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October 2, 2017 / 0
Tyler Kicera entered the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs with confidence behind the wheel having just come off a podium result in his Global MX-5 Cup series debut. With his Flatout Motorsports, Kessler Engineering, Carbotech Brakes sponsored Spec Miata fresh, it was time to get on track and get to work.
The test days were smooth and Kicera topped the charts overall after four straight days of on track preparation. An issue with fuel testing after Q1 relegated Kicera to the back of groub B for day two of qualifying. He managed to climb back to a P5 starting spot for the race and had intentions of moving up in the race.
"After being so quick in testing, I really felt I could get up to the front and be a factor. The track favors the draft and I was a bit worried it may not be so easy to stay there," Kicera said after qualifying.
The green flag flew on the 72 car Spec Miata field and all eyes were on turn one. Kicera held fifth position and managed to work his way up to third after a few laps. The very next lap, he had a train of Miatas draft by him on the front straight dropping him back to sixth. Only about fifteen minutes into the race, he dipped a wheel exiting turn ten. The engine shut off and would not refire while as he coasted to a stop in oval turn one. Kicera managed to get his car started and reentered the race, albeit in about the 30th position. After just two more laps, Kicera took his car back to the paddock.
On the abrupt end to his race, Kicera said, "I was running up front and while my car wasn't handling very well, if I could have stayed in touch I knew I would have been a factor at the end. Unfortuantely, with the electrical short I never had a chance - that's racing.
After nearly ten days spent in Indianapolis preparing for this event, Kicera's Runoffs could only be described as heartbreaking. The Spec Miata race will air on CBS on December 17th at 3pm EST.