SAN DIEGO, CA --- Luciano Gomide of Rio de Janerio, Brazil, captured his seventh consecutive United States Formula Three Championship race win at the San Diego Grand Prix. Gomide piloted his Dallara F300 to a 48 second victory over George Frazier. Frazier also drove a Dallara F300. The race was the eleventh and final round in the inaugural championship series. Stuart Crow of Dallas, Texas, finished fourth in the USF3 category to win the season long championship. Crow placed sixth overall in the race. He drove a Ralt F3/2000. Gomide, who started from the pole position, jumped to an early lead with Crow in close pursuit. Midway through the race, Crow was forced to pit with a misfire in his engine dropping him six laps behind. Gomide was never challenged after that point and easily won the race. Gomide's quick time of 1:07.309 for an average speed of 88.249 MPH was the fastest time of any category during the San Diego Grand Prix. By comparison, Crow's fastest lap in the race was 1:07.940. Newcomer Marcelo Gaffaglio, of Newport Beach, California, qualified second for the race but was unable to start after he crashed his Dallara F300 in the same qualifying session. Adam Andretti, who entered the weekend in contention for the championship, also did not start. He crashed his Dallara F300 in Saturday's race. Gaffaglio was impressed with his first USF3 venture, "The cars are fantastic to drive. Our mechanics like them because they are easy to work on. And, everyone here has been very helpful. It's a good atmosphere." Crow, who won three of the first four races in the season, won the USF3 championship with 152 points. Gomide missed the first four races in the series but dominated when he joined the championship at Quebec City. He finished second with 147 points. Andretti was third with 129 points. "This is really a great series," said Crow. "And, I am very happy to be its first champion. USF3 deserves a chance to prosper."
USF3 Round 11 Results:
Finish Start Driver/Country Car Laps Category 1 1 Luciano Gomide, Brazil Dallara F300 30 USF3 2 3 George Frazier, USA Dallara F300 30 USF3 3 8 Skip Weld, USA Dallara F399 29 USF3 4 5 Luis Perea, Mexico Reynard 993 29 IMF3 5 6 Ricardo Vargas, Mexico Reynard 993 28 IMF3 6 4 Stuart Crow, USA Ralt F3/2000 24 USF3 7 12 Luis Vargas, Mexico Reynard 993 12 IMF3 8 7 Guillermo Zapata Reynard 993 5 IMF3 9 2 Marcelo Gaffoglio, USA Dallara F300 DNS USF3 10 Adam Andretti, USA Dallara F300 DNS USF3 11 Rino Mastarnardi,Italy Dallara F300 DNS USF3 12 Luis Rodriquez, Mexico Reynard 993 DNS IMF3
Final 2000 USF3 Unofficial Point Standings:
1 Stuart Crow 152 points 2 Luciano Gomide 147 3 Adam Andretti 129 4 George Frazier 122 5 Skip Weld 99 6 Paul Jenkins 38 7 Robert Sollenskog 15 8 Marcelo Gaffoglio 12 9 David Rosenblum 6
Note: Internacional (Mexican) Formula Three drivers are not eligible for USF3 points