July 23,2017 – From Millville,NJ- The Gpfour Northeast Championship rolls into its final event for 2017 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Round 7 of this championship attracted another nice field of cars as the Gpfour series prepares for the National Championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Gpfour series uses The Formula Enterprise Van Diemen chassis with Mazda Engines, American Racer Tires and Performance Friction brakes. The Runoffs is setting up to be a shootout from each division of the Gpfour championship with 36 cars expected to take the green flag at the famed circuit.
We witnessed another exciting race in New Jersey. Lee Rackley in the Castrol Oil entry was able to get a good start as he did not want to be left out to dry as the cars barreled into the famously tight turn one at this circuit. The polesitter exciting young talent Alex Scaler said of the start that cars were passing in places he didn’t think passes could be made. Scaler was roughed up a bit on the start and he lost some body panels which put him at a disadvantage throughout the race. Alex had to be cautious today but I see great things coming from this young driver. He managed to pull off 4th spot with a slightly banged up machine which puts him one point behind points leader Keith McDonald going into Sundays final race of the year. Lee Rackley spun off the track after grabbing a giant lead on the first lap but this wasn’t going to stop the speedster Rackley as he crawled his way back up to 2nd place by the race end. Todd Vanacore finished a fine 3rd spot today. Vanacore raced all of the Southern Gpfour events so this is a great result as he prepares for Barber Motorsports Park the next event on the GPfour South series.. Jonathan Corsico showed his immense skills today as he really did tame the Jersey Devil in the Pine Barrens New Jersey track. Once he grabbed the lead there was no touching him. He showed his talent maneuvering his way to a fine victory which will surely build his confidence for his chances of a national championship. Joe Samut is another one of the northeast championship contenders in this race but with his 5th place finish he will be five points back starting Sundays race. Joe was hurt by todays start but still managed to stay in the lead pack. Look for him to be pushing hard tomorrow as things really look great in the championship battle. Eric Cruz managed a solid 6th place with Kelton Jago 7th and keith McDonald 8th as he stays just one point ahead of Scaler going into Sundays race. This points battle is fitting because Scaler is driving McDonalds spare car this season with just one race to go to decide the 2017 Northeast GPfour title.
We look forward to an exciting finish to the season in the inaugural Gpfour North east championship. Alex Scaler and Joe Samut are at a slight disadvantage in the points battle because they both missed the first race weekend at VIR but at any rate keith Mcdonald has finished every race so you cant take anything away from his consistent driving this season. Todays race should be another close battle with Alex Scaler starting from the pole and Corsico and Rackley right behind him. The current points standings are posted on http://www.gpfourinfo.com/ and the championship awards will be given out at the conclusiuon of Sundays race.
The Gpfour series is also happy to announce that we will be switching to the Generation three American Racer tire for the remainder of the season. The new tire has proved quite a bit quicker then the current tire so it will be interesting to see how everyone adapts to the change going into the final months of racing. The new tire will be available the 2nd week of August and you can find order details on Primusracingtires.com . The tire change will also make things interesting as we prepare for Indianapolis . Several Northern drivers are making the trip down to Barber Motorsports Park because of the similarities of the two circuits so we expect a stellar field of several of the top drivers at Barber.
The GPfour championship has really turned the corner to success in 2017 with many new drivers joining the competition this year. The word has spread that this class is a great opportunity for young drivers to make their mark and for older drivers to race in a very level playing field. The competition has been extremely close all year long and the list of contenders is extremely long as we head to Indy for the Runoffs. We couldn’t be happier about such a large field of cars coming to race at Indy. The series will have a full hospitality set up with tire service at the Runoffs and we will be showcasing the many products from our sponsors which include SCCA Enterprises, Aim Sports Electronics, American Racer tires, Driven Race oil, Performance Friction brakes, Elite transmissions, SPA Technique and Primus Racing Parts.