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Post by PackerMan71 on Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:41 pm

BLAIZE TO MAKE ROCKFORD 200 DEBUT IN THE MAIN EVENT, PACKER WITH SOME WORK TO DO OUT OF THE C-MAIN

Ohioan Hunter Blaize will be finishing out his 2017 FARC Lowe Dollar Series campaign in the feature race in the Rockford 200.

The 2017 FARC Lowe Dollar Series Rookie of the Year managed to qualify his #17 machine 15th overall out of 197 qualifiers, meaning that he has automatically advanced to the feature race, where he will start 8th in Stage 1 of the 200, where he will hopefully improve on his position in the points standings, where he is 10th coming in.

His teammate/team owner, Packer Carroll, will have a slightly tougher time getting to the 200, qualifying 73rd fastest, which slots him into the 12th starting position for C-Main #1. In order to advance into the B-Main, he will need to finish in the top 13.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:46 pm

2017 Final Report:

Hunter Blaize finishes 10th in the 2017 FARC Lowe Dollar points standings and wins Rookie of the Year.

Packer Carroll finishes 16th in the 2017 FARC Lowe Dollar points standings.

Isaac Lightener wins the 2017 BAAR Super Pro Series championship.

Zach Gott finishes 6th in the 2017 BAAR Super Pro Series points standings.

Zidane Quackenbush finishes 16th in the 2017 BAAR Super Pro Series points standings.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:03 pm

LIGHTENER FINISHES 3RD IN FARC SUPER SERIES DEBUT AT REMEMBERANCE

After winning the 2017 BAAR Super Pro Series title, it was logical for Isaac Lightener's next step to be the FARC Larry Lemon Super Series. And he impressed in his debut race, save for one competitor in particular.

After qualifying 2nd, Lightener led six laps before finishing a very respectable 3rd behind the Porteau brothers. In a post race interview, Lightener had this to say about the Porteaus.

ISAAC: It's pretty obvious that those guys are the ones to beat in the Super Series right now. They showed it last year, and they're showing it again right off the bat here in 2018, so we have our work cut out for us if we want to compete with Bobby and Hamilton. They're definitely the class of the field right now.

Isaac did have one minor incident during the race. With less than 20 laps to go, Mel Whitley and Lightener were locked in a battle for 2nd when Whitley hooked the 71 off of turn 2, nearly spinning the 71, but Lightener was able to regain control. Whitley claimed this contace cut down a tire, and made disparaging comments after the race. When he learned of Whitley's comments, Lightener scoffed.

ISAAC: Like she's in any position to be talking. She wrecks the 50 car for no reason whatsoever and damn near wrecks me off turn 2, and blames ME for her cut tire? Maybe she needs to get some glasses or some common sense, because she was the one who hit me, not the other way around. Also, people need to get off this 'oh, it's a GRI driver wrecking everyone' bullshit, because quite frankly, it's ridiculous, as well as childish.

Lightener currently sits 3rd in the Super Series points standings.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:00 am

GRI DRIVERS NOTCH 5TH AND 6TH IN FARC SEASON OPENER

It wasn't a picture perfect day for Gravity Racing, Inc., but considering where they finished, they'll gladly take it.

Packer Carroll and Hunter Blaize finished 5th and 6th respectively in the Smash Beer Get Smashed 108 at the brand new Rememberance Field, the opening race of the 2018 season, and considering how Packer's season started off last year, he was more than happy with a 5th place run.

PACKER: It's a relief, because we had great cars last year. We just had some incredibly shitty luck that really killed our season. But with the best-of-ten format this year, we at least have a few more mulligans to work with, but this is how we wanted 2018 to start, with some momentum.

Both drivers sustained minor damage to their vehicles in separate incidents; Packer when he was caught up in an incident between Donnie Ashcroft and Michaela Perry-Jones, and Blaize when he hit Perry-Jones after her car lost an engine. Both were able to make repairs and adjustments to their cars and both were contenders up front. Packer in particular was a part of a five way battle for the lead at one point, but opted not to press the issue.

PACKER: It was pretty crazy up there in that fight for the lead. I literally had no place to go to try to past, considering they were two wide in front of me, and I wasn't going to try three-wide, because three-wide at Rememberance typically doesn't work, so I decided descretion was the better part of valor, and it paid off for me in the end.

Packer would end up 5th, with Blaize right behind him in 6th, kicking off their FARC season's on a high note.

As for Packer's thoughts on the brand new Rememberance Field...

