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2020 SCCA Runoffs – Qual Week Update

Ocean VP, Danny Steyn is racing two classes in the 2020 SCCA Runoffs at Road America in Plymouth, WI; Spec Miata (SM) in the Adept Studios Mazda Miata, and Super Touring Lite (STL) in the Ocean Machinery ...  (READ MORE)

2019 Ocean Racing Season Off To Strong Start

ocean machinery racing

Ocean Machinery’s Vice President, Danny Steyn, fresh off his 2018 SCCA Runoffs National Championship win in Super Touring Lite, as well as securing the 2018 Hoosier Super Tour National Championship, has set about his attempt to repeat the Double in 2019.

At the Hoosier Super Tour season opener in Sebring, Steyn smashed the track record twice winning on Saturday, but only finishing 2nd on Sunday when his transmission failed, and he had to coast across the line, losing in the last few yards by only a tenth of a second To Cliff Ira.

This past weekend the 2nd round of the Hoosier Super Tour was held at Austin’s famous Formula One track, the Circuit of the America, more commonly known as COTA, in freezing and rain soaked conditions.

ocean machinery racing win

In one of the dry qualifying sessions, Steyn qualified on pole for Race 1 by over three seconds, but on the out-lap, third gear in his transmission hand grenaded, so he waved the entire field past; started from the back of the field in 4th gear and drove the entire race without shifting out of 4th, knowing full well that if he did, he would probably destroy the rest of the gears.

Despite crawling through some of COTA’s five 2nd gear turns in 4th gear, Steyn was able to march his way through the field, eventually finishing 2nd and securing vital championship points.

In Sunday’s feature race, held in wet conditions that he loves, Steyn drove away from the field, winning by almost an entire lap, and stamping his lead in the 2019 Championship points.

The next stop in the Hoosier Super Tour takes place at Road Atlanta March 15-17

Ocean Machinery Mazda is dominating at Sonoma

Ocean Machinery Mazda MX-5 dominating the STL class at Sonoma Raceway

Ocean Machinery Mazda MX-5 dominating the STL class at Sonoma Raceway

UPDATE 10/19/18

After three rounds of qualifying, Ocean Machinery’s Danny Steyn cemented his spot at the front of the Super Touring Light field and will start from pole for the 2018 SCCA Runoffs. Steyn’s time of 1:49.1 in Q3 is more than 5 seconds under the current STL lap record and was almost a full second clear of his nearest competitor.

The front row is an all Mazda affair with Craig McHaffie in 2nd also in a Mazda MX-5. And while the front row was locked out by Mazda’s, the 2nd row on the grid is an all Honda row with Cliff Ira in 3rd and Tim Auger in 4th, both in Acura Integra’s, adding more fuel to the fire of the already contentious but friendly Mazda v.s Honda rivalry!

This will be Steyn’s 7th Runoffs appearance and while he has made the podium in Spec Miata before, he has yet to finish a STL Runoffs title race.

The STL title race takes place on Sunday at 11:30PST and will be streamed live at www.scca.com/live.

 

UPDATE 10/18/18

Motor racing is filled with peaks and valleys, the Highest of Highs, the Lowest of Lows. At the 55th  running of the SCCA Runoffs, held at Sonoma Raceway this year, Ocean Machinery’s VP dominated the test days, laying down times around the iconic track more than 4 seconds faster than the current lap record. But in the final session the motor of his Ocean Machinery Mazda MX-5 tightened up and threw a rod through the side of the block, in a catastrophic mechanical failure.

Fortunately, Steyn had a spare motor which his team installed overnight and they were ready on the grid on Tuesday for the first of three qualifying sessions. Unfortunately, in the previous session, a car had oiled up the racing line through the esses, and drivers had to be cautious through the speedy dry used to soak up the oil.

Steyn was able to lay down a time that was good enough for 2nd place, but significantly slower than his test day times.

