Formula TR Pro Series Hits Las Vegas For Season Finale Anaheim, California (October 13, 2006) - Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to the season finale of the Formula TR Pro Series this weekend, Saturday 14th - Sunday...
Formula TR Pro Series Hits Las Vegas For Season Finale
Anaheim, California (October 13, 2006) - Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to the season finale of the Formula TR Pro Series this weekend, Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th October, as Rounds 19 and 20 play out on the road course situated at the 1.5-mile Nevada SuperSpeedway.
Odyssey Motorsport's Carl Skerlong already proved himself to be a safe bet for the title having wrapped up this season's 2.0-ltr championship last month with back-to-back wins at Buttonwillow Raceway in California. Skerlong, who turned 18 three weeks ago, followed up on last season's triumph in the Formula TR Pro Series 1600 Championship with another emphatic title run this year, his record heading into this weekend's final outing boasting 14 wins from 17 starts.
Knudsen Racing, the only other team this year to put drivers on the top step of the podium, arrives in Vegas looking for a strong finish to what's been an encouraging season. John Knudsen, balancing his owner-driver duties, has two victories to his credit, with two more credited to the team thanks to Dominic Scheer, and he too secured his runner-up standing in the title chase at the previous round courtesy of two more second place finishes in the wake of Skerlong's dominance.
Third in the points heading into this weekend's event sits CT Motorsport's Bret MacDonald, owner of six podium finishes this season, the most recent in Round 17 at Buttonwillow Raceway. Dominic Scheer's promising title challenge ended early but his first-half performances see him retain fourth place in the points ahead of Paul Mashouf, racing the #00 Paladin Motorsports entry, who bagged a top-five finish last time out.
Formula TR 2000 Points Standings after Round 18: 1st Carl Skerlong - CHAMPION (873), 2nd John Knudsen (739), 3rd Bret MacDonald (571), 4th Dominic Scheer (438), 5th Paul Mashouf (398), 6th Dustin Welch (309), 7th Bob Siska (292), 8th Dino Bruno (226), 9th Derek DeBoer (196), 10th Adam Davis (124), 11th Braun (90)
Paladin Motorsport's Parker Kligerman sealed the deal on his first championship by winning the Formula TR Pro Series 1600 Championship with two rounds to spare following another faultless weekend by the rookie at Buttonwillow last month. Picking up wins number 10 and 11 of the season, Kligerman once again decimated the opposition to lock-out the top step of the podium and in doing so he was crowned Champion as his reward.
While Las Vegas won't get to see a down-to-the-wire title battle, the action on track will be no less intense this weekend as the runner-up spot behind Kligerman is still up for grabs. With the season's run of double- scoring events ending after Buttonwillow, the points fight is even more crucial this weekend as victory holds 32 points, second place 28 and third 25.
Billy Goshen left California sitting second in the driver standings holding a 45 point advantage over Kimball Williams Racing's Luis Martinez Jr (702 - 657). Throw into that mix the recent form of Paladin Motorsport's Liam Kenney, who sits fourth heading to Vegas 37 markers behind Martinez Jr., and you have an engaging fight for the second and third place standings behind new title holder Kligerman.
All three drivers, Goshen, Martinez Jr. and Kenney, have proved themselves capable of running at the sharp end of the grid, with Goshen and Martinez Jr. having previously graced the top step of the podium this season, therefore this weekend's battle should be a thriller.
Formula TR 1600 Points Standings after Round 18: 1st Parker Kligerman - CHAMPION (782), 2nd Billy Goshen (702), 3rd Luis Martinez Jr. (657), 4th Liam Kenney (620), 5th Tayler Malsam (452), 6th Alexander Rossi (409), 7th Kerry Lynch 392), 8th Kerstin Smutny (339), 9th Cam Grisdale (316), 10th Tony Welch (98), 11th George Latus (64)
Rounds 19 and 20 take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada on Sunday, 15th October - www.lvms.com
The Formula TR Pro Series offers drivers the chance to compete in Formula Renault 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre open-wheel race cars over a 20-race season comprised of 10 double-header weekends from March-October 2006. Circuits visited include California Speedway, Miller Motorsports Park, Buttonwillow Raceway Park and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.