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Prepared by: Race Tech Development
Release Date: February 20, 2020
Formula Race Promotions to Offer Digital Photo Packages in 2020
“Team, Individual and Social Media Packages Available”
February 20, 2020 – Working with their media partner, RTD Media & Management (RTD), Formula Race Promotions (FRP) is pleased to offer promotional material through a digital media package. Working with an elite level photographer, RTD Media & Management will offer team, individual and social media photo packages to all competitors in the 2020 Formula Race Promotions program.
“Bringing a new level of promotion to the series, we are happy to be able to offer these types of services,” explained Bob Wright. “Our goal is to make it easier for teams and drivers to promote themselves. While this can’t be done for free, we have been able to come to an agreement with RTD and their staff photographer to offer discounted photo packages in 2020.”
In a generation where an online presence is vital to a company’s or organization’s success, drivers and teams have the opportunity to present themselves in a professional and striking manner. The fastest growing social platforms are all visual, such as Instagram, because the human eye is drawn to visuals. Using high-quality photos across all social platforms helps convey a theme of consistency and professionalism while setting a tone and reputation for a brand.
“When we begin to assist a new client with their social platforms, the top issues we come across include inactive social pages and low-quality images and graphics,” stated Mike Maurini of RTD Media & Management. “If an organization or driver has a mediocre online presence, then the viewer will translate that back to the organization or driver as a whole.”
By purchasing photo packages while at the track, teams and drivers have the opportunity to positively and professionally represent themselves, the series, their sponsors and the entire motorsports community, elevating their image and expanding their following.
Please contact Media@RaceFRP.com to inquire about your photo packages.
For more information on any of the Formula Race Promotions promoted series, please visit www.FormulaRacePromotions.com. For questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Bob Wright RobertW@RaceFRP.com or Clay Hutchinson ClayH@RaceFRP.com. For media inquiries, please contact RTD Media & Management via email to Info@RTD-Media.com or Media@RaceFRP.com.
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The Right Coast Formula F Series (RCFFS) and Formula Race Promotions (FRP) are pleased to announce that for the 2020 race season, the Right Coast Series will be organized under the FRP umbrella.
In 2006, Formula Race Promotions started organizing superb single class professional racing events for F2000. Since then, FRP has brought F1600, Formula Atlantic and F1000 racers into the fold to provide high quality single class racing for those looking for a competitive environment and quality track time. Traditional club racing events have tended to feature mixed class race groups, and drivers who desire to compete in single class races have gravitated to FRP with their multiple races each weekend and the camaraderie of open wheel racing
The Right Coast Series is a grassroots effort by Formula F and Club Formula F drivers to come together in significant numbers for single class competition. When the series was first organized in 2014, Formula Race Promotions was the first to offer Right Coast a separate run group during their weekend programs. This partnership has continued for six seasons through 2019 and now for 2020, FRP will take over full organization for the RCFFS program.
Robert Wright of FRP has announced that the RCFFS will continue as a separate run group during FRP race events. RCFFS drivers will continue to be eligible with SCCA competition licenses (pro license not required) with drivers from other organizations also eligible under the SCCA license reciprocal acceptance program.
Car eligibility rules for the RCFFS Formula F/Club Formula F series will continue to use the SCCA Formula F and Club Formula F rule sets. As always, Ford Kent/Cortina or Honda Fit engine are included; slick, treaded or shaved street radial tires are welcome.
This alliance of FRP and Right Coast will continue to provide drivers with the opportunity for high quality, single class racing with multiple races each weekend. It is our hope that all of the drivers who have raced with Right Coast will continue to support the series and that drivers who have not yet taken the opportunity will find the expanded schedule and track selection to be very appealing and will join us.
Joe Marcinski/Bob Wright
Our 2020 schedule may be found here.
We are now just 18 or so days away from the 50th Anniversary of Formula F and the American Road Race of Champions at Road Atlanta. As of this moment we have 34 entries including two time FF National Champion John Robinson and four time FF National Champion Dave Weitzenhof.
There is a track sponsored test day on Thursday, October 31.
