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Formula 600 Challenge Series
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22 Jun 2017 05:03 PM
FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE: RETURN TO HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA

Formula 600 Challenge Series returned to Heartland Park Topeka for the first time since 2013. The track has just re-opened with brand new repaving which proved to be challenging in the first track sessions until some rubber was built up. Thus, everyone’s lap times were noticeably slower than before. Saturday’s qualifying saw a new name on the pole – Sven DeVries eked out over perennial favorite, Clint McMahan, by about 7 tenths – 1:44.053 to 1:44.764. Aaron Ellis returned to the Series in 3rd followed by Jeff Delong and Carl Maier. For the race, Clint McMahan lowered his lap time to 1:43.052 and again took the lead followed by Aaron Ellis, improving his time by about 4 seconds, then Sven DeVries, Carl Maier and Jeff Delong.

Sunday’s qualifying saw Clint on the pole with Sven in 2nd, Aaron in 3rd followed by Jeff and Carl. For the race, Clint won, lowering his time to a 1:42.428, with Sven in 2nd with a new track record of 1:42.158 set while trying to catch Clint in the later part of the race, then Aaron who ran out of tires and could not keep up, followed by Carl and Jeff. Here is Sven deVries’ onboard video of the race -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDTjG87inRw

After three rounds, the series points standings are as follows:

1. Clint McMahan 70
2. Sven DeVries 66
3. Jeff Delong 58
4. Carl Maier 38
5. Zak Morvik 36
6. Aaron Ellis 20
7. Mo Makki 18
8. Calvin Stewart 14

Our fourth round will be at the June Sprints at Road America, June 16 – 18. The race schedule is here - https://dk1xgl0d43mu1.cloudfront.net/us ... 1491931724
We are race group #2. For live timing, audio and video go to http://www.scca.com/live

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

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (http://www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( http://www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( http://www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (http://www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (http://www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (http://www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (http://www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( http://www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (http://www.WindingRoadRacing.com )
Discovery Parts ( http://www.discoveryparts.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car series 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 in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at http://www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
770-861-2337
jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards
260-438-4295
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier
972-897-9763
cmaier@amsoil.com
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22 Jun 2017 05:04 PM
FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE: JUNE SPRINTS AT ROAD AMERICA

With over 350 entries for this race the June Sprints continues as the second largest SCCA race next to the Runoffs. So, we had the largest entry field as well with sixteen entries. In practice and qualifying for the Saturday race, Clint McMahan continued as the perennial favorite for the pole with a 2:23.747 followed by Calvin Stewart, 2015 Runoffs and Mark Donohue winner, with a 2:25.339. Third was Barry Luterek, 2:25.627, fourth was Aaron Ellis, 2:27.385, fifth was Eric McRee, 6th was Sven DeVries, 7th was Hunter Brayton, 8th was Zak Morvik and 9th, Carl Maier. Jeff Delong crashed on Friday and was unable to return to the track. Near the end of qualifying, Clint suffered a left front brake fire and he went straight to the hot pits to have it put out. This meant that Clint and Dan had to replace the entire wheel assembly – upright, hub/bearing, rotor and caliper. And for good measure, replace the right front wheel assembly as well, this meant a long night on Friday. Jeff’s crashed car was the donor for several of these parts. Also, Carl suffered both vibration and ratcheting issues which resulted in his slow times. The last qualifying session showed why Carl was having this trouble as his rear axle broke in half causing Carl to miss the Saturday race.

For the Saturday race, Clint McMahan, took off from the pole and had the lead when he suddenly slowed down and stopped on the track on the 3rd lap – they later found a wire for the electric fuel pump had come loose. This left the race lead open for both Sven DeVries and Barry Luterek to duke it out and they did with Sven (suffering a broken exhaust) eking out the win over Barry. Third was Zak Morvik, still learning the track and dialing in his car, 4th was Aaron Ellis, driving a new red car with teething problems, 5th was Clint and 6th was Eric McRee. In addition to Carl and Jeff not running, Hunter had car trouble and Calvin was not present.
The grid for Sunday’s race is based on the best lap time each driver has during qualifying and the Saturday race, thus, the order for the grid changed a little. Clint stayed on the pole with Calvin in 2nd, Barry in 3rd, Sven moved up to 4th , Aaron in 5th, Eric in 6th, Hunter in 7th, Zak in 8th and Carl in 9th, driving Aaron Ellis’ familiar white car graciously provided by Larry and Aaron Ellis – the Ellis’s had brought the white car as a backup.

In the Sunday race, Clint did not lead from the pole with Calvin and Barry ahead of him but he got back around them by the end of the first lap and set sail. Later, there was a full course yellow that finally cleared up in time for the now bunched up pack to race for a two lap shoot-out but Clint took control and won with a fastest lap of the weekend of 2:21.819. Calvin was second and Barry finished third. Fourth was Sven DeVries with a replacement exhaust that was borrowed from Carl Maier’s broken car, 5th was Hunter Brayton with his best showing of the weekend dialing in his heavily revised car, 6th was Zak, 7th was Carl who ran out of gas on the 9th lap, 8th was Aaron and 9th was Eric McRee who suffered some loose lug nuts.

Here is the winner’s interview video - https://scca.com/videos/2032560

The weekend series points are as follows:

1. Sven DeVries 24
2. Barry Luterek 22
3. Clint McMahan 20
4. Aaron Ellis 18
5. Zak Morvik 16
6. Eric McRee 14
7. Calvin Stewart 13
8. Hunter Brayton 12
9. Carl Maier 11

The updated series points as of the June Sprints Round #4 are as follows:

1. Clint McMahan 90 (tie breaker = more race wins & faster lap times)
2. Sven DeVries 90
3. Jeff Delong 58
4. Zak Morvik 52
5. Carl Maier 49
6. Aaron Ellis 38
7. Calvin Stewart 27
8. Barry Luterek 22
9. Mo Makki 18
10. Eric McRee 14
11. Hunter Brayton 12

There is a virtual tie for first place going into the series finale at the Indy Run-Offs and 3rd, 4th and 5th are still up for grabs as they are close together.
Here is all the information on the upcoming Indy Run-offs - https://www.scca.com/runoffs

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:
Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (http://www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( http://www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( http://www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (http://www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (http://www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (http://www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (http://www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( http://www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (http://www.WindingRoadRacing.com )
Discovery Parts ( http://www.discoveryparts.com )
Bottoms Up Chop Shop (http://www.bottomsupchopshop.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car series to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. There are no paid staffers and one hundred percent of all sponsorship monies and product goes directly to the drivers in our series mostly as a tow fund payment for each race. 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 in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at http://www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

Please like our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Formula600Challenge/ and post comments, photos and videos regularly.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
770-861-2337
jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards
260-438-4295
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier
972-897-9763
cmaier@amsoil.com
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