Area 81 Racing celebrated Easter weekend on the podium at Road Atlanta, the North American F1000 Championship’s first with Formula Race Promotions and SCCA Pro Racing. After the six month offseason Tim Pierce put the #81 JDR in 3rd place in Race 1 and 5th place in Race 2. Mother Nature paid a visit on Good Friday in the form of torrential downpours, heavy winds, and sharp lightning. Friday’s sessions were cancelled, and Race 1 was moved to Saturday morning. The starting order was determined by times from the two practice sessions on Thursday.
Race 1 on Saturday featured a several lap battle between sister cars in which positions were swapped multiple times, until #93 found a clearer path through traffic. With exception of fortuitous race craft, the sister cars had identical performance characteristics. Spotty showers graced Road Atlanta again during the lunch break as the team was preparing to go out. Race 2 began on a drying track, making early conditions treacherous for those correctly choosing slicks.
Tim Pierce, driver #81 – “The team endured in 2018, proving the new engine package could withstand the rigorous demands of F1000 racing. We were finally able to shift our focus to setup and driver comfort. It’s difficult to get comfortable when your body is moving around in the cockpit. Once comfortable, I can get into a rhythm and that’s when we’ll see the most improvement. This is now a pro series and there’s a lot of fast guys, so we have to find speed wherever we can.”
The next stop of the 2019 schedule is at Watkins Glen International in New York on May 10-12th.