Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I’ve raced a bunch of stuff – most recently in the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series. But most of my career has been in ‘spec’ cars, both of the sports racer and open-wheel variety. The F1600 Championship is anything but ‘spec,’ featuring a variety of chassis and, with the introduction of the Honda Fit engine to the Formula F class – both at the amateur and professional levels – a choice of power plants, too.
Years ago, when I was racing a ‘spec’ formula car, I got involved with a company called Raceworks out of Gainesville, Ga. While I had previously owned my own car, doing a deal with Raceworks made more financial sense. I ended up winning two SCCA Club Racing National Championships with them. After that, I competed in GT-1 and Trans-Am. Then I found myself with nothing to do for 2011.
I got a call out of the blue from Raceworks. They had just ordered a brand-new Piper chassis with a Honda engine for Formula F. They wanted to know if I wanted to race it. I said, ‘Yeah, let’s go.’ It turned out pretty well for us, with a victory in the opening race at Virginia International Raceway and a third-place finish in the championship.
For 2012, I’m working with a new team, BlackWatch Racing Group, driving a Honda-powered Van Diemen. We contested the first SCCA National race of the year at Sebring and fared well, now that SCCA has given the Honda engine a larger restrictor. Our chances look really good for the F1600 Championship and SCCA National Racing.