ArmsUp Motorsports Survives Wild June Sprints to Claim Two Top 10's ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. -- ArmsUp Motorsports survived an eventful June Sprints to claim a fifth place finish in Formula Continental with Jim Victor and a seventh place finish in...
ArmsUp Motorsports Survives Wild June Sprints to Claim Two Top 10's
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. -- ArmsUp Motorsports survived an eventful June Sprints to claim a fifth place finish in Formula Continental with Jim Victor and a seventh place finish in Formula Atlantic with J.M. Paredes. The event proved to be a strong showing for the ArmsUp squad with two solid finishes and Kirk Kindsfater's run to fourth on the grid in Formula Continental.
After final qualifying on Sunday morning ArmsUp Motorsports placed three cars in the top-20 in Formula Continental with Kirk Kindsfater putting his number 32 Van Diemen fourth on the grid. J.M. Paredes put in a strong qualifying effort starting 13th on the grid in a steep Formula Atlantic field that boasted over 25 cars.
As soon as the green flag dropped on the 52nd running of the June Sprints the action was intense. Kindsfater, who started fourth, started falling back due to an ailing engine that would let go in the middle of lap two. This marked the end of a tough day for Kindsfater who lost his primary engine in qualifying Sunday morning after a rock punctured his radiator.
While Kindsfater ran into trouble the rest of the ArmsUp cars began to move forward. Victor, who started 12th, moved his Citi Smith Barney Car into the top 10 early. Walter Vollrath and John Dickmann also moved up from the starting spots with both drivers solidly in the top 20 after the first few circuits. J.M. Paredes started the race 13th in his Swift .014 Formula Atlantic and he found himself in the top 10 as the first full course caution flew at the end of the third lap.
When the race restarted Paredes and Victor continued their advance up the running order. Victor was able to pick up a few places on the restart and finding himself in a three way battle for seventh. At the same time Paredes continued his steady climb passing a car at a time as the second and final full course caution came out after an incident at Road America's tight turn five.
The final caution setup a two lap dash to the finish. Victor was able to hold off a strong charge on the final lap to claim his second consecutive June Sprints fifth place finish. J.M. Paredes missed out on sixth place by two-hundredths of a second at the stripe scoring a very strong seventh place result. John Dickmann and Walter Vollrath both drove steady race finishing 14th and 15th respectively in a deep Formula Continental field.
"This was a great event for us and all of our guys, drivers and crew alike, did a great job," Gregg Borland stated after the race. "To come out of that race with two top-10's is a quite an accomplishment, and had Kirk not had his bad luck I'm positive we would have had three cars in the top-10. I have to thank all of our crew for putting in a great effort, and Cooper Consulting for making our hospitality area an envy of the paddock."
ArmsUp Motorsports will return to SCCA Cen Div competition July 13 -- 15 at the Autobahn Country Club. The team will look to get its first National win of the year at the newest track on the SCCA schedule.