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Registration for Race 1 of the 2018 Right Coast Formula F Series opens Tuesday, May 8 on MotorsportReg.com. Once again the kind folks at South Jersey Region of the SCCA are hosting us as part of the Lightning Challenge weekend on June 1, 2, & 3.
This event is also Round 4 of the MARRS championship; Round 3 of the Northeast Division Road Racing Championship; and Rounds 3 & 4 of the New Jersey Road Racing Series. Friday, June 1 is a track sponsored test day (extra fee required). The regional race program kicks off on Saturday morning. Formula F and Club Formula F drivers have the opportunity drive the Lightning Circuit three times on Saturday with a morning qualifying session, a 20 lap Right Coast Formula F Series (RCFFS) race right after lunch, and a 15 lap regional qualifying race later on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning the second 20 lap Right Coast race goes off shortly after 9 AM and there is a 20 lap regional/divisional championship race on Sunday afternoon. Details on the schedule page.
We will have our usual Saturday night social where we will have our prize drawings which includes a chance to win a set of Hoosier Racing tires.
There is also a little news regarding the second race of the 2018 RCFFS season at Mid Ohio. There will be a Thursday evening test session available (extra fee required). Our host for that weekend, Formula Race Promotions, has asked if we can get a count of the drivers who are interested in that Thursday evening test session. If you plan on doing the session; please let me know at your earliest convenience so we can help out our hosts.
Thanks, and we hope to see you at NJMP.
We are extremely pleased to announce that the very kind folks at Hoosier Tire have confirmed that they will be presenting certificates for free tires to a Formula F and a Club Formula F driver at each of the six Right Coast race weekends in 2018!
A certificate will be presented to a Formula F driver and a Club Formula F driver each weekend for one front and one rear tire. That will allow a driver to purchase a full set of tires for ½ price.
Now, the next question one might ask is “what if I have entered as the driver of an Historic/Vintage Formula Ford?”. Well, Hoosier does make very fine treaded vintage tires so we will include that driver in the population of eligible drivers.
We will be conducting a drawing on the first night of each race weekend for the Hoosier Tire certificates. We feel the best way to make this fair is to eliminate previous winners of the certificates from each subsequent drawing. That means that as the season goes on; your chances of winning one of the certificates gets better. So, we will keep track of the certificate winners and make sure that their numbers are not in the random drawing pool in the subsequent drawings. We hope that you agree with our concept of fairness.
With all that being said, we are extremely grateful to Bruce Foss and the other members of Hoosier Tire who have made this possible for us. When you see Bruce or other members of the Hoosier crew at the races please be sure to give them your thanks for their support.
The Right Coast Formula F Series is very pleased to announce its six-race schedule for 2018. We are very fortunate, to again, be able to race at six challenging tracks that lend themselves to great racing.
Our second event is over the early Fourth of July holiday weekend, June 29-30 & July 1, at Mid-Ohio. Again we will be with Formula Race Promotions as a support event for the Pro F1600/F2000/FAtlantic series. It looks like this will be another, all formula car weekend with the Formula Vee Challenge Cup series joining in as well.
Event number three will be with the Steel Cities Region of SCCA at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC) on August 11 & 12. This weekend will be very similar to the first weekend at NJMP in that we will be racing as part of their SCCA Regional race with stand alone RCFFS racing as part of the program. The full PIRC circuit is just spectacular with lots of elevation changes, several great passing zones and a challenging set of esses.
Weekend four will be on August 24-26, at the newly repaved Summit Point Raceway main course with the Woodbridge Karting Club and Formula Race Promotions, as in 2017. Summit Point is the ancestral home of DUFFUS/Right Coast and has long been one of everyone’s favorites. The Summit Point Circuit provides another venue that lends itself to great racing. A challenging track with a couple of great passing opportunities and a good mix of slow, medium and fast corners. We also get to see the great racing in the pro F1600/F2000/FAtlantic series, and the karts are spectacular.
