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JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/19/16 9:05 a.m.

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a stock 600cc motorcycle engine with a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm, hitting speeds in excess of 140 mph. The exhaust sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

What would the forum like to know about this budget road race series. Let me know and I will do my best with an answer.

Jim
Marketing Partner
www.theformula600challenge.com

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr SuperDork
5/19/16 3:45 p.m.

Where and How much for a season?

wearymicrobe
wearymicrobe UltraDork
5/19/16 4:12 p.m.

How many sessions per set of tires?

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
5/19/16 8:57 p.m.

In reply to wearymicrobe:

I know a guy who races a F500, which is basically the same thing with a snow mobile engine. He said he could go essentially most of a season on one set. With the added benefit of them being relatively cheap for Hoosiers (10" wheels).

nderwater
nderwater PowerDork
5/20/16 11:55 a.m.

F600 seems like such a winning combination - compact, lightweight, low complexity chassis paired with superbike donor drivetrains for a very fast, relatively low-cost race car.

...But I've never seen a F600 in person and don't know anyone that owns one. By comparison Spec Racer Ford, Formula Ford and Formula Vee always seem to have big fields of competitors -- what gives?

xflowgolf
xflowgolf Dork
5/20/16 12:18 p.m.

when I read the thread title, I was expecting these:

Leaving slightly dissapointed.

Ian F
Ian F MegaDork
5/20/16 9:39 p.m.

In reply to nderwater:

Hence this thread...

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/31/16 1:24 p.m.

In reply to wvumtnbkr:

Sorry to take awhile to respond but I thought that I would be notified so I am still learning my way around this forum. I hope that the below press release helps, each of the sponsors has their contingency programs posted on our website in the press releases:

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES – 2015 SEASON

Back in November, 2012, we had the very first money race at the ARRC for this series as a way to draw attention to a brand new pro race series. For 2015, we have grown even more and it was our busiest to date. We have raced at Houston Motorsports Park, National Corvette Museum race track, Mid-Ohio, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Road Atlanta ARRC again for the finale. The series had a total of nineteen different drivers competing in 2015. Along with all these drivers the series saw its highest car count on two separate occasions. With all the buzz it looks like 2016 will be bringing even more drivers and larger fields. We have added more sponsors (most notably Honda Performance Development), we have paid out over $25,000 in race purses/tow funds, about $10,000 in individual race contingencies have been awarded and a $5,000 series points fund has been awarded.
The $5,000 Series Point Fund is awarded to those drivers who compete in four race weekends over the 2015 season based on the number of points won by each driver. Thus, for 2015, point’s awards were paid through 9th place. Here are the final points standing for 2015:

1st Aaron Ellis 114
2nd Hunter Brayton 91
3rd Ryan Barth 86
4th Carl Maier 82
5th Sven de Vries 78
6th Clint McMahan 70
7th Craig Laprade 67
8th George Fox 40
9th Mo Makki 37
10th Zak Morvik 29
11th Katelyn Johnson 23
12th Jack Walbran 14
13th Barry Luterek 14
14th Tom Edwards 12
15th Ted Simmons 12
16th Ken Van Horn 10
17th Matt Strand 10
18th Dave Brown 8
19th Chris Ross 5

The drivers voted on two series awards for the 2015 season. The Mechanic of the Year is given to that person who has been most helpful to the most people at every race and this year Dan McMahan has been selected for a second time. Dan won a $50.00 check. The Hard Luck award is given to that driver who had the worst luck of all the drivers over the course of the season and for 2015 Katelyn Johnson was selected. Katelyn wins a traveling trophy plus a $50.00 check. New sponsor Speed Partz held a drawing among the drivers for their chain sprockets and Sven de Vries won three sprockets worth $186.00.