PACKER: I don't know who poured the money into building this place, but it's a beautiful facility, and that arena-type feel is something to rarely get to experience in FARC racing. I hope FARC continues to come back here in the future, because it's a fun track to race on, and from what I've heard already, the fans got their money's worth today.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:46 am

BLAIZE NOTCHES TOP FIVE AT NELSON LEDGES, TEAMMATE CARROLL LIVID WITH RUIZ

It was an overall good day for 2nd year FARC driver Hunter Blaize, who notched a 5th place finish at one of his home race tracks, the Nelson Ledges Road Course, after barely making the cut from Stage 1 to even race in the 2nd stage of the round.

Teammate Packer Carroll looked like he was on his way to a good result as well, until an ill-timed exit by Timothy Ruiz left the #71 machine with terminal damage that included a busted radiator, taking Packer out of the race, and he was none too pleased.

PACKER: Unreal. The damn idiot pulled right out in front of me in the pitlane, and I had absolutely no time to avoid him or hit the brakes before hitting him, and unfortunately it busted the radiator, which means I'm done for the day. I was looking forward to today considering my success here in the past, but because someone wasn't paying attention, that opportunity was lost. At the very least, under this point system, we get a few mulligans to work with, so we'll head to Berlin and see what happens there.

Packer drops one spot to 6th in the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series points standings. Hunter Blaize is currently 16th.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:30 pm

PACKER CARROLL EXPLORING 2019 OPTIONS, GRAVITY RACING, INC. TO ALLY WITH ANOTHER TEAM FOR CUP?

Ever since his last full-time season in TM Master Cup in 2014, Packer Carroll's driving career has seen all kinds of twists and turns. In 2015, he returned to FARC and scored his third career win, but ended up 15th in points. In 2016, he decided to return to sports car racing, this time in the European Endurance Challenge Championship, where he won six of the fifteen events and the season title, his third in sports cars (the other two coming in 2006 & 2007).

In 2017, he returned to the stock car circuit, driving in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series full-time, once again behind the wheel of the #71, while also competing for the Independent's Trophy in Master Cup. His FARC campaign saw its fair share of struggles, seeing come in 16th in the overall standings. His IT attempt, however, was much more successful, with an emotional surprise victory in the Round of Ohio, his second career win and first in 5 years, when he scored his maiden win in the 2012 Round of Quebec. It was also his first Cup win in his own equipment. The victory was a major launching pad to Packer capturing the 2017 Independent's Trophy by mere points over the Clason Enterprises team.

2018 would see Packer behind the wheel of his own equipment once again in a similar fashion to 2017. His FARC campaign was more successful than the previous season, although he fell short in his bid for back to back Independent's Trophies, finishing behind IT winner Tony Durbin.

And now, with 2019 looming large, what does the future hold for the owner of Gravity Racing, Inc.?

PACKER: The future is looking pretty good for us right now. There's a possibility that my team may finally get the chance to shine in TM Master Cup in 2019. However, we are talking with the officials about possibly forming an alliance with another team, and we'd both have an entry on the grid for next year. We're still talking with them about it, and hopefully, we'll have the kinks worked out within the next few weeks.

As for manufacturer support?

PACKER: This is something that is up in the air, but I have been talking with Cyril Volpi, and while he's not exactly comfortable giving support to any entity that isn't his own, he said he'd be willing to provide last year's model for us to use. Again, not saying this is happening, as nothing is confirmed yet. We're still exploring all of our options at this point.

As for Packer's own plans in the Cup Series for 2019?

PACKER: Well, I hate to say it, but it's another question mark. I'm more than willing to field offers if there are any teams interested, but assuming I don't get any and my team gets onto the grid full-time, then that's where I'll be. But we've got a while before we set anything in stone. Once things start to come together, we'll hold a press conference and endulge our 2019 plans accordingly.

If Packer were to return to full-time Cup competition in 2019, that would leave his seat in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series open, and he has said that he will be looking into the free agent field for a possible replacement, since all of his feeder system drivers are already signed to their respective rides for 2019.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:04 pm

GRAVITY RACING, INC. POTENTIALLY BUYING FRANK LAWRENCE RACING?

After the 2019 full-time grid was set, it appeared that Gravity Racing, Inc. had been left out in the cold once again. However, there are now reports circulating that GRI might be in the process of potentially buying out Frank Lawrence Racing. FLR reportedly began running into financial difficulties near the end of 2018, but somehow managed to stay afloat. However, sponsorship woes have left the team's future in doubt, and Frank Lawrence has seemingly reached out to other teams to see if they want to at least agree to a partial buyout of his team. Gravity Racing, Inc. seems to have answered that call.

GRI team owner Packer Carroll briefly commented on the reports.

PACKER: At the moment, I can't confirm that we've purchased Frank Lawrence Racing in some capacity. However, what I can say is that we're in discussions about it. If we manage to reach a deal, then you'll hear it from Frank Lawrence first, after which we'll hold our own press conference, so stay tuned.
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