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comes to FE2, especially at RoadAmerica, the advantage walking in thefront gate belongs to Scott Rettich.
“I think attendance will be
solid,” Rettich says. “The June
Sprints showed that. At the
Runoffs, I think Paul Schneider,
Russell Turner, Ray Mason, and Max
Grau will be the front runners.”
With six prior Formula Enterprises
championships to his credit, and half
of them earned at Road America,
Rettich clearly understands both the
platform and the track. One factor
that will be different this time is that
FE2 no longer allows the use of tire
warming blankets. In the often-chilly
Wisconsin weather, Rettich believes
that could make a difference in
the opening laps of the race.
“It was 60 degrees F at VIR,
and it certainly helped the drivers
who had them in the first few
laps,” Rettich says. “But at Road
America where it can be colder, it
would make a huge difference – but
it’s been eliminated. With it being
colder, we’ll probably race on
scuffs rather than sticker tires.”
Other new factors for the spec
class include a new choice of springs
and a weight change. “We have
two different spring combinations
we can put on the front and on
the rear,” Rettich explains. “That
adds a variable, but I’m not sure
how much of a difference it’s really
going to make. We have some of
our cars on one spring package
and some on the other. Then they
added 20 pounds to our weight.
I think most of the contenders
were making weight anyway, but
it could certainly help out.”
One final thought from
Schofield, which is echoed by
drivers from around the country:
“I’m really grateful to SCCA forall the work they’ve done tolet us go racing this year.”
FORMULA ENTERPRISES 2
More than 20 FE2 drivers enteredthe June Sprints, which is a great signof interest in the class. At press time,there were also 20 drivers enteredin the Runoffs, too, and that numberis expected to rise by the time theOctober championship event arrives.
The field is strong, too, but when it
TOO CLOSETO CALL
With such amazingdriving talent inthe field, SRF3 isan impossible raceto predict. But ifwe say the last-lapshootout will includeBrian Schofield(MAIN) and MikeMiserendino(ABOVE), we’llprobably be correct.
BACK ON TOP
Formula Enterprises has witnessed a varietyof Runoffs winners, but this year we expectScott Rettich (LEF T) to return to the top step.
That said, Russell Turner (LEFT, BELOW)will undoubtedly be in hot pursuit.
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