24 DECEMBER 2018 scca.com
Michael Varacins cemented his place in Formula Vee
history when he recorded his sixth
Runoffs championship in the class
at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
last year, showing that not only is
he the most winning driver in the
class, but that he can get it done
no matter the venue. That said,
it was thought that California’s
Skip Streets, driving the Hoosier/
Ron Chuck/Pops/Traci Mysterian
M3 his wife recently purchased
for him, would use the home
field advantage to unseat the
reigning champ – and qualifying
seemed to back that theory up,
as Streets claimed the Tire Rack
pole position by a healthy margin.
Opting to take the
unconventional outside starting
position, Streets got a great start,
leading the pack up to Turn 2, as
Varacins, starting second, slipped
in behind Streets and waited.
A battle quickly developed
for third, with Brandon
Abbott, Andrew Whitston, and
Rick Shields getting after it.
Unfortunately, Shields had a
moment in Turn 10 and lost
touch with the third-place battle.
As the laps unfolded, Alex
Scaler, who had started seventh
in his AdvantageMotorSports.
com/Autowerks Mysterian CM2,
was on the attack and ready to
challenge for a podium spot.
Scaler made his move on lap five,
snatching third place from Abbott.
Up front, Streets and Varacins
continued to pull away from the
field, with Varacins apparently
saving his car for a late-race charge.
But that all changed on lap eight
as Varacins drove his Speed Sport
Engineering/LifeLite Speed Sport
AM- 5 to the inside at Turn 7 and
made the move stick, taking the
lead from Streets for the first time.
Meanwhile, Scaler was all
alone in third and closing on
the leaders – managing to set
the fast lap of the race in the
process. By lap 11, the top
three were within two seconds
of each other. Then Streets got
a run and passed Varacins into
Turn 11 – it would be short lived,
though, as Varacins reclaimed
the lead on the front straight.
Diving into Turn 7 on lap 12,
Streets slipped into the lead again,
and as the duo battled, Scaler
continued to pull up. As the pair
dived into Turn 11, the shallow
entry line that Streets seemed
to prefer finally bit him as he got
loose and spun at the apex. Streets
quickly restarted, but was now in
third, some 4.5sec behind Scaler.
While this could have easily
been the end of the battle,
Streets put his head down
and mounted a charge.
On lap 15 of 20, Varacins
encountered lap traffic and Scaler
pushed hard to try to capitalize. At
the same time, Streets was using
every inch of the track to make up
the 6.3sec deficit to the leader.
“We had a really good shot,”
says Scaler. “Unfortunately, [we]
got in to some lap traffic – all
of the gap that I had closed
in kind of went away.”
With two laps to go, Streets was
in position to challenge Scaler,
and did so in Turn 7, making the
pass for second. Then the white
flag flew, and Timing and Scoring
showed a scant 1.2sec margin
from Varacins to Streets, with
Scaler just 0.4sec back in third.
As the trio approached Turn 11
for the final time, Varacins chose
the defensive line so as to not leave
an opening, forcing Streets to a
wide line, setting up a drag race to
the finish. Streets got a great run
(MAIN and BOTTOM RIGH T) At Sonoma, Michael Varacins claimed his seventh FV
title. (BELOW) Skip Streets ( 51) came up just short of the win at the finish, while Alex
Scaler ( 19) quietly mounted a charge, picking up a bronze medal for his efforts.
RACE 4 | FRIDAY | OCT. 19, 2018 | 11: 45 A.M.
Speed Sport Engineering/LifeLite Speed Sport AM- 5
“He was quick from
the get go – we
were playing catch
up all week”