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Congratulations to Nick Sommers, a young driver brand new to SCCA and SFR. The SFR Double Regional 1-2 AV8 Super Cars was his first-ever SCCA race. Nick came to SFR from other venues, including karting and NASA. The high school senior has been road racing since he was 14, the age when NASA allowed him to run. Due to track age limitations at the time, Thunderhill is the main track on which Nick has raced.

Nick and his father, Greg, who had to sign a Minor Waiver to allow Nick to race, had some difficulties in maneuvering the SCCA licensing process and were referred to Gary Meeker, NorPac Driver License Administrator. According to Dad, it was amazing how Meeker cut through the red tape and got Nick his license PDQ, based on his prior experience.

Nick rewarded his Dad and Meeker by doing them proud at Thunderhill. He took the pole position for both races and won both races in No.83 SMT 1993 Mazda Miata. And this was the largest group – 36 cars on the track out of 41 entries.

Sommers won overall and first in Class in Group Seven both days. Both days he qualified ahead of his friend and fellow high school senior, two year veteran in Mazdas, Tommy McCarthy in No.23 SM 2001 Mazda Miata, who gridded first in SM.

Nick explained that SMTs are Miata’s running on Toyo Tires, and SMs are Miata’s running on Hoosier Tires. Sommers said the Toyo’s are harder tires than the Hoosiers.

In Race One Sommers led from flag to flag and turned the fastest race lap of 2:08.487/80.301 mph. His Margin of Victory was 15.340 seconds, ahead of Tim Auger in No.07 SM 1994 Mazda Miata. Alas, McCarthy pitted while leading SM, with a differential problem.

Sommers was one of those helping McCarthy get ready for Race Two. Again they gridded 1-2, and had a good battle, nose to tail. McCarthy got by for two laps, but Sommers recovered to take the photo-finish victory.

Congratulations, Nick and Greg!

The E3 Miata of RAMotorsports won the grueling NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill E3 class with our engine. Congratulations to team owner Ron Alan and all of the drivers for completing 593 laps for a total of 1,779 miles. Check the official results on RaceHero.

ITS Champion Wilson Powell / Photo by Chuck KoehlerThe end of the racing season means one thing: points are added up and champions are crowned. We’re excited to announce that two of our motors built by Mike Haag claimed season championships at the final 2010 San Francisco Region SCCA race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October!   Driving a 1999 Mazda Miata sponsored by, Wilson Powell from Danville, CA claimed the ITS title over thirteen other drivers with a 50-point margin at season end. The championship comes in his first season since converting to ITS specifications during the 2009 season!

Earning his first championship, Brian Ghidinelli from San Rafael, CA piloted his SafeRacer 1999 Mazda Miata to an 8th win in 13 races clinching the Spec Miata championship ahead of 78 other points earners in the San Francisco Region.

We here at Haag Performance are focused on building fast and reliable engines (and transmissions and differentials!) so our customers can focus on winning races.  Congratulations to Will and Brian on their consistency and great results!

Thanks to Chuck Koehler for the #77 photo.

Spec Miata #12 driver Brian Ghidinelli continues to showcase the power and torque of his 1999 Mazda Miata engine in San Francisco Region SCCA’s regional championship series.   Taking both checkered flags in Rounds 7 and 8 at Thunderhill Raceway in July and two of three race wins at Rounds 9 and 10 at Infineon Raceway, Ghidinelli headed into Rounds 11 and 12 at Thunderhill with lots of momentum.  Qualifying on pole for both races, a spin in race one saw a 6th place finish and an error-free race on Sunday brought home Ghidinelli’s 7th win of the 2010 season and a slim lead in the regional championship.

Next event is the double points season finale at Laguna Seca in October which will crown the 2010 Regional Champion.  Will it be a Haag Performance motor on the top step?  Wait and see…

Rounds five and six of the San Francisco Region SCCA regional championship were held this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Two Haag powered cars found their way to the top of the result sheet with wins in Spec Miata by Brian Ghidinelli driving the #12 MotorsportReg.comSafeRacer car and Super Touring Under by Wilson Powell driving the #77 Mazda Miata. Ghidinelli also scored pole position for race six.  Both drivers also scored a podium finish with third in their respective classes for race five.

Full results are available on for Round 5 and Round 6.

The next local event will be at Thunderhill Raceway June 24-26.