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23 October 2018 update:

 

 

Down to the Last Event in 2018!


It’s time for the SVRA’s “U.S. Vintage National Championship” at COTA in Austin, Texas.  You probably just watched Kimi Räikkönen win on that very track last weekend.  Hopefully you watched closely enough to get some tips on the fastest line through some of the turns.  You may have also noticed the new bits of curbing added to encourage drivers not to exceed the track limits.  They were installed as a result of the last lap pass of Verstappen on Kimi in 2017.  I have read that they are 4 inches high, so by all means take a look on your first few laps.


The turnout of open wheel cars at COTA looks to be strong again, with 48 entries showing in the classic group and 29 in the wings and slicks group.  There should be lots of good racing throughout the field, assuming everybody keeps the car on the track and the oil in the motor.  Please try to do your best on both!  Since this is our last event for the year I've placed the Classic and F70 logos above as a reminder that most of the class championships are undecided. (Indy Lights and Formula B were locked up by Travis Engen at VIR.)


Given the size of the event, the number of other activities going on and the paddock layout, once again we are not going to organize a Monoposto party at COTA.  Our previous attempts weren’t really popular.


We are also getting ready to work on the 2019 Monoposto Racing schedule.  We take many variables into account, including event popularity, geography, timing and the desire to stay to about 10 events.  We would also like to hear from YOU regarding your thoughts on what events we should keep, drop or add.  Please get your input into the system by replying to marc@giroux.com.

Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

15 September 2018 update:

 

   VIR is Next!


As I write this the events at Watkins Glen and Road America are mostly behind us, and both had great weather.  A bit hot (and then cold as well at The Glen), but the sessions weren’t interrupted by rain of any significance.  That is a very good outcome for September in New York and Wisconsin!


This brings us to the third consecutive weekend event, the Heacock Classic Gold Cup at VIR.  We are very hopeful that this trend of good weather continues, despite Hurricane Florence which came ashore in North Carolina on Friday.  My personal experience with hurricanes in that part of the country is that, when they leave, it gets warm, sunny and humid.  With any luck that is what we shall see at VIR.


If you haven’t been to VIR, it has one of the most beautiful settings in all of racing.  A fast and flowing track set in a green backdrop of fields of grass (meaning lots of runoff) with pretty red barns for buildings.  That, along with the hospitality of our friends there, can make for a great weekend.


The Monoposto party will begin at 5 pm on Saturday at the Apex Vintage paddock.  The party is a joint effort between the Formula Junior Historics North America and Monoposto.  Your party hosts will be Sharon & Graham Adelman and Fay & Duke Waldrop.  Please stop by to chat with your friends and to make new ones.

Race safely and have fun!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

1 September 2018 update:

 

The Fall Racing Season is upon Us!

 

With the sweltering heat of summer beginning to subside, it is starting to feel like the seasons are changing.  Fall is traditionally a time of lots of racing and 2018 is no exception.  In fact, we have three events coming up on three consecutive weekends.  Let’s all be careful not to have a major over-rev or shunt early in the sequence, so we have a chance to take part in more than one of them!

First up is the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen from September 5th to the 9th.  Please note that due to the size of the event (all of the traditional SVRA groups as well as TransAm and IGT) the test day begins on Wednesday afternoon.  Most of you have been to Watkins Glen, but if not, it is worth the trip to drive on such a historic race track.  It was newly paved a couple of years ago, so it should still be quite smooth.  The biggest single spectator event during the weekend is the opportunity to do a few parade laps around the old circuit downtown.  Thousands of local fans show up to watch and it is quite a show.  The historic course, over public roads, requires a little ground clearance, so a Formula Ford might be a better choice than an Indy Lights car.

Your Monoposto party hosts at Watkins Glen will be Stacy & Mark Clark, Sarah & Kurt Fischer, Cindy & Marc Giroux, and Sandra & Mike Taradash.  The party will begin at 4:00 pm on Saturday at the GMT Racing paddock, which will be in the area across the access road from the food concession stand.  Please come by and visit with your friends and fellow competitors.  It has been a well-attended party in the past.


The following weekend, September 13th to 16th, is the VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America.  This makes Monoposto Racing’s third and final visit to Road America this year, so if you haven’t made it to there yet here is your chance.  It seems somehow fitting to have two consecutive events at two of the most historic tracks in North America.

Your Monoposto Party hosts at Road America will be Lotus Lane Racing. They are typically located between St John the Baptist and the garages.  The party will begin after the end of race activities on Saturday afternoon.  Please stop by to pay Jeff Hailland, Stretch Bol and the rest of the Lotus Lane folks a visit and to enjoy the company of your fellow competitors.

We're looking for more photos of the 2017 Monoposto champions but for now Marty Bullock (FJ) and Bill Demarest (FF), above, are all we have.

The third Monoposto race of September is at VIR.  More about that event in a couple of weeks.

Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

12 August 2018 update:

 

 

 

The 2018 Championship Season is Halfway!


With The WeatherTech International Challenge completed, nine of our championships are exactly halfway through the 2018 Monoposto Racing Calendar.  (Indy Lights passed the halfway milestone in July.)  We have had loads of great racing thus far, but you still have time to have some fun and score points!

Monoposto now heads to Michigan for a great event that has been on our schedule for many years: the VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix AuGrattan.  Regular Grattan participants know how much fun this track is, but for the rest of you it is really worth attending.  The track will make you chuckle in your helmet at times because it has a little of everything: a long straight, a “jump” where you actually get air and many cars go to full droop, a heavily cambered bowl, a highly off camber turn where you get a nice view of the false grid and some uphill esses.  Speaking of the jump, be aware that the track goes left after takeoff and then sharply right shortly after you touchdown and that tire smoke is easily visible from the paddock in the event you decide to brake before you touch down.

There will be special races for Formula Vee. The nature of the circuit makes it ideal for all of our smaller nimble formula cars. Above we recognize two of 2017 Champions in these cars. On the left is Marty Bullock, Formula Junior, at Silverstone and on the right, Bill Demarest, Formula Ford, at Mont Tremblant.

 Your Monoposto party hosts this weekend will be: 

  • Sharon Frey and Dan Hayes (Irish Racing)
  • Kathy and Frank Newton (F Newton Motorsports)

The party will begin at 5 pm on Saturday.  Your hosts are usually located in the upper paddock so, if you haven’t seen them earlier in the weekend, that location is a pretty good bet.  Please stop by to enjoy some conversation and refreshments with your fellow competitors.  You will find a great bunch of folks at Grattan!
                 
Race safely and have fun!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

15 July 2018 update:

 

 

The WeatherTech International Challenge is Next!

 

As I write this note I am sitting in the paddock at Mont Tremblant.  You won’t get a full report since the event is not yet over, but it has been an awesome weekend thus far!  The turnout is up from last year, with 16 cars in the Monoposto Classic group and 15 in the wings and slicks group.  Saturday’s races were clean with close racing throughout the field.  As an example, the qual times for the first three places in the wings and slicks group spanned only 0.018 seconds and the margin of victory was under 0.5 seconds!  The Classic race was equally exciting with many lead changes at the front and good racing throughout the field. We also had a great Monoposto party hosted by the Demarests, at which Bill Demarest was awarded the trophy for the 2017 Historic Formula Ford class.  (See above top right.)

Since Mont Tremblant was scheduled one week later than usual this year, there are only a few days between the end of this event and the beginning of the WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America.  The entry list shows good fields, in particular in Monoposto Classic. It looks like everybody should have somebody to race with.

Your Monoposto party hosts this year will be Gail Barrows and Bob Burnside.  The party will take place on Saturday at 6:00 pm at their paddock in the upper paddock (on top of the hill behind the tech garage) all the way in the back.  You will see Gail’s black #08 Crossle Formula Ford and Bob’s black #8 Brabham Formula Atlantic cars located there.  Please stop by to rehydrate and do a little bench racing with your friends.

Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing
 

 

 

2 July 2018 update:

 

Can you Master Turn Two?

 

Next up on the 2018 Monoposto Racing calendar is our second race in Canada within a month.  Le Sommet des Légendes at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant is again being jointly hosted by Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) and Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR).  You have no doubt read some of my previous praises for the event, the organizations putting it on, the area and the track itself.  They were all true!  This is about as good as it gets if you are an open wheel racer who also likes the finer things in life such as great scenery and incredible food.  As usual the event will coincide with the International Blues Festival, so if you haven’t booked your hotel I would recommend doing so tout suite!


Your party hosts at Mont Tremblant will, once again, be Donna and Bill Demarest.  (Bill is top right in the above photo montage.)   Their party has always been a pleasant occasion so by all means join us there to have some refreshments and to trade ideas on things such as the best line “up and over the hill” also known as turn two.  We also have a few trophies from the 2017 championship we would like to award.  The party will be Saturday at 5 PM at the Demarest paddock.  They are usually located near where the paddock road turns towards the racing surface entrance used for practice sessions.


I look forward to seeing many of you at Mont Tremblant!



                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing
 

 

 

11 June 2018 update:

 

TWO Events Next Weekend!

 

While we generally try to have only one event on any given weekend, it sometimes occurs that there are two simultaneous events which are both too good to pass up.  That is the case next weekend, June 14-17.


In Canada we have the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, also known as Mosport.  This event has been on our calendar for at least the past 20 years, and perhaps as long as Monoposto has existed.  The event combines an incredibly interesting and challenging track with the unmatched hospitality displayed by our Canadian members and friends.  The track is a classic old-school Formula 1 track which includes high speed sweepers and highly technical turn combinations such as the famous Moss corner.  There aren’t many tracks anywhere better suited for open wheel cars.  This year features a dedicated group for F5000 cars to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of that series.  Fittingly, Mosport was the location of one of the races in that inaugural season.  Another featured group this year is the Royale Formula Ford Challenge series.  The entry list shows 34 cars on it, so I expect there will be some incredible racing.  There will also be a Monoposto combined group for those cars not falling into either of the two feature groups.  Given the popularity of the Steam Whistle Paddock tour on Friday evening, we won’t be having a Monoposto party this year.  By all means take advantage of the tour, which basically means walk to a few locations in the paddock, look at cars, chat with fellow competitors, eat snacks and drink free beer.  What’s not to like!


South of the border in the US, we have the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This is a very well attended event on one of the most famous tracks in the world.  Anybody who has not raced at Indy should have it on their bucket list simply to experience the feeling of driving on a track with such history.  As it is very well attended and busy, test day is again on Wednesday and the typical weekend schedule starts on Thursday.  The run groups will be the normal SVRA Group 2 for Monoposto Classic and Group 9 for F70 and Indy Lights.  When you aren’t on track or wrenching on your car there will be lots of interesting activities to watch: vintage motorcycle racing, Pre-War exhibition laps, an Indy Legends pro-am race and current Trans Am series racing.  Given the number of cars, activities and paddock layout we will again not have a Monoposto party at Indy.

Have fun and race safely!



                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing
 

 

 

12 May 2018 update:

 

Another Year of Racing and Camaraderie Begins!

 

All right fellow racers, it is time to roll those wonderfully prepared race cars into the trailer to start another season.  OK, some of you may have already gotten out to an event in warmer climates. 

That was the case with the Indy Lights series, which had its traditional opening race at The Mitty.  That weekend was blessed with nice weather.  There were also two exciting Formula Junior/Formula Ford races there as a bonus!

The broader Monoposto race series will, as was the case last year, begin at the SVRA Spring Vintage Festival at Road America this coming weekend. The grids thus far look quite good, with roughly 15 cars shown in each of the open wheel groups and a mix of cars which should give everybody somebody to race with.

I would like to thank Jacques Dresang for volunteering to host the Monoposto party at Road America.  It will take place at Jacques’ location in the large paddock area behind the St. John the Baptist food stand beginning at 5 pm on Friday.  The uniqueness of Jacques’ car should act as an aid in finding the right spot.  He drives a beautiful light blue and yellow Gurney Eagle Formula Ford, #46.  (See the bottom left car in the above montage of the 2017 Monoposto champions.) Please come to the party to talk with your competitors, share secrets and generally have a good time. 

Let’s all hope for warm, dry days!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing
 

 

 

2 February 2018 update:

 

The 2018 Monoposto Race Series Schedule is Set!


Fellow racers,

First of all, a somewhat belated “Happy New Year” to all!  I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to begin planning your 2018 season.  We have set the Monoposto Race Series schedule for this year.  It is identical to last year’s, with the exception that the SVRA Open Wheel Challenge at Indy has been replaced with the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indy.  Here is the complete schedule with dates:

  • Spring Vintage Festival at Road America (SVRA) – May 17-20, 2018
  • Vintage Grand Prix at Mosport (VARAC) – June 14-17, 2018
  • Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational (SVRA) – June 14-17, 2018
  • Sommet des Légendes at Mont Tremblant (HMSA & HSR) – July 12–15, 2018
  • WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America (Road America)– July 19-22, 2018
  • Vintage GP au Grattan (VSCDA) – August 17-19, 2018
  • US Vintage GP at Watkins Glen (SVRA) – September 6-9, 2018
  • Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America (VSCDA) – September 14-16, 2018
  • Heacock Classic Gold Cup at VIR (SVRA) – September 20-23, 2018
  • US Vintage National Championship at COTA (SVRA) – November 1-4, 2018

You will note that, as has occurred in the past, Indy and Mosport are the same weekend.


The Indy Lights Championship schedule largely overlaps the full Monoposto schedule except it adds an event at Road Atlanta while dropping several others.  The full Indy Lights schedule may be found at www.indylightsracing.com. Championships in all classes will be based on a racer's best 10 races (five events.)


As I have in the past, I appeal to our US members visit one of our Canadian events.  The two venues are truly world class and WAY at the top of my personal favorite tracks.  The events both offer loads of track time at famous tracks with truly engaged fans.  It isn’t really very hard to cross the border and your dollar goes quite far in Canada.  To take that last point one step further, VARAC is offering a discount of C$100 for entries in their Monoposto class grid.  (Here is a link to a flyer detailing the event and that offer.  The main VARAC web site about the event is found here.)  I personally went to both of our Canadian races last year, had a great time, and intend to go to both again this year.


If you know you are going to an event and would like to host the party, please let me know.  Some munchies, drinks and a paddock to tell stories in is all it takes.  We plan to have a party at each event to help everybody hook up with existing friends and to make new ones. Through the year we will be presenting trophies to the 2017 Monoposto Champions pictured above.


If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me or any of the other directors.


Have fun and race safely,

 


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

4 December 2017 update:


The 2017 Season is in the Record Book!


The 2017 Monoposto Racing Season was completed in November at the SVRA COTA event.  It was quite a season.  You can find all the results, as usual, at Monoposto.com thanks to the efforts of Travis Engen, our Chief of Scoring and Webmaster.


Congratulations are in order for all of our 2017 class champions.  Photos of them are above.  Test your car knowledge to identify them. They are:


            Josh Boller – Formula Atlantic
            Bobby Brown – F70 Formula 2
            Marty Bullock – Formula Junior
            Bob Burnside – Formula B
            Seb Coppola – Formula 5000
            Bill Demarest – Historic Formula Ford
            Jacques Dresang - Club Formula Ford
            Travis Engen – Indy Lights

We will be getting the trophies for the champions made over the winter and will be presenting them at Monoposto events during the next season.

Please note that we have ou first non-North American Champion.  Our Formula Junior champion, Marty Bullock, hails from Perth, Australia.  Now that is a long tow!

While the 2017 season is fresh in your mind, please give some thought to the 2018 schedule.  We will be putting the schedule together over the next month or so and inputs are always welcome.  Our intent is to keep roughly the same number of events, but we are open to changing out some if there is sufficient interest expressed.  We can’t promise to accommodate every wish, but we will try to do what we believe most of the members want based on inputs and past participation.

I would also like to take a few moments to thank those of you who volunteered to host a party at one of the events.  I am a firm believer in the notion that it is more fun and safer to race with friends than with strangers and the parties are a big part of making friendships.  If you would like to host an event next year, please just reply to this email.  It isn’t that hard or expensive and I can always get help for first timers.

Hopefully you have already generated a shop list of things to do to your car over the winter to make it safer, more reliable, faster or just plain run again.  If not, I suggest you make the list soon before some of those things fall through the cracks, only to rear their heads when you roll the car out of the trailer at the first event!

Enjoy the holidays.

 


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

 

28 October 2017 update:

One More to go in 2017

 

We are nearing the end of the 2017 and it has been a heck of a season.  In my view one of the highlights was the visit to several events by our Formula Junior friends from around the world.  The grids were large, the racing was excellent and the friendships formed were many.  It was an amazing display of what serious organizational effort can accomplish.


The final race weekend of the season for Monoposto Classic and F70 will be the SVRA event at COTA.   (The Indy Lights championship final event was last month at the VIR Gold Cup.)  About half of the 2017 class championships have already been decided, with the other half dependent on the COTA results.  Photos of our 2016 champions are above. How many of them will repeat?

COTA open wheel entries appear to be very strong again this year: over 30 in the wings & slicks group and over 60 (!!!) in the classic group.  There should be some great racing going on as long as everybody keeps it together on track.


Given the size of the event, the number of other activities going on and the paddock layout once again we are not going to organize a Monoposto party at COTA.  Our previous attempts didn’t draw enough interest to be considered successful.

 

Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 
 

 

 

7 September 2017 update:

Racing at a Classic Track

With Elkhart behind us, we turn our attention to the penultimate race of the 2017 Monoposto Racing calendar: the Heacock Classic Gold Cup at VIR.

VIR is another of the classic, old school tracks with flowing turns and significant elevation changes.  Its history is interesting in that it was an active track from 1957 through 1974 but then closed for a few decades.  Connie Nyholm and Harvey Siegel decided it should be resurrected and so invested a couple of years and countless dollars to meet that goal.  They reopened it in 2000 and it has been a favorite track of many drivers ever since.  I suspect the covered false grid area is partially a result of the many years Harvey had spent driving an open cockpit car!

As far as I can tell, there are NO class championships yet determined.  Come on out and join the fun.

Your party hosts at VIR will once again be Donna and Bill Demarest. They did a great job earlier in the year at Mont Tremblant and I am sure this will be no different. The party will be at 5pm at the Demarest paddock. Bill's red #50 Formula Ford will be nearby.

On a very sad note, I am sorry to have to report the death of one of Monoposto Racing’s founders.  Bob Woodward of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on August 30th, 2017.  Without the vision and efforts of Bob and a few others in the 1980’s there would have never been a Monoposto Racing organization.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Race quickly and safely,


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

3 September 2017 update:

Monoposto Races into the Fall!

With the days beginning to cool a bit and become shorter, the fall season must be approaching.  As usual, September will be a busy month for Monoposto Racing. There are only a few races left in the 2017 season. The above photo montage of our 2016 champions should remind you that none of the classes has been locked up so every remaining race will impact the selection of Monoposto's 2017 champions.

First up is the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen from September 6th to the 10th.  It is an event which is on many racers’ annual schedule and a bucket list event for those who haven’t yet made it.  The Glen is a classic, old style Formula 1 track with lots of elevation change and fast turns.  The pavement was new last year, so it should still be quite smooth.  It is always a big event at the track, and even a bigger one downtown.  Friday evening includes a re-enactment of the original races on the roads in town.  Racers whose cars have enough ground clearance can take their cars into town and drive around the original course to the great delight of thousands of fans from the area.

Your Monoposto party hosts will be Kurt Fischer, Mike Taradash and me.  The party will begin at 4:30pm on Saturday at the GMT paddock, which will be in the area across the access road from the food concession.  Please come by and chat with your friends and fellow competitors.  Last year the turnout was fantastic.

The following weekend, September 14th to the 17th, is the VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America.  This will be Monoposto’s third visit to Road America this year.  Road America is another of the classic long and high speed tracks with great history.  Today’s course was first used in 1955, which is a year earlier than the original permanent road course at Watkins Glen. 

Your Monoposto party host at Road America will be 2016 FB champion, Ron Hornig.  (He's in the yellow Brabham above.)   The party will begin at 8am in garage #3.   The format will be the same as last year, meaning breakfast munchies rather than beer and wine.   Please stop by for a snack and to visit with your fellow competitors.

Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 
 
 

 

 

12 August 2017 update:

Formula Vees Highlighted at Grattan Raceway!

Up next is the only August race on the Monoposto Racing schedule: VSCDA’s “Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXXI” at Grattan Raceway in Michigan.  It is a really fun and busy track, including a jump, a bowl, several off camber or blind turns, and some uphill esses.  If your suspension can deal with all of this you probably have a pretty good setup. 


Those who are there will not only find the track busy, but also their schedules.  There are 4 run groups, two of which are open wheel, and all the sessions are in 30 minute time slots.  For each group, there are 3 thirty minute sessions on Friday, 3 races on Saturday and 2 races on Sunday.  Make sure you put enough fuel in the car and water in the driver!


This event is well known for drawing a great grid of Formula Vees; the last entry list I saw showed 20.  The photo above is not a typical Formula Vee picture as there are only four cars in frame.  At Grattan, with past events as a measure, this year promises many more cars and very close racing.


Your Monoposto Party hosts at Grattan will be:
                  Kathy and Frank Newton (F Newton Motorsports)
                  Sharon Frey and Dan Hayes (Irish Racing)
                  Debbie Maier and Don Carone (Ricky/Bobby Racing)

The party will be Saturday at 5 pm in the upper paddock.  Please stop by and compare notes, relax and share some camaraderie with the rest of the group.

 

Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

17 July 2017 update:

At Road America for the Second Time in 2017!

It was only a week ago that we wrapped up Le Sommet des Légendes at Mont Tremblant.  While there was some rain in the middle of the weekend it ended beautifully with all the wheel-to-wheel racing in dry conditions!  We had an immense amount of track time: 2 hours and 20 minutes per car on Thursday, two 30 minute sessions on Friday, a 30 minute qualifying session and 22 minute flag-to-flag race on Saturday, a 25 minute warmup and a 22 minute flag-to-flag race on Sunday.  Add it all up and you are at about 5 hours of track time on an incredible track.  We could have used a few more open wheel cars to play with, but we had enough to give almost everybody somebody to race with.  If you are within any reasonable distance of this track you really should add it to your schedule next year.  HMSA and HSR do a very nice job putting it on together and the border is frankly just not that big a deal.  Our Canadian friends come and race in the U.S. all the time.  Donna and Bill Demarest put on the Monoposto party again and did a great job as usual.  The turnout was very good and the bench racing pretty serious! 


Next up is the WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America.  This is always a big event; the last entry list I saw showed well over 450 cars.  The list shows nice grids of Formula B, Formula Ford, Atlantic, F5000, Formula 1, and other open wheel cars.  There should be some excellent racing to both be part of and to watch.


Your Monoposto party hosts this year will be the F5000 group.  The party will take place on Saturday at 5:30 at the F5000 tent that will be located in the paddock just past the medical building.  Please stop by to catch up with your fellow competitors and to look at some extraordinary machinery!  Hopefully this is the closest you will get to the medical building all weekend.


Since we're halfway through the 2017 season I like to point out that we have yet to see competitors in 2 of the 11 classes that we offer championships. Most of the others are still wide open. If you're in Formula Vee or F70 F2 come on out and give it a shot. Just to remind you a photo of Travis Engen in his Chevron B17b on the false grid at Mont Tremblant is featured above.


Have fun and race safely!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

28 June 2017 update:

Racing in Canada!

The 2017 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix is now in the history books, and what a weekend it was!  There were a total of 4 open wheel groups: The Formula Junior world tour, a combined Monoposto Classic and F70, the Masters Historic Racing group of F1 cars and the Ontario-based Toyo F1600 Championship series.  The track is just so fantastic with its flowing turns and elevation changes. We also got our fill of track time; for example, my Traqmate data shows just over 27 minutes from green flag to checker on Sunday afternoon.  Eighteen laps.   We could have used a few more F70 cars, but those who were there had a great time.  Tom Fraelich and Tom Pixley were looking really racy in their Super Vees. One of the highlights of the Monoposto party was presenting the Most Improved Driver Trophy to Bob Burnside. His laptime improvements in 2016 were impressive. Bob, the trophy and Marc Giroux are shown above.

The next event of the 2017 Monoposto Racing season takes us north of the border once again, as Historic Motor Sports Association and HSR put on The Sommet des Legendes event at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant.  Le Circuit Mont Tremblant is just a little northwest of Montreal and has one of the most beautiful settings of any racetrack in North America.  The track is surrounded by the mountains and is only a couple of miles from the Mont Tremblant ski resort with its fine choices for food and accommodations.  There are many non-racing things to do, so there is no better event to which to bring the whole family for a long weekend.  The race weekend once again coincides with the International Blues Festival making Mont Tremblant an extremely lively place.  Oh yes, it is also one of the most amazing race tracks anywhere, with smooth pavement and flowing turns.  Many racers who have driven it put it near the top of their list of favorite tracks. 

