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A few weeks ago, Barber Motorsports Park hosted Indy Cars in their third race of the year.  This parklike race track is flowing with 17 turns and some very technical sections.  Monoposto was last at Barber seven years ago and the track has only improved since then.  In addition to the track itself the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum features over 1600 motorcycles with 900 on display.  While the focus of the museum is motorcycles there are a number of cars including over 50 Lotus types.



In addition to being a Monoposto event the Barber Historics is also one of Formula Junior Historics North America events.  There will be a joint Formula Junior/Monoposto party at the track, most likely at the end of racing on Friday afternoon.  Look for announcements about the time and location when you're on the false grid.  While our parties are always about building our community beginning with this event trophies for our 2018 champions will be presented. 

Our messages are primarily about racing but I want to let you know about some changes at Monoposto.  After four years as the president of Monoposto Marc Giroux is transitioning to Formula B class director and head of scoring.  Following 13 years of handling the website and scoring I've been tapped to be the president.  On behalf of all our members let me extend a sincere thank you to Marc Giroux for leading Monoposto for the past four years.  I've had the good fortune to see his contributions first hand and they have been substantial.

Mark Clark is joining the board and taking on the website, www.monoposto.com.  Mark is bringing a fresh approach to the web site which will come online in a few weeks.  I'll send out an email alerting members to the forthcoming change when the changeover schedule is clearer.  The current and historical content of today's website will be archived and will continue to be accessible.

In addition to the above changes Justin Frick is joining the Monoposto board as the Indy Lights Class director, replacing Steve Scullen.

In closing, I look forward to seeing you at a Monoposto event as the year progresses.  Make an effort to get out and join our camaraderie.


Travis Engen President, Monoposto Racing

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Fellow racers,

I hope everybody is having an excellent holiday season.  We have set the Monoposto Race Series schedule for 2019.  Hopefully you will find it useful as you select your own events to attend in the coming year. The schedule is identical to 2018, with the exception that the SVRA Spring Vintage Festival at Road America has been replaced with the HMSA/HSR Barber Historics at Barber Motorsports Park the same weekend.  The rationale was to add both another track and event in the Southern US.  Road America is still the only track with more than one event on the calendar, and we were able to retain the two more popular events there.  


+ Barber Historics at Barber Motorsports Park – May 17–19, 2019

+ Vintage Grand Prix at Mosport (VARAC) – June 13–19, 2019

+ Les Sommet des Légendes at Mont Tremblant (HMSA & HSR) – July 11–14, 2019

+ WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America (Road America)– July 18–21, 2019

+ Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational (SVRA) – August 1–4, 2019

+ Vintage GP au Grattan (VSCDA) – August 16–18, 2019

+ US Vintage GP at Watkins Glen (SVRA) – September 5–8, 2019

+ Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America (VSCDA) – September 12–15, 2019

+ Heacock Classic Gold Cup at VIR (SVRA) – September 19–22, 2019

+ US Vintage National Championship at COTA (SVRA) – October 2–6, 2019


Please note that Indy is now later than last year, while COTA is earlier.

The Indy Lights Championship schedule is the same as in 2018 except for the change from Elkhart to Barber in May.  The full Indy Lights schedule may be found at :


www.indylightsracing.com.


As always, I encourage our US members to consider doing one of the two races in Canada.  The tracks are both fantastic and our Canadian friends super friendly.  The exchange rate is still in our favor and the border is simply not that hard to cross.  I have done it (both pulling my own trailer and with GMT) nearly every year for 2 decades.  Please just email me with any questions you have.

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 place to tell stories 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 2018 Monoposto Class Champions.

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


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Congratulations to our champions and Happy New Year!

The 2018 Monoposto Racing Season was complete with the event at COTA a couple of weeks ago and the final results have been tallied.  Congratulations to all the class champions!  Here they are:

                                    Bill Demarest – Historic Formula Ford                                     Mike Hummel – Club Ford                                     Travis Engen – Formula B                                     Fletcher Belt – Formula Super Vee                                     George Bruggenthies – Formula 5000                                     Travis Engen – Indy Lights

           

We will attempt to award your trophy to you at an event next season.  If our paths don’t cross, we’ll find another, albeit less personal, way to get it to you.  Those classes not listed above had no participant who competed in the necessary minimum of three events during the season.  A big part of winning the championship is getting out there and racing.  The level of racing and sportsmanship in our classes was excellent this year, and we would love to see you more often!

          

A big THANK YOU goes out to all of you who hosted a party at one of the series events this year.  We are big believers in the racers on the track knowing each other.  Open wheel racing is such an intimate sport that caring about the welfare of the friend in the nearby car makes a difference.  If you would like to host an event next year, please let me know anytime.  You could even respond to me through this link: marc@giroux.com.  As the event date gets closer, we will reach out to you to make sure you are still interested.

           

In my last message I asked for your ideas about the 2019 Monoposto schedule.  I received several responses, but your ideas will always be welcome through the above link.  If you have any thoughts of events we should add or drop, please let us know soon as we will be finalizing the schedule over the next month or so.  My next message will include the 2019 schedule.

           

Enjoy the holiday season and the time to do maintenance and development of your car(s).  That part should be fun too!

                                    Marc Giroux                                     President, Monoposto Racing

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