44 OCTOBER 2019 scca.com
When Formula Vee hits the track
for its championship race, there
will be a notable absence in the
field as perennial front-runner
and defending National Champion
Michael Varacins has opted to
instead try his hand in Formula
Continental. But even if he were
racing in FV this year, we might
give the nod to Andrew Whitston
anyway. You see, Whitston
holds the track record at VIR,
and has a pair of silver Runoffs
medals in the class already.
Jonathan Weisheit has been
quick this year and could easily find
himself standing on the podium
come the end of the race. Similarly,
Mitchell Ferguson came out on
top at the VIR Super Tour on one
day, so it’s very likely he could
join Whitson and Weisheit when it
comes time to spraying the Mazza
sparkling wine on the podium.
As is always the case with a class
that lives and dies by the draft,
there are a number of dark horses
(BELOW) Tyler O’Connor is looking for
the win in Formula F during his rookie
appearance at the Runoffs. (BOTTOM) Past
champions will be dueling for the top step
of the podium in Formula 500, and we think
Wiley Clinton McMahan will have the edge.
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Whitston in his
quest for Formula
Vee gold at VIR.
who could shake things up. Keep
an eye on Donnie Isley, and past
National Champions Steven Davis,
Roger Siebenalier, and Rick Shields.
Tyler O’Connor is a Runoffs rookie,
and we think he has the stuff to get
it done at VIR. O’Connor scored a
podium both days at the VIR Super
Tour and has recorded wins at Road
Atlanta and Watkins Glen. He’s
fast, and we think he’ll be SCCA’s
next FF National Champion.
David Livingston Jr. was on the
podium at the Mid-Ohio Super Tour
and has shown strong this season,
positioning himself for a Runoffs
podium run. Alex Scaler is moving
over to FF this year after a podium
finish at Sonoma in Formula Vee,
and while he’s still learning the
intricacies of the car, we think he
will get himself sorted in time to
find the final step on the podium.
Wildcards, should they enter,
include Runoffs rookies Misha
Goikhberg and Dexter Czuba.
By all accounts, the F500 race at
VIR should be one of the best in
recent years, as we will see 2017
National Champion Wiley Clinton
McMahan face off with 2015
National Champ Calvin Stewart.
McMahan scored first blood pulling
off a pair of wins at the VIR Super
Tour, resetting a track record that
previously belonged to Stewart.
Eric McRee has had a great
season, with Super Tour wins at
Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio, along
with podium finishes at VIR, making
him our choice for third place.
Russell Strate Jr. and John
Walbran will be in the hunt should
any of our frontrunners slip up.
1. Andrew Whitston
3. Mitchell Ferguson
1. Tyler O’Connor
3. Alex Scaler
1. Wiley Clinton
2. Calvin Stewart 1
3. Eric McRee
FORMULA VEE, FORMULA F, FORMULA 500
WORDS Jason Isley | MAIN IMAGE Mark Weber