The SCCA National Championship Runoffs are the pinnacle of amateur road racing in America, and John Heinricy is one of the winning-est drivers in SCCA history, with 11 national championships to his name. Only two drivers have ever earned more championships, and Heinricy is the only one of those top three drivers in Runoffs history to compete this year.
Heinricy is a former executive with GM's Performance Division. "I was the Director of High Performance Vehicle Operations. We did the V-series for Cadillac and the SS Cobalt series for Chevrolet," Heinricy says. Heinricy retired two years ago after 39 years of service with GM.
SCCA classes race cars according to their performance potential, and the C6 Corvette races in the elite Touring 1 class. These cars are allowed a few limited bolt-on performance parts and racing safety gear, but remain mostly stock. The C5 and C6 Corvettes compete in this class with Dodge Vipers, Ferrari F430s, and just a few other production supercars.
Heinricy's car is a 2007 Corvette, built to Grand Sport wide-body specifications, but the car still uses a stock LS3 power train. Bolt-on performance includes Brembo front brakes and Penske shocks. "We're running all the good stuff as far as hardware. We've got SKF hubs, which are a replacement wheel bearing that's very good. The motor's a stock LS3 crate engine, non-built, just the way the factory made it," Heinricy says.
With one qualifying session left to go, Heinricy is second on grid with a Viper claiming pole position. But if past performance is any indication, that advantage won't last once the green flag flies.
The Touring 1 race happens at 8:30 AM central time this coming Sunday, September 26. The race will be broadcast live online at SpeedCast TV, and available for viewing thereafter.