Northcoast Competition Team Results

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2021 Competition Reports
May 2
YAY! Finally the weather was perfect, dry, sunny & warm as opposed to the previous autox events that were wet, cloudy & cool. This great weather was something new for us this year & we happily enjoyed the day. The food truck was swamped with diners all day, breakfast & lunch orders kept them busy.
New member Mike Gillahan and his 13 year old daughter (aka; Passenger Seat Ballast) were there for his first ever autox and he put up some excellent times. Mike DePeitro was back after the last year of boredom, nice to have him with us again. Overall we had 7 members having fun playing with their Miatas that day.
We have one more event on May 16th, this is our last until Sunday, August 15th, don’t miss this event. We can also consider doing some of the SCCA events, if anyone is interested in some “parking lot” racing.

We had two events in April, both days began cold but both dried out & warmed up quickly and we had a lot of fun. On the 18th all of the MIatas ended up in the same run group, something that doesn’t often happen. There were probably 15 or more Miatas from all the different Miata classes running then, it was fun to all be together for a change.
As usual, we can proudly say, “We had a great time”…which says it all about how we finished.  Our club was represented by 7 members for the last event, we’re hoping for more in the nicer weather that’s coming.
There are two more events coming up in May, the 2nd & the 16th. Please remember to ask for a loaner helmet ahead of time, if you don’t have a helmet.
Rich Velardo

Freeze Your Butt Off Tour 4/2

2020 ASCC Autocross Results:


Links to two videos for the same run from this event are below. One video is of the driver “in action” & the other is facing front out the windshield for a clear view of the course during the run.
In what might have been the final autocross for the year (the weather will determine if we can get in the last two events or not) we had four of our club members autocrossing at Dragway 42 on Sunday. Our course was approximately one mile long and very “technical”, in that it was a very twisty course with very little straight road to build up speed. It was a fun course and we all had a wonderful day. As luck had it, we were all running in the same group for a change, so we could easily compare times & thoughts on the course while waiting for our next run.
Despite the covid 19 pandemic with the masks & social distancing we managed to have a lot of great autocross this year, we’re hoping to get the last couple of events in and we’re open to taking riders along with us. Anyone who is interested in a ride should contact Rich or Tom & we’ll have a helmet for you at the next event.

Our times won’t impress anybody, but we all were able to keep our times dropping for each of the five runs that we had. Our best times for the day were; 
Rich Velardo; 89.128 seconds Miata #8 in Class SSM, Tom Walden; 96.383 secs  Miata #17 in Class CS, Kevin Jones; 104.083 secs Miata #8 in class CS and Len Kozak; 104.185 secs  Miata #11 in Class CS

For comparison, the fastest time of the day went to an A Mod car, which is an open-wheel race car that cannot be licensed for the street. That time was 72.658 secs.

The 2020 autocross season started out as well planned with lots of events, but then covid-19 restrictions hit and plans had to be remade on the fly.  The events are drivers only so far due to the restrictions.   A couple of former autocross team members did not compete this year but we added a new member, Len Kozak, in his first year autocrossing and Rich Velardo moved up to a different class after adding a turbo to his car.
The table below shows the finishing position for each team member for each event and for the season to date.  Note that the results shown are based on all drivers in that class – not just the Competition Team Members.

Event # #1  #2
 YTD points*
YTD Class position*
Class / member
Rich Velardo 4 3 5 4 4 446 3
Tom Walden 6 7 5 12 11 430 6
Len Kozak 9 5 7 7 11 10 396 7
Kevin Jones 6 78  20
Steve Laitinen 13 12 157 15

Event #6 & 7 11/8  A “doubleheader” held at Dragway 42 with 137 drivers in Event 6 and 146 drivers in Event 7.  Event 6 was run in the morning and Event 7 was run in the afternoon as the morning course reversed which made for some interesting runs.  Rich Velardo did not compete due to an oil leak in his new turbo but still held on to 3rd place for the season.  Steve Laitinen came out for his first time to try his hand and will be back and Kevin Jones was able to make one event.  Note the YTD points are based on the best 5 events for each driver thus Tom Walden ended up 6th overall and Len Kozak was 7th overall out of the 20 drivers in the class.
Event #5 9/20 
Held at Dragway 42 with 138 drivers competing.  Rich Velardo slipped to 3rd for the season among 11 drivers in SSM class.  Len Kozak moved up to 4th for the season in CS class among 15 drivers with Tom Walden at 7th and Keven Jones in his first event of the year at 15th.
Event #4 8/23
Held at Dragway 42 with 134 drivers competing with team members Rich Velardo, moving up to 2nd in season point in the SSM class of 11, and Len Kozak, moving up to 5th in season points in CS class of 13 with Tom Walden 8th.
Event #3 8/9 
Held at Dragway 42 with 167 drivers competing, but only 2 team members.  It was a warm but great day for racing despite the huge turnout.  YTD Rich is 5th in his class of 9 and in the CS class of 12, Tom is 5th and Len is 7th.
Event #2 6/27 Held at Dragway 42 under threat of rain which did not materialize.  There were 105 drivers, including 2 team members, competing with Rich finishing 3rd and Len 5th in their respective classes
Event 1 5/24
Held at Dragway 42 with 125 drivers competing (number limited by covid -19 restrictions and three team members including Len Kozak in his first autocross.
ASCC Autocross Final Results by Team Member by Year:                                                     

2017 Position* 2017 Events run
  2018 Position* 2018 Events run
  2019 Position
 2019 Events run
  2020 Position
 2020 Events run
CS Tony Oriti   2 6      
CS Tom Walden 1 8   5 4 10 2   6
CS Len Kosak
CS Kevin Jones   7 3 2 6    20 1
CS Steve Laitinen                 15
CS Joe Hatala 10 2   13 1      
CS Nancy Hatala 12 2      
CSP Rich Velardo 2 7   2 4 1 7      
SSM Rich Velardo 3 5
ES Bob Palmer 11 2   9 1      
STS Gabe Gertz   6 2 5 2      

Click here for the 2020 season  detail
Click here for the 2019 season detail 
Click here for the 2018 Season detail.

*Note:  The season results are determined by total points earned during the season based on the driver’s best events (normally best 8 events but best 5 for 2020) .  A driver gets points for each event based on how well he/she places in that event.  So, if a driver races each event & does fairly well, he/she can finish the season in a higher position than a driver who races only a few times but finishes higher in those individual events.

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