Jul 30

F1600, F2000, Atlantic PittRace Sunday Rundown

F1600 Race 2: Kotyk Doubles Up

Jonathan Kotyk

Team Pelfrey’s Jonathan Kotyk, a Team USA Scholarship candidate, doubled up on Sunday morning at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, taking his second win of the weekend in F1600 Championship Series competition.

Kotyk fought off his teammate on the 16th and final lap, beating points leader Matthew Cowley to the line by .054 seconds in a photo finish. Zach Holden, from K-Hill Motorsports, completed the podium while Mike Scanlan won in the Masters Class.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

Jonathan Kotyk:

“I’m kind of getting used to this. It’s been a good weekend. It was a tougher race today than yesterday. I wanted to stay up front and get to the inside on the last lap. I really have no expectations for the third race, but I’d like to bring home a third win.”

Matthew Cowley:

“Right to the end it was anybody’s race. The top three of us were right there. I made a move toward Jonathan at the end of the race and it didn’t quite pay off, it was a close finish and a great race overall. It’s another finish on the podium and another over the guy that is second in the Championship.”

Zach Holden:

“There were times during the race we were trying to pull a fast lap for the points and the pole in the next race. It took a couple of tries but we finally got that lap in.”

Mike Scanlan (Masters Class – 1st Place):

“It was a good clean race up to the end with Joel Haas, we were both going to time where that last pass was going to come. When he went by me my only recourse was to try a re-pass up the hill and I had a little more motor.”

Of note, Joel Haas finished second in Masters competition after his Rice Race Prep crew was at the track late into the night changing an engine and fixing suspension damage. Dave Petzko scored a career best result with a third place finish in class.


Atlantic Race 2: David Grant on Top at PittRace

David Grant

Wampum, PA – David Grant went flag-to-flag to take his second win of the 2017 Atlantic Championship Series season with a drive to the victory at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in round 10. Piloting the No. 29 Polestar Racing Group Swift 016/Mazda, Grant took his second win in three races and closes in on the points lead with just four races to go. K-Hill’s Peter Portante and Comprent’s Richard Zober matched their Saturday performances by finishing second and third, respectively.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

David Grant:

“It was a tough start yesterday. We had a great car yesterday and a mechanical issue got us, that is just part of the game. The car was perfect all day. It was great this morning and I got the one lap I needed for pole. It was even better this afternoon with the heat.”

Peter Portante:

“All in all it was a great weekend considering the problems we had and the K-Hill team working hard to get the car squared away. Two seconds is not bad at all and it’s been fun running with David and Keith. This is the first weekend we haven’t won a race this year, I don’t plan on making a habit of that.”

Richard Zober:

“It was a great weekend, it’s good to finish on the podium twice. It has been so much fun here, it’s a great track. It’s good to have luck too.”

Of note, Lee Alexander finished fourth for Comprent while teammate Bob Corliss completed the top five and ran the third quickest lap of the race in the No. 17 Swift 014/Toyota.

Saturday winner Keith Grant did not start the race after an engine issue occurred during morning qualifying.

Full results are available on www.AtlanticChampionshipSeries.com. Atlantic competitors next head east, to Summit Point in West Virginia, for races 11 and 12 of the 2017 season, August 25-27.


F2000 Race 2: Dixon Grabs Pittsburgh Win

Brandon Dixon

Wampum, PA – Brandon Dixon denied Steve Jenks his first F2000 Championship Series victory, passing the No. 68 driver on lap six and taking the victory at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on Sunday in round ten of the 2017 season. Dixon’s win extends his Championship lead as Saturday winner Tim Minor finished second for Ski Motorsports. Tim Paul ran as high as second and completed the podium in third for R-Sport in the No. 6. Jenks started from pole but eventually retired with a mechanical issue.

Quotes from the Top Finishers:

Brandon Dixon:

“This was a great race for me and a great end to what has been a challenging weekend. I need to thank the guys that come and help me. We busted our butts this weekend. We have had problems in every session including oil pouring out of the car, an engine change in the middle of the night and electrical problems yesterday. This morning was the first session the car really ran right and we could concentrate on driving and tuning the car. This is how I will like to close the season, leading the points with some good finishes. Thanks to everyone that helps me show up. I was trying to be patient early on in the race and not try to dice it up and let the others close. After a few laps I had a little more pace than Steve (Jenks) and got a good clean pass in turn one.”

Tim Minor:

“We made a really big change for qualifying this morning. We went the right way, we just didn’t go enough. It was better in the race. Hats off to Brandon (Dixon) and Tim (Paul), they did a fantastic job. I don’t know what happened to Steve (Jenks), stuff started puking out of the back of his car and he faded. It’s great to be back.”

Tim Paul:

“We got a really good start. We dropped back a bit after that and started making up spots. The car was fantastic, so it was about picking places and passing. It was a good fight with Tim (Minor) at the end. There was a waving yellow and I slowed up, and he got a big run. I tried the cross over and couldn’t get it done.”

Full results are available on www.F2000Series.com. F2000 Championship drivers and teams next head to Summit Point in West Virginia, for races 11 and 12 of the 2017 season, August 25-27.

source: Monty Mathisen, MathisenMedia, mathisenmedia.com