The Southeast Conference Majors Tour wrapped up in May, with seven Mazda drivers taking championships in their classes.
The first set of Conference Champions have been crowned as the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour Southeastern Conference title run came to its conclusion in May at Summit Point Motorsports Park. The new two-conference structure on the East Coast opened the door for many new faces to claim a season-long Championship. Among the champions were seven Mazda drivers.
A total of 17 drivers were crowned Majors Champions for the first time in their career. With the high rate of participation on the East Coast, Majors Officials entered 2015 by splitting the former Eastern Conference into two entities – the Southeastern and Northeastern Conferences, increasing the number of races in a part of the country that has already embraced the Majors program in a big way.
Defending National Champion Conner Kearby, of Corpus Christi, Texas took the Formula Atlantic title in his Swift 016 with Mazda power. Doug Peterson, of Maiden, North Carolina, was also an open-wheel champion, claiming the Formula Mazda title.
Ken Kannard, of East Troy, Wisconsin, was dominating in capturing the F Production title. Kannard racked up seven wins in 10 races in his Miata, which allowed him to take the top position in the standings with an 89-point margin over fellow Mazda driver Mark Weber. This is Kannard’s second Conference Championship title, having won before in 2014.
In the remainder of the closed-fender classes, Ray Stephenson (GT-3 RX-7), of Miami, Florida; Danny Steyn (Spec Miata), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Nick Leverone (Super Touring Lite Miata), of Mendon, Massachusetts were deemed Champs after Summit Point.
Jacek Mucha, of Highland Beach, Florida, was also successful in his quest for a Conference Championship. Mucha cruised to a 71-point margin of victory over Gianpaolo Ciancimino in Prototype 1 with his Mazda-powered jms016cp. The 2015 Championship is Mucha’s third consecutive title.
Thanks to the season in the Southeast Conference beginning almost with the new year in Florida, the conference’s season also ends before the others. The others have anywhere from one to four double-event weekends remaining on their schedules before champions will be crowned.