The weekend, which begins on Friday, November 1, has a schedule that affords the FF and CF community lots of track time. If you enter the ARRC Group 4 race as well as the Right Coast portion of the weekend you get on track for two ARRC qualifying sessions on Friday, a 20 lap ARRC race and a 50th Anniversary qualifying session on Saturday and a 15 lap Club Formula F only race, a 15 lap Formula F only race and a 20 lap 50th Anniversary of Formula F Feature race on Sunday.
For the FF & CF only races we have 50th Anniversary logo 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals on red, white and blue ribbons. We have large crystal cups and 50th Anniversary logo medals for the podium finishers in FF & CF in the Feature race. We will also be presenting our usual DUFFUS logo kill stickers to the podium finishers in each race. Each driver will receive a packet with a 50th Anniversary logo lapel pin and cloth patch. We will have our Right Coast posters for those drivers who do not already have them.
We will be asking all the drivers to sign presentation versions of the Right Coast poster which will be presented to the FF & CF winners of the Feature race. You never know, we might also get some cheap champagne for the Feature race podium !
We will have Thursday and Friday night socials, probably at my trailer. Please bring your own folding chairs. We will be presenting the annual DUFFUS award at the Friday night social. We will also be conducting drawings for products and services from our Right Coast corporate partners including a free half set of Hoosier Racing tires to a lucky FF driver and a CF driver.
We will also be making an announcement about the 2020 Right Coast season.
So, if want a lot of track time, want to share a great, challenging race track with some National Championship drivers, have a chance to win some free tires and other racing products, get of that fence and enter here!
#04 Royale RP24 Club Ford
We are now just inside two months away from the Oct 30 load in for the final event on the 2019 Right Coast Formula F Series presented by American Pen Company at Road Atlanta. The Golden Part 2 50th Anniversary of Formula F celebration will take place in conjunction with the American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) at historic Road Atlanta on November 1st thru the 3rd.
Our hosts for the weekend, the Atlanta Region of the SCCA, have provided us with a schedule that will see us qualifying for the celebratory races on Saturday afternoon after the ARRC program. Sunday will see us taking to the track for a Club Formula F only 15 lap race in the morning and a Formula F only 15 lap race early that afternoon. Our combined all inclusive, 20 lap Formula F and Club Formula F 50th Anniversary of Formula F feature race sponsored by Bob Melvin’s American Pen Company will run later in the afternoon of Sunday.
This will be the last anniversary race where ALL Formula F cars can celebrate the 50th anniversary of our class. Ford Kent/Cortina or Honda powered, slicks or treads, as long as your car is SCCA legal you are welcome to come race with us. All VMC Licenses happily accepted as well!
We are racing to celebrate Formula F almost 50 years to the month after Road Atlanta first hosted a FF National Championship race, over the Thanksgiving weekend of 1970. The National Championship continued through 1993 but Road Atlanta’s long and storied Formula F history continues to this day. In that time frame many Formula F drivers have progressed to higher levels of motorsport. The first, at Daytona in 1969, and second, right here at the then brand new Road Atlanta in 1970, SCCA National Championship driver, Skip Barber, who of course founded the famous racing school. Jimmie Vasser, the 1986 National Champion went on to win the CART Indy Car Championship in 1996. Eddie Miller, the 1972 and 1974 Champion also won a Super Vee title and moved up into Indy cars. And it isn’t just those who won the FF National Championship at Road Atlanta. Runoffs FF participant Michael Andretti went on a fabulous career in Indy Car as well as a stint as a Formula 1 driver for Team McLaren. Chip Robinson starred with the Jaguar team in IMSA. Dennis Firestone, the 1976 Champ also acquitted himself well at the Indy 500 and in Indy car racing. Double FF National Champion Bob Lobenberg (80 & 82) was a Trans Am star. Dave Weitzenhof is a four-time (77, 79, 81 & 87) Road Atlanta National Champion in FF. Additionally, Dave has as a FV title and two FC wins to bring his total of seven SCCA National Championships. Dave is expected to run this years event in a Zink Z10, similar to the car he won with in 1977 and 1979!
These drivers and many others used what they learned in a Formula F, on the challenging Road Atlanta circuit to hone their driving skills and move up the motorsport ladder.