The fifth race weekend takes place at the historical Watkins Glen International for the Fun One on September 15-16. We will be on the regional race program with the Finger Lakes Region of the SCCA. This too will be regional racing with stand alone RCFFS racing as well. The FV Challenge Group is also on the program. We will be on the 3.4-mile Grand Prix course on Saturday and the ultra-fast 2.4 mile, so called, NASCAR course on Sunday, two tracks over one weekend!
The sixth and final race of the 2018 Right Coast season takes place on November 2-4 at Road Atlanta with the Atlanta Region of SCCA at the American Road Race of Champions. This will be the Prelude to the 50th Anniversary of Formula F in the US in 2019. We will be racing as part of the ARRC championship weekend program with stand alone RCFFS racing on Sunday. Once again, we will be on one of the destination tracks in the country and certainly one of the most challenging race tracks anywhere. This offers a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the track that the 50th Anniversary event takes place on November 1-3, 2019.
We hope you are as excited about this race schedule as we are and that you will join us at all six in 2018!
The Right Coast Formula F Series (RCFFS) announces that:
On Saturday afternoon, we met with Bruce Foss and John Miller of Hoosier Racing Tire. The kind folks at Hoosier have been watching you, the drivers of Right Coast, coming out and supporting our races. This has given them confidence that open wheel at the club level is coming back. They are so pleased with what they are seeing, that Hoosier Racing Tire let us know that they will be supporting the Right Coast Formula F Series in 2018. The details and level of support will be worked out in the coming weeks, but we have been assured that we will have tires to give away to our drivers at each race next season. I am completely blown away by this development. Hoosier is a great company and they want to help; thanks to all of you for showing up to race with us. This is huge and simply amazing!
On Sunday morning, we met with Rick Mitchell (the current RE of the Atlanta Region), Bob Hudson (the incoming RE of the Atlanta Region), AJ Schram (the Assistant RE) and Clark McInnis (Atlanta Region Board Member) regarding Right Coast participation at the ARRC. The kind gentlemen from the Atlanta Region let us know that they were thrilled with the level of support that you, our drivers, demonstrated by coming to race. They were so pleased that they asked if we would return to the 2018 ARRC. We agreed to include the 2018 ARRC on the Right Coast schedule. So, please block off the first weekend of November 2018 on your race calendars for this thrilling event.
Additionally, we discussed the 50th Anniversary of Formula F (Formula Ford) in the United States. Again, based upon our participation at the 2017 ARRC; the regional executives have confirmed that the Atlanta Region is going to partner with the Right Coast Series to present the 50th at Road Atlanta as part of the 2019 American Road Race of Champions. So, as we have been reporting, this is now a confirmed event, not a rumor. We have already begun the planning process and have an extensive milestone and action item list at this very early point in time.
These amazing things have only happened because all of you have chosen to come out and race with us.
So, thank you all very, very much!
Joe Marcinski, CF 04
The 2017 Right Coast Formula F Series (RCFFS) presented by American Pen Company closed out its season at Road Atlanta this past weekend on a mostly high note. We would like to sincerely thank the folks from the Atlanta Region of the SCCA for including us in the American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) program. Next, we would like to thank the American Pen Company for their season long presenting sponsorship of the Right Coast series. Also, for supplying us with some really, really cool new pens to present to the podium finishers of this season finale.
This was a very significant weekend for Right Coast both in terms of good racing and in the plans for the 2018 season and beyond. So first, some racing…
The Friday qualifying sessions for the ARRC championship race saw 22 FF and CFF drivers plus 5 F5 drivers take times. Andy Brumbaugh in his Van Diemen Honda FF took the pole with Cliff Johnson in his Piper Honda FF three tenths behind in second. Stuart Jackson (Van Diemen Ford FF), Sam Lockwood (Spectrum Honda FF) and Chris Smith (Van Diemen Honda FF) rounded out the top five.
