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AUTUMN MEANS KANSAS FOR MAZDA SCCA CLUB RACERS

-- 14 Championships at the Solo Nationals, 130+ Mazda racers to compete in 11 Runoff Classes --

Oct 10, 2007

October 10, 2007 (IRVINE, Calif.) - When the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) moved the Runoffs to Heartland Park, Topeka, Kansas in 2006, it meant that the two largest gatherings of road racing/time trial club events were now both in Kansas. How important is racing to Topeka, Kansas? Three Spec Miatas graced the cover of the 2006 Topeka visitors guide, showcasing the community's commitment to grassroots roadracing. Mazda racers had a successful time at the Solo Nationals and are ready to race at the Runoffs this weekend.

35th Tire Rack® SCCA Solo National Championships Recap:

The numbers were staggering - almost 1,200 competitors in 35 vehicle classes, plus separate awards for women in each of the classes. Over 150 Mazdas took to the Heartland Park pylon course September 25th-28th. When the time sheets were summed up, 14 championships went to Mazda drivers.

Class

Driver

Hometown

Car

C Street Prepared:

Reijo Silvennoinen

Seal Beach, California

Mazda Miata

C Street Prepared Ladies:

Tami Daniels

Gladstone, Oregon

Mazda MX-5

C Stock:

Ryan Buetzer

Long Beach, California

Mazda Miata

E Stock:

Brian Johns

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mazda Miata

E Stock Ladies:

Tara Johns

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Mazda Miata

H Stock:

Jack Burns

Hamilton, Ohio

MAZDA3

Street Modified 2:

Erik Strelnieks

Cedar Park, Texas

Mazda 3-Rotor RX-7 Turbo

Street Modified 2 Ladies:

Beth A McLure-Strelnieks

Cedar Park, Texas

Mazda 3-Rotor RX-7 Turbo

B Stock:

Jason Isley

Ladera Ranch, California

Mazda RX-8

B Stock Ladies:

Jennifer Isley

Ladera Ranch, California

Mazda RX-8

D Prepared:

Keith Brown

Des Moines, Washington

Mazda Miata

E Modified Ladies Ladies:

Ann S Vogel

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Mazda Miata

E Prepared:

Tom Ellam

Livermore, California

Mazda RX-3

E Prepared Ladies:

Jennifer Lee

Honolulu, Hawaii

Mazda RX-3


2007 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® Presented by AT&T Preview:

With 25 classes of racing, there is something for everyone at the Runoffs ranging from 500cc motorcycle engine-powered formula cars to large V-8 sedans. Mazda racers will be competing in 11 of the 25 races. A prize unique to the Mazda racers is an opportunity to compete in the post season MX-5 Cup shootout. Every Mazda powered runoff champion is eligible to win a brand new Mazda MX-5 and the MAZDASPEED parts required to build an MX-5 Cup car to compete in the 2008 pro series. This is the single largest prize in club racing and is valued in excess of $50,000. This is in addition to the outstanding contingency awards posted by Mazda. First place pays $5,000 to win, with $2,500 for second, and $1,250 for third. In total, Mazda has posted over $100,000 in contingency money.

