Andersen and Kimball capture wins at SCCA June Sprints. ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (June 24, 2002) -- This past weekend Mike Andersen, of Green Pond, N.J. and Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., won the Formula Continental and Formula Ford races ...
Andersen and Kimball capture wins at SCCA June Sprints.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (June 24, 2002) -- This past weekend Mike Andersen, of Green Pond, N.J. and Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., won the Formula Continental and Formula Ford races respectively at the 47th running of the prestigious SCCA Kohler/Chicago Region June Sprints.
In the Formula Continental Challenge race, sponsored by Avon Tyres, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Elan Motorsports Technologies, Primus Racing and Van Diemen International, fans were treated to one of the most entertaining races in recent memory. At the start of the 13-lap race, 40 cars took the green flag, going three-abreast down the front straightaway. In a pre-cursor to the remainder of the race, a great battle for the lead developed between Andersen, Andrew Prendeville, Steve Thomsen and Doug Prendeville. Unfortunately, the battle was short lived, as the race was brief stopped following an accident. On the restart, some twenty minutes later, the battle for position and the lead quickly resumed. While dealing with slower cars, Andersen and Andrew Prendeville built a small gap on the rest of the field. Racing side-by-side around the 4.048-mile Road America road course, the duo swapped the lead positions various times. In the closing stages of the race, both Thomsen and Doug Prendeville closed on the lead duo, while continuing to battle for the final podium position. At the checkered flag, Andersen, driving the No. 9 Valvoline/Goodyear Kish/Andersen Racing Van Diemen Ford, had captured his first June Sprints win, 0.425 seconds ahead of Andrew Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J. and Doug Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J. All three drivers on the podium race in the SCCA Northeast Division and live in Morris County, N.J. For finishing on the podium and running a Van Diemen with Avon Tyres, Andrew Prendeville received $1000 in product certificates, while Doug Prendeville received $500 in product certificates.
"This was probably the most fun I've had in a race in years," said Mike Andersen, who captured the National Championship last year, winning the SCCA Valvoline Runoffs. "It was a great battle with Andrew [Prendeville], with everyone racing clean."
The Formula Ford race, also sponsored by Avon Tyres, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Elan Motorsports Technologies, Primus Racing and Van Diemen International, featured some stellar driving. Like the Formula Continental race, the start of the Formula Ford race had the field going three-abreast down the front straightaway into turn. In turn one, the polesitter Kimball tried to maintain the inside position, but spun midway through the corner and went off course. Rejoining in 13th place, Kimball was well behind John LaRue, who had the lead ahead of Jason Byers and Mike Sauce. As the race progressed, LaRue, of Muncie, Ind., steadily built a gap on Byers and Sauce, while Kimball worked his way back up through the field. By lap 6, Kimball, driving for Fresno, California-based PR1 Motorsports, was up to third place, though still eight seconds behind the leader LaRue. The following lap, a full-course caution was displayed, bunching the field back together. On the ensuing restart Kimball passed Byers, of Livonia, Mich., to move into second place and began battling LaRue for the lead. With two laps remaining, Kimball passed LaRue for the lead. For the remainder of the race, Kimball in the No. 19 Kimball Race Engineering PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, held of numerous challenges from LaRue to win his first-ever June Sprints.
Avon Tyres, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Elan Motorsports Technologies, Primus Racing, Van Diemen International and the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship continue its support of SCCA Club Racing, with a contingency program at the world-renowned Valvoline Runoffs in September. The Formula Continental class race winner will receive a check for $3000, while second place will receive $1000 in product certificates and third place will receive $500 in product certificates. In the Formula Ford class, the winner will receive a check for $1000 cash, while second and third will get product certificates of $500 and $300 respectively. In order to qualify for these contingency awards, he or she must be driving a Van Diemen chassis with Avon tires. If the race winner is using Dynamic Suspensions dampers, a further $1000 will be awarded.
In addition to the contingency prizes, Avon Tyres, Carl Haas Automobile Imports, Elan Motorsports Technologies, Primus Racing, Van Diemen International and the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship will once again host a party prior to the Valvoline Runoffs the party on Thursday, September 19, along the Mid-Ohio Boulevard. All Formula Ford, Formula Mazda, Formula Atlantic, Formula Continental, Spec Racer Ford, Sports 2000, C Sports Racer and D Sports Racer drivers and crew are cordially invited to attend.