You can bring anything you want to Performance Touring classes. As long as its points are optimized, you can compete with a Mazda RX-8 or a Mustang or a BMC 318 Ti or even a Honda Civic. And that’s just what happened in the four-car field at Miller this year.
SoCal’s Dennis Holloway found his way to a win on Sunday. It wasn’t the first time an RX-8 had won it all in PTC, but it was Holloway’s first.
“I was lucky. Normally I don’t get this lucky,” he said. “It feels good to get a National win. The car was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better car. It was better in the corners than in the straightaway. I could always use more torque.”
NASA National Medical Director Greg Greenbaum took second in PTC. As an official, Greenbaum was busy all week, but he jumped in at the end of the grid and worked his way forward.
“I couldn’t catch up to Dennis at all,” Greenbaum said. “Dennis was just being modest. He wasn’t lucky. Dennis is an awful good driver. I’ve been driving with him for years, and he’s a real sportsman.”
Rocky Mountain and Texas Regional Director Dave Balingit raced his Mustang in PTC and wound up getting third place. He even led the race, albeit briefly.
“We got a pretty good start, and I actually passed Dennis for first place and I knew that wasn’t going to last because I knew he’d get back by me again, he said. “I stuck out in front of Greenbaum and James Rowen for a little bit and tried to screw them up and make them race each other, but finally Greg got around me and then after that I just tried to settle in. I went back to racing 101, color within the lines, drive smoothly and drive a clean race.”