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28 Sep 2013 01:28 PM
Ted Simmons has now registered and we welcome another newcomer,

Aaron Ellis, a nationally competitive F5 driver, who has registered and

hopes to have his F600 ready in time for this race. This makes 10 drivers,

the largest field so far this series.



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22 Oct 2013 01:44 PM

       FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE – UPDATE FROM ONE YEAR AGO

 

Back in November, 2012, we had the very first money race at the ARRC for this series

as a way to draw attention to a brand new race series that would start up in 2013.

So far, after four rounds at Topeka, Watkins Glen, Barber, Mid-Ohio and now

Road Atlanta for the series finale, we have added more sponsors, have paid out $18, race purses/tow funds, individual race contingencies have been awarded and now a $4,000 series points fund has been established and will be awarded along with the race purse/tow fund and race contingencies on Saturday night at the ARRC awards dinner at the Chalet.  We also will be announcing our 2014 race schedule with bigger purses and points fund at that time.  For further information please go to – www.theformula600challenge.com 

 

For the series finale at the ARRC the following drivers are expected and are listed in order of their series points standing as of the fourth round at Mid-Ohio:

 

1.  Clint McMahan, Covington, GA, 96 Points

2.  Matt Strand, Tequesta, FL, 88 Points

3.  Jason Fitzpatrick, Ooltewah, TN, 78 Points

4.  Tom Edwards, Sturgis, MI, 68 Points

5.  Chris Ross, Matthews, NC, 67 Points

6.  Fred Edwards, Sturgis, MI, 60 Points

7.  Carl Maier, Grand Prairie, TX, 36 Points

8.  Ken Van Horn, Powhatan, VA, 26 Points

9.  George Fox, Athens, GA, 25 Points

10. Aaron Ellis, Farmington, MN, 24 Points

11. George Bugg, Toney, AL, 0 Points

 

Appearing for the first time will be Ted Simmons of Silver Spring, MD

 

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

 

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com )

Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com )

ZIBEX, Inc. of Duluth, Georgia (www.zibexwater.com )

Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com )

CoolShirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com )

Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

Solo Performance Specialties and Solotime (www.soloperformance.com)

Hyper Racing (www.hyperracing.com)

 

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24 Oct 2013 04:43 PM
Great video for several laps -
 
 
Enjoy!!
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28 Oct 2013 08:30 PM
We all have been a little busy during this past season so I finally got a chance to add up all the goodies, including contingencies, and I was surprised to see the grand total of $38,612 for the whole series including what will be awarded this coming Saturday night. We invite all to come watch our finale race with TEN entries at the ARRC at Road Atlanta on Nov. 2nd. We could not have done all this without our family of sponsors and we thank them deeply. And the 2014 season will be even bigger, I just can't wait.

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13 Nov 2013 04:52 PM
F600 CHALLENGE: Final Race Atlanta, Georgia
What a great first year it was with the F600 Challenge. Chris Ross had this to say about our final race of the year:

Wow! What an incredible weekend and wrap up of the inaugural season of the F600 Challenge. Weather started out great on Thursday for the test day with about 1/2 of the field participating. Thursday night the rain moved in making for a very wet 1st qualifying season. About 1/2 the field went out for qualifying and the other half took a gamble that the rain would clear out by lunch time for a dry afternoon Q2. The wet weather in Q1 unfortunately claimed the car of George Fox when the tail got away from him under braking going into turn 10a. The car went off track backwards drivers left and hit a concrete barrier on the inside of 10a. The rear frame of the car was bent ending George Fox's weekend early. The weather did clear out by lunch time and we had a dry track for the afternoon qualifying session. George Bugg had to leave the track at lunch time to make it home in time for his son's football game so he was unable to hit the track for Q2 and would have to stand on his wet Q1 time. Jason Fitzpatrick also elected not to run Q2 and spend the time fixing a suspension issue. The other 8 F600's hit the track for a dry qualifying session. Clint McMahan took both class and overall pole with a 1:32.3 with the new Scorpion chassis. Matt was not far behind trying to take the fight to Clint for the final points battle. The final grid for Saturday's split start was:

