SBRS: Putnam Park: Weekend summary

Greist Wins On Iron Man Weekend Revere Greist assumed the title of Iron Man of sorts by becoming the first person in Skip Barber history to contest all races in a Skip Barber Race Series weekend. The Midwest Series opener at Putnam Park Road ...

Greist Wins On Iron Man Weekend

Revere Greist assumed the title of Iron Man of sorts by becoming the first person in Skip Barber history to contest all races in a Skip Barber Race Series weekend. The Midwest Series opener at Putnam Park Road Course featured a variety of challenging weather conditions, including torrential rain, and the heightened awareness that normally surrounds Formula Dodge National Championship weekends. Greist registered 2 wins in 8 races and premiered in both National Championship races as well. On Sunday, he put on a clinic in the rain to win both his regional contests and start from pole in the One-Day race finale.

Although track conditions were dry, the race was run on treaded tires due to anticipated storms. In the group 1 opener, Rafael Matos secured his first Skip Barber Race Series win in his first series event, setting a fastest lap time of 1:16.810 sec. in the process. The rookie led all 23 laps to take the checkered flag in front of Jason Klein, on hand to contest Rounds 5 and 6 of the National Championship. Klein, from Long Grove, Illinois, qualified a personal best second and held off an advancing Travis Roberts, who finished third after starting from sixth. Former Skip Barber Race Series Mechanic Conrad Grunewald earned most progressive driver distinction after ascending 11 positions to finish fourth.

Following National Championship Round 5 action, group 3 saw Mexico's Luis Pelayo claim the point from polesitter Aurelio Lopez and then keep all pursuers at bay to record his first Skip Barber Race Series win over steady Ben Freudenberg and National Championship racer Atticus Missner. Pelayo, sponsored by Escuderia Telmex for the National Championship, paced to a seemingly easy six-second margin victory over Freudenberg, who advanced from fourth and defended second position successfully for most of the race. Newcomer Filipe Placucci showed great promise by bounding from 15th to 11th to earn most progressive driver.

2001 National Championship competitor Curt Andrews picked off eight positions to assume the lead with 3 laps to go in the Otis Blackwell Memorial, closing out the first day's race action. Andrews, who started ninth, had a fantastic start in which he moved up to sixth on the first circuit. Over the last laps, the Plymouth, Wisconsin native bested strong competitors Don Drislane, Kyle Lawrence and Ben Freudenberg to beat all others to the stripe in the finale. Freudenberg and Lawrence joined Andrews on the podium in second and third. Drislane, who hadn't been in a racecar in a while, displayed few signs of rust and finished an admirable fourth. Gary Maas qualified a personal best sixth in the Memorial.

On the second day of racing, Michelin slicks yielded to treaded tires early as heavy rains and wind abused the track. Only Revere Greist didn't seem to mind. Now embarking on his fifth consecutive race, the Madison, Wisconsin native overcame a 10th position start spot in the group 1 race 2 to seize the lead on lap 18 and hold off Conrad Grunewald for the win. Greist also tripped the first of two fastest laps of the weekend with a time of 1:41.505 sec, over four seconds faster than anyone else's best time in the wet. Grunewald led near the end of the race before being headed by an aggressive charge by Greist. Polesitter Rafael Matos, who led 14 laps, followed Grunewald to the checkered flag in third.

Rain showers continued unabated, moving in and out over the action. Group 3 race 2 was run under incredibly sloppy conditions making it a challenge for racers just to stay on course. Those that went off were penalized doubly with a douse of mud and standing water as well as their mandatory pit infraction. Revere Greist showed his mettle again in the wet, seizing the point on lap 3 and never letting up, checking out to a remarkable 48-second margin victory over Kyle Lawrence. Greist's fastest lap was bettered only by Aurelio Lopez, who stopped the clocks with a time of 1:43.511 sec. Kyle Lawrence drove a fine race to earn his runner-up honors while National Championship racer Atticus Missner rounded out the podium in third, his second rostrum of the weekend.

The One-Day race finale proved a success after Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Rhonda Trammell proved too much for even the Iron Man. Mid-way through the 17 lap contest, Trammell secured the lead from Greist and held on for her first Skip Barber Race Series victory. For Trammell, the opportunity to drive the R/T 2000 affords her valuable seat time as she prepares for upcoming Round 2 of the Pro Series at Laguna Seca. Third position starter Ben Freudenberg finished in second, ahead of Don Drislane, who landed on the podium steps in third. Greist finished his marathon weekend in fourth ahead of Nick Cooper who gamely advanced from 14th to land in the top-5.

The Formula Dodge Midwestern Championship takes up its charge next at Road America on May 31-June 1. Catch the race recap on the Skip Barber News


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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Aurelio Lopez , Atticus Missner , Skip Barber , Rhonda Trammell , Ben Freudenberg , Revere Greist , Conrad Grunewald