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

F1 2017 driver review: Kevin Magnussen

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Kevin Magnussen

Team: Haas
Car No.: 20
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P7 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 19
Championship Position: 14th

Kevin Magnussen’s move to Haas proved to be a win-win situation for both parties through 2017 as they banished the struggles of the previous Formula 1 season.

For Magnussen, the move came after a difficult one-season stint with Renault who despite offering him a way back into F1 after a year on the sidelines were unable to produce a car allowing the Dane to fight far up the order.

Haas had not expected to be able to be that much further ahead, but Magnussen nevertheless immediately offered an uplift in performance after replacing Esteban Gutierrez, who failed to score a single point through 2016.

Magnussen picked up Haas’ first points of the season with a solid drive in China, and was able to capitalize on the bonkers Baku race to take P7, which would ultimately be his best result of the season.

Consistency was a real issue for Haas throughout the year as it continued to have teething problems most new teams encounter, and while Magnussen was more able to drive around the problems than teammate Romain Grosjean, he lacked the ultimate pace of his teammate.

That said, Magnussen’s season highlight came in Mexico, a track Haas expected to be its worst of the season. The ex-McLaren driver qualified on the last row but produced a stunning display to finish eighth, soaking up pressure from Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton late on.

The signs are positive moving forward. Next year should be Haas’ best yet thanks to the stability in the regulations, presenting a good opportunity for Magnussen to prove his star quality.

Season High: Taking P8 in Mexico when Haas expected to be slowest.

Season Low: Lagging home P15 at Spa as Grosjean hit the points.