Joe Pisciotta Jr - Team Principle, Car Chief, Spotter.
Jared Jewell - Winner & 1st Place in the Standings.
Mike Wille - Off this week & 3rd Place in the Standings.
Todd Honczarenko - Off this week & 10th Place in the Standings.
Mustang Challenge - Race 9 - Okayama Japan (Long Version)
Revolution Race Group driver Jared Jewell started week 9 in practice where we found how slick this track can be with track temps close to 100 degrees. Add this heat with a 3400lb Mustang on DOT street tires and you can imagine how difficult one lap is let alone 15 consecutive laps. Running under a 1:46 was a huge challenge so the RRG team put in the time to log laps during the week.
Over the weekend Jewell found the speed needed to compete with the top qualifiers and before the Sunday race he qualified 3rd with a 1:45.651. In front of him would be former Mustang Challenge Series Champion Patrick Bieri starting second and pole sitter Kester Baird.
When the race started Jewell's strategy was clear- do not use up the tires early so he would need to drive very smooth and smart. On lap 1 Jewell quickly grabbed the second spot away from Patrick Bieri and latched onto Kester Baird's bumper. For the next few laps Jewell stalked Baird's every move until lap 6 when they entered T4 side by side. Jewell prevailed exiting the corner and with 9 found himself leading the race.
The plan of saving the tires now was over and the new goal was to put distance between himself and Baird. With 5 laps to go Patrick Bieri bumped Baird from second place and started his charge to the front. On this day Jewell was untouchable as he cruised to victory with 1.8 seconds over Season 2 Champion Bieri.
Congratulations Jared Jewell on winning Race 8 @ Okayama in the iRacing Mustang Challenge! So far Jewell is 2-0 in his Revolution Race Group FR500 Mustang.
*Jared Jewell on lap 6 takes the lead and never looks back enroute to victory in race 9 at Okayama, Japan.
*Jared Jewell stretches out his lead and wins by 1.8 seconds.
Week 9 Race Results:
Check out the video of Jared Jewell winning this race.
*Note- The "Happy Birthday" tribute in the beginning was for me. The win was a great Birthday gift.
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Mustang Challenge Standings through Week 9 (3 races to go).
Jewell Marks Mustang Anniversary With Victory
by Jeff Jacobs on July 1st, 2014
The last time the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge visited the Okayama International Circuit, Jared Jewell introduced himself to the community of FR500S sim-racers with the modest goal of learning a new car, gaining respect from fellow drivers, and eventually contending for a top-five finish in the hotly contested series. That was Week 1 of Season 1 in January of this year. In Week 9 of Season 2, Jewell returned to the track where it all started to claim a big victory in the Sunday 20:15GMT Strength-of-Field race and maintain his position atop the overall championship standings for the third week in a row.
The Pace Car gets ready to unleash the field of Mustangs to start the Sunday 20:15GMT Strength-of-Field race with Kester Baird (#3) and Patrick Bieri (#1) on the front row.
Now driving as part of the Revolution Race Group team lead by “Big” Joe Pisciotta, Jr., in early practice sessions Jewell struggled with the hot weather conditions and slick track conditions. But he and Pisciotta continued to work on the setup and log practice laps in the Stangnet and Late Model Restoration Mustang until it was time for the big race. “I was a bit gun-shy in the race as this track required smooth driving with lots of patience,” he explained, starting from the third position in grid. “We were able to get a good start and wait for an opportunity. After we took the lead it was about being smooth and consistent.” Jewell credited being able to hold off a late charge from defending Champion Patrick Bieri to “really watching the tires.” There was an added bonus to Jewell’s victory: “It was also awesome I could deliver a win to my spotter/car chief/team owner ‘Big’ Joe Pisciotta whose birthday is today [Sunday].”
On Lap 3 of Sunday’s SOF race at Okayama, Jared Jewell (#2) got a run on race leader Kester Baird (#3) in Turn 3 and made it stick for 12 more laps to take the win.
While Bieri won the Friday SOF race, Jewell’s win in Sunday’s SOF race produced the highest points total of any driver for the week at 152 points compared to Bieri’s 141. In the season standings, the results put Jewell in the top spot at 1396 points, an 85-point margin over Bieri (1311 points). Mike Wille did not compete in Week 9 but remains in the final podium spot with 1173 points. Liam Hackwith closed to within 19 points of Wille, while Kevin Ford continues his run in the fifth position with 1011 points. With three weeks left in the best eight of 12 series, both Bieri and Wille have yet to run their eighth race of the season – leaving Jewell little room for comfort at the top.
Sai Andra (#5) won four of the seven races he entered at Okayama, pictured here leading John King and Raymond Bader Jr.
The final numbers for Week 9 of the pony-car series saw 142 sim-racers compete in at least one of the 19 official races that produced 12 different winners. Sai Andra took the most wins by claiming four checkered flags out of seven races entered. Kester Baird made a return appearance in the Mustang to take the top qualifier award, just edging Bieri by 0.018 seconds. That qualifying effort made have had a critical impact on the week’s results since Bieri was stuck on the outside of Turn 1 in Sunday’s race, while Jewell started behind Baird and followed him around the inside on the opening lap to shuffle Bieri back to third. From there, Jewell worked on Baird until passing for the lead on Lap 3 and never looked back.
Going into the Turn 5 hairpin, Loren Bateman (#5) appeared to have the pass made on Liam Hackwith (#4) as Kevin Ford chases, but hot tires and too much speed resulted in understeer and a bit of bumping in a close battle on Sunday at Okayama.
Week 10 takes the iRacing.com Mustang Challenge to Road Atlanta, where sim-racers will battle for 16 laps to see who can move up in the overall standings and in division championship standings as Season 2 enters the final three weeks of competition. Everyone will find a lap guide, videos, setup tips and other information in the Series Forum.
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