JDC Motorsports Driver Craig Baltzer finished off his first race weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with his participation in rounds 5 and 6 of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship Series at the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic June 27th-29th in support of the Grand-Am series. This race also marked the first time all season where every session took place on a dry weather race track, and the Zetec class showed their speed posting the fastest lap times of any class to hit the track. The Bettendorf Iowa native placed himself in the top 10 in almost every practice session leading into qualifying. Baltzer asserted himself in the top 5 immediately after the green flag fell during the 25 minute qualifying session for race one. Swapping positions lap after lap with the top five, Baltzer was then overtaken on the final lap when Tonis Kasemets was able to improve on his existing lap time putting Baltzer 6th on the grid for race one with a time of 1:23.754. Starting from the outside of Row 3 for the 20 lap event, Craig was forced wide entering turn one dropping him from 6th to 7th. Baltzer stayed in the hunt however and was able to hang on to the tail end of the lead pack. The top 7 were so close in times however that any gains made were very minimal. Baltzer crossed the stripe in 7th only 6.135 seconds behind eventual race winner Tonis Kasemets setting the 4th quickest lap of the race at 1:23.928
Qualifying for race two started just the same as the Number 8/ Sparco/ Lakefront Technologies/ Decal Works/ JDC Motorsports/ Van Diemen Ford swapped positions within the top 5 numerous times before ending the session in 5th position with a time of 1:23.605. Baltzer again lost a position in the opening laps but was able to keep his composure and stay with the lead pack in 6th place. The race proved to be exactly like the first however as the top 7 cars were separated by less than five seconds. Baltzer would end his weekend scoring a 6th place finish just a mere 4.555 seconds behind race winner Westley Barber setting a fastest lap of 1:24.170. The Van Diemen Scholarship driver took home 29 points throughout the weekend as well as scoring a team point for JDC Motorsports in the "Team of the Year" standings.
"Overall I am pretty happy with this weekend. I was able to qualify pretty good, and also able to stay with the lead pack throughout the race. We are still missing that little piece of the puzzle that will get us up into the top 3, but we are defiantly getting closer and closer every weekend we hit the track. I think with a little luck going our way we can be right in there for some podium finishes as the season progresses. A big thanks goes out to John Church, Dave Hopple, Barry Mumm, Gary Welk, and Katie Church for all their hard work throughout the weekend I also can't forget Primus Racing, Elan Group, Avon Tires, Sparco, Lakefront Technologies, and Decal Works for their continued support."
Craig Baltzer now finds himself with 75 points moving him up to 7th in the Overall points standings. Baltzer also retains his 4th position in the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year standings. Craig will hit the track next at Road America for Rounds 7 and 8 taking place with the Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford series August 2nd and 3rd. For more information about CMC Racing and contact info for Craig Baltzer and his partners please visit his website at www.craigbaltzer.com