TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 7, 2004) – Five individual SCCA members were honored with special awards and a sixth was given a lifetime membership during the final two days of the 60th SCCA Club Racing National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler.-30-
Two of those members honored were also champions, as Jeff Loughead, of Darien, Ill., took home his first Formula Vee title before receiving the 2004 edition of the President’s Cup Sunday evening. The Cup is given to the driver who best demonstrates ability, competitiveness and success during the event. The winner is determined by Runoffs Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward.
F Production champion John Saurino, of Tulsa, Okla., also took home additional honors Sunday, as he capped off his weekend by being named winner of the Road Racing Drivers’ Club (RRDC) Mark Donohue Award, named for the late Champion who was killed in 1975 at a Formula One event in Austria. For his accomplishment, Saurino, whose FP win marked his first National Championship, was given a membership into the RRDC.
San Diego Region’s Scott Garmon was recognized as Mechanic of the Year during Saturday night’s party. The San Marcos, Calif.-crewman is the Crew Chief for GT-3 competitor Mike Henderson, of El Cajon, Calif., who qualified first before finishing eighth in the race.
Two members, James Parsons, of Mount Arlington, N.J., and Kristian Skavnes, of Sparta, N.J., shared this year’s Richland County Sportsmanship Award after they both pitched in and tirelessly worked to get another competitor from their class back on the track in time to race after a qualifying mishap.
“I didn’t really know either of the guys,” said last year’s Showroom Stock C champion Mike Kramer, who received the help. “Before this week, we were acquaintances…now they are like brothers.”
Also on Saturday night, Carol Cohn was presented with a lifetime membership at the Saturday night 60th Anniversary celebration for being the Runoffs worker with the most Club longevity, having been an active member for over 48 years.
Carol's association with SCCA started in January of 1956 as a high school senior. Soon, Carol became a navigator for her father during road rally events, and little did anyone realize the impact those events would have on Carol as she remained a part of SCCA almost 50 years later.
Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners and champions.
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