SONOMA — The hot streak continues.
Vacaville’s TJ Fischer raced to his eighth straight Formula Mazda victory, taking the checkered flag at Sonoma Raceway, Saturday.
It was also his 15th win in the last 16 races, easily making him the series points leader.
“The team did a great job with Eric Purcell, Jeff Andretti, JJ Hogue, my mechanic,” Fischer said in the winner’s circle after Saturday’s win. “They all did a great job. The car was fantastic. It ran the same lap times all the way to the last lap of the race. The car was just great. I can’t thank them enough.”
Fischer started from the pole and never surrendered the lead, going wire-to-wire in the 30-minute race.
If Fischer can pick up another win Sunday to sweep the doubleheader, he’ll claim the national championship.
“It feels even better being the national championship race,” the driver of the No. 82 car said. “It’s a big deal and we’re glad to win it and be the fastest car here.”
Fischer also swept the doubleheader here in the Wine Country back in June.
“We can only go up and beyond,” Fischer said. “I’ve got to win races and that’s what we are doing. I just have to continue doing this. We have another race (Sunday) and I have to win to claim the national championship.”
The 2012 Vacaville High grad has his sights set on the next step on the way to the top tier of IndyCar.
“After this season we are planning on going to Pro Mazda, which is in the IndyCar ladder system,” Fischer said after Friday’s practice session. “It’s called the Mazda Road to Indy. It’s the third step. . . . Then there’s Indy Lights and then there’s IndyCar. It’s kind of like baseball where they have Double A (you move up the ladder toward the pros).”
Winning a national championship would definitely propel Fischer in the right direction.
NOTES: Renaud Kuppens swept both Maserati Trofeo races Saturday, the first by nearly five seconds and the second by less than half a second. Cedric Sbirrazzuoli was second in the first race and Ange Barde was second in the second race. Mikkel Mac (1st race) and Alan Simoni (2nd race) both picked up third-place finishes. . . Johnny O’Connell earned the pole for Sunday’s World Challenge GT/GTS event, with Andy Pilgrim qualifying second and Randy Pobst third . . . . The Race Tire Development division of Firestone Racing presented a $10,000 check to Racing For Kids, the non-profit organization that since 1989 has used motorsports to focus attention and raise funds for the health care needs of children.