Summit Point Raceway – May 2015

The 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.


Jack Freehoff with the new March HS2

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.

Simon Enjoying a drink after the rainstorm
Simon enjoying a drink after the rainstorm

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 competitors 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.

Krause and Gates
Peter Krause and Peter Gates

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.

Follow this link to see more pictures from the Jefferson 500

Sunday May 17th Winners

S-2: Ben Sinnot
VS2: Bryan Gernert
HS2: Peter Krause

Bryan and Marina
Bryan and Marina
Sinnot and Gates
Ben Sinnot and Peter Gates

 

Virginia International Raceway – April 2015

13th Annual Wild Hare Run

VIR April 10 – 12
It is hard to imagine a better start to a new VS2 racing season than VIR in April with VDCA. VIR’s variety of corners, always changing elevation and off track amenities are magnificent. VDCA, with Mike Jackson’s leadership, offers plenty of track time that runs to schedule under sensible management. And April in Virgina is lovely, especially this year and especially for those of us who live further North and are still waiting for spring to reliably arrive. If you missed this great event I recommend you make it a priority next year.

This was VDCA’s 13th Annual Wild Hare Run, and VIR regulars may recall that the first Wild Hare Run kicked off vintage racing at VIR when the track reopened after its long slumber. The monster events — the Mitty at Road Atlanta, the Hawk at Road America, Indy — get a lot of attention, but smaller events like this have much to offer with longer sessions, less crashing and a generally more collegial vibe. And when we show up in significant numbers we can get our own race group, which is really nice. VDCA makes this event work by sharing marketing chores with VRG and track expenses with the BWM Club.

Sunday’s feature races were preceeded by the one hour enduro before lunch. The visual and oral diversity of the cars in these events is always a treat. This one featured a mix of 356 and 911 Porsches, a few Formula Vees, several of our Sports 2000s, a BWM CSL Batmobile, an immaculate Elva Mk6 with an incredible race history, an audacious Lola T70 Mk3B coupe, and, well, you get the idea. VDCA sensiby limits the size of the enduro to give everyone room to maneuver and the racers all seemed to find racing room after the green flag. The most potentially serious incident of the weekend occured when the T70 approached two formula cars racing each other towards the end of VIR’s long back straight at an enormous closing speed and had to take to the grass in avoidance and spun. Fortunately no one was hurt and the Lola amazingly suffered only very minor damage, but it was a reminder that we all need to be especially aware in these diverse fields. In the end, only the driver of a Porsche 914-6 GT in third broke up the S2000s of Ben Sinnott, Claude Malette, Andrew Lewis and Dave Bondon in first through fifth respectively.
It was only a couple of years ago that we kept getting close to the 20 S2s level but never quite seemed to get there. Now we seem to reliably have 20 or more cars at VS2 events, and this year at VIR was consistent with that with exactly 20 entrants. 20 is just a number but it usually means we can get a favorable slot on the schedule, our own race, that there are plenty of people to race with and so on.

As usual, our group showcased great, close racing on Saturday and again Sunday in the S2000 feature race. There was passing and repassing all through the field and rather than try and recount it all I will simply oberserve that only a handful of drivers finished the races in the same position they started. Check out the lap charts on MyLaps for details.

One race that must be discussed in some detail was the contest between Joey Selmants and Ben Sinnott for first and second on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to being unbelievably close clean racing, it was also an important reminder about where we should focus our racing energies. Joey Selmets is in his early 20s and has competed successfully in a handful of races in the Formula Ford 2000 series that is the first step after karts on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series for aspiring professional open wheel racers. Joey races Sports 2000 with us to learn or get addtional track time at tracks that are part of the Road to Indy series. Joey won both days from pole in a Swift DB2 that is generally not considered as capable as the later Lolas and Carbir’s competing in our group. So the reminder is that we should focus on our driving instead of obsessing about car related stuff. Joey had to work for it both days. On Saturday, Ben was able to lead crossing start/finish on one lap late in the race, but Joey got back in front for the checker. On Sunday, Ben was only 0.602 seconds behind at the flag after turning the fastest lap of the race and a personal best 1:57.042. Joey’s eight laps in a row in the 1:57s were the very model of consistency.

