2000 was the seventh year for the Sports Car Club of America’s Pro Spec Racer championship.
The car used in the series was the very popular Spec Racer Ford.
This affordable, low maintenance, purpose-built vehicle is the popular category at Sports Car
Club of America club racing events and attracts large fields with close racing.
The Pro Spec Racer championship receives support from BF Goodrich Tires and the Ford Motor Company.
The 2000 season consists of eleven race weekends at ten different venues. Each contest is approximately fifty-miles in length. The year opens in March with a doubleheader at Phoenix International Raceway. Teams travel north of the border for round three at Mosport International Raceway. During the first weekend of June, the series visits the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as a support event for the Grand-Am series. Next on the calendar is a race at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Following the event in Colorado, teams stop at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and Memphis Motorsports Park. Pro Spec Racer competitors return to Canada, running an event at Ste. Croix in conjunction with the Speedvision World Challenge championship. Round nine, a month after Ste. Croix is held at Lime Rock Park. The penultimate event is at the end of October at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The year ends at the San Diego Grand Prix, which was a mid-season addition to the schedule.
The Spec Racer Ford is a single-seat, open-cockpit tube-frame chassis sports racer manufactured by SCCA Enterprises in Colorado. The cars are identical and powered by a sealed four-cylinder, SOHC, 1.9-liter Ford engine with a five-speed transmission. This combination produces 105-horsepower and a top speed of 135-mph. The suspension uses a rocker arm design (front and rear) with coil-over shocks on each corner and adjustable front and rear sway-bars.
Round four of the 2000 Pro Spec Racer series was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Competitors would race for twenty-two laps around the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course.
|A field of twenty-nine Pro Spec Racer competitors enters the ‘Esses’ at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round four of the 2000 Pro Spec Racer championship. Leading the pack is the second-fastest qualifier, James Goughary, Jr., driving the No. 29 DUCKSMART.COM Spec Racer Ford. Lined up behind Goughary are the fourth-place starter Bobby Sak, Warren Stilwell, the pole-sitter and third fastest qualifier, John Black.|
|They call Warren Stilwell ‘Mr. Mid-Ohio’ and for a good reason. In the previous three Pro Spec Racer events at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Stilwell won all three. He kept his record intact at round four. Stilwell qualified on the pole, but a poor start saw him fall to third place. On the lap-7 restart, he passed the leader, James Goughary, Jr., for first place and the win. The victory gave Stilwell the points lead.|
|Bobby Sak drove the No. 19 Don Sak Racing Spec Race Ford and qualified fourth fastest. At the start of the contest Sak, moved into second but was in third place at the end of lap-1. On the restart after the race’s only caution period, he was able to pass John Black for second place position. Despite being challenged by Black for the remainder of the contest, Sak held on for a runner-up finish.|
|In round three at Mosport International Raceway, John Black finished third, which gave him first podium result in the Pro Spec Racer series. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Black was the third-fastest qualifier. Despite a miscue by the pole-sitter, Warren Stilwell, Black was not negatively impacted and slotted into second place. On the lap-7 restart, he was passed by Bobby Sak and demoted to a third-place finish.|
|A mistake by the pole-sitter, Warren Stilwell, allowed the second-fastest qualifier, James Goughary, Jr., to jump into the lead. Goughary, driving the No. 29 DUCKSMART.COM sponsored Spec Racer Ford, maintained the top spot for six laps. He slid off the track in corner one after the race’s only caution period ended. The error caused Goughary to lose positions to Warren Stilwell, Bobby Sak and John Black.|
|Ohio resident Bob Chapman made his first Pro Spec Racer series start at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Chapman drove the No. 49 Bob Chapman Ford sponsored Spec Racer Ford and recorded the sixth-fastest time during the qualifying session. He delivered a consistent performance and was able to capitalize on the fifth-place starter’s problems, Neil Tibor, to capture the fifth position.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||Warren Stilwell||Stilwell Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|2||4||Bobby Sak||Don Sak Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|3||3||John Black||Ascent Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|4||2||Jim Goughary Jr.||DUCKSMART.COM / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|5||6||Bob Chapman||Bob Chapman Ford / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|6||7||Keith Scharf||Hunt Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|7||9||Shawn Morrison||Motion Dynamics / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|8||8||Chris Funk||Hunt Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|9||11||Mark Eaton||Robinson Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|10||17||Seainn Hendricsen||H-Square Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|11||14||L.J. Shumosic||Shumosic Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|12||18||Trevor Hopwood||Motion Dynamics / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|13||5||Neil Tibor||Tibor Marketing & Development / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|14||12||Steve Rehkemper||John Bowden Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|15||15||John Bowden||JB Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|16||25||Jason Klein||Keirn Motorsport / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|17||24||Niki Ruman||Ruman Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|18||20||Paul Macey||MidWest Spec Racer / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|19||19||Richard Doty||Fast Cat Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|20||30||James Baxter II||Baxter Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|21||22||Dr. Jim Baxter||Baxter Racing / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|22||26||Pattie Hughes||Keirn Motorsport / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|23||27||Amid Shrayesreh||Team Nad / Spec Racer Ford||22||-|
|24||23||Rich Klein||Keirn Motorsport / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|25||13||Jeff Tillman||TDR Mid-West Coatings Inc. / Spec Racer Ford||8||Did Not Finish|
|26||16||Andy Bentinck-Smith||LaRue Motorsports / Spec Racer Ford||8||Did Not Finish|
|27||28||William Hornack||Skymaster Aviation / Spec Racer Ford||0||Did Not Finish|
|28||21||Clint Lindburg II||Team Duke Racing / Spec Racer Ford||0||Did Not Finish|
|29||10||Keith Grant||Grant Motorsports / Spec Racer Ford||0||Did Not Finish|
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