1. Clint McMahan
2. Matt Strand
3. Fred Edwards
4. Chris Ross
5. Tom Edwards
6. Ted Simmons
7. Ken Van Horn
8. Jason Fitzpatrick
9. George Bugg
10. Carl Maier

After a long morning, group 5 came down to the grid for the start of the race after lunch. We were held on grid for a long time and warned about a Trans Am car dumping the entire contents of his engine 1/2 the length of the back straight away right on the racing line all the way down into 10a. The track did their best to clean it up, but it was a mess. With the split start the F600 Challenge was able to take the lead behind the pace car with 10 cars ready to take the green flag. Unfortunately, pole sitter Clint McMahan had an engine issue and pulled off immediately before the back straight and took his car back to the paddock. As the pack came onto the back straight it quickly became apparent that the oil on the track was worse than we feared. There was no way to take the normal racing line through 10a. There was just enough room to squeeze by the start of the oiled track at the kink on the far left. This let you get down the back straight away without having to risk crossing the oiled track and coating your tires before the braking zone. As you approached 10a you could move back to about center track for the braking zone. This was going to really hamper passing attempts into 10a for all except the most daring moves. As we came down the hill the green flag dropped and the race was on. I got a great start was was able to slide by Fred on drivers right coming onto the front straight. I had a bit of a run on Matt too, but not enough to get by cleanly by turn 1 so I tucked in behind him. Matt quickly started pulling a gap on me so I just concentrated on running clean consistent laps. It didn't take long though before the familiar orange car of Tom Edwards was filling my mirrors. We went most of the race with the gap between us opening and closing. The first double yellow came out early into the race to remove George Bugg's car from the rumble strips at the entrance of 12 due to a suspension failure which ended his race. This closed up the gap between me and Matt, but he had just lapped an FV when the double yellow came out so that would complicate the restart and give Tom right behind me an advantage. The green flag was thrown pretty early coming down the hill and Matt pulled away and luckily for me the FV stayed drivers left and let me slide by on the inside starting the accordion battle with Tom again. This went on for a bit longer when another double yellow came out due to a FC that spun out and high sided the car on the apex curbing drivers left at the start of the Esses. This again put me on Matt's tail and Tom on mine. The restart was clean with another fairly early green flag. I quickly had a pair of the leading FF's on my tail. Not wanting to hinder their battle or risk getting taken out I pointed them by as we approached the front straight. Not sure who was driving it, but it was a beautiful red Fit powered car that went flying off the track at full speed drivers left in turn 1 just in front of me. Car threw up a huge debris cloud ultimately hitting the wall with just a couple of laps to go. Fortunately the driver was unhurt. I fully expected another double yellow due to the location of the FF, but they let us finish the race. Right behind the two FF's were one or two FC's which Tom had let by. This ended up giving me a little bit of breathing room for the last couple of laps to finish the race cleanly in 2nd place and Tom in 3rd place to round out the podium. Jason Fitzpatrick and Carl Maier both pulled into the pits early. Jason had a suspected bearing failure on the jack shaft. I'm not sure what the issue was with Carl. Overall this was the most fun I have ever had racing. I have met some really great friends running the F600 Challenge and look forward to next year. We have a great schedule put together for next year and it looks like we will have around twice as many cars competing next year. Race Final Results:

1. Matt Strand
2. Chris Ross
3. Tom Edwards
4. Fred Edwards
5. Ted Simmons
6. Ken Van Horn
7. Carl Maier
8. Jason Fitzpatrick
9. George Bugg
10. Clint McMahan.
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03 Dec 2013 04:45 PM
FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES: FINAL POINTS STANDING

With all of the dust settled from the Finale at Road Atlanta we now have a series final points standing along with the series cash winnings for each driver who entered. The total payout, including all contingencies, comes to $38,612.

