TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Interlagos
February 12, 2020 – Kicking off a new season of racing, the TCR/MX-5 Club Series went south to Brazil to the historic Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, otherwise known as Interlagos.
With two classes of cars racing simultaneously, there were many overtakes between and within classes all the way to the checkered flag.
In the TCR Class, Miguel Alcrudo would qualify on the pole and take an early lead, with his son Miguel Antonio Alcrudo hot on his tail. It was a father/son duel that wasn’t decided until the last lap, when Antonio Alcrudo would make the pass and hold on for the win! Not far behind them, Brian Szabelski would finish in third place, completing podium with a great run of his own.
The battles in the MX-5 class were from second place back, as Kurt Polter would take the pole position in qualifying, and then pull away steadily from the rest of the field throughout the race winning the race handily, and making a statement for the remainder of the season. Samuel Scott would finish second after starting from the rear of the field due to a qualifying issue, with Peter Hebron finishing in third and securing a good start to the season.
All 21 cars that started the race finished the 30 minute event and are now headed to Road Atlanta for Race #2 on February 26th!
NARS Winter – Race 3: Eastern Creek
February 6, 2020 – Up front and pulling away was the norm for the winner of our NARS Winter Series Round 3 as Norm Graf took off and never looked back, although he did have to look up at one point as his car got put on it’s side after a misunderstanding with a curb while trying to maneuver thru traffic.With several of our regulars missing this round due to prior commitments the podium had some new faces as Jimmy Regan brought it home in second with Deuce Michaels not far behind waiting for any miscues.
TCR/MX-5 Pre-Season at Zolder
January 29, 2020 – The final pre-season race for the TCR/MX-5 Club Series at Zolder was, in few words, fast. With such a tight circuit and downright evil chicanes, the pace was quick and the race undecided until the end.
In the TCR class, Dave Slee took the pole position at the start, but was passed by Brian Szabelski on Lap 7 and the chase was on. It appeared Szabelski had a narrow lead on the penultimate lap, but a slight touch of grass while braking gave the lead and the win to Slee. After a tough start dealing with the MX5 traffic, Jacques Richard finished the race in third completing the podium.
The MX5 class was highly competitive, and Kurt Polter annihilated the field with his qualifying lap, but the race would be a different story. Gary Miller, in his first CMS outing, swapped the lead with Polter through the first half of the race, but in the end Polter would stretch his lead and take the class win. Miller would go on to finish second, with Ken Rodriguez hot on his bumper taking third place in class.
The official series begins on February 12th with a 30 minute race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.
NARS Winter Kickoff at Adelaide
January 23, 2020 – Starting with a strong grid and a wild race at Adelaide’s street circuit in the Supercars, the Thursday night NARS Winter Series is now underway. With one of the largest grids any NARS Series has seen in a while, Group A’s Elliot Budzinski took the pole position by over 1.2 seconds and went on to win the race. Elliot was followed onto the Group A podium by the always fast Norm Graf followed by Tyler Alan. Group B was won by Tom Nasella in a sterling but careful drive. Behind Tom was David Anderson and Paul Ibbotson to round out the Group B podium. Adelaide walls proved to be the greatest competitior and there were multiple heartbreak crashes in the final 2-3 laps after drivers had completed (almost) all of the 60 minute race. Some competitiors gambled a bit too much on the fuel tank and ran out of fuel in the last couple turns. It is hoped that some experiments with race settings will help to maintain excitement – and participation – through the 9 race series.
MNRL Camaro Club Series at Barber MSP
January 21, 2020 – The first, officially scored, MNRL Series 12 event is in the record books. The Camaro Club Challenge Series headed to the always exciting and highly challenging Barber Motorsports Park for the first two races of that series.
Joe Miller came out swinging, after taking the pole and winning Race 1. Janes Junior applied pressure for a large part of the race, but small errors forced him to abandon pursuit of the top spot. He retained P2, followed by Gilles Lalonde in P3.
In Seniors division, Peter Holm took the top spot while finishing an impressive P4 overall in the process. Jerry Hamilton took P2 and Tony Boynton rounded out the podium.
Race 2 saw a much improved start. Janes Junior took the early lead and led the entire race in his first ever MNRL win!
Jason Whited stayed collected in Race 2, after having very early troubles in Race 1 and finishing near the end of the field. He finished second.
Joe Miller rounded out the top 3.
Peter Holm drove to another victory in Seniors division, with an impressive drive that placed him P2 overall for a large part of Race 2.
Aaron Page finished P2, followed by Jerry Hamilton in finishing out the podium.
This series is still accepting new drivers, and the car has proven to be a challenge for all drivers, newcomers and veterans alike.
With 7 more rounds to follow, it should be an exciting test of driver skill. All are welcome!
MNRL 1998 CART Montreal Exhibition Race
January 14, 2020 – MNRL hosted the sole exhibition race of the 1998 CART series on January 14, 2020 at Montreal.
Seasoned drivers took to the front of the field, while newcomers showed early promise in what is surely a challenging car for nearly any driver.
Joe Miller set the pace early on, while pole sitter Jason Whited struggled at the start and fell back through the field in what was a chaotic first few corners. Surprisingly, nearly all drivers managed their way through the chaos without incident and the race was under way!
Newcomer Gui Cramer showed early promise, quickly finding himself in P2. A later, unfortunate incident, would see him eventually retire from the race early.
MNRL Season 11 Seniors Points Champion Jerry Hamilton won amongst the seniors group, while Whited (who’d spent a lot of time running P2) eventually chased down Miller and after a dramatic bit of struggle managed to take the overall win.
It was an exciting exhibition race and a teaser of the excellent action that will surely be seen in this high caliber series!
Round 1 of this series will take place on January 28, 2020 and registration is still open if you’d like to join in! All are welcome and invited!