SCCA Eastern Conference Crowns Champions
Until lap 15, it looked like GT-Lite was going to be a close race to the end between eventual winner Kyle Disque and Robert Lenz II. Those drivers were involved in an intense fight for the lead that saw the two cars separated by less than two seconds as they diced through traffic. At the control of his No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel, Disque was able to win the battle of attrition as Lenz was forced to drop out before the checkered flag fell with a mechanical issue.
The win helped Disque claim top honors in the Eastern Conference GTL points. Also taking home hardware for a Conference title was Joe Kelly in E Prepared, as his friend Minor Wilcox (No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham Seven America) went two-for-two at Summit Point in the same class. Ron Bartell (No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget), of Madbury, New Hampshire, and Jerry Hinkle (No. 66 Element One Associates Lotus Seven) were also double winners.
The interfamily race between Formula Atlantic pilots Conner and Gaston Kearby took center stage. While the Eastern Conference title had been decided after Saturday’s race in Gaston’s favor, Conner still had the opportunity for the weekend sweep. When the checkers fell, Conner was able to finish 0.160-second ahead of his father in his No. 56 K-Hill Motorsports/Hoosier/GK Motorsports Mazda Swift 016.
Also claiming Conference hardware following the race was Doug Piner in Prototype 2 and Paul Schneider in Formula Enterprise.
The Big-bore class, again, saw a pair of Aquilantes win. Amy (No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird) took the win in America Sedan while Joe (No. 32 Phoenix/Hawk Performance/Hoosier Tire Chevrolet Corvette) was the winner in Touring 1. With the win, Amy finalized her bid for the Eastern Conference Championship.
GT-1 winner Scott Quaile was the overall leader of the race until he ran into mechanical issues with only two laps remaining in the race. While Quaile completed the GT-1 sweep in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro, his early retirement allowed GT-2 class winner James Goughary to take the overall group victory in his No. 46 Redline Oil/Hoosier Tire Nissan 350Z.
Rob Hines left Summit Point as a double race winner and Touring 3 Eastern Conference Champion. In his No. 4 Nissan/Hoosier/Redline Oil/Carbotech Nissan 350Z, Hines was able to beat his class rival, Kevin Boehm, to the finish line by 0.505-second.
Preston Calvert (No.77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Ford Mustang GT) and Chris Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata) scored weekend sweeps and Conference Championships in Touring 2 and Touring 4, respectively.