Chris Baker and Ernesto Viso were multiple winners in Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship action at hot, humid Putnam Park. The 1.77 mile road course was also the backdrop of the Formula Dodge National Championship, which ran Rounds 7...
Chris Baker and Ernesto Viso were multiple winners in Formula Dodge Midwestern Regional Championship action at hot, humid Putnam Park. The 1.77 mile road course was also the backdrop of the Formula Dodge National Championship, which ran Rounds 7 and 8 of the elevated series. In addition to Midwest Regional duty, Viso contested his first race in the National Championship, culling a respectable nine points on the weekend. The weekend also featured a strong performance by Master racer Roland Isra, who earned podium honors for all his races and needed two hands to collect his post-race trophies.
Group 1 action saw Isra check out from pole to take the victory over Brazilian Daniel Lancaster and John Lorig. The three started and completed the race 1-2-3 in order and were closely followed by eventual fourth place finisher Eric Jobe. Isra recorded the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:16.321 sec., less than 1 second shy of the track record. Greg Engelsman had a great battle with John Greist and was particularly strong on the fast track, advancing from 12th to finish in fifth.
In Group 2 Race 1, Ernesto Viso motored to a 0.07 margin victory ahead of Paul Arnold and third place finisher Kyle Lawrence. Arnold, who took the Masters class win, was on pole for this race but was upended early when Viso apparently jumped the start, an advantage the Master racer couldn't make up. Rookie Chase Patzer moved through the field nicely en route to a fourth place result to earn hard charger distinction. Shawn Green and first-time driver Todd Higgins scrapped the whole contest before Green finished ahead of him with a seventh place showing.
In the day's final action, Chris Baker secured his first win of the weekend by besting his on-track nemesis Roland Isra by a thin 0.01 sec. Isra advanced quickly from his fourth place start position, and the two waged a heated battle for the point thereafter. After volleying the lead, Baker secured the advantage on lap 11, then held off Isra for the balance laps. Alessandro Doninni joined them on the podium with his fine third place result. Brett Fenske improved three positions to finish sixth after a ninth position start. An early accident sidelined Jared Wilcox, Revere Greist and Brian Milligan. Wilcox was competitive and running in second at the time.
Brazilian Daniel Lancaster led the final 16 laps of the 22-lap race after wrestling the point away from Roland Isra on lap 6 of Group 1 Race 2 action. Not long after, Eric Jobe leapt over Isra to take the second position, relegating Isra to third. Revere Greist gained four positions to finish in fourth place and earn most progressive driver. Newcomer Rafe Baskin finished a fine fifth.
Group 3 Race 2 featured Ernesto Viso and another checkout victory from pole. The Venezuelan, who led all 22 laps, was partially upstaged by an inspired drive by Revere Greist, who finished second after starting from eighth. Greist set fastest lap of this group with a time of 1:17.395 sec. Joining the two on the podium was Masters racer Paul Arnold. Rookie Dean Patzer improved five positions to finish in the top-5.
Chris Baker was quick to repeat in Group 4 Race 2 action, tripping his best lap of the weekend with a time of 1:16.287 sec. Baker was able to hold off a determined Roland Isra who was eager prevent a Baker repeat. Isra and Eric Jobe rounded out the podium with their second and third place results. Jared Wilcox was notably quick. Jared Wilcox and Brian Milligan started in the back, 11th and 12th respectively, and advanced forward enough to battle with top-5 finisher Brett Fenske.
The Formula Dodge Regional Championship reconvenes when East meets Midwest at the Mid-Ohio Road Course on September 1 and 2.