LAKEVILLE, CONN. (July 5, 2004) - Robbie Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., won Round Eight of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Lime Rock Park. Completing the top-three is Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Ga. and...
LAKEVILLE, CONN. (July 5, 2004) - Robbie Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., won Round Eight of the Formula SCCA Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Lime Rock Park. Completing the top-three is Franklin Futrelle, of Augusta, Ga. and David Jurca, of Federal Way, Wash.
Competing on the traditional Monday race day, Frutrelle led the Formula SCCA Championship to the green flag. Going three-wide down the front-straight, both Pecorari and Jurca got a great start passing Futrelle in the big bend turn. As the leaders entered turn three, the full-course caution was displayed for an incident on the front-straight involving Kristoffer Szekeres. As the field formed up behind the pace car, Futrelle was once again leading. Following four laps for debris clean up, racing resumed on lap five. On the restart, Futrelle easily maintained the lead, as Pecorari and Jurca battled for position. Building a gap on second place, Futrelle was shown the black flag on lap nine, for passing under the full-course caution. Entering the pits to serve a drive though penalty, Futrelle fell to the back of the field, as Pecorari and Jurca battled for the lead. After holding off Jurca for several laps, Pecorari, in the No. 18 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Racing Formula SCCA, began to slowly pull away. Working his way through the field, Futrelle steadily closed on the leaders, as he posted the fastest laps in the race. Following some great battle for position, the second full-course caution was displayed late in the race. With two laps remaining in the 30-lap race, the green flag waved to resume racing. Getting a good jump, Pecorari maintained the lead, as Futrelle pressured Jurca, in the No. 14 Motion Dynamics Formula SCCA, and passed for second position. Attacking the 1.53-mile road course, Futrelle caught Pecorari on the final lap. At the checkered flag, Pecorari had captured his first-ever Formula SCCA Championship win by a mere 0.190 of a second. Pecorari scores the win in only his second career Formula SCCA start.
"I knew Franklin [Futrelle] was coming on that final restart," said Pecorari, who only joined the Andersen Walko Racing team on Saturday. "The car was great, so I pushed as hard as I could. Winning is a great way to finish the weekend."
"I gave it everything I had", said Futrelle, who remains second in the championship standings, 46 points behind the lead. "I'm not sure where I passed under the caution, but the important thing is we picked up some valuable points on Elivan [Goulart]."
"Another podium finish is great," said Jurca, who has finished on the podium in all six races he has contested. "The car went away at the end, which made the restart really tough."
Completing the top-five is Elivan Goulart, of Huntington, Conn., in the No. 70 www.dolphin-motorsports.com/Bob Berman Dolphin Motorsports Formula SCCA and Lee Shumosic, of Norton, Mass., in the No. 10 Motion Dynamics Formula SCCA.