Hoosier SCCA Tremendous Tour concludes at COTA
ABOVE: Danny Steyn was a two-time winner on Sunday. (Picture by Jay Bonvouloir)
The tough monitor circumstances continued on Sunday for the third and remaining day of the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Tremendous Tour, hosted at Circuit of The Americas by the Lone Star Area. Nonetheless moist and chilly from the weekend (and morning) rains, there was little doubt that the tire alternative within the 35-minute (or 14 lap) races have been grooved rain tires across the 20-turn, 3.427-mile monitor.
Lessons like Spec Racer Ford Gen Three spotlight driver talent, which makes the best way that Denny Stripling walked away from the sector on Sunday much more spectacular. The Lonestar veteran marched his No. Four Southeast Spec Racer/Lightspeed Motorsports Spec Racer Ford to a 15 second lead over defending Nationwide Champion and Mark Donohue Award winner Clay Russell by lap eight.
Working by way of visitors on lap 9, Stripling opened the door for Russell when he spun and continued. Even with the spin, nonetheless, the closest Russell might get was practically two seconds again. Stripling recovered and crossed the end line after 13 laps with a 2.15-second win.
“It is a stacked area,” Stripling stated. “It was difficult, it was actually nearly placing your head down and transferring ahead. I obtained into it with a bit lapped visitors and spun the automobile. That’s a bit extra nerve wracking than what you need. The circumstances made it a bit extra thrilling.”
It was yet one more spectacular show in Spec Miata beneath the identical circumstance. Danny Steyn, already a winner that morning in Tremendous Touring Lite, walked the sector in his No. 39 Adept Studios/Rossini Engines/OPM Autosports/G-Loc Brakes Mazda Miata.
Chased by a area that included six Nationwide Championships in Michael Carter, Matt Reynolds and Jim Drago within the high 5 and using the rain data from two teams earlier, Steyn completed the 12-lap race with an 8.650-second margin of victory.
“Luckily, I did have the STL race,” Steyn stated. “I used that to go left and proper, deep and early, strive each single strategy and that paid off. And, in fact, I really like the rain. There’s nothing higher than being sideways in a Miata, it’s such a fantastically balanced automobile.”
Whereas it gave the impression to be higher circumstances within the afternoon, a fast assessment of winners within the “wings and issues” group proper after lunch urged in any other case.
“It was positively not a slick tire monitor,” Mark Snyder, the System Enterprises winner, stated after every driver within the FE area elected to exit on slicks. “I want I put the clear visor on, I want we put moist tires on, however you make errors and we nonetheless all ended up retaining it out of the wall.”
In the meantime, Nathan Ratton bested the System Mazda area on his rain tires.
“At first, I didn’t assume rain tires was the suitable setup,” Ratton stated. “Then I obtained on monitor and I noticed Mark Snyder hit a puddle and I believed alright, that is the suitable means.”
However the star of the present within the group was Yarin Stern in System 1000, who bested a stout area of System Atlantic and Prototype 1 drivers to take the category and general win on the moist monitor. The 23-year-old Israeli nationwide made his SCCA debut in an Aprilia-powered Griiip and took the win.
“The race itself was wonderful,” Stern stated. “I actually love the circuit. I began fifth and had a really good struggle with the System Atlantic automobile (Flinn Lazier). I overtook him and managed the tires from there.”
These in between choices continued because the rain stopped however the fog rolled in. Nonetheless damp, one other class “upset” occurred within the huge bore group, with GT-2 driver Barry Boes taking the general win within the No. 31 Accio Knowledge Ford Mustang.
“We had a troublesome resolution to make,” Boes stated. “We knew the monitor was in all probability going to be drying out. We went out on moist tires, we made some suspension modifications, and it simply labored like magic. After the monitor began to dry out, I needed to decelerate the tempo a bit bit. The tires have been getting squirmy.”
