Race Weekend Update: Rounds 9 & 10 NOLA Motorsports Park

Rounds 9 & 10: NOLA Motorsports Park

Round 9 was by far the most competitive race of the season. Of all the drivers, the top seven were eligible for a win.  I started 7th, briefly held 5th but fell down the order and finished where I started. I believe, lap time wise, the whole field was only a second apart!

Round 10 started on a high note as my pace was better and my times were improving.  Unfortunately, mid-way through the race it began to rain, and the intense downpour made everything more difficult and dangerous. It was the first time I have raced in the rain, both in karts and formula, and I was unable to improve my placement, ending in 6th place.

Looking Ahead: Rounds 11 & 12 Sebring International Raceway

I can't believe my first formula racing season is about to end. It’s been an incredible season, where I have lead the field, passed many drivers, earned 6 podiums, and even WON my first career race. All in my rookie season! 

While I’m thrilled at all I’ve accomplished this season, there is still one more goal I am working to secure… finishing in the Top 5. Currently, I am 5th in the overall point standings. My 5th place standing will be secure if I finish ahead of the 6th place driver in Round 11 – I’m 16 points ahead of him now.

Why is this so important? The final Top 5 from the Winter Series Championship and the final Top 5 in the Summer Series Championship form the 10 drivers who will compete in the Skip Barber Championship Shootout later this year and the winner of the Shootout will $200,000 to enter the USF2000 Series!!

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So there it is, pressure is on. 

Stay tuned for a final update before I head out to Orlando. Thank you to all who made my season phenomenal. 

- J