Recap of Rounds 9 & 10 at Mazda Raceway for the 2015 Summer Series
Braselton, Ga. (August 25, 2015)—The Skip Barber Racing School Summer Series traveled to scenic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Rounds 9 & 10 of the series. With the points battle heating up between Skip Barber Racing Academy Champion Chase Owen and 2014-2015 Winter Series Champion Timo Reger, this weekend was an important event for the championship. One point separated the two after the last two rounds at Homestead Miami Speedway. Hot on their heels were other drivers who could see the championship within their reach including Dakota Dickerson, Jorge Herrera and Jonathan Sugianto.
In the Master’s category, Jeffrey Stern continues to showcase his skill slowly inching away from the competition in the last rounds at Homestead, but Pat Daly isn’t shying away from the competition. The Mazda Raceway weekend would prove critical in each racer’s strategy.
In Group 1, Race 1, Skip Barber Karts to Cars Champion and California native Daniel De La Calle came out on top overtaking Benjamin Waddell in the second lap of the race and never looking back. Waddell, who began the race on pole after an impressive qualifying round, took home second followed by Charles Streicher.
In Group 1, Race 2 Daniel De La Calle showcased his perseverance taking the second win for the group with a decisive 20 second lead from his nearest competitor. His win allowed him to continue accumulating precious points in the series. Following De La Calle was Grand Master Pat Daly and Masters driver Brian Cook.
In Group 2, Race 1 last year’s Winter Series Champion Timo Reger nabbed the pole position with a fast qualifying time. Reger had a scare early in the race as he fell from first to last in a matter of a lap, however Reger stayed composed and maneuvered himself to the front within a few laps. David Porcelli would take second followed by Dakota Dickerson in third.
In Group 2, Race 2 despite the pole position, Timo Reger would feel pressured early in the race by points rival Chase Owen. Owen would make his move quickly sliding into second in the first lap. Reger would try to hold off Owen but would be overtaken in lap four. Owen and Reger would battle it out in the next few laps but Owen wouldn’t look back from the top spot. Jorge Herrera would also have a magnificent race. Herrera’s poise and determination would serve him well as he managed to move from the back of the pack to finish second. Reger would fall back to third.
In Group 3, Race 1, it was a battle between two commendable and talented racers Daniel De La Calle and Benjamin Waddell. De La Calle would start the race on pole and would hold off an eager and determined Waddell for a few laps but Waddell would make an impressive move in lap 9 to move into first. De La Calle would fall back while Matthew Donmoyer would quickly take advantage of the lead change to move into second. Master’s racer Brian Cook would round out the top 3.
In Group 3, Race 2, the top spot wasn’t where the action lay as Daniel De La Calle took home another first place finish without faltering a spot from his pole position. The excitement was the battle for second as Brian Cook would feel pressure early from Master’s racer Maurice Smith and would be overtaken early in lap 2, but Cook refused to stand down. He would wait to make his move and did so at the very last second. In the last lap, Cook would make a pop for second overtaking Smith.
In Group 4, Race 1, Grand Master John Jastremsk would begin the race on pole and would hold the position for a few laps until Grand Master Amos Givol would make a pop in lap 3 and would make it stick. Givol would keep the top spot for the rest of the race. Early in the session, veteran racer Jocelyn Robert would make strategic pops and would maneuver himself from the back of the pack to second by the end of the session. Grand Master George Morales would round out the top 3.
In Group 4, Race 2, talented racer Jonathan Sugianto showcased his grit in the last race of the day, Suginato would make an impressive come back picking up six spots in the first lap. Another impressive showing was Benjamin Waddell who also picked up an impressive 9 spots in the first lap moving from last to third. Charles Streicher would follow on Suginanto and Waddell’s lead picking up 3 spots in the first lap. The three would make their impressive maneuvering in lap 1 count as they finished the race on the podium. Sugianto would take the win followed by Waddell and Streicher in second.
Racers will have a week off before traveling to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on September 3-6, 2015 for Rounds 11 & 12 of the series. With three race weekends left in the series, drivers will be more focused than ever.
COMPLETED Rounds 1 & 2 at Road Atlanta -May 13-17, 2015 (Formula & MX-5)
COMPLETED Rounds 3 & 4 at Lime Rock Park– June 1-6, 2015 (Formula & MX-5)
COMPLETED Rounds 5 & 6 at Road America– July 6-9 2015 (Formula Only)
COMPLETED Rounds 7 & 8 at Homestead (Evening Race) – August 5-8, 2015 (Formula & MX-5)
COMPLETED Rounds 9 & 10 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca- August 20-23, 2015 (Formula Only)
Rounds 11 & 12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Course – September 3-6, 2015 (Formula Only)
Rounds 13 & 14 at VIR Full Course – September 28 – September 30 , 2015 (Formula Only)
Rounds 15 & 16 at NOLA– Oct. 22 – 24, 2015 (Formula Only)