Drivers in 27 Runoffs-eligible classes took to Summit Point Motorsports Park on Friday to start setting the grid for Round 13 of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program. This weekend’s doubleheader event will mark the final two rounds on the conference calendar in 2014.
The seven race groups still have one more 15-minute qualifying session, slated for Saturday morning, before the starting lineups are set for the 30-minute sprint races later in the day. The fastest lap for each driver during the three sessions will set the grid for the sprint races, while Sunday’s grid will be ordered based on the single best lap notched by each driver throughout the weekend including those made during the first race.
Group One: Spec Racer Ford was the first class to hit the track in the morning and after the lunch break. Jeffrey Lehner, of Ballston Spa, New York, is the provisional polesitter with another 15-minute qualifying session scheduled for Saturday morning. In his No. 77 Johnstown Auto Parts SRF, Lehner's fast lap of 1:24.404 around the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit during the morning session was enough to keep him on top.
After the first of the twin 20-minute sessions, Lehner was the fastest driver in the group. While time ticked by in the afternoon allotment, it looked like Lehner was going to finish atop the time charts, but was unable to better his time from the morning. However, Bruce Meyers put in a flyer on his penultimate lap of the session but fell 0.063-second short of capturing the top position.
Group Two: The small formula classes, made up of Formula F, Formula 500 and Formula Vee, saw the same drivers top the time charts during both sessions. Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsport/Hoosier Citation F1600), of Charles Town, West Virginia, topped the class, stopping the clock at 1:14.997.
The two remaining class-topping drivers in the group also improved on their times from the morning session. In the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1, Jay Beckley, of Marlton, New Jersey, and Jonathan Weisheit (No. 61 JK Technologies JK Tech XP1), of Baltimore, Maryland, will have to wait until the end of Saturday’s short qualifying session to see if they can start at the front of the sprint race field.
Group Three: Tyler Kicera, of Manheim, Pennsylvania, held onto the top spot in Spec Miata. In the No. 44 Rock-It Cargo/Kicera Motorsports Mazda Miata, Kicera was able to improve on his time from the morning session, allowing him to stay ahead of brothers Sebastian and Forrest Landy. As it currently stands, the Landys sit second and third in the aforementioned order.
Group Four: Kyle Disque, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, set the fastest lap of the session in his GT-Lite-classed No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel. By bettering his fast time from the first qualifying session, Disque held onto the top provisional spot for Saturday’s race.
In F Production, Patrick Crider (No. 89 Hoosier Tire/Jesse Prather Motorsports Mazda Miata), of Leesburg, Virginia, holds the fastest lap thus far, even though he was unable to improve during the second session. Miner Wilcox, of Wingina, Virginia, sits atop the provisional E Production starting grid in his No. 65 Checkered Flag Farm Caterham 7 America. Ron Bartell, of Madbury, New Hampshire, also held his front-running position making a vast improvement during the second 20-minute session, in his H Prepared No. 4 Hoosier Tire MG Midget.
Group Five: Jason Slahor (No. 9 Slahor Racing Van Diemen RF-98), of Ellicott City, Maryland, has been the fastest of the Formula 1000 field, thus far. However, the battle for the Conference Championship rages behind him between Alex Mayer and Alastair McEwan.
Chuck Moran, of Oakton, Virginia, sits on the Formula Continental provisional pole on the strength of his best time during the first session in his No. 45 Ski Motorsports Van Diemen RF-00. Justin Huffman (No. 11 Jamison Formula Enterprise/Ford), of Herndon, Virginia, in Formula Enterprise and Dennis Hanratty, Jr. (No. 18 Epic Cameras Kinesys Sunscreen West WR-1000), of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, in Prototype 2, also held onto the provisional pole, based on their quickest lap from the morning. Stuart Rettie, of Houston, is the de facto polesitter as the only Formula Mazda entered, as he pilots the No. 21 Hillenburg Motorsports Star Mazda FM.
Group Six: In GT-1, Scott Quaile, of Copake Falls, New York, has been the class of the field in his No. 89 Davis Auto Body Chevrolet Camaro. Robert Lentz, Sr. (No. 64 FGR Consulting Nissan 300ZX), of Leesburg, Virginia, was top in GT-2, based on his fast lap from the morning session.
David Sanders, of Exton, Pennsylvania, was able to improve upon his time from the morning in his No. 73 Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette, allowing him to hold onto the top spot. James Ashe (No. 22 Spectro Oils Mazda RX-7), of Prospect, Connecticut, is the quickest in GT-3, while Amy Aquilante, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, also improved during the afternoon in her No. 50 Tom Aquilante Racing Pontiac Firebird.
Group Seven: Calvert, of Potomac, Maryland, was also the quickest Touring 2 driver following two qualifying sessions in his No. 77 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier Tire Ford Mustang GT. Kevin Boehm, of Marysville, Ohio, was in the same boat as Calvert in his Touring 3 No. 79 BFGoodrich Tires/Honda Racing/HPD Honda S2000.
Greg Amy (No. 33 Hoosier/HPD/Carbotech Acura Integra GS-R), of Middletown, Connecticut, held onto his top position in Super Touring Lite, while Peter Schwartzott, of White Plains, New York, was the fastest in B-Spec behind the wheel of his No. 04 BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet Sonic. Christopher Collins (No. 57 Meathead Racing/Coca Mazda Miata), of Darnestown, Maryland, in Touring 4 and Michael Reece (No. 69 Northside Imports Honda S2000), of Brooklyn, New York, in Super Touring Under were the only cars in their respective classes.
Each of the seven run groups will run another 15-minute qualifying session on Saturday morning, starting at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). Sprint races are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. (EDT), with the 25-lap endurance races starting Sunday at 8:40 a.m. (EDT).