ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Scott Rettich dominated the Formula Enterprises race at the 50th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America and, in the process, also won the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep.
Reece Everard and Brandon Kennedy finished second and third, respectively.
Rettich started from the SafeRacer pole position in the No. 17 Alliance Autosport/PDI Communications SCCA Formula Enterprises. The only part of the race Rettich did not lead was the first four corners of the race. Rettich passed then-leader Paul Schneider in turn five to retake the lead and opened up a gap.
On lap two, Rettich’s lead was erased by the race’s only caution. The yellow came out after Tilden Kinlaw, of Lumberton, N.C., and Matthew Cutter, Sterling, Ill., made contact in turn six. Both cars spun, sustained damage and did not finish.
The race went green again on lap four. On the restart, Rettich got a great jump and never looked back. He drove a dominant race, winning by 47.021 seconds.
“I knew I had the car to beat,” Rettich said. “We had a great setup. I gave myself a pretty good start. Schneider was pretty aggressive, but fair. He got to the outside of me and I let him go because I knew I could get back around him. I passed him going into turn five on the first lap. He broke deep and got to the inside of me. We went two-wide at the entry and I came out ahead.
“Then, I put my head down and started pulling away. I didn’t like to see the full course caution. But, I got a good solid restart – made no mistakes. I started opening a gap again. I was a little nervous with three laps to go when I saw a couple competitors off, so I was hoping there wasn’t going to be a full-course caution. Luckily there wasn’t and I went on to the win.”
Rettich was the third driver of the 50th Runoffs to win the prestigious Club Racing Super Sweep. The Super Sweep is the most difficult on-track award for a driver to claim, as it requires a U.S. Majors Tour Conference Championship, a win in a key, designated Majors race, the nationwide point championship, and a National Championship at the Runoffs, all in the same class.