Skerlong crowned Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Champion Mukilteo, Washington (September 18, 2006) -- Two more victories and an unbeaten record at California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park ensured 17-year-old Cark Skerlong achieved his goal of...
Skerlong crowned Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Champion
Mukilteo, Washington (September 18, 2006) -- Two more victories and an unbeaten record at California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park ensured 17-year-old Cark Skerlong achieved his goal of winning the Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Championship yesterday, Sunday 17th September.
The Washington-native, having led the title chase since the opening round at California Speedway in March, arrived at Buttonwillow ahead of Rounds 17 and 18 of the 20-race schedule keen to wrap up the title as quickly as possible with Knudsen Racing's John Knudsen the only driver who could mathematically deny him his shot at the championship. With two wins to his credit at the 3.12-mile Buttonwillow Raceway from earlier in the season, a repeat performance was expected from the reigning Formula TR Pro Series 1600 Champion campaigning the #14 Odyssey Motorsports entry.
As he has done throughout the 2006 season, Carl set the benchmark early in the weekend capturing pole position for Round 17 on Saturday with a hot lap of 1m43.135s. He followed that performance up with another flawless flag-to-flag victory beating John Knudsen and Bret MacDonald to the top step of the podium.
Carl capped his championship winning weekend with an equally commanding performance on Sunday in Round 18. Having nabbed his fourth straight pole at Buttonwillow, he went on to set the pace of the 12-lap race, dicing briefly with John Knudsen, who would secure runner-up in the standings behind Skerlong, Carl eventually streaking ahead to claim the checkered flag nearly 12 seconds ahead of his rival.
Having won his second title in two season's Carl reflected:
"It's great to clinch the championship early -- it's one more thing checked off the list that's for sure! Having won the 1.6-litre class last season the goal was to come back to the Formula TR Pro Series and do the same in the 2-litre class and I'm thrilled we met our objectives. Odyssey Motorsports did a great job all year and to win the championship by scoring back-to-back wins over the weekend's pretty pleasing. I'll still be going for the wins in Las Vegas next month but it feels good to have settled the championship before the season finale!"
Rounds 19 and 20, the final races of the 2006 Formula TR 2000 Series, are hosted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada, 14th-15th October -- www.formulatr.com