Majors Tour Wraps Up At VIR
Warren Montague (No. 32 TRD/Toyota Motorsports/Pella Toyota Tercell), of Manakin Sabot, Va., and Michael Miller (No. 64 Sports Car Salvage/App Race Tire Austin Healey Sprite), of Walhalla, S.C., also completed sweeps in GT-Lite and H Production, respectively.
The big-bore formula and prototype cars featured a trio of close races for class wins. In Prototype 1, Jacek Much, of Laval, Quebec, Can., doubled up on the weekend at the controls of his No. 07 Phoenix-innotech/Mazda JMS06CP Mazda. He finished up front in the back-and-forth P1 battle between himself and Garrett Kletjian, while Gaston Kearby (No. 56 GK Motorsports Swift 016), of Corpus Christi, Texas, brought home the Formula Atlantic win just ahead of his son Connor.
Glenn Cooper, of Roswell, Ga., scored the narrow Formula 1000 victory over Alex Mayer. While he never got in front of Cooper, Mayer was driving in the tire tracks of Cooper’s No. 43 Ralph Firman Racing/Hoosier Tire/Horseloversgifts.com/WRD/Hell No Kitty RFR F1000 for the entire 16-lap race waiting to pounce on any error made by Cooper.
On the heels of the big formula cars was the ground-pounding big-bore class. Three winners were able to complete the sweep, including George Winkler, of Frederick, Md., in Touring 1. Driving the No. 27 Winkler Automotive Service Center Ford Mustang Boss 302 S, Winkler weaved his way to the class lead around Preston Calvert early in the race.
As the field strung out, Winkler was able to open a gap back to Calvert but that didn’t last for long once Winker got into lapped traffic. As the 16-lap race wound down, Winkler started to see Calvert’s Red Corvette in his mirrors. As a result Winkler picked up the pace, which propelled him to the win.
The two remaining drivers able to rack up weekend sweeps in Group Six were Tony Ave (No. 04 Beebe Racing/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette), of Maiden, N.C., and Chad Bacon (No. 18 FedEx Ground/Goodyear Tires/Toyota TRD), of Kingsport, Tenn., in GT-1 and GT-3, respectively.
In Group Seven, Thomas McGregor, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Can., took the Formula Continental win in his No. 93 Exclusive Autosport/Dairy Queen/Sparco Spectrum 014Z. Early in the race, McGregor was gaining on overall leader, and eventual winner, Scott Rettich until he lost third gear at the race’s midway point. McGregor took home some valuable lessons about the circuit that he will put to use later in the year, as he will be back at VIR in June to race in the SCCA Pro Racing-sanctioned F2000 Championship Series.
Doug Piner, of Chapel Hill, N.C., cleaned up in Prototype 2 as he took wins on both days in his No. 00 Sirius Computer Solutions Dauntless MX-1.
The final group of the day consisted of the touring classes. While Kurt Rezzetano (No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Mustang), of Phoenixville, Penn., completed the Majors Touring 2 double from VIR, Sage Marie captured the Sunday win in Touring 3.
Marie, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was able to jump to the class lead in his No. 64 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Acura TL shortly after the drop of the green flag. During turn 17 of the opening lap, Marie’s machine jumped sideways which killed his momentum onto the long front straight. The bobble allowed his class competitors, Rob Hines and Kevin Boehm, to get around him. Marie spent the remainder of the race regaining the positions he lost at the start. By the end of the 16-lap affair, Marie was back up front and beat Hines to the line by 0.5-second.