CMC Racing Fontana California: March 14, 2002 California Speedway- 1.2 Mile Infield Road Course Round 4 of the Formula Dodge National Championship Series Presented by RACER Craig Baltzer scored his 2nd consecutive top 10 finish in the 4th Round...
Fontana California: March 14, 2002
California Speedway- 1.2 Mile Infield Road Course
Round 4 of the Formula Dodge National Championship Series Presented by RACER
Craig Baltzer scored his 2nd consecutive top 10 finish in the 4th Round of the Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER. On a hot day reaching temperatures of 95 degrees Baltzer was 12th after the 35 minute qualifying session. The race saw Baltzer maneuver his way around 6 different crashes to finish 7th again while setting a fast lap of 1:16.666 and gain 9 more points making the total for the weekend rise to 18.
"Today has been a pretty good day. I was a little disappointed after Qualifying because I felt that I really hadn't put down my fastest lap. In one of the chicane sections part of the temporary curbing started to come up and moved the curb right into the racing line. The session was stopped and restarted but I was unable to put the lap together in the time left. After discussing some setup issues with the test drivers, I made some changes to the car that I felt would help. Unfortunately the changes I made gave the car under steer on the exit of most corners. I fell way back to about 14th place before I started moving back up. It was very discouraging at first, but what saved me was my ability to make smart decisions quickly. There were several instances where I could have been involved with crashes that developed right in front of me but I managed to miss all of them to move back up to 7th. Today's result felt much more satisfying than yesterday's. Even though I finished 7th both days, it felt like I worked much harder to get there today. It seems like every time I get in the car I am getting more and more comfortable. I showed myself that I can finish races, now if I can just get a few breaks in Qualifying and put in some quick laps I should be able to move even further toward the front of the grid. The most important part of this weekend is the 18 points I earned toward the championship. Hopefully with some testing in the next month or two I will be even faster and be able to score even more points at the next round in Putnam Park. Congratulations to the other Scholarship winners Ward Imrie and Scott Speed for collecting their first Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship victories on Saturday and Sunday."