ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Eight races, including repeat performances from Saturday’s four groups, highlighted Sunday’s SCCA WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints at Road America.
All 12 of the weekend’s races were a part of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour Championship.
The morning opened with an overall runaway win from Tom Sloe’s Touring 1 No. 97 Hutter Racing Engines/Hoosier Chevrolet Corvette, but the small yet mighty Super Touring Under class entertained the show.
The No. 04 J. Pauley Toyota/Scion Lexus IS300 of Ronald Pawley led early, but was chased by Eric Wortman until relinquishing the lead on lap nine. Wortman’s No. 85 Automekanika Racing/Stance Suspension Subaru STI had his mirrors full of the Lexus as the pair weaved through traffic.
With two to go, Wortman held a 3.5-second lead and appeared to be getting away. Pawley kept pushing, however, and a good run out of the final corner and up the hill got him back to the bumper of Wortman at the finish.
To the bumper isn’t enough for a win, of course, and Wortman escaped with the victory.
Defending National Champion Tim Kautz led for the first 51-plus miles of the 13-lap, 52-mile race, but a streaking No. 77 Bamford Produce/Rice Race Prep Mygale SJ11 driven by Steve Bamford got a better run out of the final corner and moved into the lead by a foot just before the checkers to take the Formula F win. Kautz’ No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier Piper DF3D/Honda kept Bamford at bay in a nose-to-tail battle for the entire race, but needed the finish to be only about 10 feet closer for a victory.
A pair of Badger State drivers walked away from their class fields in the same group. Michael Mueller – a native of Plymouth, just a stone’s throw away from the track – won Formula 500 in the No. 24 MJ Manufacturing/Fibeco/Hoosier/HRP Red Devil/Rotax. Michael Varacins, from Burlington, Wis., walked away from the Formula Vee field in the No. 65 Speed Sport/Veetech/Hoosier Speed Sport AM-5.
Matt Reynolds scored a hard-fought overall win after being dogged by Jon Brakke’s No. 89 Margaret Peterson Bars Mazda Miata. Brakke passed the No. 1 Reynolds Bros. Racing/Jesse Prather Motorsports Miata on lap four, but gave the lead back to Reynolds just two circuits later. Reynolds’ silver streak kept on the point to the finish, getting the upper hand through traffic and earning the checkered flag.
Bob Schader’s No. 05 Hoosier Tires/MiataCage.com Mazda Miata inherited the Super Touring Under lead when Jim Drago’s day ended prematurely, then reached into his bag of talent to hold off the No. 25 Tulsa Radiology Associates/Mazda Mazda Miata of Brian Laughlin to the checkered flag for the win.
Both Oconomowoc’s Jim Dentici (GT-Lite, No. 77 JDM Group/Raglin Racing Honda CRX) and Grafton’s Lawrence Loshak (H Production, No. 01 ETE Reman/RWM Auto/Hoosier Honda CRX) added their names to Wisconsin natives scoring wins this weekend.
Keith Grant’s No. 40 Polestar/Hoosier Swift 014a walked away with the Formula Atlantic race after then-leaders Sedat Yelkin and Jason Byers got together on lap six. Byers’ No. 28 Swan/Hoosier/TRD Swift 014a was finished for the day, and Yelkin’s No. 75 Swift 008 could only circulate for a finish after incident.