Popular racer Whitney Bellows celebrated his first race win at Road America recently. The victory marked a century of race starts in Formula Dodge competition. Bellows, 31, from Chicago, Illinois, took his Skip Barber Three Day Racing School in ...
Popular racer Whitney Bellows celebrated his first race win at Road America recently. The victory marked a century of race starts in Formula Dodge competition. Bellows, 31, from Chicago, Illinois, took his Skip Barber Three Day Racing School in March 1997 at Laguna Seca Raceway. The school was part of a Speedweek package that his father had given him as a birthday present. Initially, Bellows had trouble squeezing his 6 foot 4 inch frame into the Formula Dodge racecar but once comfortably seated, Bellows had no problems with car control or in staying at the front of the pack. He was fast from the outset collecting numerous podium finishes (12 times).
Bellows' first race win was in the wet and recorded in dominant style. He repeated the feat the very next day under dry conditions though no less a challenging field. Several drivers that had qualified poorly in the wet for his first race were up front for his second, eager to displace him from the point. Still he ran away from a field that consisted of talented drivers such as Eric Jobe, Tim Traver, Jared Wilcox, Jack Aten and John Dubbs III.
The Chicagoan wasn't aware that his first victory in Skip Barber Race Series was in his 100th race.
"I had no idea how many races I had competed in. To win the way I won is incredible. Up until this win, I think I had only led about 5 laps or so. And on Saturday, I led every lap. I had been so close in the past, last year I led on the last lap at Road America and then had a mechanical DNF."
Bellows tried to identify his winning ways and what was necessary to take the victory.
"The win definitely makes me hungrier going forward. I'm real pleased. I not only won, but my times were up there with some of the fastest guys." He continued, "I've had pole position and thrown it away with early four-offs. But on Saturday, everything went right. I was in the zone. On Sunday, the front of the field competition was tougher. I got a great run in the Carousel and the Kink and bascially I just ran my own race - I was able to do what I wanted to do."
- Andrew Torres