So, in this 50th year of Formula F in the United States we have one final opportunity to celebrate this class, that we love, at one of the most historically significant tracks in the country. Registration is due to open on MotorsportReg.com on October 1 (click HERE to register). We urge you to enter as soon as the site opens.
We will be following up with more details regarding the weekend as we get a little closer, so please stay tuned.
Right Coast Formula F Series Race Weekend #3 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex
The weekend of August 2, 3 & 4 will see the Right Coast Formula F Series presented by American Pen Company return to action at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. We will be the guests of Formula Race Promotions for another “all formula car” weekend with RCFFS joining the F1600, F2000 and Formula Atlantic/F1000 pro series and the Formula Vee Challenge Cup series.
Registration is open at MotorsportReg.com. Click here to access the registration for the great race opportunity. You can link directly to the MSR registration page from there as well see the weekend schedule and other useful information including an on-board with RCFFS' own Phil Kingham..
There is testing on Friday morning that is available for an extra charge. The Right Coast weekend starts with the first practice session on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning we will have our second practice session and we qualify right after the lunch break. Race 1 of the weekend takes place later on Saturday afternoon. Races 2 and 3 take place on Sunday.
On Friday and Saturday evening we will have our usual evening socials. On Friday night we hold our corporate partner drawings. On Saturday evening we will have the kill sticker presentation for the podium finishers in FF and CFF. The trophy presentations for the feature race on Sunday will take place approximately 20 minutes after the race has been completed.
Please remember that Right Coast welcomes all FF and CFF drivers and cars. Slicks, treads, Fords, Hondas; if you want some very competitive and fun racing please come and join us at the fabulous PIRC. The long course at Pitt Race is a blast to race on and has transformed PIRC into one of the top race destinations in the US.
See you at the track.
#04 Royale Ford CFF
Registration is now open for Race 1 of the Right Coast Formula F Series at New Jersey Motorsports Part on the Lightning Circuit on June 1 & 2. You can will find the links to register and other information HERE on this web site.
On Friday, May 31, there is a track sponsored test day available for $225. This is also a NJRRS/MARRS championship race weekend. Drivers can enter both the NJRRS/MARRS/RCFFS race or can just enter the Right Coast Formula F Series portion of the program.
If you choose the enter all the races you will be on track five (5) times during the weekend. The Saturday morning Group 3 qualifying session will serve to set the grid for the NJRRS/MARRS qualifying race and RCFFS Race 1. A 20 lap Right Coast Formula Series race will take place before lunch on Saturday. A 15 lap NJRRS/MARRS qualifying race will take place on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning the second 20 lap Right Coast race takes place. The Group 3 NJRRS/MARRS 20 lap feature race takes place before lunch on Sunday.
The Lightning Circuit is great race track and we hope that we will see a strong entry for this first Right Coast race of the 50th season of Formula F in the United States.
We are now approximately 6 weeks away from Race 1 of the 2019 Right Coast Formula F Series at NJMP Lightning on June 1 & 2. Our hosts for the weekend will be the kind folks of the South Jersey Region of SCCA. This is a two day event where drivers can be on track 5 times during the weekend. This event is also a MARRS/NJRRS regional championship weekend.
We will have a qualifying session on Saturday morning which will set the grid for RCFFS race 1 and for the MARRS/NJRRS qualifying races which will be held Saturday afternoon. RCFFS race 2 and the MARRS/NJRRS feature races will take place on Sunday.
The Lightning Circuit at NJMP is huge fun to race on and the fine folks of the South Jersey Region are superb hosts! This is a great track to kick of the 2019 Right Coast series and we hope all the FF and CFF drivers in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions will come and join us for a great weekend of racing. Registration for this event will open shortly and can be accessed here.
Plans continue to develop for the inclusive Golden Part 1 celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Formula F at Mid Ohio at the end of June. Registration is open on MotorsportReg.com or you can go click:here to register. To that end, Jim Kearney has graciously given his permission to share his treatise on how to drive the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. This is a superb “how to” on getting around Mid Ohio and is a must read. Click here to read the article..
