Preston Pardus on his way to a Spec Miata win at the Runoffs. Photo: Jay Bonvouloir/SCCA

2017 SCCA Runoffs National Champions crowned in Indy

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For SCCA club racers, the opportunity to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course for this year’s National Championship Runoffs was something most could have only dreamed of.

More than 1,000 entries pre-registered although a number of them dropped off by this weekend’s races, but the number still ended at 983 cars entered, and were spread across 24 races.

This year’s Runoffs held at IMS followed runs at Mid-Ohio (2016), Daytona (2015), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (2014) and Road America (2013) in the last five years.

Next year, the Runoffs head back West to Sonoma Raceway on October 16-21, 2018.

Here are this year’s National Champions, below. Full results from the week of SCCA Runoffs, in all classes, are linked here via SCCA’s website.

FRIDAY

  • Touring 1: Andrew Aquilante
  • Formula Atlantic: Keith Grant
  • Prototype 2: Jeff Shafer
  • SRF: Mike Miserendino
  • Spec Miata: Preston Pardus
  • Formula F: Matthew Cowley
  • F Production: Eric Prill
  • GT-2: Andrew Aquilante
  • Touring 3: Derek Kulach
  • B-Spec: David Daughtery

SATURDAY

  • GT-3: Collin Jackson
  • Formula Continental: Austin McCusker
  • Formula Mazda: Melvin David Kemper Jr.
  • E Production: Kip van Steenburg
  • SRF Gen3: Tray Ayers
  • STL: Adam Roberts
  • American Sedan: Bryan Long
  • Touring 2: John M. Buttermore
  • Prototype 1: Jonathan Eriksen
  • Formula 1000 (FB): Alex Mayer

SUNDAY

  • Formula Enterprises: Elliot Finlayson
  • GT-1: David Pintaric
  • Formula Vee: Michael Varacins
  • GT-Lite: Christopher Bovis
  • Touring 4: Darren Seltzer
  • Formula 500: Wiley Clinton McMahan
  • STU: Max Gee
  • H Production: Jason Isley

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool