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Venetia Man Captures Two Racing Titles

For the second year, Ray Santomo has won two Sports Club Car of America racing titles.

Ray Santomo, of Venetia, has won both the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Steel Cities Region overall championship and the SCCA KrydeRacing Series, International Touring B championship, for 2011.

Santomo won both of these titles in 2010 and repeats the performance again in 2011. The difference this year is the impressive record of wins and consistency. Santomo participated in 12 races. He finished first in 11 races, and third in one in a field of veteran drivers—at three different tracks.

This is Santomo's fourth year at racing the SCCA series and he has racked up stellar performances, starting with a Steel Cities rookie of the year award and Finger Lakes ITE championship in 2008.

In 2009, he won a Steel Cities fourth place overall and a second place overall in the KrydeRacing series. In 2010, Santomo won both the Steel Cities and KryderRacing championships and rose to the top again this year.

"We had our sights set high all year and never took our eye off the ball," said Santomo. "My crew chief (my father Scott) and sponsor (Pete's European Techniques) gave me a great car to race this year and we prevailed with their dedication and perseverance, along with help from the Hoosier Tire Co. and Volkswagen of America."

“Ray could have possibly won all 12 races this year if I had not missed the set up at Watkins Glen," said his crew chief. "I made the car way to loose and Ray still managed to muscle it home with a third place finish."

Looking forward, Santomo would like to move into the SCCA super touring series or open wheel classes, and said he is looking for a ride and sponsor to achieve that goal.

Eric Rouillard December 10, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Congrats to Ray! Quite an accomplishment. His car looks like a Golf GTI. Where can we get details on the car, engine, tires, sponsors, etc ? Besides safety equipment like the roll cage, and the spartan interior, are the engine and transmission custom built, or are they simply factory drivetrain parts on a lighter car?
Scott December 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM
This is a regular golf, no-GTI, with a stock 1.8 engine and trans, the car is stripped to way 2380 lbs, has a fiberglass race seat, roll cage, fire system, and Hoosier race slicks. VW engines are bullet proof. We drive this at red line lap after lap and it never gives up.
SB September 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Ray's driving leaves much to be desired, his actions destroyed three cars at WGI this past weekend and could easily have killed all three drivers. Ray should consider going back to drivers' school or quitting racing before he hurts someone. Winning in small regions by intentionally wrecking people is not the kind of attitude club racing needs.
Scott December 12, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Losers are always upset with the winners, and old timers that do not know how to use their mirrors should not be on the track. I get the felling you are one of the losers and have hard feelings about it. Racing is not a gentle sport, maybe you are better suited for something calmer like figure skating. See you on the track next year and tighten your belts up because I am going to the front.

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