The series points and the total prize/tow fund money awarded for the 2013 F600 Challenge Series:

DRIVER POINTS PRIZE/TOW FUND MONEY
1. Matt Strand 108 $ 3,587.61
2. Clint McMahan 105 $ 3,387.61
3. Jason Fitzpatrick 89 $ 2,840.90
4. Chris Ross 85 $ 3,009.53
5. Tom Edwards 84 $ 3,078.21
6. Fred Edwards 75 $ 2,496.43
7. Carl Maier 48 $ 2,171.36
8. Ken VanHorn 39 $ 1,575.47
9. George Fox 33 $ 606.93
10. Aaron Ellis 24 $ 504.71
11. Ted Simmons 14 $ 563.12
12. George Bugg 10 $ 1,025.34

This has been a great first year season for this series and it will only get better for 2014.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to our family of supporting sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com )
ZIBEX, Inc. of Duluth, Georgia (www.zibexwater.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com )
CoolShirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com )
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com)
Hyper Racing, (www.hyperracing.com)
Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

Stayed tuned as we ramp up for next season.
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07 Jan 2014 05:15 PM

 

F600 CHALLENGE SERIES ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY 2014 SCHEDULE

The big news is that we have teamed up with the SCCA Pro Dept. for 2 of the races!

More details on the Pro races will be coming as we get them ironed out but for now, here is the schedule:

1. May 10-11, Virginia International Raceway - Double SARRC

2. June 13-15, Road America - June Sprints Majors

3. July 4-6, Mid-Ohio - Pro Race with F1600, F2000, FA Pro, FF/CF, FV...

4. August 8-10, Barber -  SCCA SummerFest with SRF, SRF3, FF, FE, CFF, FV,

5. August 28-31, Thompson, Conn. - Pro Race with F1600, F2000, FA, SRF, Pro-IT

6. Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, Road Atlanta - ARRC, Challenge Series Finale

The Pro races will include approximately 3 hours of dedicated track time (no mixed classes!) over a 3 day weekend. The F600 Challenge Series Board is free to organize the format for these three race weekends with two 30 min. sessions each day. These two Pro race events will consist of only formula car/SR's except for the Pro-IT cars at Thompson.

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed transmission revving up to 13,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.

Our website is www.theformula600challenge.com ; our FaceBook page is "Formula600Challenge".

For more information Contact:

Jim Murphy                                       Fred Edwards

jdmurphy47@aol.com                     f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

770-861-2337                                  260-438-4295

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08 Jan 2014 11:04 AM

 

                        HOOSIER TIRE RENEWS THEIR PROGRAM FOR THE 2014 CHALLENGE SERIES

Hoosier Tire will continue to offer their tire contingency program to the F600 competitors for the 2014 season. All F600 drivers will need to re-register again with Hoosier at the following link:

Contingency Registration Form: http://www.hoosiertire.com/sccareg_db.asp

Also, competitors can print multiple Redemption Forms to take with them to the track so if they win or runner up, they can have the forms available for the Scrutineer to sign:

Contingency Redemption Forms: http://www.hoosiertire.com/cont.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.hoosiertire.com/cont.htm

All of the awards and guidelines remain the same for 2014:

Program Details: http://www.hoosiertire.com/cont.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.hoosiertire.com/cont.htm

Any questions, please feel free to send them to:Jeffrey Speer, jaspeer@hoosiertire.com or Paula Nate, pnate@hoosiertire.com

Jeffrey Speer, jaspeer@hoosiertire.com or Paula Nate, pnate@hoosiertire.com

Hoosier Tire is very glad to be a part of the Formula 600 Challenge Series again.

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 13,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.

For more information Contact:

Jim Murphy                          Fred Edwards

jdmurphy47@aol.com          f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

770-861-2337                      260-438-4295

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09 Jan 2014 05:09 PM

 

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE: COOLSHIRT RE-UPS FOR 2014 SEASON

CoolShirt has graciously agreed to re-up their contingency sponsorship for the 2014 F600 Challenge Series with following change. A $100 coupon will be awarded to the top three finishers in each race. If the driver has already won a coupon then this driver cannot receive another coupon in 2014. Instead, the coupon will be awarded to the next lower finisher.

About CoolShirt:

CoolShirt Systems is the global leader in the design & production of active personal cooling systems that improve performance, increase endurance and reduce errors by helping to eliminate the risk of heat-induced fatigue. We deliver personal cooling solutions in a variety of markets, including auto racing, industry, fire service/EMS, medical and athletics.

