RACE: National Runoffs: Goodyear Racing day one report

SHADOWEN DESTROYS TRACK GT LITE RECORD TO OPEN RUNOFFS QUALIFYING DAYS ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Se. 20, 2010) -- Peter Shadowen shattered the existing track record to put himself on the provisional pole for the GT Lite class on the first day...

SHADOWEN DESTROYS TRACK GT LITE RECORD TO OPEN RUNOFFS QUALIFYING DAYS

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Se. 20, 2010) -- Peter Shadowen shattered the existing track record to put himself on the provisional pole for the GT Lite class on the first day of qualifying for the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Subway at Road America.

Shadowen, driving a Goodyear-equipped Honda CRX, was clocked at two minutes, 32.390 seconds for his best lap during Monday's 20-minute qualification session for the class. The former record, set by Chris Bovis last year, was two minutes, 33.985 seconds.

Jon Brakke, driving a Goodyear-shod Mazda Miata, broke his own track E Production record when he toured the facility in two minutes, 28.326 seconds. Cliff Ebben (GT1) bettered his own track record with a lap of two minutes, 5.312 seconds in GT1. Other Goodyear-equipped drivers leading their classes after the first day included Dan Meller (H Production), William Valet (Formula Ford) and Matthew Direnzo (Sports 2000).

The weather conditions, cool and partially cloudy, were perfect for racing. Road America's 4.0-mile road course is hosting the event for the second time.

Goodyear is the winningest tiremaker in Runoffs history and has been the measuring stick used by all other tiremakers to determine success in the event.

Monday, Shadowen led three other Goodyear drivers under the 2009 GT Lite record. Kent Prather and Jim Dentici, both racing on Goodyear rubber, also bettered the old mark. Chris Bovis, the former record holder and a Goodyear driver, was fourth Monday.

Qualifying continues through Thursday. The national championship races begin Friday.

The Runoffs, America's amateur racing championships, feature racing in 29 classes. The cars span the racing spectrum from purpose-built open wheel and open cockpit race cars to production-based, showroom-type cars. The Runoffs have been called auto racing's Olympics.

More information about Goodyear Racing is available at www.racegoodyear.com. More information about the Runoffs is available at www.scca.com.

-source: goodyear racing

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