Mid-State Majors Conclude Pikes Peak Visit
FOUNTAIN, Colo. – SCCA’s U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference concluded Round Six of its 2013 Championship Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway, part of the Continental Divide Region’s “Rock the Peak” event.
Like Saturday’s Round Five, the 1.5-mile track, run clockwise for the first time, was bathed in Colorado sunshine initially, but turned party cloudy as the day progressed, while remaining warm.
On Saturday, Formula Vee put on one of the best shows of the day, and Sunday offered a reprise, with a three-car battle for the lead the entire way. Polesitter Lisa Noble (No. 7 Littlefeat.net Vortech), Mark Felsen (No. 4 Fones West Digital Systems/Lynx Wireless Comm Vortech) and Tyler Hunter (No. 22 Vortech) crossed the stripe nearly three-wide to take the one-to-go signal. Hunter got to Turn One first, and was able to pull out a small gap in the infield that allowed him to take a 0.748-second win over Felsen, who edged Noble by inches for second.
Touring 3 had the best battle of the third group for big bore cars. Local Bondurant instructor Tommy Boileau put his No. 34 Bondurant/1-800-FIGHT-MS BMW Z4M on the pole, but it was Saturday’s first-time winner, Derek Kulach, of Englewood, Colo., that got the jump at the start in his No. 00 Zorro Racing/Nissan Motorsports Nissan 350Z. The pair was never more than a couple seconds apart, and when Kulach got loose exiting the first corner, they were nose-to-tail on the final lap. Kulach negotiated the infield section with just enough of a gap to keep his Nissan ahead at the finish by 0.371-second.
Group Four featured a complete repeat of Saturday’s winners. Dwight Rider, of Aurora, Colo., took the overall and Formula Atlantic win in his No. 11 Ralt RT-41. Russ Lindemann, of Longmont, Colo., won Formula Mazda in his No. 16 Rocky Mountain Tire & Auto Star Mazda. Barry Gilbert, of Englewood, Colo., took Formula Continental in his No. 3 Van Diemen Ford.