Posted (09/28/2017) -
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 28, 2017) -- Four days of qualifying wrapped up Thursday evening at the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As such, there are now 28 Tire Rack Pole Award winners who will lead their respective classes to the green flag over the next three days as nearly 1,000 competitors do their best to claim victory on the 15-turn, 2.592-mile road circuit. Racing begins Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time with a live video broadcast available online via SCCA.com and Motor Trend OnDemand. But before then, below is a rundown of 2017 Tire Rack Pole Winners.
Super Touring® Lite saw a battle over the week for the fastest qualifying lap. Danny Steyn, in the Adept/Nelson/OPM/G-Loc Mazda MX-5, was top dog the first two days. Eric Kutil, driving the Carbotech/Auto Assets/Gridlife Honda Civic Si, then found the quickest lap by day three. He, however, was supplanted Thursday by another Honda CRX Si ace, Adam Roberts of the Honest Speed Shop/Myers Motorsports outfit for his very first Tire Rack Pole Award.
In Touring 2, Kurt Rezzetano looked to have things under control most of the week in his Phoenix/Hoosier/Hawk/Penske Ford Mustang GT. However, John M. Buttermore and his Hoosier/Carbotech/Stoptech Chevrolet Corvette C5 came out Thursday with a magnificent lap to claim his third Runoffs pole.
It was a battle of Nissan 350Zs in Touring 2 as Derek Kulach, driving for Fiesta Auto/G-Loc/Nissan, and Rob Hines, driving for Nissan/Hoosier/G-Loc, each held the fastest time in the class at one point. But finally, it was Hines who claimed the Tire Rack Pole Award, his second.
And Oscar Jackson, piloting a Jackson Racing/BFGoodrich Toyota 86, had the fastest times all week in Touring 4, claiming his second Tire Rack Pole Award. Rob Huffmaster in his Super Touring® Under BlueForceStaffing.com/Hoosier Honda S2000 also swept qualifying all four days for his third Tire Rack Pole Award. And David Daughtery in the Carbotech/Hoosier Mini Cooper did the same in B-Spec for his seventh Runoffs pole.