Parsons, Dudiak clinch F5000 titles in Watkins Glen finale

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Parsons, Dudiak clinch F5000 titles in Watkins Glen finale

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Parsons, Dudiak clinch F5000 titles in Watkins Glen finale


Rain on Sunday forced the cancelation of a second weekend race to the great disappointment of all. But close racing on Saturday at Watkins Glen settled both class-championship battles, the Sept. 10 race run in conjunction with the SVRA SpeedTour GP, wrapping up the 2022 Formula 5000 Drivers Association season on a high note.

Photo: Bill Nesius

F5DA Vice President Rick Parsons finished first overall and first in Class B (post-1971 cars) in his ex-Brian Redman No. 1 Boraxo-liveried Lola T-332. The fastest race lap and the win, his second of the season, clinched his fourth F5000 championship since the series’ founding in 2008.

Second was Philip Lewis, returning to the series after a two-year absence, whose orange Matich A50 started at the back after suffering mechanical problems in qualifying and cut all the way through the field.

Jim Stengel (McRae GM1) finished third.

The Class A (pre-1972 cars) winner once again was F5DA President and Director Seb Coppola whose venerable Lola T-192 “came alive in the Saturday qualifying race,” he wrote, after notching “mediocre” lap times in practice and qualifying.

Second in Class A was Paul Dudiak (Lead photo – McKee Mk12) who chased Coppola throughout, making several passing attempts before spinning on the last lap.

There was consolation for Dudiak, though, in the form of clinching his second career F5000 Class A title.

Finishing third in class was Tom Simpson whose McKee Mk18 was a steady performer throughout the weekend.

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