Story by Al Craighead, eFormulaCarNews.com ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 27, 2009) -- After two years of organizing and planning, the historic Formula Ford 40th Anniversary event ended on Sunday (July 26) at Road America, with a collection of highly entertaining races.
The head-to-head action commenced just prior to the lunch break at the famed Wisconsin road course, with the SCCA Restricted Regional race. Featuring a split start, the race witnessed 45 Formula Fords taking the green flag ahead of a field of 66 Club Formula Fords. Somewhat surprisingly, given the sheer number of cars, both classes got away cleanly, with no cars going off-course in the often treacherous turn one. Setting the stage for what would ultimately be a race long battle for top honors, Bobby Runyan Jr. (Swift DB-6), Tom Schweitz (Piper DF5) and David Livingstone (Swift DB-3) began trading places on a regular basis, with Jonathon Horgas (Van Diemen RF93), Bill Valet (Swift Db-6), and Allen Wheatcroft (Van Diemen RF98) no far behind. Among the CFF contingent, the fight for top honors early on consisted of Jeremy Treadway (Van Diemen RF81), Niki Coello (Tiga FFA 78), Andy Brumbaugh (Crossle 35F) and Marc Blanc (Crossle 35F) running nose-to-tail.
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