44 AUGUST 2020 scca.comEVENT COVERAGE
This may have been the 65th running of the Chicago RegionWeather Tech June Sprints, butit was unlike any of the previous64. The global pandemichas touched all aspects ofeveryday life, and motorsportsare no exception. After threemonths of cancelled events, theSCCA began to emerge fromquarantine, and racing beganits first tentative steps towardresuming, with the June Sprintscoming barely one month afterthe Club began to wade backinto the motorsports waters.
Luckily, Road America – withits vast acreage – lent itselfwell to being the first spectatorevent of the emergence.
The track and SCCA workedtogether to stage an event thatall could enjoy while observingthe many safety protocolsthat were necessary. Thetrack, under the direction ofRoad America President MikeKertscher, strongly encouragedsafe practices for its employees,spectators, and participants.Shielding was put into placeat all spectator contact pointsfrom the entry gate to theconcession stands. “Socialdistancing” was observed, withgaps established between cars,campsites, and in all viewingareas. Sanitizing dispenserswere also sited liberally aroundthe facility. The use of maskswas encouraged, and manydid just that. Fan attendancewas down compared to
previous years, but that wasto be expected. Nonetheless,some 4,000 were presenton Saturday with Sunday’scount approximately 7,000.
Conversely, raceattendance was up. In all,SCCA logged 466 race entriesfor the event, making thisevent the most successfulstop on the Hoosier RacingTire Super Tour ever, evensurpassing the popularSuper Tours at Circuit ofthe Americas and VIRginiaInternational Raceway. Butthe Road America paddock,though facing a near NationalChampionship Runoffs-caliberof entries, was spaciousenough so that distanceswere in place betweeneach competitor’s setup.
After a much longeroff-season than normal, allwere eager to get back intoaction. Smiles were universalas the off-season blues werejettisoned, and while the usualhand shaking and backslappingwas replaced by waves andshouted greetings, the goodwill, camaraderie, and renewalof friendships was much inevidence all weekend long.
The weather also cooperatedin that it was dry and a bitchilly. In other words, jacketweather. Two complete roundsof racing were held, with nineraces each on Saturday andSunday. Saturday’s events were25-minute dashes, while Sundaysaw longer 13-lap challenges.
First up was Touring 2, 3, and
4. With six Fall-Line Motorsportsshop cars in the race, it was almosta foregone conclusion that one ofthe teams would win. And, so it was.
Mark Boden and Alan Kossof werethe overall winners in the two races,both in Porsche 996s. On Saturday,the two passed the lead a numberof times before Kossof prevailed,
Saturday’s Group 3 saw51 racers take the green,but it was Jesse Prather( 34) who was the class ofthe field. That day, Pratherlogged a 15 second overallmargin of victory andreset the EP track record.