Saanich driver on the road to Indy

Bill Okell has enjoyed success in the The Sports Car Club of America’s U.S. Majors Tour series over the last two seasons

Age isn’t slowing down Saanich sports car racer Bill Okell as the 61-year-old has his sights set on racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the autumn of 2017.

Okell has driven to great success in the The Sports Car Club of America’s U.S. Majors Tour series over the last two seasons. SCCA released its race track venue for the  2017 National Championships, when the Brickyard will host the 10-day event in late September.

Okell finished third in the Western Conference of the tour in 2014 and  second this year, with his first ever U.S. Majors tour win at Buttonwillow Raceway near Los Angeles. He was 10th at the SCCA’s 2014 National Championship in Monterey, Calif.

Closer to home this past season, Okell competed in the SCCA’s Nasport Lite series where he took four first-place finishes driving his MGB at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and San Francisco’s Sonoma Raceway Park, plus two race wins at the Ridge Motorsport Park near Shelton, Wash.

In the SCCA, Okell races for San Francisco-based Huffaker Engineering in an MG Midget.

In January, Okell plans to race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the U.S. Majors Tour opening race of its Western Conference series.


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