For reports, contingency programs, photos and videos on the F600 Challenge Series, please go to – www.theformula600challenge.com

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible for 2015:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas (www.shrieve.com )
Honda Performance Development (www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Hoosier Racing Tire (www.hoosiertire.com )
Solo Performance Specialties (www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (www.pegasusautoracing.com)
Speed Partz (www.speedpartz.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a stock 600cc motorcycle engine with a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm, hitting speeds in excess of 140 mph. The exhaust sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
jdmurphy47@aol.com
770-861-2337

Fred Edwards
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com
260-438-4295

Carl Maier
cmaier@amsoil.com
972-897-9763

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/31/16 1:32 p.m.

In reply to wearymicrobe:

Hoosier 18" tall tires are about $160 each for the 6"+ wide fronts and about $180 each for the 7.5"+ wide rear tires. We usually buy a new set for the race and then use these for practice/qualifying at the next race then use these a third time for testing at the next race, so roughly 6 to 8 sessions. We run the 18" tall tires versus the 19.5" tall tires as the shorter sidewalls are stiffer than the 19.5" tall sidewalls, thus they are more responsive.

nderwater
nderwater PowerDork
5/31/16 1:49 p.m.

Jim - Here in Atlanta there are countless opportunities (SCCA/NASA, BMWCCA/PCA/etc., HPDE clubs) to get out on the race track behind the wheel of production-bodied cars. What might you recommend for unlicensed drivers who are interested in stepping up to an open-wheel car? Is there an easy way to get some time behind the wheel in one outside of a formal race weekend or school?

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/31/16 1:59 p.m.

In reply to nderwater: Depends on what part of the country that you live in. Most of the F600's are in the sunbelt area (except for the west coast). Your situation is the reason for the F600 Challenge Series - to grow the class in SCCA. And we are just starting to post here in an effort to reach more people who would enjoy these cars.
To give you a good look at what our cars are about, here is the F500 race at the Daytona SCCA Runoffs this past September. This was a good race even though my driver broke on the 1st lap - http://www.scca.com/videos/1972508

Enjoy the videos and our websites. Any questions please let me know and I will try my best to answer them. Next post is our 1st race at GingerMan Raceway.

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/31/16 2:24 p.m.

F600 CHALLENGE SERIES: FIRST TIME AT GINGERMAN RACEWAY

The F600 Challenge Series opened its 2016 season with its first time appearance at the recently repaved GingerMan Raceway near South Haven, MI. The open flowing track with its high speed sweepers makes for great racing. There were seven F600 Challenge drivers who raced this past weekend. For the 15 lap race #1 on Saturday, sim racer, Sven deVries, took the pole with a 1:34.7 with veteran 2015 Series champion, Aaron Ellis in second. In the race, these two immediately started dicing back and forth until Sven lost his drive chain on the 9th lap. The order of finish was Aaron Ellis, 1st, series rookie Barry Luterek, 2nd, Carl Maier, 3rd, Mo Makki, 4th, series rookie Jeff DeLong, 5th, series rookie Zak Morvik, 6th and Sven deVries, 7th.
For race #2 on Sunday, Sven deVries did not qualify so Aaron Ellis took the pole with a 1:35.6 followed by Barry Luterek in 2nd. In the race, Sven deVries, starting from the back of the pack, charged up to the front just behind Aaron Ellis by the 2nd corner. These two swapped the lead several times until near the end when Sven was struck by bad luck yet again with a failed motor. Aaron Ellis then cruised to 1st place for his second race win of the weekend; 2nd was Carl Maier, 3rd was Mo Makki, 4th was Sven deVries, 5th was Barry Luterek, 6th was Jeff DeLong and 7th was Zak Morvik. After two races, the points standing are as follows:
1. Aaron Ellis 24
2. Carl Maier 22
3. Mo Makki 20
4. Barry Luterek 18
5. Sven deVries 16
6. Jeff DeLong 14 7. Zak Morvik 12
The Formula 600 Challenge moves on to Round #2 at the Road America June Sprints, June 17-19.

