As if drafting down a backstretch, the contenders for the 2000 Formula Dodge Midwest Region Championship are locked in a positional points battle. Grant Maiman, rookie Curt Andrews and Tim Rose turned in strong performances at a soggy Putnam...
As if drafting down a backstretch, the contenders for the 2000 Formula Dodge Midwest Region Championship are locked in a positional points battle. Grant Maiman, rookie Curt Andrews and Tim Rose turned in strong performances at a soggy Putnam Park to remain 1-2-3, respectively, in the standings. The performances were typical of the type of season they’re enjoying. The racers are consistently in the points, despite peaking at various times this season.
Maiman scored a fifth place result and a win in his two races to remain in front. He tallied 28 of a possible 40 points on the weekend and now leads Andrews by a mere five points. Andrews had similarly good results; taking second and fourth place finishes in his two tries. Tim Rose, the one-time points leader, finished in fourth and sixth over the two days of race competition and remains in contention for the title. He trails the second-place Andrews by 18 points.
Damp conditions during Race 1 led to a slippery road course. Racers were challenged to maintain decorum over the 10-turn, 1.77 mile track. Slicks eventually gave way to rain tires midway through Group 3, Race 1 and allowed the drivers to compete the 18-lap circuit with aplomb.
Revere Greist had a strong race weekend. He dominated each of his entries, winning twice and placing second and fourth in his four contests. He stands in seventh place overall in the title chase. John Greist, his father and the Master’s points leader, was equally impressive, finishing no worse than seventh on the weekend. In Group 3, Race 1, the adage Father Knows Best was in evidence as J. Greist posted second to his son’s fourth place result. J. Greist is tied for tenth overall in Championship points.
In Group 1, Race 1, under dry conditions, Raphael Martin, R. Greist and Whitney Bellows crossed the line 1-2-3, respectively. Martin turned in the fastest lap of the session at 1:16.124 sec. In Group 3, Race 1, Erick Hansen, J. Greist and Greg Engelsman were quickest of the group. Hansen’s win and J. Greist’s second place are notable for having started from 11th and 12th on the grid, respectively. In Group 4, Race 1, as track conditions worsened under rainy skies, Master Roland Isra took the flag first ahead of Gary Longo (2nd) and Tim Todd (3rd).
Although the rain had let up, Race 2 sessions were held in the damp. R. Greist’s first win occurred in Group 1 in front of Curt Andrews (2nd) and Raphael Martin (3rd). Andrew’s had fast lap with a time of 1:39.207 sec, noticeably slower than the previous day’s ticks due to the wet. R. Greist’s second win came in Group 3 ahead of Erick Hansen (2nd) and his father J. Greist (3rd). Finally, in Group 4, Race 2, Gary Longo (2nd) and Hirotoshi Takeuchi (3rd) were the next-best finishers to Maiman’s first place result.
- Andrew Torres