Peter Baljet of Duncan, British Columbia, won the 59th Rose Cup race on Sunday, July 14 at Portland International Raceway.
The longtime driver qualified his No. 81 Bentley GT3 on the pole and led the race from the first corner.
By the time the checkered flag flew, Baljet enjoyed a 24-second lead.
“It’s a spectacular honor,” Baljet said from the podium. “The race was really uneventful, but I want to commend the city of Portland for holding this race. Without the city and the Friends of PIR, none of this happens.”
The only driver who might have been able to challenge Baljet was runner-up Tim Brown of Vancouver, B.C.
Brown qualified his No. 67 Ford Matech GT3 on the outside pole just 0.3 seconds slower than Baljet. However, Brown got a nudge from behind at the start and quickly dropped to last place.
“I got in there and a car bumped me,” Brown said. “Then I was past the turn-in for the chicane, so I had to wait to re-enter the course.”
Brown put on an impressive show, though, working his way through the field throughout the 35-minute race.
“I made it back to second,” he said. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way things are.”
Cindi Lux of Aloha was third. Lux had qualified her No. 45 Dodge Viper in sixth place, and ran as high as second before Brown reclaimed the spot.
“It was a good race,” she said. “I had a good start, and the car was really good. We made a huge change just before the start of the race. It was kind of a Hail Mary thing, where you end up as a hero or a zero. It was good, and my car was awesome.”
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 15, 2019) – The 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® are right around the corner. That means it’s also time for competitors to again register for a multitude of Runoffs-specific contingency opportunities before the event’s first-ever visit to VIRginia International Raceway October 8-13, 2019.
Registration for contingencies opens Wednesday, July 17, and will be conducted through MotorsportReg.com to streamline the procedure. Competitors can simply sign up online for the appropriate contingencies. Changes can also be made up to Sunday, September 22 through MotorsportReg.com. After that, drivers will only be able to adjust contingency selections at VIR at the Contingency Services table.
Nearly 30 companies have stepped up to support racers by offering contingency sponsorship programs. Many contingency opportunities require pre-registration. Details and instructions to register for each of these programs are available at the SCCA Contingency webpage. U.S. Majors Tour contingency registration does NOT include the Runoffs. It is the responsibility of each competitor to make sure they are in compliance with each program for which they would like to enroll. Below is a quick glimpse at what is currently available this year.
- Hawk Performance, Official Brake Products of SCCA (Select Classes)
1st: 5 Free Axle Sets 2nd: 2 Free Axle Sets 3rd: 1 Free Axle Set
4th: $125 Certificate 5th: $100 Certificate 6th: $90 Certificate
7th: $80 Certificate 8th: $70 Certificate 9th: $60 Certificate
10th: $50 Certificate
Track Record Breaker: $200 Certificate
- Sunoco, Official Fuel of SCCA (All Classes)
Hard Charger Award: $100
- Tire Rack, Official Tire Retailer of SCCA (All Classes)
Pole Qualifier: $500 TireRack.com Product Certificate
5th: $50 Product Certificate
- Honda Performance Development (Select Cars & Classes)
(All eligible classes except Civic/NSX below)
1st: $1,500 2nd: $1,000 3rd: $500
(Civic Si 2016+, Civic Type R 2017+, NSX 2016+)
1st: $5,000 2nd: $3,000 3rd: $2,000
Start Championship Race (except Civic/NSX below) - $150 HPD Bucks
Start Championship Race (Civic Si 2016+, Civic Type R 2017+, NSX 2016+) - $1,000
Tow Funds – See Program requirements for details
- Summit Racing Equipment (All Classes)
