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SCCA Runoffs 2011,  Brian Novak  wins second National Championship

 

Brian  took his second National Championship at the SCCA RunOffs at Road America.  This time he was driving a Piper Formula B car on a rain soaked and challenging track.  Brian started the race in the third qualifying position in a strong field which included the prior year's winner.  His margin of victory was an impressive 7.8 seconds.  

November 2010,  American Road Race of Champions

Glen Cooper, of Atlanta, Georgia, driving  the Novak NovaKar F600 in its first outing won the prestigious American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta.



June 23, 2008,  June Sprints.

 

Glen Cooper, of Atlanta, Georgia, driving the first production version of the Novak Van Diemen conversion won the prestigious June Sprints at Road American in Wisconsin.

In only its second outing, he took the checkered flag in front of a stellar field of FB cars.  His informative and entertaining account of the weekend can be found HERE. 

 

October 12, 2007,  Novak Wins Formula 500  National Championship.

 

Brian Novak, of Dearborn, Mich., led all 18-laps to win his first Formula 500 National Championship at the 2007 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park Topeka.

From his second qualifying position, Brian got a good jump at the start in his No. 66 Hoosier Tire/HRP Motorsports NovaKar heading into turn one and never looked back. He led the entire 18-lap race winning by 4.576-seconds.

“It’s unbelievable considering how many years I’ve had something go wrong at the Runoffs,” Novak said of his first win. “I think I’ve finished the Runoffs three times out of six tries. But, it was finally good to have everything go right. I was trying to run a conservative race. This feels pretty good. It’s been a long time coming.”  Brian also won the June Sprints and his Division championship this season making him a SCCA Triple Crown winner.

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs® crowned Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions for the 44th-consecutive year. The best amateur drivers from across North America convened on Heartland Park Topeka’s 2.5-mile road course in what is considered the “Olympics” of motorsports.  SPEEDTV will broadcast the race on December 5 at noon, Eastern time.


 

June 25, 2007.    Brian Novak captured the first round of the coveted SCCA Triple Crown with a decisive victory at the June Sprints at Road America.  Brian was driving the latest version of the innovative Novak F500 car.  Not only did Brian take the checkered flag, but he also set a new course and Sprints lap record.  His record setting time also bettered the best lap of the Formula Ford winner. 

 


March 1, 2007 Press Release

Award-winning racecar creator enters F1000 design competition

Brighton, Mich. - Racers who want to compete in the new F1000 amateur class now have an innovative low-cost car option.

Retired Ford NASCAR race manager and creator of the highly successful NovaKar and Rakavon F500 sports cars, Jay Novak, is unveiling a complete “bolt-on” F1000 conversion kit for Van Diemen Formula Continentals and Fords.

“A lot of competitors have expressed interest in F1000, but the cost of new cars may keep them away,” said Novak. “Our solid, well-designed conversion kit for hundreds of already existing Van Diemen cars will give racers a relatively low cost way to get into this exciting new class, which could be an important step in re-establishing the preeminence of open wheel amateur racing in the U.S.”

Novak has more than a decade of experience building simple and low cost Formula 500 racecars, many of which are able to turn the same lap times as the best and more powerful Formula Fords. He became an auto-racing enthusiast at an early age, when he went to his first race at 12. Novak converted that passion into a career as a mechanical engineer and chassis specialist for Ford Racing. Now he’s retiring from Ford to pursue racing full time.

The new NovaRace Cars Van Diemen conversion kit maintains Novak’s design philosophy of low-cost, elegant simplicity. It will not only allow for a complete bolt-on conversion to F1000 with zero welding to the chassis, but it will also use all existing Van Diemen geometry. Novak estimates a full conversion should take a couple of weekends of work at the lowest cost possible.

The initial engine package will use the Suzuki GSXR 1000 engine. Engine mounting kits will be available for both wet and dry sump. Other engine installation kits will be available as demand warrants.