Jul 29

F1600, F2000, Atlantic PittRace Saturday rundown

Atlantic: Keith Grant Takes Second Victory of 2017

Keith Grant

Keith Grant scored his second Atlantic Championship Series victory of the 2017 season at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in round nine.

Grant set the overall track record earlier in the day during qualifying in the No. 40 Polestar Racing Group machine, and put in a masterful pace-setting drive to win over Peter Portante and Richard Zober in an all green-flag race at the newly-paved 19-turn road course.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

Keith Grant:

“It was a good day. The car felt really good in qualifying. It’s easy to drive when you have a car that handles that well, so it was just a smooth race.”

Peter Portante:

“I can’t complain with second given the circumstances of today. Really this win is down to the crew and all the guys that worked on the car at K-Hill Motorsports. It is all about them. We put a new motor in the car right before the race. The car has been getting good on long runs all weekend, and we have been making progress with each session and lap. We have a little work left to do, and we will probably make a small change for tomorrow in hopes to challenge more. It should be another good one.”

Richard Zober (Masters Class Winner):

“First I need to thank Formula Race Promotions. This is the best Series, they do a great job. It was a fun race. The Comprent team has been making the car better and better. I need to thank them and Zober Industries. It was fun but a lot of work running this track with 19 turns.”

Also, of note, David Grant led the first handful of laps after an outside move to take the lead on the start. Any potential for a win was erased when a reported shift problem brought the No. 29 to pit road, ending his day.

Full results are available on www.AtlanticChampionshipSeries.com. Round 10 of the 2017 season takes place on Sunday from Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

Tim Minor

F2000: Minor Fends Off Jenks at Pittsburgh

After a near three-year hiatus from F2000 Championship Series competition, two-time Champion Tim Minor returned to take the victory in round nine of the 2017 season at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Minor led all 17 laps of Saturday’s race and held off a determined Steve Jenks for the race distance. Jenks would finish second by .454 seconds in the No. 68 while Mid-Ohio winner John McCusker completed the podium. Points leader Brandon Dixon started on pole, fell back to ninth on the opening lap and recovered to finish fourth.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

Tim Minor:

“It is certainly a different track than the last time I was here. My hat is off to the track, they did a fantastic job. I need to thank Hoosier Tire, what a great job those guys do for the F2000 Series and for racing in general. It’s been a great experience coming back, I have missed coming here, but we have to pick where we go to. On the start, it was a little tight, I knew I was going to be stuck on the outside. I was able to get a decent start. I got in the dirt a bit on the exit of turn one, there was nowhere else to be. In the end I needed to keep the second place guy at bay and save my right side tires for tomorrow morning.”

Steve Jenks:

“I really appreciate all the work the team put into the car this weekend. I made a mistake in the second practice yesterday and tore off the wing. Then we had a part break in qualifying, there was a lot of time repairing the car. The No. 68 was really good, I was every bit as fast but couldn’t get aside Tim. He drove a great race, I thought I had a run on him a few times, but he’s done this before. We were due for a good run, we’ve had really fast cars.”

John McCusker:

“There was a lot of back and forth at the start and then people kind of started doing the shuffle. After that the brake zones got slick and people were going off the track, it was pretty entertaining. It was a solid finish, I need to thank the team at DotWorks Racing.”

Brandon Dixon:

“I had an electrical issue on the first lap. When I went to roll onto the gas coming out of turn one there was nothing. I power-cycled the car two or three times going up the hill and probably did it another few times that lap. After that lap it cleared up but happened again with a few laps to go. I think we set fastest lap; I just need to find my issues.”

Full results are available on www.F2000Series.com. Round 10 of the 2017 season takes place on Sunday from Pittsburgh International Race Complex.


Jonathan Kotyk

F1600: Kotyk Wins at PittRace

The first of three F1600 Championship Series races at Pittsburgh International Race Complex was won by Team USA Scholarship candidate Jonathan Kotyk on a near perfect Saturday afternoon at the high-speed 19-turn road course. Kotyk, driving the No. 81 Team Pelfrey Mygale/Honda, held off Zach Holden with two corners to go, with Holden trying an outside move for the race lead. The K-Hill driver would go on to finish second, while points leader Matthew Cowley brought the No. 80 Team Pelfrey car home in third and Mike Scanlan won the Masters Class.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

Jonathan Kotyk:

“It was definitely a tough last lap and came down to positioning the car right. Missing practice yesterday for the Team USA Scholarship at Mid-Ohio meant we didn’t get as many laps in. I was thinking there would be more cars in the battle, but thankfully we were able to pull away with Zach and come home with the win.”

Zach Holden:

“There was not enough grip on the outside on the track. As I got out there and got on the power the rear end came around on me and I had to get out of it. Hopefully we’ll come back strong tomorrow and take two wins.”

Matthew Cowley:

“What happened was I made a mistake on the brakes in turn 17. I dropped a wheel on the grass and it caused me to have a big moment. Zach played it smart and didn’t attack Jonathan until three laps to go and I had no chance of catch them. Third is still a great position and I haven’t dropped too many points, so it’s not a bad day.”

Mike Scanlan (First Place – Masters Class):

“It’s nice to be back here on the top stop. It’s so ultra-competitive in this Masters Class in F1600. Joel Haas and I had an absolutely phenomenal race up until that last corner. We were just two people looking for the same piece of real estate.”

Chuck Horn (Second Place – Masters Class):

“My engine cover is out on the track somewhere. To tell you the truth I didn’t even know it was missing. I am not sure where it all went wrong but it didn’t affect the performance of the car.”

Rick Payne (Third Place – Masters Class):

“I wanted to get out and get some track time and thankfully Greg Rice and Rice Race Prep had a car. I enjoyed Indy and wanted to get out and run in F1600 again.”

Full results are available on www.F1600Series.com. Two more races for F1600 take place on Sunday from Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

source: Monty Mathisen, MathisenMedia, mathisenmedia.com