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Race Report: 2016 SCCA Majors Tour Round 1

The 2016 SCCA Majors Opener at Auto Club Speedway

Chino, California (February 1, 2016) – Jackson Racing battles weather at the SCCA season opener in Fontana, CA.

The weekend started off fantastic during qualifying on Friday and Saturday morning. A well prepped car and good weather conditions yielded a STL (Super Touring Light) Class Record, with the Hasport/Jackson Racing Honda CRX. The Scion FR-S was also running great and Oscar Jackson Jr. piloted the car to the pole position for STU (Super Touring Under) Class.

The STL race was the first of four for the weekend (2 STL races and 2 STU races). The CRX began the race on pole, and maintained the position throughout the race. Fellow Jackson Racing supported driver, Clint Boisdeau, was right behind in his B16 powered Honda Civic. In the end, Jackson Racing got the 1-2 finish in the first STL race of the Majors Opener.

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Next up was the Saturday STU class race. The Jackson Racing Scion FR-S started on pole for this race due to the great driving of Oscar Jr. He had a good start and was pulling away from the rest of the class. The car looked good as it circled the track, but unfortunately encountered an issue that took him out of the race. Luckily, it was a quick fix and the car would be ready for the next day.

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Day 2 came with A LOT of dark clouds, and last minute decisions. The Jackson Racing team had prepped both cars the prior day in anticipation of rainy races. Looking at the sky, then the weather app, then back at the sky, the decision was to run the BFGoodrich KDW-R rain tires? Or the R1-S race tires? The decision was to run the race tires in the first race with the CRX as the rain wasn’t expected until late morning. Just before the start of the race, the drizzle started. The Hasport/Jackson Racing CRX jumped out and quickly put a good gap between it and the other cars, as there was a chance of the rain picking up. The rain did start to come down heavier, and Oscar Jr. did a fantastic job of maintaining the lead, even while he was slipping and sliding on the race tires. The little CRX took the win again! This car will only get faster and faster as we continue developing the car throughout the season.

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Confident that the FR-S would run flawlessly this time out, Oscar Jr. was ready to go out there and have at it in the rain. The BFGoodrich KDW-R rain tires worked awesome in the downpour, especially in the flooded areas of Auto Club Speedway. The FR-S was perfect throughout the entire race, which turned into a tremendous lead, of over 1 minute, to our next competitor. 35 minutes later, the FR-S claimed the checkered flag and put another win in the books. This is only the start of a big development year. Now with the Roval races out of the way, a more traditional road course setup is being developed for our car. Stay tuned!

 

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