ROSAMOND, CA SEPTEMBER 2O, 2004 - It was a good weekend for Robbie Dowie. On Friday, he guaranteed himself a front row position in next month's Toyota 200 challenge with a 1:23.211 best lap time a full half second ahead of his nearest rival, Jacob West. On Sunday, Dowie reached the pinnacle of the podium for the first time in Formula One racing with a walk-away first place finish well ahead of challengers Jeff Stern and West who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
"Turn 9 was white hot death with the wind," noted Dowie who managed to keep his bike on track for the 12-lap duration. Several other riders throughout the day found themselves creating dust in the outfield as an unexpected wind gust guided them off course. No serious injuries were reported, but several bikes and riders felt battered and bruised from the experience.
Number one place holder Jeff Stern was satisfied with his second place finish. "The bike worked great. We had a few electronic gremlins, but overall, great!"
Third place finisher, Jacob West has shown impressive results since his return to Willow Springs in June. After finishing 16th in his first F-1 outing of the year, he has climbed steadily. In July he managed a 5th, with bronze points in both August and September races.
Finishing out the top ten in Formula One were Corey Eaton of Placerville in fourth place, Thousand Oaks based, Richard Headley in fifth and John Chen of Foothill Ranch in sixth. Silverado rider Tyler Paulson finished seventh while Ruben Munoz Jr. of Garden Grove finished 8th. Premysl Glinz of West Hollywood and Marcel Graber of Simi Valley finished 9th and 10th respectively.
The Toyota Cup Unlimited Series is a yearlong calendar of events sanctioned by the Willow Springs Motorcycle Cub. These high-charged, unlimited Formula 1 races lead up to the grueling Toyota 200 race that will be held October 17th. Here top riders will compete for a $150,000 purse with the winner taking home $50,000, one of the richest rewards in motorcycle racing.
Now in its second half-century as the "Fastest Road in the West" the famed Willow Springs International Motor Sports Park has over 100 motorcycle track days scheduled for 2004 in addition to numerous stock and sport car events, kart racing as well as vintage auto and cycle gatherings. The track is also a favorite with Hollywood and is often used as a location and training ground for movies, TV shows and commercials.
Tickets for the Toyota 200 weekend, that will include a full round of WSMC racing on Saturday plus the exciting Roadracing World 250/50 are on sale now at special early bird prices of only $20 for the entire weekend. After September 30th, tickets will be $30. Included in the purchase price are pit passes and camping privileges. Kids eight and under are free. To order tickets by phone please call (661) 256-6666. For more information visit www.willowspringsraceway.com.