Andersen Racing Gets Third, Fourth and Fifth in First F2000 Race
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 9 - Terrick Mansur posted another podium finish for Andersen Racing in F2000 Championship action Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Two of his teammates were as close as one can get to a podium, as Ricardo Vassmer finished fourth and Noah Bystrom placed fifth for the Fairfield, N.J.-based team.
The team's fourth driver in the 11-lap, 30-minute race, Scott Willard, escaped injury when his Broadreach Partners No. 14 was hit from behind and sent hard into the guardrail.
Mansur started on the pole with his No. 17 that touts Aruba.com for his country. He held off all challengers at the initial start, but then there was a crash deeper into the field that brought out a full-course yellow on lap one. Both the eventual winner, Cole Morgan, and the eventual runner-up, Matt McDonough, got by him on the restart on lap four, and the podium positions didn't change the rest of the way.
Vassmer, of Caracas, Venezuela and Coral Springs, Fla., started third, was passed by McDonough at the initial start to slip to fourth, and stayed in that position the rest of the way with his No. 2 that advertises PDVSA, Citgo, Zoom and Meridiano TV.
Bystrom started sixth and slipped to eighth during an early scuffle that saw another competitor's car launch over his No. 10, which carries the colors of APEX Universal Joints and Cooper Power Tools. Somehow Bystrom got away relatively unscathed, and the Chanhassen, Minn.-based driver lined up in eighth for the restart on lap four. He blasted by Phil Lombardi, Charles Finelli and Jesse Yorio to nab fifth by lap five, and he was hounding Vassmer for fourth at the checkered on lap 11.
Willard, of Weston, Conn., started 25th, got one driver on the abbreviated first lap, and then got a great restart on lap four to move into 19th by lap five. He was 15th on the white-flag lap when he was hit from behind by Keegan Van Sicklen, and he ended up 24th in the final rundown.
Another 30-minute F2000 race is on the schedule here tomorrow at 2 p.m. Both events were part of the 26th running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, one of the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course's premier events.
Driver quotes follow:
Terrick Mansur: "The car was working well. On the restart Cole [Morgan] got me in Turn 1 and then he just took off. At the end we were trying to close up, but we ran out of time.
"I had the speed to get Cole, but Matt [McDonough] was blocking me on the backstretch so I couldn't get to him. But it was a great race. The car was great.
"Our car was set up on the cold side, so I think the rain last night helped our set-up. But when the tires were heated up, I was already behind them."
Ricardo Vassmer: "I got a good start. I thought I had a shot at Terrick [Mansur], but Matt [McDonough] closed the door on me at the Bus Stop. Then there was a big crash behind us.
"On the restart Terrick and Matt were getting away a little because my car was pushing a little in some places, but it was pretty close. I closed the door on [Jesse] Yorio a couple times.
"Then I hit the curb in Turn 1 the wrong way and the car went sideways and I lost some time.
"On the last lap I had a fight with Noah [Bystrom], which was good.
"I made decent points; one position away from the podium. It was a good race. I'll take it."
Noah Bystrom: "I started sixth. Then there was a big crash coming up the esses. We were in sixth, and then a red car hit my left rear. It catapulted him into the air and over me. All I saw was a lot of red going over me. It caused a three-car pileup, but my car wasn't hurt bad. I got passed under the yellow and that put me back to eighth because I was involved.
"I got a good restart. I got up to fifth. On the last lap Ricardo [Vassmer] and I were racing hard. I put in the second-fastest lap of the race, so I know we're there. Tomorrow we're on the front row, so it should be exciting."
Scott Willard: "I got hit from behind. The crash happened exiting the inner loop. A car just drilled me from behind, and I went into the Armco. My car was fine before that. I'm fine."