So the 13th Annual Wild Hare Run was a fun, exciting and successful event. Thanks to VDCA and Mike Jackson for making it happpen. Don’t miss it next year.

A full PDF of the April 11th-12th Wild Hare Run can be found here.

Results for Sat. 04/11/15

S-2

  • 1st: Joey Selmants
  • 2nd Ben Sinnott
  • 3rd Claude Malette
  • 4th Owen Adelman
  • 5th Mark Coombs
  • 6th Henry Payne IV
  • 7th David Calafato
  • 8th Dave Bondon
  • 9th Nate Scigliano

    VS2

  • 1st Dominc Incantalupo

    HS2

  • 1st Peter Krause
  • 2nd Andrew Lewis
  • 3rd Tom Kane
  • 4th Tom LaCosta
  • Results for Sun. 04/12/15

    S-2

  • 1st: Joey Selmants
  • 2nd Ben Sinnott
  • 3rd Claude Malette
  • 4th Dave Handy
  • 5th Henry Payne IV
  • 6th Mark Coombs
  • 7th David Calafato
  • 8th Owen Adelman
    DNS
    Dave Bondon


    VS2
    DNS
    Dominic Incantalupo


    HS2

  • 1st Peter Krause
  • 2nd Andrew Lewis
  • 3rd Tom LaCosta
    DNS
    Tom Kane
  • Eligibility in Prize Drawings

    In fairness to all of our members and generous sponsors, the board in requesting that all members who wish to be eligible for the prize drawings conducted at each VS2NA event to please remember the following requirements:

    a) Season Membership paid

    b) Sponsor Decals displayed on the car. You do not need every sponsor displayed, but at least 6-8

    c) Hoosier tire winners must be racing with Hoosier tires on their car

    d) The correct class (HS2, VS2, or S2) and minimum weight (1310 or 1335) must be displayed on the car

    Club Merger

    VS2 and NAC-SRCC announces merger to create the largest, single class, amateur-racing organization in the United States.

    New bylaws and technical rules under tab “the cars”– updated March 2014

    VS2 and NAC-SRCC welcomes all Sports 2000’s from vintage to present.

     

    Today, VS2  (Vintage Sports 2000) and NAC-SRCC (North American Chapter of the Sports Racing Car Club) announced its merger creating the largest, single class, amateur-racing organization in the country. With roughly 85 members, SRCC and VS2’s dedicated Sports 2000 organization are continuing the heritage of the Sports 2000 class and reinvigorating the attendance and field sizes of this dynamic, unique class.  This year VS2 held the largest 2013 Sports 2000 event in the country at historic Watkins Glen in September with 25 entries–followed two weeks later by over 20 cars at SRCC’s season finale at VIR. The SRCC brings its strong membership base across the Mid West and South East to combine with VS2’s dominant presence in the North East.  We are excited to combine the best of both organizations while continuing the Sports 2000 tradition of exciting racing with the spirit of competition and camaraderie. This merger allows us to continue the mission of creating the best race environment for all Sports 2000 drivers and increase the field sizes of our races.  The merged club will be named Vintage Sports 2000 North America or VS2na.

    As we look forward to announcing the 2014 schedule, we expect to see the largest fields Sports 2000 has seen since its Pro-Series days.  “We have lined up over $25,000 in sponsor prizes and awards to be given away at our signature events,” reports Dennis Gernert, Board Member & Chief Sponsor Director.  VS2 saw sponsorship of the series increase significantly during 2013, with 16 sponsors, including: Hoosier Tires, Pegasus Auto Racing, Tilton Racing Products, Taylor Race Engineering, Quicksilver Race Engines, Accurate Machine, Eric Langbein consulting, P.E.D. Products Action Cam Products, G-Force Racing Gear, Shock and Yaw, West View Investment Advisors, Carboteck Brake Pads, Krause and Associates Aime Data Collection System, Fast Forward Racing Components, Castrol Oil, Motor Sports Composits. SRCC-NA continues its strong relationship with Sasco Sports providing tires and club shirts and Transatlantic Parts as the title sponsor of the season long Transatlantic Cup trophy series.

