SBRS: Midwestern Regional' at Road America

Tim Traver, Ernesto Viso, Quentin Wahl and Revere Greist each took a pair of wins this past weekend, July 14-15, when the Skip Barber Midwestern Regional Championships visited all four-miles of Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. In total five ...

Tim Traver, Ernesto Viso, Quentin Wahl and Revere Greist each took a pair of wins this past weekend, July 14-15, when the Skip Barber Midwestern Regional Championships visited all four-miles of Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. In total five groups put their best nomex-booted foot forward over the two days of racing.

Action got underway on Saturday with Traver taking his first win in group 1competition. Starting from second on the grid, Traver took the lead from lap-1 and saw it through to the end. Greist finished second after starting seventh making him the most progressive driver. He had worked his way into the runner-up spot by the 4th lap and began jousting with his father John. Father led son across the line on the penultimate lap but it was the son who prevailed when it counted. For his efforts J. Greist earned maximum Master's points.

The first race for group 2 saw Viso take win number one on the weekend. Like Traver before him Viso led all laps en route to greeting the checkered flag though he did it from the pole. Quentin Wahl finished a second and a half behind Viso but not before battling Josh Lorig in the early going. Lorig would finish second while Brian Kellog scythed through the field from the 16th spot on the grid to claim the final step on the podium. Wahl's second-place run also made him tops in the Master's category.

The third group of the day featured the Master's National Championship contenders. Wahl fresh from his group 2 battles went on to take the victory ahead of Michael Culver and Chris Willcox. Wahl led much of the race other than a two-lap stint midway though when he gave chase to Willcox. Fourth-placed Roland Isra mixed it up with the top-3 and Culver would find himself as far back as fourth with two laps remaining before working his way back into second. Willcox went through the field by leaps and bounds. Starting ninth, he was sixth by the end of lap-1, and in the lead for two laps by six before settling for third.

Lorig, denied in group 2, reversed his fortune by winning the first race of group 4's weekend. Lorig started second and assumed the lead on lap two. From there he was never headed. Traver came home the runner up, a position he held from lap-2 though he did have to wrestle it back from J. Greist on lap-4. Greist finished third as a well as top Master.

Group 5 put on a spirited battle. R. Greist took the victory by half a second over Whitney Bellows. Greist in fact led only one of the 12-laps run and it was to be the one that counted. Bellows, the polesitter was the early leader before being relegated to second behind Baker. The trio joined by fourth-place finisher Eric Jobe formed a four-car train. Baker led the penultimate lap ahead of Bellows but when they rounded the final corner to dash up the hill it was Greist at the point with Baker falling back to third. Baker who started eighth ended as the most progressive driver.

Traver took win number two when group 1 reconvened. Father and son Greist waged a battle royal with the younger prevailing once again to come home second. Father had to settle for fourth behind Isra. The quartet had turned in an exciting battle with numerous change positions throughout. Traver as well as both of the Greists enjoyed laps in the lead though Traver wouldn't solidify the win by a margin of eight-tenths of a second until the final lap. Isra took full points in the Master's category.

Viso once again would lead every lap as he took victory number two. Brian Kellog would be his pursuer for the duration, duly finishing second. Lorig was left to claim third though he had to get around Alessandro Donnini on lap-1 to do so. Steve Smith in sixth place led all Masters.

The Master's National Championship was back at it for their fourth meeting of the season. Wahl won it once again this time without need to pass anyone to do it. Peter-Ponter-Pistor or P-cubed as he if occasionally referred to, trailed Wahl for the entire race to finish second ahead of Willcox. After dispensing with Isra on lap-2, Willcox followed suit with those ahead to hold onto third for the duration. The battle to watch was the spirited one waged by Michael Culver, Brian Shepard and Charlie Hilmer who finished sixth through eighth respectively. They spent their race continually trying to out do the other right through to the end.

Group 4's second race was the battle of the teenagers as Daniel Lancaster and Chase Patzer rocketed through the field to take first and second place. Lancaster started eighth and was in the lead by lap four. Patzer took a bit longer to catch up from ninth on the grid waiting until lap-9 to take over second place. Two-time race winner Traver led for two laps but could not defend against the teen attack and settled for third. Sixth overall, John Dickmann took class honors for the Master's.

The final race for group 5 unfortunately ended very prematurely when Brian Kellog along with a few other drivers was involved in a serious incident at the kink. The race was called immediately on lap-1. Kellog required an airlift to a Milwaukee Hospital for observation and thankfully was released on Tuesday evening suffering from nothing other than a concussion. Chris Baker was declared the winner ahead of Brett Fenske and ironically Kellog was classified third.

The Midwest Series will square off against the Eastern regulars this coming weekend July 20-21 at Lime Rock Park.

-George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Steve Smith , Roland Isra , Chris Baker , Michael Culver , Skip Barber , Quentin Wahl , Revere Greist , Tim Traver , Ernesto Viso