TOPEKA, Kan. (August 22, 2019) – The SCCA® U.S. Majors Tour® Southeast Conference has concluded its 2019 calendar. Nearly 900 racers took part in the Southeast Conference’s 12-round season that held court at six different venues. Drivers who excelled rightfully earned a 2019 Southeast Conference championship.
A handful of racers claimed their championships by the thinnest of margins. In B-Spec, David Daughtery and his Honda Fit tied with the MINI Cooper of Bradley Davis, both amassing 142 points during the Southeast Conference season. However, Daughtery claims the championship as he managed to garner four victories as compared to the two wins Davis claimed over eight races.
The GT-Lite class was decided by a single point as Paul Mevoli and his Nissan Sentra gathered up 93 points as compared to the 92 points earned by David Stephens and his Datsun 510 machine. Finishing only four points behind Stephens was Ted Phenix driving an Austin Cooper S.
The championship in two other classes was decided by only two points. In H Production, Will Perry and his Honda CRX took the top spot by accumulating 150 points with six wins over the course of six races while Michael Miller, driving an Austin Healey Sprite, harvested 148 points over eight races. Then in the Touring 3 class, Tomas Ballester and his BMW SE46 collected the championship with 149 points, which was two more points than runner-up Philip Cunningham could manage in his Ford Mustang. Only five points behind Cunningham was the BMW 330ci of Broderick Baugess. Incidentally, both Ballester and Cunningham competed in every Southeast Conference race weekend during the year.
Five points was the margin of victory in GT-1 for Michael Lewis in his Jaguar XKR as they bested Juan Vento’s Chevrolet Corvette, and Touring 2 was decided by nine points with Cooper MacNeil and his BMW M3 claiming the championship over John Logiudice piloting a Chevrolet Corvette.
The two largest classes in the Southeast Conference this year were Spec Racer Ford Gen3 (SRF3) and Spec Miata (SM). Preston Pardus ended up at the top of the chart in SM, beating out nearly 150 other competitors. And of the 113 drivers who challenged for the SRF3 championship, Brian Schofield came out on top.
The Southeast Conference again began its racing season in early January with Round One and Round Two at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Next was a stop at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, an event that also opened the Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA® Super Tour season. The Conference then rested in February before a second Hoosier Super Tour event in March at Georgia’s Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the first-ever Hoosier Super Tour conducted at that venue. The season continued in April with another Hoosier Super Tour event, and 2019 Runoffs preview, at VIRginia International Raceway. The Conference took another break in May before cranking things up in June at Charlotte Motor Speedway for Round Nine and Round Ten, followed by the season finale at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Georgia.
Conference points are awarded to the top 20 finishers in each class. Winners earn 25 points, and 21 points go to second. Points are then doled out to others starting with 18 and descending to a single point for the 20th finisher. Only the best eight finishes at Southeast Conference races count towards a driver’s point total. Below are Southeast Conference Champions with Class: Name, Hometown, SCCA Region and Car.
-American Sedan®: Kelly Lubash; Stanford, CT; New England Region; Chevrolet Camaro
-B-Spec: David Daughtery; Fortville, IN; Indianapolis Region; Honda Fit
-E Production: Peter Norton; Pelham, NC; North Carolina Region; Caterham Seven
-F Production: Ken Kannard; Sebring, FL; Atlanta Region; Mazda Miata
-H Production: Will Perry; Sale Creek, TN; Chattanooga Region; Honda CRX
-Formula 500: Russell Strate Jr.; Alden, NY; Western New York Region; Scorpion S-1
-Formula 1000: Michael Crowe; Chattanooga , TN; Central Florida Region; Citation
-Formula Atlantic®: Spencer Brockman; Westport, CT; New England Region; Swift 014
-Formula Continental®: Charles Moran; Oakton, VA; Old Dominion Region; Van Dieman RF99
-Formula Enterprises: Ray Mason; Blacklick, OH; Ohio Valley Region; SCCA FE Mazda
-Formula Enterprises 2: Scott Rettich; Columbus, OH; Ohio Valley Region; SCCA FE2 Mazda
-Formula F: David Livingston Jr.; Nashville, TN; Tennessee Region; Spectrum 14H
-Formula Mazda: Robert Noell; Kure Beach, NC; Central Carolinas Region; Star Formula Mazda
-Formula Vee®: Stevan Davis; Danielsville, GA; Atlanta Region; Racer's Wedge SB-1
-GT-1: Michael Lewis; Poway, CA; San Diego Region; Jaguar XKR
-GT-2: David Tuaty; Miami, FL; Florida Region; Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Car
-GT-3: William Wilson; Englewood, TN; Atlanta Region; Mazda RX-7
-GT-Lite: Paul Mevoli; Treasure Island, FL; Central Florida Region; Nissan Sentra
-Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha; Highland Beach, FL; Florida Region; JMS016CP Mazda
-Prototype 2: Thomas Kaufman; Cheriton, VA; Florida Region; West WXR101
-Spec Miata: Preston Pardus; New Smyrna Beach, FL; Central Florida Region; Mazda Miata
-SRF3: Brian Schofield; Lakeland, FL; Central Florida Region; Spec Racer Ford Gen3
-Super Touring® Lite: Danny Steyn; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Florida Region; Mazda MX-5
-Super Touring® Under: Paul Azan; Miami, FL; Florida Region; BMW 328
-Touring 1: Joe Aquilante; Phoenixville, PA; Philadelphia Region; Chevrolet Corvette
-Touring 2: Cooper MacNeil; Hillsdale, IL; Colorado Region; BMW M3
-Touring 3: Tomas Ballester; San Juan, PR; Florida Region; BMW SE46
-Touring 4: Bryan Horowitz; Palmetto Bay, FL; Florida Region; Scion FRS
The U.S. Majors Tour is one pathway to the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® being held Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway along the border of North Carolina and Virginia. U.S. Majors Tour drivers qualify for the Runoffs by participating in three U.S. Majors Tour weekends and starting at least three U.S. Majors Tour races in the same car class over the course of the season.
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Photo: Michael Lewis and his Jaguar XKR took the 2019 U.S. Majors Tour Southeast Conference GT-1 Championship title
Photo Credit: Mark Weber