Former winners in the F2000 Championship Series, BGR Team Grote will make the trip to the famed Mid Ohio road course for rounds 7 and 8 of the F1600 Championship Series. Team principal Brian Graham was on board last season for the opening rounds of the newly created series and came away impressed with the quality of the series and drivers.
“I have always thought that the Rand crew does a great job and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the F2000 series so it was really no surprise that the new F1600 series would be successful,” said team owner Brian Graham. “We have a big break in our schedule so it was a perfect fit for us to come down and take advantage of the Mid Ohio stop. I am looking forward to seeing allot of familiar faces in the paddock.”
The Piper DF5/Honda will be in the hands of new team driver Jesse Lazare. Jesse has had two race events with the team and was quickly up to speed and in fact has scored three podiums in four starts and the other finish was a fourth. Lazare is regarded as one of Canada’s top karters and has several National Championships to his credit. This will be Jesse’s third different track in three events and he is taking advantage of the Mid Ohio School the day prior to the test day to get up to speed and learn the nuances of the tricky circuit.
BGR has produced the top rookie of the year every year since 2006 in the OFFC and also the rookie of the year in last years Quebec based Formula Tour 1600 Series. They currently lead the rookie of the year battle with Jack Mitchell Jr this season as he is in the fight for the overall championship sitting second in points. Immediately following the Mid Ohio rounds the team is heading to Mosport for the fourth weekend in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship with five cars as Mitchell Jr, Lazare, Murphy, are joined by Marc Bishara and the grandfather of FF in Canada Ivan Graham who will be making his 2012 debut marking his 38th year of F1600 competition.
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