Your party hosts at Mont Tremblant will be Donna and Bill Demarest.  They have taken great care of us the last several years and we look forward to the opportunity to hydrate and trade stories once again.  The party will be at 5 pm on Saturday at the Demarest paddock. They are typically located near where the paddock road turns toward the racing surface entrance used for practice sessions.  Bill’s red  #50 Formula Ford will be nearby.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Mont Tremblant


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 
 
 

 

 

1 June 2017 update:

Two Weekends in a Row!


The first is the SVRA Open Wheel World Challenge at Indianapolis, which takes place June 7-11.  It is, as the name implies, an event focused on open wheel cars.  It also includes the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour which will bring an international flavor to the weekend.  The entry list is looking long so I expect everybody will have somebody to have a great race with.  We will not be sponsoring a dedicated Monoposto party at Indy as the logistics are challenging and the event is open wheel focused any way.  The event party on Saturday will be a great place to meet your fellow competitors.

The following weekend, June 15-18, will be the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly known as Mosport).  This event is also the Formula Junior tour and on the Masters Historic Racing schedule for historic Formula 1 cars.  It should be no surprise that both of those groups have decided to put CTMP on their schedule.  The track hosted the Canadian Grand Prix eight times beginning in 1967 and is truly a joy to drive.  It has fast, old school sweeping turns, plenty of elevation change, and Turn 2 which rewards experience at the track and a little confidence or courage.  It is one of my all-time favorites.

The Monoposto party at CTMP will be sponsored by Travis Engen and take place at the GMT Racing Paddock  (look for the big white rig on the level below the snack bar) on Friday at 5:30 pm.  Please come by to meet your fellow competitors and enjoy munchies and beverages.  We will also begin awarding the class championship trophies, and there are at least three recipients entered for the event.   The event is sponsoring a roaming paddock tour which begins a bit later which you can join in on afterwards if you wish. You will find it on the official schedule.

 


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 
 
 

 

 

7 May 2017 update:

The Start of a New Season!

OK everybody, spring is here and it is time to go racing.  No doubt all of you have your cars race ready so there is nothing left to do but push them into the trailer.  That is what long winters are for.

The season actually began a couple of weeks ago for the Indy Lights series with their season opener being held at The Mitty at Road Atlanta.  Except for rain on Sunday, it was a perfect weekend.  Mark Brannon, last year's champion pictured at the top above, won the first race of the season, leading from flag to flag.

The first weekend for the broader Monoposto race series will take place May 18-21 with SVRA at Road America.  This is the first year since 2013 that most of our race classes have had this race on the calendar and we are really looking forward to it!

Many thanks to Bob Burnside for volunteering to host the Monoposto party at Road America.  It will take place at Bob’s location in the uppermost paddock beginning at 4:30 pm on Friday.  He will have his Formula B and Atlantic cars there as landmarks.   If you are unfamiliar with the paddock layout, you get there by going up the road behind the garage building.  Please stop by to chat with your fellow competitors and get acquainted with anybody you don’t already know.  We will also have the 2016 trophies along to begin presenting them to the winners.

If you have not yet noticed, we did some updating on all of the rules over the winter.  While most of the rules were simply cleaned up for format and consistency, we did have significant content changes in the Historic Formula Ford, Club Formula Ford and in the air-cooled portion of the Formula Super Vee rules.  These updated specifications may be found on 2017 Rules page.  None of the changes will affect drivers whose cars are unchanged from last year.  If your car was legal last year it is legal this year.

See you at Elkhart Lake!


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 
 
 

 

3 January 2017 update:

Start Your Planning for 2017


Fellow racers,
                 
All of you reading this have successfully made the transition into 2017.  That is a good thing in many ways, not the least of which is the possibility of another great racing season!  It is time to start planning to see if you can become one of our 2017 champions like the drivers above who are Monoposto's 2016 champions.           

The Monoposto Racing schedule for 2017 is very similar to this past year’s, with the only changes being:

  • Replacing the May race at Barber with the May race at Elkhart
  • Replacing the regular SVRA Indy race with the Open Wheel World Challenge at Indy

The Indy Lights schedule with modest changes has also been set. Both are available on the 2017 Schedule page.

This is also the year that the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour comes to North America.  On their calendar is the Indy Open Wheel event, the VARAC Vintage Festival, Mid-Ohio, the Rolex at Monterey, the Lime Rock Historic Festival, the Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen and the September Elkhart Lake event.  As optional races they have include the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and the Monterey Pre-Reunion.  Holy smokes, that is a series!

On a related note, five Monoposto members sent cars to Australia and New Zealand last August. Three of the cars are participating in the Down Under rounds of the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour. They had three races in Australia in 2016 and are preparing to race in New Zealand and back in Australia in early 2017.

As mentioned in my last message, we have been updating the rules with a focus on Formula Ford.  The primary changes  there are:

  • Inclusion of the Hoosier Formula Ford tires based on the lap time and wear experience in 2006.
  • Adoption of the SCCA 2015 GCR Kent and Cortina engine rules to replace ours. I believe the most significant changes are a reduction of minimum flywheel weight and the inclusion of aluminum heads.  Minimum car weights do NOT change.
  • Elimination of the requirement that HFF cars have steel shock bodies.  Functional requirements are unchanged.

Copies of all class specifications can be found on the 2017 Rules page.  If your car was legal against last year’s rules then it is legal against the updated rules.


This will be a big year for vintage formula car racing.  Please make sure you get into your fair share of the fun!

As always, if you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to send me an email.

Stay safe in the off season.


                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 
 
 

 

19 December 2016:

Fellow racers,
                 

The holiday season is once again upon us, so it is time to begin cheerfully planning next year’s race season!
                

The Monoposto Racing schedule for 2017 is very similar to this past year’s, with the only changes being:

  • Replacing  the May race at Barber with the May race at Elkhart
  • Replacing  the regular SVRA Indy race with the Open Wheel World Challenge at Indy

The Indy Lights schedule with modest changes has also been set. Both are available on the 2017 Schedule page

Further information about the Indy Lights series can be found at Indylightsracing.com.  There are a couple of cars for sale out there if anybody would like to join in on the fun!

Bruce Domeck and I have also been updating the Historic and Club Formula Ford class specifications.  We would like to extend a big thanks to those of you who provided inputs. Our intent was primarily to simplify things a bit and to keep a good balance between period correctness and affordability.  The primary changes are:

  • Inclusion of the Hoosier Formula Ford tires based on the lap time and wear experience in 2006.
  • Adoption of the SCCA 2015 GCR Kent and Cortina engine rules to replace ours. I believe the most significant changes are a reduction of minimum flywheel weight and the inclusion of aluminum heads.  Minimum car weights do NOT change.
  • Elimination of the requirement that HFF cars have steel shock bodies.  Functional requirements are unchanged.

Copies of the class specifications can be found on the 2017 Rules page.  If your car was legal against last year’s rules then it is legal against the updated rules.

Hopefully you are already well into the off-season safety checks and maintenance on your car.  For many, a warm and brightly lit shop is preferable to a cold and dark outside world.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to send me an email.

Happy holidays!

                                    Marc Giroux
                                    President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

 

16 November 2016 update:

 

The 2016 Schedule is Complete


The 2016 Monoposto Racing Season came to a close earlier this month at COTA.  It was quite a season, and we didn’t know for sure who would win any of the class championships until the final event.

Congratulations to our class champions for 2016! They are:

Mark Brannon – Indy Lights
Jamie Britnell – Historic Formula Ford
Tom Pixley – Formula Super Vee
Mark Harmer – Formula 5000
Ron Hornig – Formula B
Jim Yule – Formula Junior
Jim Moore – Club Ford

As always you can find the complete results on Monoposto.com.  Those classes not listed above had no participant who attended the necessary three events in the season.  We will get the trophies out at events next year.

I would like to thank everybody who competed this year for their clean, safe racing and sportsmanship.  It is, after all, about everybody on the track having a good time racing with others who share their passion for the sport.  Without all of you it would be a pretty empty track.

A very special thank you goes out to all of you who volunteered to host a party at one of the events.  To me it is much more than just a place to drink beer and tell (mostly true) stories.  It is also about getting to know the other folks we race with so we will be not only competitive on the track but also concerned about the welfare of the friend in the next car.  If you are interested in hosting an event next season, just let me know.  It beats me calling around and begging!


If you have ideas about next year’s schedule, please let me know.  We plan to keep the total number of events the same but like to have suggestions on what we might add or drop. We will get the 2017 schedule out in December or January so you can start planning for yet another season.


We are also doing updating of some class rules, in particular Formula Ford.  If you have thoughts on them please let me know as well.  No promises that we can build them all into the update, but knowledge of what is on Ford drivers’ minds is helpful.

Enjoy the off season and be sure to get started early on the winter work on the car.  Unexpected things do occasionally pop up.

 

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 
 

 

 

28 October 2016 update:

 

The Final Event of 2016



The 2016 season is about to wrap up and it has been quite a season.  Looking at the 6 events where I have good comparative information, the Monoposto grids were up more than 10% over 2015.  Monoposto Classic increases were driven in large part by the big FJr turnouts at Barber and the VSCDA event at Road America.   It shows what some class organizing and enthusiasm can do!  The popularity of the Indy event was the largest contributor to the F70 increase.


The final race of the season is coming up at COTA.  I hope everybody watched the Grand Prix there last weekend to get some pointers on how to drive the track.  Unlike what often happens in Formula 1, we are headed into that final race with none of the class championships decided.  This should help add a little more suspense into an already exciting weekend.  The entry list shows a particularly strong Monposto Classic turnout, with 12 FJr’s (see the above photo from 2013!), 26 FV’s (!!),  20 Fords, and 8 FB’s.  The provisional schedule shows the FJr’s and FV’s in one run group and the FF’s and FB’s in the other all weekend. It also shows a split start for the FJr/FV races.


Given the size of the event, number of other activities and the dispersed nature of the paddock area we are not going to organize a Monoposto party for the event.  Our experience there is that is simply doesn’t work well.

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

19 september 2016 update:

 

VIR GoldCup



With the VSCDA event at Elkhart in the history books we turn our sights a little further south to our penultimate event of the season.


The SVRA Heacock Classic Gold Cup at the beautiful Virginia International Raceway is up next.  The track is fast, flowing and has lots of elevation change.  The track has also been completely repaved in the last few months so the grip should be amazing. The Virginia/North Carolina border can be a wonderful place to spend a few days in the fall.

The Gold Cup was famously wet last year, so we are due a dry weekend to help balance out the statistics! In fact last year's event was the wettest event anyone there had ever experienced. The Monoposto Classic race on Sunday saw only a few competitors braving the track showing the stuff that made two of them champions. One of stalwarts, Chris Forrer, will receive the 2015 Monoposto Class Champion Trophy for Club Ford this weekend.  (Chris is shown above in his immaculate Tiga FF courtesy of www.billstoler.com.)


The Monoposto Party will take place after race activities on Friday, September 23rd.  Your hosts are Sharon and Graham Adelman and the location will be the Apex Vintage paddock. Please come out, chat with your friends and congratulate Chris.

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

11 September 2016 update:

 

Two Weekends Ahead!



With the Labor Day weekend already gone, it means it is nearly time for the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.  The SVRA event is back to its traditional weekend and is running the full course as usual.  There is new pavement on the entire track and the early reports back from those who have had a chance to drive it are extremely positive. Maybe a few of you will be able to set new personal bests at the track. It should be smooth, fast and fun!

The Glen is always a pretty big event, and this one promises to be no different.  Then last entry list I saw had about 400 entries, including about 60 open wheel cars. (One of them will not be Travis Engen's 2015 FB championship Chevron shown above as the car is heading Down Under for races later this year.) For the rest of us there should be somebody for just about everybody to have a good race with! 

The Vintage Grand Prix is also one of the biggest events of the year in town. Seriously! This event has taken place each year since 1993.  Thousands of people in the area look forward to the festival in town Friday evening. A highlight of that is the re-enactment in which racers with can take their cars down into town and go around the original course.  Assuming, of course, that they have enough ground clearance.

Your Monoposto party hosts will be Kurt Fischer, Steve Scullen, Mike Taradash and me.  The party will begin at 4:30 pm on Saturday at the GMT paddock, which will be in the area across the access road from the food concession.  Please stop by and chat with your friends and competitors.  After a couple of refreshments you might even feel like buying something at the Motostalgia auction which will take place a little later in the evening.

The following weekend is VSCDA’s Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival. The event typically draws a good Monoposto grid; in particular FVee’s, FF’s and FB’s. It should be a fun event. Given the on-track schedule and the timing of the event dinners we are going to try something a little different to get us together. Ron Hornig is hosting a “Juice and Breakfast Roll” get together on Saturday morning at 7:30 am. It will be behind the transporter with the Retro Corvette/Yellow formula car on the sides and should be in front of Garage #3. Please stop by and chat with your friends and competitors.

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

5 September 2016 update:

 

The Newly Paved Watkins Glen Beckons



With the Labor Day weekend already gone, it means it is nearly time for the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.  The SVRA event is back to its traditional weekend and is running the full course as usual.  There is new pavement on the entire track and the early reports back from those who have had a chance to drive it are extremely positive. Maybe a few of you will be able to set new personal bests at the track. It should be smooth, fast and fun!

The Glen is always a pretty big event, and this one promises to be no different.  Then last entry list I saw had about 400 entries, including about 60 open wheel cars. (One of them will not be Travis Engen's 2015 FB championship Chevron shown above as the car is heading Down Under for races later this year.) For the rest of us there should be somebody for just about everybody to have a good race with! 

The Vintage Grand Prix is also one of the biggest events of the year in town. Seriously! This event has taken place each year since 1993.  Thousands of people in the area look forward to the festival in town Friday evening. A highlight of that is the re-enactment in which racers with can take their cars down into town and go around the original course.  Assuming, of course, that they have enough ground clearance.

Your Monoposto party hosts will be Kurt Fischer, Steve Scullen, Mike Taradash and me.  The party will begin at 4:30 pm on Saturday at the GMT paddock, which will be in the area across the access road from the food concession.  Please stop by and chat with your friends and competitors.  After a couple of refreshments you might even feel like buying something at the Motostalgia auction which will take place a little later in the evening.

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

16 August 2016 update:

 

Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXX



It is mid-season for the Monoposto Classic and F70 groups as we head to the popular Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan this coming weekend.  As always, there will be a HUGE FVee field, with over 25 entries on the list currently.  That promises to provide for some great racing to watch or, better yet, to be taking part in!  The schedule shows two open wheel groups, with the FJr’s and FV’s in one and the FF, FB and F70 in the other.


Grattan is one of the most technically interesting tracks we run on.  It is twisty, tight, blind, off camber and even has the “jump” where most of the cars get airborne.  It isn’t as fast as the Flugplatz on the old Nürburgring, but it will get your attention and teach you not to start braking for the next turn while still in the air!  The track is a total hoot to drive.


The Monoposto Party will take place on Friday at 5:30 pm at Tom and Gretch Pixley’s paddock.  They are typically located in the grass overlooking the aforementioned jump.  Tom has a pretty red Wheeler Super Vee which should be easy to spot.  Tom was last year's FSV Champion. (He and his car are featured above.) Please stop by the Pixley paddock to congratulate Tom and visit with your fellow competitors.

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

12 July 2016 update:

 

Halfway Through the Season


Le Sommet des Légendes at Mont Tremblant is complete.  Into every life must come a little rain, and that was the case this year at Tremblant.  Unlike last year which had perfect weather, this year’s event was badgered by intermittent rain.  Nonetheless, those there thoroughly enjoyed themselves and got in a reasonable amount of track time as sessions were spaced 30 minutes apart.  Two of the six groups were for open wheels.  All we needed, other than more sunshine, were more of our Monoposto friends to join us.  This venue is truly one of the best in the world, and you should consider adding it to your schedule for next year. It combines a fantastic track with a spectacular setting.  As usual, the International Blues Festival fell on the same weekend so all of us had interesting options for evening entertainment.  Add to that a Monoposto party put on by Donna and Bill Demarest (see Bill above) and what more do you need?

Anyone coming from the West Coast can enjoy back to back events at spectacular tracks: Mont Tremblant and Road America. This brings me to our next event, the popular WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America.  The entry list shows about 450 entries and appears very strong for the various Monoposto classes. If you want to see who is coming you can find out here.

Just about everybody there should have somebody to have a great race with! If that isn't enough to get you to the event consider the historic CanAm grid of nearly 50 cars. Talk about spectacle and noise!

As was the case last year, Lotus Lane Racing is graciously hosting the Monoposto party.  It will follow racing activities on Saturday beginning a little after 5:00.  Lotus Lane will be paddocked in the large area between the St. John the Baptist stand and the garages.  Stop by and visit with Jeff Hailand, Stretch Bol and the rest of the folks there. 

Race Safely!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

2 July 2016 update:

 

Back to Canada


After the Canada Day/Independence Day weekend and now that Mosport, Indy and Mid-Ohio are in the record books we turn our attention to our second weekend of the season in Canada.  This year’s le Sommet des Légendes event at Mont Tremblant is co-sponsored by HMSA and HSR.  It takes place on the Le Circuit Mont Tremblant, which was also known as St Jovite in its Canadian Grand Prix days.  It is another of the classic “old school” tracks so loved by Monoposto drivers: fast, sweeping corners, lots of elevation change with an awesome blind, flatout over the hill turn 2.  The setting in the Laurentian mountains is also spectacular with plenty of activities for the racer and non-racer alike. The International Blues Festival is running from July 8th to the 17th.


Your party hosts at Mont Tremblant will be Donna and Bill Demarest.  They have taken great care of us for the last few years and we look forward to the same opportunity to hydrate and mingle again.  It will be Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Demarests' paddock.  They are typically located in the paddock where the road splits off to head towards the racing surface entrance used for practice sessions. Bill was our 2015 Historic Formula Ford champion. That's him above racing his 1972 Titan Mk6b at Mont Tremblant last year.


I look forward to seeing many of you at Mont Tremblant.


Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

10 June 2016 update:

 

A Busy Weekend is Approaching


We have two events coming up for Fathers’ Day weekend: Mosport and Indy.  Both are great events at historic venues and should make for a nice weekend for all of the fathers in the organization.


One of, if not THE longest standing event on the Monoposto calendar is the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix which will take place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka Mosport).  The track is an awesome one to race on: fast, flowing, lots of elevation change and one which rewards confidence.  It looks like there will be a large group of FVees there this year.  (Thanks to Adam Swank see Paul Buttrose our 2015 FVee champion above.) The event typically draws a good grid of Formula Fords and several Juniors as well.


The Monoposto party structure at Mosport will be a little unique this time because of the many social events planned by VARAC.  On Friday evening there will be a Steam Whistle Paddock Tour featuring Steam Whistle beer, Tim Horton coffee, Black Prince wine, munchies etc.  Here is a link to a webpage describing it:  http://varac.ca/news/steam-whistle-paddock-tour-at-chgp-friday-june-17-2016/ . Your host for the Monoposto Party this year, Doug Elcomb, has joined forces with Move Motorsports who are sponsoring the second Whistle Stop.  Move Motorsports are the promoters of the F1600 and F2000 series in Ontario.  Doug will also have more food and drink at his paddock following the tour for those who wish to continue trading speed secrets.  If by chance you don’t know Doug, he drives the 1961 Dreossi, the body of which was an auxiliary fuel tank from an F86 fighter which makes it easy to find.  It will be the only one there.


The second event that weekend is the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis.  This is the third year for the popular event which is expected to draw roughly 500 cars.  Due to the number of entrants, Test Day is again Wednesday and the regular event weekend begins on Thursday.  Unlike previous years there will be the typical 2 races per class so scoring will be done as usual.  The most recent entry list shows 28 Fords of different types as well as 9 FB cars, including one driven by Geoff Brabham.  There should be some good racing going on.


For those interested in the off track activities, SVRA is continuing the tradition of having a car auction on Friday and Saturday as well as a rock concert on Saturday evening.  This year it will be Three Dog Night. Given the number of other things going on, we will NOT have a Monoposto party at the event.


The 2015 class champion trophies will be at the track so if you are receiving one please look up Travis Engen at the GMT Racing paddock.  We will continue to hand them out at events during the remainder of the season. 


Race Safely

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

 

17 May 2016 update:

Time to Do It Again!

 

The days are getting longer and the weather is turning decidedly warmer. It must be time to get those Monoposto cars out and do some racing!


Actually, the Indy Lights series competitors already have two weekends under their belts with the Mitty at Road Atlanta and SVRA at Elkhart Lake.  Just to embarrass me the web master decided to put my photo at the top of this page. (Yes, I was the Lights Champion last year.)


The broader Monoposto schedule begins this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  The schedule includes the typical Monoposto Classic and F70 Wings and Slicks groups but also has a dedicated run group for Formula Junior. It is a great venue and promises to be a good weekend of racing.


Your party host for the weekend will be Travis Engen.  The weekend party will take place at the GMT paddock on Saturday after on-track activities end.  Please stop by and socialize with the rest of the group.  As always, there is no charge for the snacks, beverages and advice from your fellow competitors.


Trophies for last year’s class champions are done and we will begin making the awards at events where recipients are present.    Remember that you have to do at least three events to get a championship trophy. 


Race Safely

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

6 January 2016 update:

2016 Begins

Fellow racers,


As a new year begins it is time to start thinking about how we will make the best of 2016. Hopefully that includes a little racing for all of us.


Thanks to those of you who sent in inputs for the 2016 Monoposto Racing schedule.  We took those inputs, looked at participation across the classes last year and tried to shrink slightly to get back to a more typical 10 event schedule. The result is a schedule that looks very similar to 2015 with four changes: we took out the Mitty, the Jefferson 500 and Lime Rock Historics.  In their place we added the HMSA at Barber.  Watkins Glen has moved back to its traditional date in September with a nice, newly paved surface.  Here are the details:

Barber Historics (HMSA) 5/20 – 5/22
Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational (SVRA) – Indy 6/15 – 6/19
Canadian Historic GP (VARAC) – Mosport 6/17 – 6/19
Sommet des Légendes (HMSA) – Mont Tremblant 7/8 – 7/10
WeatherTech International Challenge (Road America) 7/14 – 7/17
Vintage GP au Grattan (VSCDA) – Grattan 8/19 – 8/21
US Vintage GP (SVRA) – Watkins Glen 9/8 – 9/11
Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (VSCDA) – Road America 9/16 – 9/18
Heacock Classic Gold Cup (SVRA) – VIR 9/22 – 9/25
US Vintage National Championship (SVRA) – COTA 11/2 – 11/6

The Indy Lights Championship schedule largely overlaps the full Monoposto schedule but adds events at Road Alanta and Mid-Ohio while dropping several others.  The full Indy Lights schedule may be found at www.indylightsracing.com and at www.monoposto.com.   Championships in all classes will be based on a racer's best 10 races (five events.)

My last message recounted the 2015 Champions, each a significant achievement. That said, the most difficult Monoposto award to achieve is the Most Improved Driver of the Year, since the competition is all Monoposto drivers. Scott Fairchild, the Most Improved Driver of 2014, is shown above with two of his favorite fans.

This is the time for my annual appeal to our US members visit one of our Canadian events. Monoposto was originally formed by US and Canadian racers and it is important for us to continue the camaraderie. It really isn’t that hard to cross the border and the American dollar will never be much stronger. You will also note that the two venues are ex-Formula 1 tracks and amazing to drive.  Please consider adding one of them to your schedule.  I doubt very much that you will regret it.

If you know you are going to an event and would like to host the party, please let me know.  Some munchies, drinks and a paddock to tell stories in is all it takes.  We plan to have a party at each event to help everybody hook up with existing friends and to make new ones.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me or any of the other directors.

Race Safely

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing



 

 

 

 

31 October 2015 update:

One Event Remains


It has been 6 weeks since my last message and 3 events have taken place in that time:

  • VSCDA’s Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival. There were strong grids of FVee, FF and FB cars. The lap times indicate it was a dry weekend.
  • SVRA’s Gold Cup at VIR.  Here we had the most rain of any event I have ever attended. Several in each run group braved the conditions, but many didn’t start a motor Friday through Sunday.  At least Thursday was dry!
  • The FJr event with CSRG at Sonoma. This was Formula Junior Historic North America’s “national race” for 2015.  The turnout was superb with 33 Formula Juniors paddocked side by side.  (A small subset of the field on the false grid is shown is shown above.) This is a good example of what can be done when enthusiastic effort is put to the task of building a grid of similar cars.  The Sonoma event appears to have been the FJHNA warm up for the Formula Junior Jubilee World Tour that starts next year.

