Salem, NH – A new 21 race schedule promises to make the 2015 F1600 Formula F Championship Series as competitive as ever, following last year which saw 11 winners in 14 races. The season gets going with three races this weekend at Road Atlanta.
A serious amount of track time will be awaiting the latest class of young drivers strapping into F1600 cars all on the same new-for-2015 Hoosier tires.
Returning Championship-winning squad Team Pelfrey will unload three trademark black and yellow Mygale/Hondas at Road Atlanta running returning driver Andrew Hobbs alongside Rob Megennis and Ben Auriemma. Hobbs ran most of the 2014 F1600 Series with another team, while Megennis and Auriemma are both new to F1600, but ran well in Palm Beach in February during the Series’ winter event.
Chastain Motorsports will run the same four drivers as they did in February at Palm Beach, with sophomore driver Will Harvey being joined by Kyle Kirkwood, Andy Lewis and Parker Chase in Mygale/Hondas. Kirkwood was among the fastest drivers during the Palm Beach event.
Exclusive Autosport ended the season with Jack Mitchell Jr. at Watkins Glen International last October, and will add two more Spectrum/Honda packages as Mitchell Jr. will return, joined by Australian Scott Andrews and Canadian Thomas McGregor, who won a F2000 race at VIR in 2014. Mitchell Jr. brings a win to the table as well, having triumphed at Pittsburgh last August on the short course in F1600.
Austin Mack drove from the back to the front at Palm Beach after an early-race incident, setting the second fastest lap of the race and finishing second in the No. 11 K-Hill Motorsports Mygale/Honda. The sixteen-year-old has added track time on his side, recently winning the SCCA Majors race in March at Road Atlanta.
The Masters Class, for drivers over 40, accounts for more overall victories than the rest of the field with Jim Goughary (three wins), Steve Bamford (one win) and Art Foster (one win) both planning their usual full-season campaigns. Goughary will race his trademark silver Van Diemen while Foster is expected in a red No. 21 Spectrum.
Bamford will further busy his weekend schedule in 2015 by competing in both F2000 and F1600. The 2014 VIR winner will add yet more racing to his seven weekends with the expanded F1600 schedule, going from 14 to 21 races.
Mike Scanlan makes it another returning veteran driver as he has contested the majority of F1600 events dating back to 2011.
Started in 2011 by Formula Race Promotions, the F1600 Formula F Championship Series has grown from five weekends and 10 races to become a premiere destination for driver development and great racing, with 21 races scheduled for the 2015 season spanning from April to October.
The action gets going at Road Atlanta on Thursday with unofficial testing, with Friday seeing twin practice sessions. Saturday and Sunday each feature qualifying and a race. Follow the action from Road Atlanta at www.F1600Series.com