Guerrieri races to third place finish at Grand prix of Cleveland Cleveland, OH, June 25, 2005 - A huge 40-car field assembled for the first of this past weekend's two Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tires Championship Series races at the Burke ...
Guerrieri races to third place finish at Grand prix of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH, June 25, 2005 - A huge 40-car field assembled for the first of this past weekend's two Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tires Championship Series races at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio resulting in Pickering racer, Chris Guerrieri (#11/Cherry Beach Sound/Northstar Promotions/Med Broadcast/Glycomax), finishing third on the podium. Guerrieri, who turned 22 on the weekend, gave himself a birthday present he is not likely to forget with this strong result while piloting his Aiken Racing / Van Diemen open wheel car to victory circle. " The car had good balance today and it was better than it had been in qualifying and testing" Guerrieri said.
Guerrieri wasn't able to get the most out of his car during qualifying and lined up fifth on the grid after failing to get a clean run around the fast, 2.106-mile temporary circuit. The race, run under the oppressive heat of the weekend, saw Guerrieri stay right behind the leaders of the race waiting for his opportunity to strike. This opportunity to improve on his fifth place grid position came in the later stages of the race as Guerrieri kept up the pressure on the third and fourth place cars forcing them to make mistakes while defending their positions.
Race one's podium position is the first for Guerrieri this season that has seen him have four top five finishes in the last six races. During the second race of the weekend Guerrieri backed up his strong performance with a fourth place finish. The second race was plagued with yellow caution periods and only a few green flag laps. " With most of the race being run under caution I had limited time to make my move. I would have gained third if I had more green flag racing laps" said Guerrieri. Guerrieri had shown his speed to be superior to the third place finisher, J.R. Hildebrand, but by virtue of the continuous yellow flag laps no opportunity to pass presented itself.
"Overall the weekend went well. The bad luck we experienced in the past two races looks to be over. The Aiken Racing team worked very hard setting up and tuning the car. I really loking forward to Road America. My focus will now be on moving up in the championship point from fourth to third place" said Guerrieri.
The next installment of the Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tiret hChampionship Series will be at the Ferrari Maserati Racing Days at Road America on August 6 & 7th. For more information on Chris Guerrieri log on to www.chrisguerrieri.com and for information on the Formula Ford Zetec series log on to www.cooperseries.com.