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SCCA Runoffs National Champs crowned at Daytona

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Philip Royle takes T4 title. Photo: Honda Racing

Sometimes it’s easier to just list off the champions when you have 27 of them to go through.

So, without further adieu, your 2015 SCCA National Champions from this year’s SCCA Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, held at Daytona International Speedway (2014 champions linked here).

Results are listed in the order the races ran, not necessarily by class or alphabetical order:

  • GT-2: John Kachadurian, Denver, No. 85 The Kachadurian Group/Fall-Line Porsche 911 Carrera
  • Formula Mazda: Joseph Burton-Harris, Birmingham, Ala. (Australia), No. 132 Si Partners/Sydney Sports/GMG Formula Mazda
  • Touring 4: Philip Royle, Winnetka, Calif., No. 09 Honda/BFGoodrich/HMS/Lucas Oil Honda Civic Si
  • GT-1: Mike Lewis, Poway, Calif., No. 12 Goodyear/ Jaguar XJR
  • H Production: Brian Linn, Hermosa Beach, Calif., No. 37 Hoosier Tires/LINNspeed/Hussey Honda CRX
  • Prototype 2: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/Hoosier Tires/Geartronics Stohr WF1
  • Formula 500: Calvin Stewart, Novi, Mich., No. 07 Novarace LLC/ NovaKar Blade F600 Suzuki
  • STU: John Schmitt, Sunbury, Ohio, No. 92 Hoosier/Red Line/HPD Honda Civic
  • B-Spec: John Heinricy, Clarkston, Mich., No. 35 Hoosier/Mobil/Hawk/Matick Chevy Chevrolet Sonic
  • Spec Miata: Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Conn., No. 118 Alfas Unlimited/Dixon/Rossini Mazda Miata
  • American Sedan: Andrew McDermid, Howell, Mich., No. 24 Weather Tech/Lane Automotive/Hoosier Ford Mustang
  • Formula Atlantic: Tyler Hunter, Denver, No. 22 Swan Motorsports Swift 014a Toyota
  • STL: Kevin Boehm, Marysville, Ohio, No. 79 BFGoodrich Tires/Honda Racing/HPD Honda Civic Si
  • Formula 1000: J.R. Osborne, Englewood, Colo., No. 83 Geartronics/Hoosier/Moons Supercycle Ralph Firman FRF F1000
  • SRF Gen 3: Kerry Jacobsen, Deland, Fla., No. 38 Tactical Machining/Comprent SRF3
  • F Production: Kevin Ruck, Atascosa, Texas, No. 73 Hoosier/Honda Performance Development Acura Integra
  • Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Haw/Hoosier Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • Formula Vee: Michael Varacins, Burlington, Wis., No. 65 Speed Sport Engineering/Veetech Speed Sport AM-5
  • GT-L: Jim Dentici, Oconomowoc, Wis., No. 11 Raglin Racing/JDM Group Honda CRX
  • Touring 2: Kurt Rezzetano, Phoenixville, Pa., No. 37 Phoenix Performance/Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang GT
  • Formula Continental: Yufeng Luo, Arcadia, Calif. (China), No. 13 Pabst Racing/China Van Diemen DP08
  • GT-3: Joe Kristensen, London, Ontario, Canada, No. 14 Kristensen Race Engines/Hoosier Acura RSX
  • Spec Racer Ford: Cliff White, Huntsville, Ala., No. 58 Valvoline/Prism/The Cottages SRF
  • Formula F: Rick Payne, Mission, B.C., Canada, No. 75 Payton Pools Van Diemen RF99 Honda
  • E Production: Greg Ira, Plantation, Fla., No. 2 Z Trix/CU Yacht Charters Datsun 240Z
  • Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Columbus, Ohio, No. 17 Alliance Autosport/ FE
  • Prototype 1: Gianpaolo Ciancimino, Coral Springs, Fla., No. 99 GC&G Services Inc./Young Racing Stohr WF1 Suzuki

Note: Touring 3 had fewer than 10 participants and as such, the winner is not declared a national champion. Still, Bob Schader, of Lafayette, Colo., in the No. 8 Hoosier Tire/Boulder Nissan Nissan 350Z, won the T3 race this year for his first Runoffs win in 30 years, since 1985.

SCCA Runoffs notes:

  • Friday night’s Spec Miata race under the lights featured more than 60 cars (picture linked here) and a surprise winner in Jonathan Goring, who was nowhere until the final lap. He beat Andrew Carbonell, Cory Collum and Alex Bolanos, with Collum later disqualified for a non-compliant engine. The track was drying out from earlier rain, which left the track soaked at the start of the race.
  • The other bizarre finish at the Runoffs occurred Friday afternoon in HP. Brian Linn, Jason Isley and A.J. Hulse all spun across the finish line together, none facing forward, and Linn was named the winner. They went three-wide backwards across the line in arguably the craziest finish at the track since David Pearson and Richard Petty had their contact at the finish of the 1976 Daytona 500, Pearson ultimately prevailing.
  • Had Isley won, he would have matched his SportsCar magazine colleague Philip Royle in winning a National Championship on the same day. Royle (pictured top of page), who’d previously raced an Mazda RX-7, took a new 2015 Honda Civic Si to the Touring 4 win in dominant fashion for his first national title.
  • Just 0.018-second separated first and third place at the finish line on Saturday during the F Production race at SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, with Kevin Ruck taking his second national title. Charlie Campbell, of Corry, Pennsylvania, and Eric Prill, of Topeka, Kansas, crossed the finish line three wide with Ruck on the track. Campbell was later penalized three positions by the stewards during the race, elevating Prill to second and Ken Kannard, of East Troy, Wis., to the podium.
  • Honda Racing (Honda and Acura) drivers claimed a record eight SCCA National Championships this weekend at the SCCA Runoffs in Daytona Beach, Fla. Those winners include: Kevin Boehm (STL), Philip Royle (T4), Rick Payne (FF), John Schmitt (STU), Joe Kristensen (GT-3), Jim Dentici (GT-L), Kevin Ruck (FP) and Brian Linn (HP).
  • First-time winners included John Kachadurian (GT-2), Joseph Burton-Harris (FM), Philip Royle (T4), Brian Linn (HP), Calvin Stewart (F500), John Schmitt (STU), Jonathan Goring (SM), Tyler Hunter (FA), Kevin Boehm (STL), Kerry Jacobsen (SRF3), Yufeng Luo (FC), Joe Kristensen (GT-3), Rick Payne (FF) and Gianpalo Ciancimino (P1).
  • John Heinricy won his 13th National Championship, which ties Duane Davis for second all-time. Andrew McDermid won his seventh title, and Jim Dentici and Andrew Aquilante won their sixth apiece.
  • Scott Rettich won his third consecutive Runoffs title and third consecutive Super Sweep, and now has five of each overall.
  • Greg Ira won his second Runoffs title, but this was first actually taking checkered flag (won one after steward’s decision invalidated winner at Road America in 2013).
  • Cliff White won SRF over Denny Stripling by a nose, just 0.048 of a second. It beat his win over Mike Miserendino at the 2014 Runoffs, which was 0.065 of a second. Other close first-to-second finishes included FV, where Michael Varacins went from fifth to first on the last lap and beat fellow Wisconsinite Andrew Whitson of Neenah by 0.058 of a second, and SRF3, where Kerry Jacobsen won by 0.055 of a second.
  • Yufeng Luo, 17, is a USF2000 regular and the youngest champion crowned at this year’s Runoffs. Graham Rahal, who won the 2005 Formula Atlantic title, is the youngest SCCA Runoffs National Champion in history at 16-years and 242-days old.

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