SCCA Northern Conference Dodges Rain
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – It appeared that Sunday’s SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Round 10 dodged a bullet when a rainstorm fell during the lunch hour and dried before racing resumed.
A return appearance one lap into the high horsepower sedan group, late in the afternoon, shuffled the event on Sunday at Road America.
Despite the dramatic shower, a full day of races was complete at the four-mile circuit. Each group ran a 13-lap race.
Group 1: Like Saturday, Ron Pawley’s No. 4 J. Pauley Toyota/Scion Lexus IS300 walked away from the field for a dominating overall and Super Touring Under win, never seriously challenged for position on his way to the title. Aaron Kaplan settled into second place and scooted away from his Touring 3 competition to do the same, taking the win in class in the No. 18 Kaplan Racing Systems BMW M3. Rich Walke, driving the No. 61 Creative Technology, Inc. Mazda RX-7 in Super Touring Lite, and David Daughtery, driving the No. 8 Nissan/Hoosier/Carbotech/Enkei Nissan Versa in B-Spec, also completed weekend sweeps.
Daniel Bender appeared poised to sweep Touring 4, keeping his No. 10 Bravo Trailers/BFGoodrich Tires Mazda MX-5 ahead of Jim Ebben’s No. 1 Mazda/Hoosier/Lamers Racing Mazda RX-8 in the early stages. Bender spun on lap seven, falling out of the lead, and then pulled out of the race for good on lap 11 to allow Ebben to race to the checkered flag.
Group 2: Once again, Formula 500 and Formula F came down to two car battles on the final lap.
After leading from the opening lap, Brian Novak’s No. 20 Metalloid/Hoosier/AIM Scorpion F600 was chased down and passed moving up the front straight by the No. 9 Novakar Blade F600 of Calvin Stewart, who had started the race from the rear of the field. Once in front, Stewart held on for the final circuit, taking the overall and Formula 500 class win.
Once again, Formula F was a battle between local racer Jeffrey Bartz and 16-year-old Max Mallinen. The two swapped the lead several times early in the race, with the No. 33 Hoosier/Subway Van Diemen Honda of Bartz taking the lead into turn one to start the final lap. Mallinen took the lead under braking in turn five, but Bartz once again stole it back. Mallinen, good under the brakes, got a run through Canada corner and had the lead going through the final turn. Bartz pushed too hard trying to close the gap and spun, letting Mallinen run to the checkered flag and settling for second.
Charles McCormick’s No. 90 RSE Incorporated Vortec CM1 ditched Ron Whitston’s No. 5 Subway/Hoosier Protoform P2 in the closing laps after swapping the lead early, sweeping the weekend in Formula Vee.
Group 3: Like Saturday, the best cars in E Production, F Production, and H Production at Road America got in front and ran away with victories.