Rossi, Scheer and Skerlong take the spoils in Nevada showdown Round 9 - Saturday 24th June 2000 Class Having been beaten for the first time this season at the last round in Utah, Formula TR 2000 points leader Carl Skerlong was...
Rossi, Scheer and Skerlong take the spoils in Nevada showdown
Round 9 - Saturday 24th June
Having been beaten for the first time this season at the last round in Utah, Formula TR 2000 points leader Carl Skerlong was looking to Nevada's double-header at the weekend to reassert his authority behind the wheel of Odyssey Motorsports #14 entry.
It was looking good for the Washington-teenager in Saturday's race as he led from pole at the Reno-Fernley Raceway but a last lap incident saw second placed Dominic Scheer collect him on the penultimate turn with Scheer recovering to take his second straight win following his maiden triumph last month in Round 8 at Miller Motorsports Park.
While Scheer collected Skerlong he was able to get going and take the checkered flag ahead of his team-mate and team owner John Knudsen. Despite being spun out Skerlong recovered to take third place at the end of the 10- lap sprint, the final podium line-up an exact replica of the previous round with Scheer heading Knudsen and Skerlong.
CT Motorsport's Bret MacDonald proved to be the best of the rest as he crossed the line in fourth place for another healthy points haul. Paul Mashouf returned to Formula TR 2000 competition at the weekend in the #00 Paladin Motorsports racer and duly collected a fifth place finish, Mashouf the last of the runners to complete the race with Bob Siska retiring his Siska Racing entry after just one lap.
Round 9 Results: 1st Scheer, 2nd Knudsen, 3rd Skerlong, 4th MacDonald, 5th Mashouf, 6th Siska - DNF
1st - Dominic Scheer: "I was behind Carl for most of the race but passed him on the last lap to take the win. I'm extremely pleased to score my second straight win, it's a great feeling.
2nd - John Knudsen: "It's great to get another podium finish and as last time, I'm really happy to see Dominic take the victory behind the wheel of a Knudsen Racing car!"
3rd - Carl Skerlong: "I thought Dominic's move on the last laps was quite questionable, he ended up taking his both out but he was straight on and able to get going while he spun me. John Knudsen passed for second as I got going again to at least keep a podium finish!"
Odyssey Motorsports' Alexander Rossi capitalized on his pole position to take the first win of the weekend in the Formula TR 1600 class at the 3.4- mile Reno-Fernley Raceway. Heading into Saturday's 10-lap race Rossi had been the only driver to depose series leader Parker Kligerman from the top step of the podium, his first win coming back in Round 4 at Buttonwillow.
Rossi's second win of the year saw him beat Paladin Motorsport's Kligerman once again although having missed three races in the first half of the season, Kligerman's grip on the championship remains strong despite his rival's triumph in Nevada. As if Odyssey Motorsports needed an excuse to celebrate following Rossi's win, it was a double celebration for the squad at the end of Round 9 as
Tayler Malsam piloted the #19 Odyssey car to the third and final podium spot - his first top-three finish of the season.
It proved to be a disappointing outing for Luis Martinez Jr. in the #5 Kimball Williams Racing entry as he dropped back from his third place qualifying effort to come home fifth at the checkered behind a solid run from Billy Goshen in fourth, the Californian racer missing out on his fifth straight podium finish.
Having been absent from the previous double-header round at Miller Motorsports Park, CT Motorsport's Cam Grisdale and Kerstin Smutny returned to Formula TR 1600 competition scoring sixth and seventh place finishes respectively ahead of Kerry Lynch in eighth. Liam Kenney kicked off a nightmare weekend finishing three laps down in ninth.
Round 9 Results: 1st Rossi, 2nd Kligerman, 3rd Malsam, 4th Goshen, 5th Martinez Jr., 6th Grisdale, 7th Smutny, 8th Lynch, 9th Kenney
1st - Alexander Rossi: "It's awesome to win again! Parker had the jump on me leading into turn 1 but I got him back on the hairpin and I continued to lead from there. It's a great feeling to be back on the top step of the podium.
2nd - Parker Kligerman: "We didn't test here and that meant we struggled a bit. I didn't feel I had the car to compete today. The track was pretty dirty as well, if you went off line you ran onto the marbles - I'd never really dealt with conditions like that before."
3rd - Tayler Malsam: "It was cool to get my first podium finish of the season. The car was great in the race. It had been really loose in practice but we got things figured out in time for the race. It's a real boost to score a podium, hopefully there's more to come."
