National Club race all in a single class.
Sloe briefly fell behind Wallace in the opening laps before re-taking second place in his No. 74 Hoosier/Russell Automotive Center Ford Mustang. The second-place finish was Sloe's first podium finish in nine Runoffs starts.
Wallace, who returned to Runoffs competition for the first time since 2005, brought the No. 8 Hoosier/Wallace2Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro home in third.
Philip Smith, of New Albany, Ohio, was fourth in the No. 54 Chevrolet Camaro. Tom Ellis, of Sunrise, Fla., completed the top five in his No. 51 Averitt/Steeda/Dawson Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra.
Kenneth Lubash, of Stamford, Conn., just missed out on a top-five finish, but did take home the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for advancing five positions in the race.
The American Sedan National Championship race will be available on demand at www.speedcasttv.com/scca shortly after the 2009 SCCA National Championship Runoffs concludes.