Thunderhill Park up next for Skerlong Mukilteo, Washington (August 09, 2006) -- Rounds 15 and 16 of the Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Class will be played out at Thunderhill Park Raceway, California this weekend, Saturday 12th -- Sunday ...
Thunderhill Park up next for Skerlong
Mukilteo, Washington (August 09, 2006) -- Rounds 15 and 16 of the Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Class will be played out at Thunderhill Park Raceway, California this weekend, Saturday 12th -- Sunday 13th August, with Odyssey Motorsport's Carl Skerlong looking to stretch an already commanding championship lead even further.
Holding a 96-point advantage over second placed title-rival John Knudsen, Skerlong's accomplishment is all the more impressive given he skipped Round 13 in Portland last month to contest the Star Mazda Series event on the same race billing. Carl's absence from that event allowed Knudsen to sweep the points, scoring for pole position, the race win and fastest race lap, to temporarily close the gap but Skerlong's return the following day to contest Round 14 saw business as usual as the 17-year-old stormed to his 11th win of the season.
While he has continued to impress in the Formula TR Pro Series, having won last season's 1600 Class in his first year of open-wheel competition, Carl's performance in the Portland round of the Star Mazda Series again showcased his burgeoning talents as he stepped up to race in the highly competitive championship. Having debuted in the series back in March, with a sterling third place effort in qualifying before scoring a top-ten finish, Skerlong once again found himself running amongst the pace-setters in practice and qualifying, lining up seventh for the race, despite his lack of seat-time compared to the series regulars.
Unfortunately his Portland excursion ended before it began following the aftermath of a spin by pole-sitter Adrian Carrio. A trip to the pits for damage repairs cost Carl valuable time and position but he raced his way through the field to climb to 14th before a 60-second stop-go penalty for too many crew over the wall during his stop thwarted his top-ten ambitions.
Looking ahead to resuming his Formula TR Pro Series 2000 Class title charge this weekend Carl said:
"I had a lot of fun in Portland. I had competitive cars in both series and for sure it was good to get back into the Formula TR car and win again to keep a healthy lead having sat out the earlier race to compete in Star Mazda. All being well we'll keep on top of the field this weekend at Thunderhill and keeping working towards our title goal."
Round 15 takes place at Thunderhill Park Raceway, California on Saturday, 12th August, with Round 16 hosted the following day on Sunday, 13th August -- www.thunderhill.com