We are now down to the final race of the season: SVRA at COTA.  Here the Monoposto Classic group looks strong as well, with over 35 cars on the entry list.  The “wings and slicks” group is a little larger and contains cars from Atlantics to F1 with a strong F5000 contingent. Most of the Monoposto championships are still not decided, including FVee, FJr, FF, CFF, FA and Indy Lights. It promises to be quite a weekend.


The Monoposto party will be hosted by Sharon and Graham Adelman.  Look for them on Friday at 5:30 pm at the Apex Vintage paddock.  Apex will be in the lower paddock where the garages are, about halfway between the restaurant and the false grid. Come on out and share your speed secrets with the rest of us!

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

14 September 2015 update:

The Fall Season is Upon Us


The Fall season for Monoposto is definitely getting underway.  There 3 events remaining in the season for most classes.  The exceptions are FJr with 4 (including CSRG at Sonoma) and only 2 for Indy Lights (VIR and COTA).  As of now there are NO class championships decided, so get out there and score some points!  Remember, there is a requirement of participation in a minimum of 3 events to win a class championship. One of the undecided Championships is F5000. Mark Harmer was the 2014 winner, seen above in a nearly vintage photo of him in his Surtees TS5.


For the next event Monoposto Racing returns to Road America for VSCDA’s Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival.  The schedule has a separate run group for Formula Vee’s which makes for 3 open wheel groups in total.  As it is a long and fast track, the Vee racing should be tight with lots of drafting and passing and exciting to watch.


Your Monoposto Party host at Elkhart will be Bob Burnside.  The party will start at his paddock on Friday after the end of racing activities. He should be located in the grassy area a few rows South (towards start/finish) from the false grid entry.  Bob has a 27-foot black and silver trailer.  Please stop by to chat with the other competitors and to say thanks to your host.


The weekend of September 24th – 27th will be SVRA’s Heacock Classic Gold Cup at VIR.  This is another great track for open wheelers with flowing turns and lots of elevation change. Your Monoposto Party host at VIR will be Travis Engen.  The party will take place at the GMT paddock on Friday after the end of racing activities.  We are looking forward to a good turnout so the remaining 2014 Championship trophies can be presented.  Please join us in the fun and camaraderie.

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

10 August 2015 update:

Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXIX


Watkins Glen is now behind us and it was a great weekend.  Sun, 80’s and no rain of consequence.  The turnout was surprisingly good given the change in event date.  We had 5 Formula B’s, 10 Fords, 4 FVees and a Junior for Classics and a group of 21 Wings and Slicks cars. We ran the short course for the first time in many years and it was as quick as you might expect.  Although reported to be hard on brakes during the NASCAR race yesterday, it was pretty easy on them for us.  One touches the brakes only 4 times during a 2.45 mile lap.  The track is currently undergoing a complete repaving and promises to be much smoother next year when SVRA returns to their traditional date in September. Do you remember that after the last repaving full course lap times dropped by several seconds?


Monoposto now heads to Western Michigan for VSCDA’s annual “Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXIX” event at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan. The weather is forecast to be hot and dry with highs in the mid 80’s and the only chance of rain being Friday morning. This is a fun and very busy two mile track with a long straight, a “jump”, a bowl and uphill esses. Virtually every corner is blind, off camber or both.  If you have not been here before you are in for a treat.  The locals say you are better off if you don’t brake while in the air off the jump but rather wait until you land.  The photo above shows Tim Holland in his lovely 1968 Lotus 41b with four off in a good way, no black flag for that! Be aware that tire smoke is easily visible from the paddock for those who get on the brakes too early.


Your Monoposto party hosts this weekend will be Irish Racing.  The festivities are planned for the end of the day on Saturday.  Please stop by to share stories, secrets and to say thank you to Dan and Sharon.


Race safely and have fun.

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 

 

 

15 July 2015 update:

Time for the Hawk and Watkins Glen!

 

Le Sommet des Legendes at Mont Tremblant is in the history books, and what a beautiful weekend it was.  With the exception of a small shower on Saturday, which took place during the Monoposto classic race, it was picture perfect weather.  The annual International Blues Festival was going on the same weekend so all of us had interesting options for evening entertainment.  The only thing missing were more Monoposto members.  (The photo above shows Travis Engen on the false grid.) The entry this year was significantly smaller than last year.  This is hard to understand since virtually anyone who has driven the track regards the track as the one of the most interesting and challenging in North America.  Thanks again to Donna and Bill Demarest for hosting the Monoposto Party on Saturday.  As always, they did a great job.

We have two more events in the next two consecutive weekends.


Coming up first is the ever popular Hawk International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America.  It is typically a very large event with over 400 cars and several open wheel run groups.   The featured event this year is Can-Am, which should put the thunder in Thunder Valley!  Your Monoposto party hosts will be Lotus Lane Racing.  Stop by and say hi to Stretch Bol, Jeff Hailand and the rest of the gang there.   The party will follow racing activities on Saturday.  The weather forecast calls for a warm day so no doubt drinking fluids will be in order.


The following weekend is the US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.  This is the event which normally takes place the weekend after Labor Day.  The Glen is getting a much anticipated total repaving this year, beginning with the boot and followed by the rest of the track after the early August NASCAR race.  As a result we will be there earlier and run the short course.  This will make the average speed substantially higher and give Turn 10 a real braking zone.  It should be fun.   Your Monoposto Party hosts at the Glen will be Kurt Fischer, Steve Scullen and me.  It will take place at 6 pm on Friday at the GMT paddock which is normally in the paddock corner near the Media Center.  Please join us for refreshments and conversation if you can.


Race safely!


Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing


 

5 July 2015 update:

Back to Canada!

 

Our next event of the 2015 Monoposto Racing season takes us north of the border once again, as Historic Motor Sports Association presents the Sommet des Legendes event at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant.  Le Circuit Mont Tremblant arguably one of the most picturesque settings of any race track in North America. It is located only a couple of miles from the ski village with its many fine restaurants.  This makes it an awesome place to bring non-racing relatives and friends.  It also happens to be one of the most incredible circuits to drive on, with sweeping turns and elevation changes which will get your attention.


Your party hosts at Mont Tremblant will be Donna and Bill Demarest.  They took great care of us last year and we look forward to the same opportunity to hydrate and mingle again.  It will be Saturday at 4:30 pm at Bill’s paddock.  He is typically located in the paddock where the road splits off to head towards the racing surface entrance used for practice sessions.

 

The above photograph features some of the formula Vees that raced at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in last month. FVs have some of the closest racing we see in Monoposto and like all of our race groups they have a great deal of fun.


I look forward to seeing many of you at Mont Tremblant.

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing


 

15 June 2015 update:

Mosport is Next!

 

Indy 2015 is now in the history books, and what a weekend it was: large fields, intense racing, chances to run the oval, warm but generally dry weather and a surfeit of enjoyable non-racing activities. Three of the 2014 Champions were presented with their crystal trophies but Fletcher Belt, above, will have to catch up with his at a later event.


Right on the heels of Indy is our first Canadian event of the season: The Canadian Historic Grand Prix.  It takes place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which many of us still refer to as Mosport.  While a smaller event than Indy, as is just about everything else, it is typically a great one.  There is nothing like running an old style F1 track which has retained its original character.  It has impressive elevation changes and wonderfully flowing turns.  Put that together with the hospitality of our Canadian friends and you have a recipe for serious fun.


The Monoposto party for the event will be hosted by Jamie Britnell and his two sons (who are home for Fathers Day.)  It will take place at about 5:30pm on Friday at Jamie’s paddock.  Jamie is typically in the upper paddock near the steps leading to the false grid.  Please stop by to chat and say thanks to Jamie.

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing


 

7 June 2015 update:

Indy!

 

Yes indeed, we are once again headed to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway!  It was quite an event last year and promises to be even better this year as the track, organizers and competitors have that prior experience under their belts.  Once again the agenda will include racing on the road course and exhibition laps on the Oval.  If you think the four turns are all the same and pretty easy, running them will almost certainly change your mind.

   
Since some of the track time is taken up by the oval sessions there will be only ONE points race during the weekend.  We will count that race as double points and as two races so that the weekend will offer the same opportunity for scoring points as any other.


Based on our experience of last year there will NOT be a Monoposto party at the event.  The event is too busy (car show, auction, Blood, Sweat & Tears performing and a fireworks show!) and the paddock too spread out for that to be practical.  However, you should have plenty of nearby neighbors with whom to mingle and race.  The entry list currently shows 25 Formula Fords and 9 Formula B’s in group 2!

The 2014 class champion trophies will be at the track so if you are receiving one please look up Travis Engen at the GMT Racing paddock.  (By the way the photo at the top of this page shows Fletcher Belt the 2014 Formula Super Vee Champion in action.) For those not at Indy we will continue to hand out the 2014 trophies as the season progresses. 

 

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 


 
 

 

10 May 2015 update:

The Jefferson 500

 

Our 2015 season got underway at Road Atlanta last month. The weather pretty much cooperated and the track was fun as always. Except for Indy Lights, the open wheel field was sparse indeed. Unless there is a groundswell of opinion otherwise, we will probably leave the event off the Monoposto Classic and F70 schedule next year.  Thanks again to our party host Mark Brannon, who put on a nice spread even though he spent much of that day working on his car.

Next up from May 13-17th is the ever popular Jefferson 500 at Summit Point.  Wednesday is the VRG drivers school, Thursday open practice, one qualifying session on Friday morning and then the racing begins. If you are driving a FF or FVee, you will have the opportunity to do 6 (six) races by the end of the event! That is hard to beat. The registration list on line shows 25 Formula Fords and 10 Formula Vees so there should be plenty of good competition.

The Monoposto party will be on Friday, May 15 at 4:30 pm in the paddock at Graham Long's trailer.  It will be parked between Tivvy Shenton's Tech Inspection trailer at Pit Out, and Chris Shoemaker's trailer - all located along the fence backing up to the hot pits, across from the restrooms and classrooms.  Peter Krause will be doing a track walk at 5:30, so you can feed and hydrate yourself for the hike.

On the same weekend the Historic Indy Lights Racing series heads to Road America.  Both events have been held the same weekend for many years.  My memory is they tend to alternate the claim of having the better weather.  We can hope for both to be warm and dry this year.

 

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 


 

April 2015 update:

Another Season Begins!

 

Hopefully the winter has been kind to you and your car is in tip top shape to race.  I know if you live in the Northeast the weather did its part to encourage you to work in the shop.


Our 2015 season begins again the year with the Mitty at Road Atlanta, a fast track with nicely flowing turns.  It should be a good weekend to get the cobwebs out of the driver and car.  Please note that the schedule shows all of our groups running together.


Your party host for the weekend will be Mark Brannon.  The party will take place after racing on Friday at 5:30 pm at Mark’s trailer.  It should be easy to find with a Lola T97/20 Indy Lights car painted up in RockStar livery and carrying car #17.  Please stop by and socialize with the rest of the group.


I will be there this weekend and act as the Monoposto race coordinator, so if you have any questions or issues please let me know.


Trophies for last year’s class champions are in the process of being engraved and presentation of them will begin at a future event.  One of those winners is featured above: Dave Baughman in Club Ford. Remember that you have to do at least three events to get a championship trophy.


See you at Atlanta.

Marc Giroux
President, Monoposto Racing

 


 

22 December 2014 update:

The holidays are upon us, so it must be time to start making plans for our 2015 race season.  It is shaping up to be a great one!              

The Monoposto schedule for 2015 looks very much like 2014, except that we are adding the national race weekend for Formula Juniors which will be in Sonoma in 2015.  Also please note the date change for Watkins Glen due to repaving. The details are available on the 2015 Schedule page.

You will note that the schedule, as usual, has two Canadian events. For those of you who have never driven Mosport or Tremblant, you really should have them on your bucket list.  I have been to both tracks many times and both are in my top 4 anywhere.  They flow exceptionally well, have lots of elevation change, have many great passing areas and have some turns where you can really carry some momentum. Both are classic, old style F1 tracks which hosted the Canadian Grand Prix in the 60’s and 70’s.  Mont Tremblant also has the ski town a couple of miles away with truly exceptional accommodations and food.

If you live in the US and have concerns about crossing the border, I can tell you from experience that it is not that hard.  I towed my own cars round trip at least a dozen times and only opened the trailer once.  I would be happy to detail my experiences for you.

If you work with somebody who provides track support with a commercial type rig, they can easily get the “rules of the road” from the folks who do it all the time.  I am more than happy to provide some contacts.  I can also try to connect you up with somebody who can provide transport and track support if you wish.  My point is, don’t let the border alone keep you from running a great track and event. 

For some time our rules have had a written participation requirement for winning a class trophy.  For 2015 we are going to reduce that number from 5 events to 3, but then actually abide by it.  So if you want to have a shot at winning your class, please be sure to plan on attending at least 3 weekends.

We have also been requiring annual registration since the founding of Monoposto Racing.  It was associated with the paying of annual dues which we no longer have.  Starting in 2015, if you have registered in the past you don’t need to re-register.  If you are getting this email, you are registered.  One request: if you change your email address, PLEASE let me know.  I also do registration and it takes time to chase bouncing emails.

Historic Indy Lights will become a class within Monoposto in 2015 with its own class specification, rules, scoring, schedule, etc. as stated on the Indylightsracing.com.  That series and website will remain unchanged. Monoposto format documents will be developed to reflect the Indy Lights specs, rules and scoring.  The current Indy Lights series manager, Steve Scullen, has become a director of Monoposto.  Steve also drives a Formula Ford and has been a member of Monoposto for some time.

If you know you are going to an event and would like to host the party, please let me know.  Some munchies, drinks and a paddock to tell stories in is all it takes.  We plan to have one at each event to help everybody get to know each other better.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email me or any of the other directors.

Happy Holidays!

Marc Giroux
President

 

 

19 October 2014 update:

Final 2014 Monoposto Championship Results!

 

The 2014 Monoposto Racing season is officially complete and the results are in.  Most of the championships were open going into the season finale at COTA, so it was a nail biter to the end.  Here are the winners by class:

Monoposto Classic

Formula Junior – Sharon Adelman
Formula Vee – James Van Nordstrand
Historic Formula Ford – Andrew Barron
Club Formula Ford – Dave Baughman
Formula B – Bobby Brown

Formula 70

Formula Atlantic – Earl Roberts
Formula 2 - Gordon Medenica
Formula Super Vee – Fletcher Belt
Formula 5000 – Mark Harmer

Congratulations to all of the class winners! We will attempt to get the trophy to you in person at an event next season.  (That way we'll get some new photos to replace the one above.) If that doesn’t work out, we will mail it to you (but you will probably get less applause that way). If you want to see the full standings, please use the pull-down menu under the “Racing” tab.

Thank you everybody for contributing to another great season of competition and camaraderie.  We will get next year’s schedule out as soon as possible so you can start planning your season.  It will be here before you know it, so don’t put that winter maintenance off too long!

Marc Giroux


 

 

4 October 2014 update:

Marc Giroux

SVRA 2014 Driver of the Year

 

Marc Giroux was recently named the SVRA's 2014 Driver of the Year. This prestigous selection is made each year by the prior recipients making it a very meaningful recognition of Marc's skills on and off the track. Marc joined Monoposto when he was preparing and driving his Lola T200. After several years he moved up to the Brabham BT29 that he has successfully campaigned for many years. He also races the DirecWay Lola T97/20 in the Historic Indy Lights series.

In addition to his driving duties Marc has been the Monoposto registrar for ten years and recently was selected as the president of Monoposto.

The Monoposto championships have only one remaining event: the SVRA National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas. Two class champions have been determined already: Bobby Brown in FB and Gordon Medenica in F70-F2. All of the other classes have at least three drivers vying to be the champion. It's sure to be an exciting event.

The Monoposto party will be jointly hosted by Lee Brahin and Gaston Kearby, who have promised to show us some Texas hospitality.

 

Travis Engen


 

 

23 September 2014 update:

Next Up: VIR!

 

We now have the VSCDA event at Road America in the record books. A huge number of Formula Vees turned out and the racing was good.  The weather was a bit on the cool side as is sometimes the case at Elkhart in September. Thanks again to the FV group for hosting the party!


There are now two events remaining in this calendar year: SVRA at VIR and then at COTA.

 
The entries for Monoposto Classic for VIR look pretty good so far.  There are 10 Formula Fords, 8 Club Formula Fords, and 4 Formula B’s.  It should be a heck of a race!  The Formula 70 entries, on the other hand, are looking pretty sparse right now.
Your party hosts at VIR this weekend will be the fast Formula Ford group from Louisville, consisting of Dave Baughman, Bruce Domeck, Jim Moore and Mike Spence.  The party will take place after racing activities on Friday, so please come on out and compare notes with your fellow drivers.


As far as I can tell, there are NO class winners yet determined.  In fact, two of the classes, Historic Formula Ford and Formula B currently have ties in the top spot!  Come on out and join the fun.


In other news, Jim Yule has become our new Formula Junior Class Director.  He has great enthusiasm and love for the class, so I am sure he will do great things for the group.  If you have inputs for him (or me), by all means send us an email or give us a call.


I hope to see many of you at VIR.  It looks like a good chance to check out the new pavement!

 

Marc Giroux

 

 

 

9 September 2014 update:

Monoposto's Fall Season is in Full Swing

 

The Fall season is officially underway for Monoposto Racing with Watkins Glen being the most recent event.  We still have VSCDA Road America and SVRA VIR and COTA events to go, so come on out and get your share of the points!


Speaking of points, while at Watkins Glen we recognized the 2013 class champions who were present, including Jim Van Nordstrand in FV, Travis Engen in FB, Gordon Medenica in F70 / F2, and Bruce Domeck for CFF.  The picture above shows Bruce receiving his trophy from Dave and myself. Congrats to all! 

  
Next up is VSCDA Road America which promises to bring a great grid of Monoposto cars to a great track.  This event brings out so many Formula Vees that they have their own run group.  That should be a great race to watch!


At Elkhart, your party hosts will be the Formula Vee group.  It will begin Friday at 4:30 at the Irish Racing Paddock (which is usually near the entrance to the false grid).  Please stop by and get to know your fellow racers.


I also want to take this opportunity to thank Dave Handy, who has served so well as President of Monoposto Racing over the last several years.  No volunteer organization like ours survives without somebody who has passion and takes a real interest in the sport, the organization’s purpose and the success of the members.  Dave has done an awesome job of leading us in a time of significant changes in the structure of vintage racing.  It is time for him to get a break to enable him to focus on his day job, so I volunteered to succeed him in the role.  I hope to help carry on the tradition of Monoposto Racing being an organization which brings value to both the racers and race organizers.  We do that primarily by maintaining a broad based set of rules, by designating a set of races as part of our championship series to encourage good grid sizes, and by encouraging racers to get to know each other by holding social events at most race weekends.  It seems harder to put a rude move on a friend than on an unknown black helmet with a dark shield.


If you have suggestions on improvements we can make, by all means let me know.  My email address is on the website.


Hopefully our paths will cross at a race weekend soon.

Marc Giroux

 

 

 

 

25 August 2014 update:

 

Monoposto Heads into the Fall

 

It’s been a busy summer for Monoposto racers with well-attended events at Mosport, Mt. Tremblant, Rd America and Grattan now in the books.  Racing at all these great tracks was spirited and clean in the Monoposto way.


Monoposto racers always enjoy great racing, even when it’s not at a Monoposto event.  Last year four formula B drivers from Colorado came east to race with us at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen.  In early August four Monoposto members with B cars went to High Plains Raceway, east of Denver to race with RMVR.  The weather was perfect and the track challenging to drive.  High Plains is a long way to go but well worth it.  Thanks to Dave Irwin and his friends for encouraging us.


As we head into the fall, with Monoposto championship races almost every weekend in September, we start with the 32nd Lime Rock Historic Festival in northwestern Connecticut over the Labor Day weekend.  There is always a great turnout of Formula Juniors at this event.  The following weekend we head to Watkins Glen for SVRA’s Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix.  This historic track has seen F1 to Can-Am and everything in between. A truly challenging venue.


For those not wanting to make the trek east, Road America hosts VSCDA and their Fall Festival, the weekend of Sept 12/14, for our second trip to this great track in a beautiful part of the country.  Then we wind up the month of September at VIR with SVRA’s Gold Cup races, always a fun weekend and a great time of year in the south.

Our 2013 F5000 champion Jim Stengel is featured above, congratulations to Jim on a great season! More of the trophies for our 2013 champions will be presented at the up-coming events.


We still need party hosts for Lime Rock, Road America and VIR. The gathering at the Glen will be hosted by Marc Giroux, Steve Scullen and Kurt Fisher, thanks guys!  We look forward to a fabulous Monoposto party as always!


Remember, to get championship points, you need to be registered.  There is still time, so look up me or Marc or Travis at the track, and we will make sure you are signed up.


I look forward to seeing everyone at the track!

 

Dave Handy

 

 

 

 

25 June 2014 update:

 

Phil Lamont

2013 Most Improved Driver

 

The VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix was recently held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. As we have come to know VARAC are excellent hosts and once again Monoposto racers had a wonderful weekend of racing. Over the course of three days both Classic and F70 racers had the opportunity to have nearly 2.5 hours of track time on one of the all-time great natural road courses. Historically known as Mosport the track features four fast (flat out for some racers and cars) sweepers, something that no other track in North America has.

The event was also an opportunity to recognize the 2013 Most Improved Driver of the Year, Phil Lamont - pictured above on the right. Phil and his beautiful Lotus 18 formula junior are no stranger to Monoposto. What is unusual is that, while he has always been quick - winning the formula junior championship many times, is that after many years of successfully racing, his improvement last year was stunning and he really earned the selection. We can all hope to emulate him in continuing to develop.

Additional trophies for 2013 will be presented at future events. The next event up is the Sommet des Legendes at Mont Tremblant, another incredible natural road course.

In addition to racing activity Monoposto has continued to review the class specifications. The most recent actions are changes to ease the Dunlop tire shortage that both formula Ford classes are experiencing. Avon tires are now approved as an alternative tire. This is considered a permanent approval. The revised class specifications spelling out the exact tire reqirements made be found in the updated class specifications here.

 

 

 

 

2 June 2014 update:

Indy, Indy, Indy!

 

Yes, we're going to Indy. SVRA has put together the first ever vintage race in the 105-year history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We will not only race on the road course but we will also have the opportunity for exhibition laps on the 2.5 mile oval. What a great photo opportunity - crossing the yard of bricks! (The above photo courtesy of Chip Up Sports.)

64 cars are entered in the Monoposto Classic run Group and 63 in the group with F70 cars. Not all of these cars are Monoposto eligible but the entry looks certain to set records. There are also 51 more single seaters entered in the "Oval Only" run groups. Total entries will exceed 650. It's a mega event.

Although we've had volunteers to host a Monoposto party, on the basis of the experience at COTA last year (another mega event), we've decided that the schedule will be too hectic to have a Monoposto party. Focus on racing and seek out camaraderie with those around you in the paddock. Above all have a great time!

 

Dave Handy

 

 

 

6 May 2014 update:

Round 2, Jefferson 500 at Summit Point Motorsports Park

 

After a fun season opener at Road Atlanta with HSR, May 15-18 Monoposto is heading to Summit Point, West Virginia for the Jefferson 500, with grand marshal John Morton, sanctioned by the Vintage Racers Group. This challenging track is well suited for our formula cars with its 2.0 mile, 10 turn layout of fast sweeping turns and some elevation changes.

This year the Jefferson 500 also includes a 45 year anniversary race for the formula Fords. With already over 36 cars entered, this is likely to be one of the best formula Ford fields in a long time. Don’t miss out!

The always fun Monoposto gathering will be at the SascoSports trailer Saturday night at 5:30. Be sure to stop by and have a beverage and hash out the happening of the FF race that will have just finished.

Remember, to get those coveted Monoposto points, you need to make sure we have your current info and email address. I will have forms available at the track, or you can download them from the Monoposto home page.

 

                                   Look forward to seeing you at the JEFF,


                           Dave Handy

 

 

 

22 March 2014 update:

2014 Monoposto Championship Season Is Just Around the Corner

 

As the weather finally breaks here in Virginia, and spring is springing, we are looking forward to the start of the 2014 Monoposto championship season just over a month away!


HSR’s Walter Mitty Challenge races at Road Atlanta will kick things off. HSR is inviting us to run with them, with Classic and F70 running together with split starts, and the newer Indy, Indy Lights and Formula Atlantics running in their own group. We have not had a championship race at Road Atlanta in a few years, and HSR is rolling out the red carpet for us, so let’s not disappoint. It will be a good warm up for all of us on this historic and challenging track just north of Atlanta. Finish up the prep on those cars (as I am trying to do with my Brabham), and let’s get ready to roll into Road Atlanta later in April with a turnout that will impress everyone!


