SBRS: Midwestern Championship fires up at Road America

The 2001 Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship begins this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 52 drivers, including 12 new racers, divide into four groups for two rounds of action on the modified 2.2-mile circuit. The...

The 2001 Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship begins this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 52 drivers, including 12 new racers, divide into four groups for two rounds of action on the modified 2.2-mile circuit.

The field appears to be one of the deepest in Midwestern history. Repeat Southern Series champion Craig Duerson will suit up. As will Chris Baker, both former Formula Dodge National Championship drivers. Duerson's long-term goal is to win the Midwestern Series Championship and then contest the Eastern Series Championship in 2002. No driver has ever won three different Regional Championships in the Skip Barber Race Series.

Paul Arnold looks to return to form after a period of inactivity. Arnold, the 1998 Midwestern Masters Champion, will again compete in the Master's series against other savvy 40-plus racers. He is sure to have Duerson and Baker checking their mirrors. Whitney Bellows, Tim Traver, Josh Lorig, Nick Mavridis and Jared Wilcox all bear close watching throughout the 16-race championship.

A number of rookies are poised to surprise veterans, among them is 16-year old Brazilian Daniel Lancaster. Also, keep an eye on the Patzer twins, Chase and Dean, who will rotate their R/T 2000 seat, one competing in Saturday's race and the other racing on Sunday.

<pre> SCHEDULE 2001 Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship All drivers compete in Formula Dodge R/T 2000s on Michelin Pilot CS Racing Slicks

June 2-3 Road America, WI June 30 - July 1 Grattan, MI July 14-15 Road America, WI July 20-21 Lime Rock Park, CT August 4-5 Putnam Park, IN September 1-2 Mid-Ohio, OH September 15-16 Road America, WI October 13-14 Road America, WI

- Andrew Torres

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Chris Baker , Skip Barber , Craig Duerson , Tim Traver