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March 13th, 2011
 
 


19 Mazda Powered Racers Take to Infineon Raceway for the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Season Opener
Chaves, Weaver, and Whelden have perfect weekends, and are leading the points in their classes
Dave House leads a pack of FCC racers through turn 2 at Infineon Raceway

Sonoma, CA
March 13th, 2012

19 competitors took to the the demanding Infineon Raceway IndyCar Grand Prix configuration this weekend for the first Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear double header. The weather was beautiful all weekend with temperatures in the mid-60s, and mostly sunny skies.

Gabby Chaves who competed in GP3 last year and won the 2009 FBMW championship took overall pole, and led the pack to the green flag on Saturday. Chaves went on to claim the win and score the fast lap. After losing a position on the start, Stan Kohls claimed second over Andre Eriksen who took home a hard fought podium. In the FM class Bill Weaver remained in front to take home the victory over Derry O'Donovan. After a late race pass, Stew Tabak claimed the final spot on the podium. Michael Whelden finished in the top position in the FS2.0 class followed by Kenny Rodrigues.

Pole Positions for Race 1 -Saturday March 10th, 2012

  • FM: Bill Weaver
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Gabby Chaves
Race Winners Race 1 -Saturday March 10th, 2012
  • FM: Bill Weaver
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Gabby Chaves

Sunday's grid was again led by Chaves who secured the Pro FM pole position in qualifying. Andre Eriksen was off pole, followed by Kyle Kaiser and Andy Brown. Chaves took off to a commanding lead while Eriksen and Kaiser battle for second. Kaiser passed Eriksen early in the race, and started after Chaves. Eriksen battled Andy Brown, and Stan Kohls for third place. In the end the Pro FM podium was Chaves, Kaiser, and Kohls. In FM Weaver won once again followed by Peter Workum, and Stew Tabak. Michael Whelden won in FS2.0, followed by Kenny Rodrigues.

Pole Positions for Race 1 -Sunday March 11th, 2012

  • FM: Bill Weaver
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Gabby Chaves
Race Winners Race 2 -Sunday March 11th, 2012
  • FM: Bill Weaver
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Gabby Chaves

"It was important for the drivers to get some track time on the Indy Grand Prix layout," noted Series Official Ben Hettema. "They will be competing on this track again in August as a support race for the IZOD Indy Car Series in a field of 35 cars. Getting them acclimated to it now will help them be more competitive at our showcase event, and also make for a great show for the fans."

The post weekend points tally shows Bill Weaver currently leading the FM championship, Gabby Chaves leading in the Pro FM championship, and Michael Whelden leading the FormulaSPEED2.0 championship. Races three and four of the West Coast Region Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear will take place at Thunderhill Raceway Park April 14th & 15th.

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About The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear:
3 wide through turn 1 at Infineon Raceway at the Indy GP of Sonoma 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.

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, and NASA Pro Racing.

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