The top of our home page shows our 2013 Formula Vee champion James Van Norstrand at speed in his 1968 Zink C4. Well done James!


On the rules side, the Formula Vee Class Specification, with input from expert members in this class, has been updated and is available here on the web site. We are also looking at the Formula Ford rules with the help of new director and Club Formula Ford competitor Bruce Domeck.


As always, we are seeking for party hosts for the upcoming events at Road Atlanta, the Jefferson 500 and Indy for starters. If you have not hosted a party, it’s easy! All it takes is a few drinks and a place for us to hang and tell stories for an hour or so.

Remember to sign up so we have current email information and you get your well-deserved points! It’s easy and FREE.

 

Dave Handy

 

 

11 January 2013 update:

2014 Monoposto Schedule Set

 

The 2014 schedule is now available through this link. It features a few new events and some favorite tracks we have not been to recently.  We are going to start our championship season off with a return to The Mitty at Road Atlanta with HSR. Formula cars will be featured at this event and we have been given assurances that we will have our own run groups, so plan to attend.  Next is the Jefferson 500 at Summit Point where VRG is hosting the first of its three race formula ford series in honor of the 45th anniversary of formula ford.  They are expecting a big turnout of these classic cars.  After that we head to INDY!  SVRA is hosting this first time event on the road course at the Brickyard and it is sure to be popular with our members.

Then the schedule settles into our summer races at Mosport, Mt. Tremblant, The HAWK (which is sure to have a big turnout of F5000 cars) and Grattan. The Fall sees us back in the northeast at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen.  With the SCCA runoffs no longer at Road America, the VSCDA Fall event is back on the schedule to complete this classic three weekend trifecta!


VIR and COTA then round out our championship season.  So check the dates and start making your plans to get your cars ready and join us at as many of these as you can.


Remember, to score points you must register.  You can do this at the events, or the form is available on the above menu.  Registration is FREE, so sign up now!

 

Dave Handy

 

 

 

26 November 2013 update:

 

Monoposto Wraps up Another Exciting Championship Season

 


SVRA’s Championship weekend at Circuit of the America’s also saw our Championship season draw to a close. The above colorful photo by Seymour Lacey captures a part of the action.

Here are some of the highlights of the many classes that participate in Monoposto. Full standing and results are accessible through the menus above.


Of our 10 classes FV (22) was the most contested with FB (21) a close second.  FF had 18 competitors and FJ 15.

 
        James Van Norstrand won FV; the 8th driver to do so in 8 years.
        Doug Elcomb edged out Phil Lamont for FJ, winning by only one point.
        Andrew Barron locked up FF before the last race and is the 5th new champion in 5 years.
        Bruce Domeck triumphed in Club Ford.
        Travis Engen won FB for the 3rd year in a row.
        Tom Fraelich, 2010's Most Improved Driver, is the victor in FSV.
        Danny Baker returned to racing his formula Atlantic after a number of years and is the champion.
        Jim Stengel is the champion in F5000, making it 3 of the last 4 years.
        Gordon Medenica repeats as F70 F2 champion.

It is great to see new names on this list along with our regular supporters. The season on a whole was a great success and we are working on the schedule for 2014. The SVRA race at Indy is one that will be on the schedule for sure, and is much anticipated by everyone.


I’d like to thank all those who signed up and participated along with those that took the time and made the effort to host all the fun parties. This is what makes this such a great group of people, and allows us to enjoy our cars in the arena we choose.



                           Dave Handy

 

 

 

 

14 October 2013 update:

COTA!


The event everyone has been waiting for all year is right around the corner! COTA, what more needs to be said? F1 track, SVRA east-west shoot-out, National Championships and more!  The weekend of October 24-27, Circuit of the Americas will host the SVRA’s U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships.


Located just outside of Austin, Texas, this purpose built F1 track is one we will be sure to enjoy.  The place is spectacular, from its smooth track, with beautifully painted curbing and facilities, to many great viewing places for our families and crew, to the nightlife of downtown Austin, all within 20 miles of each other.  This is sure to be a happening we will be thrilled to be a part of.


As we head into this final Monoposto race weekend, two of our Champions have already been decided. Congratulations to Andrew Barron who has locked up FF and Tom Fraelich who has won FSV.  All the other classes are in tight battles, with many of the contenders entered for this event.  Check out the full points standings on the Monoposto home page, to see where you are.


Our first ever Monoposto breakfast, with coffee, juice, donuts and pastries, will be hosted by David Porter, at the GMT Racing trailer Saturday morning at 8:00.  Be sure to stop by to thank David and share some coffee and camaraderie with your fellow competitors!  


As always Robyn Handy will be documenting our activities and posting them to Facebook.  Check out the action at Monoposto Racing on Facebook.  One of Robyn’s photos is featured above.  Gordon Medenica, 2012 F70 formula 2 champion, received his trophy at Lime Rock.


Finally, please remember that to be scored for one of the ten championships that Monoposto offers you need to be registered.  You can do this through the Monoposto.com web site or by seeking me out at the Monoposto party or the Sasco trailer in the paddock.  Registrations taken now will be good through the 2014 Monoposto season.


                           Dave Handy

 

 

 

4 September 2013 update:

Monoposto Heads to VIR


The weekend of September 27-29 sees us heading to South Side Virginia and Virginia International Raceway.  SVRA’s Gold Cup Historic Races on this famous and historic racetrack is a favorite of many.  With its long straights and sweeping corners, incredible elevation changes, it definitely has something for everyone!  This event, along with the great racing opportunities, hosts the SVRA year-end awards banquet in conjunction with VIR’s great “Black and White” party.


Our Monoposto party hosts will be Steve Scullen and Chris Tchorznicki.  Be sure to stop by to thank them and share some camaraderie with your fellow competitors!  

Watch for Robyn on the grid with the time and place, and make sure to smile, as she will certainly have her camera with her too!


As always Robyn Handy will be documenting our activities and posting them to Facebook.  Check out the action at Monoposto Racing on Facebook.


One of Robyn's photos is featured above. Gordon Medenica, 2012 Monoposto F70 formula 2 champion, received his trophy at Lime Rock.

Finally, please remember that to be scored for one of the ten championships that Monoposto offers you need to be registered.  You can do this through the Monoposto.com web site or by seeking me out at the Monoposto party or the Sasco trailer in the paddock.

                                    Dave Handy


 

 

26 August 2013 update:

Monoposto Heads into the Fall


Labor Day weekend takes Monoposto to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for the 31st Historic Festival.  With over 300 cars entered for this annual event, it is sure to be fun for all! The 1.5 mile track may seem to be simple in its layout, with only one left hand turn, but the subtleties of this fast track can take years to master.  There are over 20 formula juniors entered, and, along with the “Mountains meets the Sea Formula B Challenge”, Monoposto cars will be well represented at this event.


The following week we head from Lime Rock up to Watkins Glen for the SVRA’s Glenora Wine Cellars US Vintage Grand Prix.  This event is always one of SVRA’s biggest and favorite among the racers, and you can still enter at SVRA.com.  Watkins Glen has hosted F1 and Can-Am, along with many other series over the years, and has something for everyone.


We are still in need of hosts for the party at Lime Rock, so please contact me if you are interested.  It doesn’t take much, a few drinks and a place to congregate and tell stories and meet your fellow competitors. The hosts at Watkins Glen will be Cindy and Marc Giroux together with GMT Racing.


As always Robyn Handy will be documenting our activities and posting them to Facebook.  Check out the action at Monoposto Racing on Facebook.


Finally, please remember that to be scored for one of the ten championships that Monoposto offers you need to be registered.  You can do this through the Monoposto.com web site or by seeking me out at the Monoposto party or the Sasco trailer in the paddock.

 

                                    Dave Handy


 

 

13 August 2013 update:

VSCDA au Grattan


After enduring the summer heat of “the Rock”, Monoposto heads to Western Michigan for VSCDA’s annual “Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXVII” event at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan, just outside of Grand Rapids.  The weather is forecast to be in the mid 70’s all weekend, with almost no chance of rain.  If you haven’t been to this track before, it is one of the busiest tracks we race at, with a long straight, a “jump”, a bowl and uphill esses. Virtually every corner is blind, off camber or both. 

This event will be one of the National Formula Junior races, and will feature a special Formula Vee race Sunday afternoon.  VSCDA also has a great dinner at the track Friday night held in the tent by the pool, which is a great place to “chill” when not in your car during the day. There is also a pond in the infield with some great fishing!  This is a FUN event, with truly something for everyone.

At Road America, we started presenting our 2012 Champions with their trophies. Tom Pixley and Fletcher Belt received their first place trophies, as they tied for the Super Vee crown. Well done guys!  I’m sure there will be some more presentations this weekend.

The always anticipated and fun Monoposto party will be hosted by Mark Harmer and his girlfriend Velda Balmer.  It will be at the end of the day on Friday. Robyn Handy will remind you all with a sign on the false grid.  Be sure to stop by and share some camaraderie and thank Mark and Velda.

As always Robyn Handy will be documenting our activities and posting them to Facebook.  Check out the action at Monoposto Racing on Facebook.

Finally, please remember that to be scored for one of the ten championships that Monoposto offers you need to be registered.  You can do this through the Monoposto.com web site or by seeking me out at the Monoposto party or the Sasco trailer in the paddock.

 

                                    Dave Handy


 

 

7 August 2013 update:

Monoposto Heads to "The Rock"


This weekend, SVRA is hosting “Race the Rock, Summer Heat” at Rockingham Speedway NC. This will be the 6th event on the 2013 Monoposto Championship schedule. Rockingham is a fast 1.6 mile track similar in design to the original Daytona road course.  There will also be an authentic North Carolina Pig Roast on Saturday night, presented by Chicago Soft Ltd, a Country/Bluegrass mini-concert on Saturday night, and a taste of local flavor with the First Annual Moonshine Taste Test Challenge!  If you want to have some low key fun this weekend, come to this event, it is sure to be a blast!


At the last event, we started presenting our 2012 Champions with their trophies. Tom Pixley and Fletcher Belt were presented with their first place trophies, as they tied for the Super Vee crown. Well done guys!

As always Robyn Handy will be there to document our activities and post them to Facebook.  Check out the action at Monoposto Racing on Facebook.

Finally, please remember that to be scored for one of the ten championships that Monoposto offers you need to be registered.  You can do this through the Monoposto.com web site or by seeking me out at the Monoposto party or the Sasco trailer in the paddock.

 

                                    Dave Handy

 



 

 

18 July 2013 update:

 

Road America - The Hawk


 

This weekend brings Monoposto to Road America and the Hawk.  This is a classic track and a mid-summer classic event.  There are four race groups featuring open wheel cars bringing more Monoposto cars out than any other race meeting.  Over 90 Monoposto cars are entered across the four groups.

The competition will be fast and furious, but the off track activities are great as well.  The tour into downtown Elkhart Lake, with the review on Lake Street and the grounds of the Osthoff – what more could a fan or competitor want?  Add to that a visit to Siebkens and the weekend is nearly complete without any on track action.

Last weekend the Demarests were our Monoposto party hosts – thanks from all who enjoyed the great weather and racing at Mont-Tremblant!  This weekend Mark Brannon is the host of the Monoposto party.  The day and time will be announced on the false grid for each of the four groups with Monoposto cars.  We know you’ll be focused on the session ahead but try to remember the party!

As always Robyn Handy will be there to document our activities and post them to Facebook.  Check out the action at Monoposto Racing on Facebook.

Finally, please remember that to be scored for one of the ten championships that Monoposto offers you need to be registered.  You can do this through the Monoposto.com web site or by seeking me out at the Monoposto party or the Sasco trailer in the paddock.

 

                                    Dave Handy

 



 
 
 
 

7 July 2013 update:

Monoposto Race Weekend #4


Our fourth event of the 2013 Monoposto Racing season takes us north of the border for the second time this year, as Historic Motor Sports Association presents the Sommet des Legendes event at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant. Historic Motor Sports Association is dedicated to staging premium historic racing events and related lifestyle experiences at premiere North American venues. Le Circuit Mont Tremblant is regarded as one of the finest racing circuits in North America and has seen some of the greatest names in racing drive their way around its demanding layout.  Famous names like Villeneuve, Andretti, Stewart, Moss, Ickx, Rahal, and Tracy have all raced here on what Michael Schumacher described as the Little Nurburgring.  Le Circuit Mont Tremblant is located in the picturesque Laurentian Mountains about 90 minutes northwest of Montreal.  Its twisty 15-corner design utilizes the natural topography of the land and is considered one of the finest and most demanding circuits in the world.

The above photo of formula juniors is courtesy of Nick Grewal. With the formation of a new North American Formula Junior group we are expecting larger run groups in the future.

As always, we hope to have a get together for Monoposto racers at the event.  We thank Bob Lima and Jim Peruto for hosting a great party at Mid-Ohio.  Even with a torrential downpour we had a great turnout and a fun time.  We are looking for a host for the Mt.Tremblant party, so if you have not done one yet, it doesn’t take much.  A couple cases of something to drink, a bag of chips, and a place we can converge on to socialize and tell stories.  We are always looking for party hosts, so if you would like to volunteer please let us know.


If you haven't signed up for the 2013 Monoposto series, be sure to do so soon, so the points you earn will accrue towards your championship standings.  And remember, it is FREE!


For the full race schedule for 2013, see our schedule at 2013 Monoposto Schedule.


You, your family and friends can also follow the Monoposto racing action on Facebook by going to this link, Monoposto Racing on Facebook.  There you will find even more pictures posted and feel free to post your own!

If there is anything we can do to make your season racing with Monoposto more fun, please don't hesitate to let us know!

 


                                              Dave Handy

 



 

 

 

25 June 2013 update:

Monoposto Race Weekend #3


Our third event of the 2013 Monoposto Racing season takes us to Ohio for the SVRA Mechanics Bank Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. This is SVRA’s 31st visit to this awesome racetrack that also hosts IndyCar, Grand Am and AMA events. Located directly off Interstate 71 in the heart of Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with its 15 turns over 2.4 miles, is one of the busiest tracks we visit. From the Keyhole, to the Esses, the Chute and finally the Carrousel, there is hardly a chance to breathe, let alone look at your gauges! A must-do track if you have never been and one regulars just love.

The above photo of formula juniors is courtesy of Nick Grewal. With the formation of a new North American Formula Junior group we are expecting larger run groups in the future.


As always, we hope to have a get together for Monoposto racers at the event. At this time however, we are still looking for a host, so if you have not hosted a Monoposto party yet, it doesn’t take much. A couple cases of something to drink, a bag of chips, and a place we can converge on to socialize and tell stories.  We are always looking for party hosts, so if you would like to volunteer please let us know.


If you haven't signed up for the 2013 Monoposto series, be sure to do so soon, so the points you earn will accrue towards your championship standings. And remember, it is FREE!

For the full race schedule for 2013, see our schedule at 2013 Monoposto Schedule.


You, your family and friends can also follow the Monoposto racing action on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find pictures posted and you are free to post your own!

If there is anything we can do to make your season racing with Monoposto more fun, please don't hesitate to let us know!


                                              Dave Handy


 

 

 

6 June 2013 update:

Monoposto Race Weekend #2

Welcome to the 2013 Monoposto Racing season! We hope you are as excited as we are about the great season ahead with 10 more races on the schedule at a wide variety of tracks and locations.

Our second event takes us north of the border for our first of two Canadian events. This one is with VARAC at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario on the weekend of June 14-16. This track has a rich history of hosting international racers from F1 to Can-Am, and still hosts a round of the prestigious American Le Mans Series. From its fast sweeping turns, to the long uphill straight, one can see why this track is a “must do”!

As always, we will have a get together for Monoposto racers at the event. This time, formula ford driver, Jamie Britnell will be hosting our gathering on Friday after the end of sessions. Be sure to attend and give a big thanks to Jamie! We are always looking for party hosts, so if you would like to volunteer please let us know.


The above photo of Carl Zorowski in his lovely 1969 Lynx B leading a pack of FVs was taken by Christine Nettleship at VIR. Carl is the 2012 Monoposto FV Champion.

We have also updated some of our rules and one of our classes. Most significantly Club Fords have been moved out of Formula 70 and into the Classic Monoposto group. The Classic Formula Fords will be referred to as HFF, while the Club Fords will be CFF. There is now a separate championship for each class. Rules will be basically the same for CFF and HFF cars, with the exception of the CFF cars are able to run on aluminum wheels.

If you haven't signed up for the 2013 Monoposto series, be sure to do so soon, so the points you earn will accrue towards your championship standings. And remember, it is FREE!

For the full race schedule for 2013, see our schedule at 2013 Monoposto Schedule.


You, your family and friends can also follow the Monoposto racing action on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and feel free to post your own!

If there is anything we can do to make your season racing with Monoposto more fun, please don't hesitate to let us know!

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

 

9 January 2013 update:

Another Monoposto Season Beckons

 

Happy New Year to all of our Monoposto Racing members! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed the time with family and friends, and even got some rest and relaxation.

As the year progresses we will feature our 2012 Championship winners at the top of this page. Here you see Doug Elcomb, the 2012 formula junior champion, in full flight in his 1961 Dreossi Canada Class Special at Lime Rock last September. Congratulations Doug!

But now it’s time to get those Monoposto cars ready to race! The 2013 Monoposto Championship season is upon us. The schedule that you have all been waiting for is now finalized and has a few changes this year. We will be racing at some tracks we have not been to before, while still getting the opportunity to experience some of our old favorites. The championship season will begin with the new SVRA event at Rockingham, a combination of oval and road course.

SVRA Rockingham
SVRA Rd. America
VARAC Mosport
SVRA Mid-Ohio
HMP Mt. Tremblant
HAWK Rd. America
VSCDA Grattan
Lime Rock
SVRA Watkins Glen
SVRA VIR

We also are awaiting SVRA’s announcement as to the location of their “Championship Weekend” and then will decide if we want to include that event on our schedule. 

The event dates and links can be found under the “Racing” tab at the top of this page.

We are still having some issues with the registration link on this page, so if you were a member last year, just send Marc Giroux an email at cbg_msg@stny.rr.com including your contact information if it has changed since last year and he will renew your membership. If you are new to Monoposto, you can follow the instructions under the Registration tab. You can also always join at the track, and remember, it’s FREE!

You, your family and friends can also follow the Monoposto racing action on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and feel free to post your own!

 

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

 

14 October 2012 update:

Another Fantastic Monoposto Season Comes to an End

 

Last weekend at VIR we concluded our 2012 Monoposto Championship Season.  After tallying the points our champions have been decided.

Congratulations to our Champions listed below (points total next to competitor’s name):

  FV - Carl Zorowski 52, Marcus Jones 48, Doug Durrell 32.

  FJ - Doug Elcomb 87, Phil Lamont 65, Ralph Salomon 64.

  FF - James Buchanan 66, Jamie Britnell 58, David Porter 57.

  FB - Travis Engen 140, Marc Giroux 109, Joe Blacker 90.

  F2 - no one competed all year long!

  F70 FSV - Fletcher Belt and Tom Pixley tied at 32 points each.

  F70 FA - Travis Engen 64, Steve Scullen 61, Bob Baker and David Porter tied at 32 points.

  F70 F2 - Gordon Medenica 64, Mike Snowdon 48, Josh Boller 32.

  F70 F5000 - Ray Boissoneau 56, Jim Stengel 48, Kurt Engelmann 42.

Congratulations and a big thanks to all who participated this year.  I know it takes a tremendous effort to prep your cars, travel to the events, and race! You are the ones that make it happen, and your numbers are what give us strength with clubs and organizations to enforce our rules and keep our groups pure.

Also, a huge thanks to all that hosted parties this year.  We had quite a few new people step up and host, and everyone appreciates the gatherings.

While I announced the 2012 champions above, we are still recognizing the 2011 champions. The photo featured above is of Jim Stengel in his beautifully prepared McRae GM1 F5000 car. Jim is the 2011 F5000 Champion.

There are many changes going on in vintage racing right now, the most significant is with both SVRA and HSR having new owners.  We are eagerly awaiting the publication of all the 2013 schedules and then will proceed with planning the 2013 Monoposto Championship schedule.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the year and will continue to be active with Monoposto Racing in 2013 and beyond.  Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends, many people still are not aware of our group and its many benefits (it’s free!).

 

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

 

28 September 2012 update:

Last Chance!

 

As we head into VIR for the Monoposto Championship season finale, only one of our many championships has been decided. We congratulate Travis Engen for winning the Formula B championship for the second year in a row.

However, all the rest of the championships are wide open, with quite a few drivers still in the hunt. So check the point standings on the website, get your entry in, and head to VIR next week for the Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic races. The entry form can be found at http://virnow.com/gold-cup/register/.

The entry list already has 33 cars in the classic group and 6 in the F70 group. VIR is a great track at which to finish up our championships. Weather in southern Virginia is gorgeous this time of year, and we all know that VIR is one of the most beautiful and challenging tracks around.

Our great friends at Vintage Motorsport Magazine are sponsoring the Monoposto party, which will be at 5 o’clock Friday evening at the GMT race trailer. There will also be another email with a special offer from Vintage Motorsport, so watch for that too! Many thanks to Tammie Boyette and her wonderful staff for hosting the final party of the Monoposto 2012 season.  Be sure to come by, it’s a great way to get to know your fellow competitors and rehash the events of the day and season.

We are featuring our 2011 double champion Travis Engen on this home page.  Competing in both the Classic FB class and the F70 Formula Atlantic class, Travis ran against some of the toughest competition Monoposto has to offer. Driving his 1970 Chevron B17b and 1978 Ralt RT1 in two of our quicker classes, Travis is always a fierce competitor and a strong supporter of Monoposto.

I will be your Monoposto representative at NJMP. If there is anything I can do to make your experience better, just let us know.

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link.  There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

11 September update:

Monoposto Round 11

 

With only 2 events left to earn valuable Monoposto points, round 11 of the Monoposto championship series remains in the northeast with us heading to New Jersey Motorsports Park to race with VRG. VRG always presents a strong field of formula fords, formula vee’s and formula juniors.  NJMP has a choice of circuits, and this event will be on the Lightning Circuit. I haven’t had the opportunity to race on this track, but feedback from those who have, has been nothing but positive. It is short, but includes a parabolic turn that is different than anything else in this country. You can still enter at vrgonline/org.


The Monoposto party is yet to be determined, so if you are attending and would like to host, please let me know. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow competitors and rehash the events of the day.


We are now featuring our 2011 double champion Travis Engen on our home page.  Competing in both the Classic FB class and the F70 Formula Atlantic class, Travis ran against some of the toughest competition Monoposto has to offer. Driving his 1970 Chevron B17b and 1978 Ralt RT1 in two of our quicker classes, Travis is always a fierce competitor and a strong supporter of Monoposto.


I will be your Monoposto representative at NJMP. If there is anything I can do to make your experience better, just let us know.

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link.  There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

29 August 2012 update:

Monoposto Rounds 9 and 10 Beckon

 

The 9th and 10th rounds on the Monoposto schedule are back-to-back weekends in the northeast, with events at Lime Rock in Connectucut and then over to Watkins Glen, New York.

Round 9 has us enjoying Labor Day weekend in the picturesque Berkshire Mountains of northwest Connecticut at Lime Rock Park. This 1.5 mile track is very challenging in its simplicity. With only one left turn, it has been referred to as more of an oval than a road course, but is very tricky to go really fast. After catching air at the crest of the “up-hill”, if you are brave and have the right set-up, you are flat out from there through “west bend” and the “down hill” to the turn one breaking zone! This event is always sold out, so if you didn’t make it this year, plan early to be part of it next year.

The Monoposto party will be co-hosted by Formula Ford driver Bill Bartlett and F70 Formula Two driver Gordon Medenica, Saturday evening, at the Lee Chapman Racing trailer. Be sure to attend, as Bill tells me he has a racing trivia contest planned. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow competitors and rehash the events of the day.

Round 10 takes us to Chemung County, NY and Watkins Glen International Raceway. This historic track was host to F1 and Can-Am in the past, and is host to Indy Cars and NASCAR in the present. The Glen, with its elevation changes, long straights and challenging turns, has it all. You can still enter at www.svra.com.

This weekend will be our last event with SVRA under its current ownership. We thank Peter McLaughlin for his and SVRA’s support of Monoposto Racing over the years and look forward to meeting SVRA’s new owner Tony Parella and hearing his ideas for the future.


The Monoposto party will be co-hosted at the Glen again by the Porters and Girouxs. Be sure to attend, as it is always a great happening, at the GMT Racing trailer. Date and time to be announced.