Steve Brooks (Van Diemen Ford CFF), Dave Petzko (Spectrum Honda FF), Phil Kingham (Zink Ford CFF), Steve Roux (Wyvern Honda FF) and Greg Rice (Reynard Honda FF) completed the top ten. Dave Harmison (Royale Ford CFF), Don Baggett (Crossle’ Ford CFF), Craig Laprade (F5), Mike Rand (Crossle’ Honda CFF) and Wayne Nicolette (Lola Ford CFF) were the next five.
Derek Holmes (Swift Ford FF), Kevin Brumbaugh (Crossle’ Honda CFF), Shayne Frebert (Van Diemen Ford FF), John Mark Gray (Zink Ford CFF) and John Walbran (F5) were 16th thru 20th. Doug Fisher (Zink Ford CFF), Jeff DeLong (F5), George Bugg (F5), me (Royale Ford CFF) and Sam Eyer (Zink Ford CFF) were 21st through 25th. Mo Makki (F5) and Tim Voth (Van Diemen Ford FF) rounded out the field.
The ARRC championship race on Saturday was fabulous! I got to witness the last lap and a half of the battle for the Club Formula F (CFF) win. John Mark Gray, Doug Fisher, and I had a really fun race. We three went back and forth for positions 6 thru 8. It was huge fun and when Steve Brooks and Phil Kingham came up to lap us they went by with barely the length of a nose cone between them. As they approached the turn in point for Turn 1 going into the last lap, Phil poked his nose out to the right. Steve tapped the brakes and Phil took the lead. They continued, nose to tail, until they got to Turn 7 and headed up the straight. Steve got by Phil some place between 7 and the finish line, but I can’t tell you the details.
As I turned into 7, I realized that I had lost a little pace paying attention to their race and had forgotten my own! Doug had done a nice job of closing the small gap between us and by the time we turned into Turn 10A; he was right on my gearbox. I had to move to the left a bit after we turned under the bridge to make sure he had enough room to make the final corner, but I was lucky enough to finish just ahead of him with John right behind us.
I believe that Mike Rand, Wayne Nicolette, and Dave Harmison had the same kind of fun as they went at one another for third through fifth places. It is a little harder to write more of report when one is sitting behind the wheel instead of standing at a fence, so that is about all I can relate first hand. Hopefully the other drivers who have not already done so will jump in and detail their races.
Andy Brumbaugh (FF) won from the pole, followed by Cliff Johnson (FF) who came all the way from Stillwell, Kansas to race with us. Then the Club Formula F winner was Steve Brooks followed by Phil Kingham (2nd in CFF), Dave Petzko (3rd in FF), Greg Rice (4th in FF), Mike Rand (3rd in CFF), Wayne Nicolette (4th in CFF) and Dave Harmison (5th in CFF). Next was me (6th in CFF), Doug Fisher (7th in CFF), John Mark Gray (8th in CFF), Sam Eyer (9th in CFF) and Tim Voth (5th in FF) rounded out the cars running at the finish. Mechanicals shortened the race for the rest of the field except for Shayne Frebert who had spun and contacted the wall between Turns 1 & 2.
On Saturday afternoon we held our final social gathering of the season. We reported some news for 2018 and beyond which you will see in our next posting. We also presented the second annual Spirit of DUFFUS Award. This unique award is given to someone who participates in our series, but it is not limited to drivers. We try and select a recipient who demonstrates the qualities of sportsmanship, concern for fellow competitors, and a never say die determination to make the race. This season’s recipient is Shayne Frebert. Shayne only raced in the series once, at Road Atlanta on this weekend. However, at various points in the season; Shayne would appear at the track, usually with parts taken from his own race car. He would proceed to help some other driver get their car repaired so that they could race in the next session or next day. Derek Holmes and Brandon Lavender benefitted from Shayne’s willingness to dismantle his own car, so their cars could race the next day.
So, please congratulate Shayne on this award (even though it is a very large horse’s ass trophy) because it signifies that he is truly one of us and that he demonstrates the qualities we would like all our fellow competitors to exhibit.
