NA-F2000: Andy Knight Cleveland preview

KNIGHT IN POSITIVE MOOD FOR CLEVELAND Andy Knight heads to Cleveland this weekend for the next round of the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Series in a positive frame of mind after a good result last weekend at Portland International ...

KNIGHT IN POSITIVE MOOD FOR CLEVELAND

Andy Knight heads to Cleveland this weekend for the next round of the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Series in a positive frame of mind after a good result last weekend at Portland International Raceway in Oregon.

The 20 - year - old Christchurch driver had his best round of the series at Portland, finishing second in the first race of the weekend and then setting the fastest lap of the race in the second.

While he was already third equal in the series prior to last weekend's round, he and new race engineer Bill Fickling made real progress with the G.FRO/NAPA Van Diemen at the Oregon circuit. Andy was able to convert that improved car speed into a podium finish in the Saturday race and was leading on the opening lap of last Sunday's race until he was tagged from behind and turned around. Unfortunately Knight had to wait for the entire twenty - seven car field to go by before he could regain the track and resume the race. He then proceeded to turn in another fine drive, slicing his way back through the field and ending the race with the fastest lap. His charge back through the field netted the young kiwi 12th place, a result that would have been even better had the race not been red flagged. The red flag signified the end of the race and the results were taken back two laps which cost Knight several positions.

However the improved car speed Fickling and Knight uncovered at Portland has left Knight looking forward to racing in front of the Champ Car World Series teams at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland this weekend. The circuit is a fully operational airport for 362 days each year, closing down for one weekend to allow motor racing to take place on the runways and access roads.

Knight will arrive in Cleveland third in the 2006 Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship point standings, just 2 points behind second placed Jason Byers of Livonia, Michigan. Knight is leading the Greg Moore Rookie Of The Year pointscore

Unfortunately there is one downside to Knight's outing at Cleveland this weekend and it is a major one. This could be the last outing in the series for Knight due to a lack of funding. That would be a great shame as Knight has shown in a very short time that he is extremely competitive in this popular series.

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Series Other open wheel
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