ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 20, 2010) – Chris Bovis, Joel Lipperini and Mike Moser highlighted a weekend of outstanding performances by Honda and Acura drivers at the SCCA WeatherTech June Sprints, winning their respective classes in the 55th running of the classic sports-car racing event at Road America.
Nineteen Honda and Acura racers, running in seven classes, were part of the 350-strong June Sprints field, including the first three Honda Fit-powered Formula F racers to compete at the summer classic.
Bovis, the 2007 SCCA National Champion in GT Lite, led teammates Jim Dentici and Bob Clark across the finish line in a 1-2-3 result for their JDM/Ragland Racing Honda CRXs. Pole qualifier Dentici and the third-starting Clark both slid off course in wet conditions during the opening lap of the race, then made impressive recoveries to finish second and third, respectively.
Lipperini, the defending National Champion in Showroom Stock C, continued his winning ways at Road America with a flag-to-flag victory in his RaceLabz Acura Integra.
Moser won the H Production race, driving the same Core Consulting Honda CRX taken to the SCCA national title by Dan Meller last September. Moser is undefeated in five races this season, and a leading contender for the H Production national championship in September.
In Formula F, Mike Scanlan made the long tow from Great Neck, New York to finish 10th in the highly-competitive 22-car field, driving his Swift DB-6 Honda. Other Honda-powered Formula F racers at this year’s Sprints included Chicago’s Tim Wise, driving his Repliform Swift DB-6; and Dan Layton, driving a Van Diemen RF98/00 for Quantum Racing Services out of Oklahoma City.
Kristopher “Kip” Olson made a big splash with the debut of his Driving Ambition Acura NSX in the Super Touring-Over class, qualifying on the pole, setting a new lap record and leading eight laps en route to a second-place finish in the opening race of the weekend.
Kevin Ruck also led several laps in F Production with his Engineered Performance Acura Integra, before finishing second. Other Honda and Acura finishes of note include John Costello, third in Touring 3 in his Honda S2000; and Greg Gauper, who finished third in H Production in his Honda CRX.
Celebrating its 55th consecutive year at the four-mile Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis., the WeatherTech June Sprints is the largest annual SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series event, offering racers from across the country the opportunity to compete on one of the country’s premier racing layouts and continue in their efforts to qualify for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, conducted at Road America in mid-September.
Through its Honda Racing Line program, Honda Racing/HPD provides support and incentive programs to Honda and Acura racers competing at the SCCA Runoffs and in other forms of grassroots motorsports competition. Additional details on the Honda Racing Line can be found at http://racing.honda.com/hpd.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993 and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for Honda and Acura high-performance racing cars and engines. In addition to its Grassroots Motorsports Initiative, HPD is the single engine supplier to the IndyCar Series and competes in prototype sports-car racing in the American Le Mans Series and in Europe.
2010 Honda and Acura SCCA June Sprints Class Winners:
Showroom Stock C: Joel Lipperini, Pittston, PA, RaceLabz Acura Integra GS
GT Light: Chris Bovis, Lawrence, KS, JDM/Ragland Racing Honda CRX
H Production: Mike Moser, Milwaukee, WI, Core Consulting Honda CRX
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Photo 2: Mike Scanlan led three Honda Fit-powered Formula Fs at the June Sprints, finishing 10th.