Chicago, IL --- As the United States Formula Three Championship Powered by Volkswagen looks ahead to the final two rounds of the championship in San Diego, CA. Stuart Crow and Adam Andretti are in a tight battle for the series crown. Crow, who once held a 15-point lead over Andretti, has seen that lead diminish to just 4 points. Now as the season heads into the final two rounds, Crow needs to have a solid finish against Andretti if he is to win the championship.
Crow stole the first place spot from Andretti after the third round at Memphis and has held it ever since. However, recurring gearbox problems has plagued Crow and his winning ways, allowing Andretti to close in on the lead. Crow will be very much be dependent on the DM Racing crew to make sure his Ralt F3/2000 is running at peak performance if he is to add a United States Formula Three title to his vast racing resume. Crow has 127 points heading into San Diego.
"I am confident that the car will be running the best it has all year," said Crow. "I am planning to run my own race and with a little luck score the necessary points to win the championship," concluded the 1990 Formula Super Vee Champion and Formula Atlantic standout.
Andretti, 23, the youngest driver in USF3, has been the most consistent of all other drivers in the series. He has been able to stay in contention with Crow all season, and with strong finishes next Saturday and Sunday at San Diego, Andretti may have his chance to regain the first place spot in the point standings and win the championship. Andretti is second to Crow just four points behind with 123 points.
"We are not concerning ourselves with the championship, we want to make sure that we keep the consistency we had all year, and perform well during practice and qualifying," said Andretti.
Saturday may be the deciding factor for the series championship. Should Crow and Andretti score below a second place victory in race 10 on Saturday, Luciano Gomide has an opportunity to take the USF3 title. Gomide has won the last 5 USF3 races and still has an outside chance to win it all. Gomide is currently in third place with 105 points.
"San Diego is a very unforgiving track. Drivers must be mentally on at this track," said G. Garvin Brown III, Chairman, Active Worldwide Sports LLC, organizers of the United States Formula Three Championship Powered by Volkswagen. "San Diego will definitely challenge every drivers skills and abilities which are the qualities of a champion whom will be made."