On the weekend of September 16th-18th, The Ohio Valley Region held an IT-Spec Miata Challenge race as a support race to the Grand-Am weekend at Mid-Ohio. The event was open to all IT classes and Spec Miata with 48 entries.
It was a great weekend for long-time road racers and King Motorsports customers Bob and Joe Moser. Both of the Moser’s ITA CRXs chassis were fabricated and set up at King Motorsports – and both cars run King Motorsports built and tuned engines.
On Sunday the group ran two qualifying races and one trophy race, all on the pro course. In the first photo Joe is leading the field to the start through the carrousel for the first qualifying race. In the second photo Joe has pulled out a substantial lead at the end of the first lap while Bob races for position with two of the ITS cars. In the third photo Joe is forced out of the first qualifying race with a grill blocked up with debris and starting to overheat.
In the second qualifying race Joe had to start at the back of the field. He passed 44 cars in 12 laps to finish second overall behind Tim Selby in the ITS Miata and Bob Moser in the other King Motorsports ITA CRX.
The podium photos are after the feature race. Tim Selby won first overall in the ITS Miata, Joe Moser second overall and first in ITA and Bob Moser third overall and second in ITA.
Joe Moser kept whittling down the ITA pro course lap record through the weekend, ending up dropping it by almost a half second to 1:40.35!
Check out Joe’s lead over the entire field on this rear-facing in-car video.
Congratulations to Bob and Joe on a great weekend.
Thanks to Bob and Joe Moser for these amazing pics!
Click the buttons in the lower corners of the picture below to see the slideshow.
11/6/10, Road Atlanta
by Scott Zellner
photo and video courtesy Moser Racing
Heading into the SCCA ITA American Road Race Championship, Brian Price’s Miata was considered the car to beat. With the horsepower and torque of a 1.8 engine combined with near 50/50 weight distribution, superior suspension design and rear wheel drive, the Moser Racing CRX had an uphill battle.
As expected, Brian Price and his Miata took the pole position with a new record of 1:41.589. Moser and his CRX were a close second at a 1:41.953. The strength of the Miata’s being its straight line speed on the long back straight of Road Atlanta became a nightmare for the CRX contingent. The Moser race strategy was to avoid losing contact with the Miata, apply pressure and use track knowledge to gain the upper hand.
The race is on! Moser and Price begin their battle for first place.
The first lap saw the Miata and the CRX go two abreast into Turn 1, the Miata taking the point on corner exit. A true battle was on! Lap after lap, Price and Moser swapped the lead for the entire 45 minute race! The Miata and CRX battled nose to tail, always racing cleanly but not giving an inch. Price bobbled at turn 10a with one lap to go and Moser grabbed the lead. Price then used the 1.8 Miata power to repass Moser on the back straight but then bobbled on 10b on the last lap which opened the door for Moser to make the final pass for the win.
Described as the best race of the weekend, Price set a new race lap record of 1:40.741 with Moser second fastest at a 1:41.253. King Motorsport congratulates the 2010 ARRC ITA champion Joe Moser and the entire Moser race team, unbeaten in 2010!
Here is the entire race from the in-car on Joe Moser's ITA CRX. Incredible racing and well worth the watch!