Lawson Aschenbach completed the weekend sweep of the US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship series at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday. This series ran a pair of 50-lap races as the opener to the open-wheel weekend anchored by the CART Champ Car...
Lawson Aschenbach completed the weekend sweep of the US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship series at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday. This series ran a pair of 50-lap races as the opener to the open-wheel weekend anchored by the CART Champ Car series. On Friday, Acshenbach dominated race one, just as he had led the earlier practice and qualifying sessions, finishing with a comfortable 2.397-second cushion over Tonis Kasemets. Kasemets, while unable to make any progress on Aschenbach, had the rest of the field covered.
The best racing in race one was in the pack covering third through tenth places, led for much of the race by Jon Groom. Toronto's J.W. Urlin had the best race of this group. Urlin started ninth, grabbed seventh at the start, and worked through the pack to get to third position by lap 30. Immediately after Urlin passed Groom for third, Groom's engine faltered, and he retired to the pits. The top ten finishers for race 1 were: Aschenbach, Kasemets, Urlin, Travis Irving, Jeffery Jones, Bryan Sellars, Sean McIntosh, Edouard Aube, Mark Wilkins, and Luis Schiavo. This order would provide the starting order for race two on Sunday.
In race two, Kasemets took the lead into turn one, but was promptly passed by first Urlin, then Aschenbach. Urlin and Aschenbach took off from the pack with Kasemets and Irving some distance behind. Groom, with his early exit from race 1, had to start from the rear of the field. In attempting to make up ground, he spun into the outside wall at turn two on lap 20 to bring out the full course caution and bunch the field.
On the restart, Kasemets got a good run on Aschenbach and passed for 2nd place going into turn one. Aschenbach was able to take back the position with an outside pass in turn three, however, and he began to chase down the leader, Urlin.
Farther back in the pack, Irving began losing positions, first ceding fourth to Sellars, then losing fifth to Aube, and sixth to McIntosh on consecutive laps, all with inside passes in turn three.
On lap 33, Aschenbach passed Urlin for the lead he would hold to the end of the race. In the later laps of the race, Aschenbach extended his lead, while Kasemets closed the gap to Urlin, unsuccessfully trying to take back second place. Sellars, Aube, and McIntosh battled closely for the fourth position, but the battle fell off when Sellars had to make an unscheduled pit stop, costing him a lap to the field.
The final finishing order for race two was: Aschenbach, Urlin, Keasmets, Aube, Mcintosh, Irving, Wilkins, Anthony Massari, Jones, and Andy Brumbach.