SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. – Seven race groups of 27 Runoffs-eligible classes put on quite an opening act during Saturday’s SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour Round 13 race at Summit Point Motorsports Park, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program.
While watching the on-track action, one could tell many of the drivers were pushing hard during the final race weekend on the conference schedule.
Unlike Friday’s cool, cloudy and drizzly weather, the sun shone down on the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit on Saturday. While the sun was shining brightly, temperatures stayed very comfortable for the competitors, volunteers and spectators in attendance. Six Eastern Conference Championship trophies will be awarded following today’s action, with an addition 10 up for grabs on Sunday.
Group One: Mark Vultaggio, of Swiftwater, Pa., earned the distinction of being the first race winner on Saturday in an extremely close contest. Starting fifth in the No. 43 Dinosaur Racing SRF, Vultaggio wasted little time getting to the front of the field. In the later stages of the race, he found himself in the middle of a nip-and-tuck battle with Bruce Myers and Robert Reed for the lead. As the laps wound down, Vultaggio made the race-winning pass around Meyers. In an effort to get back around Vultaggio, Meyers spun in Turn Five sealing the results. Reed and Matthew Polk completed the podium positions.
Jeffrey Lehner was the early leader, showing the pace needed to stay in the lead battle. On lap nine, misfortune befell Lehner as his car suffered a mechanical failure that forced his early retirement.
Group Two: Jonathan Weisheit, of Baltimore, Maryland, scored the Formula Vee win by the narrowest margin of victory all day. Weisheit’s No. 61 JK Technologies JK Tech XP1 crossed the finish line 0.011-second ahead of Roger Siebenaler. For all 22 laps, Weisheit, Siebenaler and Richard Shields were involved in a three-way tussle for the lead. The Turn One braking zone seemed to be the favored passing zone as Siebenaler and Weisheit took turns trading the lead as the laps wound down.
In Formula F, Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsport/Hoosier Tire Citation F1600), of Charleston, W. Va. won in dominating fashion while Jay Beckley (No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1), of Marlton, N.J., ran away with the Formula 500 win.
Group Three: Tyler Kicera, of Manheim, Pa., led flag-to-flag in Spec Miata. From the drop of the green flag, Kicera clicked off consistently fast laps allowing him to open a sizable lead at the wheel of his No. 44 Rock-It Cargo/Kicera Motorsports Mazda Miata.
Running in second at the time, Sebastian Landy dropped out of the race on lap 11 with a mechanical issue. His brother, Forrest, inherited the second spot and held station for the remaining laps. Marc Cefalo completed the podium, in third.