F1600 start(Originally written following the June 3-5 event at Watkins Glen for publication in a leading motorsports magazine.)

If you don’t like Watkins Glen, your soul is cold. The Glen is a virtual cathedral of speed and grace set in New York’s picturesque wine country. The view from the paddock is like a postcard as 38 mile long Seneca Lake marches off to the north. This is where road racing began in the U.S.You can feel it.

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Goughary won at VIR in AprilFollowing a race win and a third place finish in the inaugural F1600 Formula F Championship Series standings, Jim Goughary, driver of the No. 7 Piper/Honda for Raceworks, has donated his Championship check to SOS Children’s Villages, the official charity of F1600.

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Valet won the 2011 title.Watkins Glen, NY – Wyatt Gooden remained perfect in F1600 competition, taking his fourth win of 2011 in just four starts, and his second win of the day at Watkins Glen for Quantum Racing Services in a Van Diemen/Honda. The bigger story however, was the inaugural Championship, which went to Bill Valet, who finished third in a nail-biting slip-streaming battle among a number of cars, including closest points rival Tim Kautz, who had to settle for sixth place in the season finale.

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Gooden out in frontWatkins Glen, NY – After a non-race on Saturday following an opening-lap incident, F1600 Formula F Championship Series competitors got round nine of the 2011 season underway on a cold-but-dry Sunday morning at Watkins Glen. Wyatt Gooden, driving a Van Diemen/Honda for Quantum Racing Services, led from pole for his third win, by just a nose, of 2011, in just three starts, in a shortened race due to a crash on lap seven.

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b_200_150_16777215_00_images_stories_11offseason_redflag12.jpgWatkins Glen, NY – Series officials from the F2000 Championship Series and F1600 Formula F Championship Series have adjusted the weekend’s schedule following “non-races” due to opening lap incidents on Saturday at Watkins Glen International.

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F1600 actionIn this notebook: We catch up with some of the F1600 Formula F Championship Series youngsters – including Caitlin Johnston, and of course, practice leaders Wyatt Gooden and Ryan Leach.

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Wyatt GoodenWatkins Glen, NY – In split dry and wet sessions, Ryan Leach and Wyatt Gooden posted fast times in F1600 Formula F Championship Series season finale practice on Friday at Watkins Glen International. Ryan Leach led the morning’s dry session in the Spectrum/Honda for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, with 25 cars posting times, before Wyatt Gooden paced a very damp track in a Van Diemen/Honda in a sparsely attended afternoon session.

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