We are now featuring our 2011 double champion Travis Engen on our home page.  Competing in both the Classic FB class and the F70 Formula Atlantic class, Travis ran against some of the toughest competition Monoposto has to offer. Driving his 1970 Chevron B17b and 1976 Ralt RT1 in two of our quicker classes, Travis is always a fierce competitor and a strong supporter of Monoposto.

I will be your Monoposto representative at both events. If there is anything I, or any of the other directors present at the event can do to make your experience better, just let us know.

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link.  There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

 

15 August 2012 update:

Monoposto Round 8

 

Round 8 takes Monoposto to western Michigan to race with VSCDA at the challenging and technical Grattan circuit. I’ve heard that when the Indy guys get complacent, they are taken here to remember how difficult driving a racecar can be. Tight and twisty, over the hill off camber, to the “jump”, and through a series of connected turns that have to be entered correctly or you will run out of road before you get to the end. This is followed by an uphill turn where you have to commit before you can even see it over the crest, and a long front straight to finally check the gauges. Got your heart pumping? But on the quieter side, bring your swimsuit for the Olympic size pool and your fishing pole for the great fishing in the pond. You can still enter at www.vscda.org.


Frank Newton will be on hand as your Monoposto representative at this event to help with any questions you might have. The Monoposto gathering is still to be determined, so if you would like to volunteer, talk to Frank, or just make your own sign and invite your friends.  It is a great chance to meet your fellow competitors and share your views on the racing of the day! If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings at one of our future events, let me know, we still have opportunities available.


We are now featuring our 2011 Formula 70 F2 Champion Mike Snowdon on our home page.  Mike is a repeat champion in this fast and challenging class. Driving his 1972 GRD 272 to multiple wins, he and his crew chief Yvan work together diligently to keep the car competitive and are both always smiling. That’s the true Monoposto spirit.

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link.  There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

 

21 July 2012 update:

Monoposto Round 7

 

After two weekends of racing in the heat of the summer with 100 degree temperatures, Monoposto now heads north of the border to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant and cooler weather.  Round 7 sees us racing with Legends of Motorsports at a beautiful, challenging and smooth circuit. If you have never been to this track, you are missing out on a truly special experience. Turn 2 is one of the most intimidating "commitment" corners in North America, driven well, this blind corner is flat out in most cars. The track also features one of the tightest and slowest corners we race on, Namerow, just before the start/finish straight.

The track is located just an hour north of Montreal and, almost within walking distance of a ski village full of other activities, it really makes you wonder whether you are on a race weekend or European vacation. Enjoy the fabulous scenery, activities, shops and restaurants; there is something for the whole family. Of course you still have time to enter at legendsofmotorsports.com.


Travis Engen and Marc Giroux will be your Monoposto representatives at this event ready to help with any questions you might have. The Monoposto gathering will be hosted by Travis, with the day and time to be announced at the track.  Don’t miss this chance to meet your fellow competitors and share your views on the racing of the day! If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings at one of our future events, let me know, we still have opportunities available.

This month we are featuring our 2011 Classic Formula Ford Champion Dave Baughman on our home page.  Competing in one of the toughest classes, he raced his 1971 Royale RP3A in five of our events last year against some of the toughest competition around, and in his first season in a Classic Formula Ford, captured the crown.  A truly admirable feat.  Well-done Dave!

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link.  There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

7 July 2012 update:

Monoposto Rounds 5 & 6

 

July finds us going back to Road America for The Hawk with Brian Redman for round 5 of the Monoposto championship. The coming weekend at Road America is one of the biggest vintage events in the country and always sees a large turnout of Monoposto participants. Entry info can be found at www.roadamerica.com.  With a length of 4 miles, Road America is the longest track we go to, and one of the fastest.

Travis Engen and I will be your Monoposto representatives at the Hawk to help with any questions you might have.  The F5000 group will be hosting the Monoposto gathering on Saturday night at 5pm.  Don’t miss this chance to meet your fellow competitors and share your views on the racing of the day!  If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings at one of our future events, let me know, we still have opportunities available.

Round 6 of the Monoposto championships follows the week after the Hawk.  For the second year Monoposto is venturing west to the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with the RMVR event at High Plains Raceway.

High Plains Raceway, just 60 miles from Denver, as described by Speed World Challenge Driver Randy Pobst: High Plains Raceway has a great variety of turns and hills, and a lot of them, including a feature most new tracks lack, a fast corner onto the long straight.  The more corners a circuit has, the better I like it, and High Plains has loads.

Last year, RMVR turned out an impressive grid of over a dozen FB cars, along with the other Monoposto classes, and this year looks to be equally strong.  Entry info can be found at www.rmvr.com. Dave Irwin will be the Monoposto representative and also the party host at High Plains Raceway.

This month we are featuring our 2011 Classic Formula Ford Champion Dave Baughman on our home page.  Competing in one of the toughest classes, he raced his 1971 Royale RP3A in five of our events last year against some of the toughest competition around, and in his first season in a Classic Formula Ford, captured the crown.  A truly admirable feat.  Well-done Dave!

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link.  There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 
 

 

 

19 June 2012 update:

Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix

 

Round 4 of the Monoposto championship season comes right on the heels of the Canadian Historic Grand Prix last weekend. I hope everyone who was there had a great time. I am looking forward to hearing about it at SVRA’s Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, where we will be contesting round 4 this weekend. Mid-Ohio has always been a racers favorite, and this year we will be running the “pro” configuration. Flat out from turn 1 into the keyhole this year, down the backstretch to the esses and through madness to the chute and around to the carousel. Hard to imagine more challenges rolled into one lap.

I will be your Monoposto representative for the Mid-Ohio event to help with any questions you might have. Dave Baughman will be hosting the Monoposto gathering this weekend, even though he is not even racing at this event! Thanks Dave! Don’t miss this chance to meet your fellow competitors and share your views on the racing of the day! If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings at one of our future (or upcoming) events, let me know, we still have opportunities available.

This month we are featuring our 2011 Formula Junior Champion Ralph Salomon on our home page.  He piloted his 1960 Elva 200 in five of our events last year.  His consistent and strong finishes, made Ralph a very deserving champion.  Congratulations Ralph!

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

 

2 June 2012 update:

Next up the Canadian Historic Grand Prix

 

Round 3 of the Monoposto championship season, sees us heading north for the first of our two Canadian events.  VARAC is hosting the Canadian Historic Grand Prix, June 16-18, at the newly renovated Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport International Raceway. The new owners have made some great improvements to this very historic Canadian track, including a new full size tunnel and pedestrian bridge.  Having hosted both F1 and Can-Am back in the day, the track still challenges all who come, from vintage to ALMS cars. From the fast (flat out?) turn 1, to the blind over the hill turn 2, down to Moss Corner and up the Mario Andretti Straightaway, there are challenges for all.  More info and registration can be found at www.varac.ca.

This month we are featuring our 2011 Formula Junior Champion Ralph Salomon on our home page.  He piloted his 1960 Elva 200 in five of our events last year.  His consistent and strong finishes, made Ralph a very deserving champion.  Congratulations Ralph!

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

Howie Freeman will be your Monoposto representative for the Canadian Historic Grand prix event to help with any questions you might have.  Phil Lamont and his daughter Diana Lamont-Taylor will graciously be hosting the Monoposto gathering at the end of racing on Saturday.  Don’t miss the chance to meet your fellow competitors and share your views on the racing of the day!  Thanks Phil and Diana.  If you would like to volunteer to host one of these gatherings at one of our future events, let me know, we still have opportunities available.

Remember that to earn points you must sign up again for 2012.  You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page or filling out a membership form at the track.  Remember it’s FREE!  Register now.

                                               

                                              Dave Handy

 

 

l5 May 2012 update:

Round 2

 

Round 2 of the 2012 Monoposto Championship schedule sees the open wheel contingent heading to Road America in beautiful Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. This is the first of two trips that Monoposto will make to Road America and the first chance for our members in the area to score championship points. The weather looks to be perfect for racing at this historic track with its beautiful scenery and long straights. If this track doesn’t blow the cobwebs out of your car and you, there is something missing, and let's not forget the brats! If you have never been to Road America, it is a challenging, FAST and very fun track. You can still enter at www.roadamerica.com.

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto Racing on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!


Travis Engen will be your Monoposto representative for the event, and we will be announcing the party host at the event. If you would like it to volunteer, please let me know as soon as possible.


Remember to earn points, you must sign up again for 2012. You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page, or filling out a membership form at the track. Remember it’s FREE! Register now.


Dave Handy

 

 

 

 

 

3 April 2012 update:

2012 Monoposto Season Begins at VIR

 

When the VDCA members roll into VIR on the weekend of April 13th, it will mark the beginning of the 2012 Monoposto Championship season. VIR with its long straights and challenging corners is well suited for all classes of Monoposto cars. The spring weather is perfect and, with all the plants and trees in bloom, you couldn’t ask for more. VDCA always has a strong contingent of Formula Vee’s and Formula Fords. If you haven’t entered yet, do so now and earn some of those early season points towards the championship. www.vintagedrive.com is where you will find all the info you need along with the entry forms.

This month we are featuring our 2011 Formula Super Vee Champion, Fletcher Belt driving his 1979 March FSV, on our masthead and Facebook page. Congratulations Fletcher, well done!

You and your family and friends can always follow you and Monoposto racing on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and you are encouraged to post your own!

I will be your Monoposto representative for the VIR event, and we will be announcing the party host at the event. If you would like it to volunteer, please let me know as soon as possible.

Remember to earn points, you must sign up again for 2012. You can do this by clicking the REGISTER button at the top of this page. It’s fast, easy and FREE! Register now.


Dave Handy

 

 

29 October 2011 update:

Monoposto Heads to VIR

 

As the summer ends and the days grow shorter, let's not forget we still have one more Monoposto event to run!


The first weekend in November takes us to VIR and the Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races. This fabulous track is a favorite to many, and with around 200 entries will make this event one to attend for sure. Long range weather looks like cool sunny days will be the norm as the trees finish their spectacular display of colors.


With many of our championships already decided, we congratulate the winners:

Formula Junior - Ralph Salomon

Formula B - Travis Engen

Formula Atlantic - Travis Engen

F70 Formula 2 - Mike Snowdon

Formula SV - Fletcher Belt


However, there are still a couple available for the taking. FV has Hank Giffin in the lead, but an always strong FV contingent at VIR will be sure to give him a good run. FF is another class that is still in contention. Always a tight battle, it is down to Dave Baughman and Kevin Smith, with Dave being entered for VIR. F5000 is still open between Jim Stengel, Seb Coppola and Tony Adamowicz, but none of them showing on the VIR entry list at this time.

The website has been updated with the points standings along with pictures at the events. You and your family and friends can also follow you and Monoposto racing on Facebook by going to this link. There you will find even more pictures posted and you can post your own!


Travis Engen has graciously volunteered to be our Monoposto party host at VIR, and I will be your Monoposto representative to answer any questions or help in any way I can. Feel free to seek out me or any of the other Monoposto Directors in attendance, we are there to make your weekend as enjoyable as possible.

I hope to see everyone at VIR-

Dave Handy

 

 

 

25 September 2011 update:

Only Two Monoposto Events Left!

After coming off a great double-header weekend of Monoposto racing at Watkins Glen and Road America, we now head into our second to last championship event of 2011 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. SVRA will be hosting the New Jersey Vintage Historic Races on the challenging Thunderbolt Raceway September 30th to October 2nd. This track suits our Monoposto cars perfectly, with its elevation changes, twisty turns and long front straight, there is something for everyone. NJMP track owner and Monoposto member Lee Brahin will not only be racing with us, but will also be our party host.

The website has been updated with the points standings along with pictures at the events. You and your family and friends can also follow you and Monoposto racing on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monoposto-Racing/192396870772731), where even more pictures are posted and where you can post your own!

I will be your Monoposto rep at New Jersey Motorsports Park to help with whatever I can, so let's finish the season strong and get those Monoposto cars out and let's go racing!

Dave Handy

 

 

 

6 September 2011 update:

Four Monoposto Events Remain

First, apologies for the delay in getting the web site updated. Although the pages have been updated for nearly two weeks the power (and internet access!) outage in the Northeast caused by Irene made it impossible to upload them.

Back to the racing - actually while it's four events two of them are on the same weekend so for Championship scoring purposes there are three remaining events. The 2011 Championships are nearly complete 2011. Only one class has been decided - Mike Snowdon has won F70 F2 for the fifth year in a row! It looks like all of the rest will go down to the final event at VIR before they are decided.

Parties are already scheduled for the coming events at Watkins Glen and Road America. Since all but one of the championships are open come on out and have some fun. You might even come away with a 2011 Championship. If not, you are still likely to have some fun.

 

 

21 June 2011 update:

Four Monoposto Events Have Been Completed

Last weekend's VARAC Festival at Mosport was the fourth Monoposto event of 2011. At this writing one third of this season's events are behind us.

The best racing so far this year was at Barber Motorsports Park. Spectators there saw eight formula B cars contesting in by far the best races of the weekend. In the final race on Sunday during the race there were four different leaders at start/finish and even more if the passing during a lap is considered.

Except for the HMP event at Barber Motorsports Park, the turn out so far this year has been light. This means that the competition for this year's championships is wide open.

SVRA's Mid-Ohio event is next on the calendar. In addition to the regular Classic and F70 races scheduled, the event includes the initial "Formula Historic" series race. This means that formula Atlantic and F70 formula 2 cars will get an additional race during the weekend. We can only hope that this popular group of cars will be more present on the grids of future races as a result.

Even if you don't have an Atlantic or an F2 car come out and enjoy the fun!

 

 

31 May 2011 update:

Monoposto Racing Announces Formula Ford Tire Changes
 

Monoposto Racing has revised the Formula Ford tire specification for 2011 to include Avon, Hoosier, Toyo and Kumho tires, in addition to the Dunlop tires that have been the standard for many years.  This change is being made because of a severe shortage of the Dunlop 9092 tires.


For 2011 drivers are allowed to select among several tires - Avon ACB9, the Hoosier Street TD, and street radials such as Toyo or Kumho, full tread.  Tires selected must conform to the current size Formula Ford tire specification (front 135/545-13 and rear 165/580-13.)  These alternate tires will be authorized through the end of 2012 and drivers using them will be able to compete for the Monoposto Formula Ford championship.

 

9 May 2011 update:

Monoposto Racing is Considering Alternatives to Dunlop Formula Ford Tires
 

Monoposto Racing has just been advised that the Dunlop formula Ford tires mandated by our formula Ford specification will not be available for the rest of this racing season. As of this posting there are several vintage racing groups that have been trying alternatives but no choice has as yet emerged.

Monoposto Racing is trying to develop an alternative and hopes to resolve this matter swiftly. The Dunlop announcement may be accessed through this link.

The Dunlop news comes as the Jefferson 500, the second Monoposto event of the year, approaches this weekend at Summit Point. Racers at our first event at Roebling Road enjoyed great weather and this weekend looks promising as well. If you have any issues, suggestions or questions I will be the Monoposto representative at the Jefferson 500 and I look forward to seeing you there.

 

                                                            See you at the track-
                                                            Dave Handy

 

 

22 January 2011 update:

Another Season of Great Monoposto Racing Begins!
 

As you can see from the change in photo above, there have been some changes over the winter. Mark Harmer has stepped down from his responsibilities as President after 4 years of service. We all thank Mark for his hard work and dedication to the philosophies of our group. He will continue as F5000 director, and as a participant with his Surtees F5000 and Brabham FB. I have been elected by your board of directors to succeed Mark, and look forward to the challenges and excitement of the upcoming Monoposto season. I think I know most of you from the track, and look forward to meeting new faces as the season progresses. If there is anything I can do to make your Monoposto experience better, please let me know.

We have put together a schedule that has some new events this year along with what are always everyone’s favorites. We are also going to run with some sanctioning bodies that we have not run with before in an effort to spread the word of Monoposto and grow our membership. As you can see from the schedule, we start our season with the SVRA at Roebling Road. They are considering having a 45-minute formula car race if the entries are there, so consider this a great way to start the season! From there we will head up to Summit Point to run with VRG at the Jefferson 500. Summit is a great track for our cars, and VRG has a strong contingent of FF’s that run with them. New for us this year also is running with Bobby Rahal’s Legends group at both Barber and Mt. Tremblant. These events provide tons of track time and great hospitality. If you have not been to one, you will not be disappointed. Along with standards such as Mosport, Mid-Ohio, the “KIC”, Grattan and Watkins Glen, we will be heading to New Jersey with the SVRA again in the fall for a crack at this challenging circuit, before finishing up at VIR and the Gold Cup Races.

The schedule reflects the fact that our membership is spread across the US and Canada. It has many racing opportunities for all without having to travel too far.

Remember that membership is FREE. You have to be a registered member to be eligible for points towards the championships. We award really cool trophies to the winners of all the classes and we have great parties at all the Monoposto events. Our roving tech inspectors help make the events easier. So register now!

So “click” the register tab above, check out the rest of the schedule, finish getting your cars ready and let's go RACING!

 

                                                            See you at the track-
                                                            Dave Handy

 

 

26 November 2010 update:

Congratulations to the

2010 Monoposto Champions!

         

The 2010 Monoposto Racing Championship Season is now complete. Our 2010 series consisted of 10 Monoposto sanctioned races. Five of the class championships were not decided until the final race weekend at Road Atlanta. Championship points have been tallied and here are the results. It’s good to see all the new names on our leader board.  I am proud to announce the 2010 Monoposto Class Champions!

Formula Vee
1st – Duke Waldrop
2nd – Garret Van Camp
3rd – Frank Newton            

Formula Junior
1st – George Bruggenthies
2nd – Phil Lamont
3rd – Doug Elcomb

Formula Ford
1st – Charles Livingston
2nd – Mike Spence
3rd – Roger Karnopp

Formula B
1st – Dave Handy
2nd – Travis Engen
3rd – Marc Giroux

Classic Formula 2
1st – Ted Wentz
2nd – David Clubine
3rd – Harindra de Silva

Formula Super Vee
1st – Fletcher Belt
2nd – Tom Pixley
3rd – Tom Fraelich

Formula Atlantic
1st – Brian Stark
2nd – Stevie Hynes
3rd – Travis Engen

F70 Formula 2
1st – Mike Snowdon
2nd – Andy Gilberg

Formula 5000
1st – Paul Dudiak
2nd – Kurt Englemann
3rd – Jim Stengel

            Congratulations to all our champions as well as everyone who competed in our 2010 Championship. The complete placings for each class may be found through the links on the final standings web page. Monoposto is based on camaraderie and competition, so if you participated in an event this year you’re a winner.

Monoposto Racing is an organization driven by volunteers. The people that step forward keep Monoposto alive. A highlight of every race weekend is the Monoposto party and I would like to thank the many people that opened their paddocks and coolers to help celebrate Monoposto spirit.

Robyn Pass Handy and Dave Handy
Sharon Fry and Dan Hayes
Sheila Moore and Martin Bagby
Kathy and Frank Newton
Lee Brahin
Howie Freeman
Phil Lamont
Travis Engen
The F5000 Drivers Association
Don Carone
Jeff Hailand and Lotus Lane Racing
Cindy and Marc Giroux
Patricia and David Porter
Mike Snowdon


And, last but not least, a big thank you to Nancy Becker from GMT Racing!

Although the highlight of the off-track activities each race weekend is the Monoposto party, we can’t hit the track without Tech Inspection. On race weekends throughout the year we have had the assistance of the following members to help us with this process. This saves members time at the beginning of busy race weekends and is a great assist to us. Our thanks go out to:


J.R. Mitchell and the gang from GMT Racing
Ted Wenz from Savannah Race Engineering
Tom Pixley
Derek Harling
Howard Freeman
Dave Handy and Sasco Sports

Again this year I would like to say thanks to your Board of Directors. Their efforts keep Monoposto going strong. Your Board of Directors is:

Dean Baker
David Clubine
Travis Engen
Tom Fraelich
Howard Freeman
Marc Giroux
Frank Newton

Monoposto Racing is supported completely by volunteers. As I’ve said many times, it’s one of the best deals in motorsport because membership comes at no cost. Please remember to thank your volunteers the next time you see them and please be inclined to do your part to support Monoposto. Volunteer to host one of next year’s gatherings or help out with Tech inspection.

Our 2011 schedule will be out shortly. Even though we’re still working on the schedule, registration for the 2011 Monoposto Racing Championship so click Registration to complete the process. Remember you need to register each year to score Championship points. Registration also helps keep our mailing list current. Be sure to be a part of all the Camaraderie and Competition in the coming year!


Have a great Holiday Season and I look forward to seeing you next year!


Sincerely,
Mark Harmer
President
Monoposto Racing

 

 

23 September 2010 update:

Only One Event is Left!

         

There is one Monoposto event remaining on the Monoposto schedule: The SVRA’s Road Atlanta Season Finale.


Get your entries in because not only will our final event feature the normal practice, qualifying and race sessions it will also have a special 75 minute Open-Wheel Enduro.  Even if you are not contending for a championship this event is an excellent way to end the season with lots of quality track time.

Monoposto offers championships in nine classes and annually selects one driver as “Most Improved.”  Even after the “dueling” Monoposto events at Watkins Glen and Road America only four champions have clinched their classes.  Congratulations to:


Paul Dudiak, F5000
Dave Handy, formula B
Mike Snowdon, F70 – F2
Ted Wentz, Classic F2

Although these championships have been decided there is still plenty of opportunity for a driver to clinch a 2010 Monoposto championship in five of our nine classes. In addition the traditional Monoposto party and the SVRA’s 30th Annual Banquet and Awards Presentation will be opportunities to celebrate 2010’s accomplishments.

We look forward to seeing you at Road Atlanta.

 

 

8 September 2010 update:

VSCDA au Grattan XXIV
Grattan Raceway

         

Grattan Raceway is a technical and enjoyable track.  If you haven’t been there it’s hard to describe except to say that every corner is either blind, off-camber or both.  In addition there is a jump that is quickly followed by a ninety-degree right turn.  Each year this Monoposto event draws a large group of formula Vee drivers and they were out in full force this weekend.

Don Corone was a magnanimous host.  He sponsored a formula Vee party Friday night that all the Monoposto groups were also invited to attend.  On Saturday he hosted the “regular” Monoposto party.  Thanks Don for giving Monoposto racers a two cocktail party weekend.

Throughout the event Monoposto racers from the mid-west were like a family and gave off warmth that made everyone feel welcome and comfortable.

The bit of rain that fell intermittently didn't hinder the racing because there was so much track time that everyone could to pick the weather and track conditions to suit themselves. Even sitting out a session or two because of the rain meant that there was still more track time than is available at most other events. 

The formula Vee races were typical with lots of close racing and multiple leaders.    In the qualifying race Garrett Van Camp was the class of the field, leading all of the laps but Frank Newton and Ricky del Rosario passed and re-passed each other many times vying for second.  In the final race Frank Newton and Ricky del Rosario each led a lap but Garrett Van Camp led most of them and the one that counted.

All of the other Monoposto classes raced together in one group.  Tom Pixley won both races in his Wheeler Formula SuperVee.  In formula Fords Kevin Smith won both races but Charles Livingston and Frank Newton were contesting for second and third. 

The weekend was great and VSCDA could not have been more accommodating to the needs and desires of Monoposto racers. It was a pleasure to be there and participate.

 

 

4 August 2010 update:

Kohler International Challenge
Road America

          The Kohler International Challenge lived up to expectations in several ways:
                -There were large grids of cars
                -The racing was great
                -The were many spectators

           Saturday was hot and dry.  The Monoposto Classic grid consisted of 28 cars, including 14FFs and 12 FBs.  The racing was close, with Dave Handy crossing the line in the lead.  The quickest 7 FBs posted lap times within 1.7 seconds of each other!  The Fords were close as well with the top 4 cars having fastest lap times within a second of each other.  The F70 group was combined with Group 7 on Saturday with a total grid size of 42 cars.  Fortunately Road America is a long track!  Jim Stengel was the first Monoposto registered driver to cross the finish line and he also posted the fastest F5000 lap time.  Alan Azar had the best time in F70 and Fletcher Belt did in FSV.

           Saturday evening the Monoposto party was sponsored by the F5000 group.  It was very well attended with lots of bench racing taking place.  Mark Harmer handed out trophies to those in attendance who had earned them in the 2009 season and reminded everybody that the 2010 trophies are still very much up for grabs.

           Track conditions on Sunday were highly dependent upon the time of day. 

           The F5000 cars were up first in their own race on a dry track with a grid of 14 cars.  Three people held the lead at various times, but Jim Stengel was again the lead Monoposto driver. 

           The F70 cars were up next, and as they sat on the grid the skies opened up for a short but intense downpour.  Their race was moved to the end of the day and they drove back through the paddock in standing water.  There were rumors of an older gentleman with a white beard loading pairs of animals into a rig, but they remain unsubstantiated.

