SONOMA — His name is TJ Fischer, but you can call him a national champion.
Fischer, a 2012 graduate of Vacaville High, raced to his second Formula Mazda win of the weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Sunday, propelling him to the national championship.
“It feels good. We’ve worked a long time for this,” Fischer said after being drenched in the winner’s circle by fellow drivers. “To finally get it, it’s a dream come true. It’s awesome.”
It was also Fischer’s ninth straight win, including two others at Sonoma back in June.
“It definitely solidifies (the championship),” Fischer said. “It shows that we can race (competitively) at different tracks, that we can’t only do it at Sonoma, we can do it at all the tracks around California. But this was the big one. This is the one that counted, so I’m glad we capitalized.”
The driver of the No. 82 car got a slight scare very early on as some cars spun heading up the hill into Turn 2 on the first lap.
“There were some pro cars that got tangled in front of me,” Fischer said. “I just ducked to the right to avoid it and I was hoping that nobody would bounce off the wall and come at me. It never did and I got through cleanly. It looked sketchy. It was bad.”
Winning this title prepares Fischer for stepping up a class next season.
“We’re going up to Pro Mazda now and we’re working on sponsors and all that,” Fischer said. “We need all the help we can get to help (get) the Pro Mazda championship for us next year. That’s the ultimate goal.
“We’ve obviously showed we can be really competitive and be good in any car. We were great in the Formula Mazda, we got a ton of wins. . . . As a team, we can get it done. It’s going to be a great step for us.”
Fischer, just 20 years old, said he’s going to use all the knowledge he learned this season and take it to the next level.
“I’ve learned a lot about Formula Car Racing,” Fischer said. “Coming out of Karts, it’s a big thing to learn how to use wings and brakes and the braking. Learning all that in this car, being competitive with all the guys, it really showed me how to be fast in these cars.
“Driving a Formula car will translate into driving a Pro Mazda car. Obviously, I will need some testing in it, but once I figure it out, I’m just ready to learn and learn.”
Will all his success this season, it shouldn’t take Fischer long to learn.
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