Midwest Series Finale at Road America
Tuesday, October 02, 2007 The Midwest Series season finale was at Road America, and not only was the racing good but we had four first time winners: Scott Panzer, Sean Goff, Bruce Hibbs, Jr., and Tyler Schaal. And, of course, the champions were crowned!
The Midwest title was taken by Revere Greist, who tallied up 573 points. David Cox just nipped Brent Milner, 333 to 330, for second place. Cox also won Rookie of the Year. The highest finishing Sportsman Division driver was long-time racer Mike Kolacki, 18th overall. And Most Improved Driver was Dion Von Moltke.
In the Masters Division, John Greist was the titlist, 376 to 336 over Kasey Kuhlman. In third was Harsha Sen.
Congratulations to the champions! It was a great Skip Barber Midwest Race Series season…
There were three Sportsman Groups at Road America, with both Group 1 races won by Scott Panzer. Brian Skinner finished second in the first race and ninth in the second, while Mike Kolacki took a third and an 11th. Ashley Freiberg was awesome in race one; she set fastest race lap but then she suffered an MDNF
The first of Group 3’s Sportsman races was won by Sean Goff (FTW!), with James French and John Muehl third. The second race was a stunner, with Al Carter coming from way back – 14th – to win, overtaking 15th-starting Panzer for the lead with two laps to go. Steve Krock had to come from 10th to post his fine P3.
The Group 4 Sportsman tilts saw two first time winners, Bruce Hibbs, Jr., in race one and Tyler Schaal in race two. In the first race, Ashley Freiberg made up for her bad luck in the G1 races by starting 11th and finishing second to Hibbs. Jeremy Ting was a solid third. Schall got his win when both Ting and Hibbs were penalized for blocking, which also meant a second place for Luke Huntington and a third for Brian Buri.
The fastest Championship guys this weekend were Craig Duerson, Gabby Chaves, Revere Greist, Conor Daly and Dion Von Moltke. Duerson won the first race, but fell prey to an MDNF in the second. Chaves led laps in the first race but in the end was less than a second behind Duerson. But he led all the way in race two after Duerson had to park his car. The Midwest champion, Revere Greist, mustered a sixth in the first race and was in the hunt in race two but was beaten to the line by Chaves by the smallest of margins, 0.040 of a second. Greist also set fastest race lap. Daly set the fastest race lap in race one on his way to third place, just a 10th of a second behind Chaves. Daly was also a force in the second race and collected his second P3 of the weekend. Von Moltke collected a fine pair of fourth places. Brent Milner held off Greist in the first race to score a fifth, while Jordan Taylor was able to get fifth in the second race (following an MDNF in race one).
The Masters ‘‘Run-off’’
John Greist, Kasey Kuhlman and Harsha Sen dominated the run-off (they were the only ones to get into the :35s). Greist took the lead for good on lap eight from Kuhlman, who wound up just a half-second behind at the checker, with Sen just a couple car lengths further back. Al Carter again was impressive, starting 11th and coming home fourth, a gnat’s eyelash in front of Tom Brown.
It’s bang-bang-bang, as coming right up is the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda finale at VIR (Oct. 5-7), followed the next weekend by the Eastern Regional finale at Lime Rock (Oct. 11-13). Just around the corner are the starts for the always-fun Southern and Western Series. The West opens first, November 2-4 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, then the Southern Series kicks off November 16-18 at the newest Skip Barber base location, Road Atlanta.
2007 Eastern Race Series
April 20-22, VIR
May 25-27, Watkins Glen
June 29-July 1, Road July 12-14, Lime Rock Park
July 27-29, Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant
Oct. 30-Sept. 2, Mid-Ohio
Oct. 11-13, Lime Rock Park