Constructors championship drivers battle for Primus racing test. CENTENNIAL, Colo. (October 29, 2002) & ...
Constructors championship drivers battle for Primus racing test.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (October 29, 2002) – For drivers in the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship, the season-ending Round Four in Charlotte, November 1-3, is more than an opportunity to improve their position in the final point standings. It is an opportunity to take the next step in their driving career, with a test from Primus Racing.
As part of the Driver Scholarship Program, six Constructors Championship drivers; the top three from both ICC and ICA competition will be invited to a one-day test with Primus Racing. From this test, two drivers will emerge with fully-funded rides in eight SCCA Club Racing National events, including the 2003 Valvoline Runoffs® National Championship event should they qualify. One of the two fully-funded drivers will come from a shootout between the ICA and ICC champion, with the other driver coming from the remaining five.
With such a prize at stake, it is easy to understand why drivers in ICA and ICC are looking forward to the event in Charlotte, their last opportunity to improve their position in the points.
“I’m really excited about the shootout,” said ICC point leader Craig Baltzer, who with his 39-point lead over fourth place in the championship is guaranteed a spot in the shootout regardless of how he finishes in Charlotte. “With all the seat time I’ve had this year [in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by Racer], I think my chances of being one of the drivers selected are pretty good.”
Behind Baltzer, seven other drivers still have a mathematical chance of ending the season in the top three in points.
“The way the season is going, I’m not sure we are going to make Charlotte,” said second in ICC points Michael Bailiez, who had to park his kart halfway through Round Three due to a rib injury. “I think at this point we might regroup and get ready for next year.”
With Bailiez likely missing the season finale, the list of drivers still eligible for the shootout reaches all the way down to ninth place, including drivers Jamie Sieracki, Alan Adams, Kent Lehr, Kyle Wiegand, Justin Stefani and Andy Rossetto.
“This test is a great opportunity and a real door opener for the sport,” said fourth-place in points Alan Adams. “I feel the Constructors Championship will continue to grow mainly in part that it is one of the only series offering a prize of this stature.
“My goals for next weekend, like any other racing weekend, are to win. Unfortunately, we have not been doing much of that this year, but I think we've got it together and are feeling strong about this upcoming weekend. “
For Wiegand, the pressure may be greater than others, having skipped the first event of the season and then being disqualified from a second-place finish at Round Three in Marshalltown, Iowa, for failing post-race technical inspection. With the disqualification, Wiegand lost valuable points that would have him sitting second in the championship right now instead of sixth.
For ICA competitors, the list of those still eligible for the shootout is much shorter, down to only five drivers who can still finish in the top three following Charlotte. While the list may be shorter, the driver at the top in ICA has a similar scenario to Baltzer. Steve Welk currently leads the ICA championship and, with a 32-point margin over fourth place, is guaranteed a spot in the shootout.
“Unlike some of the other drivers in the Constructors Championship, I’ve had experience driving in formula cars,” said Welk, who, like Baltzer, competed in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship this season. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to use some of that experience in the Primus test.”
Behind Welk, Adam Pecorari, Brian Jacobsen, Troy Hintzsche and Tom Mayr are all battling for a spot in the shootout, with 52, 49, 38 and 33 points, respectively. Pecorari and Welk have dominated the ICA class, accounting for three wins and two seconds this season. The deciding factor in the championship may have been Pecorari’s ninth place finish at the season opening-round at Road America’s Briggs & Stratton Motorplex. Since that opening round, Pecorari has been the equal of Welk in speed and finishing position in the series.
Along with the ICA and ICA Shootout, Primus Racing is offering a test to the Champion in World Formula, Formula Yamaha Jr. and Cadet, when the driver reaches 16 years of age.
The SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors series will wrap-up its season with Round Four at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, in Charlotte, NC., November 1-3. The series champions and the six drivers invited to the Primus Racing shootout will all be determined over the course of the weekend. For further information, please visit www.sccapro.com/constructors.