TOPEKA, Kan. (October 10, 2007) – Another day of qualifying concluded at Heartland Park Topeka for the 2007 SCCA National Championship Runoffs and eight defending champions hold provisional poles.
Defending Spec Racer Ford Champion Mike Miserendino, of Los Angeles, Calif., climbed to the top of the 42-car SRF grid with a time of 1:47.531, after skipping the first two qualifying sessions. The previous polesitter, John Black, of Olympic Valley, Calif., may have dropped to third in SRF, but now sits on pole in GT-3 at the wheel of a Nissan 350Z.
Defending C Sports Racing Champion Hans Peter, of nearby Overland Park, Kan., entered his first CSR qualifying time of the week, a 1:25.480, putting him almost four seconds ahead of yesterday’s polesitter, Jason Miller, of Elkhart Lake, Wis. Jesse Prather, another Kansan and defending Champion, took hold of the F Production Pole in his Mazda Miata with a time of 1:44.546.
In Touring 3, Kevin Fandozzi, of Birmingham, Mich., nipped the pole away from John Heinricy, of Royal Oak, Mich., by a mere 0.007-second. The two Chevrolet Cobalts now sit one-two on the provisional grid.
Last year’s Formula Ford runner-up John Robinson II, of Saint Cloud, Fla., improved his FF pole time to a 1:37.009 in his Swift DB-6, but second-place on the grid Tony Coello, of Palmyra, Wis., also improved his time and sits only 0.243-second behind Robinson.
The final day of qualifying for the 2007 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by AT&T begins Thursday at 8 a.m. with C Sports Racing and Sports 2000. Live timing for all sessions can be found at www.scca.com.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by AT&T, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions for the 44th-consecutive year in 2007. The best amateur drivers from across North America convene on Heartland Park Topeka’s 2.5-mile road course each fall in what is considered the “Olympics” of motorsports. This year’s event begins with four days of qualifying, Oct. 8-11, and concludes with three days of racing, Oct. 12-14.
- SCCA National Championship Runoffs qualifying leaders after day three, with class, driver name, driver hometown, car and pole time. Classes marked with an asterisk indicate a new polesitter. Asterisks located after the class name indicate a new polesitter. Asterisks located after the time indicate a new pole time. All results are provisional.
A Sedan – Andrew McDermid, Grand Ledge, Mich., Ford Mustang, 1:44.860
C Sports Racing* – Hans Peter, Overland Park, Kan., Swift 014 Viking, 1:25.480
D Sports Racing* – J.R. Osborne, Castle Rock, Colo., Stohr WF-1, 1:25.238
E Production – Lawrence Loshak, Milwaukee, Wis., Honda Prelude Si, 1:41.663
F Production* – Jesse Prather, Topeka, Kan., Mazda Miata, 1:44.546
H Production – Tom Feller, Atlanta, Ga., Triumph Spitfire, 1:48.354
G Production* – Jay Marlowe, Hendersonville, N.C., Toyota Corolla, 1:47.515
F500* – Jason Knuteson, Danville, Ind., Scorpion S1, 1:36.843
Formula Atlantic – Tonis Kasemets, Mundelein, Ill., Swift 014, 1:22.617
Formula Continental – Niki Coello, East Troy, Wis., Van Diemen RF-01, 1:30.649
Formula Ford* – John Robinson II, Saint Cloud, Fla., Swift DB-6, 1:37.009
Formula Mazda – James Goughary Jr., Jupiter, Fla., Star Formula Mazda, 1:33.177
Formula Vee* – Bob Neumeister, Pueblo, Colo., Vortech, 1:47.818
GT-1 – Tony Ave, Mooresville, N.C., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:30.362*
GT-2* – Wayland Joe, South Barrington, Ill., Porsche GT-3, 1:38.026
GT-3* – John Black, Olympic Valley, Calif., Nissan 350Z, 1:38.744
GT-Lite* – Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Acura Integra, 1:45.360
S2000* – John Fergus II, Powell, Ohio, Carbir CS-2, 1:34.414
Spec Miata – Andrew Caddell, Graham, Wash., Mazda Miata, 1:51.410
Showroom Stock C – Joel Lipperini, Pittston, Pa., Honda Civic Si, 1:54.705*
Showroom Stock B – Michael Scornavacchi, Manheim, Pa., Pontiac Solstice, 1:52.873
Spec Racer Ford* – Mike Miserendino, Los Angeles, Calif., Spec Racer Ford, 1:47.531
Touring 1 – Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:40.577*
Touring 2* – Don Knowles, Pittsboro, N.C., Pontiac Solstice, 1:45.864
Touring 3* – Kevin Fandozzi, Birmingham, Mich., Chevrolet Cobalt, 1:48.311