Flashback Friday: Continental Tire Challenge Drivers, Fathers Recognized at Mid-Ohio
Friday, May 11, 2018

Prior to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Mid-Ohio 120 last Saturday, a trio of drivers and their fathers posed for a photo during pre-race activities to celebrate their participation in IMSA – in particular, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – through the years.

The three father-son duos consisted of John and Corey Fergus, Dave and Dillon Machavern, and David and Dylan Murry.

As Ohio natives, John and Corey Fergus are no strangers to the Mid-Ohio racing community. Corey, who co-drives the No. 69 Motorsports In Action McLaren GT4 with Jesse Lazare, won several titles in the Ohio Valley Region before his sports car career took off.

Corey’s father, John, found success at Mid-Ohio during his racing career as well, winning the 1991 IMSA GTU class race and scoring additional podiums throughout the 2000s in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. John was onsite to watch his son co-drive to a 13th place finish on Saturday at Mid-Ohio.

“My dad is probably my biggest role model in my life,” Corey said before the race. “He has been a success in everything he’s ever done, whether it’s business, racing, being a good dad, things like that. I am very lucky and very fortunate to be in a position like I am right now, being able to race…I like to say I am following his footsteps, but I have a long way to go. I have big shoes to fill.”

Dave Machavern – father of 2017 Continental Tire Challenge Grand Sport champion Dillon Machavern – has a class win of his own at Mid-Ohio in GRAND-AM. Competing in a Ford Mustang for Heritage Motorsports, Dave and his co-driver Tommy Riggins took home first place in the GTS class in 2003.

Dave Machavern was on-hand Saturday afternoon to watch Dillon pilot the No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR with Spencer Pumpelly to a sixth-place finish. The team’s third consecutive top-10 finish expanded its championship lead to eight points with seven races remaining in the season, as the younger Machavern goes for his second straight GS title.

Making history earlier this year was the third duo of David and Dylan Murry. The Murrys became the first father and son to compete together in a Continental Tire Challenge event, racing in the No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 MR at the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona in January.

On Saturday at Mid-Ohio, though, David took a back seat to watch Dylan race in the GS class. While this was Dylan’s first race at the Lexington, Ohio circuit, the elder Murry previously competed there several times. He scored podium finishes in the 2001 GRAND-AM GT class and the 2004 American Le Mans Series GT class. Murry also owns a USRRC GT3 class win from 1999 at Mid-Ohio.

A series of obstacles awaited Dylan Murry and his co-driver James Cox at Mid-Ohio, finishing 24th. The team will look to bounce back at Watkins Glen International on June 28 – July 1, the Continental Tire Challenge’s fourth round of the season and the second of two, four-hour endurance events on the 2018 calendar.