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com );
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( www.shrieve.com );
Hoosier Racing Tire ( www.hoosiertire.com ); Honda Performance Development (www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line); Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com); Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com); Speed Partz (www.speedpartz.com ); Hawk Performance ( www.hawkperformance.com ); Winding Road Racing (www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website: www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
jdmurphy47@aol.com
770-861-2337

Fred Edwards
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com
260-438-4295

Carl Maier
cmaier@amsoil.com
972-897-9763

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/31/16 2:54 p.m.

In reply to nderwater: AHH! A fellow Atlantan (note my phone number in the press release) and www.formula600racing.com is based in Covington, GA.
You can drive a F600 around a big unoccupied parking lot to get your INITIAL feel for the F600. The next step up is at an autocross where you would spend a good part of a day in the event. This assumes that you have got the hang of upshifting and down shifting a sequential MC transmission. Both of these only require a helmet (and for autox, a driver's license with entry fee). Next step up are SCCA Time Trials but this involves almost everything a driver's school would. The other part of this is rental fee for the F600 along with towing and track support costs. But before going down this path I would recommend that you learn all you can about the F600 by crewing for a driver at a racetrack AND helping prepare the F600 before each race. Thus, you will become familiar with the F600 (hands on) BEFORE you ever step into the cockpit AND spend any serious money - you only have spent time and effort. Becoming an educated consumer is really the best way.

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
5/31/16 3:09 p.m.

Sorry - I should have posted this BEFORE the GingerMan race report:

F600 CHALLENGE SERIES ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHEDULE

The big news for this season is that we will be running at the newly repaved Gingerman track for the very first time since it has been repaved. Each weekend will have two races except for the ARRC. Thursday/Friday are load-in/track test days.

Here is the 2016 schedule:

May 20/22 - Gingerman, South Haven, MI
June 17/19 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
August 12/14 - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
August 26/28 - Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, AL
November 3/5 - ARRC, Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.
Please visit our website: www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
jdmurphy47@aol.com
770-861-2337

Fred Edwards
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com
260-438-4295

Carl Maier
cmaier@amsoil.com
972-897-9763

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
6/28/16 6:07 p.m.

F600 CHALLENGE SERIES: ROUND #2 AT ROAD AMERICA JUNE SPRINTS

The four mile long iconic track with its long straights and fast corners makes top end speed critical. Calvin Stewart, the high speed master in his Blade, won the pole with a 2:22.398 followed by the veteran Aaron Ellis with a 2:24.814, 3rd Sven DeVries in the yellow Banana Boat, 4th Barry Luterek, 5th Carl Maier, 6th Hunter Brayton in his brand new Wildcat, 7th George Fox and 8th Mo Makki with no time due to a bad axle. In the race, Calvin did not start for religious reasons, so Aaron Ellis inherited the pole and led the whole race with Sven DeVries in 2nd with a dragging brake caliper slowing him down; Mo Makki was 3rd, Barry Luterek, with motor trouble, was 4th, Hunter Brayton was 5th and Carl Maier was 6th.

Qualifying for the 2nd race was based on either your qualifying time or your race time whichever was faster. Thus Calvin Stewart retained the pole with his 2:22.398 qualifying time and since Aaron Ellis did not beat Calvin’s time in the Saturday race (2:25.335) he stood on his earlier qualifying time of 2:24.814, 3rd was Sven DeVries, 4th was Barry Luterek, 5th was Carl Maier, 6th was Hunter Brayton and 7th was Mo Makki who had fixed his axle. For the race on Sunday, Aaron Ellis used all of his veteran experience and stayed with Calvin Stewart and they swapped the lead several times during the race. Aaron bettered his qualifying time by about a tenth of a second at 2:24.752 during this back and forth action. On the last lap Aaron got ahead of Calvin but Calvin was able to draft back past Aaron to take the win by just over three tenths of a second – a good, close race. Barry Luterek fixed his motor issue from the 1st race and finished a fine 3rd place, Sven DeVries was 4th, Mo Makki was 5th, and Carl Maier was 6th.

