Recap of Rounds 9 & 10 of the Skip Barber Racing School MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge!
Braselton, Ga.(September 1, 2015)—This past weekend, as part of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Road America 180 Fired up by Johnsonville, racers of the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge took to the track for the second to last race weekend of the series. With the championship points battle heating up, the group’s focus was simple: points.
In the first race of the day for the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, Robby Foley, of Randolph, New Jersey, was the class winner. He started the session from the class pole and never looked back. Foley utilized his experience to fend off racers looking to draft and pick up spots.
“The car has been handling pretty well,” Foley said. “So, I felt pretty confident coming into the day even though this is a huge drafting track. I knew I was really fast in couple key spots, which would help me keep the lead. I was able to play the strategy just right and stay ahead of the other guys just enough to where they couldn’t get a good draft on me.
Completing the class podium was Nikko Reger, of Houston, Texas who despite coming short of the win had a solid race. Reger felt pressure from current points leader Ben Albano several minutes before the finish but was able to fend of Albano to secure second. Sam Adams, of Richfield, Wisconsin rounded out the podium. Albano would narrowly miss the podium and would end the session in fourth.
In the second race of the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, Sam Adams, of Richfield, Wisconsin, attained the win utilizing a veteran strategy: race traffic. Adams was able to use traffic to his advantage in the treacherous conditions. Despite beginning the race mid-pack, Adams was able to pick off the winners as then-class leaders Robby Foley and Nikko Reger ran into traffic at the tail end of the Cup field.
“I knew it was going to be hard to gain much ground once we went green since we had run so many laps already under yellow,” Adams said. “I got stuck in traffic during the opening laps, but once I found some open track I saw the leaders getting closer.
“When we started catching the back of the Cup pack, the class leaders got slowed down. So, I was able to just reel them in from there. We were on dry tires, so I felt we had the advantage in places while other drivers had the advantage elsewhere.”
Ben Albano, of Greenwich, Connecticut, finished the race second in his No. 61 Project Yellow Light/Manfredi Jewels SBMX-5. Albano finished on the bumper of Adams finishing just 0.132-second behind. Robby Foley, of Randolph, New Jersey, crossed the line third in class.
In the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, Foley jumps to the top of the standings with 555 points. Albano is one marker behind Foley, with Adams in third with 547 points.
Racers will take on Rounds 11 and 12 to complete the 2015 season as part of the 18th Annual Petit LeMans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta.