RACE: National Runoffs: Goodyear Racing Saturday notes

Goodyear Totals Reach 11 Wins, 25 Podiums at SCCA Runoffs LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2004) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won five times in eight races Saturday as the Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs presented by...

Goodyear Totals Reach 11 Wins, 25 Podiums at SCCA Runoffs

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2004) -- Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won five times in eight races Saturday as the Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs presented by Kohler progressed through the second day of the three-day event.

Saturday's results brought Goodyear's totals to an industry-leading 11 wins and 25 podium finishes through 16 races. Goodyear also picked up its fourth podium sweep of the weekend when cars equipped with Goodyear Eagles finished first, second and third in the Grand Touring 3 class.

The final eight races of the weekend will be held Sunday.

David Rugh (Portland, Ore.) drove his Volkswagen Corrado from his 11th starting position to finish third. He said his front wheel-drive car puts a great deal of pressure on its tires.

"On a front wheel drive the fronts do 85 percent of the work and the Goodyear tires held up stupendously," Rugh said. Saturday's Goodyear-shod winners included Mark Sandridge (Westfield Center, Ohio) in an amazing Touring 2 event, John Hill (Seattle, Wash.) in D Sports Racer, John Heinricy (Holly, Mich.) in American Sedan, Pratt Cole (Salt Lake City, Utah) in E Production and Pete Peterson (Lumberton, N.C.) who came from sixth to win in GT 3.

Sandridge's victory came after he watched his son, Jordan, flip at the end of the first lap. The elder Sandridge was a few cars behind his son when Jordan was involved in an incident and flipped over twice before coming to rest against a tire barrier. Jordan was uninjured and talked to a television reporter before using a team radio to reassure his father.

"I was very upset," Mark Sandridge said. "Thank goodness the caution lasted as long as it did."

Driving a Cadillac CTS, Sandridge chased the leaders until finally taking the lead late in the going. "A 4,000-pound car is a beast on the tires," he said. "I abused them."

He added, "Thank Goodyear for everything. They stuck with me the whole year."

Heinricy's victory was his second of the weekend and the seventh of his career. He said all seven national championships have come on Goodyear tires.

Goodyear-equipped teams are trying to equal their 2003 showing at the Runoffs. A year ago the Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker outfitted 15 winners and 40 podium finishers.

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Series SCCA
Drivers John Heinricy , Pratt Cole , Pete Peterson , Mark Sandridge