August 23, 2020 – Area 81 Racing shook off electrical issues from Rounds 5 & 6 to score two 2nd place finishes at Summit Point, West Virginia over the weekend. After qualifying 2nd for Race 1 on Saturday, Tim was overtaken by Jason Slahor in the #9 Citation on Lap 1. He would spin a few laps later, which solidified the finishing order.
Race 2 on Sunday was more entertaining, however. Qualifying 2nd once again, the #81 and #9 cars got a great start at the green flag. It was a drag race into turn 1 that the JDR ultimately won, but Tim went in too hot and sideways in the process. He would recover and lead the race for the next few turns until defending champion, Alex Mayer, got his JDR rolling to take the lead for good.
Tim Pierce, driver #81 – “Summit Point is such a fun and technical track. The weather was hot, but nothing like the oppressive heat at VIR. There were no mechanical issues and we brought it home in one piece, so I consider that a success. We were constantly tweaking the setup to get the car to rotate through tight turns, while staying planted through the high-speed turns. Unfortunately, the heat caused the track to go away on Sunday and everyone was off pace in Race 2. This was only our third time here and it took a while to get up to speed, but once you learn how to go fast here it is a blast! There’s more room for improvement and we can’t wait to come back next year.”
Area 81 is now firmly in 2nd place in North American F1000 Championship points, but anything can happen with four rounds remaining. The team heads to Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA on October 16th for Rounds 9 and 10. As always, thanks to the crew, series, sponsors, and competitors for a fantastic weekend!