August 25th, 2016 by Sherry Grantz
Spec Miata Festival Race, July 3, Sonoma
The grid for the festival race was determined by the fastest lap in Race 2. Thirty-nine cars would make up the field in this 16 lap, end of the day, event. Pole-setter Marco Gallaher, #8, would clinch his third win of the weekend in SMT, and his FIFTH checkered flag of the weekend! He managed to hold off a relentless Tommy McCarthy, #23, who was the SM winner but barely, as the margin of victory was a mere 1.104 seconds. Tommy also bagged his THIRD checkered flag of the weekend! Kirk Uhrlaub, #84, finished 8th overall but was victorious for the SECOND time in SSM. “Hard Charger” award was given on the RaceHero app. to the #79 of Sushanth Sureshkumar, who qualified 45th and finished 24th.
The Flagging & Communications crews picked Marco Gallaher, #8, SMT, as the Driver of the Weekend. He set the fastest qualifying times in all three Group 7 sessions, and won all three race in a field of 52 cars in races #1 & #2, and 39 cars in the Festival race. Good sportsmanship in lapping cars during the events. Nice Job!