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SCCA Mid-States And Western Conference Majors Tour
Posted by: newsla on May 23, 2014 - 04:38 PM
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SCCA Mid-States And Western Conference Majors Tour


Events/Circuits:
U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference – Rounds Nine and 10 of 12
Pueblo Motorsports Park
Pueblo, Colorado
10-turn, 2.2-mile permanent road course

 

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U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference - Rounds Nine and 10 of 12
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Washington
10-turn, 2.25-mile permanent road course

Qualifying:
Mid-States Conference: Five Race Groups, Saturday May 24, 10:15 a.m. MDT
Western Conference: Eight Race Groups
Session one starts Saturday, May 24, 10:50 a.m. PDT
Session two starts Sunday, May 25, 9:05 a.m. PDT

Sprint Races:
Northern Conference: 25-minute timed races, Saturday, May 24, beginning at 1:35 p.m. MDT
Western Conference: 25-minute timed races, Sunday, May 25, beginning at 12:40 p.m. PDT

Feature Races:
Northern Conference: 21 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, beginning at 9:45 a.m. MDT
Western Conference: 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, Monday, May 26, beginning at 9:40 a.m. PDT

Timing/Scoring:
Live Timing & Scoring and lap notes via the SCCA® Pit Board are available for all sessions through www.scca.com/sccalive for both events. All timing sessions are available on the Race Monitor app for smart phones and tablets.

Entry lists, full event schedules, and more information is available at www.sccamajors.com.

Storylines/Things To Watch For
Major League: 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. The Majors Tour replaces what was previously called “National” SCCA racing, split into a season-long championship in four geographic Conferences. During this Memorial Day weekend, both the Mid-States and Western Conferences will contest their penultimate events of the season. All-important championship points hang in the balance.

SCCA Club Racers – The Best in the Country: There are lots of amateur road racing groups in the United States, but the clear leader of top drivers is with 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.

Mid-States Memos: As the season point race counts just eight of a possible 12 races, many of the Championships are solidifying. This weekend at Pueblo, a maximum of 50 points are available in each class…In E Production, Matt Reynolds has a shot at wrapping up the title. Reynolds has 142 points to lead Paul Pineider (131 points) currently, but Reynolds has only counted six races to date. Pineider has reached the maximum, and is hoping to replace seventh and six place finishes. Larry Svaton has eight finishes for 118 points in third, so far, and Rick Kosdrosky (fourth, with 99 points) could rocket up the charts with two more finishes this week. Reynolds can also clinch his Spec Miata crown this weekend with a pair of wins… David Vincent needs to sweep Formula 500 this weekend to keep his championship hopes alive. Both he and leader Timothy Friest have eight events already, with Friest winning six and finishing second twice. Vincent needs to sweep the remaining four races this year to tie Friest, otherwise Friest takes the title…Jose Gerardo and Jake Latham are the top two in Formula 1000, both racing this weekend with points to add to the season total…Douglas Stout can stretch his Formula Continental lead this weekend, but Barry Gilbert remains alive in the season hunt…Jon Surbeck and Henry Donohoo are poised to take the Formula Enterprises fight to the finale in Topeka… Bill Kephart is in the Formula F driver’s seat, but can only replace a sixth and fifth place finish in points this weekend if he improves. Many others in the class continue to add to their totals… Eric Prill, Paul Jensen, and Bill Hingston could all pass F Production leader Randolph Wagner this weekend. Wagner has counted six events to date, but is not on the entry list for Pueblo… Jim Valdez can move around Don McMillon in GT-2. McMillon leads by three points, but has counted just seven of his possible eight races. Valdez is on the entry list for Pueblo, and has counted just six scores this season…As the only contender on the GT-3 entry list, Jim Speights can stretch his lead…With only 100 points remaining in the season, Jon Goodale has already clinched the GT-Lite title. Still, he’ll have an opportunity to stretch his season lead even further in Colorado…Both David Luow and Alex Burnett are in position to take over the H Production lead at Pueblo… Kirk Kindsfater and Christopher Ash are close at the top of Prototype 1. Kindsfater won heads up twice at High Plains, so it will be up to Ash to turn the tables at Pueblo… Jack Donnellan can take control of the Prototype 2 championship at Pueblo with strong finishes in the seven-car race… John Harms and Anthony Simmers have the ability to close up to Matthew Blehm in Super Touring Under… Two wins in Touring 1 would clinch the title for Michael Pettiford… Natha Walbaum can move to the Touring 2 lead with a pair of races… Two wins by Jason Ott in Touring 3 at Pueblo would give him the maximum 200 points with eight wins on the season… James Place needs to very good finishes to stay alive in Touring 4.

Western Warriors: Two wins by Kevin Smith at Pacific would move him to the top of the American Sedan point charts… Two wins by Derrick Ambrose this weekend would wrap up the B-Spec championship… Both Aaron Downey and Bruce Qvale have the opportunity to move around E Production leader Josh Carroll… Lance Spiering can put himself in the Formula 500 catbird seat with a pair of wins… Formula 1000 is a wide open affair out West, though John Labrie can move into the lead with one stop to go…Michael Manning will have to hold off Andrew Evans as both try to be the first Formula Continental drivers with eight finishes. Manning is currently up 116-111… David Zurlinden has two chances to score enough points to move into the Formula F title slot, and Nikita Lastochkin can move himself into striking distance before the finale… Three of the top five Western Conference Championship contenders in Formula Vee will be at Pacific. Only one, fifth place Charles Turner, has eight finishes to date. Terran Swanson (133 points) can stretch his lead, but Dennis Andrade (96 points) has a chance to keep pace… Michael Von Quilich may wrap up his championship in GT-2, unless Specer Trenery, not currently entered, makes the trip to Pacific… Troy Ermish, winner of the last two events, can move into the GT-Lite lead with a pair of wins at Pacific… Thomas Tuttle can sneak into the H Production point lead with 40 total points in the weekend… David Ferguson has already clinched the Prototype 2 title… Rylan Hazelton can complete a perfect eight-for-eight season in Super Touring Under with a pair of Pacific wins… Marc Hoover has battled mechanical gremlins this season, but could still move into the Touring 1 point lead with a pair of wins, based on the current entries… With point leader Tom Wickersham and runner-up Anthony Lanza not attending Pacific, Scotty White could jump from third to the lead in Touring 3… Lee Niffenegger has already clinched the Touring 4 title.


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