A CoolShirt System is the only active cooling system designed to protect against heat stress by cooling the body’s core temperature. It will help to protect anyone who works in a hot environment from the effects of heat-stress and heat exhaustion, keeping the person focused, alert and able to maintain an optimum level of performance longer. In the markets we serve, CoolShirt Systems is the most trusted name in personal cooling systems because there is no compromise in our commitment to safety, innovation and quality. We offer a comprehensive range of products that exceeds all others in quality, comfort and the ability to cool the body’s core temperature. CoolShirt Systems sets the industry pace by creating first-to-market, breakthrough solutions based on scientific expertise.

CoolShirt Systems is an employee-owned company, operating from two facilities: a 65,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Loudon, Tennessee and a 12,000 square-foot distribution center in Stockbridge, Georgia. Further information on CoolShirt Systems is available at www.coolshirt.com or by calling 800-345-3176.

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 13,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.

For more information contact:

Jim Murphy                          Fred Edwards

jdmurphy47@aol.com          f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

770-861-2337                      260-438-4295

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31 Jan 2014 02:38 PM

Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) has renewed as a Contingency Sponsor of the 2014 Formula 600 Challenge Series

 

Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) is a leading supplier of graphics and racing equipment to racers, track day and autocross participants across the country. We combine great service with a unique product lineup for all of your racing needs. Please visit their website at www.soloperformance.com

 

SPS will award gift certificates as follows:

Regular Races

1st Place = $75

2nd Place = $50

3rd Place = $25

Series Championship

1st Place = $250

2nd Place = $150

3rd Place = $75

 
Competitors must run SPS decals on both sides of the car in a visible location. Decals are available for free at - http://www.soloperformance.com/contingencydecals. We require a photo of the car with the decals in place, preferably on track. Awards must be claimed by contacting SPS at 877-614-7656 or sales@soloperformance.com.

We thank SPS for joining our sponsor family.

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 14,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to a F1 car.

 

For More Information Contact:

 

Jim Murphy

jdmurphy47@aol.com

770-861-2337

 

Fred Edwards

f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

260-438-4295

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01 Feb 2014 10:14 AM

PEGASUS AUTO RACING SUPPLIES IS A NEW SPONSOR FOR THE FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES

 

Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies will award 10% off discount coupons to the top five drivers in the series points at our race finale at Road Atlanta.


Your IN STOCK source for quality racing supplies! Since 1980 Pegasus has been offering superior customer service along with a huge selection of top quality parts and supplies for Karting and Auto Racing. Our products include safety equipment, competition plumbing supplies, brake parts, Beta Tools, Jabroc, Mil-Spec hardware and thousands of other unique and hard-to-find items. Pegasus also offers expert technical advice from current, active racers with more than 200 years of combined experience.

 

Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies

2475 S 179th St

New Berlin WI 53146

Website: www.PegasusAutoRacing.com

 

Email:

 

General Questions, Order Status, etc.: CustSvc@PegasusAutoRacing.com

 

Technical Product Questions: Tech@PegasusAutoRacing.com

 

Phone:

Order Toll Free: 1-800-688-6946 (US & Canada)

 

Local/International Order Line: 262-317-1234

 

Technical Questions: 262-317-1200Fax: 262-317-1201

 

We thank Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies for joining our sponsor family:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com )

Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com )

ZIBEX, Inc. of Duluth, Georgia (www.zibexwater.com )

Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com )

CoolShirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com )

Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com)

Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

 

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 14,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to a F1 car.

 

For more information Contact:

 

Jim Murphy                                                             Fred Edwards

jdmurphy47@aol.com                                           f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

770-861-2337                                                         260-438-4295

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26 Feb 2014 12:30 PM

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES DEBUTS ITS UPGRADED WEBSITE

As our series grew this past year so did our need for a new and improved website. Since last fall

we have been working with RACERSITES, a web design, development and management

services company to come up with an all new design for the Formula 600 Challenge website.

This new website exhibits an all-around racing site and provides easy navigation. The debut of

the website will occur today Wedneday February 26, 2014. Please take time and explore the

whole website so that you can familiarize yourselves with all that the website offers you. We are

still at the same address:

www.theformula600challenge.com .

Enjoy the website and please provide us any feedback on it.

