Foley Moves Closer to BRRS Title With Pocono Sweep

LONG POND, Pa. — Seth Foley’s march towards the Bertil Roos Race Series championship continued with a sweep of Group 2 races at the Pocono Raceway South course, Sept. 27-28.

In what has been a dream season, Foley scored his sixth and seventh wins of the year. 

Foley had the fastest time in qualifying at 1:05.19 and used that to his advantage in the first race for the Group 2 cars. With the battling for position intense behind him, Geoff Valentino was the runner-up. Derek Jose finished third, followed by Rich White in fourth and Frank Anelante fifth.

The top four remained the same in race No. 2 with Foley, Valentino, Jose and White all maintaining their positions. Jimmy Dai broke up the top-five repeat by taking the fifth spot.

Frank Tiano won for the second time this season in the Group 1 opener. Gabe Jasper held on for a second-place finish with fast qualifier Andy Ourant third. Adam Colombo and Vinnie Virga rounded out the top five.

Jasper earned his first win of the season in the second Group 1 race. Colombo powered to the runner-up spot as 2018 series champion Ourant scored another third-place finish. Virga and Tiano took the fourth and fifth spots.

Foley holds a 278-264 advantage over Jose in the point standings after drops of their worst finishes. Valentino is third with 243 points, followed by Colombo with 237 points and Tim Nichols with 223 points. 

Pocono Raceway hosts the final weekend of the 2019 Bertil Roos Race Series, Oct. 11-12 races held on the South/East track.

Foley, Jose Lead Bertil Roos Standings After Lime Rock Sweeps

LAKEVILLE, Conn. — Seth Foley and Derek Jose rank 1-2 in the Bertil Roos Race Series points following a sweep of their respective races on Sept. 19-20 at Lime Rock Park.

Foley dominated Group 1 action from the get-go. He set fast time in qualifying at 1:02.99 around the historic Connecticut track and then proved to be just as tough during the pair of races which followed.

He rolled to the win in race No. 1 followed by Vincent Caintic and rookie Brian Trible. Adam Colombo and another rookie Brittion Smith rounded out the top five.

Foley didn’t slow down in the second race. Again, he was the leader of the pack, although the running order behind him completely changed. Ira Nesbitt raced to the runner-up spot with Reiner Oberst finishing third. Bob Perlmutter was fourth and Ken Slattum wound up fifth.

Tim Nichols set the fast time for Group 2, speeding around the challenging circuit in 1:02.38. Jose got around Nichols and powered on to the win in race No. 1.  Nichols posted a strong second-place run ahead of Geoff Valentino in third, Gabe Jasper in fourth and Tommy Cadwalader in fifth. 

Foley led the charge as top three drivers from the first race finished the same in race No. 2. It changed behind the podium finishers of Nichols and Valentino with Kirk Weatherman taking the fourth spot and Frank Tiano in fifth.

With maximum points for each race, Foley extended his lead in the championship standings with just four races left in the series. He now leads 252-224 over Jose, who vaulted into second place. Nichols is two points outside second at 222 points. Valentino with 214 points and Cadwalader with 199 points round out the top five.

The Bertil Roos Race Series gets back on track this weekend at Pocono Raceway’s South Track.

Colombo, Cadwalader Go 2-for-3 at BRRS Pocono Event

LONG POND, Pa. — Adam Colombo and Tommy Cadwalader had weekends to remember during the Bertil Roos Race Series visit to the Pocono Raceway North course on Aug. 30-31.

Both drivers won two races at the circuit which combines part of the NASCAR “Tricky Triangle” along with the infield road course.

Colombo’s big weekend started with a race originally set for New Jersey Motorsports Park that had to be rescheduled due to weather.

He worked his way to the front and took the win over defending Bertil Roos Race Series champion Andy Ourant. Kirk Weatherman finished third with Cadwalader and Thomas Doughty rounding out the top five.

Colombo’s strong performance continued by winning the pole for Group 2, Race 1 on the Pocono North course. However, he wasn’t able to hold off a strong charge from Derek Jose, who went on to win the race.

Phillip Jasper also moved to the front with a second-place finish, followed by Ourant. Colombo wound up fourth, just ahead of Frank Tiano.

