11 USAC TRUE VALUE SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP CARS AND 8 FORMULA FORD 2000 CARS PARTICIPATE IN RIR OPEN TEST/MEDIA SESSION FOR THE JUNE 17TH NIGHT RACE. RICHMOND, VA - The United States Auto Club (USAC) brought the True Value Silver Crown and...
11 USAC TRUE VALUE SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP CARS AND 8 FORMULA FORD 2000 CARS PARTICIPATE IN RIR OPEN TEST/MEDIA SESSION FOR THE JUNE 17TH NIGHT RACE.
RICHMOND, VA - The United States Auto Club (USAC) brought the True Value Silver Crown and Formula Ford 2000 cars to Richmond International Raceway for an open test/media day. The air was filled with excitement as several Silver Crown Series drivers unofficially broke modified driver, Mike Stefanik's track speed record of 125.681 mph.
Tony Stewart of Rushville, IN, clocked a blistering 129.187 mph lap with Jim Keeker of Cicero, IN running a 128.878 mph and Langhorne, PA's Gary Hieber turning a stout 128.694 mph. Camel, IN's Jack Runyon ran a 127.660 mph and Tony Elliott of Kokomo, IN took a 126.999 mph tour of RIR. Drivers agree that tire testning will shave some additional time bringing speeds into the 130 mph range for the Saturday, June 17th night race!
The rear engine, Indy style Formula Ford 2000 Series cars made a strong showing on Paul Sawyer's 3/4-mile "D"-shape oval. Joaquin DeSoto of Coral Gables, FL led the field with a respectable 117.698 mph lap, while Boulder, CO's Bryce Ambaziunas was hot on his heels at 117.137 mph. Scott Bradley of Menlo Park, CA and John Fillipakis of Jamaica, NY were in the hunt as well, with a 116.429 mph and 116.179 mph lap respectively.
When asked about RIR's layout, drivers kept commenting about the infamous turn two that starts at 14 degrees and drops to a flat 2 degrees in the back stretch, creating a push effect that takes the car to the wall. Many drivers wondered if Sawyer stuck an electromagnet in the turn 2 wall. When asked, the veteran promoter chuckled, "Well maybe so!"