Launi takes 2004 Bridgestone/FormulaCar Magazine F2000 series Championship
Sunoco's Team Ultra 94 driver Frank Launi takes 2004 title
TORONTO, ONTARIO "This feels great for our Sunoco Team Ultra 94. This is the second year in a row a member of this team has won and I am glad to have been the one to win it this year," Sunoco Team Ultra 94 driver Frank Launi said of winning the 2004 Bridgestone/FormulaCar Magazine F2000 series championship. Launi's three wins powered him to the title, but the wins weren't what was on his mind going into the final weekend.
"I knew going into this weekend, car choice was going to be critical. I still had two electives, and luckily the cars I drew were good enough for me to hold onto the lead. I was worried when Juliana broke on Friday that could have been me.
"At the start of the year, we knew we had to uphold the values of this team and I think we have done that for Sunoco, Ron Fellows and ASN. Without them, none of us would have had this opportunity and I think they will be happy with the performance all three of the Sunoco Ultra 94 drivers put in this year."
Originally second in the championship belonged to Jamie Holtom, but a revised scoring sheet with three drops instead of two sent Holtom back to third overall. Holtom put everything on the line in the final race to move up to second. He took the pole, win and fastest race lap in an effort to secure the runner up spot. Holtom has two wins and never finished worse than third in the final four races in his quest to secure second, but in the final tally he was just a few points short.
Fourth in the championship was the third member of the Sunoco Ultra 94 team, Juliana Chiovitti. "I ended up with a perfect 50/50 split," Chiovitti said. "I finished half the races and had mechanical problems in the other half. I want to thank Ron [Fellows] and Sunoco for the opportunity to do this."
New members for the 2005 Sunoco Team Ultra 94 will be selected at the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship Evaluation Day on October 8, 2004.