F5000 Crowns Champs After Season-Ending Contest at Watkins Glen

Rochester, MI — The Formula 5000 Drivers Association announced race results yesterday (Sept. 11) after its season-ending race Sunday at Watkins Glen in conjunction with the SVRA U.S. Vintage Grand Prix. Those results also determined the F5000 Revival Race Championship Series winners for 2019.

Paul Dudiak on his way to the F5000 Class A championship in his 1969 McKee Mk12. Photo: Alexander Rossini (Vintage Motorsport)

Race results saw Paul Dudiak finish first in F5000 Class A (pre-1972 cars) in a 1969 McKee Mk12. Second in Class A was Mike Knittel in a 1970 Chinook. Knittel was the beneficiary of a dying battery on Rasim Tugberk’s car that had been running in second place. Tugberk finished third in class in a 1971 Leda LT25 after returning from a multi-year hiatus from racing.

Rick Parsons wheeling this 1976 Lola T332c on his way to the Class B championship at IMS. Photo: Bill Nesius (Vintage Motorsport)

Finishing first in F5000 Class B (1972-1976 cars) and first overall in the group was Rick Parsons in the ex-Brian Redman 1976 Lola T332c. Parsons led the race from the start and outpaced the group with laps of 1:59 — about 4 seconds faster than the nearest F5000 competitor. Finishing second was Jim Stengel in the black 1973 McRae GM1. Third was Tom Simpson in a 1972 McKee Mk18.

With Watkins Glen as the final round of the 2019 F5000 Revival Race Championship Series, Paul Dudiak was crowned Champion in Class A — his first such title after a couple of close runs in prior years. Rick Parsons won the Championship in Class B — his third in the last four years.

Revisit the weekend, thanks to a photo gallery from VM photographer Steve Rossini, whose images will grace event coverage in the Nov/Dec issue of Vintage Motorsport.