Bertil Roos Race Series Champions Roar to Wins at Thunderbolt Course

MILLVILLE, N.J. — The two most recent Bertil Roos Race Series champions Tim Nichols and Andy Ourant and current points leader Seth Foley earned wins at the BRRS event at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Course.

Nichols, the most decorated driver in BRRS history as the leader in career wins, podium finishes and starts, qualified third for the first Group 1 race. He worked his way to the front to earn his third win of the season and a record 57thcareer victory.

Foley earned the pole for the race with a lap of 1:40.62, just .03 of a second faster than Derek Jose’s fast time. Foley ended second in the race and Jose rounded out the podium finishers.

Geoff Valentino and Vinnie Virga rounded out the top five.

Foley quickly set the pace in race 2. Rolling to the win, he matched Nichols with his third win of the season. 

Valentino ran second as Jose earned another podium finish. Nichols and Jimmy Dai were the other top-five finishers.

Ourant, the defending BRRS champion, scored the win in the lone Group 2 race as pole sitter Tommy Cadwalader struggled to a ninth-place finish. Running a limited schedule this season, it was Ourant’s third win in five races.

Glenn Brooks charged from a sixth-place starting spot to finish second and Ira Nesbitt came from ninth to finish third. Kirk Weatherman and Gabe Jasper took the fourth and fifth-place spots.

Heavy rain and coincidentally, thunder and lightning, made it impossible to safely continue the event. It caused the postponement of the second Group 2 race until practice day for the next event to be held at Pocono Raceway, Aug. 30-31.

At the halfway point of the season, Foley holds a 10-point lead (164-154) over Nichols in the championship standings. Valentino is third at 147 points, followed by Jose and Virga.

The next BRRS races will be held Aug. 30-31 at Pocono Raceway’s 1.5-mile, seven-turn, North course. 

Rookie Cadwalader Scores First Bertil Roos Race Series Win

MILLVILLE, N.J. — Rookie driver Tommy Cadwalader wouldn’t be denied in the Bertil Roos Race Series races June 15 at New Jersey Raceway Park.

 

Cadwalader won the pole for the first of two Group 1 races around NJMP’s Lightning Course with a lap of 1:18.29 to edge defending series champion Andy Ourant for the top spot. In the race, Ourant got by Cadwalader to take the victory, while three-time series champion, Tim Nichols rounded out the podium finishers.

 

Glenn Brooks and Geoff Valentino filled out the top five.

 

In the second race, Cadwalader went to the front and scored a hard-fought win over Nichols. Valentino took the final podium spot. Vinnie Virga and Ira Nesbitt ended as the fourth and fifth-place finishers.

 

Derek Jose had the quick time in Group 2 qualifying with a “lightning-quick” lap at 1:17.65. Jose, who was coming off a pair of top-three finishes in the previous BRRS races at Virginia International Raceway, couldn’t hold off Frank Tiano, who charged from a fifth-place start for the win.

 

Jose finished second ahead of Seth Foley. Behind them, Gabe Jasper and Jimmy Dai took the fourth and fifth spots.

 

Foley was a man on a mission in the second Group 2 race and he beat Gabe Jasper to the finish line. Dai earned a podium finish, while a pair of rookies — Jake Bonilla and Britton Smith — rounded out the top five.

 

Foley emerged from his productive weekend with the points lead, holding a 117-114 advantage over Nichols. Valentino currently ranks third with 107 points, while Reiner Oberst and the rookie Cadwalader are tied for fourth with 102 points.

 

The series returns to New Jersey Motorsports Park and its Thunderbolt course for the next round of races June 28-29.

Bertil Roos Racing School Graduate Andretti Finishes Sixth in Indy Lights Debut

Jarett Andretti once again showed the versatility his famous racing family is known for and it comes as no accident.

 

In his Indy Lights series debut, Andretti finished sixth in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As a graduate of Bertil Roos Racing School and a coaching client of BRRS President Dennis Macchio, his success on the “World’s Most Famous Race Track” is no surprise.

 

While Indianapolis is a nearly rectangular-shaped track with four tight corners, Andretti adapted well to its unique challenges. The training he received from Bertil Roos Racing School in the highly-technical, European-style road racing made for a smooth transition.

 

In the May 24 race, Andretti had the sixth fastest practice time at 193.839 mph in a Dallara chassis. After not posting a qualifying lap, he had to start on the grid. He came back in the race to finish right outside the top five.

 

As an Indianapolis native and the seventh member of his family to race on the famous track, it was a dream come true for the son of former IndyCar and NASCAR winner John Andretti.

“There’s something about this place,” Jarett said. “There’s an allure here that you can’t replicate. Obviously being born in Indianapolis, it has an even more special meaning and seeing your dad compete here among all your other family members.”

 

Those family members include great-uncle Mario, who ranks amongst the all-time greats in motorsports history as the 1969 winner of the Indianapolis 500. In fact, Mario Andretti is the only man to win a Formula One World Championship, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

 

Other family members include Michael Andretti, now one of IndyCar’s top car owners, and his cousin, Marco, who raced in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

 

Besides their history at Indianapolis, the Andretti family also has a long history with Bertil Roos Racing School. Michael Andretti, is a BRRS graduate, coached by the school’s founder Bertil Roos.

 

Since Jarett participated in Bertil Roos Racing School in 2011 at Virginia International Raceway, he has raced in a variety of cars and series. He won the Eastern Pavement championship for the USAC Midgets, has been a track champion on the 3/8-mile clay oval in Lawrenceburg (Ind.) and was the winner of the nationally-televised Indiana Sprint Car Series.

 

Also an accomplished sports car racer, he competed in the 50thanniversary of the 24 Hours of Daytona and in the Pirelli World Challenge.    

 

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Oberst, Nichols Score Sweeps in Virginia

DANVILLE, Va. — Reiner Oberst and Tim Nichols scored weekend sweeps in rounds 3-4 of the Bertil Roos Race Series at Virginia International Raceway.

 

Oberst laid down the fast lap in Group 1 qualifying and parlayed that effort into a dominating win the first race of the May 5-6 weekend. Vinnie Virga, who was second fastest in qualifying, maintained his position to finish runner-up.

 

The real battle was for the final podium spot. Adam Colombo advanced from a sixth-place starting spot to edge defending Bertil Roos Race Series champion Andy Ourant for third.

 

In the second Group 1 race, Oberst powered his way to another victory. Geoff Valentino captured second place while Virga added to his strong weekend with a third-place run.

 

Nichols, the winningest driver in Bertil Roos Race Series history, added to his total with his Group 2 sweep. He had the fastest qualifying time of the weekend with his 1:23.48 run, making him the only driver to break the 1:24 barrier.

 

The strong performance continued in race No. 1 where Nichols captured the win over Derek Jose. Rookie driver Tommy Cadwalader made quite an impression by taking the final podium spot.

 

Nichols continued his mastery of the Danville, Va., road course in the second Group 2 race. Seth Foley rallied from 10thplace in the opening race to score the runner-up finish in the second race. Jose finished third and picked up his second podium of the weekend.

 

With the latest results, Oberst and Foley are tied atop the driver standings with 74 points each. The top five is extremely tight with Nichols third at 72 points, followed by Valentino with 71 points and Kirk Weatherman with 70 points.

 

The Bertil Roos Race Series returns to action June 14-15 at the Lightning course at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Click here for more information about the Bertil Roos Race Series.