Rosamond, California (May 25, 2003) - Following an action-packed first leg on Saturday, competitors in the second round of the Fran-Am 1600 USA West Championship Doubleheader at Willow Springs expected much of the same on Sunday. Indeed, the top...
Rosamond, California (May 25, 2003) - Following an action-packed first leg on Saturday, competitors in the second round of the Fran-Am 1600 USA West Championship Doubleheader at Willow Springs expected much of the same on Sunday. Indeed, the top three qualifiers, Colin Braun, Darryl O'Young and John Knudsen, all qualified within 5/100 of a second, so the stage was certainly set for a repeat of the previous day's activities.
However, as soon as the green flag dropped, young 14 year-old phenom Braun, racing for Team Speed Secrets, set about proving that his win the previous day, in his first-ever car race, was no fluke. Braun immediately pulled out a lead over the rest of the field and held that lead until the end of the race.
The battle for second was another story. Brian Frisselle of Knudsen Racing and Brad Coleman of World Speed Motorsports battled furiously with championship points-leader O'Young of CT Motorsports throughout the race, with the trio eventually finishing in the aforementioned order at the checkered flag.
Although Fran-Am 1600 constant front-runner and comparatively veteran road-racer Knudsen failed to finish Sunday's race, his enthusiasm for the quality of the competition over the weekend was obvious--especially with regard to the talented group of youngsters he raced against.
"The competition this weekend with the new young drivers was nothing but the best formula car racing I've been a part of in 10 years," said Knudsen following Sunday's event. "Side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel, nose-to-tail racing is what is going to make this year extremely competitive and exciting. My helmet off to Fran-Am--great job!"
After three rounds in the Fran-Am 1600 USA West Championship, O'Young holds a slim 5 point lead over 15 year-old Coleman, who has garnered three podium finishes in his first three formula car races. Following his two consecutive victories and despite missing the first round in Phoenix, Braun sits tied for third place with Frisselle, only a further five points back.
In the Fran-Am 2000 USA West Championship race on Sunday, like young Braun, Dino Bruno was able to repeat his win of the previous day. Driving his Team Bruno Fran-Am 2000 car to his third win of the season, Bruno finished ahead of a hard-charging Richard Biscevic of Knudsen Racing to cement his lead in the Championship.
Round 4 of both series is scheduled for the weekend of June 7-8, 2003 at California Speedway in Fontana, California.
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