It's now October and the F1600 Southern Series has officially ended. Initially our main goal was to help revive the F1600 class and we would like to thank everyone who participated this year.

Jonathan Lee has been crowned champion after winning the most races.

Veteran Jim Morgan used his patience and experience to finish 2nd in the championship.

John Schimenti made an extraordinary comeback and clinched 3rd, beating Rick Bernard by one point!


Primus Racing Parts is providing the following people credit to use towards a purchase:

Jim Morgan $175

Jonathan Lee $125

Rick Bernard $125

John Robinson II $100

John Schimenti $75

Roel Blok $50

Hannu $50

Alan Oppel $25

Anna Schimenti $25

F1600 Southern Series is giving away new tires to the following people:

Roel Blok - 2 tires

Hannu - 1 tire

Alan Oppel - 1 tire

Lee Racing is awarding Anna Schimenti with 1 day of engineering/driver coaching consultation for her tremendous improvement this year.

It was a fun year, we are honored to bring close racing and good company together. We would like to keep supporting the F1600 class in the future and increase participation, next year we will release the schedule and whoever shows up will be rewarded mainly on attendance, meaning there will be no drops. We will also remove fees (the $25) and possibly the contingencies, we are trying to move our efforts to focus more on car count. If anything, the series will be more of a gathering.

Over the course of three race weekends, F1600 entrants have put together some of the best racing in the south. Each driver has had their fair share of glory and misfortune, which has scrambled the "points standings" in the following weekends. Currently leading the series in points is John Robinson, John Schimentti and Jim Morgan. On weekends with a larger car count we have seen some of the closet nose-to-tail racing ever; wheels crossed, desperate passes, and photo finishes!

All participants have demonstrated good sportsmanship, effort, and competitiveness. Series organizer James Lee said that "this year has really showed what works and what doesn't, we will be making major changes to better the future of the series and the class. Next year we hope to get more drivers to each weekend by choosing better venues and lowering the number of race weekends. We will be working very hard to try and improve race quality while keeping the price low." As of now, the series has three weekends left and we will finish up the year at Sebring Long Course. There will be no contingencies for Sebring Short Course and the upcoming Homestead race. At the end of the year, a set of brand new tires will be given away by random drawing. Later in the year, we will be sending out a survey to see what changes each driver wants.

Thank you to everyone who has come out,


Florida continues to provide great racing conditions for the competitors in the "F1600 Southern Series".

Making their series debut is Alan Opel in his "Pit Lane Service" 98' Van Diemen Ford and Hannu Nummenpaa in his "Fast Finn" 2000 Van Diemen Ford. Both Alan and Hannu are highly experienced race mechanics who brought immaculately prepared Van Diemens.

Jonathan Lee would end up winning race 1 as he was followed by John Robinson who suffered from a set of flat-spotted tires. The rest of the field had a "dog fight" for the last podium spot, changing positions multiple times a lap. Jim Morgan saved his cards for the end of the race and would finish in 3rd ahead of Hannu, Bernard, Schimenti, and Roel.

Unfortunately, Alan was forced to retire early as he suffered from a suspension failure.

Race 2 turned out the be a boxing match. The greasy track conditions favored Jonathan who enjoys sliding around the turns. On the other hand, it hurt Robinson who already had to race on a very worn set of tires. We had a pack of five drivers with lap times within .3 of a second! Jim Morgan spun off while battling for 3rd place and would end up finishing 6th, he ended the weekend leading in championship points. Hannu would inherit 3rd place as he remained calm in another action-packed race. He was trailed by Schimenti and Bernard. Alan who was able to fix his car after a suspension failure in race 1, did very well getting up to speed in race 2. Alan's teammate Roel had a successful race, Roel is improving every weekend and beat his race 1 time by three seconds!

The series continues at Sebring Short Course on June 8th, and once again we will be running with the "Southern F2000 Series". It's not too late to challenge for a championship spot, you may drop four races. If you want both competitive racing and a good time we hope to see you there!