Colombo wouldn’t be denied in the second race, beating Jose for the race win. Ourant finished third with Phillip Jasper and Gabe Jasper rounding out the top five.

The action was fast and furious in Group 1 as well.

Cadwalader raced from a third-place qualifying effort to win the first Group 1 race. Glenn Brooks, who started second, finished in the same spot with Rich White third. Seth Foley and Vinny Virga also posted top-five finishes.

The second Group 1 race saw Cadwalader again out front. He earned the sweep of the Group 1 races while Foley rallied to finish second. Geoff Valentino, who set fast time in Group 1 qualifying earlier in the event, filled out the podium with his third-place run.

Former series champion Tim Nichols and White were other top-five finishers.

Foley currently holds a 204-178 lead over Nichols in the championship standings. Only three points separate second place from fifth. After his round 5 sweep, Cadwalader moves to third in the standings at 177 points, followed by Jose with 176 and Valentino with 175. Colombo is gaining ground and ranks sixth with 167 points.

The Bertil Roos Race Series shifts to the iconic Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for the next round on Sept. 19-20.

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.

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.  

 

 

Cornell Sweep Leads to Winter Series Title

KERSHAW, S.C. — Adam Cornell swept Group 1 races at the Bertil Roos Racing School Winter Series to capture the overall series title last weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park.

Cornell captured the $10,000 top prize as champion of the eight-race series. Gabe Jasper also scored a weekend sweep in Group 2 and finished runner-up in the overall standings by a 147-142 margin. Jasper ended with a $5,000 second-place prize.

In the Group 1 competition, Cornell navigated the South Carolina road course in 2:03.85 to capture the pole for the first race. He lost the lead at the start to Phillip Jasper, who had earned his own sweep the previous Winter Series event at Palm Beach International Raceway.

The two swapped the lead multiple times over the next few laps before Cornell used a crossover move for the winning pass. Kirk Weatherman got past Phillip Jasper for the runner-up spot. Joe Lattanzi and Craig Curran rounded out the top five.

The top three remained the same for race No. 2 with Cornell, Weatherman and Jasper taking the podium finishes. Gordon Dinger raced his way up to fourth with Lattanzi crossing the finish line in fifth-place.

Gabe Jasper vaulted past his son, Phillip, with his win in the first Group 2 race. Starting from the pole position, he pulled away from second-place Jimmy Dai. Vinnie Virga raced to the runner-up spot ahead of Raja Malek in third-place. Reiner Oberst captured fourth and Dai rounded up the top five.

Jasper and Virga continued to pace the field in the second Group 2 race, while Oberst took the third podium spot. Dai rallied to take fourth and Charles Shiner was fifth.

Other top finishers in the overall standings were Gabe Jasper in third-place with 133 points, Virga fourth at 129 and Weatherman fifth at 119 points.

There are still spots available for the 16-race Bertil Roos Race Series which runs from March to October. For more information please click here or call 1-800-RACE-NOW.

Bertil Roos Graduates Das, Gore Finish Strong in Euroformula Open

Bertil Roos Racing School graduate Cameron Das continued his progression through the racing ranks over the weekend by wrapping up a strong season in the Euroformula Open Championship at Barcelona, Spain.

Fellow Bertil Roos graduate Dev Gore also showed promise in the series, earning a top-10 finish in the year’s final race.

Das, an 18-year-old graduate from Baltimore, qualified fifth in the first of two weekend races and battled in the top five throughout the race before ending with a sixth-place run. He followed it up by qualifying seventh and finishing fifth in the second race. Das put up a hard charge to battle David Schumacher for fourth in the closing laps.

Driving the No 28 Dallara for the British-based Carlin team, Das was the highest ranking American in the series. He posted four podium finishes and finished the year with seven top-five finishes over 16 races to place fifth in the final point standings.

Brazilian driver Felipe Drugovich dominated the series in winning the championship, while Das was a steady performer throughout the year with only two finishes outside the points.

It was a natural progression for Das, who won nine of 15 races to capture the 2016 U.S. Formula 4 Championship. He moved to the BRDC British Formula 3 in 2017 with the Carlin team which counts four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power among its alumni.

