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The race weekend
started a day late.
I missed practice due to
school being a priority”
ATLANTA SUPER TOUR
ROAD ATLANTA | BRASELTON, GA | MARCH 22-23, 2014
my crew gave me [the] two to go
[message], I put down a great lap that
gave me a half-second gap, and I was
able to keep that until the checker.”
Racing was just as close among the
downforce formula cars. In Formula
Enterprises, defending National
Champion and Super Sweep winner
Scott Rettich took the wins on both
days. In Formula Mazda, however,
contender Robert Noell faced a major
challenge from sitting National
Champion Darryl Wills.
“Sunday’s race was the most intense
I have ever driven,” Noell says. “The
race started as usual, with Darryl
leading. I passed him briefly and then
lost the lead again at Turn 3. Then
Darryl caught traffic in Turn 7 and lost
momentum. From then on, he was in
my mirrors for another 13 very long
laps. I have to thank Victor Seaber and
the jump into Turn 10, and by the time
we were going under the bridge I was
leading – zero-to-hero type stuff! The
next day I was not waiting around.
I pulled a massive hole shot and led the
thing until an unfortunate crash in
Turn 1 claimed Slahor and Alex Mayer.
Our race timed out while under the
black flag in the hot pit. C’est la vie.”
Spec Miata is always a brawl, and this
weekend was no exception. Well-known
driver Alex Bolanos and two-time
champion Jim Drago took the wins, but
the driver to watch was Dillon
Machavern, an 18-year-old college
freshman from Charlotte, Va., who
finished a strong second in both races.
“For me, the race weekend started
a day late. I missed practice due to
school being a priority. I went into
qualifying cold, but fortunately I was
able to secure 10th position for both
I could not win without them.”
In Formula 1000, contender Glen
Cooper showed what might have been
if he had not wrecked his car in
practice at last year’s Runoffs.
“In the Saturday race, I got a good
start, but Jason Slahor was absolutely
flying, so I just hung right with him and
planned on a last lap assault,” Cooper
says. “On a restart with two to go, I got
(LEF T) Robert Noell
( 27) took the top
step of the podium
both days in FM.
Shanfeld ( 66) drove
his Honda Civic Si to
a pair of STL wins.
(RIGH T) Scott Rettich
( 17) Dominated
both races in his FE.
The Super Touring
Lite class continues
to be one of the most
popular in Club
Racing, with better
than 30 starters each
day at Road Atlanta.