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Sean Rayhall wins Pro FE Championship with broken foot

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:04 am open wheel racing news

Sean Rayhall Wins Pro FE Championship Despite Broken Foot

This is basically old news by now, but still worthy of mention.  Sean Rayhall broke his right foot last Thursday evening in a dirt bike accident at VIR, just prior to Rounds Nine and Ten of the 2010 SCCA Pro FE Championship.

Fortunately for Rayhall, he uses his left foot for braking which significantly helped him deal with his injury throughout the weekend.

Rayhall held a 74-point lead in the overall championship heading to VIR, but a relentless Scott Rettich was ready to snap the championship away if Rayhall decided against competing.

With the overall Pro FE Title on the line, Rayhall decided to drive through the pain.  Rettich won Round Nine by beating Paul Schneider and Brian Novak to the stripe by 3.545 seconds. The injured Rayhall suffered a broken throttle cable in the race sending the title fight to the final round of the season.

In Round Ten, Rayhall set the fastest lap of the race en route to a 4.341 second win over Rettich and Schneider, despite having a broken foot.  The win – his sixth of the year – clinched the 2010 Championship.

By winning, Rayhall becomes the youngest-ever SCCA Pro champion at 15-years-old.  He completed the season with seven podiums and eight pole positions.

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7 Comments

  1. racefan on September 14, 2010 1:18 pm

    Of course Rayhall would break his foot in a pit accident…he’s as irresponsible in the pits as he was on the track in Skip Barber competition. I would rather have seen Rettich win.

  2. 914 luver on September 14, 2010 3:00 pm

    I remember when he punched out a competitor at VIR!

  3. OWfan on September 14, 2010 4:33 pm

    This driver as sad as it seems doesn’t have too many fans.He is reckless and does not respect his competitors.

  4. John Caputo on September 15, 2010 12:40 pm

    Oo well this is good I am not the only one with this type of impression of the driver. Probably my least favorite junior formula category driver. Punk, and wreckless. Not to mention him and his team got caught cheating at NJMP and the series did nothing about it.

  5. Kevin Kloepfer on September 17, 2010 6:38 am

    As the team that looked after Sean all year, I take exception to your comments. we were not not found cheating at NJMP as you stated. The SCCA found us in total compliance. As for Sean’ recklessness, ask the only compeitor that was even close to him (Scott Rettich). The two raced side by side many times this year, with not even a scratch to either car. the this young man has more raw talent and maturity than I have seen in many years. We have won SCCA national championships and and an IMSA Lites championship as well.

  6. Racefan2 on September 17, 2010 3:55 pm

    Congrats on your fantastic title.What is the prize?
    Maturity?Are you serious?
    The line is long for drivers that has had issues with this kid on and off the track.

  7. Ralph Thompson on October 18, 2010 2:25 am

    great post thanks

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