Jefferson 500

Well – we’re back from the Jefferson 500.

The weekend’s weather began as perfectly as it possibly could. Upon arrival on Wednesday afternoon, the VRG had reserved us a nice, paved paddock area into which we were able to squeeze seven cars/rigs; the facility was almost full, with nearly 300 entries. Sasco, Apex and Powerslide were parked nearby, so most of the S2 runners were grouped near each other, enhancing the weekend’s camaraderie.

Thursday’s test day dawned with more fantastic weather, enabling everyone to ‘knock the rust off’ from winter’s rest.

Friday was, again, a magnificent day. VRG sent us out for qualifying with a smattering of Lotus and Ginetta racers, which wasn’t too satisfactory for either us or them. After the session, we were granted our own group for the remainder of the weekend, along with two Chevrons and the Matich CanAm car. Ben Sinnott, our perennial S2-class-and-overall FTD led the way, with Peter Krause running his quickest lap of the weekend to lead the HS2 runners, and Brent Gernert heading up the VS2 class. We were able to welcome several new members: Nick Incantalupo with the ex-Porter Swift and Phil Meany with a Shrike! We also met future members Rasim Tugberk with a Carbir and Greg Miller with a Swift. All four have extensive track experience in other forms of racing. Jack Freehoff and Denny Gernert debuted their newly-finished March HS2 car, getting up to pace in short order.

Friday afternoon’s race saw Ben lead the way, Brent Gernert finishing third and leading the VS2 class and Jack Freehoff eighth OA and first HS2 car, with his quickest lap of the weekend. Friday’s late afternoon was reserved for our customary social hour, with delicious fare prepared by Caryl Hanna and sponsor drawings.

Saturday brought us another beautiful day, albeit with rain in the forecast for later. Race #1 featured Ben running his quickest lap of the weekend, a blazing 1:12.882, to lead the field. Krause finished third OA and led HS2, while Pete Gates brought it home fourth OA and first VS2 car with his quickest lap of the weekend. Saturday’s second race saw some guys take a break in anticipation of our ‘S2 Feature’ which was scheduled for late afternoon. Once again, Ben led the way with Bryan Gernert second and the lead VS2 car, recording his best lap of the weekend, and John Galson scoring top HS2 honors.

So, at about 4:00, the S2 pack headed to the grid for our Feature: points, medals, race queens, etc. up for grabs. Moments before the pace car was to lead us from pit lane, the lightning, thunder and deluge began and the day’s racing was over; guess we’ll try again tomorrow! Saturday night’s J500 dinner, featuring Brian Redman was relocated from the Carousel circus tent to the paddock due to ankle-deep water in the tent. The VRG did a nice job under really tough circumstances, and a good time was had by all.

Sunday saw several cometitors leave for travel or family reasons, but the final race, our S2 Feature, ran with ten finishers. Ben batted 1.000 for the weekend: first overall and S2 winner. Bryan Gernert finished second and took the VS2 gold medal, and Peter Krause led the HS2 cars home after doing the same at VIR to open the season.

This year’s Jefferson 500 was another great VS2NA weekend blessed with (mostly) great weather, great friends, and great racing. We had a concurrent event at Road America for a combined entry of 40 Sports 2000’s racing this weekend! Our next event is at MidOhio; plan to be there for what’s always a fantastic S2 weekend at a beautiful and famous facility.

Wild Hare Run

The first race of the Sports 2000 season begins at VIR in the first week of April. VIR is one of the greatest tracks in the country. If we get enough cars early, maybe we could get our own group. However we need to register now.

You can save $100 by registering by April 1, 2017.

We’ll have a party with plenty of sponsor prizes including a set of tires. As always, you must be present to win. Sunday includes a dedicated S2 feature race, but, we need to keep our attendance up for such a consideration.

How about a Roll Call for those not yet signed up. Entry list shows 8 S2’s as of today including:

  • Kane
  • Krause
  • Miller
  • Payne
  • Payne
  • Payne
  • Scigliano
  • Sinnott

Who else will be attending? Let’s hear from you.

2017 Vs2na Banquet

It is time to have some winter fun!

Vintage Sports 2000 North America is pleased to announce
our annual Winter Banquet to be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy
in King of Prussia, Pa on February 11, 2017 at 6 P.M. Please
put this on your calendar and respond yes to this communication.
Please include the number of people that will attend. We had our
banquet at Maggiano’s 2 years ago and everyone had a great time
with great food.

