SCCA National Championships Finals Sunday Book
The final day of the 2021 SCCA National Championship playoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is on the books, along with eight other national champions crowned.
The weather did not play as important a role as on Saturday, the GT-1 really being the only race affected. The splash began as the tired, high powered machines left the grid, and a car dropping oil on the pace lap delayed the start. By the time the field took the green, the track was now wet. Three cars ended up in turn 1 at the start, including poleman Michael Lewis, causing a warning all the way. It was this caution that made all the difference. Thomas Herb brought his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the delayed start for wet tires.
The delayed start and the warning from the Turn 1 incident allowed Herb to catch up with the back of the field. His Porsche, which yields a lot of power to the tubular chassis, thunderous V8-powered machines that make up the bulk of the peloton, was now able to slice the peloton as other drivers had to be very careful to stay on the line. right way. Herb was left with a huge margin of victory of 72 seconds and the first GT-1 victory for Porsche. And because he started 13th, he also won the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for improving the most positions.
Spec Racer Ford Gen3 is generally a close battle, with the drafting playing a big part and multiple changes to the head. Bobby Sak had none of that. In a rare dominant performance in the category, he took the lead of poleman Franklin Futrelle on lap 6, widened the gap on the peloton and was never in the lead. He left a peloton of cars behind to fight for the remaining podium places, won by John Black and S. Sandy Satullo III.
The Formula X podium may well have been the youngest in the history of the SCCA Runoffs. All three drivers, with winner Vaughn Glace, Trevor Russell in second and Austin Hill in third, are teenagers and all three are rookies from the Runoffs.
David Daughtery’s unique possession of third place on the Runoffs’ all-time winning list lasted less than 48 hours. Andrew Aquilante’s sixth victory in Touring 1 on Sunday morning tied him with Daughtery at 11 national championships.
In a relatively rare event, no winner and only four podiums were changed in post-race penalties for technical or driving infractions. Axel Cabrera went from third place in STL to last place for a technical violation. Mason Workman was penalized a total of four spots for two contact infractions, dropping him from second to sixth. Trent Walko went from second place in Formula Continental to last place for a technical infraction. Taz Harvey moved from third place in GT-3 to last place in weight.
Five pilots claim a super sweep
As difficult as it can be to win an SCCA National Championship by being victorious in the playoffs, it is even harder to earn an SCCA Super Sweep. This is because winning the Super Sweep includes not only the National Championship, but also the Conference Championship and the Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship, all in the same class.
Thirty-one riders (well, 29, as Danny Steyn was eligible in both Spec Miata and Super Touring Lite, and Tim Kezman was eligible in both Touring 2 and GT2) entered the Runoffs with the option of win a championship. Five left Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Super Sweep in hand.
Andrew Whitston (Formula Vee), Kurt Rezzetano (Touring 2), David Daughtery (B-Spec), Kezman (GT-2) and Steyn (STL) managed to clinch the ultimate SCCA Road Racing feat. Steyn is a repeat winner, having won a Super Sweep in STL in 2019.
Successful takeover… and future returns?
The history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the SCCA aren’t exactly linked, but the first Runoffs at The Brickyard in 2017 spawned a second. And Speedway owner Roger Penske certainly understands SCCA and road racing, having his own debut as a Club racing driver – he’s the only driver to win the President’s Cup three times – and having then a great story in Trans-Am and Can-Am as a team owner. The signs point to a great possibility that SCCA and IMS could have more of a future together.
“The first Runoffs here in 2017 started with a conversation I had with Lisa Noble, who I used to race with in Formula Vees, on one of our Grand-Am weekends here,” explains Doug Boles, president of IMS. “We were on the roof and she said, ‘Would you consider having the runoff?’ I said I had no idea the Runoffs were something you would move, I thought you had found a home. And so when they started talking about how they were going to shoot and it could be something special, it made a lot of sense to us.
“We had such a successful year that year, both SCCA and Speedway. One of the things I loved about it was our yellow shirts, our operations team, we had so much fun with the SCCA team and vice versa. So it’s exciting to find SCCA again. What’s nice about it is that this is the first year that Roger now owns the Speedway having the runoff. Roger came on Friday for many meetings and we spent a few hours walking around the paddock and talking to people.
