WSM Drivers Enjoy Perfect Weekends with Poles and Wins in Both Races at Thunderhill

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The Thunderous Roar of Mazda Powered Formula Cars Was Heard at Thunderhill Raceway Park This Weekend Whelden, Fischer, and Armida enjoy perfect weekends with poles and wins in both races

thunderhillThe Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear visited Thunderhill Raceway Park for a double header event this past weekend. The weather was beautiful all weekend with temperatures in the high-80s, and clear skies.

After a morning test session the drivers got down to business. 2012 FCC FS2.0 Champion Michael Whelden took overall pole in PFM with a 140.687, Jose Armida secured pole position in FS2.0 with a 1:47.114, and TJ Fischer was fastest in FM with a 1:47.699.

“The weather turned out great, everyone is getting better, the level of competition is really stepping up, and there was a ton of great racing and several position changes in race one,” stated Series Official Ben Hettema. The pole sitters in each class ended up on the top step of the podium at the end of the race.

Round 7 Pole Positions Saturday May 18th, 2013

  • FM: TJ Fisher
  • FS2.0: Jose Armida
  • PFM: Michael Whelden (class and overall pole)

Round 7 Race Winners Saturday May 18th, 2013

  • FM: TJ Fisher
  • FS2.0: Jose Armida
  • PFM: Michael Whelden (class and overall)

Qualifying for Sunday’s race had Fischer, Armida, and Whelden on pole again. In the FM race Fischer held off Mel Kemper Jr. who was an early threat. Kemper ended up battling with Woody Yerxa for the second spot on the podium. Yerxa almost got by him in the last turn of the last lap, but went wide. Andre Ericksen was an early threat to Whelden in the Pro FM class, but Whelden was able to hold the lead from wire-to-wire.

Round 8 Pole Positions Sunday May 19th, 2013

  • FM: TJ Fisher
  • FS2.0: Jose Armida
  • PFM: Michael Whelden (class and overall pole)

Round 8 Race Winners Sunday May 19th, 2013

  • FM: TJ Fisher
  • FS2.0: Jose Armida
  • PFM: Michael Whelden (class and overall)

As part of Goodyear Racing’s partnership with the series, four of the weekend’s drivers won free tires. Next up, is a special double header at Sonoma Raceway on June 15th-16th. This event will be done on the Indy Grand Prix configuration. “It is important for the drivers to get some track time on the Indy Grand Prix layout,” noted Series Official Ben Hettema. “They will be competing on this track again in August as a support race for the IZOD Indy Car Series in a field of 35 cars. Getting them acclimated to it now will help them be more competitive at our showcase event, and also make for a great show for the fans.”

The August event with IndyCar is also the FCC National Championship weekend sanctioned by NASA. Prize information, and registration for the IndyCar event is expected to be posted in the next few weeks.

More information on the series can be found at: www.FormulaCarChallenge.com