    About Sports 2000

    Sports 2000 is a restricted-rules class of two-seat, rear-engine, open-cockpit, full-bodied sports-prototype racecar used largely in road racing. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, professional Sports 2000 racing was prevalent. One such series was the American Cities Racing League (ACRL) where the teams represented cities around the country. Rather than individual drivers running for the championship, the two team drivers earned points for their sponsor city, a concept revived for the A1GP, where teams represent countries rather than cities. Another professional series was the North American Pro Series or NAPS, which visited many of the classic road race circuits in the U.S. and was often a support race for IMSA weekends. Later this series became the Oldsmobile Pro Series.

    Current Classes

    •   VS2 Historic class & SRCC HS2 class cars include: Tiga thru 84, March, Lola 492 thru 592S, Chevron, Royal thru RP 37, Ocelot, FO Mo Co, Mariah, Crossle.

    •   VS2 Vintage class & SRCC S2 class cars include: Swift DB2, Shrike P15, Lola T-594 thru 86-90, Royal RP 42, Reynard, Tiga 85, 86, Apache.

    •   VS2 S2 Class & SRCC SS2 class cars include: All cars manufactured from 1987 through the present. Lola 87/90 thru 91/90, Pratt Miller, Carbir, Shannon, Van Diemen, Doran, Swift DB-5 and all Vintage & Historic cars upgraded beyond original specifications.

    About VS2

    The organization was formed in February of 2005 to support and promote Sports 2000 racing in the Northeast, Midwest, and eastern Canada called Vintage Sports 2000 Racing (VS2).  Our goal is to expand the scope and availability of S2 racing venues and attract more drivers to the great sport of S2 racing.  VS2 recognizes 3 classes, welcoming all Sports 2000’s from vintage to current models of S2’s for our championship and contingency awards.

    About NAC-SRCC

    The NAC-SRCC is the recognized North American branch of the parent S2 club in England and was founded by Vaughn Rockney, who was also a member of a similar social organization, Monoposto Racing.     Rockney had a Lola T-492 and wanted to race at a place where people celebrated the history and significance of the car over pure driving prowess or were focused purely on performance.  As a part of this founding principle, the NAC-SRCC created and maintains a web site listing car classes, modification rules, member want ads, event reports and pictures—all focused on increasing the enjoyment of owning an S2.

    If you have any questions please direct your call to one of the board members listed below.

    The Board of Directors :                                                                Contact Email Address

     

    David Calafato              President                                                    dec@danskin-agency.com

     

    Peter Gates                    Treasurer                                                   rpg4@comcast.net

     

    Jim Hanna                      Secretary                                                     backofthepack40@gmail.com

     

    Jim Southwood             General Board Member                        jim.southwood@gmail.com

     

    John Kramer                  General Board Member                         jmk935@yahoo.com

     

    Vince Lamanna             General Board Member                         vlamanna@rochester.rr.com

     

    Simon Green                  Membership Chairman                          SGREEN@TRILEGIANT.COM

     

    Dennis Gernert             Sponsor Chairman                                   gernertd@comcast.net

     

     

    Road Atlanta – 2012

    S2 Feature Start

    The Road Atlanta weekend was a successful one by most measures.  We had eleven S2’s present who had, thanks to Don Becker’s discussions with HSR, the opportunity for great track time because we could run in both Group 7(B) and in Group 4 in addition to having a dedicated S2 race.  Weather was never an issue either.  Many thanks also to Jim Kelley who brought four cars from the Chicago area.

    The dedicated S2 race (the point’s race), held at the end of the day on Friday, was an exciting one.  The race settled into a series of dog fights with the one at the front between John Kramer and Jonathan Holtzman.  John led from the drop of the flag until the penultimate lap when Jonathan passed for the lead.  They were separated by 0.6 seconds at the checker.  Not far back was of the pair of Mark Coombs and Asa Candler who swapped positions a couple of times and were nose to tail until Mark slowed on the last lap allowing Tom Kane to pass at the end of the long straight.  Next was Paul LaHaye in a well prepared Lola 89/90.   The next group of four cars led by John Boxhorn in his TIGA SC84, a first time visitor to Road Atlanta and running in fine form, finished within about 3 seconds of each other with six position changes between them.  The rest of this pack consisted of Wade Leathers, Robert Hibdon

    Rd Atlanta S2 participants

    and Max Maxidon.  Then came Hawley Chester in his beautiful Royale RP-42.  This may be Hawley’s last outing with the Royale as was running his newly purchased a Swift on test day and loving it.