After four races the points standings are as follows:

  1. Aaron Ellis 48
  2. Carl Maier 38

Mo Makki 38

Sven DeVries 38

Barry Luterek 38 6. Calvin Stewart 14

Jeff Delong 14 8. Zak Morvik 12

Hunter Brayton 12

Whew! A bunch of drivers are all knotted up in the season standings, this will be very interesting as the season progresses.

The F600 Challenge Series moves on to Round #3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Aug. 12 -14.

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (http://www.metalloidcorp.com ) Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( http://www.shrieve.com ) Hoosier Racing Tire ( http://www.hoosiertire.com ) Honda Performance Development (http://www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line) Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (http://www.soloperformance.com) Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (http://www.PegasusAutoRacing.com) Speed Partz (http://www.speedpartz.com ) Hawk Performance ( http://www.hawkperformance.com ) Winding Road Racing (http://www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at http://www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy 770-861-2337 jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards 260-438-4295 f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier 972-897-9763 cmaier@amsoil.com

nderwater
nderwater PowerDork
7/4/16 11:34 a.m.
JimMurphy wrote: I would recommend that you learn all you can about the F600 by crewing for a driver at a racetrack AND helping prepare the F600 before each race. Thus, you will become familiar with the F600 (hands on) BEFORE you ever step into the cockpit AND spend any serious money - you only have spent time and effort.

Thanks Jim. I'm interested in coming to the Barber and/or Road Atlanta races. Are there any F600 drivers in particular that you would suggest I reach out to?

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
7/5/16 8:14 p.m.

In reply to nderwater:

Go to our forum - http://www.formula500.org/ - register and introduce yourself (and where you live) under the F600 section and that you are interested in learning all about F600's by crewing for a driver at the Barber and Road Atlanta races. If no one responds (I think unlikely) then I will get you in touch with some drivers directly. If you want to get your hands dirty between races I can introduce you to Dan McMahan in Covington and he can put you to work in our shop there.

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
7/27/16 4:31 p.m.

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES: ROUND #3 AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Going into Charlotte Motor Speedway, August 12-14, the Series Points Standing has three ties among eight drivers. After four races, the points standings are as follows:

  1. Aaron Ellis 48
  2. Carl Maier 38
    Mo Makki 38
    Sven DeVries 38
    Barry Luterek 38
  3. Calvin Stewart 14
    Jeff Delong 14
  4. Zak Morvik 12
    Hunter Brayton 12

Round #3 will mean a lot of changes will occur in the points standings for the season and the amount of money for each driver at the end of the season. This will be fun to watch.

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (http://www.metalloidcorp.com)
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( http://www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( http://www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (http://www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (http://www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (http://www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (http://www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( http://www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (http://www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at http://www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
770-861-2337
jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards
260-438-4295
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier
972-897-9763
cmaier@amsoil.com

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
7/27/16 9:50 p.m.
JimMurphy wrote: In reply to nderwater: Go to our forum - http://www.formula500.org/ - register and introduce yourself...

Hi Jim - Please note that I took your advice and registered but my request was never approved by the forum admins, so I'm not able to log in or post.

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
8/19/16 9:57 a.m.

F600 CHALLENGE: RESULTS FROM CHARLOTTE

The long banked high speed oval turns at Charlotte Motor Speedway are tough on equipment as several drivers had equipment issues during the course of this weekend. Qualifying for the Saturday race showed that the veteran and series leader, Aaron Ellis, in command as he easily won the pole with a 1:18.628. For the rest of the grid were drivers re-learning this track and a novice. Second on the grid was John Pickle, a veteran driver but a newcomer to the F600 Challenge, with a 1:25.402. John was followed by Carl Maier in 3rd, George Fox in 4th, Mo Makki in 5th, novice Jeff DeLong in 6th and Sven deVries in 7th. For the race, Aaron Ellis checked out and won by a good margin but almost did not finish as he had to slow considerably due to a deflating right rear tire thanks to the high banked oval turns. Behind Aaron was where most of the action occurred with John Pickle finishing 2nd, Carl Maier 3rd, George Fox 4th, Mo Makki 5th, Jeff DeLong 6th. Sven deVries could not start due to a mechanical failure in the grid. Sven was done for the weekend.

