V8 StockCar: Road Atlanta, American Road Race of Champions Preview

The American Road Race of Champions Presented by GrassRoots Motorsports Magazine is arguably the most important club racing event in the U.S. that isn’t named the SCCA Runoffs or the June Sprints. The event has grown from one of regional importance to one of national significance, with racer’s coming from all over the U.S., Canada and others. The racer’s will have to tackle North America’s most challenging circuit, the historic, fast, thrilling 2.54 miles and 12 turns of Road Atlanta.

The event is planned and hosted by the Atlanta Region of the Sports Car Club of America and they began planning the 2010 event shortly after the checker fell on the 2009 ARRC. This capable group has it down to a science, and the ARRC is a model of how to put on a top flight road racing event.

As always, the ARRC will be the final event for the V8 StockCar Road Racing Series and all four class champions will be crowned there with each receiving
the beautiful Mo’sGold Championship ring. In the V8 GT-1 class Dave Machavern leads with 144 points to Charles Wicht’s 116. Machavern, the former Grand Am Rolex GTS class, has 27 career wins to his credit in the series as well as the 2008 & 2009 class championships. Machavern will have outstanding competition at the ARRC from 2009 ARRC champ Simon Gregg a SCCA Trans Am competitor in his Derhaag Motorsports Corvette. Bob and Zach Monette in their Mustang’s, Paige Monette in her Corvette, former IMSA champ Gene Felton and the Mustang’s of Tim Lyons and Richard Bridgette will also challenge.

In V8 GT2, 2009 champ Bob Mayer returns with his CrossRoads Motorsports prepared C6 Corvette to battle with Ed Lewis’ Z06, Doug Wilson’s BMW M3,
Robert Finlayson’s beautiful Performance AFX Motorsports Corvette and more. The V8 GT2 class is open to SCCA STO, GT-2, ITO, ex Koni Challenge cars
and the like.

In V8 GTA (think limited late model) , Tommy “Holywood” Graham holds a eight point advantage over Lexington, North Carolina’s Kurt Roehrig 144 to 136 with 2009 champ Randy Walker in third with 115 points. Roehrig has run some of the best laps ever for a GTA car at Road Atlanta, and could be considered the favorite, however Graham,Walker, Tony Amico, Rob Morris and others are capable of spoiling his weekend.

The V8 SPO (think super late model) class should be a war with former three time Nascar Dash Champion Larry Hoopaugh, Paul Breehne, ARCA racers Bob Mitten and Ed Bull, and Lee Arnold all having the skill and equipment to take home a win. Hoopaugh and Breehne go into the ARRC weekend tied in points for the championship with 140 each. No one else is close enough in points to challenge the pair for the Mo’sGold ring, so expect a barnburner from these two. Last year Hoopaugh and Breehne ran nose to tail for most of the race until Hoopaugh pushed too hard into turn one going off and letting Breehne by. Hoopaugh quickly got back under way, came home third and took the championship over Breehne by just one point.

The fastest cars in the group will top 175 mph down the long back straight
before going under heavy braking for the chicane and then climb the hill under
the bridge to a 90 foot drop and high speed turn 12 onto the front straight.

Road Atlanta is located right across the street from Lanier Raceway near
Flowery Branch, Georgia.

The V8 Series thanks its’ marketing partners:

SCCA, Atlanta Region, Road Atlanta, RaceTalkRadio.com, Hoosier, Goodyear, Mo’s Gold, Howe, FiveStar, RaceCar Engineering, RacingJunk.com, Roehrig-Enders Suspension, GrassRoots Motorsports Magazine, Racing Limo’s, SaferRacer, Randy Lajoie and Hess Racing Products.

The Pancho Weaver chassis GT-1 Corvette of North Carolina’s Scott Murphy

This is the V8 GT2 class Corvette of 2009 class Champ Bob Mayer.
The car is built from a Corvette tub (non tube frame). Was an ex Speed
World Challenge car. Holds track records all over the south.

2009 V8 SPO class champ Larry Hoopaugh. ex Busch Car, SB2 powered.
There is a reason this guy won three Nascar Dash Series Championships.
He can flat out wheel!!!

The very cool 1963 Ford Falcon of Bill Riddell. Built by Jacksonville’s Tommy Riggins in 2008. Powered by a 700 hp Nascar Truck series 358.
This is all Trans Am car underneath.

Bosco, that Falcon of Bill’s is too cool!!

Absolutely!! Tommy Riggins felt that the aero was in the same league as
the mid 90’s Trans Am Mustang of Tommy Kendall. They were reportedly
the best downforce cars ever in TA.