Alex Scaler has won the 2017 GPFour Northeast Championship. After a season final win and 3rd place at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Scaler clinched the season points championship. He finished in front of second place Keith McDonald and third place Joe Sammut. The win at NJMP gave Scaler 3 wins in the 8 race championship included 2 wins at the Summit Point rounds 3 and 4 of the season.
“Winning the championship is so rewarding because it is a display how hard myself, my father and my crew worked towards achieving our goals.” Scaler said. “Winning the championship also gives us a lot of confidence going into the Runoffs that we have what it takes to run up front.”
Scaler, 19, is in his first season racing the high speed, high downforce GPFour/Formula Enterprise race cars. His previous experience came in the Formula V class including a pole win at the 2016 SCCA Runoffs at Mid Ohio. The jump to GPFour came with a win in only his second event, but it was a real challenge. “I knew going into the season that we would be playing catch up. Chasing drivers that had been competing in FE for years. It took a lot of focus and dedication from everyone involved in order to make it happen and I can’t thank them enough for believing in me.”
“I still consider myself transitioning as I only have a few races under my belt. Everytime I get out of the car I have learned something new. I am confident that I am not done improving.” Scaler said. “I will continue to get faster after each session as I learn a little more about the car.”
Scaler’s season began at Summit Point where he won both ends of the GPFour series double header. It was an eye opening debut. His next event was a 9 car field at the GPFour event at legendary Watkins Glen International. His performance was solid and consistant with 3rd place podium finishes in both events. The season finale was at the Thunderbolt circuit at NJMP. The 10 car field entered at New Jersey was the largest field of the season for Scaler. He struggled a bit in the first race with a 4th place finish. His lowest finish of the season. But Alex is a quick learner and he won the Sunday feature in impressive style.
Next on the schedule for Scaler is the 2017 Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Alex is also proud to be able to share the success with his Father. “Racing with my father has always been an amazing experience. He has helped me throughout my entire career in both karts and cars.” Said Scaler. “We work extremely well together as we are both fighting for the same goal.”
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