October 30th, 2012

Two of the Three 2012 West Coast Championships Locked At Penultimate Double Header at Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, CA
October 30th, 2012

The Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear visited Sonoma Raceway for a double header event this past weekend. The weather was beautiful all weekend with temperatures in the mid-70s. With still one weekend to two of the class championships were decided at this event.

2012 FCC presented by Goodyear West Coast Region Champions

  • Pro Formula Mazda: Kyle Kaiser
  • FormulaSPEED2.0: Michael Whelden

The FM class is still open, but Bill Weaver has a good lead. If Weaver takes the green at the next two races he will lock the championship in his class.

"The weather turned out great and there was some really great racing all weekend," stated Series Official Ben Hettema. "There were battles happening all over the track in race one. The closest racing was in the FM class between Bill Weaver and Derry O'Donovan, and Stew Tabak and Jeff Tucker. These guys were all over each other, and really showing the fans what good close racing is all about."

Pole Positions on October 27th
FM: Derry O'Donovan 1:37.874
FS2.0: Michael Whelden 1:36.995
PFM: Kyle Kaiser 1:29.729

Race Winners on October 27th
FM: Bill Weaver
FS2.0: Michael Whelden
PFM: Kyle Kaiser

Race two got off to a false start, and the group ended up doing a complete restart. A few laps into the race the track went full course yellow when a Formula Mazda crashed in turn 10. "All of the restarts certainly made for an interesting race, and kept everyone on their toes," noted Hettema. At the checkered flag Kaiser had won again in Pro FM, Weaver in FM, and Whelden in FS2.0.

Pole Positions on October 28th
FM: Bill Weaver 1:38.364
FS2.0: Michael Whelden 1:38.19
PFM: Kyle Kaiser 1:31.002

Race Winners on October 28th
FM: Bill Weaver
FS2.0: Michael Whelden
PFM: Kyle Kaiser

The FCC West Coast Region, which is in its eight season, features a 14-race schedule. Ten of the races take place in Sonoma on a variety of the track's configurations. A large percentage of drivers are local California enthusiasts, but the series has also been a breeding ground for the up-and-coming professional racers. The West Coast Region drivers will be back to Sonoma for the series finale on November 9th-11th.

2012 FCC presented by Goodyear Winter Series Announced
Four Races Over Two Weekends at Two Different California Tracks
FCC Winter Series 2012-3 Sonoma and Fontana will see the Mazda powered racers fight for this off season championship! September 18th, 2012
Sonoma, CA

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."


  • Race 1 November 10th Sonoma Raceway
  • Race 2 November 11th Sonoma Raceway
  • Race 3 January 26th Auto Club Speedway
  • Race 4 January 27th Auto Club Speedway

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 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.

phone: 707-935-9761

The Formula Car Challenge is a registered trademark of World Speed Incorporated.

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