Bauguess claims 49th RRDC Mark Donohue Award
Broderick Bauguess has been named the 49th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award, a singular and prestigious award introduced yearly by the Street Racing Drivers Membership for excellent efficiency, competitiveness and sportsmanship displayed throughout the beginner SCCA Nationwide Championship Runoffs.
The award is voted on by RRDC members attending the autumn occasion and/or viewing them on LiveStream.
In his first Runoffs look, 22-year-old Bauguess certified second within the T3 class behind defending champion Marshall Mast. Within the Oct. 12, 2019, T3 function race at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway, the pair shortly pulled away, exchanging the lead six completely different occasions within the 15-lap contest.
Bauguess, in his No. 133 Morehead Speedworks BMW SpecE46 (picture above), wound up up the victor, setting a observe document of 2m05.354s and nosing out the extra skilled Mast by .396 of a second.
The Laurinburg, N.C., driver earned his competitors license at age 15. “My mother and father didn’t like go-karts as a result of there wasn’t a cage or security belts,” stated Bauguess, “however my dad, Allen, had been racing with my grandmother who raced with the SCCA within the late ’60s and ’70s, so he knew there have been golf equipment that we may be a part of. So, at 14, I joined N.A.S.A. and obtained my competitors license.”
As for his Runoffs victory, “I used to be simply targeted ahead attempting to make the quickest and cleanest lap I presumably may,” he defined. “I simply had to verify to not get excited and miss a shift or do something that will take it from me. After the flag fell the one phrase I may say was, ‘YES!’”
Mark Donohue and the RRDC have lengthy been on Bauguess’s radar. “I’m an enormous fan of the SAFEisFAST movies,” he stated. “Having the ability to take heed to a few of the finest drivers on the earth and get their perception on driving approach, managing racing careers and, my private favourite, the psychological recreation, is invaluable.
“I don’t have the finances to work with skilled coaches so having the ability to hear and be taught from professionals by means of these movies is extraordinarily precious,” he stated, including, “Receiving this award means a lot to me as a result of Mark was well-known for understanding what it actually meant to be a part of a race group. Racing isn’t all in regards to the driver, it’s in regards to the individuals you’re employed and race with to realize your targets. I’m honored to obtain this award as a result of ours was a real group effort.”
RRDC president Bobby Rahal, a Runoffs champion (1975 Method B) lengthy earlier than he gained the 1986 Indianapolis 500, emphasised the RRDC Mark Donohue Award is “about private spirit and efficiency behind the wheel. These qualities are extra vital for this award than profitable the race,” he stated. “The RRDC honors Broderick not just for his excellent drive to win, however for his ardour for the game he’s embraced and for being so cool below stress.”
Yearly, the RRDC Mark Donohue trophy is an engraved glass high mounted on a particular, racing-experienced wheel, offered by an RRDC member. This 12 months’s wheel was donated by Zak Brown, Chief Government of McLaren Racing. The trophy consists of the entrance wheel rim constructed for the McLaren MP4-24 used throughout the 2009 Method 1 season.
Bauguess will probably be introduced the award on the annual RRDC members’ dinner in Daytona Seashore, Fla., on Jan. 22. For extra, go to rrdc.org and SAFEisFAST.com.