Additionally, plans for the inclusive Golden Part 2 50th Anniversary of Formula F with the American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) at Road Atlanta in November are moving forward as well. The good folks of the Atlanta Region are working on the weekend schedule as this is being written. Please keep in mind that the ARRC/Golden Part 2 will be the Final 50th Anniversary of Formula F celebration of 2019 and the last chance to celebrate the 50th for all Formula F and Club Formula F cars; Ford or Honda power plants; slicks or treads; all are welcome.
See you at the track,
We are going to close the “pre-registration” site that we opened on MotorsportReg.com about a month ago. For those of us who have pre-registered on that portal; please be advised that the MotorsportReg folks have not been able to simply move our registrations over to the FRP site. So, it will be necessary for us to register again on the FRP portal for that weekend. You will be asked to select an entry and you just need to choose “RCFFS” and that will get you registered for the Right Coast and Golden Anniversary Part 1.
The Right Coast Formula F Series is always open to all eligible Formula F cars. We have had inquiries from drivers who usually run with the various vintage groups who wanted to know if there would be a “treaded tire” only race group.
We have worked with the kind folks of FRP and come up with a schedule for the weekend. Attached is the proposed schedule for the Formula Race Promotions event at Mid Ohio where we will conduct the first of our two anniversary events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Formula F in the United States. This particular schedule is dependent upon at least 20 “Historic/Treaded Tire” drivers entering. This schedule provides separate run groups for treaded tire cars and separate run groups for slick tired cars. This schedule will ONLY be used if we get the minimum of 20 treaded tire drivers.
If we cannot get to this number of treaded tire entrants; then we will revert to an alternative schedule without separate run groups for slick tire and treaded tire entrants. As of today, we have 24 pre-entrants. Two of those entrants have chosen the “Historic” group and are the only treaded tire entrants that we have at this time.
The attached schedule should be used for planning purposes, but the final version will be determined as entry levels will determine if there is sufficient interest to run a treaded tire only group. We need 20 of those cars to justify a stand-alone group. Should we not get 20; those choosing to run treaded ties are always welcome to run with us in a group with all tires allowed. Regardless all will have two practice sessions on Friday, one qualifying session and Race 1 on Saturday, then Race two and a 35 minute all comers 50th Anniversary Race on Sunday.
We wanted to have a longer race to close out the weekend and FRP has been kind enough to oblige us. We also feel very strongly that there is no reason why we could not run both tire groups in a single event. We have had experience with treaded and slick tires being on the track with us on a couple of occasions and have not had any significant issues. But this is open to discussion. If you have an idea or objection, please let us know.
The weekend format will be dependent upon how many cars we get, but as this is a Right Coast Formula F Series weekend, you will get to race at least three times during the weekend.
This event is open to all legal Formula F, Club Formula F, Historic Formula Ford and Historic Club Ford cars. You may run whatever tire you usually race on; slicks, treads, Toyos, whatever. We will get you classified as we get closer to the race weekend. If we have enough cars in any particular group we will try to get you a separate run group. But, to do that we need to know you are actually coming.
Entry fees will NOT be collected at this time. Our plan is to fold this site into the FRP registration site for the weekend is officially open. We will announce the entry fee by March 30. There will be NO penalties for cancellation of pre-entries (it would be hard to collect since we are not charging for pre-entry).
However, we would really appreciate it if you could do one of two things for us. If you have no intention of racing or are not sure you will attend Mid Ohio, please do not pre-register. If you are hell bent to join us for a great weekend of racing and celebrating the best racing class ever created, then please pre-enter as soon as you can.
Also be aware that all Right Coast Formula F Series race weekends, are SCCA sanctioned (all FRP events are sanctioned by SCCA Pro racing) so SCCA Licensing is in effect. You will NOT need an SCCA Pro license for the FRP events, just an SCCA competition license. A temporary weekend SCCA Membership will be available for a nominal fee for those not currently members and the SCCA does accept licenses from other sanctioning bodies. Please contact us on this site if you should have any licensing or other questions.
Right Coast Formula F Series presented by American Pen Company at the American Road Race of Champions Race Report
The final race weekend of the Right Coast Formula F Series (RCFFS) presented by American Pen Company took place at the fabulous Road Atlanta circuit in conjunction with the Atlanta Region of the SCCA American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) on November 1, 2, 3, and 4.
