2015 SCCA Runoffs Broadcast- Spec Miata
Full video of the "Friday Night Lights" Spec Miata race at the 2015 Runoffs under the lights at Daytona International Speedway. Race Recap below (Racer.com Article): Jonathan Goring, of Norfolk, Conn., came storming from back in the pack to grab the Spec Miata National Championship at the SCCA Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB under the speedway's lights as part of Friday Night Lights Presented by Mazda, at Daytona International Speedway. Andrew Carbonell, of Miami, Fla., finished second, while Cory Collum, of Miami, Fla., edged Alex Bolanos at the line for third. With a heavy shower having just passed through the area prior to the green flag, the track was wet and slick, leaving drivers to choose a wet or dry strategy at the last minute. For all but the last half lap, no one, including Goring, would have guessed the driver of the No. 118 Alfas Unlimited/Dixon/Rossini Mazda Miata would finish the race in the top position. Goring was not even in the picture for the lead battle until Turn Six of lap 14, after he came charging through the field in drying conditions that finally suited his set up and jumped into the lead. "I don't even know if it's hit me yet," Goring said. "I'm sure once I get home it will finally start to settle in. Right now, it's a little shock and a little amazement. I'm just pleased with the effort that my family, and I, put in. We're a family team, so I'm just happy all the work has finally paid off." In the wet, the race appeared to be a two-car competition between Floridians Bolanos and Collum. The pair worked together to break away from the field on wet-weather Hoosier race tires, and remained there until a dry line began to form on the track. By then Goring, with the help of Carbonell and Chris Haldeman's No. 72 X-factor Racing/Carbotech Miata, was on the move through the field. During his last three circuits, Goring was turning lap times four seconds quicker than the fading leaders. "We were sitting in the trailer, in the paddock, with dry tires on and we went back and forth between whether we should use wets or drys about 20 times. I was pacing around and chewing my fingernails off trying to figure out what to do. So, we ended up putting the rains on because we saw that a shower was moving in. We went to the grid on rains, and then made the last minute decision to switch to dry tires. In the middle of the change I second-guessed that decision. But, I said to myself 'You know what, let's go.' "During the first four or five laps, I knew the leaders had gotten pretty far ahead and knew that I needed a partner. I tapped my brakes, Andrew [Carbonell] and I got together, and as the track started to dry, we started moving forward. I knew that I needed to get by as many people as possible. I didn't know I was in the lead until I got into pit lane after the cool-down lap when they pointed me to victory circle. I kept asking where I was on the radio, but had a bad radio connection. So, all I could hear was static." Also on a dry set-up, Carbonell's No. 79 BSI Racing Mazda Miata paired up with Goring as the dry line formed. Using the draft, Carbonell powered himself around Bolanos' No. 57 Momo/Autotechnik/Apex Alignment Miata and Collum's No. 23 Auto Galaxy/AutoTechnik Miata just after Goring did. Read More: http://www.racer.com/scca-home/item/121965-runoffs-changing-conditions-help -goring-to-spec-miata-national-championship-under-the-lights
2013 SCCA Runoffs: Crazy Spec Miata Race with Wreck
Ride onboard with Josh Bilicki during the 50th anniversary SCCA Runoffs held at Road America. After a poor qualifying session, Josh started 39th out of 70+ Spec Miatas. After the first 1/2 lap, Josh moved up 10+ positions, until he ran out of room during a wreck and hit another SM driver. Josh was forced to pit under a full course yellow to take care of the damaged hood. After rejoining the track in 58th position, Josh charged back up the field into his final finishing position, 34th.
Spec Miata Race at VIR
SARRC/MARRS race, Sunday May 13th Things were going pretty well until a couple of the leaders got together resulting in an off-road avoidance. Then it was serious work to get back some of my positions. data by Traqmate video by GoPro data overlay by TraqStudio picture in picture created with third party video editing software.
1991 SCCA National Amateur Championships (highlights)
The 28th "shootout". And it was grand. Great weather all week. But a kinda weird week when the weather was no longer a factor. The track owners try to save the contract by shoving pavement into the Emergency Vehicle station at Eight, and making folks drive through it. Boris Said, Randy Pobst, and Micheal Galati before they got their pro rides. And I thought I saw Beaux Barfield driving a spec car! As far as that kind of stuff goes, as an SCCA member, I'm also stoked about Tim Reichenbach. IIRC, he was an engineer at Ford at the time, even though he raced a Fiat. You gotta have a pretty good 'day job" if you're gonna make this sport your hobby. It's not like you can practice for free with your dad in your own back yard. He went on to work for the Benetton and Stewart F1 teams. I seem to recall an interview with him in Sportscar magazine (SCCA's club publication) in the early '00s, he talked about interviewing for the Ford GT street car project. He was asked if he realized that the street car he'd be working on would be capable of almost 200mph. He replied that if such a thing was true, it would be the slowest car he'd worked on in quite some time. Apologies to my SCCA buddies for not talking about how much other Runoffs Porn exists in this vid..watch it, see the names, and realize I could write a "description" this long for every single race of the weekend. EDIT: Folks asked for a breakdown, I'll give it a try: 4:59 - Showroom Stock C (Pobst, Galati) 8:12 - H Production 11:21 - Showroom Stock GT (Said) 14:03 - GT-4 (Van Cleef into the infield at 14:48 or so) 16:55 - Feature: "Turn 8 Chicane" (Costa 'splains it) 19:55 - Showroom Stock A (Thanks to Greg Amy, #41, starting 11th..donated the source video to the collection) 22:33 - Formula 440 26:18 - GT-5 28:31 - G Production (Reichenbach) 31:34 - Feature: "Family Affair" 33:02 - GT-3 34:57 - D Sports Racer 37:38 - Sport Rambo!! (Barfield #44, starting 13th) 41:05 - Showroom Stock B 44:16 - Feature: "Mr. and Mrs. Racer" 46:48 - Formula Vee (we race 'em on slicks in the US) 50:59 - F Production 54:02 - Formula Atlantic 56:12 - C Sports Racing (thanks again to Tracer Racing for letting workers use the hot tub!) 59:12 - Feature: "Sibling Rivalry" (includes skiiing's Mahre Bros. when they went racing) 1:00:58 - E Production 1:04:57 - Sports 2000 1:07:33 - Formula Ford (slicks in the US..we really like slicks!) 1:11:33 - GT-2 1:14:37 - Feature: "2 Generations" 1:16:27 - Formula Continental (by this time in the US, pretty much FFord 2000..on slicks :D ) 1:19:41 - GT-1 (Amateur SCCA Trans-Am cars) 1:23:13 - Shelby Can Am (before they were all exported to South Africa ;) )