Kempers Sweeps the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Weekend At Road America
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Racers of the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge took to iconic Road America this past week. The double header proved to be an exciting one as both races showcased wheel to wheel action and two close finishes. Current points leader Drake Kemper, of Toluca Lake, California, won a challenging session in the first race of the weekend. Kemper, Ben Albano and Lucas Bize all lead during the race, but Kemper was able to finish strong and took home the win.
“That was the most insane 45 minutes of my entire life,” Kemper said. “We probably switched positions 30 different times since there were four official leaders in our class.”
Lucas Bize, of New York, finished second followed by Robby Foley, of Randolph, New Jersey, who completed the podium.
In the second race of the weekend, Drake Kemper, of Toluca Lake, California, followed his first race weekend win with another tenacious showing. Kemper came out on top in a very close race to the line with Ben Albano. When it came to the final lap, Kemper was able to use traffic to his advantage and win the drag race, up the hill, from Turn 14 to the line.
“It was absolutely insane,” Kemper said. “That had to be the closest finish in Skip Barber Racing class history. We literally connected mirrors at the end. The side draft from the CJ Wilson car is what allowed me to win.”
Albano, of Greenwich, Connecticut, finished just 0.007-second behind Kemper in his No. 61 Project Yellow Light SBMX-5. Lucas Bize, of New York, finished in third.
In the championship point standings, Kemper retains the lead with 580 points. Albano sits 26 markers behind, while Robby Foley is third, with 526 points.
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