Youngster Dean Lambros claims first podium in Skip Barber Formula Race Series at COTA.Sep 22, 2020
The Third Round of the Skip Barber Formula Race headed down to the home of the United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Johnny Guindi put on a commanding show, claiming first place in both races of the weekend, but the story of the weekend was youngster Dean Lambros besting his older brother and claiming two podium finishes.
After a strong qualifying performance, Tommy Cadwalader would start Race 1 from P1, with Ethan Ho alongside, and Guindi in P3. On a great start, Guindi would find his way to the front of the pack, and go on to put a 12 second lead on the next fastest driver. Dean Lambros would take advantage of turn 1 and find his way around Ho, right behind Cadwalader.
The battle for 6th place proved to be the most exciting of the race, where Jimmy Dai and David Adorno were within half a second of each other for the first 5 laps, until Adorno made contact with Dai and would have to retire from the race.
Guindi would find himself at the top of the podium for the fifth time this season, with Cadwalader claiming second for his third time. Dean Lambros would find his first podium of the season, finishing 3rd.
Race 2 of the weekend saw the return of Guindi to P1, with Cadwalader off by .290 of the fastest lap of Q2. Ho would start P3 with Dean Lambros in P4.
Through the first lap Ho would hold off attacks from Dean Lambros who was vying for second at each corner. With a smooth move in turn 1, Lambros was able to get around Ho in the second lap.
Lambros attempted to put pressure on Guindi from behind, but Guindi responded with the fastest lap of the weekend on his last lap. Drivers use the same set of tires for the entire weekend – this lap was a testament to outstanding performance and durability of the Goodyear Eagle slicks that are use in the series.
Guindi led the race from green to checkered, clinching the Championship title. The race for second and third Championship are still with Ho holding a 6 point advantage over Cadwalader.
Unable to find the pace this weekend, older brother William Lambros found himself starting from the back of the grid after receiving a penalty in qualifying. He would make his way up the pack to finish 5th. “It wasn’t the finish I was looking for, but it is great to see Dean on the podium after he found himself in last place at Jersey last week” said William. “Dean was strong all weekend and he ran two great races.”
The Series follows GT World Challenge America to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week. The Skip Barber Formula Race Series will run alongside the IndyCar Harvest GP which will feature several notable Skip Barber graduates including Josef Newgarden who is in contention for this years Drivers Championship.
The action starts Wednesday, September 30th with P1 and P2. Keep an eye on SkipBarber.com and @SkipBarberRacing for updates throughout the event.