Mid-State Majors Conclude Pikes Peak Visit
Muleshoe, Texas’ Jay Messenger won C Sports Racing in his No. 72 Mazda/Thinkfast.com/Hoosier Mazda SR Challenge. Chris Helt, of Fort Collins, Colo. (Sports 2000 No. 25 Excelle Racing Lola T89/90); Henry Donohoo, of Arvada, Colo., (FE No. 10 Mazda of Lakewood/Drone Motorsport Formula Enterprises); and Steve Ott, of Houston, Texas, (Formula 1000 No. 8 Hoosier/RedLine/RillTec Astra SH-RR1) were the other class winners.
The best battle of Group Five was for the Touring 4 class win, where Stan Czacki, of Truth or Consequence, N.M., and Rick Shively, of Louisville, Colo., ran within a few car lengths most of the race. Shively never could get the pass made and spun on the final lap, with Czacki taking his second-straight win in the No. 00 Whitehead/DGI/BFG/Summit/HPD/Cobalt Acura RSX Type S.
John Longwell, of Kittredge, Colo., took the overall and E Production win, lapping the entire field in his No. 38 LEDfoot Motorsports BMW 328is. Jon Goodale, of Conifer, Colo., won GT-Lite in his No. 04 Mazdaspeed/Hoosier/JoeApex.com Mazda MX-5, beating F Production winner Bill Hingston’s No. 08 Little Bill Racing/Mazdaspeed Mazda Miata for second overall.
Despite qualifying second in Super Touring U, Michael Pettiford, of Louisville, Colo., got the jump on polesitter Anthony Simmers and never looked back, talking his fourth win of the weekend, the second-straight in his No. 41 GO 4 IT Racing Schools/Hoosier Tires/Hawk Brakes Volkswagen Jetta GLI.
The battle for Spec Miata in the final race group was furious in the opening six laps, with the top four positions changing nearly every corner. By lap 10, the lead had settled into the hands of Saturday winner Steven Powers, of Mesa, Ariz., and his No. 2 Amerifirst Financial/miatacage.com/East Street Miata, although he had to fend off a charging Phil Cummings, of Colorado Springs, Colo., late in the 35-lap, 52.5-mile weekend closer.