Pittsburgh Regatta – Pittsburgh, Pa.
After opening the 2011 APR Superleague Formula 2 season with two runner-up finishes. Amsoil Team Racer Terry Rinker battled a talented field of competitors and some turbulent weather at the Pittsburgh Regatta for his first win of the season.
A strong storm forced a half-hour delay to the start of the race. Upon the start, Rinker relied on his experience to navigate the choppy waters of the Allegheny River and take a comfortable 30-second win over 2nd-place finisher Rob DiNicolantonio.
“We had a pretty good set-up for the rough conditions,” said Rinker. “It’s been awhile since we won in Pittsburgh and it’s great to get the AMSOIL boat back on top.”
Rinker’s son, Rob, also had a good weekend in Pittsburgh. Rob Rinker set the fastest qualifying time and started on the pole for Sunday’s formula 3 final where he finished 3rd.
Riverfront Roar – Marietta, Ohio
Rinker followed up his win in Pittsburgh with the victory and Vadakin Cup at the 11th Annual Riverfront Roar in Marietta, Ohio.
After posting a blistering run in the time trials and finishing first in the combined overall qualifying heats, Rinker took off from the pole-position and led all 30 laps in the final, easily winning over Mark Jacob and J. Michael Floyd. Rinker holds first place in the APR Superleague points standings with four rounds remaining.
“We really had a great set-up today,” said Rinker. “We are getting into our groove and this was a good win. And what a crowd. The fans in Ohio were great all weekend long.”
Rob Rinker finished 4th in the formula 3 class and holds fourth in the F3 points standings.