Vancouver, Canada â€“ Marybeth Harrison, winner of the 1998 Canadian Formula Drivers Association Championship took away one second place finish and two wins at this weekend's Mission Raceway Park race event despite team turmoil that placed a sour...
Vancouver, Canada – Marybeth Harrison, winner of the 1998 Canadian Formula Drivers Association Championship took away one second place finish and two wins at this weekend's Mission Raceway Park race event despite team turmoil that placed a sour note on an otherwise successful start to the season.
"My crew chief dropped a bombshell on me Saturday when he announced that at the end of this weekend he would no longer be running the team." Harrison explains. "It had been an exercise in frustration trying to get the car ready for this first race though so I'm actually really looking forward to working with someone new. The fact that there was no notice however, does leave me in a bind with a race coming up in three weeks! But I'm optimistic that we'll find a replacement in time."
Despite the tension in the pits, Fountain Tire Racing came away with three respectable finishes: one 2nd and two wins.
Saturday's open-wheel race saw Harrison second on the grid next to pole sitter Noel Rabey at the start of the race. When the green flag dropped, Rabey - who was on the inside where the track was still wet from morning rain - was unable to brake early enough for Harrison's turn in at the hairpin and hit Harrison, spinning her out. "Luckily no one in the rest of the field hit me!" she exclaims. "And I was able to get my motor restarted to chase after the pack. I was worried about damage to the car but all seemed well so I just kept going. As it turns out, Noel just hit my back tire and there was no damage to either car."
By the second to last lap, after working her way up through the field, she passed competitor Randy Mainwood for 2nd place but was unable to catch Rabey who had also worked his way up to take a solid 1st.
Sunday's wet weather brought out the Goodyear rain tires and a fastest qualifying time for Harrison, putting her on the pole for Sunday's open-wheel race. By the time of the race however, the rain had subsided and most of the field had opted to go back on slicks.
Rabey had the jump on Harrison at the start but an engine problem saw him out of the race on lap two, allowing Harrison an uncontested drive to victory.
In the Canadian Formula Drivers Association (CFDA) race on Sunday, Harrison was again on pole and with all drivers on the same, hard-compound tires, there was an exciting battle between Rabey and Harrison for most of the race that eventually saw Harrison taking the checkered flag.
"Noel and I had a great race with numerous lead changes. About half way through the race though, he spun and I was able to easily hold on to the lead from there." Harrison explains.
From here, Harrison is off to the Nazareth CART race as part of her duties with PPG.
Special thanks to the sponsors who make our racing possible!!
Continuing with Marybeth again this year:
Fountain Tire/Goodyear Domino's Pizza Pro.Net Communications Drivers Edge Motorsports
And to our new 1999 sponsors:
Loctite Feuling R&D Racecom Blok Printing
Thanks as well to David Balfour from OttoMobiles in Surrey who supplied a beautiful Winnebago Adventurer for the team to use this weekend.
Special thanks as well as to crew members John Duffy and Margo Hayward a.k.a. Mum who keeps the car clean and the team well fed. y