RACE: CarTech FM Challenge Mid-Ohio preview

CARTECH FM CHALLENGE DRIVERS TRAVEL TO MID-OHIO FOR ROUND THREE Championship leader Franklin Futrelle will attempt to extend his series win streak to three in Ohio LEXINGTON, OHIO (May 27, 2009) -- The chase for the Cartech FM Challenge series...

CARTECH FM CHALLENGE DRIVERS TRAVEL TO MID-OHIO FOR ROUND THREE
Championship leader Franklin Futrelle will attempt to extend his series win streak to three in Ohio

LEXINGTON, OHIO (May 27, 2009) -- The chase for the Cartech FM Challenge series title returns on May 31, as the series competitors take to the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Course for Round Three. The midway point of the six-race regional championship, the lone stop in Ohio will again feature top amateur Formula Mazda drivers going head-to-head, with multiple race pilots expected to fight for top honors.

Run in conjunction with the SCCA Ohio Valley Region Race of Champions event, the third race of the Cartech FM Challenge season will again witness a quality field of drivers getting behind the wheels. Defending series and SCCA National Champion Franklin Futrelle enters Round Three as the driver everyone is chasing in the points fight, thanks to a pair of wins at Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway. That being said, multiple drivers have shown the speed in the opening two events to knock the Georgia driver from the top step of the podium. Jeremy Grenier has stood on the podium in both races contested thus far, the only other driver to do so, and has repeatedly challenged for the win in his Ski Motorsports entry. Bruce Lawrence, Futrelle's teammate has cracked the top-five twice already, scoring one podium finish in his Speed Connection Formula Mazda. Juan Marchand, from nearby Michigan, has stood next to the championship leader in the post race celebrations once this season. Add-in Lake Effect Motorsports' Jason Vinkmulder, Speed Connections' Dale Swope, Guy Pipitone, Steve Jenks, Dale Vandenbush and Curt Harrelson, all of whom have plenty of experience on the technical Mid-Ohio road course, as well as series newcomer Victor Seaber, who impressed in his debut at VIR, and you have the makings of an entertaining weekend of racing.

"The momentum continues to grow for the Cartech FM Challenge, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is the ideal place to build on this," stated Cartech FM Challenge organizer Bruce Lawrence. "Special thanks needs to go out to Guy Pipitone for playing host this weekend. I'm sure those on hand will be treated to some great racing action."

The third event of the Cartech FM Challenge gets underway on Friday (May 30), with a 20-minute morning qualifying session on the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After the lunch break, a 40-minute qualifying race will take place, setting the grid for Round Three, which takes place on Sunday afternoon (May 31).

-credit: www.thecartechchallenge.com

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