July 5th-7th, 2013 – Waterfall/Area 81 Racing debuts at historic Watkins Glen International

The Finger Lakes Region of Central New York State is a beautiful place to visit. The rolling hills allow dramatic vistas from the historic ex-Formula 1 race track. Add the spectacle of 4th of July, and the result is a large field of cars for the SCCA BF Goodrich Major Tour/USF1000 weekend. This race was not attended by Car # 18 because Tim and wife Kristen were celebrating the birth of their new child Emily. We welcome our newest member Emily Pierce to the team!

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Richard Franklin – F1000 Car #81 at Watkins Glen

Attending the Thursday test day was a must for those looking to tune their suspension to the bumpy Watkins Glen racetrack. Speeds were quite high, the light blue armco walls were close and the competition was fierce, but Richard managed to posted a 7th place finish in Saturday’s Race 1. Unfortunately, failed battery sidelined him with just 8 laps completed. Sunday’s Race 2 was spent battling other classes of cars as Richard advanced through the pack. At the checker flag, 13 cars were behind him and the result was a 5th place finish in F1000 class. Prizes earned were the $ 150.00 Sunoco Hard Charger Award, $ 50.00 certificate from Jongbloed Wheels and a free Neo Sport Camera. The solid results moved Richard up to 5th place out of 24 competitors in the USF1000 Eastern Division Seasonal Points Championship.

Richard # 81 – First of all it was great to have so many Friends, Family & Sponsors join me at Watkins Glen International this weekend. We were also fortunate to have Rob Nellis & Daniel Nellis of Constellation Energy join us. They are Waterfall Security Solutions customers and we thank them for their generous support. As for the racing, Thursday’s test day was spend searching for compliance in the suspension, so I could’nt concentrate much on improving my lines. For Friday’s qualifying, we made major spring and shock changes and the handling was much improved. Saturday’s race was marred by yellow flags as competitors spun and a few made hard wall contact. I need to thank my Crew Chief Hawk Hibbs for calling the green flag on the radio, since it helped me pass quite a few cars. My family was in Turn 1 Grandstand and were cheering me on.  I could see them clearly because they wore Orange shirts in support of the team. Unfortunately, the battery failed after 8 laps and I coasted to a stop in the toe of The Boot. Sunday’s Race 2 start was relatively clean and I took a measured approach to working thru the field. In the end, the car was decent and I finished with a solid 5th place in F1000 class earning the $ 150.00 Sunoco Hard Charger Award.

Check out the highs & lows from Saturday’s Race 1

Next race for the Area 81 Racing Team is the 50th Anniversary SCCA Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconson. The largest F1000 field ever assembled is likely and the event will be determining both the F1000 SCCA National Champion and USF1000 National Champions. More information is available at: http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=5680 and www.usf1000.com. As always, follow us by visiting our website –> www.Area81Racing.com or by Face Book –> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Area-81-Racing-Team/173745692673454