Goodyear Runs Off With Barrels Of National Championships LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2001) - Race teams using Goodyear tires showed why the tiremaker is number one in racing during the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Goodyear Runs Off With Barrels Of National Championships
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2001) - Race teams using Goodyear tires showed why the tiremaker is number one in racing during the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Goodyear teams captured 14 national championships and had 33 podium finishes during the three-day, 24-race event.
The Runoffs crown national champions among SCCA club racers. Teams, which qualify through regional competition during the year, are invited to the Runoffs for a chance to win the national title in their class. Goodyear's 14 wins were more than the other five participating tiremakers combined.
Goodyear's class winners included Andy McDermid (A Sedan), Jeff Winter (G Production), John Heinricy (Touring 1), 16-year-old Kyle Krisiloff (Formula Ford), Brad Stout (Formula Vee), Jamie Houseman (GT 4), Duane Davis (GT 2), Brian Kelm (Touring 2), Pete Peterson (GT 3), Pratt Cole (E Production), Mike Anderson (Formula Continental), Joe Huffaker (F Production and GT 5) and Larry Connor (Formula Atlantic).
Huffaker became only the 12th driver in history to win two Runoff titles in one weekend, taking both the F Production and GT 5 championships. He won both national championships on Goodyear D0805 tires.
"It's nice to be testing on one car and be able to apply it to the other," said Huffaker. "The tires were stable ... I was very happy with the tires, as ever."
The comment used most often in describing Goodyear performance was that the tires were consistent under racing conditions.
"You can always count on Goodyear," said Andy McDermid, the champion in the A Sedan class. "Just bolt (the tires) on and set the pressures."
Goodyear's winning performances stretched over all three days of the event. Because of changing weather conditions, the 14 Goodyear victories came on every type of tire; full rain, intermediate and dry track. Goodyear-equipped cars took the top three finishing positions in six classes; more than all the other competing tire manufacturers combined. Goodyear's 33 podium finishes topped all tire makers.
Connor's victory in Formula Atlantic was the most dramatic of the weekend. After taking the lead one lap into the 20-lap race, Connor built a huge lead. But with less than three laps remaining, he suddenly slowed due to a broken hub on his left rear wheel. He eventually held on for the victory, winning by less than a car length.
Connor said, "I made the decision that if I put it in the fence, I put it in the fence, but this was the national championship race and I wanted to try."
If Connor's win was the most dramatic, then Heinricy's Touring 1 victory was the least dramatic. Racing under rainy conditions, Heinricy lapped the entire field. SCCA officials were uncertain if a driver had ever won a Runoff race by a full lap before.
Heinricy said, "Goodyear provided an awesome rain tire. I'd run Goodyear rain tires before and I knew it would be perfect and today the car was perfect."
Duane Davis, champion of GT 2, said tire strategy was a key part of winning his title. "We tested all last week when the weather was good ... One of the things we did learn last week was which tire compound worked best at what temperatures. We were careful to get tires scrubbed last week, so we were ready this week. They were consistent through the whole race, from start to finish."
Goodyear's podium finishers, listed by class:
G Production: 1. Jeff Winter, 2. Thomas Richenbach, 3. Kent Prather
Touring 1: 1. John Heinricy
Formula Ford: 1. Kyle Krisiloff, 2. Keith Nunes, 3. Tom Reinsel
Formula Vee: 1. Brad Stout
GT4: 1. Jamie Houseman, 2. Scott Culbertson, 3. Steven Lisa
GT2: 1. Duane Davis, 2. David Finch, 3. Jim Blakewell
T2: 1. Brian Kelm, 3. Don Mills
Formula Mazda: 3. Jamie Bach
A Sedan: 1. Andy McDermid, 2. Richard Ciochon, 3. Kelly Lubash
F Production: 1. Joe Huffaker
Formula Atlantic: 1. Larry Connor
GT5: 1. Joe Huffaker, 2. Doug Peterson
H Production: 2. Dan Collishaw, 3. Phil Chiles
GT3: 1. Pete Peterson, 2. Wolfgang Maike, Michael Cyphert
1E Production: 1. Pratt Cole, 2. Grayson Upchurch
Formula Continental: 1. Mike Anderson, 2. Dave Weitzenhof
GT1: 3. Jack Busch