    Thanks to Jim Kelley for coordinating the podium ceremony for the class winners.  The club party followed at Don Becker’s pit.  Thanks to Don, Joanne Kane and all who contributed fix-in’s.   As usual, a good time was had by all.

    Saturday’s Group 4 race was first on the program with nine S2’s with Holtzman parked and Coomb’s repairing a broken stub shaft.  John Kramer led the S2’s followed closely by Asa Candler.  Next was Tom Kane followed by Boxhorn, Hibdon, Leathers, Maxedon, Chester (actually his co-driver).  LaHaye DNFed for mechanical reasons.

    S2 Feature Podium

    Saturday’s Group 7 race started with an incident on the start line caused by the Jaguar of Howard Turner who inexplicably spun his tires (and car) on front straight in front of most of the S2 field.  This managed to take out Kane and LaHaye.  Fortunately, no one was injured or hit the unforgiving concrete.   Once the race resumed, the lead trio of Kramer, Coomb’s and Candler had a spirited race and finished within 1.2 seconds of each other.

    Gr 7 Race Start Incident

    The Kramer, Coomb’s and Candler battle continued on Sunday with six total S2’s in the Group 4 race with the same order finish.  No S2’s stayed until the Group 7 race.

     

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    Photo Credits:

    1 & 2 – Joanne Kane – S2 Feature Race Start & S2 Group

    3 – Dave Blum – Aerial of S2 Feature Podium

    4 – Dorothy Boxhorn – Saturday Group 4 Race Start

    Jefferson 500 – 2012

    Our first race weekend of the year, the Jefferson 500 at Summit Point, was an unqualified success, to say the least!  The weather was consistently fabulous, the cameraderie was strong, and the field was sharp.  Our club was also joined by six VS2 entrants, which gave us a nice, full Sports 2000 group to mix with.

    Jim Hanna - TIGA SC87

    Perhaps the most impressive statistic of the weekend: every SRCC driver completed the weekend!  As well, every SRCC driver, save one, set his best lap time of the event during Sunday’s S2000 Feature Race; we saved the best for when it counted!
    Leading the way practically all weekend was new member Ben Sinnott from Fairfield, Connecticut in his Lola 90/91SR71 – a formidable tool in the hands of a quickly-developing driver.  Ben took top honors in the Sunday S2 feature race with a weekend-best lap of 1:15.308.  Larry Rossi hauled his Lola 598 SR71 from northern Vermont and applied the pressure to Ben all weekend; he took the runner-up spot on Sunday with a weekend-best lap of 1:15.690.  Cap Chenoweth, also hailing from beautiful northern Vermont, brought his distinctive zebra-nosed Tiga home in third SRCC position on Sunday after a series of niggling problems, also scoring his weekend’s best lap time of 1:20.375.

    Cap Chenoweth - Linkspeed TIGA

    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.  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.  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.  Richard Kresch brought his beautiful Lola home in seventh SRCC after dealing with intermittent issues all weekend long; he turned a 1:23.757 to finish the event on an up note.  After a run of bad luck that would try a lesser man’s will, Jim Southwood ripped a 1:21.898 in his stunning Lola in Sunday’s feature for eight position to ‘bring him back next time’ – kind of like scoring a birdie on #18 after a tough round of golf!  Our SRCC godfather and mentor, Mike Crumay, brought

    Jim Southwood - Lola T598

    his familiar silver #86 Swift home for the ninth and final spot to complete the field.  Again – ALL of our SRCC drivers finished the Jefferson 500 running!  That should truly be a point 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.  Each eligible SRCC driver was entered for a set of Avon tires to be drawn at MidOhio.  Some of 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.

    Larry Rossi - Lola T598 SR71

    Make plans NOW to attend the next SRCC event at Watkins Glen on June 8-10!   http://www.svra.com/SVRA/…tachmentweb/KCAO-8RBNWU/$file/Entry+Form+-+Watkins+Glen+Historic+200.pdf?OpenElement   The SVRA has 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!!

