August 25, 1999 Sonoma, CA â€“ Frank Dancs lost some of his cushion in the battle for the points lead in the USAC Formula Championship last weekend when he made an off-course excursion to avoid a slower car in Turn 7 of Sears Point Raceway. His...
August 25, 1999
Sonoma, CA – Frank Dancs lost some of his cushion in the battle for the points lead in the USAC Formula Championship last weekend when he made an off-course excursion to avoid a slower car in Turn 7 of Sears Point Raceway. His car was too severely damaged to continue the race. Until Saturday, Dancs has finished in the top ten in every one of the first 13 races of the 20 race series, including four wins, three seconds (one he collected on Sunday), and one third place finish. His current point total of 173 gives him a 27-point lead over rookie driver Nathan Smith with 146 points.
Smith’s weekend started well with a win on Saturday, but Sunday proved to be another story. Qualifying fourth, the Russell Graduate Run-Offs winner struggled to keep his car in the top five early in the race, and later spun in Turn 7 - his only spin, ever, since the season opened in February. He quickly recovered only loosing a few places but was unable to advance his position resulting in a ninth place finish.
Kart-racer Jason McCune moved into third in the standings with 125 points by finishing third and fifth over the weekend. McCune’s finishes pushed Toshi Kanamoto to fourth with 118 points. Timothy Barber made the biggest advance in the standings. Barber, the youngest driver in the series at 17, jumped from ninth to fifth with a fourth on Saturday and a win on Sunday.
Pat McDowell maintained his lead in the Masters Division while holding down thirteenth place in the USAC Formula Russell Championship standings with 81 points. However, David Farley moved closer to the top spot with 79 points, fourteenth in the overall standings, overtaking Ken Snyder who is now third in the “45 and over class.” Snyder is not out the picture by any means. He is only eight points away from first place with 73.
Over 100 drivers are competing for a piece of the Formula Russell prize package which includes a free season in the Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series sponsored by Yokohama in 2000 and is valued at over $15,000. An additional incentive is the opportunity afforded to the top ten drivers to compete in the Jim Russell World Scholarship in England, where the top prize is a free season of racing in the Formula Vauxhall series. Almost thirty drivers in the series are also competing in the Masters Division for a separate prize package that includes Yokohama tires, Sparco driving equipment, and a Jim Russell Driver Development program.
The next round of the USAC Formula Russell Championship is scheduled for September 18 –19.
USAC Formula Russell Championship Points Standings After Round 7 of 10
1 Frank Dancs 173 6 Todd Oppenheimer 112 2 Nathan Smith 146 7 Chris Pettet 99 3 Jason McCune 125 8 Matthew Mosley 98 4 Toshi Kanamoto 118 9 Leonardo Maia 97 5 Timothy Barber 114 10 R J Velazquez 91
Drivers finishing in the top three were:
Saturday, August 14, 1999 Race 1: 1st Warren Washer, 2nd R J Velazquez, 3rd Steve Hill Race 2: 1st Nathan Smith, 2nd Chris Pettet, 3rd Jason McCune Race 3: 1st Rob Cartwright, 2nd Doug Sorensen, 3rd Rich Silverstein Race 4: 1st Bob Miller, 2nd Alex King, 3rd Sean Clar
Sunday, August 15, 1999 Race 1: 1st Bob Irwin, 2nd Jame Kim, 3rd Art Ferretti Race 2: 1st Tad Laird, 2nd Teena Larson, 3rd Martin Abate Race 3: 1st Timothy Barber, 2nd Frank Dancs, 3rd Chris Pettet Race 4 1st Jason Zimmerman, 2nd Greg Thek, 3rd Warren Washer MTP Race: 1st Charlie Swayne, 2nd Ron Cutting, 3rd Greg Finley kkkkkkk