Group-A Racing Leads Laps & Earns More Podiums at Mid Ohio

Lindenhurst, New York (August 17, 2016) – After earning podium results during the inaugural Formula 4 U.S event, the Group-A Racing team was looking for more of the same and hopefully to improve during the second weekend. During the break the team added a second driver with Group-A Racing Development Driver Jackie Ding from China, joining Montreal’s Raphael Forcier.

During practice the team earned mixed results. They were testing different things, with Group-A Racing keeping cars towards the top of the time sheets.

In race one, the clouds opened up with heavy rain during the pace lap. Series officials elected to bring everybody in to change to rain tires, with the race being the first time everybody has seen wet weather in these cars. Once the race started, sadly Raphael Forcier got hit from behind on the opening lap, doing excessive damage to the left rear of the car ending his race. Jackie Ding, on his debut race put in a very good performance crossing the finish line in 3rd position. Unfortunately, officials deemed he passed under yellow for 3rd and was demoted to 4th after the race.

In race two, Jackie started on the outside of the front row. On lap 7 he grabbed the lead from Skylar Robinson with a fantastic pass around the outside of turn 2. The top 5 cars were battling it out trying to take the lead from Ding. Jackie kept putting in consistent laps not giving them a way around for 15 laps. Unfortunately just when it seemed Jackie was going to win, Robinson got past on the last lap, with Jackie having to settle for 2nd.

Race three saw Jackie starting 5th and Raphael 9th. Jackie had a gearbox issue causing him to fall back on the standing start to 12th, while Forcier got a good start moving up to 7th. By lap 3 Forcier found his way past for 6th and his sights set on Goodyear for 5th. Jackie started his hard charge back to the front passing cars essentially every lap. By lap 8 he had caught himself up to his team mate for 6th until he made a mistake going into turn one, spinning and getting stuck in the gravel, ending his race. On the restart Raphael got caught in a three wide battle, getting hit from behind, yet again causing suspension damage to end his race early as well.

Post Event Quotes:

Jackie Ding – Driver #86 Huawei Telecommunications Formula 4 Car

“I think this weekend we did a stellar job as a team, fighting back in the races and showing our spirit as well as speed and potential. If it weren’t for my driving errors, podiums in all three races, if not victories, would’ve been easily within reach. I will turn this disappointment into motivation for NJMP and definitely come back even stronger. We will never be content with being a ‘contender’. We want to be the ‘winner’. ”

Raphael Forcier – Driver #62 Parizeau Pawulski Deslandes Architechs Formula 4 Car

It was a rough weekend for me as we definitely had the pace to battle for top spots but couldn’t show it in the results. If we put that aside, I am extremely happy with the team’s work on the car. I will take all the learning from this weekend and make up my loss in points in the next event.”

Jonathan Scarallo – Group-A Racing Team Manager

“This event has been one of the most up and down weekends I can remember in a while. With the speed being there, but with Raphael getting taken out a few times with Raphael is very heart breaking, and with Jackie coming so close to winning in race two, that was quite the emotional roller coaster as well. But I am happy with how everybody performed, fixing the cars with short turn around times, having fast setups to put the drivers in position to win etc.. New Jersey can’t come soon enough to go at it again!”

Jackie Ding Joins F4 U.S with Group-A Racing

Lindenhurst, New York (July 29, 2016) – After a successful debut weekend in the inaugural FIA F4 United States Championship, Group-A Racing will be adding another full time car for Chinese driver Jackie Ding. Jackie will drive the Huawei Telecommunications, Zone District, EVE Energy, Group-A Racing Formula 4 car.

Ding, an18 year old born in Shenzhen China, currently lives in Potomac, Maryland. He has been part of the Group-A Racing Driver Development program since his career started 3 years ago. He started in Skip Barber race series earning race wins and many podium results. In 2015 he competed full time with Group-A Racing in the inaugural Pirelli Formula Lites season. He earned a win at Virginia International Raceway which was part of a Group-A Racing 1-2 sweep, followed by another 10 podium finishes.

While running full time in the FIA Formula 4 United States Championship, Jackie will also be transitioning to college this fall. He has been accepted into Michigan University studying mechanical engineering.

