NA-F2000: Chris Meredith Cleveland summary

Meredith Earns Two Top-10s at Cleveland POTOMAC, Md., July 7 - With two good runs in the recent Formula Ford Zetec doubleheader at the Grand Prix of Cleveland behind him, Chris Meredith of Potomac, Md. is looking forward to his next event Aug....

Meredith Earns Two Top-10s at Cleveland

POTOMAC, Md., July 7 - With two good runs in the recent Formula Ford Zetec doubleheader at the Grand Prix of Cleveland behind him, Chris Meredith of Potomac, Md. is looking forward to his next event Aug. 6-7 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Competing on the 2.106-mile street course at Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport in support events to the Champ Car series June 25-26 was a great experience for the 18-year-old high school student. He finished eighth in the first race and seventh in the second event.

The weekend attracted a 40-car field for the Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tires Championship Series doubleheader. Meredith, a rookie in the series, was behind the wheel of the MII Security No. 79 fielded by Comprent Motorsports.

Meredith qualified 13th for Saturday's race. He quickly moved up to seventh, and then was involved in a heated battle for the fifth, sixth and seventh positions.

Unfortunately another competitor's Van Diemen then lost a half-shaft in the middle of the backstretch, and Meredith ran over the debris with his car. "It damaged my car's nose and front wing, and after that I was just lucky to finish eighth," he said afterwards. "Our car was strong though," he added. "Without that problem we would have been in the top five."

He started 12th in Sunday's event and had advanced to sixth before too many laps were in the books. Fifth, sixth and seventh exchanged places several times but a rash of yellow flags occurred and Meredith was in seventh when time ran out.

"I think there were only nine hot laps in the 22-lap race," Meredith noted. "I probably had a fifth- or sixth-place car for that race. At the end there was just four one-thousandths of a second at the line between me and the car ahead of me. It was really close, wheel-to-wheel racing."

Meredith had never raced at the Burke Lakefront course before but he said the whole experience was fun. "It was packed, and it was amazing to be racing in front of so many fans," he said. "That was cool.

"The course was fun," he added. "There was a lot of high-speed stuff and it's wide, so that made for a lot of passing."

Meredith is currently eighth in the national point standings after six of 14 events.

"I'm looking forward to going to Road America in August," he said. "It'll be my first time there too."

Fans can see how he makes out via his Web site at chrismeredithracing.com. The team's Web site is at comprent.net and the series' Web site is at cooperseries.com.

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