This year, there are two things you can count on at a NASA Midwest Spec E30 event — great weather and new drivers being added to the field. Round two at Gingerman saw perfect Michigan summer weather, and the addition of newly-minted driver, Jeff Niswander.
Ryan CieChanski continued his strong 2013 campaign by sweeping the three-race weekend at his home track. On Saturday, CieChanski qualified on the pole with a lap time of 1:50.067, followed by Rob Rhodes and Rich Friman. In the race, Rhodes broke two wheel bolts and retired giving CieChanski an easy win with Friman taking second place.
Sunday had two races on the schedule, and Niswander was ready to take the field by storm. Niswander qualified second behind CieChanski’s blistering 1:48.8. Rhodes and Friman filled out the second row. In the first race, CieChanski cruised to another win with the rookie Niswander taking second. Rhodes corded three tires, but managed to hold off Friman, who continued to get quicker. CieChanski also posted a new track record at 1:49.415. In the weekend’s third race, it was more of the same with CieChanski taking the win with Niswander making it a tighter race, and Friman filling out the podium as Rhodes plugged along on street tires.