Part of the Rose Cup tradition is the Wemme Trophy vintage feature race. Ken Sutherland of Sherwood drove his No. 3 Mitchell Machine 1965 Shelby Cobra to first place on the track, but in keeping with the traditions of vintage racing, the Wemme Trophy was awarded for lifetime achievement in racing.
This year’s Wemme Trophy went to Erik Dolson of Sisters. Dolson’s No. 95 1969 Chevrolet Corvette is a consistent front-runner in the vintage group. Dolson finished second to Sutherland in Sunday’s feature race.
“There are people out here who have done far more than I have for racing,” Dolson said, “but I appreciate it very much. It means a lot to me.”
Will Schrader of Happy Valley drove his No. 87 Miatacage.com/Midas Miata to the Spec Miata win.
“This is the best kind of racing there is,” Schrader said. “Racing with all your friends. We have fun, we support each other and it’s no-pressure fun. We welcome anybody who wants to get started. We’ll show you what you need to do to get racing.”
The Spec Racer Ford drivers opened Sunday with an exciting race. John Black of Olympic Valley, California, made the trip north to be part of the weekend in a borrowed car, and took home the first-place trophy.
“I want to thank Flat Out Racing for giving me the opportunity to drive one of their cars today,” Black said. “They put me in a really great car, and it made all the difference.”
The SRO Pirelli GT4 America series headlined the professional racing portion of the three-day weekend, and victory went to Harry Gottsacker and Jon Miller in the No. 28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4.
“The race went well. I was able to have a clean start, held my ground and was able to give Jon (Miller) a great race car,” Gottsacker said in a victory circle. “Jon literally just tore them up out there and went straight to the front and got a good gap to finish it.”
“It was an awesome race,” Miller agreed. “It plays into our strategy. Harry set the pace and left me some tires at the end. Super happy!”
SRO’s Touring Car America series also raced over the weekend. Johan Schwartz took Sunday’s win in the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing BMW M240iR Cup car. Schwartz battled SCCA veteran Toby Grahovec in his No. 26 BMW M240iR Cup car. The cars had substantial contact during the race, and Grahovec retired early.
“We had such a great battle,” Schwartz said. “It’s unfortunate because I wanted us to finish 1-2, even if he had won. We put on a great show, though.”
Touring Car America also brought the lower-powered TCR/TCA classes to the weekend. The two classes race together and feature more affordable cars than the main Touring Car series. Michael Hurczyn won the TCR class driving the FCP Euro No. 71 Golf GTI. In TCA, Mark Pombo claimed the top spot in the No. 59 MINI Cooper JCW.
Last on the bill came the Saleen Cup. This new arrive-and-drive series features new Saleen 1 exotic cars and is designed for drivers who want to break into pro racing.
Sunday’s winner, Brandon Davis of Napa, California, drove the No. 4 Saleen 1.
“Any time you come to the track the goal is to win, and we did that,” Davis said. “It feels good to come away with a good finish.”
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