LEXINGTON, Ohio – Jimmy Simpson, Atlantic Creations’ young driver, started second for the beginning of the Atlantic Championship Race at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, quickly taking over the lead on the first lap to take the win.
This marks Simpson’s second Atlantic Championship Series win this season.
He has been the only driver to take the top step of the podium aside from K-Hill Motorsports’ Daniel Burkett. “I can’t thank my guys enough, the car was absolutely flawless today. Tire management is the name of the game here and I had a car that didn’t eat the tires,” said the elated Simpson before taking his position on the top of the podium.
Ethan Ringel, COMPREP’s teenage driver, made a return to the podium, finishing the race in second place. Ringel had a great start and was able to get around Polestar’s Keith Grant, pushing him into third place at the start of the race. After a full course caution, Ringel obtained second place by taking advantage of an error made by Burkett.
Ringel has had a third and a second place finish already this season.
“The team worked hard to give me a good car to finish second. I am looking for first tomorrow so hopefully we can tweak the setup a bit,” said a hopeful Ringel.
Series front runner, Daniel Burkett, started on pole for Saturday’s race one at Mid-Ohio, the seventh race of the 10 race Atlantic Championship Season. Burkett was not able to hold onto his lead and faced pressure from an eager Simpson, who is only a few points behind Burkett in the Championship. Burkett ran in second for about half the race, before Ringel passed him, causing the Canadian driver to finish third.