Twenty-four area drivers will be among the 520 amateur racers seeking [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Sports Car Club of America (SCA) national championships in the [WORD ILLEGIBLE] annual runoffs Friday through Sunday at Road Atlanta near Gainesville, Ga.
Joe Hauser of Odenton, Md., is thelone local defending champion. He won his second G. Production title last year, beating his son, Joee II of [WORD ILLEGIBLE], by two lengths. Young Joe is returning for another go at his father.
In the H Production race, Randy Onfield of Gaithersburg, the winner in 1969, 1971 and 1972, has qualified with Jim Miller of Oxon Hill, the 1975 [WORD ILLEGIBLE]. John Kelly of Gaithersburg, a three-time champion - 1968, 1970 and 1973 - will compete in the E Production race.
Although these are amateur drivers, with only 14 driving full-time, $138,000 in prizes will be offered to top finishers in the 45-mile dashes. Three women are among the qualifiers who earned invitations to the meet via standings in the seven SCCA divisional competitions this years.
Friday, Bill Driscoll of Rockville, Pete Paxton of Crownsville, Md., and Stephen SMith of McLean, will be in the Showroom Stock A event, Jonathan Weisheit of Bel Air, Md., in Formule Vee; the Hausers in G production; Gene Woodruff of Arlington in C sports racing; Canfield and Miller in H Production; Robert Houston of Falls Church in D sports racing, and Richard Klem and Bryan Moore, both of Silver Spring, in Showroom Stock C.
Saturday's schedule brings out Bob Welch of Alexandria in Formule C; Kip Laughlin of McLean and Nick Kozlov of Fairfax in Formula F; Chris Kennedy of Bethesda and Don Knowles of Springfield, Va., in Showroom Stock B; Thomas Howen of Ivy, Va., in B Sedan; Kelly and Ian Fosler of Rockville in E Production.
Sunday's racers include Bill McFarland of Baltimore in A Sedan; [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Cornblatt of Baltimore, B Production; Bill KNeeland of Springfield, Formula B, and Richard Knoblauch of Great Falls, Va., D Production.