Fogg Jr. wins 60th Rose Cup Race
Phil Fogg Jr. of Aurora won the 60th Rose Cup Race on Sunday at Portland International Raceway.
Starting his 2014 Dodge Challenger from the pole position, Fogg led every lap and finished the race with a margin of victory of one minute, 13 seconds.
"The race went really well," Fogg said. "For me it was just don't make a mistake. I grew up going to the Rose Cup, so this is a really big deal for me."
Finishing second in the feature race was three-time Rose Cup champion Matt Crandall of West Linn, driving a Ferrari 488 Challenge.
"We did all we could," Crandall said. "The Ferrari ran out really nice, and our Avant Garde team did a great job. It was a fun event and we'll be back next year."
Brad McAllister of Sherwood took home third-place honors in a Ford Mustang.
"It's a brand new car," McAllister said. "We took it out of the trailer yesterday. We're real happy with how it went."
Sunday was a day for proud fathers as several second-generation racers took home support race victories. Calvin Harris of Portland, son of 2007 Rose Cup champion Todd Harris, claimed the win in Sunday's Spec Racer Ford race. His father finished close behind in second.
"I've come to this race every year since I was born," Calvin Harris said, "and to win here is really unimaginable."
"Finishing second behind Calvin is bittersweet," Todd Harris said. "I tried very very hard today, but Calvin had it."
Steve Fogg of West Linn, brother of Rose Cup winner Phil Fogg, finished third in SRF, and Calvin Harris's younger brother Taylor Harris finished in fourth place.
Another scion of a local racing family emerged victorious in Spec Miata. Thomas Micich of Sherwood won a hard-fought battle in one of racing's toughest classes.
"It was about saving the car for the end, not overdriving, and not looking in my mirrors too much," Micich said.
The Small Bore Production car race was won by Austin Bradshaw of Dundee, who is the son and grandson of Portland-based racing drivers. Bradshaw's win completed the roster of second-generation victors this weekend.
"It means so much to me, I'm just blown away to be up here," Bradshaw said from the podium as he was joined by his father, grandfather, and more members of his family.
Additionally, Jess Heitman of Portland was honored with the Wemme Trophy. The trophy commemorates an open road race held in Portland in 1909 and is awarded for lifetime achievement in the sport of vintage racing.
"I'm honored," Heitman said, "I couldn't do any of this without my wife Addie and my crew."
Full results from the 60th Rose Cup Races will be available this week on www.rosecup.com.
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