Eidson leads a close train of three cars
Championship leader Eidson swept the weekend in the No. 10 Spectrum/Honda for Cape Motorsports, fighting off David Grant’s No. 0 Polestar Van Diemen/Ford and Adrian Starrantino’s No. 98 Mygale/Honda for Bryan Herta Autosport.
The three cars were never more than a car-length apart for the entire green-flag race, and represented three top teams, and three different chassis, along with both Series engine options. Grant’s weekend, his first ever in a Formula F car, marks the best performance by a Ford since 2011.
For Eidson, it was the sixth win of the season, putting him ever closer to the 2013 F1600 title with just two races to go at Summit Point at the end of August.
“I don’t even know where to start, the entire race was filled with action,” said Eidson. “From green to checkered David and Adrian were there the entire time. I was defending every lap into the keyhole. David is a great driver and we were racing cleanly … the team did an awesome job with the car set up this weekend. On the last lap David got a bit loose and I was able to get around him.”
Grant takes home his second podium of the weekend in F1600, also finishing on the F2000 podium on the same day, but bettering the result by one spot, and nearly winning the race.
“It was great racing with Jake. He is a great competitor and we were racing cleanly the entire time,” said Grant, the 2012 Atlantic title winner. “We were very close a whole lot and I can’t believe we made the entire race without touching. I need to thank Polestar for the great car. The Ford worked this weekend and the car is just amazing … the car, you basically look and it goes. It is probably the best handling car I’ve ever driven.”
Starrantino bounces back from a DNF on Saturday to finish third for Bryan Herta Autosport, and will need a dominating weekend and luck on his side to catch Eidson in the Championship fight at Summit Point.
While the top three cars separated themselves, an equally entertaining battle erupted for fourth place among five drivers, with Paul Alspach finishing there in the No. 66 for WISKO Racing.
Steve Bamford put in another solid drive to come home fifth and win the Masters Class, while Aaron Telitz followed, his race hampered by a missing nose on the No. 13 Mygale.
Ayla Agren and Jim Goughary followed in seventh and eighth, with Sam Chastain and Art Foster completing the top ten at Mid-Ohio.
The King of the Buckeyes Championship, awarded to the driver scoring the most points in the four Mid-Ohio races this season, went to Eidson. The prizes include a trophy, commemorative poster, gift cards, test day voucher, and various other items from series partners.
The 2013 F1600 Championship season comes to a close with two more races in just two weeks, at Summit Point, August 23-25.
|1||10||Jake Eidson||18||1:27.933||Spectrum Honda||–|
|2||0||David Grant||18||1:27.760||Van Diemen Ford||+0.161|
|3||98||Adrian Starrantino||18||1:27.968||Mygale Honda||+0.663|
|4||66||Paul Alspach||18||1:28.309||Mygale Honda||+10.021|
|5||07||Steve Bamford/M||18||1:28.199||Mygale Honda||+10.141|
|6||13||Aaron Telitz||18||1:28.151||Mygale Honda||+10.515|
|7||96||Ayla Agren||18||1:28.153||Mygale Honda||+10.683|
|8||7||Jim Goughary/M||18||1:28.268||Van Diemen Honda||+11.022|
|9||97||Sam Chastain||18||1:28.940||Mygale Honda||+16.311|
|10||21||Art Foster/M||18||1:28.755||Spectrum Honda||+17.113|
|11||31||Scott Rubenzer/M||18||1:29.395||Spectrum Honda||+27.255|
|12||73||Bob Perona||18||1:29.334||Piper Ford||+27.472|
|13||06||Austin McCusker||18||1:30.191||Van Diemen Honda||+48.525|
|14||2||Mike Scanlan/M||18||1:30.908||Swift DB6 Honda||+1:05.851|
|15||8||Jacob Carpenter||18||1:31.072||Van Diemen Ford||+1:06.144|
source: Monty Mathisen, mathisenmedia.com, photo, Ryan Wise