For the Sunday race, qualifying was held late Saturday afternoon, the third session of the day for the drivers. Aaron Ellis went slower at 1:19.599 but still had the pole. However, the rest of the field was learning the track and improved their times. Most notable was the novice driver, Jeff DeLong, who went 4 seconds faster at a 1:23.077 to qualify 2nd; close behind in 3rd was Carl Maier; 4th was John Pickle; 5th was Mo Makki; 6th was George Fox who could not qualify as he had mechanical issues. In Sunday’s race, Aaron Ellis again checked out and won the race, this time with no excitement. Jeff DeLong finished a solid 2nd and his best race finish to date. Although Carl Maier finished 3rd, George Fox almost caught Carl twice but George spun each time that he got close to Carl to finish 4th. John Pickle was 5th. Mo Makki could not start.

For the weekend, here are the series points won by each driver:

  1. Aaron Ellis 24
  2. Carl Maier 22
  3. John Pickle 20
  4. Jeff DeLong 18
  5. George Fox 16
  6. Mo Makki 14
  7. Sven deVries 0

For the season, the series points are now as follows:

  1. Aaron Ellis 72
  2. Carl Maier 60
  3. Mo Makki 52
  4. Sven deVries 38
  5. Barry Luterek 38
  6. Jeff DeLong 32
  7. John Pickle 20
  8. George Fox 16
  9. Calvin Stewart 14
  10. Zak Morvik 12
  11. Hunter Brayton 12

The ties from the June Sprints round have cleared up a little bit as there are now only ties between Sven and Barry along with Zak and Hunter. This could clear up some more when the F600 Challenge Series moves on to Round #4 at Barber Motorsports Park, Aug. 26 -28.

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (http://www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( http://www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( http://www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (http://www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (http://www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (http://www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (http://www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( http://www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (http://www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at http://www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy 770-861-2337 jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards 260-438-4295 f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier 972-897-9763 cmaier@amsoil.com

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
8/19/16 10:03 a.m.

In reply to nderwater: Did you ever get to post on the forum? If not, keep following up. Come on out to Barber and find us in the paddock. We run in group #2 for this event. Most of us will be next to each other in the paddock. Hope to meet you then.

Jim

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
9/3/16 2:21 p.m.

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES: ROUND #4 AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

This time of the year the heat can be really unbearable in the deep south but this weekend’s weather provided a slight reprieve with a nice wind for most of the race event. This was the very first time that Aaron Ellis had ever been on this famous track but it did not take this crafty old veteran very long at all as he steadily improved his lap times with every session on the track. Qualifying for Saturday’s race saw veteran John Pickle in the former Banana Boat (2nd at the Daytona Runoffs) take the pole with a 1:39.652, followed by Carl Maier in 2nd, rookie Jeff DeLong in 3rd, Aaron Ellis in 4th, George Fox in 5th, another rookie Zak Morvik in 6th and returning to the Series, Fred Edwards in 7th, re-learning the car and the track. The start of the race saw Aaron Ellis charge to the front from 4th with John Pickle right with him. This battle continued for several laps until Aaron laid down a fast lap of 1:37.358 to pull away from John and win the race with John finishing in 2nd; 3rd was Jeff DeLong, 4th was George Fox, 5th was Carl Maier, 6th was Zak Morvik and 7th was Fred Edwards.