As for Sunday, you will not see my trying to “put lipstick on a pig”, the Sunday feature race was pretty ugly! Under that pigskin were a few good battles which were interrupted by the full course cautions which had their root causes in the slippery verge and wet grass. Road Atlanta is a very fast track and the topography places some extreme loads on our cars. When the conditions are not ideal, and you get a little off the line there can, as we saw, be some dire consequences. Fortunately, no one suffered any significant physical injury and, so I will focus on the more positive aspects of the weekend.
But to recap; the Sunday morning qualifying session was foggy and damp. When we all looked at the track we were considering the risk versus reward of taking a qualifying time. Right Coast racing is very competitive, but at the last race of the season with a damp, challenging track and the promise of dry weather at race time; many of us really did not want to take to the track.
As Right Coast is a for fun, non-championship series, we considered simply using the best time from the previous day’s ARRC race to set the grid. The only problem with that is that there were two drivers who could only join us on Sunday and it seemed unfair to place them at the back of the grid. Joel Haas and Graham Earley were the two Sunday only drivers and we would like to thank them for making the trip to support this event. They had both come a long way to join us for one day and we wanted to give them an opportunity to qualify.
So, we proposed a solution which all our drivers agreed to. We agreed that anyone who went out in the wet qualifying session would occupy the front portion of the grid based upon their best lap in the session. Those who chose not to go out would be gridded next by their best time from Saturday’s ARRC race.
Only six drivers chose to make qualifying runs. Sam Lockwood (FF) took the pole followed by Wayne Nicolette (CFF), Greg Rice (FF), Joel Haas (FF), Steve Roux (FF) and Graham Earley (CFF).
When the spray had settled and the yellow flags were put away we had a new set of race winners. Congratulations to Dave Petzko and Phil Kingham who were the winners in FF and CFF respectively. The finishing order was as follows: FF was Dave Petzko, Joel Haas, Steve Roux, Derek Holmes, and Tim Voth. Greg Rice and Sam Lockwood were not running at the finish. CFF was Phil Kingham, Steve Brooks, Mike Rand, Dave Harmison, Kevin Brumbaugh, Doug Fisher, me, Sam Eyer, and Graham Earley. John Mark Gray, Wayne Nicolette, and Don Baggett were not running at the finish.
Once again, we would like to sincerely thank all our drivers for making the trip to Road Atlanta to support this event. This was very significant for our series and their presence had a hugely positive effect on our hosts, the Atlanta Region. Please watch for our next posting where will report some significant good news for the series.
This is really important to the future of our series. We are just about 3 weeks away from the final event of the 2017 Right Coast Formula F Series presented by American Pen Company. This event will take place at Road Atlanta as a part of the American Road Race of Champions on November 3, 4, & 5. This event was originally scheduled to be one of our “flash mob” type events, but the very kind folks of the Atlanta Region have agreed to let us have a 50 mile FF/CF only race on Sunday as part of this race program.
The ARRC is a great event and this one is extra special as it has implications for those of us in the Formula F/Club Formula F community well beyond 2017. If we can generate a strong entry of 20 or more cars; there is an excellent chance that we will be able to schedule a longer Right Coast event at the 2018 ARRC.
And as we have already announced, thanks to the efforts of 40th co-organizer Mike Rand, the Atlanta Region has agreed to partner with Right Coast to stage a 50th Anniversary of Formula F in the US event in 2019 as part of the ARRC.
But, for all of this to fall in place it is essential that we have a strong entry for this event. So, please come and join us at Road Atlanta. You will be able to race in both the ARRC championship race as well as the stand alone FF/CF race on Sunday. We welcome all Formula F cars; Ford and Honda powered; Formula F/Club Formula F/Historic Formula Ford; slick or treaded tires. We will keep track of the participants within each sub-group and will award our series kill stickers and trophies to the podium finishers in each class after Sunday’s race.
As this is being written we have fifteen entrants. I know of at least five who will be completing their entries in the next couple of days. Can we get another six and hit a total of 25? Whenever we announce our schedule or survey our drivers; we always get a question regarding scheduling an event at Road Atlanta. Well; we now have one and it is actually going to be a bit more than we had hoped for. And, a strong entry gets us another invitation.
