jump and made the move to the lead as
the 34-car field entered Madness for the
first time, but relinquished the position to
polesitter Tom Feller and his Triumph
Spitfire as they entered the Esses.
“I knew I could get the lead, but I also
needed to take care of the car so it would
be fast at the end of the race,” Isley admits.
“I was running a new Hoosier tire, and we’d
never done a full race on them, so I wanted
In the early going, Feller began to build a
lead as Isley and 2015 Runoffs champion
Brian Linn ran nose to tail behind. A wide
run for Isley in to Thunder Valley opened
the door for Linn to take second.
(BELOW) With its iconic pagoda
towering over the scene, it could only
be Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After a full-course caution, racing
resumed with Feller leading, challenged by
Linn. Isley was close behind, but having to
fend off Ron Bartell in another Brit roadster.
On lap 13, Linn drove his MG Midget
around Feller to take the lead. A few laps
later, Feller’s Triumph suffered mechanical
difficulties, dropping him to fourth.
Due to the caution, the race would not go
the full 23 laps, but would finish by the clock.
Without a one-to-go signal, the checkered
flag waved on lap 20, with Linn collecting
his second consecutive Runoffs gold
medal; Isley took silver and Bartell bronze.
“It was a shock to see the race end when
it did,” Isley laments. “I was watching the
data on my AiM dash and thought we still
had a few laps to go. The Yaris was strong
at the end; I was running my fastest laps of
the race and planning to take a shot on the
last lap, but the opportunity didn’t present
itself. On the other hand, uncertainty is
part of what makes racing so great, and
I can’t wait to try again in 2017.”
YARIS AT THE 2016 RUNOFFS
“Uncertainty is part of
what makes racing so
great, and I can’t wait to
try again in 2017”
In 2017, the SCCA National
Championship Runoffs, first run in
1964, will visit motorsports’ most
hallowed ground, when the event
heads to Indianapolis Motor
Speedway for the first time.
The track configuration for the
Runoffs has yet to be unveiled by
SCCA, but plans are in the works
for the club racing showpiece to
feature a unique layout specific
to the event, hopefully placing all
competitors on an equal footing.
With so much history – and the
opportunity to visit yet another
iconic new venue – the 2017
Runoffs is expected to be one
of the largest ever staged.
Isley’s Toyota Yaris
leads eventual HP
class winner Brian
Linn’s MG Midget in
the early laps. With
the race finishing on
time, not laps
would miss out on his
chance to mount a
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