The day was not without drama however. CMP is one of the closest tracks to the Area 81 home base, but a Group 1 assignment meant leaving home base at 4am with no room for delay. During routine preparation for the 8am practice session, the crew found a melted fuel pump relay which prohibited the engine from starting. It looked like the day would cut short as team members watched the first practice session from the paddock. Thankfully, Denis Schembri – Area 81’s Lead Mechanic was in attendance and saved the day. He installed an auxiliary lighting relay from his ITA Miata, which cured the problem.
Tim had this to say after the win, “The trailer was still loaded from Mosport and CMP is only 3 hours away. We love to support Central Carolina Region SCCA events and I needed one more SCCA Regional to qualify for the SIC. The Sunday event was the best option. I hated that we couldn’t make both races, but it was one of those days where we unloaded at 7am, qualified, raced, and were back on the road before noon. This was my third event at CMP and I’m still becoming familiar with the track. One of the my previous CMP races was cut short after a weekend long deluge of rain and we decided not to risk damaging the car. Although Paul Schneider took the pole with his Formula E, I was pleased to be mixing it up with him because he is a great driver and fierce competitor. Still, I felt like I left a couple seconds by not being totally familiar with the track. Also, we ran with the setup from Mosport since I felt it would be very close. Therefore, it was an honor and quite a surprise to learn that I broke the CMP track record in FB. We’ve learned a lot by competing in the F1000 Championship Series, and I think it showed today. It is a credit to the Area 81 Racing team and our sponsors Waterfall, Citscorp, and Briky.” Tim added ” I’ll have added motivation to defend my track record at future CMP events.”
The team’s next event is the F1000 GP of New Jersey on June 8-10th at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ.