We just returned from the 2017 SCCA Runoffs at Indy. What a great event!
It was a huge success for our client Tray Ayres, who claimed his first National Championship winning SRF3 in a field of 101 cars! As a team we got to kiss the bricks as part of the celebration. Todd Lamb qualified 4th and finished 8th in SRF3.
Andy Devoto showed everyone on the test days that the 1.6 Spec Miata can still hold its own, putting in the 8th fastest time on Sunday.
Senter Smith had a great showing in his new Speedwerks VVT build, starting 39th and finishing 29th in the 90+ Spec Miata field.
Steve Sturm made the big show in Spec Miata by way of the Last Chance Qualifying race.
Matt Reynolds qualified in 4th and had a good run for the opening laps in SM until contact slowed his progress.
Our Spec Boxster qualified 2nd in T3 with Todd Lamb at the wheel, but unfortunately he and the polesitter were knocked out of the race on the first lap by an over-ambitious driver.
It was great to see many of our racing friends stop by, including Tim Weaver, Jeff VanBendegom, and Tom Brown.
We’ve had a very busy spring and summer, running SCCA races, PCA races, and Global MX-5 Cup events across the US and Canada.
In SCCA, we just returned from the Cat Majors at Road America, where Topher put his Spec Boxster on pole and won the T3 class – his first majors victory. Tray Ayres set the fastest time in SRF3 qualifying but unfortunately had a mechanical issue which ended his race early. Coaching Client Breton Williams finished 2nd in his Prather EP car. At Blackhawk Farms, Jeff Vanbendegom won his first ever SM race after qualifying on pole.
In PCA, we raced at Watkins Glen, with great results by Topher, Todd, and Hunt (pole and a win) in Spec Boxster. Road Atlanta was in April, with Todd and Topher both on the podium in SPB.
In Global MX-5 Cup, we struggled with some ECU issues the first half of the season, but once those were sorted out Todd was able to lead at Road America and finish second. At the Streets of Toronto race Todd led race one, but got caught up in someone else’s error and wound up in the wall with a few fractured ribs, ending his run for the championship.
Great weather, great racing, and great results – what more can you ask for from a race weekend?
Ted Cahall blew away his personal best laptime not once, but TWICE during the weekend!
“Another personal best lap of 1:45.07 at Road Atlanta this morning. That is 8/10ths faster than my previous persona best set yesterday morning. Really want to thank East Street Racing, Jim Drago, Todd Lamb, and Brian Zellner for help with the motor, coaching, and car setup.” -Ted Cahall
Trans Am series competitor Tom West brought his TA2 car to Road Atlanta for coaching in preparation for the upcoming Trans Am event. Tom won the GT2 class while spending each session working on developing a new driving style suited to high HP cars.
SRF3 coaching client Tray Ayres continued his winning streak on Saturday, winning in dominating fashion.
Mike Cottrell also returned to the track for his first race of the season.
The next SCCA Majors event will be VIR, where Cahall, Ayres, and Lamb will be competing.
ATLspeedwerks clients had a great weekend at the SCCA Majors in Sebring. In his first Majors and first time at Sebring, Senter Smith (#67) rallied from 52nd to 33rd with an excellent run. Keith May (#5) was poised for a great weekend back in the car after a long hiatus but had to cut the weekend short due to a family emergency. Tray Ayres (SRF3 #7) held pole for both days but retired early from the weekend due to illness. Todd Lamb (#84) finished on the podium both days, racking up the most points on the weekend in Spec Miata and posting the fastest laptime in Sunday’s race.