Seven cars gridded for the seventh and last race weekend of the year for the NASA Midwest and Great Lakes Camaro Mustang Challenge at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.
During Friday’s test and tune, Robert Salus, Bryan White, Kent Owens and Derek Wright took advantage of the extra track time, and it paid off for Wright, who earned pole position Saturday with a blazing 2:35.9! Kent Owens in his Pontiac Firebird started second, with Robert Salus in his Firebird in third, Anders Sjoblom in his Ford Mustang in fourth, Joe Sullivan in fifth, and Mike Gerowitz in sixth. Robert Salus’ qualifying run was made more challenging for him when his fire system began to discharge during qualifying. He eventually had to come in early when the entire floorboard was covered in foam from the fire system.
Both Saturday races were standing starts. Owens won the first race, with Sjoblom coming in second. Wright took third with a new track record of 2:35.9.
In the second race Saturday, Owens’ torque arm failed on the out lap, which cut his driveshaft into two pieces, and took him out of the race. Sjoblom won the race, with Wright in second and Salus third.
That left the Midwest CMC Championship to be decided by two points. Owens snared first place in the Midwest CMC regional championship, beating out Wright who topped Sjoblom in third place by just six points.
For the Great Lakes regional championship, Sjoblom and Wright tied for first place after drops. Using the CCR for the tiebreaker, the next determining factor was unmodified points (no drops), and Sjoblom ended up winning the Great Lakes regional championship by one point. Tim Bennett received third place in the Great Lakes regional championship.
Congratulations to our champions and thanks to everyone who contributed to making yet another spectacular season for CMC.