McMahan grabs 2012 ARRC Title

Clint McMahan rolled into his home track in Atlanta looking to grab himself another trophy for his steadily growing collection. The weekend wouldn’t be easy though with frigid track temperatures grip would be difficult to find since the Hoosier tires can be a bit finicky in cooler temps. Especially being in group 1, our race would run before the sun was far enough over the surrounding trees to warm anything up and we were in a group with “faster” Formula Continental cars.

Qualifying on Saturday went according to plan and Clint was able to slot himself into 1st place in Formula 600 just ahead of Chris Ross, Jason Fitzpatrick, and Fred Edwards. Mixed in between some of the 5 and 600 field were a couple of Formula Fords and a Formula Continental had managed to sneak in a quick lap right at the end of the 2nd and final Qualifying session to grab the overall pole position. For anybody that knows Clint, you will know that this just will not do. Race morning had come and the field went out on its pace lap with an ambient temp of 48F and a track temp of 55 degrees!! The tires would take a minimum of 2 laps possibly 3 to get any type of racing temperature in them. It didn’t matter to Clint though.

“Man I’m just going for it. If he (the Continental) doesn’t want to wreck, he’ll lift. If not, well, that toe truck is gonna be busy” said McMahan laughing.

At the drop of the green flag Clint jumped just slightly ahead of the Continental next to him and, just like Clint said he lifted to avoid having any serious issues in turn 1. Unfortunately for them they went around anyway and collected a Formula Ford and another Continental along the way. After the long clean up the field was finally ready for racing. Clint jumped to an early lead while the battle for 2nd in class heated up with Ross, Fitzpatrick, and Edwards all coming together in turn 1 which eventually sent Edwards around with a lot of ground to make up on the others. Clint ran an easy race and came home with a massive lead having lapped his way up to 4th overall. The only 2 still on the lead lap at the checkard were 2 Formula Ford machines who were engaged in their own nose to tail race for their class win.

The performance of the car was disappointing in Savannah but it ran flawlessly all weekend here in Atlanta and we’re happy to see the turn around. This is the final race for the real world side of the team. Going into the 1st season of The Formula 600 Challenge is a bit of an unknown how the car will run at various tracks across the country but exciting at the same time as we’ll be expanding the program with another KBS chassis except this one Honda powered. The schedule at the moment is still up in the air but look for the season to kickoff in the mid west during the 2013 summer.