Every one of the six Mustangs that finished in the top ten in American Sedan race during the SCCA National Championship Run-Offs were equipped with Steeda Autosports performance parts. They out performed the best Firebird and Camaro competitors in the country. First place finisher on the track, Mike Lavigne fitted his New Hampshire based Mustang with a Steeda front sway bar and told SE Division two time Champion Tom Ellis “My Mustang never handled so well!”
Lavigne backed up his comment with the fastest lap of the race, a full second over the General Motors factory backed Firebird driven by the talented and four time class winner, GM engineer, John Heinricy. Finishing second was Ed Hosni, the 2006 Central Division Champion in his black Fox Body. Hosni is amazing, a racer’s racer! Most competitors at the run-offs have at least one or two crew members. Not Ed, who drove to Topeka, Kansas from Novi, Michigan, crewed the Mustang by himself and then strapped himself in and finished second against the most talented American Sedan competitors from across the country.
Jason Von Kluge finished third in his red Fox Body Mustang. Another competitor from the ultra competitive SCCA Central Division, Jason dialed his Ann Arbor, Michigan based Mustang in during the changing Kansas weather conditions during the week that started out in the 80s and by race day was in the 40s. He qualified 17th then drove through the field to garner a podium finish. Adding to the Steeda equipped Mustangs top ten finishers were Tom Ellis in fifth place. In only his second year of SCCA National competition, the Virginia Gentleman, now residing in Pompano Beach, Florida qualified ninth and was able to move up during the race. As he has all year, Steeda Technician, Chad Coy made sure the Mustang was dialed in all week.
Chad and the Dawson Motorsports crew worked hard as Ellis went faster as the week progressed. The veteran Mustang racer from Slidell, Louisiana, Tom Himes, qualified 19th. During the race Tom knocked over two seconds off his qualifying time and steadily moved up finishing sixth. Rounding out the Steeda equipped Mustang dominance of the top ten was Grand Ledge Michigan’s Andy McDermid in his Mustang. Another hard charger from the SCCA Central Division, Andy drove a steady race in Lane Automotive Mustang to finish eighth.