Round 10 - Sunday 25th June
Sunday saw Dominic Scheer capture the bonus points for pole position as he recorded a 1m57.966s lap to beat Carl Skerlong to the top spot in qualifying. Skerlong wasn't to be held back however and as the race unfolded it was the reigning Formula TR 1600 Champion
who made his move early, capitalizing on a four-wheels off effort by Dominic Scheer to pass for the lead. A brief full course caution period failed to deter Skerlong from racking up his eighth win of the season and a return to the top of the podium for the first time since Round 7 last month.
Despite his pole-winning pace, Scheer couldn't take the fight back to Skerlong once he lost the lead of the race and the Knudsen Racing driver settled for a second place finish to add to his Round 9 victory from the previous day, the gap to Skerlong in the title fight slightly narrowed to 53 points. John Knudsen completed the podium celebrations, finishing behind his younger team-mate once again and now sitting directly behind him in the driver standings by just 23 points.
Brett MacDonald was again fourth, the Dublin, California-native grateful to be finishing the race having suffered a broken half-shaft in the morning's qualifying session. Bob Siska put his retirement from Saturday's race firmly behind him with a drive to fifth at the flag ahead of Paul Mashouf in sixth.
Round 10 Results: 1st Skerlong, 2nd Scheer, 3rd Knudsen, 4th MacDonald, 5th Siska, 6th Mashouf
1st - Carl Skerlong: "This was the opposite for me today. I qualified off pole but still took the win. I made a pretty clean start and quickly found a way past Dominic to take the lead. The gap would shrink then grow a little but after the caution period I just drove it home to the finish.
2nd - Dominic Scheer: "It was a fairly straightforward race for me today. After I lost the lead I just wanted to safeguard my second place for the sake of the championship. I was pleased to pick up the extra points for pole position and the fastest race lap."
3rd - John Knudsen: "There's no denying we're a consistent force but I'm still aiming for the top step of the podium. Overall it's been a good weekend, nobody walked away with the races and I look forward to seeing what we can do next month in Portland."
With the taste of victory still fresh in his mouth Alexander Rossi decided to make it two for two in Nevada as he raced his way to a second consecutive win on Sunday at the Reno-Fernley Raceway. Mirroring his performance in the 1600 class from the previous day he again captured pole position and stamped his authority on proceedings, including fastest lap of the race, to take an emphatic win behind the wheel of the #16 Odyssey Motorsports entry.
Parker Kligerman was again faced with the challenge of a dominant Rossi but the seven-time race winner simply didn't have the pace to halt his rival's superb run at the head of the pack. Kligerman's performance was still noteworthy for the fact that he started the race from an uncharacteristically low fifth place grid slot. The 1600 points leader wasted little time in scything his way through the field to take the runner- up spot to Rossi.
Behind the leaders Luis Martinez Jr. enjoyed a strong run to take third at the checkered flag. Bouncing back from a disappointing Round 9, he made amends by capturing his fourth podium of the season. Billy Goshen finished fourth once again but moves up to second in the title chase with this weekend's races being awarded double points.
Round 10 Results: 1st Rossi, 2nd Kligerman, 3rd Martinez Jr., 4th Goshen, 5th Malsam, 6th Lynch, 7th Grisdale, 8th Smutny, 9th Kenney - DNF
1st - Alexander Rossi: "It was great to score another pole position this morning and even better to take another win. I led pretty much led all the way and overall the weekend's results have put me back up in the championship despite missing some races which is cool."
2nd - Parker Kligerman: "We struggled again a bit and it didn't help that I was blocked in qualifying. I got up to second by the third lap and started closing in on Alex but then the yellow flags came out. I lead for a bit on the front stretch at the restart but was blocked by a slower car and fell back. Overall the team did a good job and we stayed on the podium."
3rd - Martinez Jr.: "I qualified third today but fell back to fourth at the start of the race. I made my way back to third and held on from there to take the finish. I'm very happy to be back on the podium!"
The Formula TR 1600 Championship now heads back to the California Speedway for Rounds 11&12, 15th-16th July.
Formula TR 2000 Points Standings after Round 10:
1st Carl Skerlong (395), 2nd Dominic Scheer (342), 3rd John Knudsen (315), 4th Bret MacDonald (241), 5th Bob Siska (184), 6th Dustin Welch (156), 7th Derek DeBoer (106), 8th Paul Mashouf (94), 9th Dino Bruno (38), 10th Adam Davis (36)
Formula TR 1600 Points Standings after Round 10:
1st Parker Kligerman (394), 2nd Billy Goshen (272), 3rd Alexander Rossi (249), 4th Tayler Malsam (248), 5th Luis Martinez Jr. (231), 6th Liam Kenney (216), 7th Kerry Lynch (196), 8th Kerstin Smutny (163), 9th Cam Grisdale (128), 10th Tony Welch (98)