Photo Finish Shows Green Getting Win!

Photo Finish Shows Green Getting Win!

 The top three crossed the line nearly simulataneously, Josh Green was half a…

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In Last Lap Duel Kotyk Comes Out on Top!

In Last Lap Duel Kotyk Comes Out on Top!

Jonathan Kotyk and Josh Green both lead on the last lap, but it…

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Kotyk Wins in Unpredictable Race Three!

Kotyk Wins in Unpredictable Race Three!

A battle that saw four different leaders eventually concluded with Jonathan Kotyk taking…

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In Near Flawless Drive Kotyk Comes Home First!

In Near Flawless Drive Kotyk Comes Home First!

Jonathan Kotyk took advantage of the clear air in front to pull away…

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In Race One Bout Josh Green Keeps Win Streak Alive!

In Race One Bout Josh Green Keeps Win Streak Alive!

 Josh Green takes another win and continues to close on Jonathan Kotyk for…

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In Epic Duel Kotyk Pulls Out Win

In Epic Duel Kotyk Pulls Out Win

In a race that saw several drivers lead, it was Jonatahan Kotyk to…

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In Photo Finish it's Green on Top!

In Photo Finish it's Green on Top!

A review of slow motion footage from the finish line was used to…

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Josh Green Completes Fairytale Win in Race One!

Josh Green Completes Fairytale Win in Race One!

After dramatic crash in Friday practice, Josh Green took pole position and then…

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Last Lap Crash Provides Green the Race Win!

Last Lap Crash Provides Green the Race Win!

In a hotly contested event, Josh Green survived to bring home the win…

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2019 F1600 Champion
Jonathan Kotyk 

 

Ed CalloWhen I got back from the Glen I found out that I won the CellMark Paper Hard Charger award. While sitting in pit lane waiting for the restart on Saturday afternoon I figured I had it locked with 2 cars out on the pace lap and 8 or so more down in turn two. But I also knew my transmission was toast. When I left the grid earlier for the start of the race there was a terrible noise when I shifted to 2nd. It didn't get any better on all the caution laps.

But I wasn't going to quit as long as the car would still move and figure I would just keep going under the yellow in 3rd & 4th.  After the race was called (I suggested we "Occupy the Pit line" until they restated the race) we took the tranny apart. I had broken a tooth off of 2nd gear. That explains my sudden spin when downshifting for turn one in morning Qualifying. I couldn't understand why the rear end just locked up, so we spend an hour going over the brakes and found nothing wrong - but then that was not the problem.  So after the canceled race I put in the gear I had closest. Not the ideal 2nd gear but better than going home. (Anyone need a 21.5/31 gear)

Part of me really wanted the Saturday race to be restarted and part of me knew the transmission was toast and most likely would not last the race. And did I really want the CellMark Hard Charger on others misfortunes? (Well maybe)

I should have had 32 not 30 position improvements for the CellMark Hard Charger but I was just stupid in the afternoon race. I had passed and was leading my 3 car group (racing for last place), came to the Start Finish and there was a waving white flag and I thought - WTF is that? Did the starter grab the wrong flag and we just finished the race? Is there a really important slow moving vehicle on the race track? What else could that mean? I was already stumped by the crossed flags in the morning race. So while I was thinking about all this I lost two places I maybe could have had. Learned later it was a NASCAR 1 lap to go signal, I think they may have even mentioned it at the Drivers meeting. But hell I at least made this meeting; I wasn't really supposed to pay attention was I?

So what was my secret to winning the Hard Charger award? Finishing all the races I started by maybe not charging hard enough.

- Ed Callo