Simon Sikes to Rice Race Prep for FRP NJMP

Simon Sikes will make his FRP F1600 Championship debut with Rice Race Prep at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Oct 7-8. From Athens, Georgia, the 16 year old Sikes, is the 2017 Skip Barber Winter Series Champion and one of ten candidates for the 2017 Team USA Scholarship process. Sikes brings support from the karting shirt company Group 6 to his blue Mygale.  Also supporting the Rice Race Prep team, long time partner, is Fox40, manufacturer of whistles and fine sporting goods. The FRP F1600 Championship finale will consist of testing, practice, and qualifying, before 3 races which will determine the Overall and Masters Champions. F2000, Formula Atlantic, and TransAm will also have races at the event.

Boardwalk Special

"Boardwalk Special". There is one race event left in the 2017 FRP F1600 Championship. NJMP on Oct 6-8. There will be three hours of track time including three 30 min races. Rice Race Prep have two race-winning cars available for this event with complete support. We are offering a "Boardwalk Special" for any 2017 MRTI or F4 driver who would like to sample F1600 racing at a FRP event. Essentially, a half price package will be available to qualified racers. The driver will still be responsible for all damages. If, a car is still available after the completion of the SCCA Runoffs, the boardwalk special will extend to 2017 National Champions in the Formula classes, and then to podium finishers. Update: I have one seat spoken for. 3 National Champions have conflicts. Offer now extended to podium finishers and beyond. Need to confirm the 2nd driver soon as leaving Wednesday. Please forward to potential candidates. Contact Greg Rice at RiceRacePrep@gmail.com

Premium Prices to Race to Big Crowds? Not so Much!

There is one race event left in the 2017 FRP F1600 Championship. There will be three hours of track time including three 30 min races. The crowds will be similar or larger to those when running beginning or end of day at so-called high profile events in other series (see pic above). Rice Race Prep have two race-winning cars available for this event with complete support. We are offering a "Boardwalk Special" for any 2017 MRTI or F4 driver who would like to sample F1600 racing at a FRP event. Essentially, a half price package will be available to qualified racers. The driver will still be responsible for all damages. If, a car is still available after the completion of the SCCA Runoffs, the boardwalk special will extend to 2017 National Champions in the Formula classes, and then to podium finishers. Contact Greg Rice at RiceRacePrep@gmail.com

RRP & Haas Add More Wins at Summit Point FRP

Joel Haas scored two more Masters wins on Sunday Aug 26th at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. Driving his Parametric Solutions sponsored Piper, Haas led much of both Sunday races after a strong second in Saturday's race. The RRP guest driver at Summit Point was team owner Greg Rice who drove the Fox40 Reynard to three 4th place finishes in Masters class, and ran as high as 2nd in Race 3. The Reynard is a team project to demonstrate that strong preparation and engineering can make much older cars competitive in F1600 racing. The 1983 model Reynard is 30 years older than most of the cars and almost three times older than some of the F1600 series drivers. Rice Race Prep is open to new business in 2018. Two former race-winning cars have been added to the stable of cars, and full "Arrive N Drive" programs will be available for young racers seeking overall wins or more mature racers looking for Master's success. Stay tuned for an announcement at Indianapolis Speedway at the SCCA Runoffs at the end of September. RRP will have a strong presence there as Joel Haas will race his Parametric Solutions/ Hoosier Pipers in the FF and FB classes. David James will be joining RRP to race his Piper in FF. Then the team goes to New Jersey Motorsports Park on Oct 6-8 for the FRP F1600 Series finale. Also stay tuned for exciting news about RRP guest drivers in new RRP rides, at the NJMP event.

