Austin, TX- Over 40 Radical Sportscars have taken the grid for the last 2016 round of Radical North American Cup including a handful of season regulars as well as a few newcomers to the series- and the competition was thick. The most popular round of the championship, COTA, was promised to draw a large crowd however what couldn’t be anticipated was the competitiveness and close, clean racing that would transpire over the weekend.
Tensions were high as the individual championship points battles had yet to be claimed coming into this round. Even more pressing, the disasterous weather threatening to cut the weekend short was impending. Friday morning driver’s meeting, it was nearly unanimously agreed among racers and team leaders that Friday, originally scheduled to be a practice day, would afterall hold a points race. With very, very limited practice leading into what would now be qualifying, crews and drivers scrambled to gather intel on characteristics of the track and how to apply setup changes to the cars to properly extract the greatest potential from the driver’s abilities.
Race 1 and 2 went off without a hitch. WISKO drivers trickled over the podium all weekend. Richard Thomas and Drew Heffring taking home loads of hardware in the 1500cc and 1340cc categories respectively, and Jesse Menczer and Chuck Quinton equally filling out the SR8 podiums.
Threatening sprinkles here and there were always lingering, however for the most part held out for beautiful Texas sunshine until Sunday’s endurance race where nearly all cars hit the track with rain tires on in downpour conditions. It was part way through the race where the skies cleared, the sun came out and the call was inevitable to bring in all 9 cars which WISKO was fielding and switch to dry weather tires. Each driver was serviced in nearly-synchronized fashion and back on track in time not to miss the 2-minute minimum pit-window and successfully completed the race without delay.
With 9 drivers in 9 individual Radicals in the WISKO garage, our team arrived to COTA prepared to overcome the toughest of challenges. Staying up until late hours- 1am or sometimes later, reporting to the track by 6:30am to get the day started, our team never let up until the checkered flag fell on Sunday, in heavy rain of course. Our mission is to provide our drivers the upmost attention to detail and leave any room for excuses off the table. Multiple championship victories weren’t on our scope per say, but it remains unsaid what with proper preparation, conviction and leadership that success is destined to come to those who deserve it the most.
After all the racing was said and done, points were tallied among all race results for the 2016 racing season which began back in January in Sebring. Ultimately, it was three of four class championship wins for WISKO Racing: Drew Heffring, 1340cc Champion, Richard Thomas 1500cc Champion and Jesse Menczer, SR8 Masters Champion. Peter Heffring finished in a very close 2nd place overall in points for the 1500cc class and Chuck Quinton took home 2nd in points in the SR8 Masters class.
We’d like to thank all of our drivers, crew members, clients, partners and followers/fans alike. It is only with your continuing loyalty to our racing program that we are able to do the job we love most. We look forward to rounding off the year with more racing action. Next up is Barber Motorsports Park in late November which features PBOC racing groups and is sure to provide great close racing action for many Radical drivers.
WISKO Press Team 2016