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USF3: Gomide wins San diego, Crow takes championship

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.

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."

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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

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