For more information contact:

Jim Murphy

jdmurphy47@aol.com

770-861-2337

 

Fred Edwards

f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

260-438-4295

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23 Mar 2014 04:02 PM

 

The Formula 600 Challenge Series announces per race weekend prize payout.

For each weekend, $4,000 will be for the tow fund and $1,000 will be for race position.

1. May 10-11, Virginia International Raceway - Double SARRC ($5,000)

2. June 13-15, Road America - June Sprints Majors ($5,000)

3. July 4-6, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course- Pro Race Event ($5,000)

4. August 8-10, Barber Motorsports Park - Formula Ford Festival ($5,000)

5. Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, Road Atlanta - ARRC, Challenge Series Finale ($5,000)

The Road Atlanta Finale will be double points. Payout/contingencies for the entire series will be about $40K.

For more information contact:

Jim Murphy

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770-861-2337

Fred Edwards

f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

260-438-4295

Our Website - www.theformula600challenge.com  

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21 Apr 2014 04:54 PM

2014 FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE:  VIR ROUND #1 

 

Everyone has been getting ready for the 1st round in the 2014 F600 Challenge at VIR on May 9-11. There is a larger $5000 tow fund/ purse up for grabs along with several other contingency prizes. We have 9 drivers committed/registered for this race including 2 new drivers who haven't run the F600 Challenge series yet.   We are looking forward to racing with Ryan Barth and Craig Laprade during the 2014 season. 

Below are the 9 drivers who have committed:

 

1. Ryan Barth, Maverick, Metalloid Corp., Sturgis, MI

2. Fred Edwards, Maverick, Metalloid Corp., Coldwater, MI

3. Craig Laprade, 2013 Scorpion FDS 007, Butler, GA

4. Clint McMahan, 2009 NovaKBS Mk7, Formula600racing.com, Covington, GA

5. Chris Ross, 2014 Nova Blade, NovaRace and Preform Resources, Matthews, NC

6. Matt Strand, 2010 FDS Mk.8, Satellite Racing, Tequesta, FL

7. Ted Simmons, Novakar, Silver Spring, MD

8.  Ken Van Horn, Novakar J9, Powhatan, VA

9. George Bugg, Novakar, Toney, AL 

 

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

 

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com)

Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com)

Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com)

CoolShirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com)

Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

Solo Performance Specialties and Solotime (www.soloperformance.com)

Pegasus Racing  (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)

 

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 14,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 135 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

 

Please visit our website: www.theformula600challenge.com

 

For more information contact:

 

Jim Murphy                                  Fred Edwards

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13 May 2014 03:02 PM

It was a great weekend at VIR for the first race of the 2014 Formula 600 Challenge Series.  Eight drivers took to the newly repaved (23 out of 28 new class lap records) Virginia International Raceway’s full course with five of the drivers (Fred, George, Matt, Craig and Ryan) seeing this track for the very first time.  Saturday started with Qualifying for race #1 before lunch.  Clint McMahan with Satellite Racing took 1st in class and overall pole for the race group that was mixed with Formula F, Club Ford, and Formula V.  Fred Edwards was 2nd and George Bugg had great success with his Novakar finally exorcising the final gremlins that plagued him last season to take 3rd in class.  Matt Strand with Satellite Racing, last year’s season champion, was down on power and suffered engine failure early in qualifying.  Two rookies fresh from driver’s school joined the series with Craig Laprade turning in a respectable 6th for only his second weekend in a F600.   Ryan Barth, the other rookie joining the series, unfortunately had to coast back into the pits on his out lap due to a sheared key on his axle.  Here is the final qualifying order for race 1. 

 

Qualifying for Race #1:

 