    Ben Sinnott - Lola T90/91

    Passing 101

    Passing is harder in vintage racing. This is something many participants don’t consider. In conventional racing a wheel alongside the cockpit at turn-in is acceptable, and the passing car doesn’t need to be fully alongside until the apex. We’re required to be fully alongside the car we’re passing by that car’s turn-in point, which can be different than our own and which comes up much more quickly than the apex. As a result, drivers in vintage have less time – the braking zone only – to gain “rights” to the corner. This may help to explain why at VRG events the lion’s share of car-to-car contact incidents, rare as they are, result from mistakes during passing. The illustration below shows what would be an illegal pass, as the green car is not fully alongside the red car by the red car’s turn-in point. The green car is close and the red car’s turn-in point may not visible to the green car, allowing the driver of the green car to believe that he had been in position in time. Regardless, the pass would be illegal and the green car should concede the corner.

    Turn 1

    Many drivers focus on gaining “rights” to a corner, rather than controlling the other driver, and this often creates the circumstance that leads to incidents. To begin with, let’s look at a typical pass with the field of vision of the car being passed illustrated in blue. This illustration shows an average formula car; some cars provide better visibility, but all have similar limitations.

    As the above illustration shows, the passing car (green) spends little or no time completely out of sight of the red car. This is a safe and properly executed pass, and the most effective pass for reasons that we’ll discuss later. Next, let’s look at a very common pass that, albeit legal, often causes problems… the Dive Bomb pass.

    The most important thing illustrated above is that the green car spends the latter part of the braking zone and the early part of the corner completely out of sight of the red car. The Dive Bomb is common for a couple of reasons. First, the overtaking car stays much further away from the car being passed, and this makes the pass more comfortable, initially. Secondly, these drivers are under the misconception that diving for the apex will get them there quicker. This is false because as the green car approaches the apex on a shallow line he must brake much harder for the tighter radius he’s forced himself onto at the apex. Often, as shown above, the passing car will not be able to hold this tight radius and he will skate wide, at times into the car being passed. Compounding the problem is the fact that the green car may be at this point traveling much slower than the red car. Note also that the paths of these two cars intersect very soon after the green car becomes visible to the red car… there’s very little time to react. Even if the pass is successful, the green car has killed his exit speed. If the red car driver is experienced enough to see the poor line, he will turn-in later, duck to the inside immediately after the apex and re-pass the green car.

    The most effective pass is shown above. The driver who stays close to the car he is passing is not only more visible, he is also able to control that driver’s turn-in point. He can keep that car to the outside and force a late turn-in. In doing so, he can be the first to turn in and the first to go to power, resulting in a clear lead and greater exit speed. The driver of the red car is forced onto a later, tighter turn-in which, unless he wants to practice his car control skills in the marbles on the outside of the corner, requires that he fall in line behind the green car. This strategy is both safer and quicker… the passing car is not only more visible to the other driver, but also controls the corner, ensures the pass and maximizes his exit speed at track out by driving as close as possible to the normal line.

    Message From The Board

    Greetings from the Board of Directors of SRCC. The board members are Jim Hanna, Tom Kane, John Kramer, Greg Robison and Jim Southwood. You haven’t heard much from us this summer because we have had problems with our web site, which is how we have communicated in the past, but more about that later. Please know that we have been working hard to represent S2 racers in vintage racing and here are some of the things we have accomplished:

    Racing

    We organized dedicated S2 races at Road America in May, Mid-Ohio in June, and VIR in November by working with the relevant sanctioning group. Our ability to do this depends on your participation so please let us know the tracks that are important to you and we will try and build attendance at particular events to get extra races.

    Web Site

    The old SRCC web site was obsolete so we built a new one. The new site has a better look and feel, is more easily updated and is important to our ability to communicate with you. This required a significant investment that was partially funded by the board. Please take a look at the new site and let us know what you think. It is at the moment still a work in progress. It can be found at the old address, which is www.vs2na.com. Our sincere thanks to Tom Ash for his work setting up and maintaining our old site and to Peter Krause, who took over from Tom and carried the site forward.  

    Membership

    As of this writing we have over 50 members, which is a record as far as we can recall. Thank you. Please let us know of other S2 owners or prospective owners who might want to join SRCC.