Boles said that even during the meetings Penske had at Speedway, he had an eye on the video feed of the races and liked what he saw. And those reunions, along with Robin Miller’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, exposed the SCCA and the Runoffs to people who had never seen the event, or who may not have seen the event in many years. many years. The repeated success of the event, including the second largest group of runners in Runoffs history (surpassed only by 2017 turnout at IMS), portends a return of the event to the facility of America’s most historic and well-known race.
“The race is great. You might not be familiar with racing drivers, but the races across all classes were fun to watch. [Penske] understands how important it is for people to have the opportunity to compete here, so absolutely, I think we would have it again in the future. The greatest thing is to put it on a rotation that makes it special for the attendees, and the SCCA loves the idea that the SCCA doesn’t run any other way here, unlike elsewhere where these locals have a head start. Here, especially since we don’t run Turn 7 like SCCA does, and normally we don’t run the inner loop in general, the layout that SCCA runs is sort of used exclusively for SCCA, and that makes even harder for someone to get in and get the track time. So that levels the playing field, which they like.
The 2022 and 23 Runoffs are scheduled for the VIRginia International Raceway, which hosted the event in 2019. Venues for 2024 and beyond have not been announced.
2021 SCCA National Champions
Tour 4: John Heinricy; Clarkston, Michigan; Toyota 86
Production H: Steve Sargis; Frankfurt, Illinois; Carbotech / Hoosier Triumph Spitfire
Formula 2 companies: Scott Rettich; Columbus, Ohio; Alliance Autosport / Red Line Oil SCCA Mazda FE2
Spec Miata: Preston Pardus; New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Danus Utilities / East Street Racing Mazda Miata
Formula V: Andrew Whitston; Neenah Wisconsin; Hoosier / Metro Protoform P2
Tour 2: Kurt Rezzetano; Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; Phoenix Performance / Hoosier / Hawk Ford Mustang GT
GT-Lite: Scott Twomey; Tacoma. Washing.; Poulsbo RV / Pat’s Autosport / TopTech Toyota Tercel
B-Spec: Daughter of David; Rock Hill, South Carolina; MINI USA / Babyface Fab / G-Loc Mini Cooper
Prototype 1: Lee Alexander; Springfield, Tennessee; TEN One Motorsports / Factory48 Stohr WF1 Suzuki
Super Touring Under: Joe Moser; Wilmette, Illinois; King Motorsports / Hoosier / Carbotech Honda CRX Si
American sedan: James Jost; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Jost Iron Works / Yanek Custom Guns Ford Mustang GT
Atlantic Formula: James French; Sheboyga, Wisconsin; Ralt RT41 Toyota
GT-2: Tim Kezman; Franksville, Wisconsin; Fall-LineMotorsports / Lemons of Love Porsche 991.2
Super Touring Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; OPM Autosports / Rossini Racing / G-Loc Mazda MX-5
Formula F: Jonathan Kotyk; Oviedo, Florida; Honda Mygale SJ14
F Production: Cliff Ira; Kansas City, Missouri; Cliff Ira Motorsports / JPM 1996 Honda Civic Del Sol VTEC
Prototype 2: Tim Day Jr; Scottsdale, Arizona; GDRE / Summit / Avon Stohr WF1 Suzuki
Continental Formula: Simon Sikes; Martinez, Georgia; RiceRace / Hoosier / Primus / QSRE / Group6 Citation US2000
GT-3: Troy Ermish; Tracy, California; Rebello / Goodyear Nissan 350Z Racing Engines
Tour 1: Andrew Aquilante; Chester Springs, Pennsylvania; Phoenix Performance / Hoosier / Hawk Ford Mustang
Electronic production: Jesse Prather; Topeka, Kan .; JPM / Hoosier / Carbotech / Sunoco / Amsoil BMW Z3 2.5L
GT-1: Thomas Herb; Barrington, Illinois; Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 991.2 GT3 Coupe
Spec Racer Ford Gen3: Bobby Sak; Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Elite Autosport / EHT SCCA Spec Racer Ford Gen 3
Formula 500: Sven de Vries; Holt, Michigan; Green Hawk / Linn Racing Novakar J9 Suzuki computers
Touring 3: Marshall Mast; Denver, Pennsylvania; Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang EcoBoost
Formula X: Vaughn Ice Cream; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; STC Pantera Motorsports / Wright Racing USF 2000 Mazda MZR Mazda