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In short, we don’t know what’sgoing to happen, and neitherdo you, but we’ll put our moneyon Kautz to do it again.
And if we aren’t quite surewhat’s going to happen inother classes, Formula Veewould be a dartboard pick.
When we last saw RoadAmerica, the class question wassimply how much would MichaelVaracins win by? He’s movedon from the class since then,and the door is wide open forsomeone to claim the FV throne.
Last year’s Runoffs at VIR sawan epic battle with the brothersWhitston, Andrew and Zachary,and Hunter Phelps-Barron atthe end. The June Sprints addedanother brother duo, Brandonand Andrew of Abbott fame, intothe mix and onto the podium.
Oh, and did anyone happen tonotice that dad Ron Whitstonswept the rescheduled Cat inthe Kettle U.S. Majors Tour inAugust at Road America?
The only way to sort this outis to put them all on the trackand see where the chips fall. Butyou’re here for a bold prediction,so here’s where we think thislands: Having a brother as adrafting partner is an advantageat Road America. With that inmind, we think it will be Zach’syear to turn the tables on Andrew,but a shove up the front straightfrom his brother puts AndrewAbbott in between the two.
Although, we could be wrong.
So, who do we think will win in
2020? Veteran racer Tim Kautz.
Kautz won two in a row
at Road America in the early
2010s, but this isn’t going tobe easy. He was the polesitterat the June Sprints, which is amark in his favor – but he alsofinished fourth and DNF’d thatweekend. Still, the speed is there.
Bob Perona loves Road America
and won from sixth place on
the grid at the Sprints, which
certainly caught our eye. Jeffrey
Bartz had crept to the podium
before the Runoffs left Road
America the last time and has a
lot of laps on his home track.
Simon Sikes split the weekendwith a first and a second at theSprints and is one of those 19-year-old hot shoes referenced earlier.
Max Mallinen led laps at the Runoffsin 2014, but then went off to doreal world things like attend highschool and college. He’s backthis year, and could make somenoise if he knocks the rust off.
CLOSE QUARTERS(ABOVE, TOP) TimKautz last stood atopthe hotly-contestedFormula F Runoffspodium in 2013.That will changethis year. (ABOVE)Formula Vee al waysoffers astoundingraces, and this yearwill be no different.There will be onechange, though: ZachWhitston will be theone wearing the gold.
THE ONE TO BEAT
(LEFT) Clint McMahan might not wantSportsCar’s spotlight on him for this year’sFormula 500 Runoffs race, but it’s impossibleto deny that he’s the one to beat.