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Race Report: 2017 SCCA Majors Thunderhill Raceway Park

The 2017 SCCA Majors at Thunderhill Raceway Park

Chino, California (April 3, 2017) – Jackson Racing at Thunderhill Raceway Park for the 3rd stop on the SCCA Majors Schedule.

The Jackson Racing Team headed to Willows, CA for Round 3 of the SCCA Majors. The weather was perfect for the weekend, which brought out many drivers and competition. The Jackson Racing Team, was still making adjustments to the car following the 2017 rule change.

Saturday morning qualifying went well and Oscar Jackson Jr. drove the Scion FR-S to Pole. Starting from the #1 spot in the race allowed Oscar Jr. to stay focused and put in clean laps. This allowed the FR-S to put a gap on the field and come away with the checkered flag!

The Jackson Racing FR-S held on to the fast lap of the weekend, so Oscar Jr. started from Pole once again. Just like Saturday, consistently fast laps allowed Oscar Jr. to come away with the win on Sunday.

 

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Race Report: 2017 SCCA Super Tour Willow Springs International Raceway

The 2017 SCCA Super Tour at Willow Springs International Raceway

Chino, California (March 13, 2017) – Jackson Racing at Willow Springs International Raceway for their first race of the season.

 

The Jackson Racing Team headed to Rosamond, CA for the SCCA Super Tour. There were new rules to adhere to for the 2017 season in the T4 class, and this was the first time the FR-S was on track at the new weight and restrictions that were placed on the car. A packed field with some top drivers would also make this race a challenge.

 

Oscar Jackson Jr. went out for qualifying on Saturday morning and immediately threw down a smoking laps. The result was qualifying in the #1 spot.

 

Saturday’s race was going to be a hot one, as the temperature rose throughout the day. The race began and Oscar Jackson Jr. quickly started putting in laps and increasing his lead. Consistent laps allowed the car to maintain the lead from the beginning and take the win.

 

The Jackson Racing FR-S started from the Pole Position once again on Sunday. Again, Oscar Jackson Jr. got a great start and started increasing his lead as the cars behind were battling for second place. Halfway through the race the 2nd and 3rd car collided and were sent into the dirt. Another win was in the books, along with a New Course Record!

 

 

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SCCA T4 Runoffs Recap

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For Immediate Release:

Oscar Jackson Travels to Touring 4 Runoffs Win

LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 23, 2016) – With plans to compete in three different Runoffs classes, Oscar Jackson came to Ohio from Chino, California, nearly 2,300 miles away in search of a national championship. He won’t leave empty handed as he cruised to a Touring 4 win Friday at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB being held on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Jackson in his red, No. 46 Jackson Racing/BFGoodrich Scion FR-S led the 34-car field to the green flag. He immediately took control of the race with the No. 2 East Street Racing/Mazdaracers.com Mazda MX-5 of Jim Drago, from Memphis, Tennessee, tucked right behind. Kevin Fandozzi, of Saint Joseph, Michigan, fell into third in the No. 27 Insight Driven/Hoosier/LANE Auto Scion FR-S, and Ryan Kowalewski, of Indianapolis, Indiana, filed into fourth in the No. 02 Racecraft 1/QC Mobile Service MX-5 Mazda.

Over the first half of the race, Jackson and Drago hooked up and pulled away from the pack. Then over time, Jackson turned on the juice and began building a gap on Drago as frontrunners pushed through lapped traffic. At one point, Jackson was pinched off at a corner by a driver further down the field. He jammed on the brakes, bumped the slower competitor, and then looked in his mirror to see Drago pounding down the straightaway behind him. Jackson then got refocused and back to work.

But the work didn’t last long as a stalled car brought the field under a full-course yellow late in the race. And behind the pace car, the Touring 4 fight came to a conclusion with Oscar triumphant and claiming his first Runoffs victory.

“Finally,” Jackson said. “This is a dream. It’s really, really a dream. It’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was a kid. This is our third year at the Runoffs, and we had some bad luck the first two years. But this feels great. It’s awesome.”

Drago said that even though the race ended under yellow, he wasn’t sure he had anything for Jackson this day. The two-time champion in Spec Miata was doing his best and trying to keep the tires beneath him in good shape to perhaps take advantage of some misstep. But earning a second-place finish at the Runoffs in T4 is still satisfying.

“I knew my best shot was going to be to drive really hard the first part of the race and just try to say with him,” Drago said. “My game plan was to try and fill his mirrors and stay there as long as I could to see if he would make a mistake. But Oscar did a really good job of knowing where his car was good. Congratulation to him on his first national championship.”

