We’ve seen solid speed from
Scotty B. White this season,
perhaps the result of him cutting
back on the number of classes
he’s contesting, which should
put him in a strong position for a
podium finish. At the VIR Super
Tour, his Mustang certainly handled
well on those long straights.
The final step on the podium
will probably go to past Runoffs
winner Rob Hines, who is set to
make his first title run since 2014.
Should rain enter the picture, Jared
Lendrum in a Subaru WRX could
upset the running order, meanwhile,
Broderick Bauguess (should he
enter) will also be one to watch.
The T4 Runoffs race was a
barnburner in 2018, with John
Heinricy and Gresham Wagner
little more than a car length apart
throughout the duration, and
Heinricy coming away with his
15th title. And, while the move
to VIR will likely produce a much
different Runoffs race, we give
the nod to the same man: It’ll be
Heinricy for his 16th Runoffs title.
Nick Leverone, however, will
be hot on Heinricy’s heels with
his Subaru BRZ. Heinricy will be
back in the Toyota 86 that took
him the winner’s circle at Sonoma,
and while it may not be the most
powerful car in T4, we expect it
will get the job done once again.
Owen Schefer also has shown
great speed in his Mazda RX- 8 at
the VIR Super Tour in April, and we
expect him to be in the hunt for
the final step on the podium.
DO IT AGAIN
(LEFT, TOP to BOTTOM) We expect IMSA
regular Cooper MacNeil to claim the Runoffs
title that has eluded him thus far, as he takes
on Touring 2 in his BMW. In Touring 3,
Marshall Mast will likely successfully defend
his title. John Heinricy is also likely to add
to his impressive collection of Runoffs
wins, as we pick him to back up his 2018
Touring 4 win with another at VIR.
(LEFT) We anticipate
Touring 1 to be a
runaway at VIR, with
leaving the the
field in his dust.
down to car choice. If Rezzetano
finds the right steed, he could
challenge MacNeil and his BMW
M3 – but as Rezzetano discovered
at Indy, the wrong car could
most certainly spell disaster.
There is a gaggle of Porsches
looking to make a run at the
podium, led by Fall Line patriarch
Mark Boden. Tim Kezman has had
some solid finishes this year, and
we think he may break through
for his first visit to the podium.
If the clouds bring rain, keep
an eye on Marty Grand in the
Honda Civic Type R. Grand got
the better of MacNeil for his first
Runoffs title at Road America
in 2010, and he might have
the best car for a slick track.
Regardless, this race could
prove to be one of the best
of the 2019 Runoffs.
Marshall Mast had the fight of
his life at Sonoma in T3, with
Mark Drennan relentlessly
hounding him for 20 laps – we
expect him to have a slightly
easier go of it when the green
flag waves at VIR come October,
and we anticipate he’ll leave
with his second championship.