April 17th, 2011

FCC Drivers Battle it Out At Thunderhill Double Header
Points leaders after round four are Kyle Kaiser in Pro FM, Michael Whelden in FS2.0, and Bruce Carpenter and John Ertel are tied for first in Formula Mazda.
Dave House leads a pack of FCC racers through turn 2 at Infineon Raceway Sonoma, CA
April 17th, 2012

The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear visited Thunderhill Raceway Park for a double header event this past weekend. The weather was beautiful all weekend with temperatures in the mid-70s, and mostly sunny skies.

After a morning test session the drivers got down to business. 2011 FCC Champion Lloyd Read took overall pole in PFM with a 139.70, Michael Whelden secured pole position in FS2.0 with a 148:99, and Kevin Rogers was fastest in FM with a 151:25.

"The weather turned out great, everyone is getting better, the level of competition is really stepping up, and there was a ton of great racing and several lead changes in race one," stated Series Official Ben Hettema. At the front of the pack Kyle Kaiser was eventually able to get ahead of Lloyd Read for the overall win on Saturday, and Carpenter was able to get by Rogers for the FM win.

Pole Positions for Round 3 - April 14th, 2012

  • FM: Kevin Rogers
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Lloyd Read
Race Winners Round 3 - April 14th, 2012
  • FM: Bruce Carpenter
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Kyle Kaiser

After winning overall on Saturday Kaiser took overall pole position with a time of 139:78. Whelden took the fast time in FS2.0 with a 147:64, and Rogers was on pole in FM with a 150:40.

Kaiser and Read battled at the front of the pack with Read ending up at the front at the checkered flag. Whelden was able to stay at the front of his class from the start, and first time FM winner John Ertel worked his was to the top step of the podium.

"It was great to have a long time racer like John Ertel on the top spot of the FM podium on Sunday," noted Ben Hettema. "We all were celebrating this great achievement with him."

"We brought home 7 trophies this weekend, which was highlighted by Kyle Kaiser's win on Saturday and pole position on Sunday," noted World Speed Motorsports Team Manager John Olsen. "We're leading the Pro FM Championship, and are well ahead of some of the lofty goals we have for Kyle. This was really a great weekend for our entire team."

Pole Positions for Round 4 - April 15th, 2012

  • FM: Kevin Rogers
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Kyle Kaiser
Race Winners Round 4 - April 15th, 2012
  • FM: John Ertel
  • FS2.0: Michael Whelden
  • PFM: Lloyd Read

The post weekend points tally shows Carpenter and Ertel currently tied in the FM championship, Kyle Kaiser leading in the Pro FM championship, and Michael Whelden leading the FormulaSPEED2.0 championship.

Races five and six of the West Coast Region Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear will take place at Infineon Raceway on June 16th-17th.

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Red Line Oil Karting Champion Tests in the FormulaSPEED2.0
Be Social - Connect with the FCC presented by Goodyear Niki Luna, one of the Bay Area's top karters and a 2011 RLOKC Champion, recently got behind the wheel of a FormulaSPEED2.0 at Infineon Raceway. Luna won a free test as part of his championship prize package.

When asked how the test went this is what Luna had to say, "I had a blast! I was getting more comfortable with the car and track with each lap. The car felt great and I really enjoyed the power behind it. The team was very professional and helpful, from the shop's organization and cleanliness to the driver coaching. I want to thank World Speed Motorsports for the opportunity to test the FS2.0 and hope to participate in more test days and begin racing with World Speed Motorsports in the near future."

"Niki did a great job of making the transition from karts into the FormulaSPEED2.0." noted World Speed Motorsports Team Owner Telo Stewart. "We were glad to be able to provide him a sample of what the future holds for him, and we look forward to seeing where he goes from here."

The FormulaSPEED2.0 class is really starting to grow. Here is some info on the career minded racers who have committed to the entire 2012 season:

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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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phone: 707-935-9761

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