The talent pool at the top of the SCCA Club Racing programs virtually guarantees that a driver can’t luck into a Runoffs National Championship, and the pool of Spec Miata drivers might be the deepest of the bunch. Defending National Champion Jim Drago showed his talent and experience, riding behind Danny Steyn’s No. 39 ADEPT Studios/ROSSINI/OPM Mazda Miata for 16 laps as the two worked away from the field.
Steyn, a very talented driver in his own right, watched Drago push his way past and cement the lead with one and a half laps to go, then fought to get around the No. 2 East Street Racing Mazda Miata on the final lap.
The two drivers came side by side under the bridge and through Turn 12, with Drago holding on and crossing the finish line just 0.120-second ahead of Steyn, while Andrew Carbonell’s No. 74 BSI Racing Mazda Miata finished third.
That wasn’t the closest race of the day, however. An almost identical situation played out in the Spec Racer Ford battle to end the day, with the No. 61 PM Racing SRF of Brian Schofield and the No. 7 Ayres Racing SRF of Tray Ayres working hard to get away from an eight-car pack.
Unlike last week at the BFGoodrich Tires Texas Super Tour at Circuit Of The Americas, when Ayres started at the rear of an 82-car field and passed 65 cars before the finish, a front row start alongside the pole sitter Schofield. Each took a turn up front, with Schofield leading to start the final lap of the race.
Ayres got a run down the back straight, and then held the inside line through Turn 10 and Turn A, under the bridge down the hill through 11, and to the inside of the final right hand corner while Schofield swept around the outside.
The two exited the corner side by side, with Ayres carrying just enough momentum to grab a .019-second win, just inches ahead of Schofield at the finish.