Meanwhile, several seconds behind the Jackson-Drago chess match, two-time Runoffs champ Fandozzi was having a tussle with Kowalewski for the final podium position. At one point, Fandozzi got crossed up a bit, which provided Kowalewski the opportunity to pass and head off to his first Runoffs podium in his very first year of racing.

“It’s been weird all week. I was sitting third or fourth in qualifying and thought to myself, ‘man, I’m pretty disappointed,'” Kowalewski said. “Then I thought, ‘wait, this is amazing!’ When I saw that checkered flag, probably everyone on pit lane could hear me yelling from the car.”

Fandozzi brought his car home in fourth, and Jared Lendrum, of Queensbury, New York, shuttled home his No. 7 North Country Subaru BRZ to a fifth-place finish.

Taking the Sunoco Hard Charger award was Bob Demers in the No. 11 Midway Buick GMC Somersworth Pontiac Solstice, finishing 21st from his 29th-place grid position.

The 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB, the Pinnacle of American Motorsports, crowns Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions this year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

While the live broadcast of all 28 National Championships is available live at SCCA.com, each race will be on demand in the coming weeks.

LEXINGTON, Ohio — Provisional results for Friday’s SCCA Touring 4 National Championship at the 53rd SCCA National Championship Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finish position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

1, (1), Oscar Jackson, Chino, CA, Scion FR-S, 20.
2, (2), Jim Drago, Memphis, TN, Mazda MX-5, 20.
3, (4), Ryan Kowalewski, INDIANAPOLIS, IN, Mazda MX-5, 20.
4, (3), Kevin Fandozzi, Saint Joseph, MI, Scion FR-S, 20.
5, (5), Jared Lendrum, Queensbury, NY, Subaru BRZ, 20.
6, (7), Don Knowles, Pittsboro, NC, Mazda RX-8, 20.
7, (10), Jason Shultz, Millersburg, OH, Mazda MX-5, 20.
8, (8), Philip Royle, Thousand Oaks, CA, Honda Civic SI, 20.
9, (14), Kevin Fryer, Arlington, VA, Mazda MX-5, 20.
10, (12), Scotty B White, Auburn, WA, Ford Mustang V6, 20.
11, (11), James Ebben, Appleton, WI, Mazda MX-5, 20.
12, (9), Kevin Koelemeyer, Fort Myers, FL, Mazda MX-5, 20.
13, (18), Richard Dickey, Columbus, IN, Mazda RX-8, 20.
14, (15), Steven Zink, Henderson, NV, Mazda RX-8, 20.
15, (16), Tim Myers, Atlanta, GA, Mazda RX-8, 20.
16, (17), Jeffrey Jensen, Monument, CO, Acura RSX Type-S, 20.
17, (13), Jonathan Yanca, Saline, MI, Mazda MX-5, 20.
18, (20), Dave Kutney, West Chester, OH, Pontiac Solstice, 20.
19, (24), Kristina Etherington, Henderson, NV, Mazda RX-8, 20.
20, (22), Douglas Chan, Torrance, CA, Honda Civic SI, 20.
21, (29), Bob Demers, Dover, NH, Pontiac Solstice, 20.
22, (27), Ali Naimi, Morgan Hill, CA, Mazda MX-5, 20.
23, (28), Dan Hardison, Delaware, OH, Pontiac Firebird, 20.
24, (31), Brian Husting, Irvine, CA, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, 19.
25, (32), Steven Christopher, Olathe, KS, Mazda MX-5, 19.
26, (34), L. Huston, Friendswood, TX, Ford Mustang V6, 19.
27, (33), Keith Jones, Lorain, OH, Mazda MX-5, 19.
28, (25), Ralph Porter, Kokomo, IN, Pontiac Solstice, 15.
29, (6), Tom Wickersham, San Ramon, CA, Mazda MX-5, 10.
30, (30), Stanislas Czacki, Truth or Consequences, NM, Acura RSX Type-S, 7.
31, (26), David Ogburn, San Angelo, TX, Toyota Corrola XRS, 7.
32, (23), Steve Strickland, Marion, VA, Mazda MX-5, 6.
33, (19), Derrick Ambrose, Brush Prairie, WA, Mazda 3s, 0.
34, (21), Matthew Downing, Pickerington, OH, Pontiac Solstice, 0.

Overall Time of Race: 37:49.132
Average Race Speed: 71.647 mph
Margin of Victory: .740 seconds
Fastest Race Lap: Oscar Jackson, 1:40.397 (80.967 mph)
Sunoco Hard Charger: #11 Bob Demers
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-20, #46 Oscar Jackson

Photo: Oscar Jackson taking Touring 4 win at Runoffs.
Credit: Shawn Lumley