“Adding Jackie to our driver line-up will be a very good boost for the team” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “We had good podium results during the opening weekend as a single car program and now with Jackie we will have another fast bullet in the gun for us. We will now be able to get twice as much data and car setup information. He and Raphael worked well together when they tested in May and will push each other nicely.”

“I am very happy to be joining the F4 US Championship with Group-A Racing, whom I’ve been with since the start of my racing career. This isn’t the first time I’m driving the Crawford/Honda/Pirelli package, so I’m hoping my previous experience is going to help heading into a weekend when many had already learned the track and the car. The only reason I’m here is because many chose to believe in me and made sacrifices of their own, and I can only repay them with my 110% effort. With the help of everyone at Group-A, as well as my teammate Raphael, I will be ready for the fight come Mid-Ohio!” said Jackie Ding

Jackie will get to sample the Crawford Formula 4 car at Autobahn Country Club the week before making his series debut at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course August 11-13. Group-A Racing is in discussions with numerous drivers to add a third car starting from the New Jersey round August 26-28. Drivers interested should contact the team 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com

Group-A Racing & Raphael Forcier Earn Podium Result at Mid Ohio

Lindenhurst, New York (July 5, 2016) – After much anticipation, Group-A Racing and Raphael Forcier had a great learning weekend at Mid Ohio resulting in a podium finish.

Friday hosted two open practice sessions for the teams on the tricky and technical 2.25 mile Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Rain showers came Friday morning causing IMG_2871opening practice to be very limited. During the afternoon everybody saw clear sky’s and a dry track allowing Raphael to get valuable track time. At the end of the session Forcier finished 3rd only 2 tenths off the pace setting time.

Qualifying Saturday morning saw interruptions with cars going off causing red flag stoppages. Raphael earned a 6th place starting spot for the inaugural FIA Formula 4 United States Championship race.

During race one, Raphael got a good standing start jumping up two spots to 4th. He then got himself into third, holding off Cameron Das. Raphael did a great job not giving anything up, but had an unfortunate spin with about 4 minutes to go. He did a great job rebounding to finish 6th.

Race two Forcier started 5th based upon having the 5th fastest race lap during the opening race. Forcier got off the line cleanly again and this time was in a battle for fifth most of the race struggling a bit with overall balance in the cool morning conditions. He kept it clean and brought it home fifth.

Race three Raphael started 7th and got his best standing start of the weekend, moving up to 5th on the opening lap. He then quickly moved up to 4th to start his chase on Michael Goodyear and Kyle Kirkwood for the 2nd and 3rd place finish.. While chasing them Photo Credit: Dan Boyd F4 US Series

down, Goodyear spun, forcing Raphael to take evasive action to avoid the spinning car. Raphael moved up to third but lost a lot of time to Kyle Kirkwood. Shortly after the full course caution came out, and the race ended under caution resulting in Forcier earning a 3rd place finish.

Quotes:

Jonathan Scarallo: Group-A Racing Team Manager.

“All-in-all the weekend was a real good one. Everybody went into the weekend blind with very limited testing. Raphael did a great job of taking the coaching from us and applying it to be improving throughout the weekend. By the end of the weekend we really started to figure out some stuff on the setup of the car to suit Raphael; he was a real rocket at the end. Looking forward to getting some more testing in and coming back here for the next round in a few weeks.”

Raphael Forcier: Driver #62 Parizeau Pawulski Architects

“I am pretty happy with our opening weekend, building up speed every race to find a place on the podium. Big thanks to Group-A Racing helping me achieve that milestone and we will continue getting further up the grid.”

A Successful F4 U.S. Championship Testing Day for Group-A Racing

image1The air was crisp and the pavement dry. The only noise heard for miles, the roar of a Honda motor from a new SCCA Pro Racing Formula 4 United States Championship car piloted by first-year Canadian driver Raphael Forcier racing around Roebling Road Raceway just outside of Bloomingdale, Georgia.

“The car was easy to drive. So smooth,” Forcier said with a smile and eagerness in his voice, “The handling was great. This is going to be a lot of fun.”

Forcier, 16, grew up in Montreal where he got his start in motorsports by racing dirt bikes. He then transitioned into karts, competing in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship earning top five championship results in points.

He graduated this past winter to the Skip Barber Winter 2015-16 Series. There, in his rookie season, he obtained one feature win at Homestead-Miami Speedway and six podium finishes; landing him fourth in the points standings for the season.

Group-A Racing, a New York-based racing team that owns cars from karting to the F2000 series and also competed on the 2011 season reality show Circuit Battles, drafted Forcier as its driver in April to compete in the #62 Parizeau Pawulski Architects car for the inaugural F4 U.S. Championship season.

“The car has been perfect right out of the Crawford [Composites] factory,” team manager Johnathan Scarallo boasted. “It ran perfectly. We did nothing to it other than change some initial set-ups to learn nuances of the car. Raphael is also doing a fantastic job behind the wheel.”

Today was the first time Group-A Racing has had the opportunity to test the car with a fullimage2

team. They have two additional days left of testing before the first open practice prior to the season opener in June.

All F4 U.S. Championship cars are manufactured in North America, adding to the affordability of the sport. The F4 U.S. Championship was created by Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing because both parties saw the need for a ladder series where young drivers could transition from karting to Formula 3.

The F4 series was created in 2014 and has flourished since with 12 FIA-approved series around the world. The F4 U.S. Championship is unique because all the competitors’ start with the same Honda motor, Pirelli tires and Crawford Composites chassis, making it truly focused on driver development and competitiveness.

“The series has a lot of good drivers,” Forcier commented. “The racing is going to be exciting!”

The F4 U.S. Championship season kicks off June 10-12 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Tickets are available at njmp.com or by calling the New Jersey Motorsports Park box office. Fans can follow Forcier’s progress on his Instagram (@raphaelforcier62) or the car’s development at Group-A Racing’s Facebook (facebook.com/GroupARacing).

*Written by F4 U.s Championship

Forcier Joins U.S Formula 4 With Group-A Racing

Lindenhurst, New York (April 5, 2016) – Group-A Racing is proud to announce they have signed 16 year old Canadian, Raphael Forcier, to compete in the inaugural FIA United States Formula 4 Championship. Raphael will drive the #62 Parizeau Pawulski Architects Formula 4 car fielded by Group-A Racing.

Forcier is a16 year old Canadian who is born and raised in Montreal. He is fluent in two languages speaking both French and English. Raphael got his start in motorsports, first racing dirt bikes before transitioning to four wheels competing in the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship. He most recently earned a top 5 championship result in the points standings before making the move up to cars in the 2015-2016 Skip Barber Winter Series. In his first season racing cars Raphael earned a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway and 6 podium finishes on his way to a 4th place finish in the championship standings during his rookie car campaign.

Raphael will now step up to compete in the inaugural season of the U.S Formula 4 Championship with Group-A Racing, looking to further develop his career with the tools both the FIA and the Group-A Racing team has to offer.

With Forcier joining Group-A Racing Formula 4 program he will get the unique opportunity of working with Ian Brown as his engineer who has over 25 years in Indy Car. He will be learning the engineering side of the sport from one of the best in the business who has seen it all at the top levels.

“I am really excited to have Raphael graduate to Formula 4 with our team” said Group-A Racing team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “He has done a really nice job during his rookie season in cars and with the coaching and engineering expertise he will receive from us he will continue to get better during every test and race weekend to achieve great results.”

“I am very grateful to have a seat with Group-A Racing for the opening season of the FIA U.S Formula 4 Series” said Forcier. “I am really excited to be working with Jonathan Scarallo & my engineer Ian Brown. I am looking forward to achieving success throughout the season with great teamwork.”

Raphael will get his first experience with the team and the Crawford built Formula 4 car during a 3 day test in 2 weeks. He will then get more days of pre season testing in May looking to hit the ground running for the season opener at Lime Rock Park.

For more information on the team along with other test & race opportunities please contact Jonathan Scarallo GroupARacing@aol.com or 631-974-4379.

Group-A Racing Adds Veteran Engineer Ian Brown

Lindenhurst, New York (February 3, 2016) – Group-A Racing is pleased to announce the addition of veteran, engineer Ian Brown to the team. Ian comes to Group-A Racing after most recently competing with Andretti Autosport. Ian will work with the team’s FIA Formula 4 program and Formula Lites Championship. The addition of Ian to the team is effective immediately.

