September 18th, 2012
The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear sixth annual winter championship opens in early November. The competition starts with an exclusive NASA double header race weekend on November 10th and 11th at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. From there the series heads to a double header during the SCCA SoPac Super Tour at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on January 26th and 27th.
"We are very pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for drivers and teams to prepare for the 2013 season with an organized winter championship," explained series official Ben Hettema. "Since the opening races coincide with the finale weekend of our regular season we already know that we have a good number of drivers signed up for the opening weekend. This is a great place for drivers and teams to get started as they gear up for next season.
In the past many teams including Andretti Autosport, World Speed Motorsports, Richie Hearn Racing, Goshen Motorsports, GDT, Phenom Racing Group, John Walko Racing, and Team Apex have joined our usual west coast based racers in preparation for their upcoming seasons." Jorge Goncalvez, who won the FCC Winter Championship in 2009 finished 5th in points in the Indy Lights championship in 2011. Last year's Pro FM class Winter Series Champion Zach Veach is currently in the top ten in the 2012 Star Mazda championship, and has tested in the Andretti Indy Lights program.
"In the past many Star Mazda teams have joined our usual west coast based racers in preparation for their upcoming seasons," noted Series Official Ben Hettema. "Race entry is inexpensive, there is no series entry fee, and we have four races over two weekends which makes this a very cost effective way to stay sharp in the 'off' season."�
WINTER SERIES SCHEDULE:
The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear is a regionalized open wheel racing series with an annual national championship. There are multiple regions across the country, and each region has unique features and events.
Race 1 November 10th Infineon Raceway
Race 2 November 11th Infineon Raceway
Race 3 January 26th Auto Club Speedway
Race 4 January 27th Auto Club Speedway
Once a year the regions meet for the FCC National Championships. The championship features a multi-class format -Formula Mazda (FM), Pro Formula Mazda (PFM), and the FormulaSPEED2.0 (FS2.0). All classes are powered by Mazda, and equipped with Goodyear Racing tires.
Each region is supported by a Region Promoter who is well versed in racing, and who can provide assistance to teams and independent drivers.
The series is partnered with Goodyear, Mazda USA, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, Red Line Oil, GoPro, and NASA Pro Racing.