Doug Marsh, of Eastlake, Ohio, captured his first National Championship Saturday, taking the Formula 500 class win at the 2005 SCCA National Championship Runoffsฎ Presented by Kohler at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Wiley McMahan, of Covington, Ga., and Michael Brent, of Bethel, Conn., completed the top-three.
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2005 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Kohler
10:20 AM The F500 field rolls on to the track to start day two of the 2005 Runoffs.
10:20 AM Currently the racing line is dry, but off-line is still damp from the overnight rain.
10:20 AM 1997 National Champion No. 47 Brent and Central Division Champion No. 56 Novak will lead the 29-car field to the green.
10:20 AM No. 43 Ellis, the 2000 National Champion will start fifth.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 1) Green, Three-wide into the esses, with No. 47 holding the lead.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 1) No. 43 spins at top of turn eight and rejoins well back in the pack.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 2) Top-five is No. 47, No. 56, No. 22 Masrsh, No. 34 McMahan and No. 74 Swank.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 2) No. 43 goes off-course again and becomes stuck.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 2) No. 34 passes No. 22 for second entering the keyhole.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 3) No. 22 gets inside No. 56 and passes for second in the keyhole.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 3) No. 31 Hamilton, running in fifth, is tapped going into the esses and spins off-course.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 4) Top-five is No. 56, No. 22, No. 47, No. 34 and No. 74.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 4) The top-four are running nose-to-tail.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 5) No. 56 and No. 22 have pulled a gap on No. 47, as No. 56 turns the fastest lap of the race.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 5) No. 15 Shultz is now in fifth.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 5) No. 47 has posted the fastest lap thus far, 1:30.229 (90.969 mph).
10:20 AM (Working Lap 7) Third and fourth place have caught first and second place, with the foursome now running in close formation.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 8) No. 38 Jondal, who started 20th, has worked his way up to sixth place.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 8) The top-five is No. 56, No. 22, No. 47, No. 34 and No. 15.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 9) No. 56 and No. 22, is once again pulling away from third, setting the fastest laps of the race.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 10) The leaders just avoid No. 18 Baum, whos stopped on-course exiting turn one.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 10) Great battle for fifth between No. 15, No. 83 Edwards and No. 38.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 11) No. 56 slows and pulls into the pits with a damaged right rear tire.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 11) BLACK ALL, For an incident in turn one.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 12) All the cars are lining up in the pitlane.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 12) The top-five No. 47, No. 22, No. 34, No. 15 and No. 83.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 12) No. 56 has fastest race lap, 1:29.360 (91.853 mph).
10:20 AM (Working Lap 12) YELLOW, The field rolls on-course behind the pace car and will get the green on lap 13.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 12) No. 56 is currently putting on a right rear rain tire and will rejoin at the back of the pack.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 13) No. 34 is missing bodywork at the front of the car.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 13) GREEN, Four-wide, No. 34 takes the lead ahead of No. 38. Several cars spin, but continue.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 14) Top-five is No. 34, No. 38, No. 22, No. 15 and No. 83.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 15) No. 38 fell back to third, as No. 22 has made his way past.
10:20 AM (Working Lap 16) WHITE, No. 22 is all over No. 34.
10:20 AM(Working Lap 16) No. 22 retakes the lead exiting the keyhole and begins to pull away from No. 34.
10:20 AM - CHECKERED, No. 22 holds off No. 34 to win the F500 National Championship.
No. 22 Doug Marsh, of Eastlake, Ohio, wins Formula 500 SCCA National Championship by 6.30 seconds in his Hoosier/Rocketech Motorsports Rocketech R2 over No. 34 Wiley McMahan. It is the first Formula 500 Championship for Marsh. No. 47 Michael Brent, No. 15 Jim Schultz and No. 38 Steven Jondal complete the top-five.
No. 38 Jondal wins the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for advancing 15 positions, to finish fifth after starting 20th.
POST RACE QUOTES
Doug Marsh, First place:
"My plugs fouled on the restart and the engine would not pull. I was getting passed left and right. By the time I got into Thunder Valley the plugs cleared and the car ran well after that. I was able to get ahead on what turned out to be the last lap. Last year we had a minor machining error that cost us the win. But we made up for it this year."
Wiley McMahan, Second place:
"This week is my first time in this car. I arranged a drive with QRE and this is one of their rental cars. We just worked on the setup and it was good. I had a good restart and Doug's misfortune at that time was my good fortune. I ran over a cone on the track that for some reason was sitting right in the middle of the line. It was under the car for a few corners but when it came out it took the nose off with it. The nose came back and hit me on the helmet and took off a mirror. It probably cost me three miles per hour on the straight. The crew told me there were three laps to go but when I came around they threw the checker. That was disappointing, but I don't mind losing to a guy who had it taken away from him last year."
Michael Brent, Third place:
"I led for a few laps but I slipped in turn one. Doug and Brian Novak got by and Wiley was right on my bumper. The track seemed to deteriorate and got slick. I managed to get by Doug in the Keyhole, then Brian had a flat. At that time the race was black flagged. On the restart Doug bobbled a bit and I got by but it didn't last. The track was damp and tire maintenance was important."