Watkins Glen, New York- Soon to be high school honor graduate Skylar Robinson had his fair share of ups and downs this past weekend at the Watkins Glen International race track. The second round of the F2000 Championship attracted a 35 car field to the fast and flowing circuit in upstate New York.
The first round of the F2000 Championship Series went very well for the 18 year old as he secured a win in his series debut and a 2nd place finish. Along with such results came high expectations for the second round of the championship at the New York circuit.
However, the weekend would come not come without a set of challenges that tested the young Augusta, Georgia native. Due to extreme weather, Robinson only got 7 laps of practice in wet conditions on Friday. This being his first time at the circuit, limited practice was not what he needed to learn the track.
Saturday brought Qualifying 1 and Race 1, and along with them, sunny skies. Qualifying would be Skylar’s first time on a dry Watkins Glen track. Continuously working his lap times down, he was able to secure the outside pole for Race 1. In Race 1, Skylar was able to lead a couple of laps at the start. However, he fell back to second where he finished.
The teams hopes were high going into Qualifying on Sunday due to a stellar performance on Saturday. Unfortunately, two broken throttle return springs hindered Skylar’s qualifying effort, and he was unable to turn a lap setting him up for the 32nd starting position. The start of Race 2 proved to be extremely chaotic with cars darting everywhere. This ended badly for Skylar as he made contact with the car in front of him which forced Robinson to retire.
“The weekend didn’t start off well as we only got a couple of laps on Friday, and those were in the wet. Saturday, though, went great and I was able to pick up the second step on the podium. Sunday was really disappointing considering I didn’t complete one full lap. All-in-all, it was a tough weekend,” Skylar stated.
Skylar’s next scheduled race is June 6-8 at the picturesque Virginia International Raceway circuit.