Driven 100 returns to Road Atlanta with a new twist

Posted by bb on 8/28/2017 to News
Driven 100 returns to Road Atlanta with a new twist
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                                                                          The GPfour Driven Race Oil 100 Returns To Road Atlanta With New Twist

From Pawleys Island, SC. August 15th, 2017-    The GPfour series is happy to announce that Driven Race Oil is back on Board for the Final round of the Southeast series at Road Atlanta November 4-5. Gpfour is the formula enterprise class which all use identical Van Diemen chassis, American Racer Tires and Mazda engines.We have one big addition to the weekend , we are changing the race distance to a 100 mile race and it will be the feature event on Sunday at the ARRC at Road Atlanta. Since the cars only carry enough fuel capacity for a 50 mile race there will be a mandatory 10 minute pit stop at the half way point to refuel the cars. We are very excited about this event and thrilled that the staff at the Atlanta Region SCCA are making the schedule changes in order to make this happen. The Gpfour series will also be adding a special prize fund for the event to try and attract drivers from other divisions so we can put on a great show for the many spectators that are expected after we do a special advertising campaign around the Atlanta area. American Racer tires is also offering a free set of tires to the leader at the half way point and also the winner of the overall masters division which are the more experienced drivers in the field .  
     The last time we did something like this was back in the nineties when we were running the Hooters F2000 championship which was an oval only series. I will never forget when everyone came in for the mandatory pit stop. The field was the whos who of motor racing including Steve Knapp(engine Builder),Beaux Barfield(chief stewart for several big Racing series) Chris Simmons(Gannassi CrewChief), Anthony Lazzarro(Sportscar driver),  and so many others its hard to remember the long list of champions. We always joke about Steve knapp coming in for the mandatory pit stop and Dan Campbell his crew chief had to pound his front wings back into shape after he made contact with several cars. It was a great race back then and everyone at the Pensacola Speedway were on their feet cheering by race end and we hope that the Driven 100 for GPfour will achieve the same greatness with all of todays new stars. Gpfour is experiencing a new high with the news of 36 entries for the SCCA  Runoffs at Indianapolis . The Runoffs  is just 1 month  before our  event so it will be challenging for drivers to make the commitment to another big event but we hope the format and the added prize money will offer the carrot needed to bring out as many drivers as possible.
    We are certainly happy that Driven Race Oil is on board and they will be supplying several of their products to all of the competitors. Our relationship with Driven started last year for this event and  Scott Rettich was the inaugural champion. We hope to build the relationship into the future by providing competitive racing with many of the young stars of this class and also the savoy veterans that bring their years of experience to the table. Among the entries that are rumored to attend this years race are at least three of the 2017 divisional GPfour champions including central division winner Elliot Finlayson, the Team USA candidate who proved that he is really fast at Road Atlanta.  Alex Scaler winner of the Northeast division looks to gain valuable experience and if he does well at the Runoffs we expect him to make the start. Justin Gordon the 2017 Southeast champ  made a dramatic podium finish at last years event after starting last.  Quinton Nelson will also make the trip after he won the Racer Magazine GPfour event in March of this year at Road Atlanta in some very treacherous conditions after battling hard against Flinn lazier. Good chance that the other Alliance Autosport entry of Sabre' Cook will make the start after she finished a respectable 3rd in the central division points title in her first year out of kart racing. There are so many new faces in the class so no  telling who will show up for what is growing into a very prestigious event. Among the veterans and other possible racers we should expect are June Sprints race winner and 2nd in the central points Dean Opperman . The southern contingent will also be well represented by 2nd place finisher from last years race Paul Schneider who really turns up the heat when he runs at Road Atlanta and other 2017 race winners Tom Green and  don't ever count out Lee Rackley in the brightly colored Castrol oil machine . There is also an outside chance that Pacific F2000 stand out Mitch Egner may find himself in a seat if I can put together a late deal for the young speedster .  I have seen Mitch drive in the Primus Parts sponsored f2000 series this year in California and he is certainly capable of winning a big race like the Driven Race oil 100.  There are many other drivers also expected to make this race including Eric Cruz from Virginia who has had several good results this year and local drivers John Mcaleer and Carl Martin would also be running along with Mark Schneider from South Florida , Rob Futcher from Ohio and Sal Webber from Texas.   .
   The 2017 GPfour season winds down and the divisional winners are being crowned .The Gpfour series has really experienced tremendous growth and it will be one of the largest formula car grids at the Runoffs. Drivers in each division are enjoying the regional points battles and everyone is looking forward to running at Indianapolis for one chance to run at the famed brickyard. The Driven Race oil 100 mile race will be icing on the cake to finish up what has been a brilliant season for the class. Running a 100 mile race is certainly something new for the drivers so it will challenge the skills of driver and crew to make the right calls to be in the hunt by the end of the race. The excitement of coming in for a pit stop at half way is something most of the drivers are experiencing for the first time so it will be quite a challenge to win an event of this caliber. I will be at Indianapolis for several weeks so feel free to ask any questions about the Driven 100 and certainly if there is anything I can do to help drivers attend this race I am more then willing to help. So hope to see everyone in November.

Brad Baytos:President
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