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Any Spec Miata racer who qualifies in the top 15 or 20 atthe Runoffs could win – the competition is that close – but weexpect Preston Pardus (LEF T) to race to victory this year. Closebehind at the checker will probably be Jim Drago (BELOW).
And when we say close, we’re talking tenths of a second.
events, but no one has run that
tire in October at Road America.”
One other factor in Pardus’
Runoffs plans is the NASCAR
Xfinity Series. He’ll be racing in
Spec Miata on Friday and then
catching a plane to Charlotte to
compete over the weekend. “It’ll be
interesting,” Pardus admits. “For
a while, I thought I couldn’t race
at the Runoffs because [NASCAR]
had practice and qualifying. Luckily,
we found out last week NASCAR
is not going to do practice or
qualifying anymore for the rest of
the year. So, what am I going to
do? The Runoffs. That’s good.”
America in 2012 and ’ 13, he’s got
a point. “Whoever is fast right off
the trailer, has a good race, and
has a little racing luck will have the
best shot at it, but having quality
teammates like Preston and Todd
should help one of us make it to
the top step again this year.”
One factor to consider is
that the Miatas will be racing
on a new Hoosier tire.
“It’s not mandatory until theRunoffs,” Pardus explains. “I thinkour first event on it was sometimein February. So not everyone reallyknows the tire. With the old tire,
you knew what heat cycle to usefor the race. I think you’re going tosee a little different strategy there.
Some other tires you can scuffthem in a little bit, or you couldgo out on stickers and they werebetter. With these, no one’s reallyhad enough track time to work withthem. We’ve had a few Super Tour
AT THE FRON T
While an undeniableforce in Spec Miata,Danny Steyn has onlylogged one SpecMiata Runoffs podiumfinish. That will changethis year – and wewouldn’t be surprisedif he won, too.