The price is $42 per person . Please forward your check for
you and your guest if applicable to:

Dennis Gernert
360 Ross Rd.
King of Prussia, Pa. 19406
Make check payable to Dennis Gernert

On October 16, 2016 VS2 lost one of its founding fathers, and greatest supporters. Pete lead by example and inspired many of us to become involved with Sports 2000 cars. He will be missed by all who knew him. God Speed.

July 16, 1946 – October 16, 2016

R. Peter Gates, age 70, of Landenberg, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Born in Mullens, WV on July 16, 1946, Peter was the son of the late Louis and Elizabeth (Denney) Gates. He was a graduate of Claymont High School, and would later work as a mechanic with the DuPont Company, retiring after 38 years of dedicated service.

An avid racing enthusiast, Peter was named the 1986 Pro Formula Atlantic Champion. He enjoyed racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and at Watkins Glen. Peter was a 50-year member of the Sports Car Club of America. Above all else, he was a loving and devoted husband and father and will be very dearly missed.

Peter is survived by his wife of 50 years, Freda Dawn Gates; son, Scott Gates (Jessica) of Wilmington, DE; brothers-in-law, Newell Fields (Faye) of Middletown, DE, Alan Fields (Mary Jane) of Jupiter, FL and Nick Liberman of Arden, DE.

At Peter’s request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Community, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.

Vintage Sports 2000 Breaking News

To All Sports 2000 Racers,

After hearing from many unhappy VS2 racers at this years Mid Ohio
event, several things have transpired.
Dave Calafato and John Kramer have worked with SVRA’s owner, Tony
Parella regarding our concerns. As many of you know, SVRA did not
give us our own race group and cut our feature race short. To alleviate
any concerns regarding how much SVRA values our participation, Tony
has offered to give anyone who paid for a test day at Mid Ohio, a free
test day at VIR.
It it important for the club members to enter the Glen and VIR as
early as possible. SVRA makes their schedules based upon the number
of entries. The sooner we enter, the more likely our feature race will not
be the last race on Sunday.
In addition to Tony’s offer, VS2 N.A. will be giving out gas credit cards
to each member/entrant at both the Glen and VIR. The club will also be
giving away pairs of Hoosier’s and Avon’s . These are in addition to the
pairs provided by Hoosier and Dave Handy from Sasco Motorsports.
This means eight entrants will go home with two new slicks at each event.
We also will have drawings for approximately $5000 worth of sponsors
products and services.
VS2 would like to take this opportunity to clarify the clubs position on the
drawings for our sponsors products and services. To be legible for these
products your car must carry our sponsors decals. We will have decal
packages available at the track. Please see one of the board members
listed below for your decal package. We are expecting a great turn out
at both events. As of now we are on track to hit 25 to 30 cars at the Glen,
and 35 to 45 cars at VIR.. We hope you have both of these great events
on you calendar.

Why?

”Because there is no better place to be than racing with Vintage Sports 2000 North America”

Denny Gernert
Dave Calafato
Jim Hanna
Simon Green

Thank you for you continued support of VS2 N.A.
Vintage Sports 2000 N.A. Board of Directors

Super Event of 2016

All Sports 2000 Racers and VS2 N.A. Members!

 

VS2 N.A. Announces the Super Feature Event of 2016

News Flash! If you do not put this on your calendar right now you might not block off the time to be part of the Super Feature Event of 2016!


Where? Virginia International Raceway

When?     September 23 to 25

Why?       Because this is the most fun you could have that weekend!

 

This will be the largest gathering of Sports 2000’s in 2016.  As many of you know last year we had 37 entries!!!!  We also had 3 days of rain and still had 18 start the race.  This year we are planning on having sunny and warm conditions.

In addition, we have added several new sponsors bringing our total number of sponsors to 26.  We will give away $5,000 to $6,000 worth of sponsors products and services.

Please visit our website at www.vs2na.com to see the complete list of VS2 N.A.’s 2016 sponsors.

As part of the Super Feature Event, VS2 N.A. is planning a catered dinner/social for 40 to 50 entries and their crew.  Will you be one of them?

Thank you for your participation and support of Vintage Sports 2000 North America. If you have any questions please contact one of the following board members:

Denny Gernert Gernertd@comcast.net 610-613-6700

Jim Hanna Jim@ybh.com 610-308-5977

David Calafato Dec@danskin-agency.com 732-449-3800

If you are planning to attend please respond YES to this email.