NA-F2000: Witness Racing Charlotte Recap

Bragg makes it two out of three Ennis Bragg took his 2nd "B" class win of the season last weekend at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. After falling short of a win in Friday night's race, Bragg ran as high as 14th overall in...

Bragg makes it two out of three

Ennis Bragg took his 2nd "B" class win of the season last weekend at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC. After falling short of a win in Friday night's race, Bragg ran as high as 14th overall in Saturday's race and ended the night in 18th. "Friday's race was unbelievable. There was so much spinning and crashing going on that I was just glad to finish the race in one piece," Bragg said. Ennis had his share of close calls as well. Coming into the chicane after a restart, he was hit from behind, spun around backwards, and was hit again in the front by a different car. Amazingly, the Witness Racing Van Diemen was unhurt! Bragg kept the engine running, looped the car back around, and continued the race. Later, two cars spun directly in front of Ennis as the trio exited the chicane. Trying to avoid the wall and the spinning cars, Bragg took a trip through the grass and unfortunately, stalled the motor. The safety crew was able to give him a push start but not before he had gone a lap down. Bragg continued but finished only 20th.

Saturday's race was run with few cautions and lots of side by side racing. After breaking a halfshaft in qualifying, Bragg started 24th but quickly moved up through the field. "The car felt real good at the beginning of the race. I was able to hook up with some other cars and stay close to the lead pack. The draft was incredible! That's the first time I've ever bump-drafted with anybody and it was a blast!," Bragg said. "It's great to win the B class again. But, it's not enough. We're here to race for the overall win and I believe that we're capable of a lot more. I'm looking forward to going racing again and proving it."

It's not known when that chance might come. The next planned race for the Witness Racing team is in June at Mid Ohio, but a lack of sponsorship might keep them out until the series heads to Atlanta in July. Ennis is already looking into plans for the 2000 season with a possibility of moving into the Kool Toyota Atlantic series. He had this to say: "We're looking at all the options for next year. If we move up to Atlantics, it's going to be an all out effort done the right way. Formula 2000 is a great series which we can afford to compete in without a sponsor. But, if we move to Atlantics, it will have to be with a strong partner who shares common goals and a strong desire to help us turn dreams into reality."

For more information on Ennis Bragg and Witness Racing, visit the team's website at: http://www.mindspring.com/~witnessracing

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