SCCA FOUNDATION SWEEPSTAKES 2018
The SCCA Foundation is once again raffling off a Formula One U.S. Grand Prix ticket package
to help benefit the various programs operated by the charitable arm of the Club. The winner will
receive two tickets with VIP access for the Oct. 19-21, 2018, race weekend, along with $5,000
cash to cover expenses. Tickets are on sale though Sept. 4 via www.winformula1trip.org.
he Time Trials Board (TTB) has
released the final classing and
prep rules to be used at the 2018
Time Trials Nationals (TTN) event
taking place Sept. 28-30 at NCM
Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
Time Trials Nationals classing finalized, registration opens
ony Buffomante captured a
flag-to-flag victory in the
3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car
Challenge at the Chevrolet Detroit
Grand Prix presented by Lear, the first
TONY BUFFOMANTE AND RAFA MATOS
SCORE TRANS AM WINS IN DETROIT
of two Trans Am Series presented by
Pirelli races during the June 2-3
weekend on Belle Isle.
Buffomante began the race on
pole and led every lap, navigating
two full-course cautions and
insistent pressure from Gar
Robinson, who started alongside.
The victory stands as the 13th
of Buffomante’s TA2 career and a
strong rebound from a disappointing
outing last round at Homestead-Miami
Speedway and earns him a touch of
redemption after a frustrating third-place finish last year at Belle Isle. “We
haven’t really been up to our standards
yet all year,” says Buffomante. “We
have a new car and a new engine, and
we typically don’t start out that well.
We don’t do a ton of testing and usually
come on in the second half of the year.”
During the second TA2 race of
the weekend, Rafa Matos secured
his third Trans Am victory of the
season, successfully navigating the
aptly named 3-Dimensional Services
Motor City Dash which concluded
with a one lap sprint to the finish
following the third and final restart
of the 75-minute competition.
“It was a little nerve racking,” says
Matos, who began the race in second
position but overtook pole-sitter Gar
Robinson on the fourth lap of the race.
“I knew if I was able to nail my restarts
I would have a good chance to win.
On the third, I was able to get a jump,
and I knew I had the pace and just
needed to remain mistake free.”
At the same time, registration for the
TTN is now open
Four levels of competition are
planned for the TTN, including Sport,
Tuner, Max, and Unlimited. In setting
the classing for Sport and Tuner, the
TTB relied heavily upon participation
data from Track Night in America
Driven by Tire Rack events. The
committee’s opinion is that this data
is most valuable as it reflects vehicles
that enthusiasts already own and
bought largely based upon desire.
This is in contrast to participation
data collected from competition
events where a significant number
of vehicle purchases are based upon
competitiveness and classing.
The data was used to identify
popular models the committee
believed most needed to have
competitive classing within TTN rules.
The models at the top of this list
included Ford Mustang and Chevrolet
Camaro, the Subaru BRZ and Scion FRS, BMW 3-Series, Chevrolet Corvettes,
a variety of Porsches, Honda S2000,
Ford Focus ST, and multiple generations
of the Mazda MX- 5. While the rules
were not built with the idea that these
cars should or will be “class killers,” the
committee believes they should be put
in classes where they can be relevant.
More information and event
registration for the Time Trials
Nationals can be found under
the Time Trials link under the
Programs menu on scca.com
MOTOR CIT Y
The TA2 class put
on two great shows
during the IndyCar
Belle Isle weekend.
The first SCCA Time
Trials Nationals is set
to take place at the
Park in Sept.