After waiting months to get back on track, the Lee Racing squad happily rejoins the paddock for the rest of 2020. The team was originally supposed to contend for the Championship in the FRP F1600 Series, but our focus took a turn when Covid-19 struck.
Although it has been an unusual and difficult year, we are glad to see that life is returning back to normal. We recently had our first race in months at Palm Beach, and everything went smoothly for both the drivers and crew. Andre Rosario joins the family and will help disperse the workload within the team as a technician. Rosario is a mechanical engineer, and has aspirations to one day become a design specialist in F1 or MotoGP. He has decided to expand his knowledge of Motorsports, by working with Lee Racing. Andre has been incredibly helpful on race weekends and is a nice addition to our team.
Larry and Rick, have been driving exceptionally- well recently. The pair of old-timers are making the effort to focus on good habits, and this methodology has shown to pay off. Both drivers are making consistent and steady progress every race weekend, and is contradicting the stereotype of old and slow!
John Robinson and Jonathan had a fantastic three-car race, last weekend at Sebring. Despite a low car count, the race was full of action. Jonathan's attention is entirely on racecraft, a skill that if mastered, will put him in a position to begin chasing a serious career in Motorsports.
On the other hand, Robinson who is now approaching his 60's, regains self-confidence, after challenging the next generation of talent for the win. Robinson lost by .01 seconds on Saturday, to Team Pelfrey's Baylor Griffin, and finished 3rd on Sunday. Jonathan took the last step on the podium on Saturday and won the Sunday race. Griffin, a front runner in F1600 and SKUSA Shifter Karts, hopes to capture a gold plate at the runoffs this year, we wish him and Team Pelfrey the best of luck.
Newcomer Dan Thorogood, a long time fan of auto racing, has purchased a 01' Van Diemen and will make his debut in November. Dan will complete his racing license's requirement this October at Lucas Oil Racing School and is eager to begin his Formula Ford endeavors. We are looking forward to working with him, as it's always exciting to develop a rookie driver.
Patrick Kinsella is ready to once again speed away, in his Irish-built Mondiale. The car has undergone a long list of repairs, and will be back on track in the coming weeks. Long-time team member Jim Morgan will have his F1600 car refurbished before 2021, after not rebuilding his Honda motor in over nine years!