Joe Pisciotta Jr - Team Principle, Car Chief, Spotter.
Jared Jewell - 7th Place & 2nd Place in the Standings.
Mike Wille - 4th Place & 3rd Place in the Standings.
Todd Honczarenko - Off this week & 10th Place in the Standings.
Mustang Challenge - Race 12 - Mosport / Canada
The Mustang Challenge Series headed North to Canada to run the road course at Mosport for the final race of Season 2. This race was bittersweet as next season the FR500 Mustang will enter a different series called "Grand Touring Challenge" where it will be multi-class racing with VW Jetta and Pontiac Solstice.
There was a lot on the line in Canada as Jared Jewell (2nd Place) trailed Patrick Bieri (point leader) by 71 points so he would need a win Sunday's high Strength of Field race and Bieri would need some bad luck. Mike Wille (3rd Place) was mathematically eliminated to become Champion but with a win he had a shot at second place if Jewell had a bad day.
During the week Wille methodically put in the time to run hundreds of laps per day all the way up to race time and it showed as he qualified on Pole. Jewell on the other hand struggled to find the speed needed to put himself on the front row with his teammate and started P9 of 12 cars.
The luck started early as Patrick Bieri did not show for Sunday's race. The rolling start favored Wille as he ripped through the FR500 gearbox quickly to remain the leader heading into turn one while Jewell was forced to watch the battle from the rear.
Playing it safe as to not wreck out, the entire field ran single file for many laps with Wille leading the charge. On lap 6 Wille made a mistake that cost him any chance of winning the race when he missed a shift causing two cars to slip by. At this point Jewell had made his way up to 7th but could not find the speed to move any further.
As both drivers took the checkered flag it was apparent the Championship had become out of reach for Jewell and teammate Wille would remain 3rd on the podium.
Mustang Challenge Season 2 Point Standings:
1. Patrick Bieri- 1575
2. Jared Jewell- 1483
3. Mike Wille- 1417
10. Todd Honczarenko- 703 (Part Time Schedule)
Mustang Challenge Season 2 Team Stats:
2. Jared Jewell-22 Starts / 6 Wins / 19 Top-5's / 2 Poles / Led 118 of 346 Laps.
3. Mike Wille-26 Starts / 6 Wins / 23 Top-5's / 8 Poles / Led 99 of 402 Laps.
10. Todd Honczarenko-6 Starts / 2 Wins / 5 Top-5's / 0 Poles / Led 23 of 100 Laps.
Team Totals-54 Starts / 14 Wins / 47 Top-5's / 10 Poles / Led 240 of 848 Laps.
The Revolution Race Group team finished 2nd, 3rd and 10th in it's inaugural season which is a huge success.
In Season 3 Mike Wille and Todd Honczarenko will fly the Revolution Race Group banner as they will return to the FR500 Stangnet / Late Model Restoration sponsored Mustang. Jared Jewell will run a limited Mustang schedule, same with the Cadillac CTS-VR and the NASCAR road courses. Joe Pisciotta Jr. will continue to be Car Chief / Spotter for the team and Jewell will help out where needed.
Special Thanks to our sponsors Stangnet and Late Model Restoration, Mike Raburn has let RRG use this forum to provide race results for the public to read. We hope RRG can bring home the Championship trophy next season.
Season 3 will start week one on July 28th with the opener at Charlotte Road at night. We will continue to bring you the race results every week right here on Stangnet.
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Video of Jared Jewell wheeling his FR500 Mustang July 20th at Mosport (last race of the season).
Bieri Repeats as Mustang Champ in Final Series Season
by Jeff Jacobs on July 24th, 2014
Patrick Bieri mounted a come-from-behind charge through the points standings in the final season of the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge to repeat as Champion in the pony-car series. In a points battle that remained close into the final two weeks of sim-racing, Bieri went on to win 19 of the 21 races he entered during the 12-week season and never finished out of the top five. Bieri is only the second competitor in the series’ history to earn back-to-back Mustang Challenge Championships – a feat accomplished twice by Dariusz Bielawski. The series comes to an end after 16 seasons, with the Mustangs being moved to an exciting new multi-class iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup series that includes the VW Jetta and Pontiac Solstice.
Patrick Bieri is only the second sim-racer to earn back-to-back Championships in the 16-season history of the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge.
The competition at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the final week of Season 2 featured incredibly close racing between the top drivers making their final bid for season points to move up in the standings. Kimmo Suominen took the win and earned the top points for the week in Sunday’s 20:15GMT Strength-of-Field race. Although Suominen started from the pole, Mike Wille charged to the lead on the opening lap. Suominen reclaimed the lead on lap five. On lap seven, Kevin Ford passed Wille to try to chase down the leader, finishing the race just 0.3sec behind Suominen. After spending most of Season 2 waiting for new sim-racing equipment, Vedran Broz returned to competition in the final week to claim the top qualifier at Mosport with a 1:29.388 lap. Broz’s World Record qualifying and race laps from Season 1 would remain just barely intact by the close of the race week. Kevin Ford took home the most wins, claiming victory in five of the eight races he enetered.
Jared Jewell (#2) led the championship standings for much of the season through a combination of tireless practice and precision racecraft, like this pass on Kester Baird at Okayama in Week 9.
In the final Championship points standings, Bieri’s margin over runner-up Jared Jewell was just 92 points. Jewell was competing in only his second season in the Mustang but approached it with an intensity that allowed him to lead the points for much of the season. “For me it’s been a fantastic two seasons and the best times I have ever had on iRacing,” said Jewell, who earned six wins and 19 top-five finishes in 22 races. Mike Wille claimed the final podium spot in the standings, closing his margin to Revolution Race Group teammate Jewell to just 66 points while turning in a record of six wins and 23 top-five finishes in 26 races over the season. Rounding out the Top 10 were Liam Hackwith, Noel Luneburg, Kester Baird, Kevin Ford, Loren Bateman, Robert Jackman and John King. Honorable mentions go to Panu Pesonen and Keith Richey who tied for eleventh overall and were just one point behind King.
Mike Wille (#5) battled with Revolution Race Group teammate Jared Jewell for the overall points lead for much of Season 2, claiming the final podium spot just 66 points behind Jewell at the end of the season.
Congratulations go to each of the Division Champions that had participants in five weeks of competition or more: Noel Luneburg (Div 2), Keith Richey (Div 3), Antony Woodward (Div 4), Tory Fagan (Div 5), Jim Oliver (Div 6), Steven Kakoschke (Div 7), and Gaston Puch (Div 8). Division 2 Champion Noel Luneburg summed up Season 2 with high praise for his competitors and the series: “The Mustang has a great but unlikely combination of high competition next to clean driving and friendliness.” He added, “I was happily surprised to see myself finish in the top five overall in my second season. I did not expect to be keeping up with the fast guys after my first season in the Mustangs. I can’t deny that the advice of ‘smooth is fast’ has helped me get better.”
Luneburg and the other Mustang sim-racers will have plenty of opportunity to continue the tradition of highly-competitive racing in the new iRacing.com Grand Touring Cup series where they will face the added challenge of multi-class racing with the best of the VW Jetta TDI and Pontiac Solstice drivers. While each car competes only within its own class, the Mustang drivers will have to learn to deal with slower traffic as the much higher horsepower pony-car is likely to be lapping some of the field during the Season 3 racing. The season schedule opens on July 29th at 01:15GMT with a night race on the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The season includes Mustang favorites like Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Daytona, along with the newly added Donington Park Racing Circuit. Everyone will find information about the new series including weekly track guides in the Grand Touring Cup
Pictures to come.