Our first race weekend of the year, the Jefferson 500 at Summit Point, was an unqualified success, to say the least!Â The weather was consistently fabulous, the cameraderie was strong, and the field was sharp.Â Our club was also joined by six VS2 entrants, which gave us a nice, full Sports 2000 group to mix with.
Perhaps the most impressive statistic of the weekend: every SRCC driver completed the weekend!Â As well, every SRCC driver, save one, set his best lap time of the event during Sunday’s S2000Â Feature Race; we saved the best for when it counted!
Leading the way practically all weekend was new memberÂ Ben Sinnott from Fairfield, ConnecticutÂ in his Lola 90/91SR71 – a formidable tool in the hands of a quickly-developing driver.Â Ben took top honors in the Sunday S2 feature race with a weekend-best lap of 1:15.308.Â Larry Rossi hauled his Lola 598 SR71 from northern VermontÂ and applied the pressure to Ben all weekend; he took the runner-upÂ spot on Sunday with a weekend-best lap of 1:15.690.Â Cap Chenoweth, also hailing from beautiful northern Vermont, brought his distinctive zebra-nosed Tiga home in third SRCC positionÂ on Sunday after a series of niggling problems, also scoring his weekend’s best lap time of 1:20.375.
Nate Scigliano brought his new Swift from Pittsburgh, and, after a few minor misses early in the weekend, was smartly on-pace, finishing fourth in Sunday’s feature, but setting his weekend-best lap of 1:19.973 in Friday’s Group 6 race.Â Also a member of the Pittsburgh gang, Richard Barnes brought his yellow Swift home in fifth place on Sunday with a 1:20.915 best lap.Â SRCC sixth place in Sunday’s feature was claimed by your humble correspondent in the newly-blue Tiga after a steady but unspectacular weekend at a best lap of 1:24.171.Â Richard Kresch brought his beautiful Lola home in seventh SRCC after dealing with intermittent issues all weekend long; he turned aÂ 1:23.757Â to finish the event on an up note.Â Â After aÂ run of bad luck that would try a lesser man’s will, Jim Southwood ripped a 1:21.898 in his stunning LolaÂ in Sunday’s feature for eight positionÂ to ‘bring him back next time’ – kind of like scoring a birdie on #18 after a tough round of golf!Â Our SRCC godfather and mentor, Mike Crumay, brought
hisÂ familiar silver #86 SwiftÂ home for the ninth and final spot to complete the field.Â Again – ALL of our SRCC drivers finished the Jefferson 500 running!Â That should truly be a pointÂ of pride for everyone involved – take a bow.
Saturday night’s social was organized by my lovely wife with some delicious hors d’ouerves and refreshments; a great time was had by all.Â Each eligible SRCC driver was entered for a set of Avon tiresÂ to be drawn at MidOhio.Â Some ofÂ the gang proceeded to the Jefferson dinner while others made their way to Charles Town or Winchester to eat.
Many thanks are due to Mike Crumay and Larry Rossi for spoiling us with dedicated tech, the VRG, who once again organized a great event, Smmit Point, whose facilities and track have never been better, and Caryl Hanna, who trekked down on Saturday morning with the party in her car.
Make plans NOW to attend the next SRCC event at Watkins Glen on June 8-10!Â Â http://www.svra.com/SVRA/…tachmentweb/KCAO-8RBNWU/$file/Entry+Form+-+Watkins+Glen+Historic+200.pdf?OpenElementÂ Â Â The SVRA hasÂ offered to waive both the late-entry penalty AND the non-member premium for their weekend at one of North America’s best racetracks, so let’s have EVERYONE at The Glen next month!!