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Linkage 9/19/09

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted September 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm linkage

It’s time for another edition of Linkage.  There has been a lot of junior formula news surfacing over the last week … all of which deserves some press.

Current F2000 Championship race driver Jonathan Scarallo made his return to the Bertil Roos racing series over the weekend in an effort to pick up some additional off-season seat time.  Per his twitter account; @JScarallo,  his return was a success as he found himself with two poles and two wins.  Aside from his open wheel endeavors, Jonathan recently completed a test in a World Challenge GT- Pontiac GTO at Pocono.

Speaking of Twitter, make sure to tune into my account, @JOWT, for up-to-date karting and open wheel news.  I typically will post something on Twitter prior to updating here… simply due to time constraints.  If you follow every tweet, you might even come across some college hockey news or perhaps a few complaints about why my golf handicap never seems to improve.   I know you are all immensely interested in those details.

In other testing news, Genoa Racing recently held a test for Frederic Vervisch, Dane Cameron and Greg Mansell in an Atlantic car at Gingerman.

Speaking of Greg Mansell … a few weeks ago I speculated that he had left his WSR team; Ultimate Signature Racing due to discontent with the team.  Apparently, Greg wasn’t the only unhappy driver in the Ultimate camp as former teammate Miguel Molina has also left the team, stating “breach of contract” issues.  I’m not sure what’s really going on behind the scenes here, but USR has decided to sit out the remaining events on the 2009 World Series calendar.

In Formula BMW news, the FBMW-Pacific series has quite the entry list for next weekend’s Marina Bay race in Singapore.  Eurointernational will be fielding Gabby Chaves, James Kovacic, Giancarlo Vilarinho, and Michael Lewis from the FBMW-Americas series.

As previously reported, Adam Christodoulou (Star Mazda) and Chris Miller (2009 F2000 Champion) competed in the Molecule Pro Formula Mazda Challenge at Laguna Seca.  Miller, who plans to compete in the final two events of the 2009 Star Mazda Championship; Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, adapted to the car quite adamantly and finished both races inside the top-five.  Christodoulou swept both events in a dominating performance.

Former shifter kart star and current Indy Lights competitor James Hinchcliffe awarded Enrico Menotti as the inaugural winner of the Hinchtown.com Canadian Karting Award.  Menotti has been focusing on Rotax Senior and Rotax DD2 competition via the Florida Winter Tour and the Canadian National Karting Championships this season.

Speaking of Rotax competition, Oklahoma Motorsports Complex is hosting the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals this weekend in Norman.  This event will determine which 10 drivers will represent America at the Rotax Grand Finals in Egypt.    If you live near Norman, Oklahoma… I strongly recommend the trip.


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