Bill Okell in Indianapolis in 17th position
Note: Correction on start times:
Please note a correction for the previous email. The race start time tomorrow for F Production is 11:35 Pacific and the Sunday GTL race starts at 8:45 Pacific. All races will be available for viewing at at later date on the SCCA website for those wanting to see these or other races in the Run offs. See SCCA Run offs.
Thursday was the last of four qualifying days at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. By day’s end, the pole positions have been named in each of 28 car classes competing over the next three days.
For Victoria's Bill Okell, while he may not be on the pole, he has a good shot at finishing in the top ten of the GTL class, where he will start 17-out-of-26 cars, Sunday at 11:35 am Pacific. In the more crowded F Production race, his start position is 17-out-of-42 cars, Friday at 8:45 am Pacific.
Okell, driving the Huffaker Engineering Austin Healey shaved four seconds in F production qualifying, by reducing car weight, new tires and changing carburetors, and he is full of confidence leading into Friday's first race.
The 16th starting position in the National championship for the GTL class is only one position off his Laguna Seca, California Runoffs start position in 2014, where he went on to finish 10th. There is typically high car attrition in the 40 minutes races, and Okell hopes to use that to his advantage.
To view complete coverage of all 28 races can be seen here at the SCCA 2017Runoffs website Live Timing, Audio, Video .
Notes: The Indy sports car course offers 15 turns and 2.592 miles of track. The circuit consists of 10 right-hand and five left-hand turns, as well as a main straight of 3,700 feet in length. The configuration includes portions of Indianapolis Motor Speedway previously utilized by Formula 1 for the U.S. Grand Prix and currently used by the Verizon IndyCar Series for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 67,500-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both amateur and professional levels. It annually sanctions more than 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary.