TR 2.0/1.6: Buttonwillow penultimate round preview

Formula TR Pro Series returns to Buttonwillow Anaheim, California (September 15, 2006) - As the Formula TR Pro Series draws to a close, the penultimate race weekend in the 20-race schedule heads back to Buttonwillow Raceway Park,...

Formula TR Pro Series returns to Buttonwillow

Anaheim, California (September 15, 2006) - As the Formula TR Pro Series draws to a close, the penultimate race weekend in the 20-race schedule heads back to Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th September, as Rounds 17 and 18 play out on the 3.12-mile Californian circuit.

2000 Class

Odyssey Motorsport's Cark Skerlong retains a commanding 102-point lead over second placed John Knudsen, the 17-year-old Washington-native holding onto the top spot in the standings since the opening round of the series at California Speedway back in March. Skerlong has good reason to be optimistic of another strong showing this weekend as he scored back-to-back wins at Buttonwillow when the series first visited in April for Round 3 and 4.

John Knudsen, one of just three drivers to have graced the top step of the podium this season, arrives at Buttonwillow off the back of a superb showing in Round 16 at Thunderhill Park last month. A thrilling drive from dead last to first at the checkered rewarded the driver-owner with his second victory in four starts and a more than comfortable points cushion to Bret MacDonald in the #18 CT Motorsports entry who sits third in the standings following a third place podium effort last time out.

Knudsen hosts a new team-mate this weekend in the form of Jeremy Braun, the Washington driver taking over the #77 Knudsen Racing car as previously piloted by double race-winner and one-time title challenger Dominic Scheer. Dino Bruno makes a welcome return to action at Buttonwillow, the Californian hoping to pick up where he left off in Fontana with consecutive third place podium finishes in Rounds 11 and 12 back in July.

Formula TR 2000 Points Standings after Round 16:
1st Carl Skerlong (729), 2nd John Knudsen (627), 3rd Bret MacDonald (485), 4th Dominic Scheer (438), 5th Paul Mashouf (322), 6th Dustin Welch (309), 7th Bob Siska (292), 8th Derek DeBoer (196), 9th Dino Bruno (138), 10th Adam Davis (124)

1600 Class

For most on the grid this weekend it's a welcome return to competition following the month long break since Rounds 15 and 16 at Thunderhill Park. On that occasion Billy Goshen captured his first win of 2006 in Round 15 followed promptly by win number two in Round 16. The gap from Goshen in second to season-long series leader Parker Kligerman, racing for Paladin Motorsports, now sits at just 50 points (646 - 596) with four rounds remaining.

Last month's Thunderhill outing saw healthy points scores and double podium finishes for Paladin Motorsports' Liam Kenney, who also claimed pole in Round 15, and Kimball Williams Racing's Luis Martinez Jr. Another driver to score well was Odyssey Motorsports Tayler Malsam, the series rookie moving up to fifth in the standings courtesy of a brace of fourth place finishes.

When the Formula TR 1600 Series last visited Buttonwillow Raceway Park back in April for Rounds 3 and 4, the spoils of victory were shared between Parker Kligerman, who picked up his third straight win of the season in Round 3, and Alexander Rossi, who claimed a maiden win in Round 4 following a second place podium finish the day before.

This weekend sees Cam Grisdale move from CT Motorsports to race the #4 Knudsen Racing entry while Kerstin Smutny similarly moves from CT to drive for Position One Motorsports.

Formula TR 1600 Points Standings after Round 16:
1st Parker Kligerman (646), 2nd Billy Goshen (596), 3rd Luis Martinez Jr. (569), 4th Liam Kenney (506), 5th Tayler Malsam (412), 6th Alexander Rossi (409), 7th Kerry Lynch (324), 8th Kerstin Smutny (279), 9th Cam Grisdale (240), 10th Tony Welch (98), 11th George Latus (64)

Round 17 takes place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, California on Saturday, 16th September, with Round 18 hosted the following day on Sunday, 17th September - www.buttonwillowraceway.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.

-credit: www.formulatr.com

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Bob Siska , John Knudsen , Carl Skerlong , Brett MacDonald , Derek DeBoer , Alexander Rossi , Liam Kenney , Billy Goshen , Tayler Malsam , Parker Kligerman
Teams Williams