Tilbor Wins First SCCA Sportscar Championship Race BRASELTON. GA. (April 24, 2004) - Neil Tilbor, New Smyrna, Fla., won Round One of the SCCA Sportscar Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Road Atlanta. Completing the...
Tilbor Wins First SCCA Sportscar Championship Race
BRASELTON. GA. (April 24, 2004) - Neil Tilbor, New Smyrna, Fla., won Round One of the SCCA Sportscar Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three is Jonathan Holtzman, of Orchard Lake, Mich. and Marc Walker, of Oldsmar, Fla.
Commencing just after lunch, the start of the first-ever SCCA Sportscar Championship had the field fanning out on the front straight. Starting on pole, Tilbor, in the No. 8 Taiyo Edge Ltd Formula SCCA, maintained the lead into turn one. Running uncontested, Tilbor steadily began to build a lead, as drivers battled for position. Getting a good draft, Walker, in the No. 9 Comprent Motorsports Lola Sports 2000, passed John Burke for third place on lap four. As the race progressed, Holtzman, in the No. 37 JH Racing Lola Sports 2000, began to close on Tilbor. Battling the car, Tilbor held off Holtzman, to capture the inaugural SCCA Sportscar Championship race by 0.661 second.
"I'm back!", said Tilbor, who was air lifted out of Road Atlanta in the early 1980's after a bad crash. "I love this track. The car was great to start with, but started go away at the end and I really had to fight to hold of Jonathan [Holtzman] off."
"In many many turns I was right on his tail," said Holtzman, who raced against Tilbor in the Export Formula 2000 series in the 1980's. "This is the end of an era for my car and the beginning of a new era for the SCCA Sportscar."
"I'm happy to be here on the podium," said Walker. "The gearbox made it interesting, but I had a great race with John [Burke] and Duke [Johnson]."
Completing the top-five is John Burke, of Rumson, N.J., in the No. 27 Rumson Capital Carbir Sports 2000 and Duke Johnson, of Eureka, Mo., in the No. 16 Team Duke Racing Carbir Sports 2000.