38 JANUARY 2019 scca.com
AMERICAN ROAD RACE OF CHAMPIONS
ROAD ATLANTA | BRASELTON, GA. NOV. 2-4, 2018
GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND.
“As someone who has spent
much of the last 45 years in the
old Road Atlanta tower, working
amidst the demolition and
construction going on around
us during Atlanta Region’s
2018 ARRC brought forth many
memories and emotions and me.
“It was easy to be nostalgic
reminiscing over the events
happening in and around it;
remembering the people trudging
up those damned stairs (the biggest
complaint by far by anyone who
ever made the climb: ‘Getting
steeper every year!’ ‘Why
don’t you have an elevator?’),
going to talk to the stewards,
consulting Timing and Scoring,
checking in with the media,
and attempting to get a better
view – because there was always
so much to see from the tower.
“Timing had the best seat in
the house at Road Atlanta. All
the history made on the track
passed through our view out
MAKING IT LOOK EAS Y
(TOP LEFT) On the vintage
side, Phil Kingham ( 27) won
both CF races. (LEFT) Paul
Schneider won Sunday’s FE2
feature race. (BELOW LEFT) Pro
racing champ Tom O’Gorman
cruised to the STU win.
those windows – then clicked our
stopwatches, scored on endless
tear sheets, and later captured in
the millions of transponder hits.
“Originally, a wood building in
that fabulous 1970s hippie rustic
style like all the other outbuildings
around the facility, stucco covered
the concrete monolith that stood
over everything we did there. It wore
the brands of all our sponsors; that
will continue over with the renaming
of the track and the tower yet to
come. When the new building was
announced, I told everyone, ‘The
Michelin Man ate our tower!’
“The new building promises
to be quite spectacular. It will be
many times larger than our humble
beginnings and will have much going
on, including entertainment options
and every amenity for whatever
anyone could ever need or want at
a racetrack. Why don’t you have an
elevator? This place will have two.
That has been loudly cheered by
all as a really, really good thing.
“I look forward to our new
home and the adventures that
await. We take with us all that
we have done before and
prepare to write new chapters in
our racing history. I will always
cherish the memories – well,
everything except for those stairs.”
Jenny Paradis, Atlanta Region
Chief of Timing and Scoring
finishing fourth and fifth overall.
Spec Miata took to the track
next, so spectators rushed to
Turn 1 for the start – and they
weren’t disappointed. Danny
Steyn, in his usual pole position,
led the gaggle of Miatas into Turn
1, but an incident just behind the
leaders subtracted three cars from
immediate contention. Luckily, the
chaos only required a local yellow,
so racing continued. Steyn fell back
to seventh early and, in a repeat
of his earlier performance in the
weekend, fought back to the lead.
The result was different, however,
as Steyn had an off at Turn 7 on the
final lap and the hard-fought win
went to Michael Carter over Elivan
Goulart and Jim Drago. Margin of
victory on this one? 0.228sec.
SRF3, SRF, and FV hit the track
next and had their usual nose-to-tail melees – for the first 16
laps, at least. John Jernigan Jr.,
John Greene, Jean-Luc Liverato,
and Russell Turner were glued
together until Dana Webster joined
the pack on lap eight and swaps
of position occurred at Turn 10A.
By lap 11, Webster assumed the
lead over Turner and eventually
pulled a bit of a margin for the win.
Justin Weir, meanwhile, jumped
to third on the penultimate lap.
Many of the fast open-wheelers – FB, FM, FC, FE, FE2 – were
up next with a few P1 and P2 cars
thrown in for good measure. An
interesting aspect here is that last
year’s winner, FB racer Alex Mayer,
was starting well back in the pack.
Could he find a path to the front?
At the green, overall polesitter
FB racer Jose Gerardo led
initially, eventually falling to
second overall when Tray Ayres
in P2 made the pass. Then
Gerardo dropped to third overall
when – you guessed it – Mayer