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.

VRG, May 18th – 21st

Summit Point

VRG Summit Point, May 2017

 

The Jefferson 500 at Summit Point was run in its usual first rate manner by the VRG. Ben Sinnott goes faster every year, but Brent Gernert is determined to catch up. They finished #1 and #2 on Saturday and Sunday.

Rodney Kendall’s car looked and ran better than ever after recovering from last years “mishap” at VIR. Simon Green was slowed by a misbehaving motor, and Bryan Gernert was fast after missing practice and qualifying.

The only incident of the weekend was when David Hughes lost a wheel in practice. Otherwise the racing was clean and everyone loaded their cars intact for the ride home.


Results for Saturday
S2

  • 1st: Ben Sinnott
  • 2nd: Brent Gernert
  • 3rd: Rodney Kendall

    VS2

  • 1st: Larry Rossi
  • 2nd: Bryan Gernet
  • 3rd: Simon Green

    HS2

  • 1st: Tom LaCosta
  • 2nd: David Hughes
  • 3rd: Robert Dusek


    Results for Sunday
    S2

  • 1st: Ben Sinnott
  • 2nd: Brent Gernert
  • 3rd: Rodney Kendall
    VS2

  • 1st: Bryan Gernet
  • 2nd: Jim Hanna
  • 3rd: Philip Meany
    HS2

  • 1st: Peter Krause
  • 2nd: David Hughes





    Prize Drawing Winners

    Two Hoosier Tires – Peter Krause
    Two Hoosier Tires – David Hughes
    Fast Foward – Simon Green
    Taylor – Larry Rossi
    Motor Sports Composites – Philip Meany
    Tilton – Rodney Kendall
    Quicksilver – Ben Sinnott
    Pegasus – John Galson
    Racer Wholesale – Dave Calafato

  • 40th Anniversary UPDATE

    40th ANNIVERSARIES DON’T COME AROUND VERY OFTEN!

    This year we celebrate just such an anniversary for Sports 2000 at Road America, July 20 thru 23.

    The entry list is growing with cars from all over the country for the HOOSIER VINTAGE SPORTS 2000 N.A. FEATURE EVENT.


    There will be lots of cars, fun, and racing along with another of VS2na’s great socials Please go to this link and register for this historic event.

    Thank you for your continued support of VS2na. We hope to see you there

    Update:

    To All VS2 N.A. Members!

    If you want to save $100 go to the link below. As of today we are at 24 entries for our 40th Anniversary event at Road America July 19th – 23rd. This will be the Sports 2000 reunion event not to miss. Based on my conversations we expect roughly 50 cars for the event! So here is what you need to know; If you enter by June 20th you save $100. I have been assured by Deborah, the registrar at Road America, that if you enter and for some reason you cannot make it you will be given a full refund.

    Please enter ASAP and confirm your entry for the 40th reunion of Sports 2000. The links below will get you to the registration form and the tentative race schedule. Please request paddock space with the Sports 2000 group when you register. This one should be on your bucket list and we look forward to seeing you there.

    Vintage Sports 2000 N.A.
    Board of Directors
    Online Registration
    Schedule
    Any questions may be directed to myself at registrar@roadamerica.com or 1-800-365-7223.
    Thank you again!
    Regards,
    Deborah Szczepanski
    Assistant Office Manager/Registrar
    Elkhart Lake’s Road America
    (o) 800-365-7223 x2026
    dszczepanski@roadamerica.com

    VIR Prize Winners

    Paid club members who attended the Wild Hare run at Virginia International Raceway the past weekend had a chance to enter our raffle drawing for various prizes donated by our generous sponsors. As always, all paid members are eligible to enter. Here is a quick rundown of the winners from 2017’s VIR drawing. Congratulations!

    Rear Hooser Tires
    Henry VI Payne
    Front Hooser Tires
    Robert Dusek
    Pegasus Certificate
    Peter Krause
    Taylor Racing Certificate
    Nate Scigliano
    Fast Forward Certificate
    Jim Lenehan
    PRW Certificate
    Sam Payne
    Motorsports Composite
    Greg Miller
    Quicksilver
    Tom Kane

    Wild Hare 2017


    This year’s VDCA Wild Hare was a great event, blessed with dry weather. Friday was breezy (20+ mph winds), but, a great day to get rid of the winter cobwebs. Saturday had everyone getting into the groove. The Saturday feature race had Ben Sinnott setting pace (1:57.9) of the weekend and leading flag to flag followed by Henry Payne IV and Jeff Wright. Next came Peter Krause who had a race long dice with Jeff Wright. A small pack of a Chevron, Tom Kane and Sam Payne spent most of race chasing the Chevron (until Sam was spun off by the Chevron). The remaining finishing order was Nate Scigliano, Tom LaCosta, Jim Lenehan, Robert Dusek and Henry Payne. Henry Payne and Greg Miller had mechanical issues mid-race both completing half distance. A special welcome back to S2 racing by Robert Dusek, who also brings a much needed HS2 to the field. Also, Nate Scigliano returned with his expertly resurrected (it is nearly Easter) Carbir to competition.


    The club party was held at Apex Vintage’s pit and well attended. All enjoyed the warm weather and hospitality. Thank you to the Kane family for organizing the event.

    Sunday dawned with even warmer weather. The Sunday’s enduro podium was an all S2 affair composed of Ben Sinnott, Henry Payne and Sam Payne. The winner would likely have been Henry Payne IV, but, he was having so much fun, he skipped the pit stop and was docked 2 laps and finished 4th.

    The Sunday “S2 only” started the whole field of 12 S2’s (we all made it to Sunday). The race was shortened slightly when Nate decided to set a small grass fire out near Oak Tree (hot car, dry grass), once resumed Ben Sinnott gradually pulled out a second a lap lead on Henry Payne IV who managed to get within 0.129 seconds of Ben’s fastest lap. Henry Payne was close on the heels of Henry IV at the flag (1.45 secs) with Peter Krause nearly nipping Henry at the end (0.4 secs). Next came Sam Payne who chased down Tom Kane on the penultimate lap followed by Jim Lenehan, Tom LaCosta, Greg Miller and Robert Dusek. The podiums by class were; S2 – Sinnott, H. Payne IV, H. Payne, HS2 – Krause, Kane, Dusek and VS2 – Lenehan, Miller.

    I should add here that all the S2’s displayed perfect behavior all weekend (we need to show our report card to SVRA, I guess).

    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.

    Sports 2000 40th Anniversary Event

    The excitement is growing about our feature event at Road America July 20 to 23. Vintage Sports 2000 North America is excited to announce that this will be:

    “The Hoosier Vintage Sports 2000 N.A. Feature Event”

    Hoosier will provide us with decals for all club members helmets. If you have the decal on your helmet we will draw two names at our social gathering and each winner will receive two Hoosier tires. If you have not put this date on your calendar please consider that the 40th Sports 2000 gathering will not happen again until Halley’s Comet returns!

    This is one for your bucket list. We have been promised our own races group for the event. Hope to see you there.