JENNINGS, Okla. – Racing Saturday opened the fifth round of Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour competition this year.
Drivers participating in the event, hosted by the SCCA’s Arkansas Valley Race Group at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Okla., took on a challenging 1.8-mile, 10-turn circuit in the rolling hills just west of downtown Tulsa.
It wasn’t just the local terrain that was rolling as several Hoosier Super Tour competitors have found themselves on a roll, too, when it comes to winning. For starters, driver Michael Pettiford rolled to two class wins on a windy Saturday.
The first was in Touring 1 driving his No. 41 GO 4 IT Racing Schools/Hoosier Tires/Hawk Brakes/Emich Chevrolet/Forgeline Wheels/Phoenix Performance Chevrolet Corvette Z06, and the second in Touring 2 behind the wheel of his No. 41 GO 4 IT Racing Schools/Hoosier Tires/Hawk Brakes/Purifoy Chevrolet Pontiac Solstice. Two wins is a pretty impressive feat unto itself, but achieving that in back-to-back races, in very different cars, is simply amazing.
“The Touring 1 race was pretty good. We just stayed consistent and the Corvette did really well,” Pettiford said. “Hopping into the Solstice right afterward is a lot different. It’s a turbocharged, four-cylinder compared to the Corvette’s big-block, V8 engine. But the Solstice works really well. It’s not the fastest, but nothing can out-corner a Solstice.”
Another driver showing some dominance right now is Formula Mazda ace Jarrett Voorhies. He took his No. 15 360Fly/Drive2N2 Formula Mazda to a win Saturday for a third-straight victory, the previous two coming at the Circuit of the Americas Hoosier Super Tour weekend.
“I had the pole today, but just didn’t brake deep enough at the start into turn one and (Liam) Snyder was better than me,” Voorhies said. “I was a little bit surprised, but then followed him around for a while. I ended up capitalizing on one of his mistakes, which is probably the only reason I got around him, and held on for the win.”
Driver Richard Baldwin also claimed a win Saturday in his No. 25 Maximized Marketing/Baldwin Motors SCCA Enterprises Spec Racer Ford. And while this win doesn’t represent a “streak,” it was his fourth of the Hoosier Super Tour season, placing him atop the SRF Nationwide Points Championship.
“This was my first time coming to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and it was a blast,” Baldwin said after the race. “Everybody should come to this race once. It’s a really good time.”
Results from Saturday’s Hoosier Super Tour at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit with Class: Name, Hometown and Car.
-American Sedan: Jim Wheeler; Lenexa, Kan.; Pontiac Trans Am
-B-Spec: John Phillips; Sealy, Texas; Honda Fit
-E Production: Matt Reynolds; Fair Oaks, Texas; Mazda Miata
-F Production: Sam Henry; Republic, Mo.; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Chris Albin; Maryland Heights, Mo.; Volkswagen GTI/Golf
-Formula 500: Timothy Friest; Leavenworth, Kan.; KBS mk VII
-Formula 1000: James Michael; Fort Worth, Texas; Stohr F1000
-Formula Atlantic: James P. Wright; Glencoe, Mo.; Swift DB-4
-Formula F: Cliff Johnson; Stilwell, Kan.; Piper DF-5
-Formula Mazda: Jarret Voorhies; Kissimmee, Fla.; Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee: Charles Hearn; Houston, Texas; Volkswagen Vortech
-GT-1: David Fershtand; Fort Worth, Texas; Oldsmobile Cutlass
-GT-2: Mark Kirby; Shawnee Mission, Kan.; Dodge Viper
-GT-3: George Walker; Tulsa, Okla.; Mazda Miata
-GT-Lite: Jonathan Goodale; Conifer, Colo.; Mazda MX-5 Miata
-Prototype 2: Jack Donnellan; Chickasha, Okla.; Lola B07/90
-Spec Miata: Jim Drago; Memphis, Tenn.; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Grayson Strathman; Jennings, Okla.; SRF Gen3
-Spec Racer Ford: Richard Baldwin; Covington, La.; Spec Racer Ford
-Super Touring Lite: Cliff Ira; Kansas City, Mo.; Acura Integra GSR
-Super Touring Under: Anthony Simmers; Boulder, Colo.; VW GTI
-Touring 1: Michael Pettiford; Louisville, Colo.; Chevrolet Corvette Z06
-Touring 2: Michael Pettiford; Louisville, Colo.; Pontiac Solstice
-Touring 3: Thomas Vincent Stephen; Dallas, Texas; Porsche Boxster
-Touring 4: Jim Daniels; Germantown, Tenn.; Mazda MX5