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.