November 2, 2020 – Area 81 Racing cemented 2nd place in the North American Formula 1000 Championship in Rounds 11 & 12 at Road Atlanta over the weekend. The team took 3rd in Race 1, which was all that was needed to clinch 2nd overall and Tim set a new career lap time by more than two seconds.
Multiple factors contributed to the #81 car being sidelined during Race 2 on Saturday afternoon. The most crucial was that Tim experienced a severe dizzy spell at the conclusion of Race 1 on Saturday morning and thought it best to error on the side of caution.
Tim Pierce, driver #81 – “I’m very pleased at the progress we made at Road Atlanta this weekend. This is a track that we have never had enough clear laps to get comfortable. I set my best lap times in the #18 car in 2013, which was only my second time here. We blew motors in the first session in 2014 and 2015. It was freezing and we were on hard tires in 2017. Last year I was still getting comfortable in the new car, so I was excited to see what we could do this year. I still think I can get faster in Turn 1 so there is more time out there.
Road Atlanta is a physically demanding track, as there are a lot of high speed and high G force turns. Race 1 was 19 or 20 laps and I was exhausted. I was lightheaded for a couple hours after the race. I felt a little better by the second qualifying session, so I went out for a few laps to see how I felt. I still didn’t feel great, my tires were shot, and we wouldn’t have had time to make the necessary adjustments before Race 2. I think we made the right decision.”
I would like to thank Crew Chief Ray Pierce and Lead Mechanic Denis Schembri for their efforts. Every weekend is challenging and their efforts are essential to our success.”
The team would also like to thank FRP, NorthAmF1000, our competitors, and our sponsors for a great season. We look forward to 2021 and hope everyone has a great offseason!