- 01 July 2017
Lexington, OH - Matthew Cowley extended his F1600 Championship Series win streak at Mid-Ohio to four races in a row, taking the lead on the 18th and final lap in round nine of the season en route to the race win. His Team Pelfrey teammate David Osborne finished a close second in another Mygale/Honda while Cliff Johnson won the Masters Class in a strong Series debut with a third place result in the No. 4 Piper/Honda.
Quotes from the Top Finishers:
"I was holding back and wasn't going to push too hard and make silly moves early on. It is a long race and with a draft anyone can win it. It comes down to the last few laps. It was unfortunate to see my teammate and Zach Holden make contact in turn four, and I capitalized it and moved forward."
"It was great to be near the top today. I started fifth and I'm happy to be out here. Thanks to Team Pelfrey for the fast cars, we're looking forward to tomorrow."
"We're happy to be here, we love this track and the race worked out in our favor. We have been fast all weekend and tried not to screw up."
- Ryan Bjerke scored his best career finish in F1600 competition, driving the Raceworks Spectrum/Honda to fourth.
- Scott Rubenzer and Joel Haas completed the Masters Class podium.
- Zach Holden led at the white flag, battling in the No. 96 K-Hill Motorspots entry against a trio of Pelfrey cars. However, both Holden and Jonathan Kotyk failed to finish following reported contact in turn four.
- Holden started from pole and will start from pole again on Sunday morning, having set the fastest lap of the race around the 13-turn, 2.25-mile circuit at 1:30.027.
Full results are available on www.F1600Series.com. The weekend continues with two more 18-lap F1600 races on Sunday at Mid-Ohio.