Matthew Mair, of Miami Florida, rented an SCCA Formula Enterprises from Robinson Motor Sports and won the June Sprints!
Qualifying had Matthew 1.8 seconds off the pole time of Scott Rettich. Mark Eaton, Robinson Motor Sports crew chief discovered that some recently rebuilt shocks had bad seals on them and the pressure was leaking out of them. "We will be in pretty bad shape if we don't get some more shocks" Eaton said. The RMS inventory had one, but we needed 3.
Our main compeitior came to our rescue, Scott Rettich and his crew, Alliance Autosport, allowed us to borrow 2 shocks from their spare car. An unbelievable gesture in this untra competitive class. Mark removed the shocks and installed them on the RMS car for the last qualifying session.
The shocks make a huge difference as Mair was now one second of off Scott's time.
It rained 2 hours before the race, so all of the 14 teams at the event had to switch over to their rain set up. As the cars started to roll off of the gird, the sky was gray, but there was a small dry line developing on the track. No one had any time to switch over to the dry tires, so the entire FE field went out on rains.
Rettich took the lead on the first lap, with Walsh, Gallagher and Mair in tow. Matthew passed Gallagher on the second lap, and got by Walsh on the next lap. Next time by, with spray flowing off the cars, Rettich lead by 2 car lengths over Mair. Just after the caroselle, Mair made the pass for the lead, with Walsh right on his gear box. Rettich and Walsh entered the ultra fast kink side by side! Some contact was made and Rettich spun off the outside and rubbed the wall, ending his race.
Walsh and Mair continued on with a 2 car break a way. With a slight rain sprinkle falling it was not enough to get the track fully wet. Walsh made a pass on the back side of the track. Mair stayed right behind him until the next lap where he repaid the favor. "I can outrun him pretty easily Mark, let me know when it's time to go" Matthew radioed in. "There is 3 to go, let it fly Matthew!" And off he went!!
Matthew won the race by 6 seconds!
"I love these RMS cars! I have driven 2 of the RMS Formula Enterprises and have won several national races with both of them. I was just a car length away from winning the Runoffs last year in their yellow car, but this car is just as good. I can't wait to get back here for the Runoffs again to win it this time!" Mair excitedly stated in impound.
"There are a lot of people that help me with my racing, Valvoline, Fram Filters, Autotronics of Miami, Hoosier, Mazda and the RMS crew. My family has helped me way more than I can begin to mention. Mark Eaton does a great job with these cars and his past 2 FE National Championships have helped him learn the cars in great detail. Mick Robinson runs a great team with excellent equipment and it's just a pleasure to race with RMS."
Robinson Motor Sports (RMS) uses Valvoline products in the transmissions, engines and grease for the wheel bearings. We have had excellent results since we stated using the Valvoline, multiple wins with multiple cars in both the Spec Racer Ford and the Formula Enterprises classes. Fram Oil filters provides the security that we feel very comfortable with. Autotronics out of Miami Florida supplies excellent audio equipment for vehicles. The Hoosier tires are a great match for the set up of the FE's with excellent wear and tons of grip. The rain tires at this event were excellent. Our very dependable Mazda engine has run perfectly in the car. This is only the second engine in the car is 7 years of racing. Still strong after all this time and still winning races!