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The Prototype ranks should see
West Coast drivers out front,
with Jim Devenport (TOP) taking
P1 and Jeff Shafer (ABOVE)
getting the job done in P2.
The man to beat is Jim Devenport
is his Honda-powered Norma.
This is one car that has shown it
can beat the center seat Stohrs,
and it promises to do so again.
Devenport is familiar with
Sonoma Raceway and is quick to
explain the circuit to us. “Sonoma
is a very demanding technical
track that also takes a fair amount
of courage and bravery to go
fast around it as the run from
Turn 7 down to Turn 11 is quite
thrilling. In a perfectly setup P1
car, the throttle is flat to the floor
all the way through that section,”
he says. “The best passing areas
are the two monster brake zones
that lead into and end that same
section of track, one at Turn 7
and the other at Turn 11.”
Who is his main competition?
Devenport believes he has a
good idea. “Todd Slusher, in his
Elan DP-02, and I had a really
good battle at the Sonoma
Majors race weekend with me
barely hanging on for the win
in race two. Todd hit some
debris on track in race one while
leading that took him out with a
punctured radiator; so I got an
easy win in that one. [But ] our
qualifying times were within a
tenth of each other, so I would say
he is the toughest competition.
“Another driver who has
been running well this year is
Darryl Shoff, also in an Elan
DP-02 – in fact, he has the most
highly developed DP-02 in the
country,” Devenport continues.
“The key for Darryl is whether
or not he can learn the track
quickly enough as he hasn’t run
here before to my knowledge.”
Devenport’s dark horse pick is
Rob Shick in a car Devenport says
is perfectly suited for Sonoma,
the BMW powered HRP LSR
II. We think Chip Romer may
figure into the results as well,
and last year’s runner-up Tim
Day is itching for the top step.
PROTOT YPE 2
Jeff Shafer has won the past
two years in P2 and could well
make it three in a row – at least,
that’s what we think. As before,
he is playing with two cars, a
Stohr and a Radical, and will
choose the best horse for the
course. He is from California
and has good knowledge of the
track, which will serve him well.
Tim Day Jr. finished second
at last year’s Runoffs and
could be Shafer’s toughest foe.
Regardless, a West Coast driver
to watch is David Ferguson who,
while driving a rather elderly
converted Van Diemen S-2000,
has made it go very fast with
a proper Mazda engine in it.
Greg Gyann will also figure
into the equation, with our
math putting him third,
trailing Day Jr. in second and
Shafer on the top step.
Others to watch in what
should be a large field include
Sherman Chao and dark horse
Armin Megregian, who is driving
a Ligier JS- 51 two-seater.
— Tom Schultz
1. Jim Devenport
2. Todd Slusher
3. Darrell Shoff
1. Jeff Shafer
2. Tim Day Jr.
3. Chuck Bona