ACRL: East Finale at Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI, August 29, 1999 -- 1998 SCCA Sports 2000 National Champion David Downey made his first American City Racing League appearance at the ACRL Eastern Division finale, and walked off with the win. Downey, driving for Team Columbus,...

Elkhart Lake, WI, August 29, 1999 -- 1998 SCCA Sports 2000 National Champion David Downey made his first American City Racing League appearance at the ACRL Eastern Division finale, and walked off with the win. Downey, driving for Team Columbus, put his National Auto Care Lola on the pole at the beautiful four mile Road America course, and set a new race lap record of 2:18.039 on his way to a 4.839 second victory over Team Chicago's Martin Ryba. Ryba gave Downey all he could handle, taking the lead with an inside pass at Turn Five on the third lap and leading the middle portion of the race. Downey took advantage of a rare mistake by Ryba (a missed shift) on lap eight, and the pair raced side-by-side down the front straight until Downey nipped by into Turn One. Downey held the lead to the checker, but Ryba's second place clinched the ACRL East S2000 Drivers Championship for him. Championship contender Duke Johnson of Team St. Louis and Team Chicago's Lynn Trapp tried to occupy the same piece of real estate in Turn One on the first lap, dropping both cars back a couple of places. Newcomer Bart Wolf (Team Milwaukee) battled with veteran Dan Dubrovich of Team New York, with Wolf finally taking third spot to Dubrovich's fourth. Trapp rounded out the top five, while Johnson fought for position with New York's Jim Ballard and his own teammate Steve Carlstrom until he pitted for a loose wheel, putting an end to his Championship hopes.

Newcomer and local favorite Dan Tinley won the Classic Sports 2000 category for Team Chicago, finishing 5.823 seconds ahead of polesitter Scott Livingston of Team St. Louis. Team Denver's Lee Johnson took third after a stirring CS2 battle which ended with Charles Livingston and John Green parked with mechanical gremlins. Livingston's Lola retired with a broken throtttle cable on lap 5, while Green was sidelined by a broken suspension on lap 8. By virtue of completing more laps, Green took the CS2 Championship by four points, with Charles Livingston second.

Team Chicago squeaked by Team Columbus for the Team win, 173 points to 172! The win also gave Team Chicago the 1999 City Team Championship with 673 points over Team St. Louis' 642. As mentioned, Ryba and Green won the S2 and CS2 Drivers Championships respectively. All the competitors voiced a special thanks to the Chicago Region SCCA for a fantastic event.

Road America Race Results: Finishing position, start position ( ), driver, team, chassis, class, laps complete, qualifying time, best race lap, reason out (if any).

1 (1) David Downey, Columbus, Lola, S2, 12, 2:19.525, 2:18.039 2 (2) Martin Ryba, Chicago, Lola, S2, 12, 2:19.674, 2:18.721 3 (4) Bart Wolf, Milwaukee, Lola, S2, 12, 2:21.871, 2:21.093 4 (5) Dan Dubrovich, New York, Doran, S2, 12, 2:22.190, 2:21.349 5 (6) Lynn Trapp, Chicago, Lola, S2, 12, 2:24.061, 2:22.218 6 (7) Jim Ballard, New York, Lola, S2, 12, 2:24.829, 2:23.228 7 (8) Steve Carlstrom, St. Louis, Swift, S2, 12, 2:27.152, 2:24.888 8 (13) Dan Tinley, Chicago, Swift, CS2, 12, 2:30.081, 2:26.387 9 (9) Bob Liebert, Columbus, Lola, S2, 12, 2:27.253, 2:26.171 10 (10) Scott Livingston, St. Louis, Lola, CS2, 12, 2:28.092, 2:26.115 11 (15) Lee Johnson, Denver, Swift, CS2, 12, 2:31.813, 2:29.452 12 (14) Darryl Shoff, Reading, Swift, S2, 12, 2:31.695, 2:29.595 13 (3) Duke Johnson, St. Louis, Carbir, S2, 11, 2:21.383, 2:23.446 14 (11) John Green, Cincinnati, Tiga, CS2, 8, 2;29.382, 2:25.489 (NR) 15 (12) Charles Livingston, St. Louis, March, CS2, 5, 2:29.527, 2;27.003 (NR)

Race Time: 28:04.486                
Race Length:  48 Miles
Track Length: 4.0 miles     

S2 Average Lap Speed: 102.583 mph S2 Fastest Race Lap: 2:18.039 (Downey) S2 Margin of Victory: 4.839 seconds

CS2 Average Lap Speed: 96.842 mph CS2 Fastest Race Lap: 2:25.489 (Green) CS2 Margin of Victory: 5.823 seconds

Team Points:

1   Chicago                       173
2   Columbus                      172
3   New York                      160
4   St. Louis                     140
5   Milwaukee                     88
6   Denver                        64
7   Reading                       61
8   Cincinnati                    58

OVERALL DRIVER POINT STANDINGS Classic S2 DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (FINAL): (FINAL): 1 Martin Reba 364 1 John Green 365 2 Duke Johnson 325 2 Charles Livingston 361 3 Dan Dubrovich 323 3 Scott Livingston 179 4 Lynn Trapp 306 4 Pete Harrison 102 5 Jim Ballard 303 5 Dan Tinley 100 6 John Green 238 6 Gari Chaffin 93 7 Charles Livingston 230 7 Kent Jones 90 8 John Fergus 204 8 Lee Johnson 88 9 Bob Liebert 177 9 Steve Steeb 84 10 Craig Chima 169 10 Glen Jividen Jr. 80 11 Jeff Clinton 164 11 David Chesrown II 2 12 David Dullum 153 13 Jason Engel 135 TEAM POINT STANDINGS (FINAL): 14 Darryl Shoff 122 1 Chicago 673 15 Scott Livingston 121 2 St. Louis 642 16 David Downey 102 3 New York 632 17 David Gill 88 4 Columbus 528 Bart Wolf 88 5 Cincinnati 320 19 David Brand 73 6 Akron 183 Steve Carlstrom 73 7 Wash. DC 53 21 Dan Tinley 70 8 Reading 128 22 Pete Harrison 69 9 Atlanta 127 23 David Stefke 64 10 Detroit 119 24 Lee Johnson 61 11 Milwaukee 88 25 Kent Jones 60 12 Denver 64 26 Gari Chaffin 58 27 Jim Bandy 52 28 Steve Steeb 50 29 Glen Jividen Jr. 48 30 David Chesrown II 2 31 Kurt Baumann 0

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Series SCCA
Drivers Bob Liebert , Darryl Shoff , Duke Johnson , Jeff Clinton , John Fergus , Craig Chima , David Stefke , Bart Wolf , Kent Jones , Scott Livingston , Charles Livingston