MAYER WINS DOUBLE HEADER IN GEORGA
Braselton, GA - Alex Mayer from Harleysville PA wins big at the season opener of the Hoosier Tire US Formula 1000 fueled by Sunoco. It's a two race weekend with a European type standing start on Saturday afternoon.
Top drivers from throughout the nation begin the traveling Sports Car Club of America Majors points championship series. JR Osborne from Denver, Colorado is on the pole position with Jeremy Hill from Ontario, Canada on his outside. Alex Mayer from Harleysville, PA is in the third spot with Jason Bell of Tampa, FLA on the outside followed by Shane Prieto of Lake Worth, FLA, Nicolas Ortiz of Miami, FL local driver Glenn Cooper of Roswell, GA, Pete Frost of Villa Rica, GA, William Falatick of Boyton Beach, FLA, and Jose Gerardo of El Paso, TX, and Joel Haas of Jupiter, FLA round out the field.
The drivers line up in their designated start boxes on the front straight in two by two order for a standing start. Spectators and crews from over two hundred weekend entrants line the fence to witness the unique standing start. Ten second warning, a few drivers creep a bit as engines rev, the green flag flies and Canadian driver Jeremy Hill takes the lead in turn one followed by Alex Mayer and JR Osborne. The trio stay in line for several laps when Ortiz has a minor shunt in turn ten causing the black flag to come out. As the pace car leads the field into the pitlane until track crews pull Ortiz out of harms way and he joins the field for the restart. Once again Hill takes the lead. On lap 4 Mayer dices for the lead followed by Hill, Osborne, and Cooper. Jason Bell challenges local driver Glenn Cooper for the fourth spot. Hill is pulling away from Osborne and running down Mayer. On lap ten Hill overtakes Mayer entering the high speed climbing turn #1. The lead pack is tight up to the white flag lap. It's Hill, Mayer, and Osborne within inches of each other. Entering turn 7, Alex Mayer late brakes to the inside of Hill and is side by side mid corner. Mayer drag races Hill down the back straight before taking the lead from Hill as the three line up in a draft. They are nose to tail coming down the nearly 3/4 mile long high speed backstraight at over 150 mph and screaming over 13000 rpm heading for the slow speed turns 9 and 10 switchback combination. As the three reach the heavy braking zone they split three wide with Mayer trapped in the middle. The experienced Hill saves his vulnerable position from being hit on the outside while Osborne attempts a dicey gamble on the inside of Mayer, but isn't far enough up to take the line away. Osborne can't slow it down enough to tuck back in line and inflicts a slight tire donut into Mayer's sidepod while traversing the inside curbing. All three cars loose some momentum trying to stay in the hunt for the win with only Mayer and Hill leaving Osborne behind as they race nose to tail through the last two turns towards the waving checkered flag. It's Alex Mayer closely followed by Jeremy Hill, Jason Bell, Glenn Cooper, Shane Prieto, Pete Frost, as JR Osborne slides back into the field, followed by William Falatick, Nicolas Ortiz, Jose Gerardo, and Joel Haas.
On Sunday March 22, 2015
A steady downpour throughout the day provided a mixed bag for Sunday’s SCCA Southeast Conference Majors Tour at Road Atlanta, Round Eight of 12 on the season.
A number of drivers saw their fortunes reversed, either positively or negatively, from Saturday’s action during Sunday’s 20-lap races.
Alex Mayer held off not one, but two restarts in the rain to keep his No. 77 JDR Racecars/Hoosier Tire JDR in front, cruising to a 4.672-second win in the rain.
The weather had cars spinning in all directions and into the gravel to bring out the full course cautions, but Mayer proved the class of the field on Sunday. Jason Bell’s No. 2 Gridsport Citation FB got in front of Mayer on the lap 14 restart, but Mayer was back in front by the completion of the circuit and stayed in front to the finish.
Road Atlanta Sunday March 22nd Rain race