Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national championship titles, including podium sweeps in both the highly-competitive Super Touring Light and Formula F classes, at the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, contested recently at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A total of 105 Honda and Acura racers, the largest Runoffs field for the manufacturer since the start of the Honda Racing Line grassroots motorsports program in 2009, traveled to the legendary Indianapolis track’s road course for this year’s 54th annual national championships. Honda and Acura racers took part in 14 of the weekend’s 28 classes of racing, tying the manufacturer’s previous class participation record for the Runoffs.
In addition to the record turnout, it also was a weekend of excellent results for Honda and Acura, with four national championships – backed by another seven podium finishes – in the 14 races contested at this year’s Runoffs.
In winning Formula F with his Honda-powered Mygale, Matthew Crowley of Tampa, FL ran a mistake-free last lap and took the victory. With 28 cars of the 36-car field powered by the durable and sporty Honda Fit engine, Hondas took nine of the top-10 spots.
Crowley won a tight battle with the other podium finishers, Zach Holden and Jonathan Kotyk, with nose-to-tail racing throughout the 19-lap race, typical of this developmental open-wheel category.
Super Tourlng Light
In the STL race, there were 24 Honda and Acura entries, and the manufacturer claimed the top five spots at the checkers. Adam Roberts led the way, taking his Honda Civic CRX Si to his first Super Touring Light championship. Eric Kutil finished second, for the second year in a row, with Garret Dunn rounding out the podium finishers in his CRX Si.
Super Touring Under
There were plenty of strong Honda and Acura contenders in Sunday’s STU race, with last year’s STU winner, Kevin Boehm, leaping to the lead at the start in his Civic Type-R powered 2017 Honda Civic Si. Kevin then surrendered the lead to Rob Huffmaster in his Honda S2000, but mechanical issues would later sideline both cars.
Max Gee, a driving instructor at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Driving School, was there to pick up the lead, taking his Honda Prelude to Victory Circle, holding off the rest of the field for the remaining 11 laps.