Sports Car Club of America race for Bill Okell, NASCAR race for Josh Reaume
Bill Okell/Christopher Kelsall
Bill Okell gets back behind the wheel of the San Francisco based Huffaker Engineering’s Austin Healey MK III this weekend for two more races on the Sport Car Club of America’s (SCCA)US Majors tour circuit.
The track for this series’ events will be Thunderhill Raceway’s three mile and new five mile road course, which is located near Sacramento, California. Okell’s best finish this year was a pair of third’s in the season opening US Majors tour races at Auto Club Speedway near Los Angeles, California.
The twelve race championship culminates with invitations earned to the SCCA’s national championship being held this year at Mid-Ohio’s road course in late September. Okell’s best finish in the last three years of his competition in the US majors tour is a win last year at Buttonwillow Raceway near Bakersfield, California. As for his racing history at Thunderhill Raceway Park, he scored two, third place finishes in 2015, driving the Huffaker Engineering’s MG Midget, with a fourth and a fifth placing back in 2014. Okell sits in sixth place overall in the point standings as this weekend’s race nears the mid-point of the season with races number five and number six.
Victoria’s Josh Reaume will be making his fourth start this year in the NASCAR Xfinity series race at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway, this coming Friday evening. Reaume is right in the midst of switching race teams and will be on loan from Derek White Motorsports, going to Ryan Seig Motorsports for upcoming races.
He will be expected to drive Chevrolets for the Seig team. Reaume has been with Derek White motorsports for the last twelve months, competing in twelve races with his best finish, a 33rd in Ohio. At this point, it is unclear whether Reaume will go the full distance in the 200-mile Friday evening race or he will simply ‘start-and park’ the car, qualifying it initially and then taking the green flag before retiring the car before the first round of pit stops. He is currently working with a North Carolina based marketing firm and is drawing closer to acquiring adequate funding to be able to go ‘full-distance’ races.