Chastain Motorsports Marks Debut Bittersweet F1600 Weekend

Sam ChastainNoblesville, IN – Chastain Motorsports marked their first full pro F1600 Formula F Championship Series doubleheader weekend at Road Atlanta, April 11-13. The former IndyCar squad was running a single Mygale/Honda for Sam Chastain, the No. 27 Miller Eads entry. It was a top-three kind of weekend, with Chastain turning the second fastest time at 1:29.527 of the day during Friday testing, before a scary end with a closing-stages race crash on Saturday.

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The Winners Circle Report

Jim GougharyThe F1600 Winners Circle Report lets you hear from our podium finishers in their words. Click here for race 2 interviews from Road Atlanta.

Goughary Scores Road Atlanta Victory

Jim Goughary, No. 7 Van Diemen/HondaBraselton, GA – Jim Goughary edged out a win in a highly-competitive F1600 Formula F Championship Series race at Road Atlanta on Sunday as he went wheel-to-wheel with Garth Rickards in the closing stages of the race before a turn ten showdown, with Goughary coming out on top in his No. 7 Van Diemen/Honda. Jack Mitchell, in a Spectrum/Honda, and Ayla Agren, in a Mygale/Honda finished second and third.

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Goughary Nails Pole For Race 2

Jim GougharyBraselton, GA – Jim Goughary broke away from the pack on Saturday to finish second, and backed that effort up with a pole run during Sunday morning qualifying for the second and final F1600 race at Road Atlanta this weekend. Goughary’s Ski Motorsports Van Diemen/Honda beat out Garth Rickards by .092 seconds, with Will Harvey, Saturday winner Franklin Futrelle, and Steve Bamford following.

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Futrelle Takes Hard-Fought Opener at Road Atlanta

Futrelle takes the lead at Road AtlantaBraselton, GA – Franklin Futrelle muscled his way to the front of the field in an all-out multi-car battle at Road Atlanta to take the opening race in the 2014 F1600 Formula F Championship Series season. Futrelle marked his first F1600 win in fifth-ever start, taking the checkered under caution in his Spectrum/Honda for Raceworks. Jim Goughary dominated the race until a late restart to finish second for Ski Motorsports in a Van Diemen/Honda, while polesitter Garth Rickards completed the podium in a Mygale/Honda for Team Pelfrey in a race that saw a 12-car pack at the front.

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Rickards Takes Pole at Road Atlanta

Garth Rickards Braselton, GA – While the top five cars were separated by under a tenth of a second, it was Garth Rickards that narrowly scored pole position at Road Atlanta by .016 seconds over his team Pelfrey teammate Ayla Agren. Behind those two Mygale/Hondas were Franklin Futrelle in the Raceworks Spectrum/Honda ahead of Jim Goughary’s Van Diemen and Max Mallinen in another Spectrum/Honda for Swan Motorsports in his F1600 pro debut.

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