Northern Conference, Formula F
For Russell Ruedisueli, of Rochester, Mich., it was a busy season. Aside from driving the No. 20 Van Diemen to a Northern Conference Formula F crown himself, his daughter Meghan also ran a couple events at the controls.
Regardless of the extra work, Ruedisueli was very happy to bring the championship home this past season.
“A championship is important because it says you were a consistent top-performer over the whole season,” Ruedisueli said.
Ruedisueli’s biggest highlight and hurdle of the season came during the same race during the June Sprints at Road Amercia.
“We were running well at the Sprints, setting the fastest time in the race,” Ruedisueli said. Then it was thrown away by going off at Turn Six, packing the radiators full of grass.
“We overheated the motor at the Sprints, forcing an unscheduled rebuild,” Ruedisueli said. “Getting the engine off to the engine builder and back together for the next race was a challenge for our team. It took lots of late nights and Red Bull.”
In six races in which he took the green flag, Ruedisueli had five top-five finishes. His record included a win at Michigan International Speedway, second-place finishes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and two finishes in fifth at MIS and Road America. In addition, Ruedisueli was a two-time polesitter.
He made a point of thanking some important supporters.
“I need to thank my wife, Kathy, and daughter, Megan,” Ruedisueli said. “I also have to thank Mark and Janet Davison, Hank and Tony Sleath, Jeff Dworin ,Gene Diggs and Steve Knapp.”