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Posted by: newsla on Jul 04, 2014 - 06:18 AM
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SCCA Eastern And Western Conference Majors

U.S. Majors Tour Eastern Conference – Rounds 11 and 12 of 14
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, New York
13-turn, 3.4-mile permanent road course


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U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference - Rounds 11 and 12 of 12
Portland International Raceway
Portland, Oregon
12-turn, 1.967-mile permanent road course

Eastern Conference: Eight Race Groups, Friday, July 4, 8:00 a.m. EDT
Western Conference: Eight Race Groups, Friday, July 4, 9:05 a.m. PDT

Sprint Races:
Eastern Conference: 30-minute timed races, Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9:50 a.m. EDT
Western Conference: 30-minute timed races, Saturday, July 5, beginning at 10:20 a.m. PDT

Feature Races:
Eastern Conference: 15 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT
Western Conference: 26 laps or 40 minutes, whichever comes first, Sunday, July 6, beginning at 8:45 a.m. PDT

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. This weekend’s Western Conference finale at Portland and the BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour at Watkins Glen International has pulled more than 400 drivers from across the country.

BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Six Pack: The official street tire of the SCCA, BFGoodrich Tires returns for its fourth season as sponsor of the BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour events. Watkins Glen marks the final Super Tour for 2014, which included Sebring International Raceway, NOLA Motorsports Park, Road Atlanta, Thunderhill Raceway Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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 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.

Live Video from The Glen: One enhancement the BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour has seen over the final two events is the addition of streaming webcam video, and that will continue this weekend at Watkins Glen. The cameras give the “standing at the fence” feeling, and will be positioned around the track. Video can be found, along with the audio from the public address announcer, at SCCA.com/SCCALive.

Smells Like A Rose: This weekend’s Western Conference event at Portland will decide many a Conference Championship. 160 cars are on the entry list at the pre-entry deadline, nearly double the count from a year ago.

Point Offerings: Points for every Conference work on a sliding scale, with 25 points going to the winner, 21 for second, 18 for third, and decreasing by one point for each additional position through 20th place. Each driver can count their eight best finishes. This weekend is Rounds 11 and 12 of 12 for the Western Conference, and the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour is Rounds 11 and 12 of 14 for the Eastern Conference.

Western Championship Scenarios: The season finale will, once and for all, decide any Western Conference Champions at Portland. Each driver can count their best eight finishes, but must complete half the race distance to count points… Kevin Smith is in control in American Sedan, leading Chris Qualls (not entered) by one. Aaron Bailey (down 31 points) needs some help to close the gap… Derrick Ambrose appears to have B-Spec wrapped up, with Michael Tsay (not entered) the only driver mathematically alive… Lance Spiering has already wrapped up the Formula 500 championship, but is searching for wins five and six on the season… The top four Formula 1000 contenders are on the entry list and still alive, with John Labrie up two on Randall Cook. Larry Vollum and Duane Eitel will need bad luck from the leaders to stay alive after Saturday… Michael Manning should hold his Formula Continental lead to take the championship… David Zurlinden can only replace a ninth and a fifth-place finish to add points, but none of his closest Formula F competitors are on the entry list… Doug Nelson leads James Malone 151-118 in Formula Mazda, but both have reached their maximum point events and will need to replace poor finishes to improve point totals… Jess Heitman trails Brian Linn by 15 in F Production, but without Linn on the entry list, needs a pair of finishes to take the title… Terran Swanson has clinched the Formula Vee crown already; but a perfect 200 points is within reach if Swanson can sweep the Portland weekend… Michael Von Quilich has the GT-2 title in hand already, and is racing purely for wins this weekend… Collin Jackson has 90 points in GT-3 and sits 3rd, but just he and Dave Humphrey (85 points) are on the class entry list. They need to make up 35 and 40 points, respectively, to pass Mike Henderson for the Championship lead… Chris Farrell is in the Prototype 1 driver’s seat for the weekend… With Spec Miata leaders Clement Lee and Elliott Skeer staying home this weekend, Steven Powers and Ken Sutherland need to make up 19 and 44 points, respectively. A deep field still makes that a challenge… Though Todd Harris is second in Spec Racer Ford, 13 points behind Mike Miserendino, he is actually in a better position at his home track. Both have eight finishes, but Harris’ has a zero-point 21st place finish, giving him one more full race to count… Thomas Lepper and Oscar Jackson, Jr., have a large point gap to close, but with few of the STL leaders in front of them, may battle each other for the Championship… The top 10 are still mathematically alive to catch Touring 1 leader Al Camano (116 points), who is not entered at Portland. Marc Hoover (98 points), Pratt Cole (76 points) or Ken Davis (67 points) will most likely settle the title hunt… Looking for a close battle? Scotty White and Tom Wickersham are dead even in Touring 3. They split at Auto Club and Thunder Hill, and each swept a weekend without the other. If they split again and finish first and second, the season will end with a tie.

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