NA-F2000: Camirand wins Saturday race at Homestead-Miami

MIAMI (April 7, 2001) -- Marc-Antonine Camirand may have cut down on his participation in the U.S. F2000 National Championship presented by Speedvision, but not his competitiveness. The 20-year-old Canadian took the lead on lap two and led the...

MIAMI (April 7, 2001) -- Marc-Antonine Camirand may have cut down on his participation in the U.S. F2000 National Championship presented by Speedvision, but not his competitiveness. The 20-year-old Canadian took the lead on lap two and led the final 39 laps en route to victory Saturday, in the series second of three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It was the seventh series victory and 33rd top-10 finish in 41 starts for Camirand, who is looking to compete in the Toyota Atlantic Championship.

Second went to Camirand's Keymotorsports teammate Billy Asaro, followed by series rookie Jason LaPoint. Rounding out the top five were Jeff Harrison and Arie Luyendyk Jr., son of the two-Indianapolis 500 winner.

Finishing eighth was Doug Bell, who won the U.S. F2000 season opening round at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March, which was contested on the 2.4-mile road course. The series will race again on Sunday on the 1.4-mile modified Speedway layout, prior to the 2 p.m. start of the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel, featuring the Indy Racing Northern Light Series.

"This was a totally different course from last month," said Asaro, who came from sixth starting position. "This kind of makes up for that race, when I got hit from behind on the first lap. This is an awesome team -- Mark really showed that today."

Tonis Kasemets will start on the pole in Sunday's race, which takes the green flag at 11 a.m. LaPoint will start second, followed by Camirand, Asaro and Luyendyk.

Sunday's schedule also includes an autograph session for Miami Dolphins alumni, including NFL Hall of Famers Nick Buoniconti and Dwight Stephenson, at 11 a.m., and a Media Challenge at noon.

Reserved Sunday grandstand seats for today's Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel will be available at the gate and range from $25 to $45. Parking is free. For additional information, call (305) 230-RACE, or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tonis Kasemets , Billy Asaro , Arie Luyendyk Jr.