TR: Carl Skerlong Buttonwillow II preview

Skerlong returns to Buttonwillow keen to repeat track success Mukilteo, Washington (September 12, 2006) -- The Formula TR Pro Series returns to California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park this weekend, 16th-17th September, with 2000 Class leader...

Skerlong returns to Buttonwillow keen to repeat track success

Mukilteo, Washington (September 12, 2006) -- The Formula TR Pro Series returns to California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park this weekend, 16th-17th September, with 2000 Class leader Carl Skerlong keen to use Rounds 17 and 18 to repeat his back-to-back wins at the track when the series first visited in April for Rounds 3 and 4.

Skerlong, with 12 wins in 15 starts this season, heads into Formula TR's penultimate race weekend holding a sizeable 102 point advantage over his nearest rival John Knudsen in second place. The 17-year-old from Washington, in addition to having a healthy points lead, remains the benchmark for the series having yet to finish off the podium as he looks to add to the Formula TR Pro Series 1600 title he won last season.

Buttonwillow Raceway Park proved to be a happy hunting ground for Skerlong when he arrived at the track earlier this year off the back of two opening wins at California Speedway. Comfortably wrapping up pole position for both rounds at the 3.12-mile track, Carl dominated each race to maintain his unbeaten start to the year, his record boasting four wins from four pole positions.

Having failed to yield the lead in the points standings since then, this weekend's event at Buttonwillow marks a return to competition for Carl having had a full month off since the previous races at Thunderhill Park in August. On that occasion Skerlong bagged a brace of poles before taking win number 12 in Round 15 and a second place finish behind his only title-rival John Knudsen in Round 16.

Previewing this weekend's second visit to Buttonwillow Carl commented:

"Every time I've raced at Buttonwillow things seem to go pretty well so I'm looking forward to getting back out there this weekend. It's a really great test track and has a mixture of everything with high speed gut-check turns combined with the low-speed technical corners. It's fairly challenging trying to get your car set-up right for Buttonwillow but once you nail it you're sorted. I can't wait to go racing again, it feels like a really long time since we raced at Thunderhill last month!"

Round 17 takes place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, California on Saturday, 16th September, with Round 18 hosted the following day on Sunday, 17th September -- www.buttonwillowraceway.com

-credit: www.cskerlong.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers John Knudsen , Carl Skerlong