February 14th, 2012
The Northern California NASA banquet took place at Infineon Raceway this past weekend. Hundreds of drivers were on hand to be recognized for their 2011 achievements. West Coast FCC racers were awarded cash in addition to their hard earned trophies.
Star Race Cars, the manufacturer of the Pro Formula Mazda and promoter of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, presented cash awards to the top 5 drivers in the Pro FM class. Moses Smith Racing, the manufacturer of the very popular Formula Mazda, presented cash awards to the top 10 drivers in the FM class.
Star Race Cars Pro FM FCC presented by Goodyear Prize Fund
- 1st Lloyd Read $1000
- 2nd Mike Guasch $500
- 3rd Sean Prewett $400
- 4th Stan Kohls $350
- 5th Andre Eriksen $250
Moses Smith Racing Formula Mazda FCC presented by Goodyear Prize Fund
- 1st�Peter Workum $1000
- 2nd�Mike Anderson�$900
- 3rd�Cameron Parson�$800
- 4th�Bill Weaver�$700
- 5th Todd McAllister $500
- 6th John Weed�$350
- 7th John Ertel�$250
- 8th Stew Tabak�$200
- 9th Matt Trudell�$150
- 10th Bruce Carpenter�$150
The FCC presented by Goodyear Mechanic of the Year Award was presented to Ryan Ruth. Ruth served as mechanic and engineer on Peter Workum's car in 2012. Workum won the FM championship in his rookie year, and his car ran flawlessly all season.
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.
Zach Veach, and Dutch Shultz were awarded their trophies for winning the 2011-12 FCC presented by Goodyear Winter Series Championships.
"We are always looking for opportunities to provide added value to our racers, noted Series Official Ben Hettema. This season in addition to these cash awards we were able to provide GoPro Cameras, Red Line Oil gift certificates, free Goodyear racing tires, custom series jackets by Adidas, free test days at Infineon Raceway, custom Red Line Oil racing suits to the champions, and Muscle Milk products at select races.
"Overall we have been able to generate tens of thousands of dollars in benefits to the competitors. We really appreciate all of our series partners, and everyone who supports the FCC," added Hettema. "It's great that we can give something back to the racers who invest so much into the sport." For 2012 Mazdaspeed has already announced a cash contingency program for series racers, and additional 2012 contingency programs are being put in to place. More details are expected in an upcoming press release.
The first race of the 2012 West Coast Region season will take place at Infineon Raceway on March 10th.
Once a year the regions meet for the NASA 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.