- 14 October 2011
Gooden returns for the first time since sweeping Mid-Ohio. Since Mid-Ohio, he’s been on track for a few sessions in a F2000 car for the Team USA shootout, and drives again this weekend for Quantum Racing Services in a Van Diemen/Honda.
“I've never been on the Watkins glen circuit but I am familiar with it in simulators,” said Gooden. “Of course I'd love to have another weekend like Mid Ohio! Realistically though I know it's going to be very tough to have that kind of success again.”
At Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, Ryan Leach is coming off his best career F1600 finish with a podium at Lime Rock. Leach will again strap into the No. 16 Spectrum/Honda and hopes to run well.
“I'm really excited for the Glen, it is one of my favorite tracks. I've been studying all the onboard footage from June and I think we will be pretty good,” explained Leach. “I was quick but things just didn't go our way. I plan on going out with a clear head and running my own race, being smart, and I believe the results will come.”
Leach recently started his second year at St. Petersburg College in Florida.
The driver of the No. 68 Van Diemen/Honda, Caitlin Johnston, finished fifth and seventh at Lime Rock a few weeks ago. The Canadian has been extremely consistent in 2011, currently sitting third in points (without drops calculated), and finished eighth in both races at the Glen in June.
“We want to have an awesome last weekend of the season,” said Johnston. “Keep up the consistency that we have shown and finish the Championship in a good position.”