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Western Conference SCCA Majors Tour
Posted by: newsla on Apr 26, 2013 - 07:47 PM
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Western Conference SCCA Majors Tour

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The Dawn Of An Era: In September 2012, the Sports Car Club of America rolled out the U.S. Majors Tour as the top level of amateur racing in this country. With events coast-to-coast and split into four Conferences, the Western Conference season opened at Auto Club Speedway in January and continues this weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Drivers are coming from all over the western United States to participate in the weekend, featuring an enhanced race experience for drivers and fans, from pre-race to post-race activities.


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SCCA Club Racers – The Best In The Country: There many amateur road racing groups in the United States, but the clear leader of top drivers is with the SCCA. Though most are weekend warriors who take vacations from their full-time jobs to attend races, it’s a craft taken seriously. Bobby Rahal, Mark Donohue, Roger Penske, Michael Andretti and actor/driver Paul Newman got their start in SCCA Club Racing. More recently, you could have seen current stars Boris Said, Graham Rahal, Sam Hornish or J.R. Hildebrand at an SCCA Club race. This weekend features National Champions, professional race winners and series champions, and up-and-coming stars on the entry list.

Majors Count: Through early-season races in the Eastern, Western and Mid-States Conferences, the Majors program has gotten rave reviews from participants. Each of the early season events has seen increased participation from comparable National Races a season ago. Sunshine and high temperatures for this weekend’s Major indicates another increase, with 156 entries on the entry list.

Green Flags: This is the third and fourth rounds of the Western Conference Majors Tour, following a doubleheader at Auto Club Speedway in January – also a Cal Club event… Chris Qualls swept the American Sedan race in January, and is back again this weekend…The point leaders in both the Sports Racing classes will be at Buttonwillow. Joseph Schifini was a winner at Auto Club on Saturday, but fell to third on Sunday. Chris Farrell swept DSR…Philip Royle and Aaron Downey split the opener with 1-2 finishes, reversed each day. They’ll resume the point battle at Buttonwillow, as will Jason Isley in H Production following an opening weekend sweep…Among the formula cars, Les Phillips has a two-race streak in Formula Continental; Steve Brown and Brad Drew split at Auto Club in Formula Mazda…Michael Lewis swept GT-1 and is hoping to extend his streak. Erich Joiner and Tom Wickersham swapped the top spot in GT-2 in the opener, with both back again. Wolfgang Maike leads in GT-3 with a win and a runner-up. John Bower’s sweep carries him to Buttonwillow in GT-Lite…Elliott Skeer is second in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, and leads the Spec Miata points entering Buttonwillow…Todd Harris and his Pro Drive team have towed from Portland for both Majors events. It’s been worth the trip, as he leads the Spec Racer Ford points entering the weekend…Oscar Jackson brings his STL-leading Honda back to Buttonwillow, as does Marc Hoover with his Mazda in STU…Ken Davis and Tom Wickersham have two wins each in Touring 1 and Touring 2, respectively… Lee Niffenegger and Lance Stewart battled in each of the Touring 4 races, with Niffenegger coming out on top each day. Expect more of the same this weekend.

Sports 2000: A seemingly unique twist to this weekend’s Majors schedule is the 15 cars in the Sports 2000 class, running as a standalone group. The class, within the Majors Championship, is running the S2 Cup. This weekend doubles as the group’s season opener, and has been supported with a strong turnout.

Free Family Fun: Cal Club has invited everyone to attend this weekend’s races for free. Members, guests, friends and family will be admitted to Buttonwillow for no charge.

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