Ian Joins Group-A Racing having worked with some of the most famous teams and drivers around the world – race teams such as Andretti Autosport, Forsyth Racing, Patrick Racing, Toll/HSV, and Bryan Herta Autosport, and with drivers such as Scott Pruett, James Hinchliffe, Scott Speed, Tanner Foust, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jean Alesi and Al Unser Sr just to name a few.

Ian got his start in 1977 as a mechanic and quickly worked up the ladder to Indy Car. He got his first engineering opportunity in 1991. He has worked at the top levels of motorsports both here in the United States and in Australia, in the super competitive Australian V8 Super Car Championship. He has won the biggest races in both continents as well such as the 1993 Indy 500, along with the 2003, 2004, 2006 Bathurst 1000. In 1997 Ian was award the CAM Shock Specialist Of The Year award in Indy Car, a racing community award to the outstanding Damper Tech of the year. In 2013 Ian was hired by Andretti Autosport to be a part of all of their programs with the main focus in 2013 being USF2000. He won the rookie title with Garret Grist capturing a race win and many podiums along the way. In 2014 he engineered the Global Rally Cross program winning many races in a championship battle.

During this time, Ian has become very involved with the development of Chassis Sim, which is one of the biggest chassis simulation programs. This program is used by Indy Car itself, along with most of the Indy Car teams as well as other pinnacle series teams around the world.

“Ian is going to add so much to our team and I am so excited about him coming aboard” commented team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “Ian has been a long time friend of mine and obviously some one I always wanted to hire because of everything he has to offer, and I am incredibly happy for the stars to have finally aligned so it could happen this year. He will also add to the driver development side of things, teaching them how to give feedback and do debriefs to the level as it will be expected from them in Indy Car, as well as add all of his expertise in the engineering and simulation side of things. Because of Ian we will be able to do things for our drivers that nobody else in the paddock will be able to do.”

“I am looking to forward to this new challenge with these awesome state of the art cars” said Brown “It’s essential for the entire team to focus on the same goal, we will always adapt the car for the driver and conditions to get maximum performance. With that, we will be able to consistently challenge for wins and hopefully the championship.”

Drivers interested in testing and race opportunities with the team’s FIA Formula 4 program & Formula Lites program can contact them via 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com

Jackie Ding Returns to Formula Lites with Group-A Racing for 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 11, 2015) – Announced today at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI Show) Jackie Ding has re-signed to return with Group-A Racing for a sophomore campaign in the 2016 Formula Lites Series. The announcement was done during a press conference hosted by Honda, also announcing a new 2.0 liter turbo charged engine for the Formula Lites cars in 2016. With the agreement between Jackie Ding and Group-A, is also an extension with him as part of the Group-A Racing Driver Development Program.
Jackie has been part of the Group-A Racing Driver Development program since the beginning of his career, which only started two years ago. He got his start in the Skip Barber Regional Series working with his private coach provide by Group-A, which saw him improve at a rapid rate. Ding was able to achieve success in a very short time earning poles, wins and numerous podium results. After that he stepped up into pro racing, competing in the inaugural Formula Lites Series last year with Group-A Racing. The young Chinese born driver improved all throughout the year earning many podiums and a win at VIR, which was a 1-2 sweep for Group-A Racing.
“I am really happy to have Jackie back for another year in Formula Lites” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “He has been such a pleasure to work with from every single perspective. This will be the first time in his short career that he is returning to a series, which will be a great chance for him to really sink his teeth into a championship effort. I am confident he will be a very serious threat with us all year long.”
“I’m very excited to be back with Group-A Racing and campaigning in Formula Lites!” said Jackie Ding “Everyone at Group-A helped me ever since the beginning of my career, and I fully appreciate what they have done for me. With one year of experience in chassis #007 FL15 already, I can’t wait to go out and fight for this years Formula Lites title!”
As part of being in the Group-A Racing Driver Development Program, Jackie will continue receiving assistance in building his brand, activating sponsorship, along with career management preparing for future programs. Plans have12038305_1694722410760822_4111729996932531006_n been put into motion for opportunities for Jackie in 2017. In 2016 Jackie will again drive #86 FL15 sponsored by Huewei, EVE Energy and Zone District Clothing.
Drivers interested in testing and race opportunities with Group-A Racing can contact them via 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com

Group-A Racing Commits to F4 United States Championship With 4 Cars

Lindenhurst, New York (October 1st, 2015) – This time last year Group-A Racing was making preparations to compete in the inaugural season of the Formula Lites Series. The Formula Lites cars are built by Crawford composites, powered by Honda engines, run on Pirelli tires and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Twelve months later Group-A Racing is pleased to announce the expansion of operations into the new F4 United States Championship.