The Thursday (11/1/18) test day was somewhat inconclusive as it was dry for the first two sessions and then wet for the last two. The most noteworthy and unfortunate occurrence on Thursday was that Kevin Brumbaugh experienced a complete and utter failure of the differential (it pretty much exploded) and the gearbox is beyond repair. As an aside; this is the second such failure that we have seen this season as Mike Rand had a similar failure at Summit Point in August. Sadly, Kevin was just leaving the race track when we discovered that Phil Kingham had a spare Mark 9 in the trailer and was more than willing to let Kevin use it.
Friday morning qualifying was wet, but not pouring down rain. The FF/CFF cars were in Race Group 4 with the F5 cars. Andrew Dobbie was quickest overall in the Rice Race Prep Mygale Honda. Then Jeff DeLong in one of the F5 cars. Wayne Nicolette in his Lola T340 Ford CFF was third, Phil Kingham in his Zink Z-10 Ford CFF was fourth, Dave Harmison in the Royale RP21 Ford CFF was fifth overall. Craig Laprade was 6th in an F5, Bob Reid in his new Citation Honda FF was 7th, Dave Gernert in a K-Hill Mygale Honda was 8th. Then Mike Rand in his Crossle 30F Honda CFF 9th, Ryan Mayfield and George Bugg in F5’s were 10th and 11th. Angela Slocum was 12th in the other K-Hill Mygale Honda FF followed by George Fox’s F5 in 13th. Craig Walker was next in his Crossle 25F Ford, then Graham Early in a JPS livery Lotus 61 Ford CFF, Chris Smith in his RF97 VanDieman Honda FF, and finally Chris Forrer in his Tiga 78F Ford CFF.
The rain subsided, and Group 4 took to a dry, but pretty green racetrack Friday afternoon. Three F5’s led the charts followed by Andrew Dobbie, Sam Lockwood in a Spectrum Honda FF, and another F5 in 6th. Phil Kingham, Steve Brooks in the RF81 VanDieman Ford CFF, Wayne Nicolette, Dave Harmison, Bob Reid, Doug Fisher in his Zink Z-10 Ford CFF, Don Baggett in a Crossle 35F Ford CFF and Chris Forrer were 7th through 15th respectively. An F5 was 16th, then Sam Eyer in a Zink Z-10 Ford CFF, Dave Petzko in his Spectrum Honda FF, Dave Gernert, Steve Roux in his self-build Wyvern Honda FF and Tim Voth in his Swift DB-1 Honda were 17th through 21st respectively. An F5 was 22nd and then Angela Slocum, Graham Earley, Craig Walker, Joe Marcinski in a Royale RP24 Ford CFF and Chris Smith in 27th.
At our Friday RCFFS social we drew car numbers for our corporate partner awards. Craig Walker was the lucky winner of the half set of Hoosier Race tires. Don Baggett was the winner of the ANZE Suspension discount certificate for shock service. Sam Lockwood and Dave Harmison won the discount certificate for sets of KFP brake pads. Dave Gernert was the winner of the K-Hill Motorsports shop service discount certificate. Chris Forrer won the Primus Racing Parts $200 gift certificate. Tim Voth won the Quicksilver Race Engine discount certificate.
We also did the presentation of the 2018 DUFFUS Cup. The DUFFUS (Da Unofficial Formula F United States) Cup has its origins from the beginning of our race series and it awarded to someone who has made significant contributions to the success of our series. By that we mean someone who had expended extraordinary effort just to get to race; overcome some significant unfortunate circumstance to continue racing, gone well beyond being a good person to ensure that someone gets to race or provided their time and effort to help the series progress. This year the choice was very, very difficult as we had three candidates, well actually four; who all fit the bill. This year’s winners (if you see being presented a $29 trophy topped with a horse’s hind end as a win :-) ) are Angela Slocum and David Gernert. Angela and Dave are responsible for creating the Right Coast logo decals and patches, all of the seasonal posters, our DUFFUS tech stickers (when we need to use them), our DUFFUS kill stickers and they also manage the Right Coast website; www.rcffs.org.