Gore, a 21-year-old Atlanta resident, made his debut with the Carlin team earlier this season at Silverstone, and he ran the second half of the Euroformula Open schedule. Despite playing catch-up to the field, he scored points in four events and posted top-10 finishes in the final two events at the Spanish tracks of Jerez and Barcelona.

Both drivers count their Bertil Roos experience as a major factor in racing in the prestigious European series, and driving for the Carlin team.

Gore worked his way up through the different levels of karting before attending Bertil Roos Racing School, the nation’s leading school for instruction in the highly intricate and technical form of European-style road racing.

After graduation, Gore competed in the Bertil Roos Racing Series where he won two races. He also has competed in the Formula 1600 Super Series, the Toyota Tires F1600 Championship and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

For everyone from the hobbyist to those who have aspirations to be like Das and Gore competing in the highest levels of motorsports, call 1-800-RACE-NOW to reserve a spot at Bertil Roos Racing School.

Ourant Wraps Up Bertil Roos Race Series Title at Pocono

LONG POND, Pa. — Andy Ourant ended a dream season in the Bertil Roos Race Series by clinching his first series championship over the weekend at Pocono Raceway.

Ourant, who won a series-high seven races, wrapped the championship up with a second-place finish in the first Group 1 race. Even though he didn’t finish the season race, Ourant ended winning the championship by nine points (275-266) over Rookie of the Year Seth Foley.

Three-time series champion Tim Nichols finished third in the points after a big weekend at Pocono where he won the first Group 1 race. Nichols set fast time in qualifying with a lap at 1:16.24 and he made the most of starting up front. Ourant had a title-clinching effort with a runner-up finish and Jason Auwarter came home third.

Ira Nesbitt, who qualified second in the first Group 1 race only to finish 10th, stormed back to win the second Group 1 race. Nichols continued his strong weekend by finishing second. Kirk Weatherman rounded out the podium with his third-place run.

Foley dominated the Group 2 action. He had the fast time of the day in qualifying 1:13.34 before going on to sweep both Group 2 races. Rich White gave chase to Foley, finishing in the runner-up spot and Kevin Anderson earned his way on the podium by finishing third.

There was plenty of action behind Foley in the second Group 2 race. Gabe Jasper posted a strong second-place run, while White raced to the other podium finish.

Other awards were handed out at the season-ending banquet with Reiner Oberst earning the Hard Charger Award by gaining the most number of positions throughout the season. Positions lost also count in the final tally.

Foley won the Rookie of the Year battle (266-226) over Robert Pielsticker with another rookie driver, Chris Sanford with 225 points. Gabe Jasper received the Cone Killer Award, a fun award given to the driver who knocks over the most cones during qualifying and race sessions throughout the season.

Vinnie Virga won the prestigious Sportsman of the Year award. It is awarded to the driver who best embodies the spirit of the series through comradery, mentoring new drivers to the series and for clean racing habits.

The Bertil Roos Winter Series is currently underway with the next races scheduled for December 3-4 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW for available spots.

Cornell Earns Sweep to Open Bertil Roos Winter Series

JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Cornell put on a dominating performance in the first couple of rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Race Series at Palm Beach International Raceway.

He navigated the challenging 2.2-mile PBIR road course in 1:33.26 to earn the pole for the first Group 2 race. In the lead, he stayed out front for the win. He followed it up with another win in the second race.

Jeff Relic and Alex Benavtis each won races for the Group 1 drivers.

Phillip Jasper ran runner-up to Cornell in both Group 2 races. Jimmy Dai posted a pair of third-place runs to fill out the podium in both races.

Relic started from the pole position and parlayed it into a victory in the first Group 1 race. Benavtis got around Gabe Jasper for the runner-up spot. Jasper held on for a third-place finish.

Benavits assumed command of the second Group 2 race and earned the victory. Gabe Jasper came back strong with a second-place finish and Vinnie Virga rounded out the podium in third.

After the first two rounds of the Bertil Roos Winter Series, Cornell holds a 49-46 lead over Benavtis in the point standings. Phillip Jasper is third with 44 points, followed by Gabe Jasper with 41 points and Relic and Dai tied for fifth with 40 points each.

Spots remain available for Rounds 3-4 of the series on December 3, 2018, and Rounds 5-6 on January 18-19, 2019 at Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Fla. Call 1-800-RACE-NOW to enter.