The F4 United States Championship is a new FIA sanctioned international series, with the cars built by Crawford Composites, powered by Honda engines, run on Pirelli tires and sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing with the FIA affiliation. The series will serve as a starting point for drivers making the transition from karts to cars. It will also serve as a feeder series to the Formula Lites Series after drivers have competed in the F4 Championship and are ready to move up.

Group-A Racing has already purchased four cars from Crawford and will have some of the first cars coming out of the factory. The aggressive approach is to make sure the team can be ‘first in best dressed’ for the inaugural season. This same approach was used for them with Formula Lites in 2015, which allowed the team to have a lot of success winning races, including a 1-2 sweep at VIR.

F4 is a global concept created by the FIA being used around the world. All the series are spec series with carbon chassis cars, paddle shift, and engines making 160HP. The concept is brought in to make economical equipment and operating cost while still giving all the latest technology and safety to the drivers. The series will be the only junior category in the United States at the moment that a driver can earn points to one day achieve a FIA super license to race in the pinnacle of motorsports – Formula 1.

“Formula 4 is the perfect introduction class for our program as a team,” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “We are all about driver development and we have been missing a proper introductory series to transfer the drivers from karts to cars. Formula 4 gives the drivers all the tools they need, with modern state of the art cars and fantastic commercial partners such as Honda, Pirelli, Crawford, SCCA, FIA etc. On top of that, it’s an economical series to run in creating a lot of value for the drivers. It will be a great training platform for drivers to get their start in cars and then move up the ladder with us to Formula Lites.”

The team is already in deep negotiations with numerous drivers to fill the four seats they are offering. Interested drivers can contact the team via 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com.

Group-A Racing Sweeps Front Row & Wins at Houston

Lindenhurst, New York (September 24, 2015) - Group-A Racing ended the inaugural Formula Lites in a very strong manner. Both its team’s drivers started 1-2 in both races with Jose Armida earning his first win during the weekend.

           The weekend started off with the promoter’s test day and official practice, with both drivers coming up to speed and working with the teams engineers to make necessary adjustments to deal with the bumpy MSR Houston circuit. The team had good pace but was still looking for more going into qualifying.

The team made some last minute adjustments going into qualifying which paid off. Jose Armida earned his first pole of the year for himself and the team at his home track. Group-A Racing teammate, Jackie Ding ,qualified second giving the team a 1-2 sweep in qualifying. The top three were covered by a staggering .059 of a second showcasing the incredibly tight competition in the Honda powered series.

At the start of race 1 Jose Armida would build a gap over the field with teammate Ding running third. Armida would be hounded down by the 2015 champ, Papareli. The two of them went at it for numerous laps until finally Papareli was able to get by Armida. In the end the Group-A Racing duo would finish 2-3.

Race two would see the Group-A Racing drivers again start 1-2, but this time it was Jackie Ding checking out with an early lead. He was setting the fastest lap of the race until sadly, 12038305_1694722410760822_4111729996932531006_nhe made a mistake causing a spin. Jose Armida was there to pick up the lead. Just as he did during race one, he had to hold off a hard charging Papareli. The two even had contact on the last lap, but Armida held him off to earn his first series win.

The team has already started to schedule off season testing and talking with drivers looking to race in the series next year. Group-A Racing plans to expand from two cars to four cars full season in Formula Lites. Interested drivers in both testing and 2016 race seats can contact them via 631-974-4379 or GroupARacing@aol.com

Post Event Quotes:

Team Manager Jonathan Scarallo: “I am really just so proud of everybody involved with this. Jackie and Jose have improved so much during the year; the crew has done a fantastic job all year and this is a great way to end the year. We have been so close to so many poles, so to finally earn one is great, but more important another win is even better. Especially for Jose to earn his first win at his sponsor’s track, it could not happen at a better time. It’s a shame the season has to end when we are on such a roll, but we will carry this momentum into the off season and into 2016.”

