It was a winning weekend for Team Crosslink this past weekend at the Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Taking on the FR Americas Championship Powered by Honda and the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, the Texas based program entered four drivers in their quest for race wins, podium results, and championship points.
“Good weekend for the team,” explained Sean Owens. “The drivers that are expected to win won and the drivers that are learning continued to progress with great speed earning championship points. Congrats to Josh Car on another FR win and to Ryan Shehan for his best F4 weekend to date.”
Josh Car led the Team Crosslink FR duo has he emerged from Saturday’s qualifying session as the quickest driver and earned the pole position for round ten. Teammate and fellow Crosslink driver Dylan Tavella followed closely and narrowly missed out on the second position but slotted into P3 and would begin the first wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend from the inside of row two.
Car continued his front of the field presence but fell two positions during round ten, managing to salvage a podium result. Tavella had a good race but some issues early on relegated him down the running order as he rebounded to finish seventh. Unlike their F4 counterparts, the FR drivers only had one race on Saturday, but returned Sunday for a pair of wheel-to-wheel events.
Sunday proved to be victorious for Team Crosslink as Josh Car was able to take advantage of his pole position starting spot to drive to the race win. Scoring another win for the FR Americas side of their program, Car dominated to second wheel-to-wheel action of the weekend. Unfortunately, Tavella encountered an issue on lap seventeen and was forced to retire from the race classified in the eighth position.
Race three of the weekend was a carbon copy of race two for Car as he assumed the pole position when the lights went out and led lights to flag for his second win of the day. Leading every single lap on the day, Car is working hard to claw his way back into the championship battle. Tavella continued to have a day to forget as an 11th place result saw him finish outside the points paying positions despite having a lap time that classified him in the top-five in race pace.