ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 30, 2016) – After a scorching SCCA U.S. Majors Tour event at New Jersey Motorsports Park last week, terrific weather has enveloped racers this weekend at the SCCA Cat Majors at Road America hosted by the Milwaukee Region in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Taking advantage of terrific conditions was Touring 2 racer Matt Slavens in his 997 Porsche. In the opening race of the day, Slavens had an interesting battle early with a man accustomed to winning, Mark Boden in his M3 BMW. Boden had the lead at the start, but Slavens was right in his shadow and able to attain the top spot by lap five. Ultimately, he got the win.
"In the back portion of the track, my Porsche was a little faster. The front section of the track, the BMW was much faster," Slavens said. "It made for a great battle out there. Lots of fun. Mark is an excellent driver, so it's a big accomplishment just to pass him."
Danny Weyls, driving a Van Diemen DP-08, experienced similar excitement on the way to his win in Formula Continental during the 25-minute race on the four-mile, 14-turn circuit.
"The racing was tight. It was a battle royale the whole time," Weyls noted while guzzling down water after the challenge. "There was a lot of pressure at the beginning. Then myself and the second-place finisher had a great fight for three-quarters of the race. It was just awesome. He was in my mirrors the whole time. I couldn't shake him, but it worked out good in the end."
Things working out well in the end really summarizes the Spec Miata race Saturday for winner Adam Roberts. He started third, but then had some troubles early on that forced him to fight back to the front.
"I got freight-trained and ended up back in fifth," Roberts said. "I knew I had a good car because I had no trouble keeping up with the lead pack. Toward the end of the race, we all went down into Turn 5 and there was some trouble. A few cars got taken out and that moved me a couple spots up to third. Then I grabbed second before having a great battle on the last lap. I had a great run coming out of Turn 14 and was able to get ahead before the checkered."
Competition continues Sunday at the SCCA Cat Majors at Road America with 13-lap or 35-minute afternoon races. Follow all the action live at www.scca.com/live.
Below are provisional race results from Saturday's SCCA Cat Majors at Road America with Class: Name, Hometown and Car.
-American Sedan: Edward Hosni; Hilliard, OH; Ford Mustang
-B-Spec: David Daughtery; Fortville, IN; Honda Fit
-E Production: Rob Hummel; McHenry, IL; Mazda RX-7
-F Production: John Walker; Richland, MI; Lotus Super 7
-H Production: Greg Gauper; Hubertus, WI; Honda Civic
-Formula 1000: Glenn Cooper; Roswell, GA; Van Diemen F1000
-Formula 500: James Weida; West Lafayette, IN; Scorpion W1
-Formula Atlantic: Austin Mack; Warren, RI; Mazda Swift 016
-Formula Continental: Danny Weyls; Medina, OH; Van Diemen DP-08
-Formula Enterprise: Scott Rettich; Columbus, OH; Formula Enterprise
-Formula F: Neil Verhagen; Abbottstown, PA; Honda Mygale
-Formula Vee: Andrew Whitston; Neenah, WI; Protoform P2
-GT-1: Cliff Ebben; Neenah, WI; Ford Mustang
-GT-2: AJ Henriksen; Elgin, IL; Chevrolet Camaro
-GT-3: George Cichon Jr; Rockton, IL; Mazda RX7
-GT-Lite: Christopher Bovis; Lawrence, KS; Honda CRX SI
-Prototype 1: Jason Miller; Sheboygan Falls, WI; WynnFurst
-Prototype 2: Jake Thielmann; Kiel, WI; Stohr WF1
-Spec Miata: Adam Roberts; Hilliard, OH; Mazda Miata
-Spec Racer Ford 3: Tray Ayres; Gainesville, GA; Ford SRF3
-Spec Racer Ford: Scott Rettich; Columbus, OH; SCCA Enterprises SRF
-Super Touring Lite: Rich Walke; Hawthorn Woods, IL; Mazda RX-7
-Super Touring Under: David Daly; Edina, MN; Volkswagen Golf
-Touring 1: Cameron Cassel; Coldstream, BC; BMW E46
-Touring 2: Matt Slavens; Davenport, IA; Porsche 997
-Touring 3: Paul Kwiecinski; Northbrook, IL; Mazda MX5
-Touring 4: James Ebben; Appleton, WI; Mazda MX5
Photo: Formula Atlantic racer Austin Mack continued his win streak at Saturday's Cat Majors, part of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour.
Photo Credit: Digital Automotive Depictions