52 DECEMBER 2019 scca.com
What a good time,” exclaimed Todd Buras on the Spec
Miata podium. “ Cover your
ears,” he warned before letting
out a deafening whoop. “I’m
way beyond happy!” Buras has
been racing for just over two
decades, and this win marked
his first National Championship.
“ 21 years ago, I started
racing SCCA,” he explained. “I ran
a couple years and then went pro
for 12 years, but I couldn’t wait
to get back to SCCA and Spec
Miata to race with these guys,
because this is what it is. We all
had a blast. It was extremely
clean; it was just awesome.
I couldn’t wait to get back
because it’s panic, we all have a
good time, and then we laugh.”
Buras started his Hoosier/
East Street/KKD 2001 Miata on
the pole, with 2017 champion
Preston Pardus outside in the
Danus Utilities/East Street Racing
2003 Miata. The second row was
2012-’ 13 champion Jim Drago
and three-time E Production
champion Matt Reynolds.
As expected, the field went
four and five cars wide into the
first turn, with Buras and Drago
emerging in a leading draft.
Pardus, meanwhile, was shuffled
back several positions. Third
place eventually went to seventh-place starter Brian Henderson.
Then, a 13-car train formed
and began to pull away from
the balance of the 58-car field.
In the fourth lap, Danny
Steyn went off track and lit the
dry grass on fire, bringing out
a full-course caution and giving
the leaders a moment to catch
their breath; Buras led, followed
by Drago, Henderson, and
Michael Ross in fourth. Pardus,
meanwhile, was holding sixth
place, just behind four-time
Runoffs champion Elivan Goulart.
RACE 15 | SATURDAY | OCT. 12, 2019 | 1:00 P.M.