Haas wins Masters race at PIRC in FRP F1600

Joel Haas won his first FRP F1600 Masters race with a dominant performance in Race 3 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Joel should have won Race 1, but a desperation move from behind in the last corner on the last lap, left him with a broken car and engine. Our Rice Race Prep crew literally worked all night to get the Parametric Solutions Piper back on track for Race 2 where he came out on the short end of a photo finish. That set the stage for the strong Race 3 performance and the elusive 1st win. Joel takes over the Masters Championship point race heading to Summit Point for the next event. Greg Rice comments on the weekend result, "It was a gritty performance from Joel and the team but symbolic of what this group continues to accomplish. Like several of our Steve Bamford wins, we dug deep when most would have loaded up the trailer. As with Steve, we have built a program around Joel that brings driver development, engineering, car development, solid preparation, and attention to detail, all to the standards required to win races and championships. We had some new pieces on the car this weekend, and the pieces on hand to get the car back on track. I am so proud of everyone involved." RRP guest driver, 2015 SCCA FF Champion, Rick Payne, put in an impressive performance in our classic Reynard. Rick set the pace in initial practice but some recurring driveline problems kept him from finishing as well as he should have. Rick finished 2nd in Race 1 and ran second for several laps in Race 3. We look forward to having Rick back for a better run when we get the car running better. Our previous guest driver, Jonathan Kotyk swept the weekend with 3 overall wins, making it 4 wins in a row since driving the Reynard. Hopefully it sets Rick up for a winning streak too. Rice Race Prep would also like to congratulate our website designer (and IT adviser) Will Salisbury who continues to rack up podiums in the Gear Up - F Series in his GGR Formula 125 machine. Way to go Will! Maybe we will see Will in cars one day.

Rick Payne RRP Guest Driver for PIRC

2015 SCCA National Champion Rick Payne will drive the Rice Race Prep Reynard-Honda at Pittsburgh International Complex on July 28-29. Payne, from Mission, British Columbia will compete in the Masters division of the Formula Race Promotions F1600 Series. Payne previously raced in the 3rd FRP event at Indianapolis, where he drove his own Payton Pools Van Diemen to two 2nd place Masters finishes. His biggest victory, was the SCCA FF race at the 2015 Runoffs at Daytona Speedway. Rice Race Prep has won 3 of the last 4 Masters Championships with Steve Bamford. With Bamford taking the year off, RRP driver  Joel Haas chases the Masters Championship in his Parametric Solutions sponsored Piper. After 4 FRP events, Haas stands second in Masters points, only 8 behind rival Scott Rubenzer. RRP made a commitment to supporting the FRP F1600 Series with 2 entries at each event. Team Owner, Greg Rice, joined Haas at VIR and Mid-Ohio-1. Chris Smith ran with RRP at Indy and Cliff Johnson swept the Masters victories at Mid-Ohio-2. RRP also ran guest driver Jonathan Kotyk to a strong 2nd place at an SCCA Majors event in Thompson, CT. Payne will leave his car on the west coast, and be Haas teammate for PIRC. Discussions are under way for other guest drivers for the FRP events at Summit Point and NJMP. Interested drivers should contact Greg Rice.   It is also available for FRP events, the Runoffs, and the ARRC. Rice Race Prep is open for new business in 2018. 2017 was a transitional year as we diversified and worked with new teams and drivers, but we would really like to get back to our specialty. We would like to add another single car program for SCCA racing in the winter season, and add another full-time FRP customer in F1600 or F2000. We have a legacy of data, video, and expertise, so that we can provide a complete and serious race effort to racers that want to go racing seriously. Although it seems like long ago, please recall that RRP did win the 2016 F2000 Masters and Overall Championships in dominant fashion. We are always open to interesting consulting or off-season rebuild projects.

July Updates: More Podiums and Guest Drivers

Joel Haas just keeps racking up podium visits in the FRP F1600 Series as he establishes his status as a contender for the Masters Championship. Cliff Johnson teamed with Rice Race Prep for his yearly appearance at Mid-Ohio in July. Cliff was in fine form as he finished 3rd overall in one race while sweeping the Masters class wins. We're trying to get Cliff back for more FRP events. Jonathan Kotyk needed a start for SCCA Runoff qualification, so we put him in the Reynard for a Majors race at Thompson Speedway. Not only did he get his start, he finished 2nd overall in a race car 11 years older than him. RRP wishes Jonathon luck as he challenges for success in the FRP F1600 Championship and SCCA Runoffs. Stay tuned for more news about more guest drivers in our Reynard Honda. It is available for FRP events, the Runoffs, and the ARRC. Rice Race Prep is open for new business in 2018. 2017 was a transitional year as we diversified and worked with new teams and drivers, but we would really like to get back to our specialty. We would like to add another single car program for SCCA racing in the winter season, and add another full-time FRP customer in F1600 or F2000. We have a legacy of data, video, and expertise, so that we can provide a complete and serious race effort to racers that want to go racing seriously. We are always open to interesting consulting or off-season rebuild projects.

