SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. – Drivers in 27 Runoffs-eligible classes took to Summit Point Motorsports Park on Friday to start setting the grid for Round 13 of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour, part of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing program.
This weekend’s doubleheader event will mark the final two rounds on the conference calendar in 2014.
The seven race groups still have one more 15-minute qualifying session, slated for Saturday morning, before the starting lineups are set for the 30-minute sprint races later in the day. The fastest lap for each driver during the three sessions will set the grid for the sprint races, while Sunday’s grid will be ordered based on the single best lap notched by each driver throughout the weekend including those made during the first race.
Group One: Spec Racer Ford was the first class to hit the track in the morning and after the lunch break. Jeffrey Lehner, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., is the provisional polesitter with another 15-minute qualifying session scheduled for Saturday morning. In his No. 77 Johnstown Auto Parts SRF, Lehner’s fast lap of 1:24.404 around the 10-turn, 2.0-mile circuit during the morning session was enough to keep him on top.
After the first of the twin 20-minute sessions, Lehner was the fastest driver in the group. While time ticked by in the afternoon allotment, it looked like Lehner was going to finish atop the time charts, but was unable to better his time from the morning. However, Bruce Meyers put in a flyer on his penultimate lap of the session but fell 0.063-second short of capturing the top position.
Group Two: The small formula classes, made up of Formula F, Formula 500 and Formula Vee, saw the same drivers top the time charts during both sessions. Jeremy Grenier (No. 12 Ski Motorsport/Hoosier Citation F1600), of Charleston, W.V., topped the class, stopping the clock at 1:14.997.
The two remaining class-topping drivers in the group also improved on their times from the morning session. In the No. 60 Frenzinta Racing QRE Invader QC-1, Jay Beckley, of Marlton, N.J., and Jonathan Weisheit (No. 61 JK Technologies JK Tech XP1), of Baltimore, Md., will have to wait until the end of Saturday’s short qualifying session to see if they can start at the front of the sprint race field.
Group Three: Tyler Kicera, of Manheim, Pa., held onto the top spot in Spec Miata. In the No. 44 Rock-It Cargo/Kicera Motorsports Mazda Miata, Kicera was able to improve on his time from the morning session, allowing him to stay ahead of brothers Sebastian and Forrest Landy. As it currently stands, the Landys sit second and third in the aforementioned order.
Group Four: Kyle Disque of Philadelphia set the fastest lap of the session in his GT-Lite-classed No. 92 Toyota/Hoosier/71 Crowd Toyota Tercel. By bettering his fast time from the first qualifying session, Disque held onto the top provisional spot for Saturday’s race.