Round 5 of the NASA Utah season played host to the Formula 3 PanAm racers, and a WERC 6 Hour endurance race. Excitement was abound from sunrise to well into the night. Our man Michael Wells will be providing photos from the endurance race, along with some additional photos from the weekend as he usually does. Let’s start off with some fiery news on the TT front.
It is literary fiery because TT1 National Champion Shawn Murphy’s STi burst into flames on the front straightaway at 140mph. Thankfully he was unhurt, and the car didn’t suffer too much damage from the impromptu barbecue. AND despite the immolation of his vehicle, Shawn still took third in TT1!
Taking the TT1 win was Allen Turner, piloting the TW Racing Audi R8 LMS. Second place was held down by the boys at Smith Burke Racing.
Greg Valdez was your TT2 winner, Chad Hess climbed to the top of the heap in TT3, and mad man Todd Green took home the TTE win AND the PTE win, and then drove in the endurance race. He is insane, and we tip our hat to him. In TTB and TTD Richard Thiessens and Joel Selman took home the wins. They were also the only ones in their classes.
The Open Wheel regulars were joined by the Formula 3 PanAm drivers for both of the Open Wheel races on Saturday. Race 1 was won by Javier Echeverria and race 2 was won by Gerardo Garcia.
Steve Burns took both Super Formula races, only just barely, while Troy Duffin dominated the Formula races.
The Lightning race saw some close, dare I say chippy, racing. Spec Miata was a hard fought class, along with the ever growing Spec Z class. Byron Smith, driving the white BMW above, took home the GTS3 win over Gus Stribakos in dominating fashion.
Ashley Burt proved his 350Z was more Spec-tacular than the other competitors in class, and was rewarded with a win, and a lame pun.
We had a PTA class for the first time in… I can’t remember. Despite showing up late to grid, Ralph Warren and John Trefethen battled from the drop of the green flag, with Ralph proving his 135i was the superior BMW by less than a tenth of a second. We would see them again in the Thunder Race.
Sam Kapp and Otto Silva continued their season long 944 Spec battle, with Sam taking the win over Otto. Otto would not let Sam take the win without a fight, as they battled hard until the checkered flew.
And in Spec Miata… Umm, well I’m fairly confident McKay Snow took the victory but I’m not sure. At the time of the writing of this piece, there were no results OR even a class listed in the Saturday results on MyLaps.com. However, Spec Miata is in the Sunday results, where David Sherman beat out McKay Snow for the class victory. And Doug Turnquist won PTB on Saturday, by virtue of being the only man in the class.
It was an all Corvette front row in the Thunder Race, but only one of those front row Corvettes finished the race. James Miller and the chop top/Barbie/Swamp Thing/however you want to describe it C4 Corvette went wire to wire, taking the SU class and overall win.
David Donner came out swinging in his new livery, and proceeded to take victory in GTSU over John Scarlett.
The TW Racing Audi R8 LMS took the ST1 class with Derek Wolthoff at the helm.
Chris Vivolo hung an 8.9 second gap on Darrell Troester in GTS4, and collected himself a victory.
Travis Tidball rose to the top of ST3, and ran all the way to victory lane! Well, wherever he was parking because there wasn’t an actual victory lane. You get the idea.
ST2 and GTS5 were one man classes, which were won by Brendon Stewart and Alan Wilson respectively.
The Thunder Race group was also filled out by the addition of BMW CCA Club Racers. In the CM class, Vic Pizzino took his E46 to the winner’s circle; while in BM we saw the 135 battle the 17. This time the 17 took the win, thanks to some fancy driving by Loren Trefethen.
JP was won by Tom Bell, and IP was won by James Fluckey.
And that is that. Sorry this isn’t packed full of my usual wit, or has more photos in it, but there’s a good reason for it! The day before the event I broke my arm, and since I’m not Wolverine it’s still broken. I shot the event one handed because I couldn’t really do much with my other arm. If any of you drivers remember the photographer giving the thumbs up at pit in, it was me doing that. I don’t usually do this, but I have a gallery of all of the photos from the event (and previous events) on my Smug Mug site. The bills are starting to accumulate, and I would greatly appreciate it if you guys would take a look and maybe buy a couple of things from me.
Anyway, enough of the sob story. Here’s the big ole gallery for you guys to enjoy!
Words and Photos by Michael Chandler
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