Jul 02

F1600, F2000, Atlantic Mid-Ohio Sunday rundown

Formula Race Promotions at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Formula Race Promotions logoF1600: Osborne Takes First Win, F2000: LaRue Scores Mid-Ohio Victory, F1600: Holden Rebounds for Mid-Ohio Victory, Atlantic:  Grant Charges to First Victory of 2017 Season.

F1600: Osborne Takes First Win

David Osborne scored his first ever F1600 Championship Series victory with a win on Sunday morning at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in round 10 of the 2017 season for Team Pelfrey. Osborne beat teammate Jonathan Kotyk to the line in a tight finish, while Chris Horan scored his first ever podium finish in Series competition with a third place result. Cliff Johnson won the Masters Class ahead of Scott Rubenzer and Joel Haas.


Video Recap:

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

David Osborne:

“It feels great to get my first win out of the way. I look forward to trying to do it again this afternoon. It was great working with Jonathan to try to break away from the field at the end and we sorted things out through the last couple of corners. It’s great to be here, at my home track with Team Pelfrey, it’s an honor.”

Jonathan Kotyk:

“It was a pretty good race for the Team Pelfrey Gap Guard car. I tried checking out but you can’t do that in F1600. I just drove a smart race and worked well with David.”

Chris Horan:

“It was an exciting race. I tried to avoid the contact through ‘madness’ and get a good restart. I managed to hold off the two cars behind me and got through turn one clean. I didn’t have anything for the two leaders so I tried to drive a clean race. The biggest thanks has to go to my dad. He works endlessly to get this car on track, this is a good moment for us, we’ve been working toward it for a long time.”

Cliff Johnson:

“It was a lot of fun, I just didn’t enough to run with those guys up front. It is tough to keep up with the kids.”

Other Notes:

– Cliff Johnson won the Masters Class for the second straight day in the No. 4 Piper/Honda in his Series debut, with the Masters Class podium repeating as Scott Rubenzer and Joel Haas finished second and third, respectively.

– Zach Holden’s race ended early with suspension damage. His K-Hill teammate Yuven Sundaramoorthy improved on his Saturday result to come home in fifth.

– Matthew Cowley finished fourth, unable to keep his perfect win streak going at Mid-Ohio.

– Finishing seventh overall, Scott Rubenzer had an action-filled last lap battling with Ryan Bjerke. “We had a good race with Ryan, we seem to be glued together this weekend. I got him right at the flag but I commend his driving, he’s a class man to race with,” Rubenzer said.

Next: Formula Race Promotions heads to Pittsburgh International Race Complex, July 28-30, for an action packed weekend with F1600, F2000 and Atlantic action.


F1600: Holden Rebounds for Mid-Ohio Victory

Zach Holden went from third to first on the last lap to take his third win of the season in the No. 96 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda in round 11 of the 2017 F1600 Championship Series season. Holden rebounded for the win at Mid-Ohio after failing to finish in the first two races of the weekend, taking the victory in the 18-lap race ahead of the Team Pelfrey duo of Jonathan Kotyk and Matthew Cowley. Another Mygale/Honda driven by K-Hill’s Tonis Kasemets charged from last to fourth to win the Masters Class, with Cliff Johnson second and Scott Rubenzer third.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

Zach Holden:

“It is a good relief to get a finish this weekend, and it’s great to have a first place. It gives us more points for the F1600 Championship as we are falling behind a bit right now.”

Jonathan Kotyk:

“It was a challenging race and I did my best to keep the Team Pelfrey Gap Guard up front. With six cars in the lead pack it was definitely challenging.”

Matthew Cowley:

“Over this weekend we scored some great points on everyone in the Championship. It was great to come here and have a win and a third place. It’s been a great weekend all around, and no one was giving an inch on track. It was about being careful and picking your moves correctly.”

Tonis Kasemets:

“Thank you to K-Hill Motorports. Yuven Sundaramoorthy had a flight to catch and they asked me to drive the car. I’m old so I get a Masters (win), I’m happy with that.”

