Eastern Conference, F Production
Fohl, of Richmond, Va., learned of some very grim news last year. Doctors had diagnosed him with two different types of cancer. However, the result of the diagnosis was the important part of the story.
“After going over my treatment options with my doctors, I had time last fall to decided how I was going to spend the rest of my life,” Fohl said. “I knew I wanted to put my family first, which I have done. As a physician, I knew I wanted to see and treat patients as long as I can. But beyond that, I had some thinking to do.
“I decided that the next most important thing in my life was racing, and, more importantly, the friends I have in racing. Since the Eastern Conference series schedule of tracks were among my very favorites, I decided to start in Sebring and see how many races I could start and finish. I initially intended to do enough racing to earn a spot at the Runoffs in September. To celebrate the 50th Runoffs, I thought it would be nice to bring back a car marque that has not been to the Runoffs since 1986 - Morgan.
“I decided to not compete in the F Production Morgan 4/4 until later in the year, but rather qualify using my Spec Miata, which, being a 1.6 early car, was also classed in F Production. It all started out simply enough with successful starts and finishes at both Sebring [International Raceway] and Road Atlanta. I had enough points to qualify for the Runoffs, so why not stop? Simply answer, I was having so much fun! Since [VIRginia International Raceway] and Summit Point [Motorsports Park] were so close to my home, it was only natural to race there.”
Driving his No. 79 Derm Specialists/PLLC/Windsor Customs Mazda Miata, Fohl was tempted to stop following Summit Point. But, after being so close to the F Production championship lead, he decided to finish the entire campaign.
Fohl ran the entire 12-race Eastern Conference schedule, and was able to take championship title by a slim eight-point margin. In each race, Fohl was able to hold, or improve, his grid position. He recorded a season-high finish of third on Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and backed up that performance with another third-place on Sunday. He also has four other top-fives, including back-to-back fourth-place finishes at VIR and a pair of fifth places at Summit Point.
In full preparation mode, Fohl is looking to follow through with his original Runoffs goal.
“I am currently rushing to try to get my Morgan 4/4 ready for Runoffs at Road America,” Fohl said. “One thing after another is going wrong with the car, but I know that I do not need to worry. I have already had a wonderful year meeting great racers and workers and getting to see them again and again at race after race.
“By the way, my health is doing very well. In an odd but wonderful way, my health crisis has made me focus and appreciate the things that really matter in my life: loving my family, healing my patients, enjoying to the fullest my racing friends and, of course, racing!”