Angela and Dave are also competitors in our series. They are unfortunately not able to race in every event because the cars they rent are not available for all the Right Coast events. Angela and Dave are responsible for everything that gives Right Coast its visual identity and we are extremely grateful and happy that they have chosen to assist us.
Hopefully, some of the other drivers will chime in on their races as I can only really report on what I could see and remember. I also was able to fill in some gaps by watching Sam Lockwood’s amazing videos. Thank you, Sam.
The Group 4 ARRC championship race on a sunny Saturday got started just before noon. There was a split/delayed start with the F5’s heading the pack. Sam’s video’s show a great race between he, Dave Petzko, Phil Kingham and Dave Harmison. Unfortunately, Dave Harmison spun at Turn 10B on the last lap. Since I was starting on the back row, I can only report those things that I saw, but when I got to Turn One, there were several cars off the track. The pack was nose to tail though the esses and good through Turn 7 when I think Don Baggett spun. This put a space between what looked like positions 11 and 12. At that point I had Doug Fisher, Sam Eyer, and Chris Forrer in front of me and Don behind me. For the next few laps we began drafting one another with the occasional change in position until Sam Eyer spun at 7. Don Baggett and I ran in close proximity for a few laps and then he got away. Chris Forrer and I ran with one another for the remaining portion of the race. It was great fun racing with Chris in my old car. This was the first time that Chris and I raced with one another and it was a pleasure and I hope we get other opportunities in the future.
The race ended with F5’s finishing 1, 2 and 3 with Phil Kingham taking the CFF win and 4th overall. Sam Lockwood took the FF win next in 5th. An F5 was 6th, then Steve Roux and Dave Petzko filling out the FF podium. Mike Rand and Dave Harmison battled it out for 2nd and 3rd in CFF. Dave Gernert was next for a 4th in FF, Don Baggett was 4th in CFF followed by Wayne Nicolette, me (Joe Marcinski), Chris Forrer and Sam Eyer in 5th through 8th in CFF. Chris Smith was next in 5th in FF, Angela Slocum 6th in FF an F5 then Craig Walker in 9th in CFF. Unfortunately, Bob Reid and Wayne Nicolette had gotten tangled up two laps before the end and Bob’s car was too damaged to continue and he would not be able to race on Sunday. Andrew Dobbie was next in FF after only finishing 13 laps. I do not know what caused Andrew to have to stop, but he did have to go off to the outside of Turn 1 on the start to avoid one of the spinning F5’s. Doug Fisher in CFF had a handling issue with his car and pulled in after completing 10 laps. Graham Earley had spun earlier in the race at Turn 7 and damaged the suspension on the right side of the Lotus and he too could not race on Sunday. Steve Brooks CFF was next only completing 2 laps with a cooling system problem. Tim Voth in FF was the final placing and I do not know what issue Tim had.
Qualifying for the Right Coast Formula F Series Feature race presented by American Pen Company was scheduled to begin at 4:20 PM on Saturday afternoon. Some delays to repair tire walls damaged during the Saturday afternoon races caused the qualifying session to be cancelled as the Region had a hard stop at 5 PM. This was disappointing and some of the drivers were very unhappy about this. The Atlanta Region considered having RCFFS qualify first thing Sunday morning as an option. Rather than have us go out first on Sunday morning on what was to be a pretty chilly track; we asked the Region to use our best lap time from the ARRC Championship race to set the grid for Sunday.
In retrospect; I should have asked them to use our best lap from any previous qualifying session or race to form the grid. For that oversight; I apologize to all our drivers. I will bear this in mind and should we ever encounter a similar circumstance; that will be my suggestion/request.
So, the starting order for Sunday’s American Pen Company Right Coast Formula F Series final race of the season was as follows: Andrew Dobbie FF, Dave Harmison CFF, Wayne Nicolette CFF, Steve Roux FF, Mike Rand CFF, Dave Petzko FF, Sam Lockwood FF, Phil Kingham CFF, Chris Smith FF, Dave Gernert FF, Don Baggett CFF, Sam Eyer CFF, Joe Marcinski CFF, Steve Brooks CFF, Doug Fisher CFF, Angela Slocum FF, Craig Walker CFF, Tim Voth FF.