    Discussions with VS2

    The SRCC and VS2 boards are working to coordinate a calendar for next year, among other things. Our immediate goal is to leverage our combined resources to get extra benefits for S2 racers, including dedicated S2 races at select races. Most VS2 members live in the Northeast while SRCC’s members are more dispersed around the Country so the common events will most likely be at tracks like Watkins Glen, New Jersey Motorsport Park, Lime Rock, etc. The other big difference between the clubs is that VS2’s most modern class allows newer cars like Carbirs and also allows cars with the new SCCA spec cam, aluminum heads, etc. We intend to propose some options to SRCC members at VIR and via e mail in November on this point. Please remember that the sanctioning groups – SVRA, HSR, VSCDA, VRG, and, increasingly, the tracks themselves like Road America and VIR – decide the cars they will accept at particular race weekends. The VS2 and SRCC class rules impact the clubs’ championships and, sometimes, eligibility to participate in a dedicate S2 race.

    Next Year’s Schedule

    We are planning next year’s schedule. We will continue to focus on a mix of the popular tracks with our members. The schedule will most likely include Road America, Mid-Ohio, Road Atlanta, VIR and Watkins Glen, among other tracks. The vintage racing sanctioning groups are in flux so, to some extent, we have to wait and see which group will control desirable dates at the tracks we all like. Much more to come on this topic.

    THANK YOU

    Finally, thank you for being a member of SRCC and please renew your membership next year. If you aren’t a member, please consider joining. It helps us communicate with you if you are in our database. Please contact any SRCC board member if you have comments, suggestions or ideas you would like to share with us.

    Who, What & Where ??

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    “Who, What & When” will be a feature on

    the new SRCC website. Periodically we will

    post a picture to see if we can stump

    everyone. Since this is the first one, I’m

    going to give a little hint; there’s an award in

    vintage racing named for the driver in the

    middle car.

    Can you name the drivers and cars ?

    How about the year or maybe even the venue ?

    Your can post your educated guesses in the

    comment box below.

    Gratten

    Grattan Raceway is located neart Grand Rapids, MI and is probably not well known to most Sports 2000 racers. That is a shame because it is ideally suited to our cars. Every corner has elevation and camber change and it has a great mix of slow and fast corners. The track has been completely repaved and is very smooth. The corners have sealer which takes some getting used to but provides useful visual references. My guess is most people think of Road America when they think about racing in the upper midwest, but in many ways Grattan is more challenging and more exciting for S2s. 

    Five S2s attended the recent VSCDA race weekend at Grattan. Jon Boxhorn, Josh Boller and Kevin Smith drove HS2 class Tigas, John Kramer drove an S2 class Swift and Mark Coombs drove an SS2 class Lola. The weekend was Kevin’s first outing in his very well prepared car that he bought several years ago and saw for the first time for Friday practice. Kevin was quickly on the pace and turned some very good times. Our S2s were classed with the sports cars and Mark asked if we could run with the Formula Fords instead. VSCDA agreed, but Josh and Kevin were also racing Fords so they stayed in the orginal run group while Mark, Jon and John ran with the Fords. 

    I missed Friday for family reasons and used Saturday to remember the way around Grattan and get used to the new track surface. We were supposed to have races Saturday afternoon but unfortunately a huge storm blew through and left parts of the track flooded ending the day early for everyone. 

    Sunday made up for Saturday with perfect conditions. The racing started with an hour long enduro that used a handicapping system for the pit stops. Our S2s were quickest so we had to pit for 8 minutes. Considering some of our comical pitstops at past races we appreciated the extra time. We figured we would cover about 37 laps and planned accordingly. The race included 3 S2s and about 15 sports cars. At the finish the S2s swept the podium with John Kramer in front of Mark Coombs by 8.5 seconds followed by Josh Boller. Kramer nearly blew it all with a half spin but drove hard and got some breaks in traffic to take the win. Sunday ended with Kevin Smith beating Josh Boller in their race with the sports cars and Mark Coombs driving a faultless race to beat John Kramer by 1.5 seconds followed by Jon Boxhorn third in class racing with the Formula Fords. 

    Grattan is a great track and the VSCDA event is always in August when there aren’t many other race dates to choose from. Join us next year and have a blast.