McGehee,St. Louis Take Road America by Storm in ACRL Eastern Division Round Three Team St.Louis is building a tradition of very competitive guest drivers in the American City Racing League's Eastern Division. The latest "ringer" to take the helm...
McGehee,St. Louis Take Road America by Storm in ACRL Eastern Division Round Three
Team St.Louis is building a tradition of very competitive guest drivers in the American City Racing League's Eastern Division. The latest "ringer" to take the helm of Duke Johnson's second Carbir chassis is IRL driver and former F2000 pilot Robby McGehee. McGehee qualified on the pole, and teammate Johnson started alongside after installing a spare motor that apparently contained more ponies than the primary powerplant. It was not a runaway for McGehee however, as A.J. Smith of Team Philadelphia nipped by him to take the lead on lap three. Smith held the lead for the next two circuits until he was punted into the Canada Corner gravel trap by Team Chicago's Eric Langbein.
Langbein led the next two laps until he answered the black flag for a stop-and-go penalty. This put McGehee back on the point, and he and Johnson ran one-two for the rest of the race, securing the team victory for St. Louis. Smith lost three laps in the gravel trap, and Langbein rejoined in fifth after his stop-and-go, only to retire with suspension damage on lap 10. Dan Dubrovich (New York) and Bob Liebert(Columbus) had a race-long dice for third and fourth. Dubrovich was third at the checker, while Liebert dropped from fourth to sixth on the last lap, behindl ocal favorite Bart Wolf (Milwaukee) and Jeff Clinton (St. Louis).
A number of cars suffered mechanical woes. Franz Fleischli (Chicago) was unable to get his car to start on the grid, and was a DNS. Clinton suffered from a leaky clutch cylinder, and had to be towed to the grid for the start. David Dullum(Washington DC) pitted on lap eight with a stuck throttle and retired. Martin Ryba (Chicago) and David Seuss (Philadelphia) finished at the tail end of the lead lap, seventh and eighth respectively. Jim Stengel (Philadelphia) was also running at the end, a lap down in ninth.
Their one-two finish lengthened St. Louis' lead in the team point standings over New York and 2000 Team Champion Philadelphia. The top two in Driver point standings, Dubrovich and Rookie leader Vic Kicera, both benefited from points gathered in Western Division crossover races. Dubrovich scored a pair of wins from the pole at Phoenix, and Kicera notched a pole and a victory at Laguna Seca.
The American City Racing League Eastern Division will run next at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in conjunction with the CART Champ Cars. The ACRL series, using a unique team racing concept, races Ford-engined Sports 2000 and Classic Sports2000 cars, and Toyota-powered Sports 1600 cars, with drivers required to run Hoosier ACRL-stamped R-45 compound tires and a spec racing fuel.