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March 13, 2022
Sunday marked the final seven group races of the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour from Road Atlanta, the fourth stop of the 2022 tour. Each race was 35 minutes or 19 laps in length.
Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back: James Brookshire earned his first career Hoosier Super Tour win on Sunday at Road Atlanta, taking Formula Vee, but he had a good excuse – the last time he raced, the Hoosier Super Tour hadn’t been invented.
Brookshire’s win came when a car oiled down the track and the Formula Vee field came upon the slick surface first. Then-leaders Stevan Davis and Laurin Brallier spun off track, as did Brookshire, but he was able to get moving quick enough to be declared the winner when the race went yellow and then to the checkers.
“It’s my first time in the car in 17 years, and the first time I’ve driven this track in 35 years,” Brookshire said. “It’s quite a baptism, but we’ll take it.”
Now an instructor at the BMW Performance Center, he got a push to follow in the footsteps of the 1976 Formula Vee Runoffs champion with which he shares a name.
“My father raced the whole time I was growing up, he’s a former national champion,” Brookshire said. “When I had a baby 19 years ago, I decided it was time to hang it up. My wife Shannon woke up last fall and said ‘I think you have some unfinished business,’ so this is our start.”
From the 24 to The Super Tour: One of the biggest attention-grabbing cars at the Hoosier Super Tour is the GTX classified Cadillac DPi that Jacek Mucha is bringing to the track these days. Though the cold weather at Road Atlanta was not optimal for the former IMSA Prototype, it continues to draw a crowd in the paddock.
“The car is the original car that won at Daytona in 2017, the No. 10 from Wayne Taylor Racing, Mucha said. “We have the bodywork from a different car because we want to keep the orginal body intact. So the top is from the original car but the front and rear are not. It’s a lot of fun.”
Swapping Ends on the GT3 Class: The traditional GT-3 platform by former National Champ Stacy Wilson came out on top on both days at Road Atlanta, but not without a challenge from its newest – and radically different – competitor.
The Audi TCR car piloted by Tim Myers gave Wilson his challenge, jumping out early and keeping the pressure up throughout the race. Myers’ front wheel drive car was especially competitive on Saturday’s cold surface.
“It was tough,” Wilson said. “The traffic was tough, trying to make the right calls to get through and not tear up anything. It was wonderful racing with Tim, and my son Blake, We do this as a family.”
Son Blake Wilson joined the race winner on the podium for Sunday’s race.
Getting His Sea Legs Back: Bailey Monette took a hard hit at Homestead in the SCCA season opener in January, causing significant damage to his Formula Enterprises 2 machine and to his head with a concussion.
On Sunday at Road Atlanta, after picking up speed all weekend, he felt all the way back and got a win to show for it.
“I’m not going to lie, I was honestly nervous,” Monette said. “It was quite a big hit, and I had a concussion after the wreck in Miami. I took some to repair the car and get it right, and I came out here and felt a step back. I was very passive. But today was very reassuring, it was a very good weekend to carry on and start back up.”
Go Big, Not Home: The next stop on the Hoosier Super Tour might be the biggest of the season, and for good reason. On April 8-10, the Tour will stop at VIRginia International Raceway, which will double, of course, as the site of this year’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs. The event just may serve as a dress rehearsal for October’s championship races.
Sunday Race Winners: Below are provisional race winners from Sunday’s Hoosier Super Tour at Road Atlanta with Class: Name, Hometown, and Car. * denotes a weekend sweep.
*American Sedan: Gregory Eaton, Woodbridge, Virginia, Ford Mustang
B-Spec: Riley Salyer, Longview, Texas, Mazda2
*E Production: Peter Norton, Pelham, North Carolina, Caterham Seven
*F Production: Ken Kannard, Sebring, Florida, Acura Integra
*H Production: Will Perry, Sale Creek, Tennessee, Honda CRX
Formula 500: Clint McMahan, Oxford, Georgia, Scorpion FDS 007
Formula Atlantic: Larry Howard, Kansas City, Missouri, Swift 016/Mazda
*Formula Continental: Tim Minor, Fredricksburg, Virginia, Citation/Ford
Formula Enterprises 2: Bailey Monette, Milton, Georgia, Formula Enterprises/Mazda
*Formula X: Trent Walko, Trafford, Pennsylvania, Elan DP08 F2000
*Formula F: Bob Perona, Indianapolis, Indiana, Piper DF-3/Honda
Formula Vee: Mitchell Ferguson, Moore, South Carolina, Vorscha GB4
GT-1: Joseph Freda, Notasulga, Alabama, Chevrolet Corvette
GT-2: Daniel Bender, Northbrook, Illinois, Chevrolet Camaro
*GT-3: Stacy Wilson, Englewood, Tennessee, Mazda RX-7
*GT-Lite: Peter Shadowen, West Palm Beach, Florida, Honda CRX
*GTX: Jacek Mucha, Highland Beach, Florida, Cadillac Dpi
Prototype 1: Chip Romer, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Elan DP02
*Prototype 2: Robert Iversen, Gulf Breeze, Florida, Ligier JS49
*Super Touring Lite: Danny Steyn, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Mazda MX-5
*Super Touring Under: Johann Schwartz, Huntersville, North Carolina, Porsche 944
Spec Miata: Conner Zilisch, Mooresville, North Carolina, Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford Gen 3: Denny Stripling, McKinney, Texas, Spec Racer Ford
*Touring 2: Raphael Assuncao, Cumming, Georgia, Porsche Cayman
Touring 3: Jaden Lander, New York, New York, Mazda MX-5
Touring 4: Ethan Barker, Houston, Texas, Mazda MX-5
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