Feb 8-9: Chuckwalla
March 15-16: Sonoma Raceway
April 5-6: Buttonwillow
May 3-4: Spring Mountain
July 26-27: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Oct 4-5: Buttonwillow
Nov 7-9th - Western States Championship @ Sonoma Raceway
When the field converged on Buttonwillow Raceway Park for the last race of the 2013 season, rookie Brett Becker had nearly 100 points over Nova Brown and more than 200 than David Varco, who was in sixth.
But that was before any of them had dropped their five lowest scoring races. By the time the weekend was over, and the scores had been adjusted, David Varco had staged a huge comeback to take the SoCal Regional Championship.
For Saturday's race, Spec Miata was grouped as usual with Spec E30 and 944 Spec, but also with Performance Touring cars. Those conditions made for a crowded start, especially considering the single wave green flag. Turn 1 was crowded and busy, but there was no contact.
"I went from first to last in that first corner, especially starting that close behind the 944 Spec field," said Wilson Steele, who finished third on Saturday and Sunday. "There was the potential for going into Turn 1 and three people coming out instead of 40."
Brown made the most of the start conditions and put a few PT cars between himself and Varco, who had been fighting radiator problems all morning. Not long into the race, a PT car went four-off in front of Brown and he too left the racing surface, which was all Varco needed to get by, but Brown wasn't done fighting.
One lap and a cloud of dust! That pretty much sums up racing the weekend of October 12/13 at Buttonwillow Raceway as 944 Spec, Spec Miata, Spec E30 and an alphabet soup of PT classes shared the track in Race Group B. While the sprint races would not have been mistaken for Le Mans, the action was almost as intense. It was also a good weekend for those with little to no race experience but who are making their way in that direction.
Friday Test Day saw Greg Birkholz out on track in Charlie Buzzetti's car, learning the track and the car in lead/follow sessions with Jim Foxx. Greg's lap times improved quickly, as his confidence and his smile grew. Charlie and Everett DeLano also spent some time working on the line and car set up for CCW # 13.
Feb 8 & 9- Chuckwalla (Hosted by NASA AZ)* Select groups will earn points
March 1 & 2 - Auto Club Speedway
April 5 & 6- Buttonwillow
May 3 & 4- Spring
Mountain Motorsports (Crossover w/ NASA AZ)
May 17 & 18- Streets of Willow (HPDE Only)
June 7 & 8- Buttonwillow
July 12 & 13 - Willow
Oct 4 & 5- Buttonwillow
Unlike the finishes at many of the 2013 Spec Miata races, one discernible trait of the podium finishers at Auto Club Speedway is that the majority of them were old enough to vote. Some even had gray hair.
Past events have been primarily all-teen podiums, so it's encouraging to see age and treachery trump youth, enthusiasm, and a nonexistent sense of mortality. If only for one event this season.
Ken Saward qualified on the pole Saturday, which is always a plus, but because of the draft at Auto Club Speedway, any advantage can go away as early as the first turn. Saward got a decent jump, but the field of 10 cars all pushing one another faster made for a crowded entry into the infield portion of the roval course.