MONTEREY, Calif. (Mar. 16) - Harrison Brix of Marina Del Ray, Calif., clinched the Skip Barber Western Region Race Series championship with a pair of wins last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Despite one race weekend remaining in the 14-race...
MONTEREY, Calif. (Mar. 16) - Harrison Brix of Marina Del Ray, Calif., clinched the Skip Barber Western Region Race Series championship with a pair of wins last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Despite one race weekend remaining in the 14-race regional Formula Dodge series, the 20 points each for Brix's Saturday and Sunday victories closed out the chances of his nearest rivals, fellow rookie Adam Tran and veteran Quentin Wahl.
Brix, 23, qualified on the outside front row for race one and took the fight early to polesitter Bryan Hixon. But Hixon, while leading, went four-off in Turn Three on lap four to hand the lead to Brix, who for the remaining 13 laps fended off first Tim Traver then Andrew Alfonso, up from ninth on the grid.
On Sunday, Brix lost the lead to Alfonso at the start, trailing the rookie through the first six laps but again Brix was able to take advantage of a big mistake: On lap five Alfonso also found the dirt in Turn Three, allowing Brix to cruise to a six-second win over Traver.
Tran, meanwhile, in a different race group, had a miserable start to the weekend. The 22-year-old from Vancouver failed to finish on Saturday when his gearbox went away. But because the series allows each driver to "drop" one race, Tran still had a title chance if he could win on Sunday. That was not to be as Tran -- very quick but still lacking a bit in race craft -- spun coming out of the Nine on the very first lap to end his title hopes.
For the year, Brix has won nine of 12 starts, and his Western Series championship comes on the eve of his first start in the Skip Barber National Series, its 2004 season opening this week at Sebring International Raceway in support of the 52nd annual 12-hour endurance event.