Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national titles and claimed a 1-2 finish in the inaugural B-Spec category, run as a exhibition class, in last weekend’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America.
More than three dozen Honda and Acura racers traveled to the classic Road America road course in Wisconsin for this year’s 49th annual Runoffs, September 17-23, taking part in 13 of the 30 competition classes.
“I was hoping the two of us could [break away from the pack] and make it a two-car fight, and that’s what happened,” Kautz said. “On the last lap, it came down to whoever got the better run out of the last corner and, fortunately, we were able to pull it off. It was a great race. Thanks to Honda. They gave us a great engine. You just put it in and go. That reliability allowed me to focus my efforts on improving the chassis and my racecraft.”
“I think I was able to get through traffic a little bit better than [the competition]. Dealing with traffic is part of the art, and I think I just got lucky,” Wilwert said. “This win means a lot. I feel truly blessed, in my second try, to win a National Championship. I didn’t expect it.”
|Moser & Gauper on the podium|
“Mike Origer passed me, and I figured I’d let him lead for a bit, but then I got a really good run out of Turn Three and into Five,” Moser said. “I out-braked him, went to the inside, and was able to get ahead. He was still in my mirror for a couple of laps, but once I got a little distance, I settled down a bit and ran my race. It all turned out good.”
Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the Honda Racing Line, offered contingency awards of up to $2,500, along with additional support to help offset travel costs for the racers. HPD also hosted catered, trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing a buffet lunches September 18-22 and a television monitor showing a live feed of on-track activities.
2012 Honda/Acura SCCA National Championship Runoffs Highlights:
|Showroom Stock B:||1st Place||Luke Wilwert||Honda Civic Si|
|Showroom Stock C:||1st Place||Michael Crawford||Acura Integra|
|B-Spec:*||1st Place||Sage Marie||Honda Fit|
|2nd Place||Joel Lipperini||Honda Fit|
|Formula F:||1st Place||Tim Kautz||Piper DF3D Honda|
|GT-Lite:||3rd Place||Jim Hargrove||Honda Civic|
|Touring 3:||3rd Place||Chad Gilsinger||Honda S2000|
|H Production:||1st Place||Michael Moser||Honda CRX|
|3rd Place||Greg Gauper||Honda Civic Si|
* Exhibition class classified as a Runoffs event but not a National Championship class