"ArmsUp Motorsports has solid weekend in Three Divisions at Road America" "Paredes Victorious in Formula Atlantic, Dickmann Podiums in FC and Balsley has Solid F2000 Championship Series Outing" ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- ArmsUp Motorsports...
"ArmsUp Motorsports has solid weekend in Three Divisions at Road America"
"Paredes Victorious in Formula Atlantic, Dickmann Podiums in FC and Balsley has Solid F2000 Championship Series Outing"
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- ArmsUp Motorsports had a solid weekend at Road America this past weekend. The Elkhart Lake based squad competed in three different categories with Jose Paredes running in Formula Atlantic (FA), John Dickmann and Jeff Pietz in Formula Continental (FC) and Rick Balsley running the F2000 Championship Series. Paredes would claim two FA wins in the SCCA Double Regional with Dickmann adding a podium finish in Saturday's FC race. Balsley, whose pace has been improving steadily, made his second career F2000 Championship Series start and claimed an 11th and 15th in the stout pro field.
In Formula Atlantic, Jose Paredes would have his best weekend of the season. After fighting mechanical troubles during his first two starts of the year Paredes would have a trouble free weekend. The consistency in the car paid off as he would sweep both poles and both race wins on the weekend.
John Dickmann produced his best finish of the year running to a third place result in race one of the Formula Continental class. After qualifying sixth for race one the Grafton, Wisconsin driver was able to fight his way forward to the third spot. In race two Dickmann would start fifth and finish fourth in another solid drive. Pietz would have a consistent weekend qualifying and finishing seventh in race one. Race two Pietz lined up sixth but was forced off early and had to fight from behind making his way back to eighth.
The F2000 Championship Series was also competing at Road America this weekend and Rick Balsley took up the challenge of the pro series. This was Balsley's second start in the series with his previous run coming in 2008 on the same circuit. For race one Balsley lined up 17th in the 23-car field. Racing his way forward Balsley would finish the event a very strong 11th. Day two would not go as well with the Florida resident tripping the qualifying lights in the 16th spot. In the race he would fight hard and advance one spot coming home in the 15th spot.
"This was a solid weekend for all our guys," team owner Gregg Borland said after the event. "It was fantastic to see Rick racing as hard as he did it the F2000 race. His form has improved immensely over the last two weekends and I hope we can keep improving going into the runoffs. It was great to see Jose have a complete weekend this year, the two wins just capped off a strong event. John and Jeff did a fine job in the FC class. Dickmann drove two strong races; it was great to see him get a podium this season. Jeff drove well, he just needs more time in the car to really find his comfort zone."
ArmsUp Motorsports has a short break until they return to racing action August 28 -- 29 at Blackhawk Farms for the SCCA Chicago Region's Double National.
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