Guide for Parents of Young Racers

  Ten Tips by Greg Rice Tip #1 - Your child will very likely never make it to F1.   Tip #2 - Your child will very likely never make it to Indycar.   Tip #3 - Every race team operator on the "Road to Indy/F1" will try and sell you on their team as the best way to get your child to F1 or Indycar.   Tip #4 - You will pay a premium (200-300% extra) to race in the "Road to Indy/F1" ladder Series. That means that when your child does not make it, more than half of your money spent will have been spent on all the extra nonsense that had nothing to do with developing your child's ability to drive a race car competitively. Tip #5 - Of the hundred or so young drivers in North America, who are actively chasing that dream, only about 5 of them have any chance of "making it". The best teams will find those few drivers and offer real deals to get them racing for their teams. Tip #6 - As a parent, the most important thing is that your child has fun and becomes a good person. I do not believe that the environments in many of these teams is conducive to this premise. Tip #7 - Rather than spending that extra 200-300% to have your child be drivers 10-100 on that dream-chasing list, have them race more often in the lower profile series in North America. For the past 40 years, Formula Ford, now known as F1600, has been the primary training ground for professional formula car racers in the world. Race three times as much, or spend 1/3rd the money, and let your child race, race, race. If they are good enough to actually "make it" then they will be recruited for the very best rides with the best teams in the "Road to Indy/F1". Tip #8 - There are good professional F1600 teams in the different regions of the US and Canada. The best ones are in the Formula Racing Promotions F1600 Series. http://www.f1600series.com/  Many teams can run your child in the FRP F1600 Series, conduct extensive testing programs, and do other racing in SCCA Club Racing events. This is the best value for your child. Your child will test, race, and develop their racing skills without cleaning the track for Indycars at a premium price to you. Tip #9 - Very few people in racing will tell you what I am telling you but it is the best advice anyone will ever provide to you and your child. I have no doubt that your child would rather be chasing the "Road to Indy/F1" but you are the adult and it is your money. You need the best value for the money you have to spend. You owe it to your child and family. Tip #10 - The argument that having 25-35 spec cars on the track at the same time is the best training ground for young drivers is a complete fallacy. When those cars have wings, it is even less so. I can tell you, with complete honesty, that every driver below position P-8 is just banging, crashing, and spending their parents money replacing several thousand dollars worth of wings in many sessions. The only people benefiting from 25+ spec car grids are the parts suppliers. I would say spectators who like crashing, but the reality is that few spectators are watching when these cars are on track. What makes me qualified to provide this advice? I run a race team operation that can provide full service for any formula car series in the USA or Canada. I have done so and been to events in every series that you might consider. I am not seeking teen age drivers but have adult customers who have chosen to race in the FRP F1600 and F2000 Series. My drivers have won races in both Series. We race in the FRP Series because they provide the best value in the small formula classes. It is all about quality track time without all the Indy or F1 nonsense that just drains the race budgets of young racers. I am not seeking your business .... unless you, as the adult, would like to get behind the wheel. I am trying to help the racing community by helping young drivers and their parents make smart decisions that will let them race more often, or longer, or just have more fun. When that happens, we all benefit!

