Eidson Wraps F1600 Season With A Victory
SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. – Jake Eidson closed his 2013 F1600 Formula F Championship Series title-winning campaign with a decisive victory at Summit Point Motorsports Park in the season finale on Sunday that turned into an all-out battle between four cars for the win.
Eidson took the lead with a few laps to go and managed lapped traffic coming to the flag to take his record-breaking seventh victory of the year by mere inches over Aaron Telitz and Adrian Starrantino. Ayla Agren was fourth.
Eidson clinched the title with a third place drive on Saturday at Summit Point, and with Sunday’s win, has victories in seven of 12 races, taking wins at every track except VIR, where he finished second both days.
“That was by far the most exciting race of the year,” said Eidson, who drives for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in the No. 10 Spectrum/Honda. “There were four of us going all out and trading positions lap after lap. I have to thank the Capes for a great car not only today, but all season.”
Telitz finish second by a hair over Starrantino, reversing Saturday’s race where he missed the win by what amounted to millimeters in a side-by-side finish.
“It was close,” said Telitz, just after climbing out of the No. 13 WISKO Racing Mygale/Honda. “That lapped car forced me to the inside coming onto the front straight and I knew it was going to be close”
The 21-year-old Wisconsin-native led multiple laps in the season finale, and will head to Florida with Starrantino and Eidson for the Team USA shootout this week.
Starrantino came home third to take second in the point standings for Bryan Herta Autosport ahead of Telitz.
“I thought yesterday’s race was crazy, but today topped it,” said Starrantino. “That was a good way to finish the year.”
Teammate Agren followed in fourth after starting from pole and also leading a handful of laps in her No. 96 Mygale/Honda while Steve Bamford took another Masters Class win with a fifth place finish.
Franklin Futrelle and Art Foster followed in sixth and seventh, while Sam Chastain put in a solid drive to come to the finish line in eighth place for Bryan Herta Autosport. Austin McCusker got the better of Mike Scanlan after a race-long contest to finish ninth with Scanlan following.
The 20-lap race stayed green despite a relatively big incident on the front straight involving Jim Goughary, who went sideways into a tire barrier, catching air. Goughary was able to walk away without assistance, but with heavy damage to his No. 7 Van Diemen/Honda.