Wednesday SCCA Runoffs Pit Notes
The Sports activities Automobile Membership of America Nationwide Championship Runoffs is the winner-take-all title combat for SCCA highway racing glory. For 2019, this on-track battle Virginia Worldwide Raceway from Oct. 11-13. Every day, RACER.com will discover some background tales from the 56th working of the Runoffs. -Ed.
Formulation F celebrates 50 years with the assistance of Honda engines
Formulation F bought its begin in Britain within the 1960s, however didn’t arrive on the SCCA Runoffs till 1969. That makes this yr’s Runoffs race the 50th anniversary for the category. For many of its historical past, the category was often called Formulation Ford, named for the Ford 1600cc “Kent” engine that powered the automobiles.
The supply of Kent engines started to dwindle over time, so beginning in 2011 the SCCA allowed a more recent 1.5-liter Honda engine, derived from the Honda Match, for use. Thereafter, the category was recognized merely as Formulation F.
“50 years of innovation is value about 6 or 7 seconds a lap round right here [at VIR],” states Alex Scaler of Benefit Motorsports. “A professionally achieved top-of-the-line brand-new Kent engine has extra prime finish than a Honda, however you’ve bought to rebuild it each race. The Honda’s simply extra constant.”
Tyler O’Connor set the quick time in Tuesday’s qualifying session driving a brand new Formulation F (pictured above) with the Honda engine.
“It’s a fairly superior begin to the Runoffs,” O’Connor stated, “With Staff Pelfrey, we’ve a very good setup and we had been capable of get an excellent lap immediately. When it comes to price range, the Honda engines are actually dependable, and we really feel like one in every of our greatest engines is 5 years outdated.”
Virginia state legislator competes in GT-2
Danny Marshall is greater than the pressure behind Synergy Racing. He additionally represents the world round Danville within the Virginia Home of Delegates.
“I’m not a politician,” he says. “I’m doing a public service.”
As one of many founders of Synergy Racing, Marshall has raced within the Rolex sequence for years, competing 12 instances within the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“Once we had been racing professionally I’d sit on the home ground with my laptop computer whereas all the fellows had been at Daytona, and I used to be checking lap instances,” he jokes. “However I used to be elected to serve so I used to be not going to depart early. I’d get on a aircraft and fly from Richmond to Daytona and get within the automobile.”
Synergy’s garages are situated on-site at VIR, and Marshall has a particular connection to the observe.
“I got here to the primary race right here in 1957 with my father, when Carroll Shelby gained,” he recollects. “And I got here to the primary IMSA race right here when Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg gained.”
Marshall’s professional racing resumé is in depth, however till this yr, he had by no means taken half in SCCA Highway Racing.
“Once I noticed that the Runoffs could be right here, I figured it was a bucket record factor to do,” he says. “I went by way of the entire course of to get certified and it was very easy. It’s been an satisfying expertise.”
Runoffs drivers compete for Tremendous Sweep championships
An SCCA Tremendous Sweep occurs when a driver wins a Majors Convention Championship, the Hoosier SCCA Tremendous Tour level standings, and the Nationwide Championship Runoffs, all in a single class. Final yr, only one driver (Robeson Clay Russell in SRF3) managed to do it.
This yr, many drivers have a shot at incomes a Tremendous Sweep, however every of them has to win the Runoffs to earn this uncommon award. As a result of the Runoffs depend as a Tremendous Tour occasion, the stats get tough to calculate, however listed below are the drivers who’ve a clear shot at a Tremendous Sweep title in the event that they win their class on the Runoffs:
- John Philips – B-Spec
- Charles Moran – Formulation Continental
- Mark Snyder – Formulation Enterprises
- Liam Snyder – Formulation Enterprises 2
- Scott Rettich – Formulation Enterprises 2
- Tyler O’Connor – Formulation F
- Owen McAllister – Formulation Mazda
- Ken Kannard – F Manufacturing
- David Fershtand – GT-1
- Graham Fuller – GT-Lite
- Mike Cummings – H Manufacturing
- Christopher Salyer – H Manufacturing
- Tim Day – Prototype 2
- Mike Miserendino – Spec Racer Ford 3
- Danny Steyn – Tremendous Touring LiteCooper MacNeil – Touring 2