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Team USA's Neil Alberico leads Kenneth Thirlwall at Brands Hatch during the 40th running of the Formula Ford Festival with Team Canada's Xavier Coupal close behind in the No. 23 car. (Photo: Jeff Bloxham)

F2000 Championship Series

  • Kyle Connery swept the competition at Watkins Glen; bumping his win total to six while claiming Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Remy Audette picked up two more podiums securing the 2011 championship, continuing his consistency. The talented Canadian finished all but one race inside the top five this season.
  • Chris Livengood wrapped up a solid season with a fourth and seventh-place finish en route to third overall in the points championship.

F1600 Championship Series

  • Wyatt Gooden is still looking for competition. The up-and-comer remained undefeated in F1600 competition; going 4-for-4 this season behind the wheel.
  • Bill Valet won the 2011 championship with a pair of third-place finishes during the season finale.
  • Ryan Leach put together a solid outing with two podiums.
  • Several other up-and-coming drivers joined the fray this weekend and showed promise.

Indy Lights

  • Following up on the F2000 recap, the 2010 F2000 Champion Victor Carbone found his way to victory lane in the Indy Lights season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Series champion Josef Newgarden led laps 4-66, but fell to ninth on the final lap when his tire went down following contact with teammate Carbone’s wing.
  • Stefan Wilson set the fastest lap of the race, clocking a 28.32227 while hitting 196.252 miles per hour down the straight.
  • Jorge Goncalvez put together another solid race by finishing third behind Carbone and Esteban Guerrieri — his fourth top-five finish on an oval this season.

Team USA and Canada at the Formula Ford Festival

  • Neil Alberico led the way for the North American contingent competing at the 40th Annual Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch by finishing third in the 20-lap “Kent” final.
  • USA’s Trent Hindman and Alberico both won heat races over the weekend and Team Canada’s Xavier Coupal was equally quick finishing runner-up in his heat. In addition, Coupal earned the pole position for the final with his semi-final speed.
  • Spencer Pigot struggled with tire issues and contact throughout the weekend, but held his head high and worked through adversity for a 16th-place finish in the “Duratec” final.
  • Despite contact Hindman put in several impressive “through the field” drives en route to a ninth in the final (he started 22nd).
  • Ivor McCullough won the Kent final and Scott Malvern won the Duratec Final at Brands Hatch.


  1. Speedway on October 19, 2011 7:33 pm

    The FIL speeds over the weekend were blistering!

    What kind of tire problems did Pigot have?

  2. Ryan on October 19, 2011 8:32 pm
  3. Ryan on October 21, 2011 11:19 am

    @Speedway — Here’s some more information regarding the tire issue: http://www.teamusascholarship.org/content/spencers-blog

  4. RAILSracer on October 24, 2011 6:54 am

    The selection has turned into a political event that omits the best drivers in the USA unfortunately.The results are indicative of this.In my opinion.

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