LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2004) – Scott Rarick, of Santa Monica, Calif., captured his first National Championship Sunday, taking the Formula Ford class win at the 2004 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Chuck Brewer, of Northbrook, Ill., and Chris Winkler, of Royal Oak, Mich., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 34 Goodyear/Ivey/Hertlfender Rust Swift DB6, Rarick led five laps to win his SCCA Runoffs race. Getting a clean start, polesitter Justin Pritchard immediately began to pull away from the field. With the lead duo of Pritchard and Rarick establishing a sizeable lead, the full-course caution was displayed for six cars off course around the track. When racing resumed on lap eight, Pritchard once again got a great jump on Rarick and was not challenged for position. Running unchallenged, Pritchard spun in the carousel on lap 16, allowing Rarick to take the lead and ending his bid to become the first-ever three-time consecutive Champion in Formula Ford. With second and third place battling for position, Rarick cruised to the victory, winning by 4.139 seconds and an average speed of 73.620 mph.
“I'll take the win any way I can,” said Rarick. “I would have liked to have raced Justin [Pritchard] to the finish, but he went off and I was first. I had a long term plan for the race and for saving my tires but then he went off. So all I had to do from then was to stay focused and stay on course.”
Pritchard, of Granville, Ohio, finished fourth, and Stan Townes, of Santa Clara, Calif., 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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