Just in case there is still any doubt, the celebratory 50th Anniversary of Formula F in the US East is not a rumor; it has been confirmed by the Atlanta Region. It is going to happen and while we do not have a definite date from the Atlanta Region; the annual American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) event traditionally falls on the first full weekend of November which would make our date November 1, 2, & 3, 2019.
Road Atlanta is definitely a destination track on many bucket lists. Make this the year that you check that one off and join us in three weeks for the Prelude to the Prelude to the 50th Anniversary of Formula F in the United States.
Registration with schedule and supps is open at www.motorsportreg.com and can also be found on the Right Coast website at www.rcffs.org on the schedule page.
The third race of the 2017 Right Coast Formula F Series presented by American Pen Company will take place at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA on July 28, 29 & 30. We will be racing in support of the Formula Race Promotions Pro F1600/F2000/FAtlantic series that weekend. We are hoping that this PIRC event will be able to duplicate or surpass last year’s event when we had our largest field to date when we had 26 entrants.
During the off season, the older portion of the full 2.8-mile circuit has been repaved and this incredibly interesting race track will be even more fun as it is now smoother and faster. Unanimously hailed as a spectacular facility with a track layout rivaling such icons as Road America and Watkins Glen; PIRC [or Pitt Race or whatever you want to refer to it as…] is challenging to drivers of all experience levels as well as a great racing track featuring three or four excellent passing opportunities each lap. Entry details and links along with a weekend schedule can be found on the “Schedule” page of the Right Coast website at www.rcffs.org.
This will be another all formula car race weekend. You will get to see the pro F1600, F2000 and Formula Atlantic series and the Formula Vee drivers of the Challenge Cup Series.
The Right Coast Series drivers will be on track twice each day. On Friday we have two practice sessions. On Saturday morning we will qualify and race the first of three races on Saturday afternoon. The second and third races of the weekend take place on Sunday.
So please enter early and come join us at this great race track for another great weekend of Formula F and Club Formula F only racing.
Registration for the first event of the 2017 Right Coast Formula F Series presented by American Pen Company is on the Lightning Circuit at New Jersey Motorsports Park on June 3 & 4, 2017 on MotorsportReg.com. We would like to thank the South Jersey Region of the SCCA, particularly JD King & Terry Hanushek, for inviting Right Coast back again this season.
This race weekend is an SCCA Regional race and is a New Jersey Road Racing Series and Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series event as well as our season opener. You will be able to race four times this weekend if you so choose. Race Group 3 is the regional race group (FF, F500,FV, FST & CF) that we will be qualifying in. This qualifying session sets the grid for the NJRRS/MARRS races AND the grid for the first Right Coast Race. The grid for the second Right Coast race will be set by the fastest lap achieved from either the qualifying session or the first RCFFS race.
You can enter the Regional only, the Right Coast race only or enter both events and get a qualifying session, a 15 lap regional qualifying race, a 20 lap regional race and two 20 lap Right Coast Formula F Series races. That would be 15 minutes of qualifying and 65 laps of racing for $550. There is a test day on Friday which is an additional cost for those who want some extra time on the Lightning circuit.
Registration is now open on www.MotorsportReg.com. Those who previously entered on the DLB site have had their entries transferred over and no further action is required. Look for Lightning Challenge on June 1-4. You can register for the test days and the races in one fell swoop. Please let me know if you should have any questions.
So, please enter as quickly as you can or let us know if you are coming so we can get a headcount for this event. It would be great if we could begin the season with 25 drivers racing, so please let us know.
One new feature that we are instituting this season is that at the evening social at the end of the first day of each race weekend we will vote on which of the two races on the final day will be the “feature” race with the podium finishers being awarded our unique trophies. This would allow those who have towed long distances and would like to get on the road early to have an opportunity to have a chance to race for a trophy.
We are not trying to hustle people out of the track; but we do recognize that we sometimes do not have a great deal of control over the schedule. So we would like to give our drivers this choice.
So, please come and join us at NJMP in June 3 & 4.