The day ended with the small bore open-wheel vehicles, the place Chris Jennerjahn and Hunter Phelps-Barron dueled for the ultimate checkered flag of the day. Jennerjahn led early within the No. 46 Jennerjahn Machine Vortech/Volkswagen after Phelps-Barron spun, however by Lap 6 was again in second. Phelps-Barron led for the following two laps, earlier than Jennerjahn reclaimed the lead. On the checkered flag, the pair have been separated by simply 0.158s.
Jennerjahn, a category veteran, had excessive reward for the 21-year-old.
“It was enjoyable after I noticed him spin, I believed I’m going to be okay,” Jennerjahn stated. “However he got here again so fast, handed me, and I believed ‘I’m so outdated, will I be capable to cling on to him?’ One way or the other, I used to be in a position to. I felt actual snug driving with him after simply a few laps. A variety of younger guys simply don’t have that self-discipline, however I’d race with him any day. He’s driver.”
The SCCA Hoosier Racing Tire Tremendous Tour continues with the third occasion of the season, March 15-17, at Street Atlanta. Extra data might be discovered at SCCA.com.
-American Sedan: Kevin Fandozzi, St. Joseph, Michigan, Detroit Area, Chevrolet Camaro Z28
-B-Spec: John Phillips, Sealy, Texas, Houston Area, Honda Match
-E Manufacturing: Breton Williams, Clinton, Iowa, Nice River Area, Mazda MX-5
-F Manufacturing: Chuck Davis, Overland Park, Kansas, Kansas Metropolis Area, Acura Integra
-H Manufacturing: Riley Salyer, Longview, Texas, Houston Area, Honda Civic
-System 500: James Weida, West Lafayette, Indiana, Indianapolis Area, Scorpion W1/Rotax
-System 1000: Yarin Stern, Austin, Texas, Lonestar Area, Griiip G1
-System Atlantic: Flynn Lazier, Vail, Colorado, Colorado Area, Swift 016/Mazda
-System Continental: Peter Gonzalez, Norwalk, Connecticut, Northeast Area, Radon RN10
-System Enterprises: Mark Snyder, Southlake, Texas, Texas Area, System Enterprises/Mazda
-System Enterprises 2: Robert Vanman, Allen, Texas, Texas Area, System Enterprises/Mazda
-System F: Misha Goikhberg, Baun, Ontario, Glen Area, Mygale FF
-System Vee: Chris Jennerjahn, Hartford Metropolis, Indiana, Indianapolis Area, Vortech/Volkswagen
-System Mazda: Nathan Ratton, Rockwall, Texas, Texas Area, System Mazda
-GT-1: Joseph Freda, Notasulga, Alabama, Alabama Area, Chevrolet Corvette
-GT-2: Barry Boes, Dripping Springs, Texas, Texas Area, Ford Mustang
-GT-Lite: Larry Svaton, Alvin, Texas, Houston Area, Mazda MX-5
-GT-X: Sean Younger, Austin, Texas, Texas Area, Aston Martin Vantage
-Prototype 1: Darryl Shoff, Studying, Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania Area, Elan DP02
-Prototype 2: Tray Ayres, Gainesville, Georgia, Atlanta Area, Van Diemen ESR
-Spec Miata: Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Florida Area, Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Texas Area, Spec Racer Ford
-Tremendous Touring Lite: Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Florida Area, Mazda MX-5
-Tremendous Touring Below: David Fiorelli, Coppell, Texas, Texas Area, Subaru BRZ
-Touring 1: Michael Pettiford, Louisville, Colorado, Colorado Area, Chevrolet Corvette
-Touring 2: Cooper MacNeil, Hinsdale, Illinois, Colorado Area, BMW M3
-Touring 3: Scotty B. White, Auburn, Washington, Northwest Area, Ford Mustang
-Touring 4: Ron Munnerlyn, Bennettsville, South Carolina, Central Carolinas Area, Mazda MX-5