F600 Challenge - 2015 Season

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F600 Challenge - 2015 Season

Postby Jim Murphy » Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:07 pm


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. But our biggest announcement in 2015 is the $250,000 scholarship ride for the 2016 USF2000 series rung of the Mazda Ladder to the Indy Car Series, go here – http://www.usf2000.com for more information about this class. This was won by Clint McMahan for winning the 2014 series.

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 and videos on the F600 Challenge Series, please go to – http://www.theformula600challenge.com

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

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

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