Area 81 Racing came into the weekend knocking on the door of 3rd place in the North American Formula 1000 Championship points standings, with two races remaining at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The team would walk away with two 3rd place finishes and tied for 3rd in the 2019 championship.
Tim Pierce drove the 81 to personal best lap times during Race 1. His 3rd place finish was never in doubt as he held position from flag to flag. Sunday’s qualifying session featured a sandy track and very little traction, resulting in a 4th place start on the grid. Tim overcame a rare sluggish start in Race 2, in which a competitor sneaked past in the first lap. He managed to regain the original position by the end of the lap, ran down the sister JDR for 3rd position in lap 4, and held the position until the checker flag. The performance earned him the Hard Charger award and a share of 3rd in the Championship.
Tim Pierce, driver #81 – “I didn’t have a great Q2 on the slippery track, while my competitors were able to find grip. One of the other drivers came over before the race and told me that it was nearly impossible to move into 3rd in points. He was telling me the scenarios that would have to take place from a points standpoint and that kind of got into my head a little at the beginning of R2. I fell asleep at the start and the top three got away from me. That got into my head even more and the guy behind me got passed. At that point something clicked inside my brain and I decided to put my foot down. I quickly got back to my original position and within a couple laps I was in 3rd.”
The team will take a much needed break as the season comes to an end. They will begin the 2020 schedule at Road Atlanta in April. Thanks to the Area 81 Racing team, crew, and family for a fantastic season.