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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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11 Oct 2017 02:49 PM
F600 CHALLENGE SERIES FINALE AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY RUNOFFS

With close to a thousand race cars and almost as many trailers of all sizes the infield was packed like a “can of sardines” – this iconic bucket list track has never seen anything of this huge scale. Many had to park outside the track and take a shuttle in. Heavy traffic (as well as golf carts, motorcycles, bicycles, motorized skateboards . . . you name it) was controlled by track marshals at every intersection. Not including test days, the whole event took seven full days of qualifying and racing . . . can you say “run-ons”. There were 38 entries from all over the country so it was very crowded on the track for each session and no one got more than one or two clean laps for qualifying. After four qualifying sessions, Clint McMahan took the pole with a 1:43.136 followed closely by Barry Luterek with a 1:43.588 and Calvin Stewart in third with a 1:44.795; 4th was Aaron Ellis, 5th was Sven deVries, 6th was Hunter Brayton, 7th was Eric McRee, 8th was newcomer Joe Palmer, 9th was John Pickle, 10th was Zach Morvik, 11th was Carl Maier and 12th was Jeff Delong.

For the National Championship race, there was a surprise when Clint McMahan spun off during the pace lap and slotted back in at 7th place and had to work his way back up to the front by getting back to 2nd place by the first turn behind Barry Luterek, the leader. By the 2nd lap, Clint had gotten by Barry and set sail off into the distance, setting the fastest time of the race at a 1:42.860. Behind these two, Calvin Stewart, Aaron Ellis and soon Sven DeVries (from 5th place) were in a multi lap battle until the 11th lap when Calvin lost his motor which he had run for 3 years and Aaron dropped back after pushing halfway off at the exit of turn 12 about mid race and then his fuel pressure was dropping in two left hand turns with 5 laps to go. This left Sven to gain on Barry and catch Barry, who was getting loose in the corners, about the 12th lap, Sven started pressuring Barry almost everywhere until Barry, on the 14th lap, overshot Turn #1, crossed over the grass, and spun out, stalling the motor. Due to the fast action of the track crew in moving Barry out of the way, Clint was not faced with a full course yellow which would have bunched up the field. Clint ensured that he stayed ahead of the charging Sven to win the national championship. Clint and Sven finished 1st and 2nd with Aaron Ellis 3rd, Hunter Brayton 4th, Joe Palmer 5th, Jeff Delong 6th, Barry Luterek 7th, Calvin Stewart 8th, John Pickle 9th, Zach Morvik 10th, Carl Maier 11th and Eric McRee 12th. Note that Clint was penalized for breaking the rule that if you spin out on the pace lap that you are to re-join at the back of the pack. He was given a 10 second penalty and a three race suspension. Since his lead at the finish was 11.1 seconds, his finish was not changed. Also note that Sven was running a borrowed car that had not been run outside of Michigan and that Sven had only two race weekends (see his videos on our website) in it before the Runoffs. See his exciting onboard race video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oByN6HM3nxU
Thank you, Sven, for these excellent race videos.

Additional race coverage from SCCA is here –
https://www.scca.com/articles/2008224-m ... ormula-500

The link to the SCCA online video of this race will be announced shortly.

The race points are as follows:

1. Clint McMahan 24
2. Sven deVries 22
3. Aaron Ellis 20
4. Hunter Brayton 18
5. Joe Palmer 16
6. Jeff Delong 14
7. Barry Luterek 12
8. Calvin Stewart 11
9. John Pickle 10
10. Zach Morvik 9
11. Carl Maier 8
12. Eric McRee 7

Clint’s win breaks the tie in the series points as follows:

1. Clint McMahan 114
2. Sven deVries 112
3. Jeff Delong 72
4. Zach Morvik 61
5. Aaron Ellis 58
6. Carl Maier 57
7. Calvin Stewart 38
8. Barry Luterek 34
9. Hunter Brayton 30
10. Eric McRee 21
11. Mo Makki 18
12. Joe Palmer 16
13. John Pickle 10

Mechanic of the Year is Tom Tarleton who works with Mo Makki and Sven DeVries.

Hard Luck Award goes to Carl Maier.

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.


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22 Oct 2017 03:10 PM
I am so very proud of Clint and Dan McMahan after eight years of trying.
Go here for the race and onboard videos -

www.theformula600challenge.com ;

The first race video is the SCCA's online of the F500 race.
In addition to Clint winning in my car -
Near the end of this video when the interview is just starting, you hear my name mentioned
more than once. Also you will see me in the background with a radio headset, green hat
and sunglasses.

The next race video below the SCCA video is Sven's onboard video of the same race - even more interesting.

Please share with all who would enjoy these videos.

Enjoy,

Jim
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