RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: A look at Mid-Ohio hometown drivers

Hometown drivers look for national recognition at Valvoline Runoffs® DUBLIN, Ohio (September 11, 2003) - The state of Ohio has a long and proud motorsports tradition, from permanent road courses to dirt ovals to drag strips. The road racing ...

Hometown drivers look for national recognition at Valvoline Runoffs®

DUBLIN, Ohio (September 11, 2003) - The state of Ohio has a long and proud motorsports tradition, from permanent road courses to dirt ovals to drag strips. The road racing aspect of that heritage will be on display during the Valvoline Runoffs® at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, September 15-21.

The SCCA National Championship Valvoline Runoffs® is amateur road racing's crown jewel event, serving as the culminating a season of racing by crowning the winner of each of the weekend's 24 class races as "National Champion." Among those who have claimed that crown include New Albany, Ohio's Bobby Rahal; 4-time winner (and Academy Award winner) Paul Newman, born in Shaker Heights; and Hartsville's Warren Stillwell, who captured seven-straight Spec Racer Ford titles from 1994-2000.

This year, 92 Ohio drivers are entered in the Valvoline Runoffs®, which expects a record number of participants. In the 2002 event, 12 Ohio drivers finished on the podium, including six National Champions. Since 2000, Ohio drivers have captured 17 National Championships and 40 podium finishes, and at least one person has a theory on the success of the hometown racers.

"Having Mid-Ohio located here is the start of the reason. It's one of the most competitive and challenging in the country," said Jack Ruscilli, who piloted his C Sports Racer to a fifth place qualifying session a year ago, before an on-track incident ended his race.

Five Buckeyes will be on hand to defend their 2002 titles - Justin Pritchard of Granville (Formula Ford), Tim Cowen of Ashland (GT-1), Michael Cyphert of Chagrin Falls (GT-3), John Fergus of Powell (Sports 2000), and Craig Chima of Akron (E Production).

Attached is a complete list of Ohio drivers expected to participate in this year's Valvoline Runoffs®.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located approximately halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio off of Interstate 71. Commonly referred to as the "most Competitive in the U.S.", the Valvoline Runoffs® is Mid-Ohio's sixth and final event held this summer. For event information or tickets, visit www.midohio.com or call 1-800-MID-OHIO.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Paul Newman , John Fergus , Tim Cowen , Craig Chima , Michael Cyphert , Justin Pritchard , Jack Ruscilli