Lawrence Loshak captures two titles at SCCA at Road America
By the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lawrence Loshak of Grafton overcame different sorts of problems in very different cars Friday to win two titles at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart Lake.
Loshak raced through the field in a tiny, open-wheel, open-cockpit Formula 1000 car after losing his pole position when he showed up late to the grid. Six hours later he was back in victory lane after overcoming a transmission hiccup in H Production.
Even with his problems, Loshak won by a collective 17-plus seconds to become the 17th driver to claim two titles in the same day in the event’s 50-year history.
“Winning never gets old,” Loshak said. “This Runoffs, it’s an emotional one. It’s special, it was a tough road to get here, I don’t know what the future holds. I love racing.”
Loshak was still buckling in as the Formula 1000 field was released for its pace lap. He passed 16 cars on the first lap and got Lucian Pancea just after the white flag.
“Every time I saw a car, my goal was to catch and pass them,” said Loshak, who had lost communication. “I had no idea what position I was in. I knew I wasn’t slowing down until I saw that black and white thing. Mistakes were not an option.”
He pulled away to win by 6.391 seconds.
In the H Production race later in the day, Loshak slipped from first to fourth when he struggled to get his Honda CRX to downshift. He picked his way back and then made his pass for the lead on William Trainer entering the daunting Kink.
“You know, sometimes when you get a run, you gotta go,” Loshak said of the move into the most daunting corner of Road America. “You follow them around, kind of get a judge of character of who you’re racing with, and these guys have been awesome. If I didn’t feel safe, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Loshak, who had earned titles in E Production in 2006 and D Sports Racing in 2010, joined Jerry Hansen, John Heinricy and Tom Schweitz as the only drivers to win the Runoffs in four classes.
He was the only driver from Wisconsin to win Friday. Eight more races are scheduled Saturday and Sunday as champions are crowned in 28 classes of amateur road racing.
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