           The Monoposto Classic cars were up a bit later on a predominantly dry track.  Dave Handy led from flag to flag, pursued by Bobby Brown.  Deane Tank had a good battle for first in the Fords and he came out on top at the end.
A shrunken grid of F70 cars returned to the track at the end of the day under perfect conditions.  Fletcher Belt was the only F70 car to take the green flag, racing mostly against S2’s.  He came home in 2nd place overall but first in class.

           All in all, it was a great weekend of racing at a classic event.

 

 

5 July 2010 update:

SVRA Mid-Ohio

Fun at a Great Technical Track

          The Mid-Ohio region is full of knowledgeable and interested racing fans.  Each year this event draws one of the largest spectator crowds that Monoposto racers experience.  As the event progressed the temperature got warmer and the number of fans walking the paddock and watching from the hillsides around the track grew.  By Sunday it was hot and the crowd large.

          Saturday’s Monoposto party was hosted by Travis Engen.  By the time of the party the temperatures had begun to moderate but everyone really appreciated the cool beverages.  

          Unusually for this event there were no Monoposto eligible F70 cars entered.  However, the classic group had five formula B cars starting the races on Saturday and Sunday.  The competitive field meant that there were 3 different leaders in both the Saturday and Sunday races.  Shelby Mershon drove the winning B cars in each race.  Ted Wentz drove his classic F2 BT23c to 1st overall on Saturday and 2nd overall on Sunday.

          Jeff Snook was the leader in formula Ford through the weekend.  It was great to see him back in his beautifully prepared Alexis.  Mike Spence’s second place class finishes put him in the lead for the formula Ford championship.

          However, at the mid-point of the season the 2010 championships are still very close.   Our next event is the Kohler International Challenge at Road America.  This track always draws large grids of classic cars, particularly in formula B and formula Ford.  Since both these championships are still up for grabs close, competitive racing is expected.

 

22 June 2010 update:

The VARAC Festival

Racing in Canada at its Best!

 

            The VARAC Festival is without a doubt the best bargain on the Monoposto calendar: three sessions on Friday, two on Saturday and two races on Sunday.  VARAC also uses a race time format that sets the duration of the races at a number of minutes plus one lap, so we had plenty of track time.  This effectively means that everyone gets the same track time.  Since the Monoposto classes are among the fastest it works to our advantage.

            The only negative on an otherwise fantastic weekend of racing was the rain shower that began during the Saturday F70 qualifying race.  Even then only one of the competitors spun in the wet. 

            Aside from the Saturday F70 race, the weather was beautiful: blue skies, temperatures in the 70s (or the mid 20s in Celsius) and a light breeze – in a word it was perfect! 

            Saturday’s Monoposto party was hosted by two of the Northern stalwarts of Monoposto: Phil Lamont and Howie Freeman.  After a day of hard racing it was truly delightful to relax and enjoy their hospitality and the cool evening breeze.

            This weekend a new Monoposto member completed the weekend tied for 1st place in Formula Ford.  The leader in three others championships either was tied or overtaken with this weekend’s results.  Although the outcomes of a number of the races looked certain before each started mechanical failures, spins and other developments kept the large crowd of spectators (and the competitors) guessing at the final results until the checkered flag waved.

            The only major negative that can be cited for the weekend was the low number of competitors.   While there has always been a strong contingent of Monoposto racers north of the border, by sheer numbers those in the States dominate our membership.  The small Mosport turnout of racers from the US is really hard to square with the great value that this event represents.  Next year for a great time, fabulous hospitality and good racing consider going to the VARAC Festival.

            As pointed out above the 2010 championships are very close.  In four of our nine championships the leaders are tied and the rest can still be contested since there are still six Monoposto events remaining.  All it takes to max out on points is 10 races or 5 events so come on out and show us your stuff!  Mid-Ohio, a technical track is on our schedule this coming weekend.

 

16 June 2010 update:

SVRA VIR Gold Cup

 

After two race weekends with great weather the SVRA VIR Gold Cup was a battle against the heat.  Except for a brief shower during one of the enduros the weather was HOT and staying cool was a constant battle.

There was a good turnout of single-seat cars.  26 cars raced in the Classic group and 10 in the wings & slick group.  Unfortunately many of the drivers have not registered with Monoposto and some of the cars were not in the established Monoposto groups so the drivers that are registered benefitted in the championship scoring.

The Classic group races featured many passes amongst the B cars but Dave Handy was the class of the field, only bested by Joe Blacker for a couple of laps in Sunday’s race.  Unfortunately after getting the lead Joe pulled his BT29 off the track with motor problems. 

There was great racing in F70 but the grid was diminished because a number of Monoposto F70 drivers chose to drive their Indy Lights cars in the second weekend of a new Indy Lights series.  It was great to see Stevie Hynes driving his March 78b Formula Atlantic. 

There were two non-racing highlights of the weekend.  The first was the Monoposto party on Friday night hosted by Lee Brahin.  Although the faster car enduro featuring a number of formula cars was scheduled for the same time and brief showers dropped the temperature but upped the humidity, Lee’s hospitality was truly enjoyed.

The second highlight was the Ryan Handy One Lap fundraiser to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp.  This was the third Ryan Handy One Lap and the event continues to develop momentum. 

Our next Monoposto race is the VARAC Festival at Mosport, one of the great historical tracks of North America.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

26 May 2010 update:

SVRA at Road America

Formula Fords Come Out in Numbers

          Road America in May can be a lovely place to be or not.  The wise entrant brings clothes for all seasons not knowing what to expect.  While the weather started out rainy on the Thursday test day and was chilly and windy on Friday by Saturday and Sunday it was ideal, cool air for power and lots of sun for grip.

          Saturday’s Dairyland enduro for formula cars and sports racers was lengthened to 150 miles.  This year the grid spanned everything from Formula Fords to Audi R8 LMP cars and Daytona Prototypes.  The race was completed without a caution; a real tribute to each driver being very alert to the differences between the cars.  (The R8 fast lap was 2:01.5 while the slowest car had a best lap time of just under 2:46.5.)   Mike Snowdon in his 1971 GRD 272 came in eleventh overall and was the highest finishing Monoposto driver.

          Road America is also known as a place that draws large numbers of Formula Fords and the grids did not disappoint.  Thirteen Formula Fords made at least one of the races.  Coming out of retirement was Kevin Smith, class champion in five of the last seven years before he took a two year rest.  Kevin showed he has not lost any speed, winning Saturday’s race and finishing second on Sunday.

          Formula B and Classic Formula 2 had a lot of action with multiple passes during the races.  Ted Wentz came out on top in each race in his 1968 Brabham BT23c F2 car and Dave Handy finished just ahead of Joel Quadracci in their Brabham BT29 Formula Bs.

          There was great racing in F70 but the grid was diminished because a number of Monoposto F70 drivers chose to drive their Indy Lights cars in what was the first weekend of a new Indy Lights series.  One of the highlights of the weekend was seeing Fletcher Belt out in his March Super Vee, after he missed most of last year’s racing.

          The Monoposto party was held in the Irish Racing paddock.  Our hosts were Sharon Frey, Dan Hayes, Marty Bagby and Frank and Kathy Newton.  Everyone had a great time enjoying their Mid-Western hospitality.  Among those sharing racing stories was Monoposto member George Bruggenthies, president of Road America and Lotus 20 Formula Junior pilot.

          Our next Monoposto race is at VIR, a great track – We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

19 April 2010 update:

Roebling Road with SVRA

The Start of the 2010 Season

 

          Picture perfect weather with blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s showed Savannah at its finest.  Even the heavy pollen throughout the southeast this spring was washed from the air with rain on Thursday evening.

          It continues to amaze that this event doesn’t get the participation of others, not just because of the usually beautiful weather after most of us have suffered a long winter, but also because it is the first Monoposto event with every Monoposto member no doubt itching to get back on the track.  Nevertheless for those who make it, Roebling Road is a fun track.

          A couple of Monoposto drivers got off to a good start on Friday night with the 200 mile endurance race that was open to all classes of cars at the event.  Mike Snowdon finished third in his beautiful 1971 GRD F2 car.  Peter McLaughlin finished in fourth in his 1969 Brabham BT-30.  Unfortunately Peter’s Ralt RT1 only made one lap in the race.  (Peter will have to explain how he drove two cars in the same race.)  Completing the Monoposto endurance race results was Travis Engen, who’s Ralt RT1 also DNF’d.

          The qualifying races on Saturday and the feature races on Sunday had almost identical results.  The only exception being Ted Wentz, who, after winning on Saturday, had a gear box problem on Sunday and DNF’d.

          Marc Giroux finished second in both races driving Travis Engen’s Chevron B17b since his own Brabham BT29 had developed problems earlier in the weekend.  (The sharp-eyed racer will notice on the track result sheet that Travis Engen finished fourth and fifth overall in the qual race.  Marc Giroux was in the Chevron and Travis was in his Lotus 23b.)  Dave Handy won both classic races, a great start to repeating as the FB champion this year.

          The F70 races featured a lot of action.  In the qual race Travis Engen’s Ralt completed six of the ten laps while Tom Fraelich drove his March SuperVee to victory.   Tom also won on Sunday but he had to work for it since after being on pole he was third after the first four corners.  His drive to winning the race was impressive.  Honorable mention goes to Kurt Englemann, joining Monoposto and coming back to racing with his well prepared Lola T192 F5000.

         The Monoposto party was held in the SascoSports paddock and hosted by Robyn Pass and Dave Handy.  This was a great opportunity to re-unite with competitors from last year and try to get into their heads for the Sunday races.  Everyone seemed to have a great time enjoying Robyn’s and Dave’s hospitality.

          The next Monoposto race is at Road America, a great track – we hope with equally great weather!

 

 

 

 

8 January 2010 update:

2010 Monoposto Schedule Announcement

            I am pleased to announce the 2010 Monoposto Championship schedule.  As you will see there are some changes this year.  The schedule has been slimmed down to the core events as shown by member attendance over the past two seasons.  We hope this change will give racers the opportunity to compete with larger fields of Monoposto cars and will also encourage higher attendance at these race weekends.

MONOPOSTO RACING COUNCIL
2010 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Race 1      April 8-11            Roebling Road  SVRA Savannah Spring Races

Race 2      May 14-16           Road America  SVRA Vintage GT Challenge

Race 3      June 3-6              VIR                 SVRA Heacock Classic Gold Cup

Race 4      June 18-20           Mosport         VARAC Vintage Racing Festival

Race 5      June 24-27           Mid-Ohio        SVRA Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix                 

Race 6      July 15-18           Road America  SVRA Kohler International Challenge

Race 7      August 20-22       Grattan            VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan

Race 8      September 9-12    Watkins Glen   SVRA U.S. Vintage Grand Prix

Race 9      September 10-12  Road America  VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival

Race 10    October 14-17      Road Atlanta    SVRA Road Atlanta Season Finale 

           
             Don’t forget to renew your registration on the Registration page.  You must renew your membership every year to stay current on the Monoposto rolls and be eligible for Monoposto Championship points.  Keeping your registration current also helps us to keep in touch with you by having a current email address. Once again this year membership is free!

            As Monoposto is a volunteer organization, we would like to encourage members to volunteer to hold a gathering at their favorite event.  Your support helps make Monoposto successful.  If you would like to host a gathering, please contact me and I can put your name on the schedule.  All you need to do is open your paddock area and provide a few cold beverages.

            Don’t forget a HANS device or equivalent Head and Neck Restraint is now MANDATORY.  Last year I changed the mounting points in my Surtees F5000.  I definitely feel more comfortable driving with it.  There is no reason not to wear this kind of safety equipment.

            I think 2010 promises to be another great year for Monoposto Racers. There is still plenty of time to get your racecar ready for the season opener in Savannah.  See you this year for more camaraderie and competition!

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

 

 

 

 

29 December 2009 update:

The 2009 Monoposto Championship

Season Has Been Completed

 

             The 2009 Monoposto Racing Championship Season is now complete.  I hope that everyone that took part had a great time! Competition and Camaraderie are what Monoposto Racing is all about.  Although times may have been tough this past year the track is a great place to enjoy the common passion we have for vintage motorsport and open wheel racing.

            Part of Monoposto membership is inclusion in our Championship series. Our 2009 series consisted of 15 full race weekends.  In addition to this there were also some class specific events.  The Championship points have been tallied and here are the results.  Once again this year our leader board is made up of old friends and new faces.  I am proud to announce the 2009 Monoposto Class Champions!

 

Formula Vee
      1st – Garret Van Camp
      2nd – Frank Newton
      3rd – Jerry Baker

Formula Junior
      1st – Phil Lamont
      2nd – Doug Elcomb
      3rd – Danny Baker

Formula Ford
      1st – David Porter
      2nd – Frank Newton
      3rd – Steve Grundahl

Formula B
      1st – Dave Handy
      2nd – Travis Engen
      3rd – Marc Giroux

Classic Formula 2
      1st – Ted Wentz
      2nd – Roy Waltzer
      3rd – Harindra de Silva

Formula Super Vee
      1st – Tom Pixley
      2nd – Tom Fraelich
      3rd – Mark Malley

Formula Atlantic
      1st – Lee Brahin
      2nd – Travis Engen
      3rd – Bobby Rahal

F70 Formula 2
      1st – Mike Snowdon
      2nd – Bill Fickling
      3rd – Derek Harling

Formula 5000
      1st – Jim Stengel
      2nd – Paul Dudiak
      3rd – Rick Parsons

            Monoposto Racing is an organization driven by volunteers.  The people that step forward really keep Monoposto alive.  A highlight of every race weekend is the Monoposto Party and I would like to thank the many people that stepped forward this year to share their hospitality with all of us.

Tom Fraelich
Paul Dudiak
Travis Engen
Dave Handy
David Clubine
Bobby Rahal
David Porter
Seb Coppola and The F5000 Drivers Association
The Van Camps
Eric Dean
Marc and Cindy Giroux
Mike Popp
Ted Wentz
Lee Brahin
J. R. Mitchell and GMT Racing

            Thank you all for opening your paddock and your coolers to us!

            Although the Monoposto Parties are something that everyone looks forward to, we can’t hit the track without tech inspection.  On race weekends throughout the year we have had the assistance of the following members to help us with this process.   This saves members time at the beginning of busy race weekends and is a great asset.  Our thanks go out to:


J.R. Mitchell from GMT Racing
Ted Wenz from Marcovicci-Wenz
Tom Pixley
Derek Harling
Howard Freeman
David Clubine from Britain West
Dave Handy from Sasco Sports
Ross Smith

            Once again I would like to say thanks to your Board of Directors.  Their efforts keep Monoposto going strong.  Your Board of Directors is:

Dean Baker
David Clubine
Travis Engen
Tom Fraelich
Howard Freeman
Marc Giroux
Frank Newton

            Monoposto Racing is supported completely by volunteers.  As I’ve said many times, it’s one of the best deals in motorsport because membership comes at no cost.  Please remember to thank your volunteers the next time you see them and please be inclined to do your part to support Monoposto.  Volunteer to host one of next year’s gatherings or help out with tech inspection.  Together we can keep Monoposto racing forward into the future.

            Our 2010 schedule will be out shortly.  Registration for the 2010 Monoposto Racing Championship will open when the schedule is posted on the web site.  Take the few months between now and the start of the coming season to prep your car and maybe make that extra tweak that will give you those tenths you’ve been looking for!  My Brabham is currently down to the bare frame and I’ll be using my spare time to assemble it and get it back to the front of the grid!

            Have a great Holiday Season and I look forward to seeing you next year!

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer
President
Monoposto Racing   

 

 

 

 

21 September 2009 update:

September 2009

Finally!

           Apologies are due to all competitors for my failure to update the scoring for several months.  I have now done so.  The individual event results, scoring and the overall championship standings are now current as of the most recent events on our race schedule.

          With 3 (or 4, see below) events remaining all but two of the class championships are still undecided.  Congratulations to champions Dave Handy and Ted Wentz for taking 1st in formula B and Classic formula 2 respectively!

          The final event in the VSCDA series for formula Vees has been added to the Monoposto schedule.  As it stands now the top three drivers are only 2 points apart so this has to rank as our most competitive class.

                                                 Travis Engen
           

 

 

19 January 2009 update:

January 2009

Message to the Members

            2008 was another successful year for Monoposto Racing. We celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Formula 5000, had another strong gathering of Formula B’s and Atlantic’s at Mid-Ohio and opened our schedule to events specific to Formula Vee. 

            For 2009 we will add some new venues and additional events to our schedule.  There will be 15 full race weekends.  New racetracks on our race schedule include Moroso near Palm Beach, Florida and Hutchinson Island in Savannah, Georgia.  Summit Point is back on the schedule and the Classic group cars will be included at the Lime Rock Vintage Festival in Connecticut.  We will once again have our Formula B and Formula Atlantic gathering at Mid-Ohio.  Again all Formula Vee races in the VSCDA Formula Vee Race Series schedule will be counted for points.  On top of this the Formula Fords will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary at Road America the weekend after the July KIC event.  Our 2009 schedule will give members more opportunity to score championship points and with new events in the Southern United States our members in that region will not have to travel as far to stay active with Monoposto.

           Don’t forget to renew your registration.  Use the menus above or go directly to the Registration page through this link.  You must renew your membership every year to stay current on the Monoposto rolls and be eligible for Monoposto Championship points.  Keeping your registration current helps us to keep in touch with you by having a current email address. Again this year membership is free!

            As Monoposto is a volunteer organization, we would once again like to encourage members to volunteer to hold a party at their favorite event.  Your support helps make Monoposto successful.  If you would like to host a gathering, please contact me and I can put you on the schedule.  All that is necessary is a place to meet and a few cold beverages.  Also we would like to get your participation in reporting your experiences from race weekends.  We are always looking for a good race report.  As it’s hard to see the whole race from inside the cockpit, the report can be a summary of your weekend experience.  Anecdotes and bench racing tall tales are welcome!

            There has recently been an important announcement from SVRA. As of August 1st, 2009, a HANS device or equivalent Head and Neck Restraint will be MANDATORY. This may involve some relocation of seat belts in some chassis. Personally, I am changing the mounting points in my Surtees F5000.  It takes no time at all to become comfortable with the HANS.  And there is a new mounting system available that allows more rotation of your head while strapped in.  There is no reason not to wear this kind of safety equipment.  It is no more expensive than most sets of tires.

            I think 2009 promises to be another great year for Monoposto Racers.  There is still plenty of time to get your racecar ready for the season opener in Florida.  I am working away to have the Brabham and Surtees race ready for the start of the season.  See you this year for more camaraderie and competition!

                                       Sincerely,

                                           Mark Harmer

 

24 November 2008 update:

The 2008 Monoposto Championship season has drawn to a close

 

            We once again have some new faces at the top of the leader board. Congratulations to all our Class Champions and thanks to all of you who participated in another outstanding year of Camaraderie and Competition.  The results of the 2008 Monoposto Racing Championships are:

Formula Vee
      1st – Garret Van Camp
      2nd – Ricky del Rosario
      3rd – Frank Newton

Formula Junior
      1st – Doug Elcomb
      2nd – David Keelyside
      3rd – David Clubine

Formula Ford
      1st – David Porter
      2nd – Josh Boller
      3rd – Deane Tank

Formula B
      1st – Dave Handy
      2nd – Travis Engen
      3rd – Marc Giroux

Classic Formula 2
      1st – Ted Wentz
      2nd – Peter McLaughlin

Formula Super Vee
      1st – Tom Pixley
      2nd – Fletcher Belt
      3rd – Tom Fraelich

Formula Atlantic
      1st – Travis Engen
   Dual second place winners!
      2nd – Alan Azar
      2nd – Greg Galdi

F70 Formula 2
      1st – Mike Snowdon
      2nd – Howard Katz
      3rd – David Kane

Formula 5000
      1st – Paul Dudiak
      2nd – Jim Stengal
      3rd – Tony Adamowicz

            Personally, I did not get to participate as many events as I would have liked this year.   I’m sure many of you feel the same way.  The only cure for the racing addiction we have is to get a fix out on the track but even with my limited track time, I consider my 2008 racing season a success.  One of many highlights of my year was the chance to race with champions.  As part of the 40th anniversary of F5000, I was able to compete with 1969 F5000 champion Tony Adamowicz at both Road America and Watkins Glen.  And at Road Atlanta I was given a lesson by former Indy 500 winner and new Monoposto member, Bobby Rahal.  It doesn’t get better than that.  What other sport offers amateurs the chance to compete with their heros on an equal playing field.

            With thoughts of a successful season in mind, we look forward to next year.  In the near future we will be publishing the 2009 Monoposto Championship schedule.   There have been date changes and new events added by the various organizers.   These changes will bring a change in the schedule that will be regionally advantageous as well as exciting.  In addition to a new schedule, Monoposto will be holding some at-track seminars put on by experts in the vintage world to help members with aspects of car preparation and at-track tuning.  I’m looking forward to gaining insights from these events and using it to cut a few tenths off my lap time.

            Monoposto would not exist without volunteers.  I would like to thank our members that have helped us throughout the 2008 season.  First to assist at any race weekend are our tech inspectors.  Much thanks to these people that help start our weekends off smoothly.  Assisting with Tech Inspection this year were:

J.R. Mitchell from GMT Racing
Dean Hutchison from GMT Racing
Ted Wenz from Marcovicci-Wenz Engineering
Dave Handy and the crew from SascoSports
Tom Pixley (even regular racers can help with tech!)

            What would a Monoposto race weekend be without a fabulous get together?  This year we had a number of new folks take a turn at hosting a party and what a great job everyone did!  Our hats are off to the following hosts!  Thank you so much for the hospitality you have shown your fellow drivers.

David and Patricia Porter
Jeff Hailand and Lotus Lane Racing
Howard Freeman
Phil Lamont
David Clubine
Jamie Britnell
Mark Harmer
Deane Tank and BSS Racing (First Annual Open           Wheel Mega Party)
The F5000 Drivers Association
Joe Blacker
Tim Holland
Terry Schulke
Mark and Cindy Giroux
Derek Harling
Gene and Joni Owen
Travis Engen

            Also a special thanks to Nancy Becker of GMT Racing.  Without her we would go thirsty in the paddock at more than one event.

            Last but not least I would like to thank your Board of Directors.  Their work behind the scenes makes Monoposto happen.

Dean Baker
David Clubine
Travis Engen
Tom Fraelich
Howard Freeman
Marc Giroux
Frank Newton

            Monoposto cannot exist without the support of the above friends and volunteers.  Their help is deeply appreciated.  Please remember to thank them the next time you see them.  Maybe give them a point-by if you’re feeling especially appreciative!  And when the call goes out for help next year please consider assisting with tech or hosting a party.  Together we can keep Monoposto moving forward!

            This winter I will be using the time to do needed repairs to my Brabham and Surtees.  Time has taken its toll on cars that are being used well beyond their originally intended life span.  Remember to consider this and use the off-season to carefully inspect your pride and joy.  Good performance follows proper preparation.

            With preparation in mind, Monoposto does not require, but highly recomends, the use of a HANS Device.  Please consider the use of this important piece of safety equipment.  The winter months can be used to update your seat belt mounting if nessesary to accommodate the use of the HANS.  Personally I feel uncomfortable driving without it.  Currently my Surtees tub does not allow for a proper fit of the HANS, but I am making the necessary modification over the winter months so that I can wear the HANS in both my Brabham and Surtees.  The HANS device costs less than a set of new tires for most of us.  Please give it serious consideration over the off-season.

            In closing I have to say that I am already looking forward to the 2009 Monoposto Championship Season.  I hope you are too!
       

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

14 July 2008 update:

Nearly Halfway Through the Season

            I was finally able to attend my first race of the season at Mid-Ohio a couple weeks ago.  It was great to get back in the cockpit of my Brabham and attack the track.  The weekend was highlighted by a Classic Formula B feature and a F70-Formula Atlantic/ Formula 2 feature race.  All the drivers loved the chance to be in such an evenly matched field.  Thanks to SVRA for giving us the extra track time!

           Something I’ve been looking forward to for months is the Kohler International Challenge, July 17-20th.  This is always one of the most heavily attended events on the Monoposto calendar.  This year is the 40th anniversary of Formula 5000.  To go along with this there will be the largest group of F5000s to hit the track since the seventies.  24 Formula 5000s are already registered.  Their session should really be something to see and hear.  Another special feature at the KIC will be the Monoposto party.  Monoposto, BSS Racing, Lotus Lane, the F5000 Drivers Association and Historic Grand Prix are all joining forces to produce an open wheel Mega-party. There will be live music performed by the Neverly Brothers. The band is being supplied by Deane Tank.  This party will be a great chance to see your old friends and meet some new ones.   The festivities will take place Saturday evening under the Formula 5000 tent.