1st: $150 Certificate 2nd: $100 Certificate 3rd-6th: $50 Certificate
Hard Luck - $50 Certificate
- Bell Helmets (All Classes)
Bell Helmet Users: 1st: $100 2nd: $75 3rd: $50
All Runoffs Competitors: 20% off on any Bell Helmet sold by OG Racing at the event
- BFGoodrich Tires (Select Classes)
1st: 12 Tires 2nd: 6 Tires 3rd: 4 Tires 4th: 2 Tires
- Carbotech Performance Brakes (Select Classes)
1st: Product Sponsorship (6 Axel Sets with contract)
2nd: $300 Certificate 3rd: $250 Certificate 4th: $200 Certificate
5th: $175 Certificate 6th: $150 Certificate 7th: $125 Certificate
8th: $100 Certificate 9th: $75 Certificate 10th: $50 Certificate
- DirtFish Rally School (All Classes)
Entered to win one of four DirtFish Rally School Entries
- Eibach Springs (Select Classes)
1st: 4 Eibach Springs 2nd: 3 Eibach Springs 3rd: 2 Eibach Springs
- Ford Performance (Select Cars & Classes)
Eligible Classes: 1st: $2,000 2nd: $1,000 3rd: $750
SRF3: 1st: $275 2nd: $250 3rd: $225 4th: $200 5th: $175
- Goodyear Tire (Select Classes)
1st: 3 Tire Sets 2nd: 2 Tire Sets 3rd: 1 Tire Set
- Hyperco Suspension Coils (Select Classes)
1st-2nd: 2 Free Hypercoils Certificate 3rd: 1 Free Hypercoil Certificate
- Nissan Motorsports (Select Cars & Classes)
(GT-R, 370Z 2009-2019, Sentra 2014-2019, Versa Note 2014-2019)
1st: $3,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $1,000
(Non-current Nissan/Datsun models)
1st: $1,000 2nd: $500 3rd: $250
- PAGID Racing (Select Classes)
1st: 1 full-car set of brake pads 2nd: 1 axle set of brake pads
- Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (All Classes)
4th: $75 Certificate 5th: $50 Certificate 6th: $25 Certificate
Super Sweep Winner - $250 Certificate
- Penske Racing Shocks (All Classes)
1st: $150 Certificate 2nd: $75 Certificate 3rd: $50 Certificate
- Pirelli Tire (Select Classes)
1st: 2 Tires 2nd: 1 Tire
- Red Line Oil (All Classes)
1st: Helmet or $600 Product Certificate 2nd: 2 Cases/Product 3rd: 1 Case/Product
- SCCA Enterprises (Select Classes)
1st: $700 2nd: $500 3rd: $300
- SPA Technique (All Classes)
1st: $100 SPA Technique Certificate 2nd: $50 SPA Technique Certificate
3rd: $25 SPA Technique Certificate 4th: $50 SPA Technique Certificate
- Tilton Engineering (Select Classes)
1st: $200 Certificate 3rd: $100 Certificate 5th: $50 Certificate
- Toyota/TRD (Select Cars & Classes)
GT2-GT3 - 1st: $5,000 2nd: $3,000
Other Eligible Classes - 1st: $3,000 2nd: $2,000
Pole Qualifier: $1,000
Super Sweep Award: $1,000
Tow Money: $1/mile ($1,500 max)
- G-LOC Brakes (Select Classes)
1st: $500 2nd: $400 3rd: $350 4th: $250 5th: $200
6th: $150 7th: $125 8th: $100 9th: $75 10th: $50
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Select Classes)
Spec Miata - 1st: 16 Tires 2nd: 8 Tires 3rd: 6 Tires
4th-5th: 4 Tires 6th-10th: 2 Tires
All Classes (except SM): 1st - 4 Tires, plus 4 tires for each ‘20 Majors Tour event
- Mazda North American Operations (Select Classes)
(GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, EP, FP, HP, T1, T2, T3, T4, STU, STL, SM, B-Spec) -
1st: $5,000 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,500 4th: $1,250 5th: $1,000
(FM, FE2, FA, P1, P2) -
1st: $4,000 2nd: $2,000 3rd: $1,250 4th: $1,000
Tow Fund - Up to $750
Super Sweep - $1,000
- Winding Road Racing (All Classes)
1st: $100 WRR Store Credit
2nd: $50 WRR Store Credit
3rd: $25 WRR Store Credit
Again, it is the responsibility of each driver to make sure they are eligible to receive any contingency awards in which they are interested.
Be sure to check each requirement for each program by visiting https://www.scca.com/pages/main-contingency.
For additional information on the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs -- including schedules, registration and an entry list -- visit https://www.scca.com/events/1992861-2019-scca-national-championship-runoffs.