Since the grid for Sunday is determined by your fastest lap of the event, whether in qualifying or the Saturday race, Aaron Ellis decided to sit on his 1:37.358 set during the Saturday race. John Pickle did not improve his best lap time of 1:39.652 and settled for 2nd on the grid; Jeff DeLong improved his lap time to a 1:41.674 to take the 3rd spot, George Fox also improved his lap time to take 4th, Zak Morvik took the 5th spot and Carl Maier moved to the back after changing cars – Fred Edwards turned his car over to Carl to run the Sunday race. At the start, John Pickle and Aaron Ellis swapped the lead several times until John had to spin his car to avoid another car in the spider hairpin. Aaron then proceeded to increase his lead with a new fast time of 1:35.792. In the meantime, John Pickle was on a mission to catch both Jeff DeLong and George Fox who had passed John during his spin and re-start. Over the next 8 or so laps of this 15 lap race, John reeled in and passed first George Fox and then Jeff DeLong. Aaron Ellis won going away, John Pickle got a much deserved 2nd place from way back in the pack, George Fox finished 3rd, Jeff DeLong finished 4th, Carl Maier finished 5th and Zak Morvik finished 6th.

The points for this weekend’s event are as follows:

  1. Aaron Ellis 24
  2. John Pickle 22
  3. Jeff DeLong 20
  4. George Fox 18
  5. Carl Maier 16
  6. Zak Morvik 14
  7. Fred Edwards 12

After four rounds, the Series Points standing are now:

  1. Aaron Ellis 96
  2. Carl Maier 76
  3. Jeff DeLong 52
  4. Mo Makki 52
  5. John Pickle 44
  6. Sven deVries 38
  7. Barry Luterek 38
  8. George Fox 34
  9. Zak Morvik 26
  10. Calvin Stewart 14
  11. Hunter Brayton 12
  12. Fred Edwards 12

We have two ties - for 3rd/4th and for 6th/7th which should be resolved at Atlanta.

We are very thankful for our valued sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan( www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
770-861-2337
jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards

260-438-4295

f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier
972-897-9763

cmaier@amsoil.com

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
11/13/16 4:01 p.m.

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE: 2016 FINALE RESULTS AT ROAD ATLANTA

The whole weekend had perfect fall weather and the lap times reflected this. With each track session and the race the lap times steadily improved for most of the drivers. With the series points leader, Aaron Ellis, not able to make this finale due to family and work commitments this left the door open for the 2nd place driver, Carl Maier, to win the series with a 2nd place or better finish. In qualifying, Clint McMahan, in his only appearance this year, got close to the track record of 1:30.7 with a time of 1:32.5, not bad after being out of a F600 car for the whole season. In a very nice surprise, newcomer Eric McRee, in only his 4th race in his car, qualified 2nd with a respectable 1:37.5. Just 1.1 seconds behind was John Pickle in 3rd followed very closely (.07 second) by Carl Maier in 4th and Mo Makki in 5th. Not qualifying, Sven deVries had motor trouble and Jeff DeLong had a shunt.

For the race, both Sven and Jeff were able to start from the back. Sven deVries had borrowed Zak Morvik’s car (Zak had hurt his back and was unable to attend.) and Jeff was able to repair the damage to his car. With Clint on the pole by a good margin it looked like this was going to be his race, BUT NO, bad luck struck Clint as he had to retire on the starting lap with no oil pressure; he had run this motor for just a little bit too long. With Clint retired, newcomer Eric McRee stepped right up and charged to the front in a very impressive manner, clicking off his best time of the event with a 1:35.2 enroute to a convincing win for this novice. Improving his time to a 1:37.1, Carl Maier finished 2nd, followed by Mo Makki in 3rd, Jeff DeLong in 4th, Sven deVries in 5th, Clint McMahan in 6th and John Pickle in 7th.

Race points are as follows:

  1. Eric McRee 24
  2. Carl Maier 22
  3. Mo Makki 20
  4. Jeff Delong 18
  5. Sven deVries 16
  6. Clint McMahan 14
  7. John Pickle 12

All this settled the ties in the points series coming into this finale. The final series points standings will be in the 2016 season wrap-up in the next press release.