           Something else to look forward to will be the VSCDA event at Grattan on August 14-17th.   In addition to the regular weekend sprint races VSCDA has given us a Formula Ford feature race on Sunday.  Spread the word and let's see if we can get 20 Formula Fords to the grid!  All it takes to build participation is some phone time to encourage your fellow drivers to turn out.  The bigger the field, the better the racing.  When the cars running are all in the same class it makes for some great racing; the session are fun to watch and even better to drive in!

            We have received word that the season-ending HSR event at Roebling Road is changing format as well as venue.  They will be testing a Savannah street circuit last used a few years ago for professional racing.  As a result the on-track activities will be high-speed demonstrations rather than races.  Because of this the event will not be scored for the 2008 Monoposto championships.

            This year has been great for Monoposto.  We’ve been getting lots of support from the organizers who host our races.  The extra group feature races they give us show that they value your participation.  Please take the time to let them know if you appreciate the special feature races they give us.  It will help us continue to build Monoposto excitement!

            If you are interested in becoming more involved with Monoposto, we still have some events on the schedule that need party hosts:

August 7-10 - New Jersey Motorsports Park
September 25-28 - VIR
October 16-19  - Road Atlanta

            If you would like to open your paddock to your fellow Monoposto members send me an email and I’ll put you on the schedule.

           That’s all for this month.  Be sure to check out the updated results and pictures from the latest events through the pull down menus at the top of this page.  I hope to see you at the track soon!

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

 

 

10 June 2008 update:

Monoposto Pace Picks Up

 

          Since our first events at Roebling Road there have been Monoposto events with VSCDA at Gingerman Raceway (FV only) and with SVRA at Road America.  Race results, scoring, reports and year-to-date standings have been posted on the web site.

           The Monoposto party at Road America, hosted by Jeff Hailand, was our first opportunity in 2008 to recognize some of last year’s champions and the great guys who over the past few years have provided Monoposto tech services.  Etched crystal obelisks were presented to Champions Tom Pixley – FSV, Paul Dudiak – F5000, Michael Snowdon – F70 F2, and Travis Engen – FB.   Awards were also presented to Larry Neviaser second in F5000 and David Porter third in FF.  Drivers who were not able to receive their awards at Road America will be honored at a future event.

           Those recognized for their unstinting help with Monoposto tech were Dave Handy, Peter “Stretch” Bol and J. R. Mitchell.  Again, others will be feted at a future event.

           From my vantage point Monoposto Racing is off to a good start this year.  (Even though I have yet to make my first race – darn day job!)  Registrations are already above where they were last year at this time and they will grow even further as the year progresses.  Another encouraging sign is the fact that many newly restored cars are appearing at our events.  A number of the new drivers already race in other non-Monoposto classes and when asked what raised their interest in Monoposto the answer is almost always “I saw your racing last year and the competition was close yet fair so I wanted to be there.”

           Looking ahead there is room for interested people to participate in Monoposto at many levels.  Whether it is in supporting a racer, the more mechanically inclined helping out with tech or just being a part of the fun.  You are all welcome and I look forward to meeting you at one of our future events.
Our next event is the VARAC Festival at Mosport.  This signature track was the site of the 1st Canadian Grand Prix.  It has been a mainstay of the Monoposto calendar for many years and each year sees some of the best wheel-to-wheel racing that Monoposto has.  If that isn’t enough it is an event with plenty of track time.

           If you can’t make Mosport, how about the following weekend at Mid-Ohio?  This event will feature special Formula B and Formula Atlantic races and promises to be as good as or better than last year.

           Also looming on the horizon in July is the Kohler International Challenge at Road America.  This year there will be an Open Wheel Paddock Party being organized by Deane Tank and Sponsored by Monoposto, BSS Racing, Lotus Lane, the F5000 Drivers Association and Historic Grand Prix.  The party will feature live music provided by “The Neverly Brothers” and will take place Saturday evening following racing.  Check out the below poster for the event.  It will be a blast!


           Even though it’s been a slow start for me this season, I hope to see you all at the track soon!

                                                            Mark Harmer

 

 

 

12 May 2008 update:

Message from the President

May 2007

       I have to tell you all that I’m really looking forward to this coming weekend.  The race at Road America will be the start of my personal racing season. I’ve spent the winter striping my chassis all the way down to bare metal and building it back into a complete racecar.  I’m planning on participating in the sprint races as well as the enduro.  The spring race at Road America usually has good weather (please forget about the rain during last year’s party) so bring your sunscreen!

      As of Friday there were 33 open wheel competitors registered with SVRA.  So it looks like it will be an excellent weekend at one of the favorite tracks of Monoposto members.

      Here are a few notes of interest for members attending the races at Road America:

       Kevin Smith will be the Monoposto Race coordinator.  If you have any questions at the track he will be available to help you.  You can find him at the Lotus Lane Racing area in the paddock, next to the entrance to the false grid.
       Sharon Frey and Dan Hayes of Irish Racing along with Kathy and Frank Newton will host the Monoposto party at the Irish Racing paddock, which is also adjacent to the false grid entrance.  The party will take place at the conclusion of track activities Friday afternoon.
       Peter (Stretch) Bol  will be helping with tech inspection for Monoposto members.  Look for him in the paddock at the Lotus Lane area to help you through the process.  He will not be available until Friday morning, so if you want to be teched before Friday please proceed to the SVRA tech area.

       It is unfortunate that I have to announce the cancellation of the Jefferson 500.  The race at Summit Point has been on the Monoposto calendar for many years and was a favorite of out members.  Brian and James Redman have been friends and supporters of Monoposto and huge supporters of vintage racing in America.  The race was cancelled due to a lack of entries.

      Don’t forget to put Monoposto’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held at VSCDA’s Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan on your calendar.  The event will be held August 17th – 19th at Grattan Raceway Park in Grattan, MI.  The featured Marque of the event will be Formula Jr.  The Grattan event is known for quite a bit of track time.  This event is likely to have the largest grid of open wheel cars of the year!

       Another special event on the calendar is the Formula B 40th Anniversary celebration to be held at SVRA’s Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, June 28th -July 1st.  Monoposto will try to assemble the largest grid of Formula Bs for the 2007 race season at this event to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the SCCA’s first pro formula car series.  SVRA has said that if we can get 20 Bs to the grid we can have our own race.  If you’ve got a B car and you’re thinking about attending, please contact Marc Giroux.   His email address is listed on the Directors Contacts page on Monoposto.com.

       I’m looking forward to the start of my racing season and I hope to see you in the paddock soon.

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

 

 

 

19 April 2008 update:

 

SVRA at Roebling Road

The Beginning of the 2008 Season

 

          The Monoposto season actually began the week-end before at Roebling Road with the formula Vee 45th birthday.  Seven Monoposto racers were there to race and celebrate.  This weekend, however, was the first “full” Monoposto event with all Classic and F70 classes running for championships eligible.  The weather, except for Saturday afternoon, was fantastic.  The racing got of to a good start on Friday with the 100 lap, 202 mile endurance race open to all entrants including formula cars.  Travis Engen won it in his 1976 Ralt RT1 formula Atlantic. 

          Patricia and David Porter hosted the Monoposto party following the enduro.  The discussions and camaraderie were full of energy as all of us were anticipating the racing ahead.  Two new Monoposto racers who were there were Sandra Carlino and Dave Handy.  Dave, of course, is not new to racing but he said that he was really impressed by the close racing in formula B last year, particularly the final race at Road Atlanta, with multiple lead changes in the course of a lap and the potential for any of the five leading drivers to be the winner and decided to get a formula B car and join us.

          The first of the Monoposto qualification races the Classic group.  As the cars were gridded Dave Handy in his new BT29, formula B was on pole.  As the race began Dave felt he had jumped the start and ceded the first corner to Travis Engen.  On lap 6 Dave regained the lead, Travis was again the leader on lap 13 and on the next lap Dave took the lead to win the 15 lap race.  Throughout the race their two cars were nose-to-tail.  Lee Brahin had one of the best views of the action, finishing 3rd in his Brabham.

          The action in formula ford was also close.  Frank Hammette was on pole but Deane Tank was in the lead when they crossed the start/finish line at the end of the first lap.  Frank regained the lead but Deane took it back for laps 9 to11.  At the end Frank won the race. 

          By the time of the F70 qual race a storm front had moved in and the track was quite wet with many places with standing water and a light rain falling.  Three intrepid drivers took the start: David Porter, Travis Engen and Mike Snowdon.  Engen (on pole) was on the side of the track with puddles and Porter claimed turn 1.  He maintained the lead for the rest of the shortened ten lap race.  Engen was right on his gear box until a spin near the end of the race and finished several hundred yards back.  Observers around the track thought Engen was following Porter closely so the spray from Porter’s car would pass over him.  It may have looked that way but there was still plenty of water and zero visibility where Engen was sitting.  Snowdon was hampered by car issues but did finish 3rd, although some distance back.

          On Sunday morning it was clear and a little cooler but very pleasant.  In the Classic race the previous day’s duel between Handy and Engen continued with Handy winning the race.  In formula ford Frank Hammette lead from flag-to-flag.  Over the distance of the race four different drivers were behind Hammette in second place but at the end the order was Hammette, Deane Tank and Jamie Britnell.

          With the dry track a larger grid took the start in the F70 race.  David Porter led flag-to-flag.   Three cars held second place during the race but at the end the order was Porter, Lee Brahin and Mike Snowdon.

          Summing up the weekend it was a superb start to what promises to be a very competitive season of good, close, exciting racing.  Next up is the SVRA event at Road America in mid-May.

 

 

 

10 March 2008 update:

 

Message from the President

March 2008

         

            These are exciting days for Monoposto Members. In addition to the regular Sprint races at all Monoposto events, each of the following events will have the special features listed:

  • Road America in May: Monoposto Standing start race. Open to all classes.
  • Mid Ohio in June: Formula B and Formula Atlantic stand alone feature races.
  • Road America in July: F5000 stand alone feature race
  • Watkins Glen in Sept: Formula 5000 feature race for the Governors cup. Formula Jr. stand alone feature race.

            If you have an idea for something special for your class, drop me a line and together we can work on adding it to our schedule. These special additions normally take a bit of phone time to generate interest and commitment. So with a bit of extra effort we can help Monoposto continue to grow and create some new racing opportunities for members.

            One additional schedule note is that the dates for le Sommet des Légendes at Mont Tremblant have changed to June 27th to 29th.  This is the weekend following the VARAC Festival at Mosport so you can plan on a Canadian holiday with two events!

            Another great part of Monoposto Racing weekends are the gatherings held in the paddock. So far we’ve had great response to our request for party hosts.

  • Tom Fraelich will host at Roebling Road April 10-13.
  • Jamie Britnell and Mark Harmer will host at Mid Ohio, June 26-29.
  • Deane Tank will host at Road America, July 17-20.
  • Terri Schulke and Tim Holland will host at Grattan, August 14-17.
  • Marc Giroux and Derek Harling will host at Watkins Glen, September 3-7.
  • Joni and Gene Owen will host at Road America, September 18-21.

            If you would like to host a gathering at one of the events that’s not spoken for, please send me an e mail and I’ll add you to the list of hosts. Monoposto remains successful thanks to the support and effort put in by you the members.

            Another area where we need assistance is Tech Inspection. This service is something that all Monoposto members appreciate. We need qualified people to provide this service. If you believe you are qualified in this area and would like to help, please let me know.

          Please note that the rules and car class specifications have been reissued for 2008.  The changes reflect the clarification of shock absorber rules that I mentioned in my email to members a few weeks ago. The 2008 documents may be accessed on the 2008 rules page.

            Well, that’s about it for now. We’ve only got about four weeks until the first full race weekend in Savannah. Not much time to finish all the freshening of equipment during the winter months. See you soon for more camaraderie and competition!

Sincerely,
Mark Harmer

 

 

25 January 2008 update:

Message from the President

January 2008

            2007 was a very successful year for Monoposto and its members.  We celebrated our 20th Anniversary at Grattan with over 70 open wheel entries.  We had a successful Formula B reunion at Mid-Ohio.  And our membership increased by nearly 10% year-over-year.

          2008 is promising to be just as exciting.  We will have another opportunity to try a standing start at Road America in May.  We will have another Formula B weekend at Mid-Ohio that this year that will be expanded to include the Formula Atlantic cars that evolved from Formula B.  Also the 40th anniversary of Formula 5000 in America will be celebrated at Road America in July and Watkins Glen in September with dedicated race groups.

          In another pair of firsts we will be offering Monoposto points to competitors in the VSCDA Formula Vee race series and we will also join in the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Formula 5000 by offering points at the Monoposto scheduled races and for a race at Infineon raceway in June.  Plans are also under way for a Mega Open Wheel party at the KIC in July.

          The results for the 2007 Monoposto Championship have been posted at 2007 Championship Results.   Congratulations to all our 2007 class champions.  Awards will be presented at races early this year.  It’s great to see quite a few new names at the top of the leader board!

          This year’s race schedule is very similar to last year’s with the addition of an event at the newly constructed New Jersey Motorsports Park.  The schedule can be found on our website at 2008 Schedule.

           Don’t forget to renew your registration for 2008 on the Registration page.  To have your points counted for the Monoposto Championships you must have a current registration with Monoposto Racing.  Keeping your registration current also helps us to keep in touch with you by email.  Remember membership is still free!

           As Monoposto is a volunteer organization, we would once again like to encourage members to volunteer to hold a party at their favorite event.  If you would like to host a gathering, please contact me and I can tell you which events are still in need of a host.  All that is necessary is a place to meet and a few cold beverages.  Also we would like to get your participation in reporting your experiences from race weekends.  We are always looking for a good race report.   As it’s hard to see the whole race from inside the cockpit, the report can be a summary of your weekend experience. Anecdotes and bench racing tall tales are welcome!

            One final need we have is for volunteers able to perform tech inspection.  The benefit of tech in one’s own paddock is very much appreciated by members, but unfortunately the burden always falls on the shoulders of a few generous volunteers.  We would like to expand the list of qualified tech inspectors so we can continue to offer this benefit to members.  If you feel you are qualified to perform this service let me know the events you might be attending so we can get you on the schedule.

            2008 promises to be another great year for Monoposto Racers.  There is still plenty of time to get your race car ready for the season opener in Savannah.  I know I have my hands full getting the Brabham and the Surtees both in top form!  See you this year for more camaraderie and competition!

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

 

14 October update:

Message from the President

October 2007

Since my last message, Monoposto has had four successful race weekends.  Our 20th Anniversary Celebration at Grattan was attended by 73 open wheel entries, and the track time was never ending!  Watkins Glen former home of the U.S. Grand Prix presented some interesting weather conditions for drivers to contend with. Road America had sun throughout the weekend but a chill in the air Friday morning let us know Fall was coming.  And VIR included the first standing start race many of us have participated in.  After the Friday practice session some starting procedures were adjusted and I believe everyone that participated in the race enjoyed it.  There were at least 100 people lining the pit wall to see the start of the race!          

Monoposto race weekends always begin with Tech inspection and I’d like to thank J.R Mitchell of GMT Racing, Ted Wenz of Marcovicci-Wenz Engineering, Derek Harling and Howard Freeman for assisting us with this service.  Having your car inspected in your paddock is a benefit to members that can save quite a bit of time and is most appreciated!          

A highlight of every race meeting is the Monoposto party!  Thank you to the hosts at our recent events!  The Freemans, the Clubines and the Lamonts hosted at our 20th Anniversary at Grattan.  The Girouxs, Derek Harling, Mike Crumay, and Larry Rossi were our hosts at Watkins Glen.  Deane Tank, Alan Lewis, David Drake and Scott Brown held our gathering at Road America and Lee Brahin once again welcomed us at VIR.           

Monoposto is all about the friendships formed in the paddock once the helmets come off and what could be better than enjoying a cold beverage of your choice while telling stories of your racing prowess!          

With the last two events on our calendar, we will conclude the 2007 Monoposto schedule.  The first of these will be held at Road Atlanta, one of the premier race tracks in the country.  At this event SVRA will hold their season finale.  The final event of our season will be The Hilton Head/Savannah Historics to be held at Roebling Road in Savannah by HSR.  The Savannah event will be held in a unique way.  The track opens Wednesday with an optional practice day. Thursday will be practice and qualifying, Friday will be race day, with both points races taking place.  In addition there will be a special extra Formula Ford race on Friday.  Track events conclude on Friday and the event moves to Hilton Head where all racers are welcome to display their cars at the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance.  The concours is included in your entry.  Of note to racers is that three of the six race groups will be open wheel.  This event is being promoted as an open wheel weekend.

Be sure to check out the race series standings pages on the web.  Some of the championships have already been decided, but a few are still up for grabs! Also check out the race reports and photos sections!

As the racing season winds down our thoughts will turn to repair and restoration to be done over the winter months.  I hate to think of the coming months without race meetings to attend, but I can put the time to good use in the garage.

See you at the track!


Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

26 September update:

Three Races to Go!

There are now only three Monoposto events remaining in the season.  As fall approaches we make our usual return to the South and the warmer weather that brings.  Next up is Virginia International Raceway.  The VIR weekend will feature an optional standing-start race for all formula cars.  The last time that a Monoposto event had standing-starts was in the 40th anniversary Formula Junior series in 1999.  The VIR race schedule includes time for practice standing-starts on Friday with the optional standing-start race on Sunday morning.  Please note that the standing-start practice and race are optional.  The scoring for the Monoposto championships will be based on the regular rolling-start qualifying races on Saturday and the final rolling-start races on Sunday.

Reviewing the year-to-date standings makes it clear that champions have not been determined in any of the nine classes that Monoposto scores.  The complete year-to-date results may be found at 2007 Standings.  Reviewing these will show that the championships for two classes – Formula Vee and classic Formula 2 – are so wide open that they can be won by drivers who have not competed yet this year.  In three other classes – Formula 5000, Formula Atlantic and Formula Super Vee – the champions will be drawn from the drivers in the scoring so far.  The competition to be champion is down to two different drivers in each of the Formula Junior, Formula B and F70 Formula 2 classes.   The races over the next six weeks will make the championship picture clearer but it’s a sure thing that the champions in a number of classes will not be decided until the last event of the year at Roebling Road.

Whether you are competing for a championship, want to experience the challenge of standing-starts, or simply want to escape the North for warmer weather, the race at VIR is for you.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

  2 September update:

20th Anniversary a Great Success

Second Half of the Season is Underway

Monoposto celebrated its 20th anniversary at the VSCDA's au Grattan event in mid-August.  The event featured Formula Juniors, the cars that were the foundation of Monoposto.  Many racers who have been officers of Monoposto over the years were at Grattan Raceway Park to receive the recognition of their fellow racers who are today's beneficiaries of the creation and development of Monoposto twenty years ago.  Of course there was special recognition of Woody, Bob Woodward, a founder and the prime mover of Monoposto for many years.  A full report on the event and photos of the celebrations will be posted later.

The Monoposto championships have reached the second half of the season.  Seven of twelve events have been completed and the results are posted on the 2007 Results page.  The results so far this year reflect the usual large number of comptitors in Formula Ford, but Formula B and Formula Junior have both seen many more entries.  In part this is due to the special Formula B Celebration at Mid-Ohio and the 20th Anniversary of Monoposto mentioned above.

Even though the season is over half over Monoposto's championship format of the best ten races means that the remaining five events, with two races per event, are enough for someone to take a championship.  Checkout the year-to-date standings at 2007 Standings to see how you are doing.

The SVRA's Zippo U. S. Vintage Grand Prix is approaching fast.  Get your entry in and come and have some fun with us.

 

 

 

  27 June 2007 update:

Message from the President

June 2007

            This is an exciting month for Monoposto members!  Last weekend we raced north of the border at the beautiful Mosport Park.  This coming weekend is the Formula B reunion at Mid-Ohio.  After a weekend off we have the Le Sommet des Legends race at the Circuit Mont Tremblant in Canada, followed by the Kohler International Challenge at Road America.  Four of the top tracks in North America in five weeks!  One practical consequence of this, aside from the difficulties of readying cars and getting the time away from our daily activities is that the Monoposto web site will not be updated for all of this activity until sometime in July.

            Before I go any further I want to say THANK YOU to the hosts!  We’ve already had some great Monoposto parties this year.  Tom and Marilyn Fraelich and Chris Forer hosted the first party at Roebling Road at the end of March.  Sharon Frey, Daniel Hayes, Sheila Moore, Martin Bagby and Kathy and Frank Newton hosted our party at Road America in May.  Lisa and Dean Baker hosted our party at Mosport this past weekend.  These gatherings are a great way to get to know your fellow competitors.  Pictures from each event can be found above the PHOTOS menu.  Select 2007 Photos.
           
            Of interest to members participating in the upcoming event at Mid Ohio, I have the following information:

At Mid-Ohio Marc Giroux, our Formula B rep will be the Monoposto Race Coordinator. Any questions that arise at the track can be addressed to him.
Derek Harling will be assisting with tech.  As at all SVRA events, you will need to take your medical information sheet to the tech shed first and trade it for your tech sheet.
I will be hosting the Monoposto party at Mid-Ohio. It will be in my paddock area at the conclusion of track activities on Friday. Please stop by for some bench racing and a cold beverage!

    

            Monoposto’s 20th Anniversary celebration is coming up quickly!  Don’t forget to sign up for this event.  It will be a special weekend for all formula car drivers.  The event will be held August 17th – 19th at Grattan Raceway Park in Grattan, MI. The featured Marque of the event will be Formula Jr.  We will have a surprise guest speaker and some surprises for everyone in attendance.  The Grattan event is known for a lot of track time, so enter now.  You can get an entry form on the VSCDA web site at www.vscda.org.

            One final note - ApexSpeed has started Monoposto Classic and Formula 70 message boards to complement their already active vintage formula ford, formula Atlantic and Super Vee message boards. Check them all out at www.apexspeed.com.

            That’s all for now.  I hope to see you at the track soon!
           

           
                                                  Sincerely,

                                                  Mark Harmer

 

 

 

  21 May 2007 update:

 

Road America -

Monoposto Racing at it's Best!

 

       The race at Road America proved to be one of the best early season events at this historic Wisconsin track.  The turnout was large and the weather great for racing.  A rain storm late on Saturday pushed a couple of races to Sunday morning.  However, as the weather turned cooler the grip remained fine and the motors were putting out more power. 

       Race results and an event report from Kevin Smith can be found through links on the 2007 Results page.  A link to the event photos is on the 2007 Photos page.  Finally, although it is early in the season, year-to-date standings may be found on the 2007 Standings page.

       The one month gap between events to the VARAC Festival at Mosport should allow time to prepare your car.  Following the VARAC Festival is a special event on this year's calendar, the Formula B 40th Anniversary celebration to be held at SVRA’s Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, June 28th-July 1st.  Monoposto is trying to assemble the largest grid of Formula Bs of the 2007 race season to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the SCCA’s first pro formula car series.  The preliminary SVRA schedule shows a separate race for B cars so this is your opportunity to star in a feature race.  If you’ve got a B car and you’re thinking about attending, please contact Marc Giroux.   His email address is listed on the Directors Contacts page on Monoposto.com.

       Beginning with the VARAC Festival there is a sequence of four Monoposto events in a five week span, ending with the Kohler International challenge back at Road America, July 20-22.

       If that isn't enough opportunities for you to race don’t forget to put Monoposto’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held at VSCDA’s Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan on your calendar.  The event will be held August 17th-19th at Grattan Raceway Park in Grattan, MI.  The featured Marque of the event will be Formula Jr.  The Grattan event is known for quite a bit of track time.  This event is likely to have the largest grid of open wheel cars of the year!

      Having had races in the Southeast and the mid-West, the 2006 racing calendar is well underway.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in the near future.

 

  14 May 2007 update:

Message from the President

     I have to tell you all that I’m really looking forward to this coming weekend.  The race at Road America will be the start of my personal racing season. I’ve spent the winter striping my chassis all the way down to bare metal and building it back into a complete racecar.  I’m planning on participating in the sprint races as well as the enduro.  The spring race at Road America usually has good weather (please forget about the rain during last year’s party) so bring your sunscreen!

        As of Friday there were 33 open wheel competitors registered with SVRA.  So it looks like it will be an excellent weekend at one of the favorite tracks of Monoposto members.

