Pecorari Finishes Second in His First FSCCA Race for AWR Saturday at Lime Rock LIME ROCK, Conn., July 3 - Prior to Saturday, 17-year-old Robbie Pecorari had only had about 50 test laps of experience in a Formula SCCA car a few months ago at...
Pecorari Finishes Second in His First FSCCA Race for AWR Saturday at Lime Rock
LIME ROCK, Conn., July 3 - Prior to Saturday, 17-year-old Robbie Pecorari had only had about 50 test laps of experience in a Formula SCCA car a few months ago at Beaver Run, a track in his home state of Pennsylvania.
One never would have known that on Saturday, however. Andersen Walko Racing had a car available for him to drive at the last minute, so without any practice he jumped in, qualified fourth and finished second at Lime Rock Park in his first FSCCA race ever.
The event was the first of two FSCCA races to be held at Lime Rock as support events for Monday's New England Grand Prix American Le Mans Series race. The second one will be held Monday at 1:25 p.m., right before the ALMS pre-race ceremonies.
Danny Abbale of Northport, N.Y. drove the other Andersen Walko entry to a ninth-place finish after starting 11th. The event was won by Elivan Goulart, who led every lap.
The story of the race had to be the performance by Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., whose older brother, Adam, drives for the team in Formula Ford Zetec competition.
Pecorari got third right at the start and passed Justin Pritchard for second at exactly the half-way point in the 30-lap race. With no yellows he couldn't get close enough to make a stab at Goulart, but as he pointed out, "he wasn't gaining either." Goulart set the fastest race lap and had an 8.437-second lead at the checkered.
Abbale ran in tenth place for most of the race and got ninth when Lee Shumosic went off course with 10 laps to go. His car was pushing and he was also the victim of some blocking by another competitor.
For more information on the series, part of the Cooper Tires championship, see www.andersenwalko.com and www.cooperseries.com. AWR is based in Fairfield, N.J. and North Versailles, Pa.
Driver quotes follow:
Robbie Pecorari: "I couldn't close the gap, but he wasn't gaining either.
"The car was pretty good for me not being able to help with the set-up. We worked with what was there. It was a pretty good set-up though. The tires started to fade near the end, but nothing major.
"We'll make a few changes for Monday."
Danny Abbale: "I started 11th and I stayed pretty consistent. The car was slightly better in the race than it was for qualifying, but it had a push. We'll try to get more grip for Monday.
"I was dicing with a red car that was blocking me the whole race, but the SCCA officials didn't throw a flag for that.
"My tires were good. It was hot track, since we got out there right after the Star Mazda race.'