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (http://www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( http://www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( http://www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (http://www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (http://www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (http://www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (http://www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( http://www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (http://www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at http://www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy 770-861-2337 jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards 260-438-4295 f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier 972-897-9763 cmaier@amsoil.com

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
11/16/16 9:41 a.m.

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE: 2016 FINAL POINTS STANDINGS

Competing at five tracks – Gingerman in Michigan, June Sprints at Road America, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park and the ARRC at Road Atlanta – with four having double races, has consummated in the final 2016 points standings as follows:

1st Carl Maier 98
2nd Aaron Ellis 96
3rd Mo Makki 72
4th Jeff DeLong 70
5th John Pickle 56
6th Sven DeVries 52
7th Barry Luterek 38
8th George Fox 34
9th Zak Morvik 26
10th Eric McRee 24
11th Clint McMahan 14
12th Calvin Stewart 14
13th Fred Edwards 12
14th Hunter Brayton 12

The $15,000 fund has been paid out. The big surprise was Carl Maier’s 2nd place finish at Road Atlanta catapulting him over Aaron Ellis who could not make the finale due to family and business commitments. The Hard Luck Driver of the Year is Mo Makki and the Mechanic of the Year is Greg Piper who intends to campaign a F600 in 2017.

The 2017 Challenge Series will be composed of Major races and Hoosier Super Tours with a bucket list finale at the Indianapolis Run Offs. There will be more on this schedule in the next press release.

We are very thankful for our sponsors who have made this series possible:

Metalloid Corporation of Sturgis, Michigan (www.metalloidcorp.com )
Shrieve Chemical Products of Houston, Texas ( www.shrieve.com )
Hoosier Racing Tire ( www.hoosiertire.com )
Honda Performance Development (www.hpd.honda.com/racing-line)
Solo Performance Specialties (SPS) (www.soloperformance.com)
Pegasus Auto Racing Supplies (www.PegasusAutoRacing.com)
Speed Partz (www.speedpartz.com )
Hawk Performance ( www.hawkperformance.com )
Winding Road Racing (www.WindingRoadRacing.com )

The Formula 600 Challenge Series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a 6 speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of this drive train is likened to a F1 car.

Please visit our website at www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy 770-861-2337 jdmurphy47@aol.com

Fred Edwards 260-438-4295 f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com

Carl Maier 972-897-9763 cmaier@amsoil.com

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
1/23/17 9:15 a.m.

FORMULA 600 CHALLENGE SERIES: 2017 RACE SCHEDULE TO BE ENHANCED

For the 2017 schedule, because Indianapolis will be the site for the very first time for the SCCA Runoffs, we are stepping up the Series by having all rounds of the Series at SCCA Major and Hoosier Super Tour events. This is the 2017 F600 Challenge Series schedule:

March 10-12 Road Atlanta Major Race

April 14-16 Virginia International Raceway – Hoosier Super Tour

May 12-14 Heartland Park Topeka Major Race

June 16-18 Road America June Sprints – Hoosier Super Tour

And the finale will be – September 25 – October 1 The Runoffs at Indianapolis

We are so excited. The drivers voted for this and consider Indianapolis to be on their Bucket List.

The Formula 600 Challenge series was developed to help promote an affordable open wheel formula car class to showcase talent without large financial race budgets. The Formula 600 open wheel cars use a 600cc motorcycle engine and a six speed sequential transmission revving up to 15,000 rpm with speeds in excess of 140 mph. The sound of these cars is likened to F1 cars.

Please visit our website: www.theformula600challenge.com for news, photos and videos.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Murphy
jdmurphy47@aol.com
770-861-2337

Fred Edwards
f.edwards@metalloidcorp.com
260-438-4295

Carl Maier
cmaier@amsoil.com
972-897-9763

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