1.      Clint McMahan

2.      Fred Edwards

3.      George Bugg

4.      Ted Simmons

5.      Matt Strand

6.      Craig Laprade

7.      Ken Van Horn

8.      Ryan Barth

Race # 1 was scheduled near the end of Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans.  Heavy rain, high winds and lightening moved into the area pushing the last three races of the weekend to Sunday morning.  Luckily the only reported damage was a few collapsed canopies and George Bugg and his crewman, Steven Huppenberger, getting trapped in their trailer when their canopy collapsed and wedged the trailer door shut.  With race #1 getting pushed to Sunday am, it was going to make for a very busy day with race #1 for the F600 Challenge starting around 9 am shortened to just 8 laps, followed by a 10 minute qualifying just after lunch, followed by an 8 lap race #2 late in the day.  Race #1 started with a very late green flag that caused a bit of an accordion effect towards the back of the field but no contact was made.  Clint McMahan got a good start from pole and went on to win the race.  Matt Strand, starting from 9th overall, was shot out of a cannon with a fresh Greg Moon engine on the start and leaped to 2nd overall by the second corner.  On lap 2 he then passed Clint McMahan on the approach to the esses to take the overall lead.  With Clint pressuring, Matt spun in hog pen approaching the front straight dropping to 8th overall and giving the lead back to Clint for the start of lap 3.  Matt then started picking off drivers one by one and worked his way back up to 3rd in class.  Fred Edwards ran a very consistent race starting 3rd overall and 2nd in class and finished 2nd in class.  Seven of the 8 cars took the checker with Ted Simmons unable to make the start due to a leaking oil filter.  Here is the final finishing order for race #1.

 

Race #1 Results:

 

1.      Clint McMahan (new class track record 2:01.657s)   ---       

2.      Fred Edwards   +8.4s

3.      Matt Strand      +21.4s

4.      George Bugg   +23.2s

5.      Craig Laprade +1:50.1s

6.      Ken Van Horn +2:16.5s

7.      Ryan Barth      +1 lap

8.      Ted Simmons   DNS

Qualifying for race #2 was shortly after lunch with 6 of the 8 F600’s taking to the track.  Ted Simmons would have his oil leak fixed by race time, but was unable to finish the repair in the short time before qualifying.  Ken Van Horn also had a mechanical issue that prevented him from qualifying, but he would also make the race.  Due to the compressed schedule, qualifying was shortened to only 10 minutes with most drivers only getting 4 clean laps.  Fred Edwards continued to better his times taking 1st in class for qualifying.  Matt Strand’s effort was cut short on just his 2nd lap due to a wiring short that blew a fuse killing power to his car.  He would end up qualifying 2nd  in spite of this.  George Bugg, with another good run, qualified 3rd.  Clint McMahan developed a transmission issue (would not shift back and forth between 4th and 5th gears) that could not be fixed at the track in the last lap of race #1 that led him to take it easy on the transmission in qualifying to preserve the car for the race settling for 4th in class.

 

Qualifying for Race #2:

 

1.      Fred Edwards

2.      Matt Strand

3.      George Bugg

4.      Clint McMahan

5.      Craig Laprade

6.      Ryan Bart

7.      Ted Simmons

8.      Ken Van Horn

At the start approaching turn 1, Fred Edwards slipped back to 4th with Clint, Matt and George getting by.  From there, things got really hectic.  Clint McMahan slipped his nose up on the inside of Matt putting Matt in the middle with George Bugg trying the outside line making it three wide into turn 1.  Matt was late in braking and ended up dropping two wheels off the outside.  George had braked earlier and was able to turn in behind Matt and get by him on the inside.  Fred Edwards, trying to avoid the melee in front of him, braked heavily and ended up spinning.  Luckily, there was no contact and the rest of the field made it by.  Unfortunately, this dropped Fred to last overall on lap one.  Matt Strand was able to recover from his off track excursion in lap one and only loose one position by the time they got back around to the start/finish line which he then made up on the next lap.  But this gave Clint the gap he needed to hold on for the win while only using 1st thru 4th gears (the car was really screaming down the straights in 4th gear).  Clint turned in a new track class track record of 2:00.957s on his third lap opening up the gap to Matt and then settled in to maintaining the gap to Matt to try and preserve his transmission to the end.  Clint was really worried how long the motor would last with all the very high revs.  He nearly had it all taken away in the closing lap when passing a slower car and made minor contact.  Clint went two wheels off to the inside trying to avoid the contact.  Luckily both cars stayed in control after the contact and Clint was able to finish the pass cementing his win.  Ted Simmons, starting from the very back, had a great run.  With some good driving and a little bit of help from some others he was able to work his way up to 3rd in class for the final podium position holding Fred Edwards off by a scant 0.77s.  After the early spin, Fred drove like a man possessed picking off cars one after another.  Due to the shortened race he ran out of time and was only able to take 4th  after being passed by the more experienced Ted Simmons during the last lap.  Rookie driver Craig Laprade had a really good showing working himself up to 4th in class and 6th overall by lap 4.  With Ken Van Horn slowly closing the gap, Craig had a spin off driver’s right at the top of the esses on lap 6 that let Ken get by for 5th and dropping Craig to a respectable 6th in class for his first race and first time at VIR.  Ryan Barth had an uneventful race with no one nearby to race with.  George Bugg had a fueling issue that saw him losing power as the laps went on, eventually dropping out on lap 5 due to a suspected fuel pump failure.

