Watkins Glen, NY - Mygale Teammates Brandon Newey and Adrian Starrantino, racing for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian, claimed a one-two finish to close out the F1600 Formula F Championship Series season on Sunday at Watkins Glen International.
Despite a shortened race due to a six-car incident, the Mygale team, powered by Honda, showcased another strong performance on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile permanent road course.
Just a day earlier, Newey claimed the pole position for Saturday's race and brought home a second place spot on the podium. When the checkered flag dropped Sunday, Newey was the Series Championship runner-up, narrowly missing the title by only seven points. If all twelve races of the season were used to calculate the winner, instead of the best 10 races, Newey would have won the championship by fourteen points.
"It was great to end the season with a win in the last race," said Newey. "Everyone out there was jostling for position every lap. I was able to make a pass for the lead with about four turns left in the race and it stuck.
I was disappointed to come up short in the championship when the drops where taken into account but overall it was a great season. I'm very proud of the team's effort and how the Mygale chassis was so fast at every track."
Eighteen-year-old Starrantino, a Southern-California native, was asked to step in as a substitute driver when the team learned of an age restriction at Watkins Glen International. The rule prohibited 17-year-old Canadian Garett Grist, who had piloted the No. 97 for the entire 2012 season, from driving. He opted to attend the F1600 season finale as a spectator to cheer on his teammates.
Starrantino described the competition as some of the best racing of his career.
"I was really happy with a solid P2 finish alongside my teammate, Brandon," said Starrantino. "After a mechanical issue in the first race, the team pulled through to get the car ready to go for race two. I couldn't have asked for a better car and a better result. I want to thank my parents for getting me where I am today. And many thanks to Mygale and Bryan Herta Autosport for the opportunity for their non-stop hard work."
Throughout the course of the F1600 Formula F six-race-weekend season, Mygale Honda has emerged as the premiere competitor, with four wins, thirteen podiums and a second place finish in championship points standings.
On behalf of its drivers and crew, BHA would like to congratulate Matias Koykka, a tough competitor and deserving champion.
About Mygale North America
Founded by IndyCar team owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey, along with Indy Lights team owner Jeffrey Mark, Mygale North America is the importer and distributor of Mygale race cars in the United States and Canada. Mygale was originally established in 1989 by CEO, Bertrand DeCoster. Recognized as the worldwide leader of the Formula F1600 series, Mygale designs and manufactures a variety of race cars, including F2000, Formula 3, Formula BMW, and several other types of ultra high-performance race cars. Mygale has more than 20 years in the design, construction and development of high-performance race cars, and is recognized in the fields of advanced research, machining, mechanical welding and use of composite materials. With more than 550 victories on five continents, including seven World Champion titles in Formula Ford, Mygale has been a decisive stepping stone in many current professional racing drivers' careers.