Goodyear wins three SCCA Runoffs Championships
SALINAS, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2014) – Few racing challenges offer the diversification of race cars found in the Sports Car Club of America’s National Championship Runoffs.
The Runoffs are amateur sports car racing’s version of the Olympic Games. A walk around the Runoffs paddock offers cars ranging from light, open wheel racers to full-bodied muscle cars and from tightly specified cars designed with racing in mind to public-friendly showroom stock cars.
Tiremakers need to fit applications with different weights, sizes and potential speeds but the prizes are tempting: Winners at the Runoffs are crowned SCCA national champions. Drivers spend the season racing in regional events in order to earn berths in the Runoffs.
Drivers racing on Goodyear tires won three times in the 2014 Runoffs at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Goodyear was the tire of choice in nimble, open wheel classes and what racers call the heavy iron GT1 class.
Kyle Kelly, driving a Chevrolet Corvette, won the GT-1 class, leading a Goodyear sweep of the three podium positions. Kenneth Davis took second and Elmer Shannon was third. Mike Lewis, who also raced on Goodyear tires, started on the pole after qualifying first but did not complete the 20-lap race. GT-1 cars are high-powered, heavy muscle cars.
Mike Anderson started on the pole and won the Formula Mazda race, leading another Goodyear sweep. Alan McCallum was second, followed by Stuart Rettie. Formula Mazda cars are technically-advanced, open cockpit, open wheeled cars.
The Spec Racer Ford class is among the most popular among SCCA entrants, featuring open cockpit cars designed to make the driver the key element to success. In this class, Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier. Cliff White won his second national title by the tightest margin of victory in SRF Runoffs history, .065 of a second, over former champion Mike Miserendino. T.J. Asher finished third.
Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.