 

Race #2 Results:

 

1.      Clint McMahan (class track record – 2:00.957s)---

2.      Matt Strand     +18.6s

3.      Ted Simmons  +1:16.2s

4.      Fred Edwards   +1:17.0s

5.      Ken Van Horn  +2:12.1s

6.      Craig Laprade +2:16.2s

7.      Ryan Barth      +1 Lap

8.      George Bugg   +3 Laps

 

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

 

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com)

Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com)

Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com)

CoolShirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com)

Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

Solo Performance Specialties and Solotime (www.soloperformance.com)

Pegasus Racing (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)

 

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 14,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 135 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

 

Please visit our website: www.theformula600challenge.com

 

For more information contact:

 

Jim Murphy                                  Fred Edwards

jdmurphy47@aol.com                 f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

770-861-2337                                260-438-4295

 

Words: Chris Ross

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20 Jun 2014 10:55 AM

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES RESULTS AT THE JUNE SPRINTS  

This event marked the debut of the Formula 600 Challenge Series tractor trailer and hospitality area. The huge canopy provided ample space for seven F600’s and the hospitality area with five tables and cooking area. The weather was unusually cool and windy for most of this race weekend, this is good for more horse power at this high speed road course but not ideal for tire grip at the 4 mile long iconic Road America which has the longest high speed road course curves in the country.  

For the Saturday 10 lap sprint race Clint McMahan set the pace winning by a 1.49 margin. Clint improved his lap time to a 2:21.9. The rest of the entries finished in this order – Matt Strand, Fred Edwards, Tom Edwards, George Fox, Ryan Barth and Carl Maier. Calvin Stewart did not race on Saturday due to outside track commitments. 

For the Sunday 13 lap main race, Clint just checked out immediately with no one able to keep up with him, clicking off consistent 2:22’s almost the whole race. The battle to watch was Calvin Stewart, Matt Strand and Herb Noble (2 stroke) as they swapped positions almost every lap until Herb Noble spun in Canada Corner in front of Matt Strand allowing Calvin Stewart to get away and finish 2nd. All this allowed Fred Edwards to move up to 3rd followed by George Fox, Ryan Barth, Matt Strand, Carl Maier and Tom Edwards who had a clamp on a water hose come loose on the 6th lap.  

Road America also awarded money and contingencies for the podium finishers which made this race especially sweet. The Formula 600 Challenge Series will be having its third round at Mid-Ohio on the July 4th weekend.  

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:  

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com)

Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com)

Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com)

Cool Shirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com)

Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com)

Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)

Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

ZIBEX, Inc. of Duluth, GA (www.zibexwater.com)  

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.  

Please visit our website at www.theformula600challenge.com

For more information please contact: 

Jim Murphy 

jdmurphy47@aol.com 

770-861-2337

Fred Edwards

f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

260-438-4295

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After the second round at the June Sprints, it is no surprise how the points are stacking
up.  The points fund will be awarded at our final double points round at the ARRC at Road Atlanta.

