RACE: National Runoffs: Goodyear Racing race report

GOODYEAR-SHOD CARS WIN 11 SCCA NATIONAL TITLES TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 15, 2006) -- The 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs offered proof that Goodyear builds the best tires for any racing condition. Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won 11 of ...

GOODYEAR-SHOD CARS WIN 11 SCCA NATIONAL TITLES

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 15, 2006) -- The 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs offered proof that Goodyear builds the best tires for any racing condition. Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won 11 of the 25 championship races at Heartland Park Topeka. No tiremaker was more successful.

During the three days of racing, drivers encountered weather conditions ranging from cold and dry to warmer and wet. Still, Goodyear collected wins in classes across the racing spectrum. Goodyear-shod cars won in three production classes, two Grand Touring classes, two open cockpit classes with covered wheels, one open-wheel formula class and a Touring class and one Sedan class.

In addition, Goodyear-equipped cars finished on the podium in three other classes. All together, drivers using Goodyear tires collected 35 podium finishes and swept the podium seven times.

James Dentici won the Grand Touring Lite race in wet but drying track conditions. He said, "We picked the intermediate Goodyear, the 250 (compound). They just worked perfectly."

Goodyear is the winningest tiremaker in the history of the Runoffs. In the last four years alone, Goodyear has won 55 times.

The drivers who raced to a 2006 SCCA national championship on Goodyear tires were Lawrence Loshak (E Production), Jesse Prather (F Production), Tom Feller (H Production), Philip Simms (Grand Touring 1), Collin Jackson (Grand Touring 3), James Dentici (Grand Touring Lite), James Goughary (Formula Mazda), Mike Miserendino (Spec Racer Ford), Mark Jaremko (D Sport Racing), John Heinricy (American Sedan) and Chuck Hemmingson (Touring 2).

Hemmingson qualified fourth, but he said, "The Goodyear tires were sensational. The biggest difference between qualifying and the race was that we knew we had the best race tires."

Jackson may have had the strangest race. He inadvertently left his cellphone in the pocket of his driving suit and got three calls during his victory.

Goodyear started on the pole position in 11 classes.

Miserendino was given the President's Award for the driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the Runoffs. Prather won the Mark Donohue Award for the driver best demonstrating performance, showmanship and competitiveness.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series SCCA
Drivers John Heinricy , James Goughary , Philip Simms , Jesse Prather , Tom Feller , Mark Donohue , Mike Miserendino