U.S. F2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND FACTS
1998 VISIONAIRE 500k WEEKEND
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY, JULY 24-25
WHAT: The VisionAire 500k Weekend featuring two rounds of the U.S. F2000 National Championship in support of the Pep Boys Indy Racing League.
WHERE: The 1.6-mile modified oval is located in Concord, N.C., outside of Charlotte.
WHEN: July 24-25, 1998
LENGTHS: 30 laps, 48.0 miles
CONTACT: Eric Prill, 303/694-7723 (office)
TELEVISION: Both races will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN2. Friday's race will air Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's race will air Sunday, August 30 at 10:30 a.m.
SCHEDULE: Practice: Thursday, July 23, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (optional);
Friday, July 24, 12:00 p.m.;
Saturday, July 25, 1:00 p.m.
Single-Car Qualifying: Friday, July 24, 1:00 p.m. (Race One);
Saturday, July 25, 3:00 p.m. (Race Two)
Race One: Friday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.
Race Two: Saturday, July 25, 6:45 p.m.
WINNERS: 1997: Ryan Hampton and Andrea De Lorenzi
RECORDS: Qualifying: 130.879 mph (44.010 sec.), Andrea De Lorenzi, 1997
Race Lap: 133.726 mph (43.073 sec.), Matt Sielsky, 1997
Race (48.0 miles): 130.407 mph, Ryan Hampton, 1997
NOTES: Charlotte's first race of 1997 was one of the most exciting in series history, featuring 16 official lead changes in the 30-lap event. Ryan Hampton won the contest, setting an all-time series record for average race speed (130.407 mph). That weekend's qualifying and race lap marks also stand as absolute series records.
Australian David Besnard is on pace for a record-setting season. He has already eclipsed the season earnings record with $39,000 (old record, $32,200, Steve Knapp, 1996). With six races remaining, he is also two poles and wins away from tying season records (poles: 7, Knapp, 1996; wins: 7, Chris Simmons, 1993).
Results are available on the AP SportsWire, http://www.usf2000.com and CompuServe's RIS forum (GO RACEB) following each session or race.