48 AUGUST 2020 scca.comEVENT COVERAGE
JUNE SPRINTS HOOSIER SUPER TOUR
ROAD AMERICA | ELKHART LAKE, WIS. JUNE 12-14, 2020
THE ROAD TO VICTORY
(Clockwise from TOP LEFT) MichaelBorden backed up his pair of T4 SuperTour wins at World Wide TechnologyRaceway with two more victories atthe Sprints. Joe Moser might be new tothe STL field, but that didn’t stop himfrom claiming a duo of wins. ZacharyWhitston led a humdinger of an FVrace to the checker on Saturday. TonyAve dominated G T-1 both days.
Ogburn III finishing in that order,although the pack was alwayswithin shouting distance.
Sunday was much more
frantic, with Turner in the early
lead, then T.J. Acker for six
laps until a full course yellow
bunched the pack. At the restart
Acker remained in first, with
Black, Sak, Stripling, Schofield,
Rettich, and Turner in an
ever-changing jumble filling his
mirrors. Final lap, and it was all
change, and the mad dash saw
positions in constant flux. As the
pack sped under the checker,
Schofield had his nose in front,
followed by Sak, Stripling,
Acker, Black, and Rettich. The
fact is, the top 15 were all
turning times fast enough to
take the win – it just cannot
get more frantic than that!
Sixty-six Mazda Miatas
answered the call for their twin
bills. Somewhat surprisingly, the
lead both days was essentially
just two cars as Preston Pardus
and Jim Drago took the top two
spots, Pardus on Saturday and
Drago on Sunday. The twosome
had a tight battle both days with
Pardus prevailing by 0.061sec
on Saturday and Drago by
comparison a massive 0.101sec
on Sunday. Kyle Greenhill, Chris
Halderman, Denny Steyn, and
Tom Brown finished just behind,
with third always in doubt.
Everyone was encouragedto practice social distancing,but that was certainly notthe case on the track.
Classes FF, F500, and FVwere next, both days providinga variety of action. In FF, SimonSikes came out best in hisMygale SJ12 with second onSaturday and the win on Sunday.
Tim Kautz had led Sunday’s
big go until lap six, when he
dropped out. Sikes then took the
point, with Jackson Lee, Robert
Perona, and Jeffrey Bartz in
close company. Second was
in constant dispute, with Lee
and Bartz ultimately taking the
other two steps on the podium.
Perona had won on Saturday
in his Piper DF- 3 after a tight
battle with Sikes, Kautz, and Lee.
In F500, Aaron Ellis easily took
the short race on Saturday in his
Ellis AE13. However, Sunday was
different. Calvin Stewart started
well back after not running on
Saturday and moved smartly
to the front. Eric McRee stayed
right with him, but it appeared
that Stewart had matters in hand.
That was until the last lap. McRee
got a great run out of the last
corner in his NovaRace Blade,
drafted and passed Stewart at the
flag, just nipping him by a nose.
Both Formula Vee races were
frantic. The lead was in constant
change, with the first half-dozen
Vees running in a swarm all the
way. Zachary Whitson, Hunter
Phelps-Barron, Chris Jennerjahn,
Brian Farnham, Andrew Whitson,
Ron Whitson, Andrew Thomas
Abbott, and Brandon Abbott
all had a taste of first place.
Zachary Whitson prevailed by
0.013sec on Saturday while
Phelps-Barron took Sunday by
a whopping three seconds.
After the exhausting battles
of that race, the following GT-1,
GT- 2, GT- 3, AS, and T1 events
proved much more processional.
Tony Ave simply stomped on his
Corvette’s throttle and sped into
the distance, taking both GT-1
races in a breeze. Cliff Ebben
and Dave Ruehlow took the next
two spots, with Ebben second
on Saturday and Ruehlow on
“Both FV races were
frantic. The lead was in
constant change, with
the first half-dozen Vees
running in a swarm”