Pecorari Wins for Andersen Walko Monday at Lime Rock in His Second FSCCA Race Ever LIME ROCK, Conn., July 5 - Robbie Pecorari finished second on Saturday at Lime Rock Park in his first Formula SCCA race ever. With that race and two qualifying...
Pecorari Wins for Andersen Walko Monday at Lime Rock in His Second FSCCA Race Ever
LIME ROCK, Conn., July 5 - Robbie Pecorari finished second on Saturday at Lime Rock Park in his first Formula SCCA race ever. With that race and two qualifying sessions of experience here behind him by Monday morning, he did that one better and won the second FSCCA race of the weekend at Lime Rock in Andersen Walko Racing's SAI Hydraulics-sponsored #18.
Both races, part of the Cooper Tires Championship, were support events for the New England Grand Prix American Le Mans Series race.
The 17-year-old driver will be a senior in the fall at Garnet Valley High School in his hometown of Aston, Pa.
Danny Abbale of Northport, N.Y. finished seventh in the other Andersen Walko Racing entry in Monday's 30-lap race on the 1.54-mile road course.
Pecorari started fourth, immediately vaulted into second, and then went back to third on lap two. After a little battle he got by David Jurca for second again. He took the lead on lap 10 when the polesitter, Franklin Futrelle, had to serve a drive-through penalty for passing under a full-course yellow.
Pecorari had a 1.788-second lead by the half-way point, which he stretched to almost six seconds (5.993 seconds) before a full-course yellow waved on lap 25 for an incident when Anthony Gigliotti spun and Abbale had nowhere to go and clipped him with his car's nose.
That put Jurca and Futrelle right on Pecorari's rear wing but when the green waved again with two laps to go he was up to all challenges, despite Futrelle pulling alongside him at the checkered.
Pecorari's margin of victory over Futrelle was 0.190 of a second. Jurca finished third.
Abbale started fifth and regrouped from the accident to finish seventh after pitting for his crew to remove the damaged nose. He had a nice battle with Gigliotti and Keegan Van Sicklen before the incident with Gigiotti.
For more information see www.andersenwalko.com, www.cooperseries.com and ww.danabbale.com. AWR is based in Fairfield, N.J. and North Versailles, Pa.
Driver quotes follow:
Pecorari: "I got a good start and went from fifth to third. I had a pretty good run going in the outside line.
"I got by Jurco for second in turn one. Then Futrelle had to come into the pits for some reason, and I got the lead.
"I knew Franklin [Futrelle] was coming on that final restart. The car was great, so I pushed as hard as I could. For having no practice, winning is a great way to finish the weekend. I really have to thank Andersen Walko Racing for lettting me drive their car."
Abbale: "Gigliotgti spun in front of me in the uphill; I had nowhere to go. I hit him with the side of my front nose.
"My car felt good. I was going pretty strong.
"I had a fairly clean race. I had a good battle with the red car; I shot him down going into turn one.
"It was a pretty good race. There was good action the whole race."