40 DECEMBER 2018 scca.com
Last year, Tim Day Jr. was econd in both P1 and P2.
This year, he went one better. Day
put his Mere Mortal Stohr WF-1
on the Tire Rack pole and then
proceeded to lead every lap to win
his first Runoffs. But while Day was
enjoying his view up front, behind
him there was constant action.
The tussle for second was tight,
with Lucien Pancea and Chuck
Bona battling close. Following them
in fourth was the winner of the last
two years, Jeff Shafer. However,
Shafer was not in his familiar Stohr
or Radical; rather, he was out for the
first time in a new One Motorsports
Ligier JS49 Honda. The two-seat,
Honda-powered racecar had
minimal laps on it, and Shafer
experienced various problems
in practice. Indeed, he only was
able to qualify on Thursday.
Pancea was under constant
pressure from Bona, and on
the sixth lap he spun in Turn 11,
dropping back three places. But
Bona was able to enjoy second
place for only three laps, as he
proceeded to spin, also in Turn 11,
then he dropped out of the race.
Shafer was now second, with
Greg Gyann up to third. Day
continued to slowly increase
his lead, which was now three
seconds at the halfway mark.
Pancea was making amends for
his earlier misstep and was moving
back up in the field. By lap 15
of 20 he was fourth and closing
on third-placed Gyann. Up front,
Day had increased his lead to
5.5sec over Shafer, but unnoticed
until now was the advance of
Perry Richardson from way back.
Richardson had started last in the
19-car field, the result of having
no qualification time recorded
in his Casino Fandango/Briggs
Consulting Stohr WF1 Suzuki.
On the 17th lap, the order
remained Day, Shafer, Gyann, and
Pancea, but Richardson was up
to fifth and closing fast. As the
last couple of laps played out,
Richardson passed Pancea, then
Gyann, and came home third
behind Day and Shafer, climaxing
a rather amazing charge.
After a couple of Runoffs
second places, Day was very
pleased to stand atop the podium,
revealing his race strategy post
race. “I tried to stretch an early
lead to take advantage of the
early race grip of my Avon tires,
if heated properly,” he says.
“I really pushed it through the
Turn 7 to Turn 11 section and
took it a bit easier elsewhere.”
Jeff Shafer had a less stressful
race than he had in practice and
qualifying. “The rear body work
flew off early in the week and
that cost us a lot of time,” he
says. “We had to re-laminate the
body and it was not as strong
as before. It flexed a lot. I also
switched tires and it took me a
while to feel out the situation.
I wound up with Goodyears, and
they really worked for me. I had
a great view of the Pancea and
Bona scrap and watched them
go off. That worked for me!”
But the day belonged to Tim
Day Jr., who finally ascended that
crucial last step at the Runoffs. We
don’t think this will be his last time.
RACE 11 | SATURDAY | OCT. 20, 2018 | 9: 35 A.M.
“I really pushed it
through the Turn 7 to
Turn 11 section and took
it a bit easier elsewhere”
TIM DAY JR.