Watkins Glen, NY- 48 of 51 laps were lead by Danny Roberts. Tim Silliman was able to lead 3. By those stats it seems Danny Roberts ran away with the TrueCar Watkins Glen 200 but that could not be further from the truth. The race lead was never more than four seconds and was under two seconds the entire last half of the race. Ultimately Danny Roberts was able to fend off a charging Stephen Laarkamp, putting down a blistering near Qualifying pace after the final stop to hold off Stephen Laarkamp by just over a second. Tim Silliman rounded out the Podium, Travis Bennett finished fourth and Cody Wenzen salvaged a fifth after a lap 1 incident. Leaving New York for Colonial Virginia next week, Danny Roberts holds a slim eight point margin over Stephen Laarkamp but Phoenix winner Caeton Bomersbach is breathing down his neck in third. The lone true short track on the Formula World Series Calendar, Richmond International Raceway will play host to the Suntrust Indy Challenge. Last time the series made its way to a short track at Iowa Speedway it was Roberts and Bomersbach dueling it out, may we see that again? Tune in to American Sim Network at 9:00 PM Eastern June 5th to find out!
Indianapolis, IN- Emulating the 101st Indianapolis 500 of only one year ago, Cody Wenzen took victory in Alexander Rossi fashion, running the car empty coming to the final stop to be able to stretch his fuel one lap longer than everyone else. Wenzen stretched the fuel just far enough to cross the line 13 seconds ahead of Tanner Watkins. Danny Roberts took third, Caeton Bomersbach fourth and Dylan Lee fifth. The race saw a season high 27 starters. Attrition filled the race, many cars had suspension issues, having caught the wall on the exit of one of the four treacherous turns at one point or another. Tanner Watkins lead a race high thirty eight laps. Jonathan Goke had qualified on Pole last week but a late withdrawal meant that Danny Roberts was elevated to Pole Position and received the three point bonus to go with. Caeton Bomersbach was able to take over the points lead after Stephen Laarkamp had troubles early and ended up ten laps down. Next week the series heads to Watkins Glen for the TrueCar Watkins Glen 200, stay tuned to ASN for all the action.
Sonoma, CA- For the second leg of the ISDC California swing, Stephen Laarkamp one up'd himself, going from second in Long Beach to first in Sonoma. Laarkamp put on a great show, leading flag to flag, to win the ToyotaCare California 150. Tim Silliman finished second, Cody Wenzen third, Trevor Brownlee fourth and Caeton Bomersbach fifth. Laarkamp exits Sonoma with a one point lead over Cody Wenzen. Silliman sits third, Brownlee fourth and Caeton Bomersbach fifth. The race was not slowed by yellow tonight, setting a blistering 93.251 mph pace. Next week the series visits the flat Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin for the Sears Diehard 200. Stay tuned here for all the action.
Long Beach, CA- A Track that has always had it's way of tearing up cars, The Streets of Long Beach proved to be quite a challenge for the drivers of the Formula World Series. Newcomer from Denmark, Nicklas Rasmussen, took charge through much of the race and fought through after a mid race caution. Rasmussen lead thirty one laps on way to a time shortened victory. Stephen Laarkamp finished second, Eric Micke finished third, Cody Wenzen fourth and Danny Roberts fifth after a post race review. One caution slowed the race for a spun car blocking the track, and three drivers lead with four lead changes. Next week the tour is off from racing, but instead will be Qualifying from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Four Lap Averages will determine the field starting with pole position, and ending with the honorees of the Last Row Party.
Las Vegas, NV- The battle for the victory was quite intense in the late stages as Tim Silliman, Cody Wenzen, Stephen Laarkamp and Nate Bowers all battled tooth and nail to taste sweet victory, but in the end it was Tim Silliman that picked up the victory. A late race spin meant that the race ran it's final two laps under yellow. Stephen Laarkamp finished second, Johne Martin third, Brian Sullivan fourth and Cody Wenzen fifth. Wenzen emerges from Las Vegas leading the points, only four ahead of four different drivers, Brownlee, Silliman, Bomersbach and Hill. GAP Sim Racing Team has pulled together the funds and it looks like Wenzen will be able to defend his title after all, and so far his campaign to do so is looking strong. Tim Silliman took the pole while Cody Wenzen lead the most laps and Dylan Lee set down the fastest lap of the race. Next week the Grand National Series stays out west and heads up the coast to Wine Country, Northern California's Sonoma Raceway.
Phoenix, Arizona- A race of attrition unfolded in the deserts of Arizona as Caeton Bomersbach took the win in the closing stages. Despite a valiant charge from Kenyon Payne on the final run to the checkers, Bomersbach held on by two tenths of a second. Will Roberts rounded out the podium, while ISDC Rookie Brian Sullivan and defending champion Stephen Laarkamp rounded out the top five. The race was slowed eight times for thirty three laps, while five drivers lead for seven lead changes. Stephen Laarkamp took home the pole bonus, while Kenyon Payne lead an astounding sixty nine laps to take the lap leader bonus. Next week the series heads to the sunny California coast for the 2nd ISDC Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Tune in to American Sim Network for all the action.
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