Cliff Johnson:

“It was a great weekend, I need to thank my step son Cole and Greg Rice for all the help this weekend.”

Scott Rubenzer:

“We are doing alright, we had a rough first lap in this race and I never recovered from it, but I had fun none the less.”

Full results are available at www.F1600Series.com.

Next up, F1600 Championship Series drivers and teams head to the high-speed and challenging Pittsburgh International Race Complex for a triple-header weekend hosted by Formula Race Promotions, July 28-30.


F2000: LaRue Scores Mid-Ohio Victory

From pole, John LaRue took his fourth win of the 2017 F2000 Championship Series season with a flag-to-flag drive at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in round eight on a stunning summer afternoon. LaRue’s No. 17 led every lap to the checkered flag, with an intense battle behind him as Rob Allaer came home second and Tim Paul delivered another podium performance in third place. Saturday winner John McCusker was fourth and Steve Jenks was fifth after starting last.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

John LaRue:

“Yesterday was what we expected. We didn’t have rain tires and were short on crew, so we didn’t’ take any chances running the car hard. We used it as a test of sorts and the car was good today, we’re real happy. I appreciate everyone coming out. This Series is perfect.”

Robert Allaer:

“I think it goes without saying that John LaRue is the best guy driving these cars. I’m lucky to be up here in second. My hope at the restart was not to let Tim get past me.”

Tim Paul:

“It was a great race today, we ran real hard and did everything we could to stay up front. When Brandon (Dixon) ran wide, I couldn’t see what happened, he went off in turn 11 behind me. My helmet was full of grass for most of the race, I was trying to get it out of my eyes.”

Steve Jenks:

“This was a crazy weekend. This was the best car I have ever had at Mid-Ohio by a long shot and I thought we had a real chance. We completely out smarted ourselves yesterday and I got myself in trouble. Today we abolished all thinking and decided to drive fast. Thank you to Tumenas Motorsports for getting the car back together, it was real good in the race. It was fun, everyone did a nice job of giving room but racing hard by fair.

Full results are available at www.F2000Series.com

With the mid-point of the season in the books, F2000 Championship teams next head to Pittsburgh International Race Complex for rounds 9 and 10, July 28-30.


Atlantic:  Grant Charges to First Victory of 2017 Season.

After taking pole, David Grant led every lap to score the win in round eight of the 2017 Atlantic Championship Series season held on Sunday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Having finished on the podium in every race so far this season, Grant scored his first win of 2017 in the No. 29 Polestar Racing Group Swift 016/Mazda. Keith Grant and Andrew Bujdoso followed. Points leader and Saturday winner Peter Portante ran as high as second before a car problem ended his day. Bruce Hamilton won the Masters Class.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

David Grant:

“It was a great race. After yesterday’s off track experience it was key to keep it on the track today. It took a long time to get back in the winner’s circle, but I’m glad to be back here. The car was great today and Jim and Pam (Polestar) did a great job getting it ready. I’m glad to finally beat Peter (Portante), I’ve been wanting to all year. I finally got this under my belt and hopefully we can click off some more.”

Keith Grant:

“I couldn’t get up behind Andrew, I would close (the gap) in the Key Hole but couldn’t get by him on the straight. Finally I out braked him and pulled away after that, but it was challenging.”

Andrew Bujdoso:

“The downforce is a big deal in the fast stuff. Overall it was a lot of fun, I’m looking forward to beating these guys, time is all it takes.”

Bruce Hamilton:

“The car worked really well, thank you to K-Hill Motorsports. It was great this weekend, thank you to Hoosier and Formula Race Promotions.”

Full results are available on www.AtlanticChampionshipSeries.com.

Next up, Atlantic Championship Series drivers and teams head to the high-speed and challenging Pittsburgh International Race Complex for a triple-header weekend hosted by Formula Race Promotions, July 28-30.

source: Monty Mathisen, MathisenMedia, mathisenmedia.com