       Here are a few notes of interest for members attending the races at Road America:

       Kevin Smith will be the Monoposto Race coordinator.  If you have any questions at the track he will be available to help you.  You can find him at the Lotus Lane Racing area in the paddock, next to the entrance to the false grid.
       Sharon Frey and Dan Hayes of Irish Racing along with Kathy and Frank Newton will host the Monoposto party at the Irish Racing paddock, which is also adjacent to the false grid entrance.  The party will take place at the conclusion of track activities Friday afternoon.
       Peter (Stretch) Bol  will be helping with tech inspection for Monoposto members.  Look for him in the paddock at the Lotus Lane area to help you through the process.  He will not be available until Friday morning, so if you want to be teched before Friday please proceed to the SVRA tech area.

       It is unfortunate that I have to announce the cancellation of the Jefferson 500.  The race at Summit Point has been on the Monoposto calendar for many years and was a favorite of out members.  Brian and James Redman have been friends and supporters of Monoposto and huge supporters of vintage racing in America.  The race was cancelled due to a lack of entries.

       Don’t forget to put Monoposto’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held at VSCDA’s Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan on your calendar.  The event will be held August 17th – 19th at Grattan Raceway Park in Grattan, MI.  The featured Marque of the event will be Formula Jr.  The Grattan event is known for quite a bit of track time.  This event is likely to have the largest grid of open wheel cars of the year!

       Another special event on the calendar is the Formula B 40th Anniversary celebration to be held at SVRA’s Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, June 28th -July 1st.  Monoposto will try to assemble the largest grid of Formula Bs for the 2007 race season at this event to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the SCCA’s first pro formula car series.  SVRA has said that if we can get 20 Bs to the grid we can have our own race.  If you’ve got a B car and you’re thinking about attending, please contact Marc Giroux.   His email address is listed on the Directors Contacts page on Monoposto.com.

       I’m looking forward to the start of my racing season and I hope to see you in the paddock soon.

Sincerely,

Mark Harmer

 

 

  11 April 2007 update:

SVRA at Roebling Road

The 2007 Season has Started!

 

The first Monoposto event for the year highlighted the difficulties nearly everyone had with car reliability.  We all hope that the attrition we saw in this first weekend of racing for 2007 does not happen again.  Having said that, the weather in Savannah was perfect and the racing that did occur was close and rewarding for the participants.

The first Monoposto party of the year was hosted by Tom Fraelich and Chris Forer.  Since the event turnout was on the small side there was plenty of opportunity to renew friendships and to meet new competitors.  Mike Taradash and Jeff Schur were there but both of them have sold their formula fords since last year.  This was the first event for Harindra DeSilva, the new owner of Mike’s Lotus 69, and he acquitted himself well.

Regarding the racing in Classic the upfront duel was between the B cars of Joe Blacker and Travis Engen.  Their qualifying times were close and in both the qual and final races the lead changed nearly every lap.  Joe lost a cooling hose in the qual race, finishing second, but he won the final race.

The competition was also close among the formula fords with Mark Turner and Jamie Britnell swapping the wind between Saturday and Sunday.  Mark and Jamie were followed by Harindra DeSilva and Bill Bartlett.  Unfortunately Bill had an incident in the Sunday race and was unable to complete the race.  Robert Paltrow in the lone formula junior, a Lotus 18, looked like he was having fun in the qual race but he missed the final race.

In F70 the name of the game was survival.  Howard Katz was unopposed in Formula 2, but he was battling the noise monitors all weekend long.  The formula Atlantic field included four cars but on Saturday only two cars took the checkered flag and on Sunday only one formula Atlantic completed all 14 laps.  David Porter was the class of the field, however, holding off a tough challenge by Chris Forer in the qual race and sweeping to an easy victory on Sunday as the attrition took its toll.  Chris Forer, Lee Brahin and Travis Engen all failed to start one of the two points races while Peter McLaughlin and Billy Goldkind had problems that prevented them from running at all over the weekend.  All of the formula Atlantic difficulties meant the Tom Fraelich was able to claim 1st in formula super vee and 3rd overall in the final race.  You can find pictures of the winning cars and the F70 final race podium drivers on the event photos pageThe race results and scoring may be found on the 2007 Race Results page and while clicking on the 2007 Championhsip Standings link will lead you to the results of the competition after one race.

With the Savannah event the competition for the 2007 Monoposto championships has begun.  Trophies and plaques for the winners and runners up in 2006 will be presented beginning with the next event at Road America the 18th to 20th of May.  We hope to see you there.

 

 

  28 March 2007 update:

Message from the President

 

The 2007 racing season is upon us!  This coming weekend is the first event on the 2007 Monoposto Racing Championship schedule.  As of March 23rd there were over 20 Monoposto cars registered with SVRA.

First a few notes of interest for members attending the races at Roebling Road:

  1. Travis Engen will be the Monoposto Race Coordinator.  If you have any questions at the track he will be available to help.  You can find him at the GMT Racing paddock area.
  2. Tom Fraelich will host the first Monoposto party of the year at his paddock area.  The party will take place at the conclusion of practice Friday afternoon.
  3. Members of the GMT Racing crew and also Ted Wenz of Marcovicci-Wenz will be helping with tech inspection for Monoposto members.  Look for them in the paddock to help you through the process.

Looking farther ahead, don’t forget to put Monoposto’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held at VSCDA’s Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan on your calendar.  The event will be held August 17th – 19th at Grattan Raceway Park in Grattan, MI.  The featured Marque of the event will be Formula Jr.  There will be some great racing as well as some surprises for all members in attendance.  The VSCDA event at Grattan is known for quite a bit of track time so come prepared for lots of fun.


Another special event on the calendar is the Formula B 40th Anniversary Celebration to be held at the SVRA’s Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, June 28th -July 1st. Monoposto will try to assemble the largest grid of Formula B’s for the 2007 race season at this event to comemorate the 40th Anniversary of the SCCA’s first pro formula car series.  If you’ve got a ‘B’ car and you’re thinking about attending, I’d love to know so we can get a rough idea of the attendance. SVRA has said that if we can get 20 Bs to the grid we can have our own race.

Finally we have been evaluating the survey many of you completed at the end of 2006.  In it we asked members to list their favorite tracks.  A new section of the web site called “2006 Survey” has been added under the NEWS menu.  As the year develops we will be posting more of the survey results.  This month it includes a list showing the top tracks as voted by Monoposto members.  Your selections tell us that we are holding championship events at the tracks that members like the most.

I’m looking forward to the 2007 season and I hope to see you in the paddock sometime this year.

 

                                                        Sincerely,

                                                          Mark Harmer

 

 

 

  20 February 2007 update:

Message from the President

 

            The 2007 rules package has been posted and can be found on the 2007 Rules page.  New formatting allows you to download the rules and the specification that applies to your class without having to download the much larger single file format we have used for many years.  

            Monoposto has been the voice of single seat racers for 20 years.  We are dedicated to safe and fair racing in cars running in their original configuration (with the addition of modern safety features.)  We have developed car class specifications that are widely embraced by race sanctioning organizations around the world.  While we have 12 Monoposto events this year with five sanctioning organizations far more organizations that we do not have events with use our specifications as their reference.
           
            Over the last few months there has been a lot of speculation and question over the Club Ford race class.  SVRA has announced their intention to run Club Fords, in their group 2 (Classic Run Group) on treaded tires, for the 2007 race season.  This decision was made unilaterally without input from Monoposto.  The stated reason for this decision is safety due to the speed differentials in F-70.  Members should be aware of this decision by SVRA when making their race plans for the 2007 season.

             Monoposto will retain its existing class specification that is true to Club Ford’s history; the cars should run on slick racing tires and be a part of the F70 “Wings and Slicks” race group.
           
            Don’t forget to put Monoposto’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held at VSCDA’s Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan on your calendar.  The event will be held August 17th – 19th at Grattan Raceway Park in Grattan, MI.  The featured marque of the event will be Formula Jr.  Please note: We have been offered a formula car enduro that can be added to the schedule for this event.  I would like to get an idea if this is of interest to members who will be attending the event.  Let me know your interest by email response to Monopostoracing@aol.com.

            Another addition to the calendar is the Formula B 40th Anniversary celebration to be held at SVRA’s Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, June 28th -July 1st.  Monoposto will try to assemble the largest grid of Formula B’s for the 2007 race season at this event to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the SCCA’s first pro formula car series. The SCCA Grand Prix Championship was started in 1967 and during the first year was dominated by the Formula B’s.
                       
            Don’t forget to sign up for the 2007 season if you haven’t done so yet on our Registration page and check back with Monoposto.com for updates.  We don’t want to miss you and don’t want you to miss out on the action.

                                                        Sincerely,

                                                          Mark Harmer

 

  25 January 2007 update:

A Message from our

President as 2007 Begins

Greetings to my fellow racers

     First of all I would like to extend thanks to everyone who participated in our Survey. We had a very high response percentage. We are in the process of tallying and evaluating the answers. The information will help Monoposto be more responsive to the wants and needs of the membership and help direct Monoposto in the future.


     2007 promises to be a great year for open wheel racing. If you're not already aware, Monoposto is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. We have a special 20th Anniversary celebration planned that will take place at VSCDA's Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan on August 17th through 19th. Formula Jr. will be the featured marque and there are plenty of exciting things planned for the event. We are excited that Botham Vineyards and Winery has joined us as our first sponsor for the event. Please pencil this event in on your racing calender.


     Along with the surveys many people returned their membership renewals. If you haven't done so you can go to the Registration page to sign up for the 2007 season. Your updated renewal helps us keep current with your contact info so that you won't miss any important updates relating to the 20th anniversary or survey results. 


     Don't forget to periodically check out the web site. There will be some interesting new items coming in the future in addition to the race results and reports.


     I would like to thank you all for your support of Monoposto. We would like to continue to be a strong voice for the vintage open wheel racer in North America.

                                                  Sincerely,

                                                  Mark Harmer

 

  11 November 2006 update:

The 2006 Results are in -

A Message from our President

         

Fellow Racers,

          The 2006 Monoposto Championship Racing Series has been completed with it's twelfth race of the season at Road Atlanta a few weeks ago.  After final tabulation of the points, we are proud to announce the winners in each racing class as follows:

Formula Vee

1st     Dan Newhaus
2nd    Garrett Van Camp
3rd    Frank Newton

Formula Junior

1st    Marv Primack
2nd   Phil Lamont
3rd    Matt Primack

Formula Ford

1st     Kevin Smith
2nd    Cecil Boyd
3rd    Roger Karnopp

Formula B

1st     Mark Harmer
2nd    Travis Engen
3rd    Joe Blacker

Classic Formula 2

1st    Danny Baker
2nd   Bob Baker

Formula Super Vee

1st    Fletcher Belt
2nd   Tom Fraelich
3rd    Robert Ritt

Formula Atlantic

1st    Travis Engen
2nd    Lee Brahin
3rd    David Porter

Formula 5000

1st     Mark Harmer
2nd    Seb Coppola
3rd    Larry Neviaser

F70 Formula 2

1st    Howard Katz
2nd   Derek Harling
3rd    Andy Gilberg

Formula Libre

1st    Earl Roberts
2nd   Mark Malley
3rd    Bob Bruce

          Most of these classes were very competitive with the outcome uncertain until the very last race.  We would like to congratulate all of the winners on their achievement for the year.  Trophies will be presented early next year to each of the winners.

          2007 has been a very good year for Monoposto Racing.  Registration of drivers competing in our series has increased to well over 100 and the number of registered cars has increased to over 150.  Our safety record and professional driver conduct at and on the track has been exceptional.  We would like to thank everybody that participated and urge you to continue to race with us next year.  For a complete breakdown of scoring for each participant and each race, please go to 2006 Championship Standings.  Reviews of each race and detailed results are also available on the 2006 Results page.  Links on the 2006 Photos page direct you to pictures taken at each race, reflecting the great camaraderie that we all enjoy.  And of course, we thank everyone who participated in hosting one or more track parties.

          I would like to thank Travis Engen for a great job on our 2006 website.  He did an enormous amount of work to construct and maintain it throughout the entire year.  I would also like to thank Marc Giroux, Mark Harmer, Howard Freeman, Kevin Smith and Dean Baker for a great job as Class Directors.

          Finally, my term as President is coming to a close.  The Monoposto Board has appointed Mark Harmer as the new President and he will take the lead as Monoposto enters it's 20th season of great racing.  Mark will be communicating with you shortly to announce the schedule and plans for a great 2007.  I very much look forward to being on the track a lot more in 2007, and hope to see you all there.

 

                                                    Sincerely,

                                                           Cecil Boyd

 

 

 

  17 October 2006 update:

Road Atlanta Means the Final

Monoposto Races of 2006

          The final races of the 2006 Monoposto season are the weekend of 20-22 October.  Let's hope the weather is as pleasant as it was for the penultimate races at VIR. 

          The last weekend of September brought cool and foggy conditions early in the day but as the sessions rolled on each day warmed up to a comfortable temperature and, with Virginia blue skies, the track heated up enough to provide good grip.  With ten racing weekends completed the action at VIR was important in terms of class championships.  While the formula Atlantic championship was decided at the VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, after VIR David Porter and Lee Brahin are fighting for second and third.

          The champions of Classic F2 and formula ford were decided at VIR:  respectively Danny Baker and Kevin Smith.  Congratulations to both of them.

          The action at VIR narrowed the championship races but still to be decided at Road Atlanta are:

formula B - between Mark Harmer and Joe Blacker.

formula junior - between Marv & Matt Primack.

formula V - Dan Neuhaus leading with four others chasing him.

F70 - F2 - Howard Katz, Derek Harling and Andy Gilberg all in the mix.

F5000 - Mark Harmer leading with Seb Coppola chasing him.

formula super vee - Fletcher Belt, Tom Fraelich, Robert Ritt and Tom Pixley able to win.

          Race results and championship standings through the SVRA's MotorCheck Formula Car Festival at VIR have been posted.  They are accessible through the usual links on the 2006 Results page.  The Watkins Glen event report has also been posted and the remaining event reports and photos will be posted shortly.

          As stated above the SVRA Road Atlanta Season Finale is also Monoposto's finale.  Clearly with six class championships up for grabs the weekend should be full of great racing. Come to the track you'll find the weekend will be a good oportunity to see the action and size up the competition for next year.

 

  24 September 2006 update:

Championship Races Nearing Finish Line

          The past weekend at Road America saw two class championships clinched and the races tighten in several others.  With two events remaining on the Monoposto calendar the competition will clearly go to the last weekend of Monoposto racing before the remaining classes are decided.

          The classes already clinched and the first champions of 2006 are:  formula ford – Kevin Smith and formula Atlantic – Travis Engen. 

          In the Classic group formula vee, formula junior, formula B and classic formula 2 are yet to be decided.  There are a number of racers who could be the next champion in formula vee and formula junior.  Formula B is hotly contested between Mark Harmer and Joe Blacker and classic formula 2 is between Danny and Bob Baker.

          The undecided F70 classes are formula super vee, formula 2 and formula 5000.  Formula 5000 is hotly contested between Seb Coppola, Mark Harmer and Larry Neviaser.  Formula 2 is between Howard Katz and Derek Harling and in formula super vee Fletcher Belt has a comfortable but not insurmountable lead.

          The bottom line:  2006 has developed as a very competitive season of racing.

          In case you missed it when it was first reported on this web site, Victory Lane published the Kohler International Challenge Monoposto report (KIC Event report) and a couple of Monoposto photos in their September issue.  Victory Lane is a great publication but you can read the Monoposto news here first!

          Race results and championship standings through the VSCDA's Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America have been posted.  They are accessible through the usual links on the 2006 Results page.  The event reports and photos will be posted shortly.

          Next weekend is the SVRA Formula Festival at Virginia International Raceway.  The SVRA began the formula festival several years ago and it is the only Vintage event with a focus on formula cars.  Come on out and enjoy a great track and lots of formula car racing.

 

 

 

  28 August, 2006 update:

Only Four Events Left in 2006

            The month of August featured two Monoposto events, Mid-Ohio and Grattan.  The weather was good and the racing close at both of them.  Event reports, racing results and photos for each have been posted.  The event reports and the racing results may be found through links on 2006 Results.  Also check out the photos for each event via the links on the 2006 Photos page. 

            Additional pictures from earlier races have also been posted.  Many of them are action shots that been provided by Bob Harrington.  New links have been added to the 2006 Photos page that will direct you to the on-track action photo pages for Barber, the KIC at Road America and Mosport.

            Momentum continues to build for the 2006 class championships.  The next few races will determine who the winners will be.  The championship standings through 8 events have been updated and are accessible at 2006 Standings.

            Our next event is the SVRA’s Zippo Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.  This race has been a major event on the vintage racing calendar for many years and has been the largest event in North America for the past two.  As this is being written the SVRA has nearly 50 Monoposto entries with more coming.  The event has the potential of having our largest grid size so far this year.  The Watkins Glen race will offer lots of close competition regardless of where you are on the grid.  Come enjoy one the great events of the year at one of America's premier road racing tracks.

 

  Late July, 2006 update:

Six Events Left until Fix-up Season Begins

If you intend to race with Monoposto this year and haven’t so far, you have six events on five weekends to choose from before the season ends.  Our biggest grids to date this year were at the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America.  Nearly 40 formula Classic and over 20 F70 cars competed on one of the hottest weekends of the summer.  This did not keep the racing from being close and very competitive.  Check out the results and the event report using the links on the 2006 Results page.  Photos are posted in the usual place.

Shairon Beale was at Road America and received her trophies for the 2006 Overall Classic championship and the 2006 formula junior championship.  Pictures of Shairon and her trophies are on the Championship History page.

The KIC was also host to the reunion of Howie Fairbanks with the Surtees TS-5, formula 5000 he raced in the 1970s.  The car is shown on the Monoposto.com home page in the hands of current owner/racer Mark Harmer.  A little of the history of the car and pictures of Mark, Howie and the car may be found on the Photos pull down menu or at Surtees TS-5.

With half of the season completed the championship competition is noticeably picking up.  Because of our best of ten races format, with two races per event it’s still possible for someone who has not come out yet to win.  Next up are simultaneous events the weekend of August 18-20 at Grattan Raceway Park, a delightful, technical track with many blind and off camber turns, and at Mid-Ohio, also a very technical track.  We’d love to see you at one of these events.

 

  July, 2006 update:

Five events have been completed, seven to go!

Five of the twelve race weekends on the Monoposto schedule have been completed.  The two most recent events were in Canada as the usual pattern of races following the seasonal temperature migration brought us to our northernmost race sites.  (Mosport is about 19 miles north of Road America.)  The weather at the two events was very different, however.  Les Sommet des Legendes at Mont Tremblant was cold and rainy and that's the polite way of referring to it.  Just two weeks later the VARAC Festival at Mosport was delightful with sunny skies and comfortable breezes.  Click on Sommet des Legendes or VARAC Festival for the respective event reports.

The competition for the 2006 Championships is really heating up, at least in Formula Ford, Formula B and Formula Atlantic.  Formula Junior has had two or three cars at each of the last few events although for various reasons not all of them have completed the weekend.  Formula 5000, Formula Super Vee and both Classic and F70 Formula 2 have had very few entries.  Still at this point in the season Monoposto registered Formula Vee racers have not competed at any of our events.  The bottom line on all of this is that the championships are all up for grabs.  Not withstanding the appearance of linited competition and the fact that the championships are wide open the racing has been very competitive.

The results of the two points races per event for each class have been posted on the 2006 Results page of this site.  Check out the 2006 Championship Standings page to see the standings after 10 races in our best of 10 races (as few as five race weekends) championships and size up your opportunity to be a 2006 champion.

Two of last year's champions have yet to compete at a Monoposto event this year and receive their trophy.  When they do pictures of them and their winning cars will join those of the other 2005 champions on the Championship History page.

In addition to the event reports, race results and championship standings on the web site, pictures from the first five events have been posted on links found on the 2006 Photos page.

The next event on the Monoposto schedule is the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America.  Early entries include 30 Classic cars, including 8 B cars - possibly our largest field in many years - and 16 Fords!  In F70 there are five Atlantics and three F2 cars entered so far. 

Following the KIC at Road America mid-August brings the SVRA event at Mid-Ohio and the VSCDA's Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan.  Mid-Ohio is well known but Grattan Raceway is one of the most fun and challenging tracks for formula cars.  If you are coming to any of these events and haven't been out so far this year you can still win a 2006 championship because of our two races per weekend and best of 10 races format.  If you haven't done so yet please register for the 2006 Monoposto Championships online at Monoposto Registration.  Of course, you may also register for the Monoposto competition in person at any of our events.  Come on out and have some fun!

 

  May, 2006 update:

Three Races Have Been Completed!

Three of the twelve races on the Monoposto schedule have been completed.  The concurrent events at Road America and Summit Point were held from the 19th to the 21st of May.  The weather was generally good, if cool, at both locations and the racing close in most classes.  Click on Jefferson 500 or Road America for the respective race reports.

So far the 2006 Championships are wide open.  At this point in the season Monoposto registered Formula Vee racers have not competed at one of our events.  Formula Junior is tied and Formula Ford has had good turnouts but no driver has been at more than one event.  In Formula B Travis Engen leads by virtue of participating in two of the first three events.  Classic Formula 2 has had one entry at a single event.

In F70, Formula Atlantic has had only one competitor that has posted times in more than one event.  In Formula 2, F-5000 and Formula Super Vee conpetitors have appeared at only one of the three events completed. 

Not withstanding the appearance of linited competition and the fact that the championships are wide open the racing has been very competitive.

Trophies for 2005 have been presented to all but two of the Champions.  Photos of last year's winners and their cars may be found on the Championship History page.

The results of the two points races for each class have been posted on the 2006 Results page of this site.  Check out the 2006 Championship Standings page to see the standings after 6 races in our best of 10 races (as few as five race weekends) championships.

Finally, pictures for the Barber event have been posted and pictures of the two most recent events will be posted through links on the 2006 Photos page shortly.

The month of June brings two more events on the Monoposto calendar: les Sommet des Legendes at Mont Tremblant and the VARAC Festival at Mosport.  We expect to see many veteran Canadian Monoposto Racers competing with their colleagues from south of the border at both of these venues.  If you are coming to these events and haven't registered for the 2006 Monoposto Championships online at Monopsto Registration you may still register for the Monoposto competition in person at either event.  Come on out and have some fun!

 

 

 

 

  April, 2006 update:

The Season Has Started!

The first Monoposto event of the season was held from April 6th to the 9th at the Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Alabama.  Except for a couple of sessions when the track was damp and overnight wind damage to several canopies the weather was picture perfect.

F70 was well attended with five Atlantics, two F2 cars, one Formula 5000, one Super Vee, one F3 car and a Formula Ford 70.  Only two cars failed to complete the weekend.

The classic group included one F2 car, four B cars and three Formula Fords but no Juniors or Formula Vs.

The racing was great on this tight track.  Imagine lots of elevation changes, banked turns, flat-out (for the bold) chicanes and sweepers on a track where if you did not change the gear ratios you would never get into top gear.

The camaraderie was greats as well.  We had racers from California, Idaho, Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maine.  Dave Handy and Richard Hardison hosted the Monoposto party. 
Trophies for 2005 class championships were presented to Danny Baker (Classic F2), Larry Neviaser (Formula 5000) and Tom Fraelich (Formula Super Vee).  More 2005 trophies will be presented at future events.

The results of the two points races for each class have been posted on the 2006 Results page of this site.  Check out the 2006 Championship Standings page to see the standings after 2 races in our best of 10 races (as few as five race weekends) championships.

Finally checkout pictures of the event on the Barber Photos Event page and pictures of the 2005 champions on the Championship History page.

We hope to see you at our next events – either the SVRA at Road America or HMSA’s Jefferson 500 at Summit Point.

  February, 2006 Update:

Vintage Open Wheel Racers,
       
I am pleased to announce the 2006 Monoposto Championship Series for 2006.  You will find the official schedule and details of the Championship Series in this web site by clicking on the Racing menu or the Rules menu above.  There are a number of significant changes for next year including:

  • Championships will be awarded to the winner of each major class.  The overall Classic and F70 Championships will be discontinued.
  • Qualifying races will be treated equal to feature races with full points awarded for both.  Each class championship will be based on the best of ten races (five race weekends).
  • There are no dues for 2006 and all eligible (defined in Rules) open wheel racers are invited to participate.  Registration (although free) is required.
  • Each major class will be represented by a Monoposto Class Director.   The Class Director will work directly with racers within the class on proposed rule changes, rule conflicts, increasing class participation and other matters of interest.
  • The website will be improved and updated on a more frequent basis. Some of the improvements have been implemented already and more are coming. 
  • A new management team of active racers is in place that will continue with the tradition and spirit of Monoposto Racing while dealing with the reality of changing times.  The team members are listed under Contacts on the Directors page.

Please email us by using the Contact Us page under Contacts if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  Registration can be completed through the web site on the Register page and you will also be able to register at the track during race weekends by contacting the Monoposto Race Coordinator.

I hope to see you at the track early this year.

 

Cecil Boyd

 

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