Carl Skerlong -- Memorial Weekend Update Mukilteo, Washington (May 29, 2007) -- Memorial Day Weekend might be a holiday for some but not for Seattle's Carl Skerlong. The 18-year-old racer was in action on Sunday and Monday, 27th-28th May, ...
Carl Skerlong -- Memorial Weekend Update
Mukilteo, Washington (May 29, 2007) -- Memorial Day Weekend might be a holiday for some but not for Seattle's Carl Skerlong. The 18-year-old racer was in action on Sunday and Monday, 27th-28th May, at Washington's Pacific Raceways, competing once again in the DSR class for Portland's West Race Cars.
Looking to emulate his dominant performance from the previous round, held at Portland International Raceway two weeks earlier, where he shattered the lap record on his way to victory, Skerlong first took to the sweeping 2.25-mile Pacific Raceways road course on Sunday. Having qualified second on the grid, the Champ Car Atlantic pilot seized the lead at the start only to be passed later in a disputed move under yellows. Further drama followed when he was collected from behind with bodywork flying off the left-side corner of his WR-1000 entry. The subsequent on-track contact then led to the car's differential calling it a day, a frustrated Carl sidelined from the first of the meeting's two races.
Monday's race proved to be just as contentious for Skerlong but he once again showcased his skills in leading the field early in proceedings. Securing a third place qualifying slot having only just fixed all the issues from the previous day's racing, Carl swept into second place at the start of the race. Assuming the lead by the third turn the high school senior was looking firmly in control of the race over the following laps before being hit on the front straight-away. Despite the contact he successfully held onto the lead before officials black-flagged his entry for noise violation, Skerlong's day once again ending prematurely while heading his rivals on-track.
Carl, who races the #24 King Taco/US RaceTronics Swift Mazda-Cosworth in the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championship, while obviously disappointed with his Memorial weekend outing, has little time to dwell on events from Pacific Raceways as he heads back to the Portland International Raceway, Oregon this weekend, Friday 1st -- Sunday 3rd June, for the SCCA Rose Cup. Campaigning a US RaceTronics prepared Swift 014 Atlantic entry, Skerlong heads back to his 'home' track looking to repeat his National and Regional wins in the same class at last season's SCCA meeting.
The Rose Cup outing gives Carl the opportunity to gear up towards next weekend's 'Portland Grand Prix', Friday 8th -- Sunday 10th June, where he'll be back in action at Portland International Raceway in Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2007 Cooper Tires Presents The Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. The Washington-native sits third overall and highest ranked American in the 'Rookie of the Year' battle while he holds seventh overall in the Driver Standings scoring his first podium of the season in April's third round in Houston, Texas.