Rounds 5 & 6 * Pittsburgh Race Complex * May 12 – 14
Taking the green flag from pole on both days, Mayer drove his #77 Technotects-Wilwood Brakes Suzuki-powered JDR F1000 to victory lane to take a commanding lead in the 2017 North American Formula 1000 Championship presented by American Racer Tire.
Round 5 – Saturday, May 13th 2017
Weather was the talk of the weekend for Round 5 and Round 6 of the 2017 NAF1000 Championship, as rain was threatening all weekend. The threat held off during track time, and mother nature was nice enough to only rain during the night.
Qualifying saw the points leader, #77 Alex Mayer take pole position from the #9 suzuki-powered Citation of Jason Slahor and #93 CSI Leasing Suzuki-powered JDR of Stephen Hamilton rounded out the top three for go fast day.
When the green flag fell, the #77 of Alex Mayer jumped out to an early lead, with #9 Slahor and #93 Hamilton followed closely behind. Lap after lap, the NAF1000 championship cars screamed around the 2.8 mile, 19-turn road course, showcasing the greatest sounds in American motorsports.
When the checkered flag flew, #77 Alex Mayer took his third win in the 2017 championship, with the #9 of Jason Slahor in second, and #93 Stephen Hamilton in third.
In his first race with the NAF1000 championship, the #111 Suzuki-powered Firman of Mike Meyers came home the big winner in Round 5, taking home the Sunoco Hard Charger award for improving the most positions in the race, and the Wilwood Brakes Tough Break Award, for finishing in 4th place.
1. #77 – Alex Mayer – Technotects – Wilwood Brakes – Suzuki-powered JDR
2. #9 – Jason Slahor – Slahor Racing – Suzuki-powered Citation
3. #93 Stephen Hamilton – CSI Leasing – Suzuki-powered JDR
4. #111 Mike Meyers – American Racer Tire – Suzuki-powered Firman
5. #2 Zane Gibbs – American Racer Tire – Suzuki- powered Firman
6. #31 Dave O’Leary – Suzuki-powered Mygale
Round 6 – Sunday, May 14th 2017 – Happy Easter!
Qualifying once again was dominated by the #77 of Alex Mayer, taking pole position for Round 6, followed by the #9 of Jason Slahor, and the #93 of Stephen Hamilton taking the third starting spot.
As the NAF1000 cars approached the starter stand, the #77 of Alex Mayer timed the jump perfectly and when the flag flew, Mayer had put three cars from other classes between himself and the rest of the NAF1000 field. Lap after lap, Mayer battled wheel to wheel with a car in a different class, ultimately ending in a crunched-in sidepod for Mayer, and a bent front wing for the other car.
Behind the damaged car of Mayer, the #9 of Jason Slahor was unable to take advantage due to being in the crosshairs of the #2 American Racer Tire – Suzuki-powered – Firman of Zane Gibbs. Slahor and Gibbs were set to have a great battle headed into the final laps, when a lapped car from another class was caught in between the two, ensuring back-to-back second place finishes for the #9 of Jason Slahor. The #2 of Zane Gibbs would come home third, and take home the Sunoco Hard Charger Award, coming from the back. Rounding out the podium for Round 6 of the 2017 North American Formula 1000 Championship presented by American Racer Tire, was the Wilwood Brakes Tough Break Award winner, the #93 CSI Leasing – Suzuki-powered – JDR of Stephen Hamilton.
1. #77 Alex Mayer – Technotects – Wilwood Brakes – Suzuki-powered – JDR
2. #9 Jason Slahor – Slahor Racing – Suzuki-powered Citation
3. #2 Zane Gibbs – American Racer Tire – Suzuki-powered Firman
4. #93 Stephen Hamilton – CSI Leasing – Suzuki-powered JDR
5. # 111 Mike Meyers – American Racer Tire – Suzuki-powered Firman
6. #31 Dave O’Leary – Suzuki-powered Mygale
Random Drawing Awards – Friday, May 12, 2017
Unlike most racing series, in the North American Formula 1000 Championship presented by American Racer Tire, EVERY DRIVER WINS MONEY! At each event, the NAF1000 series hosts a Friday evening driver social and random awards banquet to award multiple random drawing awards, thanks to the wonderful sponsors.
This weekend, thanks to #93 Stephen Hamilton, the NAF1000 series served up baked chicken, pulled pork, brownies, apple pie, and much more!
When the random drawings began, the winners started out with the #2 of Zane Gibbs and the #9 of Jason Slahor receiving a FREE TIRE thanks to American Racer Tire.
Taking home CASH thanks to Taylor Race Engineering, was the #2 of Zane Gibbs, and the #77 of Alex Mayer. Even more CASH was won by #9 of Jason Slahor thanks to Jongbloed Racing Wheels. Continuing to give away CASH, thanks to Hurley Race Products, the #93 of Stephen Hamilton walked away a little richer.
Beginning with the NAF1000 championship random drawing discount and certificates, #31 of Dave O’Leary and the #111 of Mike Meyers took home HUGE discounts to George Dean Racing Engines. Continuing with major discounts on parts, the #93 of Stephen Hamilton and the #111 of Mike Meyers have a slightly lower racing bill thanks to Rilltech Racing. One thing every driver needs in the NAF1000 championship is a reliable gear to ensure all the power is usable in the monster 1000cc engines, and thanks to Rebel Gears, the #2 of Zane Gibbs and the #77 of Alex Mayer have a spare ready and waiting in the hauler.
The next event for the North American Formula 1000 Championship presented by American Racer Tire will be held on June 24 – June 25 at the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway.