What started with nine drivers in September at PittRace has grown to 20 drivers and two race groups this weekend at Sebring International Raceway, where the champions for the 2016 Lucas Oil Formula Car Fall/Winter Race Series will be determined.
The championship group is a two-way battle between Mathias Soler (82 points) and Chris Archinaco (65 points). With 40 points available for the weekend, the championship is Soler’s to lose, but both drivers have been quick so far this weekend and there are many spoilers in the group, starting with Aaron Jeansonne, who won in his debut at NOLA Motorsports Park last month, and has been quickest in two of three sessions so far. If Archinaco can win both races he will end the season on 105 points, Soler needs to score 18 points, so as long as he finishes on the podium for both races the championship is his.
Where things get really interesting is in a tie scenario. If Archinaco wins out, and Soler scores a second place and a fifth, both drivers will be tied on points, and will be tied with three wins each. In this scenario, Soler would claim the title with two more second place finishes than Chris.
The Masters group is a little tighter, but a little simpler. Pat Daly (2 wins) holds a 14 point lead over the dynamic duo of Mo Smith (1 win) and Jeff Stern (1 win). Pat wins and he’s in. If either Smith or Stern were to sweep the weekend, Pat would need to scored at least a second and a third to secure the championship. If Smith and Stern split the wins, or any of the other Masters drivers win, and Daly’s path to the championship is much simpler.
You can follow the action all weekend on Live Timing & Scoring, provided by LapStats. Just visit lucasraceschool.com/live-timing-scoring.