My view of lap one was interesting. Don Baggett spun at Turn 1. Cars scattered, and I found myself in a line of Dave Gernert, Tim Voth, Mike Rand and me. As we exited Turn 5; Dave Gernert spun, Tim Voth got on the brakes, Mike was right on Tim’s gearbox and could not avoid going straight into the back to Tim. Mike’s nose cone was damaged, and his radiator was punctured. I was fortunate to avoid everything and continued. On lap three, Sam Eyer spun into the gravel trap behind Turn 10A and that brought out a full course yellow. Sam Lockwood’s video shows that upon the restart; he the two Dave’s and Phil Kingham picked up where they left off in Saturday’s race. They drafted and swapped places pretty much up to the end of the race. Tim Voth escaped any damaged from the Turn 5 incident and had recovered quickly. Don Baggett had also recovered from his Turn 1 spin and got by us shortly after the restart. Tim, Doug Fisher and I ran together for several laps until I was able to pass Tim under braking for Turn 10A and I was able to pull away. A bit later I came upon Don Baggett facing the wrong direction in Turn 10A. I did not know where I was in the running order, but I could see Wayne Nicolette a bit further up the road. I did my best to catch Wayne but was not able to get there by the end of the race.
The finishing order was Andrew Dobbie first in FF and first overall and Andrew turned the fastest race lap at 1:34.118 to win the American Pen Company fastest lap award. Sam Lockwood was next in 2nd in FF; Phil Kingham 1st in CFF; Dave Petzko 3rd in FF; Dave Harmison 2nd in CFF; Steve Roux 4th in FF; Wayne Nicolette 3rd in CFF; Joe Marcinski 4th in CFF; Tim Voth 5th in FF; Don Baggett 5th in CFF; Doug Fisher 6th in CFF; Dave Gernert 6th in FF; Steve Brooks 7th in CFF; Angela Slocum 7th in FF; Craig Walker 8th in CFF; with Mike Rand and Sam Eyer having retired completing just 2 laps. I believe that I saw Chris Smith on the grid, but unfortunately, he was unable to start.
I do not have a copy of the final race results, but you can find the finishing order and lap time information on the Speedhive website. I do expect the Atlanta Region will post the final results shortly and we will get that up on the www.rcffs.org when it is available. The Stonebridge Cryogenics Hard Charger award goes to Tim Voth who gained 9 places from his starting position; congratulations Tim. And, the Williams Racing Developments Hard Fader award goes to Mike Rand who lost 11 places from his starting position.
The drivers of the Right Coast Formula F Series would like to thank the kind folks of the Atlanta Region of SCCA for their hospitality and we look forward to returning to Road Atlanta in 2019.
The drivers of the Right Coast series also need to acknowledge and thank Clay Aulebach of R.A.C. Engines. Clay builds very strong engines for Wayne Nicolette, Sam Eyer, Doug Fisher and several other Right Coast and MARRS series regulars. But Clay also can be found at almost every one of our events bent over someone’s car helping sort out an engine or driver line issue. He has personally helped me sort out a very obscure brake problem which helped get the Royale up to speed. Clay does this for no other reason than that he loves Formula F and the drivers who race in it. He calls drivers in between race to see if they need any help or need for him to bring anything to the next race. For those of us who were privileged to call Joe Stimola a friend; it is almost as if Joe had returned to us through Clay. I for one cannot think of higher praise than to be compared to Joey and I hope Clay understands that.
We also want to thank our great corporate partners. Bob & Andy Melvin and Reid Hazelton of our presenting sponsor, American Pen Company. The Bruce Foss and the other wonderful folks of Hoosier Racing Tires; Kris Kaiser of K-Hill Motorsports; Keith Averill of Averill Racing Stuff/KFP Brake Pads, Sandy Shamilan of Quicksilver Race Engines, Mike Agniflo of Stonebridge Cryogenics, the kind folks at Williams Racing Developments and last, but certainly not least, Brad Baytos of Primus Racing Parts. We genuinely appreciate their support of our series and encourage you to support them with your business.
Please stay tuned for the announcement of the 2019 Right Coast Formula F Series schedule………………….
Joe Marcinski, CF 04