Hoosier Racing Tire Super Tour 2017 Point Champions
TOPEKA, Kan - The chase for Hoosier Super Tour point championship has come to an end. After 22 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour races at 11 tracks this year, plus the 54th SCCA National Championship Runoffs® at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, top series performers have now been identified.
Here is a rundown of the 2017 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour point champion. A full accounting of the standings can be viewed at the Hoosier Super Tour points webpage.
Congratulations to Marietta, Georgia’s Michael Kamalian who captured the Grand Touring Lite, [ GT-L ] Championship, a fantastic effort this season. Kamalian drove his Mazda Miata to a total of six race wins. Finishing second in the championship was North Carolina’s Graham Fuller driving a Honda CRX while Virginia’s James Gregorious wound up third behind the wheel of his Mazda RX-7
Top Canadian in the championship, that consisted of 38 drivers, was Victoria, British Columbia, Canada’s, Bill Okell who drove for San Francisco’s Joe Huffaker Engineering, behind the wheel of his Austin Healey MK-III. Okell took two race wins this year at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Bakersfield, California in late May, then went on to take his second win, [third of his career], at Portland International Raceway Park in early June. The win at the SCCA Southern California Sports Car Club track was also sweet as he set a new track record. Okell capped off his year with a 12th place finish at the SCCA National Championship Run-Offs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in late September and then backed that finish up with a win, his second in a row, at the SCCA’s Pacific Coast Road Racing Championships at U.S. Auto Club Speedway, Los Angeles, California, in late October. He also captured the 2017 SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Western Conference GTL Championship here, on the west coast. This was his first Conference Championship, in four years of competition on the U.S. Majors Tour.
For 2018, Okell will focus once again on returning to the SCCA’s National Championship, which will be in Joe Huffaker’s backyard at Sonoma Raceway Park, in late October. The Western Conference SCCA U.S. Majors Tour gets underway in the second week of January, where Okell will once again drive the Huffaker owned Austin Healey MK-III.
The inaugural Hoosier Super Tour season opened in January with Round One and Round Two at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The tour then took a month off before holding three events in March -- one at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana, another at Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California, and a third at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Three events were also held during April starting with Oklahoma's Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, followed by a stop at VIRginia International Raceway, and finally a visit to Buttonwillow Raceway Park in California. Next up was Round Fifteen and Round Sixteen at Portland International Raceway in Oregon. The regular-season calendar then wrapped up in June with three final events. The first weekend took place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Then came the June Sprints at Road America in Wisconsin before the final regular-season event at Watkins Glen International in Upstate New York.
Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour consists of multiple weekends at premier tracks across the United States. Each event includes two races for each Runoffs-eligible car class.
Venues are selected based on various attributes. Some have decades of history with a record book featuring the biggest names in all of motorsport. Other sites are top “pro” tracks offering the best quality racing surface and amenities. And certain tracks were selected because they are the best “club” courses in the country, where challenging layouts are matched with warm hospitality and a “family feel” to the paddock area.
Offering a heightened experience for both competitors and race fans, Hoosier Super Tour events include segmented timing and scoring, up to two static cameras broadcasting on-track action live at SCCA.com, a “Super Tour Radio presented by Hoosier Racing Tire” team of announcers providing consistent insight and entertainment heard at tracks or online at SCCA.com, and dedicated staffing with a series race director, administrator and technical inspector. Super Tour dates will also have enhanced weekend social activities.
Hoosier Super Tour drivers earn points toward the Nationwide Points Championship. Only results from Hoosier Super Tour races go toward the Nationwide Points Championship. However, points gained at Super Tour events also count toward Conference Championships within the Conference hosting the Super Tour event. The points structure is the same as the U.S. Majors Tour with the best six Hoosier Super Tour races, plus the Runoffs finish, going toward deciding class champions.
The Hoosier Super Tour is also a gateway to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs being held in 2018 at Sonoma Raceway in California.
The full 2018 Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour schedule is as follows:
- January 12-14: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Florida
(Southeast Conf., Central Florida Region)
- February 2-4: Circuit of the Americas; Austin, Texas
(Southern Conf., Lone Star Region/Southwest Division)
- March 3-4: NOLA Motorsports Park; Avondale, Louisiana
(Southeast Conf./Southern Conf., Southwest Division)
- April 7-8: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Jennings, Oklahoma
(Mid-States Conf./Southern Conf.; Ark Valley Race Group)
- April 13-15: VIRginia International Raceway; Alton, Virginia
(Northeast Conf./Southeast Conf., North Carolina Region)
- April 27-29: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Buttonwillow, California
(Western Conf., Cal Club Region)
- May 19-20: Portland International Raceway; Portland, Oregon
(Western Conf., Oregon Region)
- June 1-3: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio
(Northern Conf., Ohio Valley Region)
- June 15-17: Road America - June Sprints; Plymouth, Wisconsin
(Northern Conf., Chicago Region)
- June 22-24: Watkins Glen International; Watkins Glen, New York
(Northeast Conf., Glen Region)