Chris Wehrheim Continues Success at Grand Prix of Cleveland 2005 Skip Barber Scholarship winner, Chris Wehrheim of Norcross, GA, made his return to the Skip Barber National Championship for rounds five and six on the calendar held at the Grand...
Chris Wehrheim Continues Success at Grand Prix of Cleveland
2005 Skip Barber Scholarship winner, Chris Wehrheim of Norcross, GA, made his return to the Skip Barber National Championship for rounds five and six on the calendar held at the Grand Prix of Cleveland. It has been over a year since being in a Skip Barber National car and six months in any racecar. The last time Chris raced was at the opening round of the Koni Challenge Series where he competed in a front wheel drive Chevy Cobalt.
With little track time, Chris knew he had an advantage going into the weekend. Taking his time to learn the track he was ninth in the first and only practice session. Qualifying was a 40-minute session that would set the grid for both races. After 30 minutes of fighting traffic, Chris was on pole by two tenths and dove for the pits to make a tire pressure change. Not knowing what times he was turning or what position he was in, Chris continued to push as the car was much better. Chris would loose pole with just minutes to go, but on the last lap would close the gap to just .95 of a second. This would put Chris second on the grid for both races, a great result considering his lack of time in the car.
Race one started off rough and continued to get worse. With a bad start, Chris fell back to seventh but worked his way back to fourth until he was forced off in the chicane. After falling back to twelfth place, Chris set the fastest lap of the race by 4 tenths of a second and finished sixth.
With a new race strategy, Chris jumped out to the early lead. Running in a comfortable second place, Chris was once again forced off in the chicane by the same driver as race one and would fall back to eighth. Knowing that he had a car capable of winning, Chris turned some of the fastest laps of the race and worked his way all the way back up to 2nd where he would later finish the race.
"It was great to finally get back in a car and I have to thank Gent Machine Company for making this possible," commented Wehrheim. "I am disappointed I did not come away with a win, but in the end it was a great weekend and I hope to return for the Lime Rock round of the championship."
Chris is also working on competing in the Star Mazda Championship at Road Atlanta later in the year and possibly in 2008. Also look for Chris at the WKA Manufacturer's Cup where he just earned his third Grand National title and the Stars of Karting Championship.