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THE FAST ONES
(LEFT, from TOP to BOT TOM) Mark Boden isal ways fast in G T- 2, but this year we expecthim to be the class of the field. Mike Lewisis running his RX- 7 in t wo classes, and wethink he’ll stand atop the podium in G T- 3.
Chris Bovis has his sights set on the G T-Litewin, and we’re confident he’ll do it.
Ave got the nod in GT-1, but weexpect Lewis to be the victor this timearound, with Jeff Dernehl, Rob Warcocki,Stacey Wilson, and Taz Harvey in the mixto capitalize on any bad luck or mistakes.
Chris Bovis is a three-time GT-L NationalChampion, with one of those comingat Road America. A win this year couldbe an emotional one for Bovis – he losthis father, George, this year and hismother last year. They were both greatsupporters of his racing, and his fatherserved on the Road America Board ofDirectors and was a past SCCA Boardmember. That’s some motivation to win.
The June Sprints was the firsttime Bovis was in his car since he wonthe Runoffs at Indy in 2017, but hestill managed to win the second raceand finish in the top 10 overall.
Mike Lewis is entered in GT-1 inhis Jaguar, but he’s also entering anRX- 7 in both GT- 3 and GT-L. Lewishas had some issues with the Mazda,and it will be interesting to see howfast he is at Road America nowthat the car seems to be sorted.
But this won’t be a simple Bovis-Lewis battle. Peter Shadowen has wonGT-L National Championships at RoadAmerica, Mid-Ohio, and VIR. He and hisHonda must not be underestimated. JoeHuffaker’s MG Midget might look a bitsquare, but Huffaker makes that car fly.
He’ll be mixing with the Japanese carsat the front. Brian Linn is entered withhis new Nissan Sentra SE-R. Linn is atwo-time HP Runoffs champ and will bewheeling a car with a proven track record.
In other words, expect this to be aBovis-Lewis-Shadowen-Huffaker-Linnbattle, with many others close at hand.
enters. We also include Jonathan Starton the podium based on the Viperhorsepower and his ability to use it,but fully expect tire wear to factor inby the end. Each of those three will behoping for a long, green-flag run, anearly lead, and hanging onto the hard-charging tube-frame cars at the end.
If a yellow comes outlate? All bets are off.
“As we demonstrated last year, youhave to be smart enough to leave agood car alone and don’t dial yourselfout,” Lewis points out when discussingGT- 3. Four or five contenders ended
VIR sitting on the side of the road ayear ago, so the question this yearis where the balance remains. Purespeed is nice, but not at the expenseof going the distance. Expect a littlebit of a conservative attitude thisyear when it comes to car prep.
If that’s the case, Lewis and Tony Aveshould be back up front again. How willthat shake out? Ever the veteran racecardrivers, Ave insisted that Lewis’ Mazdais the platform to have. Ask Lewis, andhe’s certain last year’s rules adjustmentfavors the Nissan Ave plans to wheel.
Our suspicion is that they’re bothready to drive to the lead, and those ofus watching will be the real winners.
(MAIN) Tony Avenearly clinched theGT-1 win in 2019,but it slipped fromhis hands. This year,we expect the resultsto be different.