Mid-Ohio hosts Masters National Championship. The popularity of the Formula Dodge Regional National Championship continues to evolve into something more rewarding among the Masters set. Now in its second year, the Masters National Championship...
Mid-Ohio hosts Masters National Championship.
The popularity of the Formula Dodge Regional National Championship continues to evolve into something more rewarding among the Masters set. Now in its second year, the Masters National Championship pools the strongest competitors in the 40-plus category, including current and past Masters champions such as Roland Isra, Chris Willcox and Mark Patterson. In this weekend's action, to be held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the racers will run as Group 3 in the Formula Dodge Midwest Regional Series. Isra, last year's Masters National Champion and a multiple Regional Masters Champ, is in a position to make history with a dream repeat season. He leads the series over Brian Shephard and Chris Willcox, tied for second in the standings.
Contesting the Mid-Ohio weekend are Easterners Mike Marino and Mike Edwards, who proved quick in early practice and Race 1 qualifying to suggest it may not be a runaway weekend for Isra. Peter Tucker, Charlie Hilmer and Mike Wert also showed fleet form during the early sessions.
Don't be fooled by any bald spots, gray temples or reading glasses used to survey course maps. These guys are fierce competitors, savvy in speed yet gallant in gamesmanship.
"The idea got in our heads last year. We thought it would make for some fun and competitive racing at the Masters level," said Divina Galica, Skip Barber Race Series Director."We expect the intense competition to reflect very well on the series as a whole."
The 14 races, spread over seven race weekends, will conform to National Championship rules, the main difference being that cars won't have to make pit stops for driver errors, read: car contact, four-offs.