ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM – CSP Mazda ace Rick Gould demonstrated national level preparation and quick driving to capture FTD on Sunday at the Cumberland Classic. BENCH RACING – Steve Wilson, Mike Moran, Mark Boggs and Joseph Oxenham watch Formula SAE video during the Saturday night picnic at Mikey’s Farm.


Mazda Rises At Oven-Hot Cumberland Classic Airport Autocross

WILEY FORD, WV – Temperatures on the tarmac played a hand in the outcome of the Cumberland Classic autocross held July 30th and 31st as 136 entries battled the heat at the third leg of the 2005 Miller Lite Cumberland Airport Autocross Series.

Saturday belonged to the growing corps of local open wheel drivers, with John Felten capturing his second fast time of the day (FTD) of the season with a twitchy but cone-free 43.879 second lap in the family 84 Reynard formula racer. Greg Honeycutt’s 86 Reynard car was only 0.145 seconds back, followed by Matt Felten, an eyelash length 0.071 further behind. Dennis Howard was fourth in his Porsche 996 and Michael Moran continued his strong airport performances to grab fifth overall in a Subaru Impreza.

Everybody in the field was covered by the heavy foot and clever strategy of Falls Church Virginia driver Rick Gould on Sunday. Gould chose to run his national championship caliber CSP Miata in the second heat, avoiding the temperature that robbed traction from his competitors later in the event. His 43.971 run stood up for the rest of the day as FTD. Matt Felten topped Honeycutt and John Felten to take second overall as all three open wheelers struggled for grip. Bridgeport, WV ace Dan Whiteman ran a typically smooth lap in his Porsche 911SC for fifth.

Double winners in contested classes for the weekend included Howard in SS, Steve Hotchkiss (AS Corvette), Ross Hall (ASP Porsche 951), Gould CSP, Tink Phillips (ESP Mustang), Bill Pritts (FSP BMW 2002), Fred Pfeiffer III (DP Porsche 914), Paul Pryzborski (Hyundai Accent) STS and Mike Moran in SM.

A Cumberland Autocross Series record 16 local drivers placed in the Top 25 on Saturday, including Mark Boggs (CSP Porsche 914) in 7th, Shawn Miller (SM Trans Am) 8th, Karl Loper (SM Camaro) 9th, Fred Pfeiffer, III 10th, Will Lewis (SM Taurus SHO) 12th, Mike McCagh (SM2 Corvette) 13th, Hotchkiss 15th, Scott Pfeiffer (DP Porsche 914) 16th, Phillips 19th, Dave Williams (CSP Porsche 944) 21st, Joseph Oxenham (ESP Mustang) 24th and Buddy Haines (BS Nissan 350Z) in 25th.

Local drivers in the Sunday Top 25 included Boggs 9th, Lewis 10th, Loper 15th, Miller 16th, Phillps 17th, Pfeiffer III 18th, Hotchkiss 19th, Scott Pfeiffer, 20th, McCagh 21st, Steve Wilson (Porsche 952) 23rd, and Tom Evans (SM Firebird) in 25th.

Local drivers winning Saturday contested classes included Mike Carson (CS Miata). Sunday local class winners included Robert Cendo (CS MR2), Brett Cole (FS Mitsubishi 3000GT),Jerry Wilson (HS Subaru XT) and Steve Wilson (BS Porsche 951S).

Registration is now open for August and September autocrosses events at the Cumberland Regional Airport and can be downloaded from www.nationalroadrally.com/miller_series.html.


RESULTS

Saturday Overall PDF
Saturday Overall HTM
Saturday Class PDF
Saturday Class HTM
Saturday PAX PDF
Saturday PAX HTM

Sunday Overall PDF
Sunday Overall HTM
Sunday Class PDF
Sunday Class HTM
Sunday PAX PDF
Sunday PAX HTM

MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN – Matt Felten sweats out the aptly named second heat as Sunday temperatures soared well above predictions. CONE HEAD CORVETTE – Living up to its name, the Farm Use Corvette was put to good use during tear down. No Porsches were used in the making of this photo.


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