Fuelfed Driver Kautz Wins SCCA Formula F National Championship

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Our own Fuelfed driver, Tim Kautz, of Geneva, Ill., captured the 2010 Formula F National Championship during the 47th SCCA Runoffs. Jeremy Treadway, of Putnam Station, N.Y., finished second, while Scott Rubenzer, of nearby Brookfield, Wis., was third.

Formula F was the last race of the day and it got off to an inauspicious start. Treadway, who started fourth in the No. 12 Swift DB6 Ford, got a great jump and led the race early. But, halfway through the first lap, an incident involving Mark Keller (No. 66) and Randy Acock (No. 14) brought out a full-course caution.

When the race went green again on lap four, Kautz’s No. 88 was in Treadway’s mirrors for the next three laps. On lap seven, it was a virtual three-way drag race (Treadway, Kautz and Rubenzer) down the front straight for the race lead — a drag race that Kautz won. In fact, Kautz took the lead and never looked back, winning by 6.918-seconds over Treadway. Additionally, Kautz set a new Formula F SCCA Runoffs fast lap record with a time of 2:22.001 (101.408 mph).

“The first few laps I had no plan to go around Jeremy,” Kautz said. “The goal was for us to get away. I thought if Jeremy and I could work together, push each other and go, then the last couple of laps we could duke it out for the win. After about lap five or six, I saw some other cars coming up to play in my mirrors and I had the straight-line speed to go around him, so it was time to go. We did and the car was so good. The Hoosiers were awesome today. Sometimes the skinny tires can go away, but the temperature was perfect and the car was great.”

In the 2009 race, Kautz was locked in a battle with Tony Coello for the race win, but the two tangled in the final corner trying to navigate around a slower car, crashing out of the race.

“This is incredible,” Kautz said. “I was not a fun person to be with after last year’s race. So, I have to thank everybody that helped me claw out of the doldrums and get me back up here. This is very sweet for me.”

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3 Responses to “Fuelfed Driver Kautz Wins SCCA Formula F National Championship”

  1. Frank Dorn Says:

    Big congrats Tim!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is awesome

  2. Ted Mishima Says:

    Congratulations, Tim. It is great to see your continued success right here on FuelFed!

  3. Kerellane Says:

    Great blog, what’s the next event?

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