In 2007, the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) popular World Challenge series for Touring and Grand Touring cars entered its 18th-season.
With continued sponsorship from SPEED TV, the championship attracted a loyal following of race fans and attracted competitors.
Race weekends included two standing start fifty-minute races – one for the Grand Touring class and another for Touring Cars.
To prevent any driver/car combination from dominating the class and ensuring tight competition, the R.E.W.A.R.D.S. System was implemented. Introduced in 1995, R.E.W.A.R.D.S. is the acronym for ‘Rewarding of Equalizing Weight Assigned to Reduce Driver Sensitivity.' This weight equalization rule adds or removes ballast from a car based on the finishing position of a driver. The maximum amount of weight that can be removed from a car is 100-pounds. And, no more than 200-pounds can be added to a GT class car and 150-pounds to a Touring Car.
There were eleven-race weekends during the 2007 season – ten-races for each class. The Touring cars did not compete at Long Beach or a new venue at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Touring Cars raced twice at Watkins Glen, which was a new addition to the 2007 schedule. Also, the Touring Cars were the only World Challenge class competing at Lime Rock. As in 2006, the opening round was in March at Sebring, Florida and ended in late October at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course hosted round seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT championship. Competitors would race for fifty-minutes on the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course in an event presented by Trenton Forging.
|Twenty-six SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge GT competitor’s line-up on the front straight at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round seven of the series. On the pole, for the first time, this season is Eric Curran in the Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette. Next to Curran is the Dodge Viper of race three winner, Tommy Archer. Sharing the second row are the K-PAX Racing Porsches of Randy Pobst and Michael Galati.|
|Lap-1 through the ‘Carousel’ and the order is Eric Curran in the Marsh Racing prepared Chevrolet Corvette, followed by Randy Pobst in the K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 and the MOPAR Dodge Viper of Tommy Archer. After twenty-nine circuits of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, these three drivers would finish in the same order. This would be Curran’s third victory of the season and put him fifth in the championship standings.|
|Randy Pobst took over the driver’s points lead in the previous round at Toronto’s Exhibition Place. His season to date included three podium finishes – two of which were victories (Watkins Glen and Toronto). The 2003 series champion drove the No. 22 K-PAX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 and qualified third. Pobst moved into second place on the first lap and held the position for the remainder of the contest.|
|The defending Grand Touring champion, Lawson Aschenbach, had three podium finishes in the first six-races but no victories. His three runner-ups results put him third in the title chase. At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Aschenbach qualified fifth fastest. He had an uneventful run in the No. 1 Cadillac CTS-V and crossed the finish line in fourth place. Aschenbach would inherit third when the Dodge Viper of Tommy Archer was disqualified.|
|Earning this weekend’s Sunoco Hard Charger award was Jeffrey Robbins. The honour is given to the competitor that advances the most positions during the race. Robbins was twenty-first fastest during the qualifying session. The driver of the No. 6 RSIG Security sponsored Dodge Viper moved up five spots before the checkered flag and captured a fifteenth-place finish.|
|The winner of round three at Miller Motorsports Park and the 2004 World Challenge Grand Touring champion, Tommy Archer, was disqualified at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Archer drove the No. 5 Autohaus Motorsport prepared Dodge Viper and qualified on the outside of the front row. He finished third, but during the post-race technical inspection, it was discovered that the transmission was out of compliance.|
|SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge veteran, James Sofronas, drove the No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3. His best result in 2007 was a fifth place in round one at Sebring International Raceway. In Toronto, Sofronas earned the Toyo Cup for competitors that contribute to advancing the series. He received this award for a second time at Mid-Ohio after starting ninth and finishing eighth.|
|Rookie competitor, Brian Kubinski, captured two honours at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kubinski piloted the No. 12 Diamond Construction / Blackdog Racing Chevrolet Corvette and was gridded in seventh place for the start of the contest. During the event, a pass on James Sofronas earned him the B&M Oil Coolers Coolest move of the race. Kubinski’s seventh-place finish was recognized with the Piloti Rookie of the Race.|
|2005 Grand Touring series champion, Andy Pilgrim, lost this year’s points lead to Randy Pobst in the previous round at Toronto. Pilgrim scored a victory in race four at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, but since that event, he hadn’t finished on the podium. In the qualifying session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Pilgrim was sixth fastest and finished fourth in the No. 8 XM / Mobil 1 Cadillac CTS-V. He was still second in the standings.|
|1||1||Eric Curran||Chevrolet Corvette||29||-|
|2||3||Randy Pobst||Porsche 911 GT3||29||-|
|3||5||Lawson Aschenbach||Cadillac CTS-V||29||-|
|4||6||Andy Pilgrim||Cadillac CTS-V||29||-|
|5||4||Michael Galati||Porsche 911 GT3||29||-|
|6||8||Michael McCann||Dodge Viper||29||-|
|7||7||Brian Kubinski||Chevrolet Corvette||29||-|
|8||9||James Sofronas||Porsche 911 GT3||29||-|
|9||10||Tim McKenzie||Porsche 911 GT3||29||-|
|10||26||Doug Peterson||Chevrolet Corvette||29||-|
|11||24||Lou Gigliotti||Chevrolet Corvette||29||-|
|12||13||Jason Daskalos||Dodge Viper||29||-|
|13||12||Jeff Courtney||Dodge Viper||29||-|
|14||15||Tony Gaples||Chevrolet Corvette||29||-|
|15||14||Rob Foster||Chevrolet Corvette||28||-|
|16||21||Jeffrey Robbins||Dodge Viper||28||-|
|17||20||Dane Moxlow||Pontiac GTO||28||-|
|18||19||Joel Feinberg||Dodge Viper||28||-|
|19||23||Thomas Glenn||Dodge Viper||28||-|
|20||22||Chapman Ducote||Dodge Viper||28||-|
|21||16||Ritch Marziale||Dodge Viper||28||-|
|22||25||John Bourassa||Porsche 911 Turbo||27||-|
|23||17||Sonny Whelen||Chevrolet Corvette||26||-|
|24||11||Stu Hayner||Pontiac GTO||20||Mechanical|
|25||18||Lenny Diller||Dodge Viper||9||Transmission|
|26||2||Tommy Archer||Dodge Viper||29||Disqualified|
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