17-Year-Old Is Formula Continental Champ
Like Portante, Miller – who started second – was also a rookie in the Runoffs. He shared the front row with Portante, but fell back on the start. That early mistake kept Miller from battling Portante for the win.
“I was hoping to give Peter a run for his money, and raced with them, but I made a mistake in (Turn) 1 and from there was playing catch-up,” Miller said. “I’m still pretty happy to be on the podium in my first Runoffs. I think Peter was in a class of his own, and did a great job all week. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to come back and try again and do one step better.”
Allaer, in the No. 52 Voss/Martini – LTD Motorsports Van Diemen RF02, spent much of his run in the top five after starting fifth. His only previous Runoffs start came last year, when he finished fourth.
“It was a very talented field,” Allaer said. “I had hopes of finishing on the podium, and I think I benefitted from a little attrition. I basically held the car together, and I did what I could do to finish in the spot where I was. These kids are fast, and they deserve everything that they got.”
Fourth was Todd Marrical, in the No. 69 Scott Honda/K-Hill Motorsports Van Diemen RF06. He also earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award for advancing a race-high four positions. Jim Victor finished fifth in the No. 77 Smith Barner/ArmsUp Motorsports RFR F2000.
1, (1), Peter Portante, Plainville, CT, Van Diemen RF01, 13.
2, (2), Christopher Miller, Edina, MN, Van Diemen Zetec, 13.
3, (5), Robert Allaer, Lithia, FL, Van Diemen RF02, 13.
4, (8), Todd Marrical, Havertown, PA, Van Diemen RF06, 13.
5, (9), Jim Victor, Davenport, IA, RFR F2000, 13.
6, (10), William Hoops, Mountain Top, PA, Van Diemen RF99, 12.
7, (11), Mark Dillon, Naples, FL, Van Diemen RF96, 10.
8, (4), David Grant, Germantown, TN, Van Diemen RF03, 9.
9, (7), Tonis Kasemets, Mundelein, IL, Van Diemen RF01, 5.
10, (3), Gerald D Szykulski, Edina, MN, Van Diemen DP08, 4.
DNS, (6), J.R. Smart, Fitchburg, WI, Van Diemen RF01, 0.