21 Dec 2007 — Esteban Gutierrez started on the pole and led every lap on the way to a commanding victory in the USA F3: Brianza in the 14th and final round of the Formula 3 series.
Toni Calderon came from behind to beat Mike Erickson at the finish line by just 0.160 seconds and capture sixth place.
Gutierrez spent all of 14 laps total leading Steve Blankenship after originally being targeted by him on the first lap. Gutierrez controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to win.
Gutierrez finished the series second in the standings. Gutierrez made three starts and led 49 of his 49 laps while taking the victory three times.
Calderon drove the majority of five laps total pursuing Mike Erickson after originally targeting him on the first lap. Calderon got around Erickson and into sixth place by the hairline margin at the checkered flag.
Calderon finished the series 24th in the standings. He made one start and finished as high as sixth.
Making his 100th career start, Jim Barisoff captured a eighth-place finish.
Formula 3 series finished its season after 14 rounds spanning several months. A total of 73 drivers competed for points in the championship.
Steve Blankenship won the championship, leading 49 laps and taking three victories in six races. Esteban Gutierrez, Rob Ainscough, Peter Valkovic, and Les Lamont finished out the Top 5.
Barisoff ran the majority of seven laps total leading Toni Calderon after being caught by him on lap 7. Barisoff fended off an extended challenge by Calderon in the middle stages, staying just a couple turns ahead of him over a solid run of five laps. In the end Barisoff lost the spot on lap 12 and settled into eighth the couple laps running to the checkered flag.
Barisoff finished the series 11th in the standings. He made seven starts and finished as high as fourth.
Barrett Erickson won third place.
In the 100 career starts taken by Barisoff, he has driven the Formula 3 '06 eight times. This was the first time he matched the car against the circuit at Brianza. Barisoff has raced at Brianza two times in all with two different cars, his favorite being the Panoz GTS.
Erickson spent the majority of 13 laps total pursuing Kevin Inkman after originally targeting him on the second lap, coming from as many as three spots back. Erickson launched an extended challenge at Inkman early in the running, staying within a car length behind him and keeping pace over a continuous run of nine laps. Erickson got around Inkman and into third place on lap 11, and defended it against pressure by Inkman the remaining four laps to the conclusion.
Erickson finished the series 15th in the standings. He made one start and finished as high as third.
Kevin Inkman won fourth place.
Steve Blankenship won second place.
Mike Erickson took seventh place.
Inkman spent the majority of 13 laps total leading Barrett Erickson after initially being engaged by him on the second lap. Inkman fended off an extended attack by Erickson early in the running, staying just an apex ahead of him over a solid run of nine laps. In the end Inkman lost the spot on lap 11 and settled into fourth the few laps running to the conclusion.
Inkman finished the series sixth in the standings. Inkman made four starts and finished as high as fourth.
Les Lamont took fifth place.
Blankenship started the race in the seventh position and caught Rob Ainscough for second on the second lap. Blankenship cleared Ainscough and into second place on lap 2, and controlled it the remaining dozen laps to the finish.
Blankenship finished the series in front of the standings. Blankenship made six starts and led 49 of his 109 laps while taking the victory three times.
James Watson made his 10th start in the Formula 3 '06 and captured ninth place.
Erickson ran the majority of five laps total leading Toni Calderon after initially being targeted by him on the first lap. Ultimately Erickson settled into seventh the lap running to the finish, missing Calderon ahead by just 0.160 seconds at the line.
Erickson finished the series 20th in the standings. He made four starts and finished as high as seventh.
Lamont ran the majority of 10 laps total pursuing Steve Wood after initially catching him on the first lap, coming from as many as three positions back. Lamont passed Wood and into fifth place on lap 8, and held it the remaining half-dozen laps to the checkered flag.
Lamont finished the series fifth in the standings. Lamont made five starts and finished as high as second.