1  Clint McMahan  96
2  Matt Strand      60
3  Fred Edwards    58
4  Ryan Barth       39
5  Ken Van Horn   21
6  Craig Laprade   21
7  Tom Edwards    20
8  George Bugg     20
9  Carl Maier         18
10 Calvin Stewart  18

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02 Jul 2014 03:08 PM
F600 Challenge Entry List: Musical Cars at Mid-Ohio


The third round of the F600 Challenge Series at Mid-Ohio is already upon us.
Here is the entry list:

1. Clint McMahan, NovaKBS #36 - now known as the "Banana Boat"

2. Brian Novak, Scorpion #20 - new to this series

3. Carl Maier, Red Devil #3

4. Calvin Stewart, Novakar Blade #7

5. Matt Strand, KBS Mk.8 #6

6. George Bugg, Novakar #1

7. Hunter Brayton, Scorpion #19 - new to this series

8. Ryan Barth, Scorpion #21

9. Craig Laprade, Scorpion #2

10. Brandon Reed, KBS Mk.5 #34 - new to this series

There is some shuffling of rides for this event.
With newcomers Brian Novak in Tom Edwards' car, Hunter Brayton in Fred Edwards' car
and Brandon Reed in the McMahan KBS Mk.5, both Fred and Tom Edwards are not running this event.

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com )
Cool Shirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com and www.lunaclothing.com )
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) www.soloperformance.com
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies www.PegasusAutoRacing.com
Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers
ZIBEX, Inc. of Duluth, Georgia (www.zibexwater.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets.
The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess
of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.

For more information Contact:

Jim Murphy Fred Edwards
jdmurphy47@aol.com f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com
770-861-2337 260-438-4295
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F600 CHALLENGE RESULTS AT MID-OHIO THIRD ROUND

 

The weather was unusually cool and windy the 4th of July weekend however, the action on the track was hot. Of the ten entries, there were four newcomers to this series, Brian Novak (F1000 and F500 Champion) in Tom Edwards’ Maverick, 15 year old Hunter Brayton in Fred Edwards’ Maverick, Craig Laprade in the F6R Scorpion (June Sprints winning car) and Brandon Reed in the newly upgraded KBS Mk.5.

 

Qualifying for the Saturday race had Clint McMahan on the pole, Matt Strand in 2nd, Hunter Brayton in 3rd, Craig Laprade in 4th, Ryan Barth in 5th, George Bugg in 6th, Carl Maier in 7th and Brandon Reed in 8th.  Brian Novak did not qualify and started at the back of the field.  Cal Stewart does not race on Saturdays. Clint again checked out (fastest lap of 1:29.658) leaving Matt Strand to finish 2nd, Craig Laprade taking 3rd, Ryan Barth 4th, Carl Maier, driving with a broken right wrist with no cast, in 5th, Brandon Reed in 6th, Hunter Brayton in 7th, Brian Novak in 8th and George Bugg in 9th.

 

For the Sunday race, qualifying became more interesting as both Calvin Stewart and Brian Novak were able to take a serious shot for the pole position. Clint McMahan took the pole with a 1:29.489, Calvin Stewart was 2nd with a 1:29.691 (about 2 tenths back) and Brian Novak, 3rd, about 6 tenths back with a 1:30.247.  The remaining field was Matt Strand, Hunter Brayton, Craig Laprade, Ryan Barth, Carl Maier and Brandon Reed, showing improvement every track session.

 

Clint McMahan pushed into the lead not to be challenged throughout the race. The next 3 positions were a surprise as  both Matt Strand and Brian Novak  had jumped on a slow starting Calvin Stewart to take 2nd and 3rd respectively leaving Calvin in 4th  with Hunter Brayton following close behind. The positons traded throughout the race. The final results are: Clint McMahan, 1st with a fast race lap of 1:29.257, 2nd – Calvin Stewart lapping at a 1:29.977, 3rd – Brian Novak, 4th – Hunter Brayton 5th – Craig Laprade, 6th – Ryan Barth, 7th – Matt Strand and 8th – Brandon Reed.

 

Our next round will be at the Formula F Speed Festival, Barber Motorsports Park on August 8 – 10. 

 

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

 

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com)

Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com)

Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com)

Cool Shirt and Luna-C (www.coolshirt.com  and www.lunaclothing.com)

Solo Performance Specialties (SPS)  (www.soloperformance.com)

Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies   (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)

Dallas, Texas area AMSOIL dealers

 ZIBEX, Inc. of Duluth, Georgia (www.zibexwater.com)

 

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission  revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds capable in excess of 135 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.

 

Please visit our website at www.theformula600challenge.com

For more information please contact:

 

Jim Murphy                                          Fred Edwards

jdmurphy47@aol.com                        f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

770-861-2337                                      260-438-4295

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