NA-F2000: Aaron Justus takes it all at IRP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 27, 2000) - Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., captured his second U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win of the year at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Rookie Billy Asaro, of Unionville, Ont.,...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 27, 2000) - Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., captured his second U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win of the year at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Rookie Billy Asaro, of Unionville, Ont., Can., and Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., rounded out the top-three. Driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, Justus won the Budweiser Night Before the 500 in dominating fashion, leading flag-to-flag to a 0.187-second margin of victory. In the early stages of the race, Justus was able to pull away from the field until his tires began to overheat. A lap 23 yellow flag, for a crash in turn two, allowed Justus to cool his tires. The lap 30 restart had Justus and Asaro pull out a sizeable lead on the rest of the field. Asaro repeatedly closed in on Justus but never found a way past. The win was Jutus' second of the year and fourth of his career, tying for sixth all-time. "The car was just awesome, " said Justus. "I was able to drive away at the start until my tires got a little hot. The yellow actually helped me. I knew Billy (Asaro) was closing, but it would be very difficult for him to pass me. I'm looking forward to the break in the schedule so I can go see my newborn daughter Morgan." Asaro, driving the No. 33 Forsythe/InDeck Racing Van Diemen Ford, drove an aggressive race moving up from his fourth place starting position to finish second, and capture his first-ever podium. Asaro was able to make it past both Camirand and Tony Buffomante early in the race and mount a challenge on Justus. Following the full-course yellow Asaro closed on Justus, but never quite had enough to go for the lead. "The cars were just too evenly matched for me to go for the lead, " said Asaro. "I was inching up on Justus, but as soon as I got close I'd get a little loose and couldn't make a move." Driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Camirand fell back to third early in the race. Camirand held some off early challenges for position before settling into a comfortable position. "I'm happy with the result, " said Camirand. "I knew I couldn't run with Justus so I settled into a comfortable pace and made sure I collected valuable points." Rounding out the top five is Tony Buffomante, of Streamwood, Ill. and Arie Luyendyk Jr., of Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Aaron Justus , Tony Buffomante