Kevin Boehm of Boehm Racing won the 2019 Road Race Driver of the Year award from the Ohio Valley Region SCCA. This is his second year in a row winning the award and his third time overall.
"I really appreciate the award and the opportunities SCCA gives me and other drivers to do what we love," Boehm says. "Motorsports organizations like the SCCA give us the chance to pursue our dreams on track."
Boehm has been an SCCA member since 2013 and is a four-time SCCA National Championship winner. His most recent victory was in the 2019 SCCA STU class with his 2017 Honda Civic Type R Swapped Si Coupe.
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) posted their recap of the 2019 STU National Championship Runoffs event.
Kevin Boehm, of Marysville, Ohio, was the defending Super Touring® Under (STU) National Champion coming into this year’s Runoffs® at VIRginia International Raceway. And earlier this week, despite a small setback, he earned the Tire Rack Pole Award and led a 25-car field to the start.
While Boehm, driving the No. 90 HPD/Carbotech/Red Line Oil Honda Civic, bobbled a bit at the start of Saturday’s 15-lap race around VIR’s 18-turn, 3.27-mile circuit, he quickly recovered and marched away to a 25-second victory. This is Boehm’s second consecutive National Championship in the STU class, and fourth Championship overall.
“I think this is the first year everything went to plan,” said Boehm, who also set a new STU lap record during the race. “I expected Elivan to get a better start since his car is so light and so good. But then I went to work from there. This was an absolute perfect car for this track.”
Read the full article on the SCCA website.
Speed Sport magazine covered the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs race and featured all of the event's winners. Read the article to learn about the champion of each class and see their feature on my win of the STU class.
2019 SCCA Runoffs Speed Sport Article
Noted motorsports magazine Speed Sport covered the pole results of the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, mentioning my Tire Rack Pole award win. To achieve this, I broke two minute barrier with the Type R Engine Swap, taking pole with 1:59:948. Read about it and other Runoffs pole winners in the article.
Checkered Flag at VIR
There are so many emotions that happen when winning a big race. It may not look like much here, but I was overwhelmed with joy, relief, thankfulness, and excitement all at the same time. Video shows two views of me crossing the finish line at the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, winning the STU national championship.
Close Call at VIR
Lap one of the 2019 SCCA National Championship race was not easy. The rear tires weren't warmed up, yet. Those who watched the race said it didn't look like much from the outside, but the in-car video shows how close I was to the edge.
To make a car fast on track, it needs to be easy to drive. That's because a car that's easy to drive at the limit allows you to spend more time getting the maximum out of the car. Video taken during the 2019 SCCA STU National Championship Race at Virginia International Raceway.
Rooftop view of VIR in Civic Type R Swap
Check out this rooftop view of Virginia International Raceway (VIR) from my Civic Type R race car during the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. VIR is one of the most unique tracks in the US. With its combination of high speed turns and elevation changes, it is a real challenge to go fast.
Racer Magazine is predicting who will win the 2019 SCCA National Championship. In the article, it covers all classes, including mine (STU or Super Touring Under) and cites Chris Haldeman's Honda Civic, (pictured above), Elivan Goulart's Lotus, Mike Flynn's BMW, and my Civic Type R Engine Swap as the cars to watch. Make sure to tune into the October 12th event at scca.com/live to see which prediction comes true.
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs is coming up, so I decided to install fresh Carbotech brake pads. This time, I also added thermocouples to all the outside pads so I can better understand the temperature range while on the race track. This will help make sure the load compounds I've chosen are correct.
In the gallery above, see the new brake pads before and after installation on the Civic Type R Swap race car. The additional images give more background on the thermocouples themselves:
#TBT: With three Qualifying sessions complete at the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Daytona International Speedway, I was sitting in the second position. I was about 0.2 seconds behind the number one qualifier. Did I have a chance to gain the Pole position? My odds did not look good.
Honda Civic vs. Porsche 991
Your speed on a straight isn't only determined by your horsepower. It's also influenced by the speed you went through the turn leading onto the straight and how soon you go to full throttle. Here is a perfect example, (illustrated by passing a Porsche), aided with just a little bit of a draft as well. This video was filmed in my Honda Civic Type R Engine Swap at Road America.
A Lap Around Road America
Road America is one of my favorite tracks. In July, I drove it again for an SCCA racing event, getting two poles and two first-place wins.
Here is a video from one of my fast laps. At this raceway, wide open corner exits are tempting to use, but the curbing is very rough so precision is rewarded with speed. Watch me drive this track in my Type R Swapped Civic Coupe--and also see how I keep control of acceleration and braking via the floor camera.
Ross Bentley is not only one of one of the best professional race instructors in the business, he is also a genuinely kind person. He loves what he does, and it shows through he work and his demeanor. (If you don't know of him, but you're into driving race cars, then read my favorite book in his Speed Secrets Series: Ultimate Speed Secrets.)
I was lucky enough to have met him at a work training event, when I was at the beginning of my racing career, and we've stayed in touch ever since. Check out Speed Secrets episode 124 of his podcast, where we talk about the SCCA National Championships, racing, and more.
A lot of you have been asking about my new WedsSport #TC105X wheels. In this video, I explain how these wheels do two things: (1) make my car look good and (2) make me faster on track.
After two seasons of never losing a race, the last thing I expected was to have my race car taken away from me. However, that's exactly what happened.
Tips, tricks, wins, and learnings. Go behind-the-scenes at the race shop and the track with Boehm Racing.