Starrantino Nips Telitz In F1600 Thriller
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Adrian Starrantino took his third win of the 2013 F1600 Formula F Championship Series season by inches despite contact with race leader Aaron Telitz in the carousel turn coming to the checkered flag at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Starrantino, running second at the time, came together with Telitz – and managed to get back on the track to narrowly escape a hard charging Jake Eidson and Steve Bamford, who wound up third.
Starrantino marked his third win of the 2013 championship for Bryan Herta Autosport team in the No. 98 Mygale/Honda despite the last lap drama. The victory was important for the young Californian, who needs to make up ground in the points to Telitz and Eidson with just four races to go.
“I didn’t have (the lead) off the back straight and Aaron got sideways in turn 11 and I tried to take an opportunity on the inside and in a responsive move I got into the grass a little bit. I got sideways and it was just a racing incident. It was tough,” said Starrantino, who won round eight of the 12-race season at Mid-Ohio. Starrantino was able to get his Mygale off the grass and back on track in time to take the win.
Telitz, driving the No. 13 Mygale/Honda for WISKO Racing, commented: “I got a little loose coming out of turn 12 and got up on the rumble strips and hugged the grass. Adrian just plowed right into the left rear and comes up right up over and into the front tire, breaking the steering. We had a fine race until then.”
Elsewhere in the pack, Eidson recovered despite contact on the opening laps with IndyCar driver Tristan Vautier. Eidson carved his way through the field to salvage points, nearly winning the race and maintaining his Championship lead with a second place finish and the fastest race lap on top of his Saturday win in the rain.