WINNING SMILE – West Virginian Dan Whiteman defied the weather forecast, ran late in his ASP Porsche 911 SC and snatched Saturday FTD from the EM Lotus of McLean, Virginia’s Chuck Sieber. BLUE THUNDER – The Capital Area Cobra Club attended in full force and populated a new class in Cumberland autocross. By weekend’s end, AP was fully appreciated as the Thunder Class, much as it was “in the day.”


Whiteman Spams Seiber Space At Sold Out Icebreaker

WILEY FORD, WV – If the 2005 Icebreaker Autocross had followed form, McLean, Virginia’s Chuck Seiber would have captured two more overall FTD (Fast Time of the Day) awards from National Road Autosport. Instead, the cry of “Go ’Eeers” echoed across the Potomac as WVU based Dan Whiteman scored a Saturday upset to capture the top Saturday time at the two day season opener of the Miller Lite Cumberland Airport Autocross Series.

Whiteman’s immaculate 1978 Porsche 911 SC ran in the last heat of the day and scorched the Mark Boggs designed course in 41.357 seconds. Seiber, who ran earlier to dodge predicted showers, struggled with fuel supply problems and mustered only a 42.085 in his EM Buick V6 powered Lotus. Local drivers John and Matt Felten finished third and fifth overall in their 1984 Reynard. Mike Moran of Sabillisville, MD drove his SM class Subaru Impresa to an impressive fourth place overall.

Seiber regained the top spot Sunday, thanks in part to an overnight rebuild of his fuel system with parts from a local auto store and some timely assistance from Cumberland ESP racer Will Lewis. Second went to perennial Cumberland Airport bridesmaid Derek Schwarz from Baltimore, whose Porsche 993 Twin Turbo trailed Seiber by 1.936 seconds. Whiteman dropped to third, just ahead of Ellicott City’s Dennis Howard in a Porsche 996 Twin Turbo. Dave Stoner scored the highest finish by a Pennsylvania driver, grabbing fifth overall in this full-race BP Corvette.

The event sold out with 200 entries from five states over two days.

The Icebreaker marked the debut of Cumberland’s Thunder Class. Populated entirely by the Capital Area Cobra Club, A Prepared class (AP) honors split for the weekend with Scott Harrison from Great Falls, VA winning Saturday. On Sunday, Harrison had trouble staying on course and AP honors went to Warrenton, Virginia’s Wade Chamberlain.

Double winners in contested classes for the weekend included Whiteman in ASP, Jim Harris (SS Corvette), Steve Hotchkiss (AS Corvette), Greg Honeycutt (BS Porsche), Shawn Roberts (CS Mazda), Tom Evans, (FS Firebird), Craig Newcomb (GS Mini Cooper S), Tracey McCabe (ESP Trans Am), Bill Pritts (FSP BMW), John Felten (BM Reynard), Paul Przyborski (STT Hyundai),

Top local finisher overall was John Felten, third on Saturday and eleventh on Sunday. Local contested class winners included Felten, Hotchkiss, Honeycutt, and Tom Evans plus Fred Pfeiffer III (DM Porsche Saturday) and Scott Pfeiffer (DM Porsche Sunday).

Registration is now open for the June 4/5 National Road Weekend Autocross and can be downloaded by clicking here.

RESULTS

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

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

CHESAPEAKE CHALLENGE – Jack and dad Joe Zuramski enjoy the autocross outing leg of the 36th Chesapeake Challenge, a PCA event held at Rocky Gap Resort in conjunction with the Cumberland Airport Icebreaker. FAMILY AFFAIR – The father and son team of John and Matt Felten finished third and fifth overall on Saturday in the first outing for their BM 84 Reynard. The senior Felten’s performance was the best yet for a local driver at CBE.


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