RRP has one F1600 or F2000 Slot Open

5 With the 2017 season starting in less than a months time, we are hard at work preparing to go racing. Five engines are due back by Quicksilver this weekend, which means we can start final assembly on 5 cars next week. Rice Race Prep will be with Joel Haas at Homestead and Sebring to start the SCCA Majors season on the first two weekends in January. Haas will be running his Parametric Solutions Piper F1000 car. Plans to run additional cars are being discussed but not confirmed. Sebring Grid Our F4 program is confirmed. Expect an announcement shortly. Still to be confirmed is the line-up for the Formula Race Promotions Series. Haas will be returning in his Parametric Solutions Piper F1600 car and will be joined at selected events by Steve Bamford in his championship winning F2000 Citation and F1600 Mygale. One full time spot remains in the RRP line-up for all FRP Series events, but we can also run drivers part-time in FRP events or East Coast/Great Lakes SCCA events. A multi-car effort is planned for the SCCA Runoffs at Indianapolis in September. Reynard Mid-Ohio 001 Greg Rice phoca_thumb_l_07dhk_8041 Racers looking for a team who can improve their racing experience, please contact us. RiceRacePrep@gmail.com
Steve Bamford leads the pack at Road Atlanta

Steve Bamford leads the pack at Road Atlanta

Bamford’s F2000 Title Season

Salem, NH - Steve Bamford found his way to the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in 2011, made his F2000 Championship debut at the end of 2012, and worked on improving each weekend - culminating in a dominating 2016 season that saw him win the F2000 Championship in the No. 7 Rice Race Prep Citation. It was four years ago in October that Bamford, from Toronto, Ontario, made his debut in a Van Diemen in a cold weekend at Watkins Glen - finishing 30th and 20th in his debut. "I found my way to F2000 via the F1600 Series," said Bamford. "I ran for a partial season in F1600 and loved the big fields in F2000 and the winged cars. I found Remy Audette's (2011 Champion) car avialable for sale and decided if I was going to run F2000 that was the car to have." Coming into that Watkins Glen weekend, Bamford only had a single test session in the car at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. "It was a cold, wet weekend and I was simply trying to stay out of everyone’s way and not be a moving chicane," Bamford recalled. "In the first race I went off and had to sit and watch the other cars go by from the outer loop. In the second race I completed the race distance." With Rice Race Prep, Bamford came back for 2013 and 2014 in that Van Diemen, and kept marching forward. He got faster and became a consistent threat in the Masters Class, and then moved into the top ten, and then became a regular in the conversation for the top five weekend in and weekend out. "My goal was to keep improving each weekend," Bamford said. "We added people to the team to help improve the car along with helping to improve the driver. I was always striving to get better as the team was too." Then came a big change for 2015, as Bamford switched cars and moved to the No. 7 Citation, which had previously finished second in the Championship.. After a strong debut at Road Atlanta, Bamford stormed to his first victory a month later, May 2015, at Watkins Glen. "Winning there for the first time, I will never forget," Bamford said. "You never forget your first win in any series and it was a good battle.” The 2015 season would continue with Bamford scoring more strong finishes and collecting podium hardware at seemingly every race. This year opened with a strong showing with two wins at Road Atlanta, setting Bamford up for a season of dominating. "Road Atlanta this year was a very good weekend as we had some tough times in both qualifying sessions yet were able to run hard in the race. We won both races coming from further back in the field," Bamford continued. "I think working with the team over the last two years made the difference in my driving style and I adapted some of that to the car. It was simply building on last year and coming into this year understanding the car much better along with confidence that I could win. Last year the car was new to me, it took me a while to learn how to drive it close to the limit." Bamford credited his 2016 success to driving more consistently, and noted his improving lap-by-lap strategy. "Continually looking for improvement lap after lap also made a difference as did being patient," he noted. "Sometimes I would push too hard and over drive the car last year. This year I was more patient which helped." With a full team effort from Rice Race Prep, Bamford pointed to Watkins Glen, where a blown motor in morning practice saw the team install a new engine in time for important afternoon track time. "For me I was able to believe in the team and that helped me realize if I did my job in the car they could overcome the mechanical challenges," Bamford added. "I wouldn’t be racing without Greg Rice who has helped me put everything together. Obviously everyone who has worked with Rice Race Prep over the years has been a huge help. You don’t win a championship by yourself." Published November 10, 2016 on www.f2000championshipseries.com