RACE: Mid-Ohio Runoffs Sunday ramblings

The Runoffs Ramblings Volume 1, Number 5 Sunday, October 13, 1996 RUNOFFS TV BROADCAST TAPES AVAILABLE: VHS tapes of the complete Speedvision Runoffs broadcast are available through the SCCA for $89.95. Send in your check or money order (no...

The Runoffs Ramblings Volume 1, Number 5 Sunday, October 13, 1996

RUNOFFS TV BROADCAST TAPES AVAILABLE: VHS tapes of the complete Speedvision Runoffs broadcast are available through the SCCA for $89.95. Send in your check or money order (no cash, please) made out to SCCA, to: Valvoline Runoffs Tape c/o SCCA 9033 E. Easter Place Englewood, CO 80112 Anyone who missed Saturday's broadcast missed some of the best auto racing ever televised -- now the Speedvision audience knows what we've known all along ... the Runoffs offer some of the best wheel-to-wheel racing anywhere.

NEW VAN DIEMEN FC/FF2000 ON DISPLAY: Beaux Barfield, General Manager for Primus Racing, has the new Van Diemen on display in the paddock (behind turn one). Primus expects to make deliveries of the first 25 by Christmas. Among the noticeable changes to the new car include the safety angle of the shoulder harness and the front wishbone anti-intrusion bars. The cockpit is two and one-half to three inches narrower and the wheelbase is three inches longer. The overall package is more aerodynamic and there have been a number of suspension refinements, including a wider front track and two shocks in front instead of the monoshock. The new Van Diemen is eligible for Formula Continental and the United States Formula Ford 2000 National Championship Series.

OPTIMA BATTERIES QUICK CHARGER WINNERS: OPTIMA Batteries, Official Battery of the SCCA, is presenting a $200 check to the competitor in each Runoffs race who advances the most positions during the race. The OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Award is presented in Victory Circle immediately following each race. OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger (provisional in some cases) award winners for Friday and Saturday are: DSR, Alvin Beasley; F440, Tom Stevens; T1, Thomas Oates; S2000, David Gill; SSA, Not Awarded; FA, Brian Dunkel; GT5, Peter Zerkert; SR, David Verstrand; SCA, Not Awarded; GP, Mark Weber; SSB, Richard Anderson; HP, Brian Linn; CSR, James Courtney; FF, Terry Hohnecker; SSC, Jeff Luckritz; FV, Ed Womer; AS, Chris Bernard.

STACK DRIVE OF THE RACE AWARD WINNERS: Stack Incorporated is presenting Stack "Drive of the Race" certificates to the competitor in each Runoffs race who drives the best race. The award is determined by members of the media stationed at various places around the Mid-Ohio circuit. The Stack Drive of the Race Award, worth $50 in cash,is presented in Victory Circle immediately following each race. In leu of the cash award, winners can choose a $100 credit against any Stack tachometer purchase; a $250 credit against any Stack Dash-logger purchase; a $500 credit against the purchase of any Stack system costing between $2,500 and $4,500; or a $1000 credit against the purchase of any Stack system costing over $4,500) Stack Drive of the Race (provisional in some cases) award winners for Friday and Saturday are: DSR, Bruce Sunseri; F440, Ramon Pavtida; T1, Thomas Oates; S2000, Andrea Kasiewicz; SSA, Not Awarded; FA, Robert Sollenskog; GT5, Ted Wollensen; SR, Russ Eichner; SCA, Not Awarded; GP, Thomas Reichenbach, SSB, Not Awarded; HP, Not Awarded; CSR, Jeff Miller; FF, Terry Hohnecker; SSC, Gary Fratianne; FV, Lisa Noble; AS, Jay Morris.

AUTOCON WORKER SCHOLARSHIP: The Autocon Motorsports Worker Scholarship, designed to encourage San Diego Region workers to go to the Runoffs, is sponsored by GT1/GT3 competitor Mike Lewis. Bill and Linda Haneline, from the San Diego Region, were awarded this year's Autocon Motorsports Worker Scholarship at the Region's February banquet.

WEBER'S PHYSICS LESSON: Mark Weber, driver of #25 GP and #25 FP, hosted the college-level advanced physics class from a local high school when they came to visit and check out out his race car and the Tony Kestor-engineered engineering/data acquisition setup he utilizes.

CHIMA WINS MECHANIC OF THE YEAR AWARD: Derek Chima/NeOhio, is the recipient of the 1996 Mechanic of the Year Award. With the honor comes a custom-built tool chest donated by five-time CSR National Champion Chuck Billington of Tracer Racing, a $1000 check donated by Tim Kerrigan of Red Line Oil and graphics/lettering donated by Glen Wild, DSR driver. Born with a serious heart defect, Chima overcame his physical disabilities with hard work and determination to become a race car driver. For two years he drove an HP Bugeye before becoming the crew chief for his brother Craig.

MAKING THE MOST OF THE RUNOFFS EXPERIENCE: Roger Littell, SoPac Divisional Administrator for Flagging and Communications, is one of the many SCCA workers here this weekend. To maximize the value of his experience, Littell specifically requested that he work with people from other parts of the country. "I want to meet new people and learn new ideas," said Littell. "I've seen and heard a lot of things that I'd miss by working with my old friends." Roger's limited budget would have precluded his attendance, but for the generosity of the Snow family. Roger helped John Snow drive their camper and trailer across the country, along with Nelda Snow (who is serving Race Control as a logger) and John's brother Dan Snow, who is competing in the FP Fiat previously raced by their father, Bob Snow.

SATURDAY'S SPORTSCAR TALLY: SportsCar's "Who Will Win?" pickers continued to struggle through Saturday, scoring two "Rights" in eight races. Six more drivers walked away with the coveted "SportsCar Was Wrong" tee-shirts.

IMPRESSIVE GP FIELD: Saturday's GP race had no fewer than five former National GP Championsrunner-up Vic Skirmants/OhV; third-place Kent Prather/Kan; fourth-place Thomas Reichenbach/Det; eighth-place Col. Joe Hauser/WDC; and 15th place Tom Mankin/Hous.

A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS (NEW) FRIEND: John Snow/ CSCC, who races the #24 Snows 4NCar/Red Line Oil/Goodyear Fiat X19 in GP, was in need of a big battery to keep his motor home generator going for the rest of the weekend. After trying in vain to find one on his own, he sought the help of Pam Ashbrook in the Richland County hospitality tent. She quickly located one locally, loaned him a golf cart to get his credit card, made the arrangements, and then volunteered her husband to go pickup and deliver the battery to Snow at the track. Mr. Ashbrook showed up in suit and tie, helped install the battery and would take nothing for his efforts. Later that night, Snow, now able to watch his motor home TV, saw on the evening news that his savior was none other than Richland County Commissioner Bob Ashbrook who was cutting the ribbon on the opening of the county road under construction near the racetrack.

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Series SCCA
Drivers James Courtney , Bruce Sunseri , Jeff Miller , Thomas Oates , John Snow , Russ Eichner , Derek Chima , Vic Skirmants , Lisa Noble