Cleveland, Ohio. Duncan Ende’s two-race Mazda Formula Atlantic weekend in Cleveland was appropriately a “Rock and Roll” event, in the city that invented the music genre.
Saturday’s first race began very well from an exciting “Formula One style standing start” until the temporary airport venue racetrack applied mud and grass to Ende’s tires, making the car evil-handling for laps at a time. In spite of this challenge he perservered, finishing 21st of 24 racers.
Sunday’s second race featured yet another thrilling F1 style standing start, with Duncan taking advantage of several competitors running afoul of the same Cleveland airport mud, finishing an outstanding 17th of 24 racers. Duncan lost only one spot during the race, with an unexpected front straight spin which he corrected with confidence and plenty of tire smoke, to roars of delight from the 175,000 race fans in attendance.
“Apart from some weather on Friday, we got a lot of quality racing mileage in this weekend” commented Ende. “We set the car up with a bit more understeer for Sunday’s race, which was a great setup for this hot, slippery track. I was able to get into a good rhythm in today’s race, and had a great time sparring with the drivers near me, and I’m looking forward to more of the same at our next race in two weeks.”
Duncan and the Bite Racing Team now head to Toronto, Ontario for the July 7-9 Molson Indy Toronto event at the Canadian National Exhibition. Duncan and the team look forward to meeting all of the people planning to attend, and making Toronto another memorable event.