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16 Mazda Powered Racers Took to Sonoma Raceway for the Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear Season Opener

Sonoma, CA
March 17th, 2013


Sixteen competitors took to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for the first Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear double header. The weather was beautiful all weekend with temperatures in the mid-70s, and mostly sunny skies. 


Pole Positions for Race 1
Saturday March 16th, 2013

  • FM: Mel Kemper Jr. 1:37.96

  • FS2.0: Kyle Kaiser 1:36.83

  • PFM: Andy Brown 1:31.00

In Saturday's race 2012 FormulaSPEED2.0 champion Michael Whelden was the car to watch. Whelden, who is in the Pro FM class for 2013, had to start from the back of the field as he was found to be underweight in post qualifying inspection. Whelden worked his way through the crowd, and battled with Andy Brown and Andre Eriksen at the front before taking the lead and the overall race win at the checkered flag. Mel Kemper Jr. took the FM win, and rookie Parker Nicklin won in the FS2.0 class.

Race Winners Race 1
Saturday March 16th, 2013

  • FM: Mel Kemper Jr.
  • FS2.0: Parker Nicklin
  • PFM: Michael Whelden

Pole Positions for Race 2
Sunday March 17th, 2013

  • FM: Mel Kemper Jr. 1:37.56

  • FS2.0: Kyle Kaiser 1:36.19

  • PFM: Andre Eriksen 1:31.03

Andre Eriksen who took overall pole position for Sunday's race led all the way to the checkered flag to secure his first win in cars. Mel Kemper who has been racing in the Formula Mazda class for years, but has not been to Sonoma Raceway since 1996, won again in the FM class. Kyle Kaiser, last years Pro FM champion, qualified on pole and won in the FormulaSPEED2.0 class in race two.

Race Winners Race 2
Sunday March 17th, 2013

  • FM: Mel Kemper Jr.

  • FS2.0: Kyle Kaiser

  • PFM: Andre Eriksen

As part of Goodyear Racing's partnership with the series, four of the weekend's drivers won free tires. Tire award winners at this event were Bobby Eberle, John Ertel, Derry O'Donovan, and T.J. Fischer.


Next up for the series is a double header at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on April 12-14. More information on the series can be found at:


Official Event Time Sheets available here....

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About The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear:
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), andthe 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 USAMAZDASPEED Motorsports DevelopmentRed Line Oil, and NASA Pro Racing.

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Road to Indy, NASA, SCCA, ALMS, Grand-Am and LeMans in 2013!

Mazda is the brand of choice for road-racers across North America. More than 9,000 grassroots racers compete in various classes with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA). Racers who are years away from earning a driver's license can now begin a professional motorsports careers in the Mazda family. A driver can begin in karts and progress through a variety of diverse series ranging from the Skip Barber series, NASA and SCCA club racing, USF2000, Pro Mazda Championship, Continental Tire Challenge, up to Grand-Am GT and ALMS, all with Mazda.

No other car company has ever connected the dots this way. Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.