SVRA Weekend Finale: Miller Wins TA2

Photo: Marc Miller drove the Dodge Challenger to a flag to flag win in Sunday’s TA2 race.

Marc Miller narrowly won the pole for Sunday’s Trans Am 2 race which ended the SVRA weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He left nothing to chance during the race, however, leading all 42 laps in an easy victory. Early in the race he was gaining a second per lap on second place.

Rafa Matos started second, but he didn’t hold the spot long. Third place starter Scott Lagasse, Jr. passed him  in turn 1. Matos seemed to slow more each lap and dropped quickly through the field. He retired after completing just 10 laps. Dillon Machavern got by Lagasse for second and went on to finish as runner up. Lagasse also dropped out of the race after 22 laps.

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The start of the Trans Am race. Rafa Matos (first yellow car) has already dropped from the front row of the grid.

A Weekend Full of Racing

For someone who just like to watch race cars of any kind, an SVRA weekend is perfect. There are three days of nonstop action with practices, qualifying , and races. There are very short breaks between each track session. Their next event is next weekend at Mid Ohio. It’s a great value for people who can’t get to or afford a weekend at a major racing event.

Formula Ford Reunion Brings Back the Nostalgia

The tiny cars with tiny engines really struck a chord with me. While all the cars ran 1.6 liter engines, there were ten (10!) different chassis on the grid. It took me back to my earliest 500s (not 1911) when there were several different types of chassis, each with a distinct look. Sigh. I talked to a couple of the drivers before the race. They are passionate about racing and love what they are doing to preserve the sport. This is a hobby for them, but I think many of them would trade their regular jobs to race full time in a heartbeat.

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Jeremy Treadway won the second Formula Ford race Sunday in a 1981 Van Diemen

A few of the other chassis:

Left: 1972 Crossle25; Top Right : 1980 PRS RHO1  Bottom Right: 1970 Titan

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1969 Winkelman WDF 1

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The 1.6 liter powerplant

 

I’ll be back this week with more on the proposed Indycar engine plan for 2022 and some news and rumors. Might throw in an old program as well.  Thanks for following along this week.

Ribbs Wins VROC; Dyson Takes Trans Am GT;

It’s supposed to be for fun, but the veteran drivers in the Vintage Race of Champions raced hard. The charity event benefits the Morgan Adams Foundation, whose goal is to help find a cure for childhood cancer. The race lead changed several times. 80 year old Johnny Rutherford led a couple laps.  But Willy T. Ribbs went on to win after a spirted battle with Geoff Brabham.

The most serious incident in the race involved Lyn St. James, who spun coming off turn 14 and made contact with the outside wall in the  front stretch.

In today’s Trans Am race, Chris Dyson won, leading the rest of the way after passing   Ernie Francis Jr. about a third of the way through the contest. It was Dyson’s second straight win in the Mustang.  Francis’ Mustang held on to second Adam Andretti finished third in a Corvette and Amy Ruman was fourth.

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Chris Dyson leads Ernie Francis, Jr.  Trans Am race. Adam Andretti is the next car.  Dyson  led to the finish.

In SGT Tim Kezman won the class riving a Porsche 991. Mark Boden  finished second, giving the Porsches a sweep of the top two spots.

The crowd seemed decent for this event.  I thought there more fans at the track today than there were for this event last year.

Here are some photos of drivers before the Pro-Am race:

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Geoff Brabham
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Lyn St. James
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Roberto Guerrero
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Davey Hamilton
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Boris Said ( I know he’s not an Indycar driver. I’ve always thought he was cool)

Tomorrow’s schedule includes the Formula Ford Reunion races at 11:35 am and 1:00 pm and the  Trans Am 2 group race at 2:45 pm. Racing begins at 8 am with two 60 minute enduro races. The 9:10 race features historic GT and GTP cars. Back tomorrow with a wrap up of the day’s action and some more photos.