Grist was fastest for Bryan Herta Autosport in the Mygale/Honda. (photo: Dennis Valet)Alton, VA – A new crop of young drivers separated themselves from the rest of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series field during two practice sessions at VIR as newcomer Matias Koykka led the final session of the day ahead of Bryan Herta Autosport Mygale/Honda driver Garett Grist, who was fast in the morning, and set the fastest time of the day.

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Koykka in the Spectrum.Alton, VA – Finnish rookie Matias Koykka paced four F1600 Formula F Championship Series test sessions at VIR on Thursday prior to the opening doubleheader weekend of the 2012 season. The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver was out front in all of the day’s sessions in the No. 10 Spectrum/Honda entry.

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Nearly 30 cars are set for the second F1600 season. (photo: Dennis Valet) Sharon, CT – Nearly 30 cars and drivers are ready for the 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series opening weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. The 17 twists and turns at VIR led to a nail-biting finish in 2011, and 2012 is promising to be even more competitive, with new drivers, cars and teams entering the Series for the expanded 12-race, six-weekend calendar.

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CellMark sponsors the F2000 entry of Tim Paul for SMR. (photo: Dennis Valet)Sharon, CT – CellMark Paper will support the 12-race, six-weekend F1600 Formula F Championship Series. Back again will be the popular CellMark Paper Hard Charger award, given out at every race, and also a season-long competition with a $500 cash prize. in addition to a $750 bonus for the Series Champion, and the $500 Flying Monkey Award.

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b_200_150_16777215_00_images_stories_11offseason_f1600logo.jpgBryan Herta Autosport (BHA) will campaign two cars in the twelve race 2012 F1600 Formula F Series, and have chosen Garett Grist and Brandon Newey to contend for the team.

Garett Grist, a 17-year-old Canadian driver is a member of the Sofina Foods Drivers' Development Program. After 10 years of kart racing, 2012 will mark Grist's second season of car racing, having previously run Formula Ford in Ontario and Quebec. The Grimsby, Ontario native ran 20 races in 2011, earning eight poles, four wins and 15 podiums. He was also named the 2011 Vice Champion of the Ontario Formula Ford Challenge.

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John McCuskerGlen Head, NY – Add another young aspiring racer to the F1600 field. John McCusker, son of longtime F2000 veteran Jeff McCusker, will enter the 2012 F1600 Formula F Championship Series in a Van Diemen/Honda. The 16 year old will take over his father’s car, which has been converted to F1600 spec, as Jeff moves onto a RFR in F2000 competition.

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b_200_150_16777215_00_images_stories_11offseason_crossle.jpgMarietta, OH - The first entry of a Crossle 35 Fit in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series has been filed by Kevin Brumbaugh of Marietta, OH for the upcoming April 12-15 event at VIR. This will be the first Honda powered “Club” or CF type car to compete in the Series.

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