But on Wednesday’s 2nd qualifying session, Steyn was up on the wheel and further improved his lap times, running more than 5 seconds under the lap record and setting provisional pole with a gap of 1.3 seconds to Cliff Ira in his Acura Integra and 1.7 seconds to Craig McHaffie also in a Mazda MX-5.

Today is Tire Rack Pole Day, the final qualifying sessions that will determine the starting grids for Saturday and Sunday’s Runoffs races, which will also determine the Hoosier Super Tour Championships.

Steyn’s qualifying session 3 takes place at 11:30PST

Follow along LIVE at scca.com/live

 

 

Top amateur Sports Car drivers compete at Sonoma Raceway!

Sonoma Raceway - Sonoma, California

Sonoma Raceway – Sonoma, California

The top US amateur sports car drivers, as well as a few international drivers, are heading to Sonoma California this week for the 55th running of the SCCA Runoffs, the winner-take-all finale, that caps the Club racing season.

Ocean VP - Danny Steyn's STL class Mazda MX-5

Hoosier Super Tour STL class points leader – Ocean VP, Danny Steyn

Ocean Machinery’s VP, Danny Steyn, currently sits atop the Hoosier Super Tour points for the Super Touring Lite class with a slim 1-point margin over fellow Mazda driver Nick Leverone. While the two of them have gone door handle to door handle all season, the Honda’s have yet to show their strengths and will also be a major threat in the STL class. While Steyn has 4 wins and 3 additional podiums this season, both he and Leverone have not turned a single lap at Sonoma Raceway yet, so they will be at a distinct disadvantage to the local racers, on this exciting but nuanced race track.

Ocean Machinery sponsored STL class, Mazda MX-5

The Ocean Machinery sponsored STL class, Mazda MX-5

Steyn will also compete in Spec Miata, arguably the most competitive class in all of club racing in the USA. Steyn sits in 5th place in the Hoosier Super Tour standings, with only a single win and 3 additional podiums in the 2018 season. Steyn has finished on the podium in two previous Runoffs, and recently won the NASA TOYO Tires Spec Miata Classic at the Circuit of the America’s.

The Spec Miata race takes place on Saturday Oct 20th at 1:30pm PST

The Super Touring Lite race takes place on Sunday Oct 21st at 11:45am PST

Racing will be televised live at www.scca.com/live

 

 

 

 

 

Largest turnout expected for LARGEST PRIZE EVER

Ocean VP Danny Steyn's Adept Studios Spec Miata

Ocean VP, Danny Steyn’s Adept Studios Spec Miata

As a follower of our blog you may have noticed that Ocean Machinery’s VP, Danny Steyn spends a good bit of his free time racing Mazda Miatas, and he isn’t too shabby behind the wheel of these sporty little cars, racking up numerous wins this year in multiple classes. This weekend, Danny is among the favorites to take home the Spec Miata Championship and a history making cash prize.

Unlike NASCAR with its big paydays – amateur racing is about fun, adrenaline, bragging rights and camaraderie.  Yes, there is occasionally a small cash reward or other prizes at amateur events, but nothing like what is up for grabs this weekend at the 2018 NASA Spec Miata Championships in Austin, Texas.

This year the Spec Miata Champion stands to win $80,000. That is the largest purse ever offered in amateur racing, and as you can imagine it is attracting the largest field of drivers ever.  It also seems to be attracting a 70-80% chance of rain with a tropical front swirling around out in the Gulf.

The Circuit of the Americas course will see 124 Spec Miatas vying for bragging rights, glory and a huge payday. They will be divided into 2 races (A & B), with the top 70-80 drivers moving on to the Championship race, and the top 10 finishers can expect to take their cars home in buckets after they endure a post-race inspection to ensure they meet specifications.

With this many top ranked drivers, a huge cash prize and a good chance of serious rain… this is going to be interesting to watch!

Saturday’s race will be streamed LIVE @ https://livestream.com/drivenasa/cota2018

Schedule and Live Timing @ https://nasachampionships.com/

 

 

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