Spec Miata (SM) -- The most popular class in all of club racing is Spec Miata. With over 1,500 cars competing across the country, the class has set the current benchmark for affordable racing. 2006 class champion Andrew Caddell will be returning to defend his honor. 39 entries.
Formula Mazda (FM) - The other race with a guaranteed Mazda winner is Formula Mazda, the club counterpart to the professional Star Mazda series. 2006 Champion Jim Goughary Jr. will be seeking a repeat and face off with 19 other identical rotary-powered formula cars.
Touring 3 (T3) - ST3 was a new-for-2006 class and Mazda swept the podium, led by Rick Gilhart in a Mazda RX-8. The competition in 2007 is expected to be between Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet. A total of 29 cars were entered in the class.
E Production (EP) - 28 of the 38 entries are Mazda, dominated by a variety of first and second generation RX-7s. Thomas Thrash Jr. is a class favorite in his 1983 RX-7.
F Production (FP) - Jesse Prather will be looking to repeat his 2006 win in his bright red Mazda Miata. Seven of the 26 entries are Miatas.
Showroom Stock B (SSB) - A battle of roadsters in SSB with the Mazda MX-5 Vs the Pontiac Solstice. 30 entries.
Showroom Stock C (SSC) - Among the 21 entries are seven Mazda3s. Oklahoma racer John Saucier will be looking to improve on his 2006 runner-up position in his Mazda3.
C Sports Racing (CSR) - Several Mazda-powered cars are among the 18 entries.
Grand Touring 1 (GT1) - While the vast majority of this 21-car field is five-liter V-8's, Glen Jung is looking to repeat his amazing third-place finish from 2006 in his nimble 1.3 liter two rotor RX-7.
Grand Touring 2 (GT2) - A diverse field with 21 entries from Mazda, Porsche, Nissan, Toyota, Panoz, and Sunbeam. Four RX-7s are entered.
Grand Touring 3 (GT3) - Five RX-7s in the 21-car field. Thomas Thrash Jr. is a class favorite in his 1983 RX-7. Note: That is not a typo. Thrash will be racing in both EP and GT3 preparing an RX-7 for each class.
Since 1977, Mazda drivers have earned 46 SCCA national championships, 29 of them in the past decade. If Pratt Cole wins again this year he will become the winningest driver in Mazda history at the Runoffs, with four championships.

Year

Class

Car

Driver

Mazda Count

Driver Count

1977

B Sedan

RX-3

Stuart Fisher

1

1

1980

SSB

RX-3SP

Ron Christensen

2

1

1981

SSB

RX-3SP

Jim Roberts

3

1

1982

GT-2

RX-3

Christopher Dembs

4

1

1982

CP

RX-7

Robert Reed

5

1

1983

GT-2

RX-7

Robert Reed

6

2

1985

GT-2

RX-7

John Hogdal

7

1

1990

GT-2

RX-7

Matt Mnich

8

1

1990

GT-3

RX-3

Don Walker

9

1

1991

SSC

Protégé

Eric Van Cleef

10

1

1992

GT-3

RX-7

Michael Lewis

11

1

1992

SSC

Miata

Randy Pobst

12

1

1993

SSC

Miata

Michael Galati

13

1

1994

EP

Miata

Terry McCarthy

14

1

1994

GT-3

RX-7

Duane Ablamis

15

1

1994

SSC

Miata

Michael Galati

16

2

1996

GT-3

RX-7

Michael Lewis

17

2

1997

EP

Miata

Pratt Cole

18

1

1997

GT-3

RX-7

Michael Lewis

19

3

1997

SSB

Miata

Michael Galati

20

3

1998

EP

Miata

Bob Boig

21

1

1998

FM

Formula Mazda

Tony Buffomante

22

1

1998

SSB

Miata

David Daughtery

23

1

1998

SSC

Protégé

Paul Bonaccorsi

24

1

1999

FM

Formula Mazda

Keith Roberts

25

1

1999

SSB

Miata

David Daughtery

26

2

2000

FM

Formula Mazda

Matt Beardsley

27

1

2000

SSB

Miata

Randy Saucier

28

1

2000

SSC

Protégé

Paul Bonaccorsi

29

2

2001

EP

Miata

Pratt Cole

30

2

2001

DSR

Cheetah-Mazda

Marc Hoover

31

1

2001

FM

Formula Mazda

Keith Roberts

32

2

2001

SSB

Miata

Randy Saucier

33

2

2001

SSC

Protégé

David Roush

34

1

2002

FM

Formula Mazda

Jamie Bach

35

1

2002

SSB

Miata

David Daughtery

36

3

Year

Class

Car

Driver

Mazda Count

Driver Count

2003

EP

Miata

Jon Brakke

37

1

2003

FM

Formula Mazda

Chris Schanzle

38

1

2003

SSB

Miata

Harry Manning

39

1

 

 



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