Sonoma Raceway, California – Clay Russell, an Associate Advisor with SVN | BlackStream in Greenville, S.C., has attained one of the most coveted prizes in amateur motor sport, the Sports Car Club of America Runoff’s national championship.
Russell has been actively racing for six years. He has steadily improved from his sixth-place finish in the 2016 Runoffs and his fourth-place finish in the 2017 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Runoffs. Russell won the national championship in his Angry Llama Spec Racer Ford. Spec Racers are a single seat, open cockpit racers powered by four-cylinder Ford engines and are capable of a 150-mph top speed.
Their “Spec” designation means all cars are the same, putting emphasis on the driver’s ability and competitiveness. Winning in SRF is frequently measured in feet as opposed to car lengths and as usual this year was no exception.
The race saw Russell & five-time Champion, Mike Miserendino changing leads for 19 laps. Lap 20, saw Russell in the lead as both cars entered the final turn. Miserendino tried to pass by late braking, but carrying too much speed, locked his wheels up. With the challenge over, Russell drove the final few hundred yards for his first National Championship.
In addition to his championship run this year, he is the only SRF driver to win a SCCA Super Sweep award by winning the Southeastern Majors Conference Championship, the Hoosier Tire Super Tour points title and the Runoffs. In 2017 he was Southeastern Majors Conference champion and finished fifth in the Hoosier Tire Super Tour.
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