LEXINGTON, Ohio – Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour competitors woke up on Sunday morning to a wet track from a series of overnight storms.
While it wouldn’t rain again during daylight hours, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course began the day as a green track with little grip. Conditions would improve as the day went along and 28 winners were crowned Sunday at the event hosted by SCCA’s Ohio Valley Region.
Conditions were difficult at best for the opening of the Group 1 race. Michael Lavigne snuck away steadily to take the overall and Touring 2 class win, but further back in the field saw John Heinricy and James Coughlin battling to the finish.
Heinricy’s rear-wheel drive No. 35 Hoosier/Hawk/Mobil 1 Toyota 86 had Coughlin’s front-wheel drive Honda Civic Si side by side with him through various stages of the race as the pair navigated both the track and the traffic in the large group. At the finish, Heinricy was .740-second ahead for the win.
“It was pretty rough right from the start,” Heinricy said. “I got hit under the bridge in the wet. I was on the outside there, and the car on the inside was going the exact same speed as I was. I said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work,’ and it didn’t. I had a challenge all the time from Coughlin, he did a great job.”
Mike Miserendino drove his No. 11 MBI Racing Spec Racer Ford Gen 3 to a win Sunday in a wild race. The track went full-course yellow early for an extended period, and completed only 15 of the scheduled 21 laps in the 35-minute time period. Miserendino was able to sneak away at the end, finishing a remarkable 1.635 seconds ahead of Sandy Satullo.
The B-Spec field put on a show during the production group race. Tom Coury kept his Mazda2 on the bumper of eventual winner Fritz Wilke throughout the race, and Rob Piearczyk was just behind in his Honda Fit. Wilke’s No. 84 Ford Fiesta shook loose of Coury late. And when the race ended under full-course caution after 18 laps, he was able to cruise for a win.
In the same race group, Eric Vickerman swept the H Production weekend when he made his way around seven-time Runoffs National champion Steve Sargis.
Owen McAllister, at only 14 years old, swept the weekend in Formula Mazda driving the No. 39 machine. Meanwhile, James Libecco made his second podium appearance of the weekend on Sunday after again claiming the Formula Enterprises win in his No. 98.
Jim Drago swept the Spec Miata weekend in his No. 2 Mazda Miata in an epic Spec Miata dogfight. Drago started second and chased down polesitter Jared Thomas in the opening laps. Running side by side, Thomas went wide in the keyhole and off the track on lap five, opening the door for Drago. Thomas fell to fifth, and Drago teamed with Michael Carter to move away from the field.
Once in the clear, the pair watched the laps count down. Carter went to the lead on lap eight before Drago found his way back to the front on the 19th lap. Carter challenged again, but Drago held on for the final three laps and the win.
In GT-2, Pete Peterson fell behind at the start in his No. 98 Toyota Celica, but then used an early yellow flag to mount a steady climb through the field. With the help of some attrition, he made up six spots and took the class win.
Sunday concluded with a wild Formula 500 race. Calvin Stewart, driving a Novakar Blade F600, and the NovaRace Blade of Eric McRee were well in front of the field and battling for the class and overall lead when the pair came together in Turn Four with one-and-a-half laps remaining. Stewart slid into the gravel trap and McRee ended up high-sided on the curb, handing the win to a happy James Weida in his No. 22 Weida Apartments/Formula X-1 Scorpion W1/Rotax sled.
Below are provisional race results from Sunday’s Hoosier Super Tour at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Class: Name, Hometown, Region and Car.
-American Sedan: Bryan Long, Peoria, Ill., Chicago Region, Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: Fritz Wilke, Chelsea, Mich., Detroit Region, Ford Fiesta
-E Production: Breton Williams, Clinton, Iowa, Great River Region, Mazda MX-5
-F Production: Kevin Ruck, Marysville, Ohio, Ohio Valley Region, Acura Integra
-H Production: Eric Vickerman, Howell, Mich., Detroit Region, Austin Healey Sprite
-Formula 500: James Weida, West Lafayette, Ind., Indianapolis Region, Scorpion W-1 Rotax
-Formula Atlantic: Nicho Vardis, Sylvan Lake, Mich., Detroit Region, JDR F1000
-Formula Continental: Chuck Moran, Oaktown, Va., Old Dominion Region, Van Dieman RF99/Ford
-Formula Enterprises: Jim Libecco, Solon, Ohio, NEOhio Region, Formula Enterprises/Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Liam Snyder, Southlake, Texas, Texas Region, Formula Enterprises/Mazda
-Formula F: Alex Scaler, Flemington, N.J., South Jersey Region, Mygale M13/Honda
-Formula Mazda: Owen McAllister, Mooresville, N.C., Texas Region, Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee: Andrew Whitston, Neenah, Wis., Milwaukee Region, Protoform P2/Volkswagen
-GT-1: Jeff Hinkle, Destin, Fla., Atlanta Region, Dodge Challenger
-GT-2: Pete Peterson, Lumberton, N.C., Central Carolinas Region, Toyota Celica
-GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Detroit Region, Honda Civic
-GT-Lite: Graham Fuller, Martinsburg, W.Va., Washington DC Region, Honda CRX
-GT-X: Larry Funk, Oberlin, Ohio, NEOhio Region, Ford FP350S
-Prototype 1: Glen Cooper, Roswell, Ga., Atlanta Region, LSR2 P1
-Prototype 2: Mike Reupert, Hubertus, Wis., Milwaukee Region, Nostendo 1
-Spec Miata: Jim Drago, Memphis, Tenn., Mid South Region, Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Mike Miserendino, Bakersfield, Calif., Cal Club Region, Spec Racer Ford
-Super Touring Lite: Garret Dunn, Commerce Township, Mich., Detroit Region, Honda CRX Si
-Super Touring Under: Dinah Weisberg, Webster, N.Y., Glen Region, Mazda MX-5
-Touring 1: Bill Baten, Indianapolis, Ind., Indianapolis Region, Chevrolet Camaro
-Touring 2: Michael Lavigne, Hooksett, N.H., New England Region, Ford Mustang GT
-Touring 3: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Ill., Chicago Region, Mazda MX-5
-Touring 4: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., Detroit Region, Toyota 86