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CAHAN RACING TEAM WINS IN FRP DEBUT

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It was the official start to the 2024 Formula Race Promotions (FRP) program this past weekend in Braselton, Georgia, and the official debut of Gabriel and Ayrton Cahan, and the Cahan Racing Team in FRP competition. Taking on the famed Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Gabriel scored the team’s best results winning F2000 on Saturday and scoring a pair of podium results, while Ayrton earned two top-15 results in the ultra-competitive F1600 division.

Kicking off the event weekend on Thursday with a Promoters Test Day, the official race weekend took the green flag on Friday with practice and qualifying before wheel-to-wheel action commenced on Saturday and Sunday.

Ayrton Cahan
Coming into the weekend and making his FRP F1600 debut, Ayrton Cahan was able to quickly learn the nuances of the Road Atlanta facility throughout unofficial practice on Thursday. With one final practice session on Friday morning to fine-tune his machine, Ayrton was feeling comfortable as he headed into qualifying. However, Mother Nature reared her ugly head as the skies opened, drenching the circuit and forcing competitors to change to a wet weather setup. As other series were forced to cancel their on-track sessions, the weather subsided before F1600 hit the track and Ayrton was able to clock the 16th fastest lap of the session for a row eight starting spot on Saturday morning for race one.

Race one was not one for the ages as several incidents halted the progress of all drivers as competitors were unable to complete even one green flag lap. Due to the circumstances, series officials decided to cancel the race from the season-long championship points battle and consider it as the race had not even been run. With times from race one normally setting the grid for race two of the weekend, it was announced that the results from qualifying would be the starting order for race two due to the circumstances from race one.

Saturday afternoon provided the first green flag wheel-to-wheel race experience of the weekend as Ayrton was able to keep his nose clean and out of trouble to finish 15th Sunday in race three. Ayrton was able to gain one position in the finishing results, but his biggest takeaway was knocking more than a second off of his lap time and showing greater pace in the competitive F1600 field.

“It was a great weekend for me. I learned a lot, including how to drive in the wet. This was a first experience for me,” explained Ayrton. “My expectation for coming into the weekend was to remain in the top half, especially because the F1600 field is full of great talent. I was able to accomplish that, as well as shave 1.5 seconds off my lap time on the final day. All in all, driving on this track for the first time, and making a debut in the FRP season, was a successful one for me. I’m looking forward to the next race and seeing what’s to come at Mid-Ohio”

Gabriel Cahan
In the F2000 class, it was Gabriel Cahan who found his way near the pointy end of the result sheets throughout testing on Thursday and Friday. Unlike his brother who had three wheel-to-wheel races and only one qualifying session on the weekend, Gabriel had a qualifying session on Saturday morning that set the grid for Saturday’s racing action while a carbon copy of the schedule would take place on Sunday.

Flexing his muscles and showing speed in the early morning qualifying run-on Saturday, Gabriel managed to turn the fastest lap of the strong F2000 field and earned the premier inside front-row pole position for race one that afternoon.

Race one was like a fairy tale for Gabriel and the Cahan Racing Team as the young gun was able to convert his first career FRP pole position into his first career FRP victory as he dominated the proceedings on Saturday. Starting just inside the top five-Sunday and falling back to fifth in the opening stages, Gabriel climbed his way back forward crossing the finish line in the second position, earning his second podium result in as many days. Along with one win and two podium results, Gabriel left the weekend as the F2000 point leader.

“To come into the FRP series and leave the first weekend as the point leader is not something that I expected,” explained Gabriel. “I wanted to learn as much as I could, and hopefully battle in the top-five but now after one weekend, I am fully focused on more wins in the future, and we will see how the championship shapes up as the season rolls on.”

Next up for the Cahan Racing team will be a trip to the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the April 26-28 weekend for the second event weekend in Formula Race Promotions.

For more information on the Cahan Racing Team, please visit them online at cahanracingteam.com or search for them via their social media channels via Cahan Racing Team.

For additional information, please contact RTD Media & Management at 317.270.8723 or via email to Mike@RTD-Media.com.

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