Jose Armida Driver #7 MSR Houston FL15: “First off all I want to thank Group A Racing for the amazing job they did this year and also MSR Houston for the support along the season. The weekend was great, we achieved our first pole position and also our first victory in the series. We were looking for this all season and we worked really hard for it. Hope to be back next year and win the championship!”

Jackie Ding Driver #86 Huawei Honor, EVE Energy FL15: “It wasn’t the best of weekends for me personally, as I think I could have, and definitely should have, done better, but I’m also very proud of our effort and performance as a team. To see Jose qualify on pole and finally take a win is a testament to both the team and his own improvement, so congrats to him for all that he has achieved. As for myself, all I can say is I am happy about how far I’ve come since the beginning of the season, and I couldn’t have done it without my wonderful team. Of course I won’t settle for third happily, so even though the season is over, I am fully motivated to work all through the winter to become better. Thank you to Huawei Honor, Eve Energy, Zone District, all of my supporters, and of course Group-A Racing for the great opportunity they’ve given me. Next year, I’ll be ready to fight for the championship!”


Group-A Racing Earns 2-3 Finish at Pikes Peak

Lindenhurst, New York (September 10, 2015) – Rounds 9 & 10 have come and gone this past weekend for Group-A Racing in the inaugural Formula Lites Series at Pikes Peak
image2International. Group-A Racing drivers Jackie Ding & Jose Armida earned a 2-3 finish in both rounds after showing vey strong pace throughout the weekend.

The weekend started off with the promoters test day. Jackie Ding finished the morning quickest on the time sheets with Jose Armida not far behind. The next day gave the drivers official practice sessions & qualifying for race one.

Qualifying turned into a very exciting battle for pole position. Group-A Racing’s Jackie Ding initially put the car on the pole to end up on the outside pole nipped by .03 of a second. Jose Armida earned 3rd only four tenths off.

“From one perspective I am incredibly pleased, but the competitor in me is very bitter at the moment” said team manager Jonathan Scarallo. “I am very proud of the cars we put on track and the effort both drivers and the team put in, but it’s tough to come so close to earning the pole and not getting it.The last two races we have missed the pole by a total of 1 tenth of a second when you add up the difference from both events. It’s all good though, we’ll try and get it in the race when it really counts.”

In race one Jackie Ding & championship leader Pappereli battled it out for the lead, trading fastest lap of the race back and forth. As the race went on Pappereli was able to stretch abit of a lead taking the win over Ding. Jose Armida was tremendously consistent and ran 3rd the whole race to add another podium to his tally forthe year.

Race two, the top four were inverted placing Jose Armida on the outside pole and Jackie Ding in 3rd for the start. Going into turn one both Group-A Racing drivers and Pappereli were three wide and had some minor contact during the fierce tight battle. Coming out of turn one the running order was Bell, Armida,Papereli and Ding all nose-to-tail. Jose immediately pounced on Bell in turn two on lap one to take the lead. Armida led the first few laps with Pappereli and Group-A Racing team mate Jackie Ding chasing him down. The three battled it out the first third of the race. Eventually when the checkered flag flew,Group-A Racing would earn another 2-3 finish with Ding 2nd and Armida 3rd.

Post EventQuotes:

Team manager Jonathan Scarallo: “Overall I am happy with everything from this weekend. We were part of very close battles in qualifying and both races, but sadly come up a bit short. I am very happy with the way we have developed our cars; both drivers told us the cars were perfect during the races for them which is great to hear. Now we will keep working hard on developing our package and developing our drivers to hopefully finally earn a pole at MSR Houston and hopefully a couple more wins.”

Jackie DingDriver #86 Huawei, EVE Energy, Zone District FL-15: The results certainly weren’t bad, but I’m also frustrated about the fact that we couldn’t get a first place or a pole, or just a fastest lap! Frustration aside, I’m really happy about how far we have come from the first race in Thompson. I would love to end the season strong in MSR Houston, so that’s what I’ll work toward until then!

Jose Armida Driver #7 MSR Houston FL-15: “It was a good weekend. Even though I didn’t achieve the results I was looking for, I was able to be very consistent. Second race was more exciting than first one, I lead some laps but I couldn’t quite get the win. I will continue to work, so I can be better at my home race at MSR Houston.”