WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL, NY, October 21-2001. Luciano Gomide is the new 2001 United States Formula 3 Champion, while Teammate John C. Antonino wins last race of the season at Watkins Glen International. The Brazilian (GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligents-Impact Protection System- Eurointernational Dallara F300 VW) clinched his first major motosports title after a second dominating season in USF3 with is first DNF after 14 wins in a row, due to an engine trottle linkage failure with five laps to go, after have lead the race from the start.
"I would like finish the season with another win " said the new USF3 Champion" but it's better to have my first mechanical problem only at the last race. For two season the Eurointernational Team has done an incredible work on my Dallara and 14 wins in a row are terrific. Now I like enjoy my Championship Title and celebrate it in Brazil. Next Season I will race again with Eurointernational and look for a major announce in few weeks."
For John C. Antonino , Watkins Glen International , is the first mayor race win of his young racing career and the Bakersfield resident ended the season in the most impressive way: win, pole and fastest race lap, breaking Luciano Gomide streak of wins in USF3.
" Today it's a special day and my thanks go to my Team and Robert Corsaro for believe in me during all season" said John C. Antonino" This win is great for my future and my career. Now I need to work for next year hoping to be part of the Eurointernational's racing programs in 2002".
John C. Antonino (GrapeKing-Asia Express-Arra-Uptown-RLC-Giumarra.com-Eurointernational Dallara F301 VW) wins the 2001 Rookie of the Year USF3 Award.
Round 10 of the 2001 USF3 Championship was another battle Gomide-Antonino.
John C. Antonino starts from the pole with a new UF3 track record with 1'45"461, on the 3.4 miles Watkins Glen International road course, but is Luciano Gomide to take the lead at the first corner.
The Brazilian in five laps takes his lead to 2"5 on Antonino, who reduce the gap to 0.4" at lap 10 for some slow cars on the track. The traffic allows Antonino to pass Gomide, in trouble with his engine at lap 11, and finally retired at lap 14. For Antonino remains only to control the race up to the end (19 laps/64.6 miles) with the fastest race lap on 1.46"270 at lap 17. Eddie Claridge finished second after start third on the grid, and Tony Carpanzano complete the podium.
The 2001 USF3 Championship end with Luciano Gomide Champion with 7 wins, 5 poles and 6 fastest race laps, with total 70 points, followed by John C. Antonino with 1 win, 3 poles, 2 fastest race laps, and 46 points. Canadian Kyle Herder is third with 17 points. Total 21 drivers have scored points in the 2001 Season.
Eurointernational Inc. is the 2001 USF3 Champion Team with 8 wins and 6 second places finishes.