Scott Poirier, out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, recently completed a remarkable rookie season in the 2000-2001 Formula Dodge Southern Regional Series. With one race weekend remaining, Poirier is second in the overall points standings. His latest...
Scott Poirier, out of Deerfield Beach, Florida, recently completed a remarkable rookie season in the 2000-2001 Formula Dodge Southern Regional Series. With one race weekend remaining, Poirier is second in the overall points standings. His latest outing in Daytona, a new venue among the Skip Barber tracks, resulted in 35 of a possible 40 points, contributing to a phenomenal points per race average of 16.8. Poirier is notable for his off-track efforts as well. He's one of the few young racers who has successfully netted sponsorship. His Formula Dodge campaign was partially funded by Autohaus Motorsports. Here's a review, in Poirier's own words, of what the young talent thought of his season.
The 2000-2001 Southern Race Series made its launch from Sebring International Raceway home of the Superflo 12hr. I took my first pole and win on the school course beating veteran driver Bud Risser. This was an exciting win being that it was the first race of the brand new season and I was still getting used to the new, well-built Formula Dodge R/T 2000. Then it was on to Moroso Motorsports Park which brought about new sets of challenges, namely Craig Duerson and Gerardo Bonilla. I knew Craig was a great driver and Gerardo had taught me when I attended my Skip Barber Three-Day Racing School so I knew he must be good. I faired well with a fourth place, a win and a new track record running against the "big guns." Soonafter, it was on to the Sebring modified course, where I topped the time sheets once again in qualifying, earning the pole position for Saturday's race. The R/T 2000, equipped with Michelin slicks, was consistent as usual and afforded me another win. I ended up second on Sunday with a fast time on the clock worthy of another track record. Next, it was the Sebring long course. I went out in qualifying calm and determined and came in with another pole starting position. I knew that to win the race, I had to keep my head down and stay on the track. I was able to do just that defeating Juan Manuel Polar and fellow rookie Ben Moore III.
At Homestead I repeated my successful qualifying efforts to sit on pole, beating Race Instructor Gerardo Bonilla. A clean race led to another victory placed under my belt. Sunday brought about a tight race and an unfortunate four-off and a visit to the pits for me, but I was still pleased that I ended up third overall topping the time sheets again with a new track record.
A first time event at Daytona International Speedway brought about great excitement in me and I'm sure everyone else who attended rounds 11-12. The weekend was a total learning experience for me in that I have never driven in the rain. Thursday and Friday turned out to be good examples of rain because the track was drenched. After carefully reviewing rain driving techniques with the instructors and learning the proper rain line, I found myself driving the race car to its full potential, definitely benefiting from the Michelin rain tires. After a period of adjustment, I was comfortable in the rain I gained a bit more confidence in myself and the car. I qualified on pole and started inside for the race. Saturday brought about drier weather and allowed me to bring my Dodge-powered Reynard across the finish line in position-1.
Daytona was great. I feel honored to have driven at the world center of speed. It was a great experience to have driven the Formula Dodge R/T 2000 around the high banks of Daytona. The Reynard Dodge 98E was predictable with either set of Michelin tires, but it was a combination of coaching from the instructors and consistency on my part that won the race.
A big thanks goes out to the whole Skip Barber Racing crew and team. Thank you for a great season and good memories. I also want to thank Mr. Kirland at Autohaus Motorsports for their support throughout the entire series.
- Andrew Torres