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...
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.