Another driver who could make
a play for the front in FE is Justin
Huffman, who finished second
last year. Huffman hails from
Herndon, Va., and could benefit
from home track advantage.
FORMULA ENTERPRISES 2
Liam Snyder finished second in FE2
at Sonoma. That’s a respectable
performance, but it’s not where he
wanted to be, especially because
his brother Mark won the FE
championship in the same race
group. This year, we think Liam
Snyder has what it takes to win.
The young driver has been working
hard on strategy and race craft
to earn the top step this time.
“I’m absolutely ready,” he
declares. “I’ve been doing testing
and racing in F4 this year. We’ve
also done days of testing in the
FE2 to get ready for Virginia.”
The race won’t be easy.
The field will also include Scott
Rettich, who has claimed a
record six championships in FE
over the years. Last year, Rettich
finished third in FE2, so he will
also be looking for a win.
“It’s quite a big race, right?”
Snyder jokes. “One race, you get
one shot. Don’t mess it up on the
first lap. My strategy is to keep my
head in it in the first couple of laps
and hopefully just pull away.”
Other drivers who are likely to
contend for the lead include Paul
Schneider, who has claimed three
podiums in FE, and finished fourth
last year at Sonoma. Tom Burt
finished fifth last year and could also
work his way to a podium finish.
CARVING A PATH
(LEFT) While Spec Racer Ford Gen3 is an impossible class to
predict, that’s not going to stop us from saying Tray Ayres will be
the one to beat at this year’s Runoffs. (BELOW) We think James
Libecco will have the speed to win Formula Enterprises at VIR.
Snyder is looking
to improve upon
his 2018 FE2
runner-up finish at
Sonoma, and all
signs indicate that
he’ll be the driver to
beat come October.
Mark Snyder is heading to Virginia
to defend his 2018 championship
in Formula Enterprises. Since his
2018 victory at Sonoma Raceway,
the 16-year-old driver has been
working hard to maintain his edge,
and he’s determined to repeat his
performance on the opposite coast.
“I’m going to try to go out of
the gates just as hard as possible,”
Snyder says. “I want to set that
pace and let everyone know who
is boss on the track, because me
and James Libecco, I think, is what
the race is really going to be.”
Libecco is our pick to take top
honors this year, but Snyder doesn’t
plan to easily relinquish the crown.
Still, Snyder knows who he’s up
against. “Libecco is a silent killer,”
Snyder declares. “He’s a really
talented driver, methodical, and really
good at starts – I don’t understand
how he’s so good at starts. He finds
gaps that I can’t find. Maybe I need
to put on glasses when I drive – he
taught me a lot this year.”