Dayton Finishes 11th; Lally Hit from Behind in Early Crash Saturday at Homestead HOMESTEAD, Fla., May 16 - Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y., was as high as ninth and finished 11th...
Dayton Finishes 11th; Lally Hit from Behind in Early Crash Saturday at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla., May 16 - Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y., was as high as ninth and finished 11th in the 22-lap, 48.62-mile U.S. Formula 2000 race at Homestead Motorsports Park Saturday afternoon in the Highcroft Racing/Bowman America BC5.
Teammate Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y., was involved in an accident at the start and ended up 35th. Repairs were already being made to his Highcroft Racing/Red Line Oil Bowman BC5 immediately after the race in preparation for a similar event tomorrow.
The start was wild.
Lally started ninth, but cars were immediately four abreast and racing room just ran out. Jonathan Bottoms went off the track spinning, came back on the track, and hit Lally in the right side. The right rear suspension and right rear corner of the car were gone and Lally was stranded in turn six until the race's conclusion. He escaped injury.
"Today hurt my run for the championship; that's what disappoints me the most," he said afterwards.
Dayton started 21st but he flew through the pack and he had already moved up to 13th by the end of lap one.
"The start was incredible...it was seven deep!" Dayton said afterwards. "I was in the middle of a pack and I looked to my right and there were four cars there, and there were cars to my left too. That's as many cars as I've ever seen try to go into turn one together at the start of the race. It was a miracle we made it through."
Dayton stayed in 13th until lap six, when he moved up one position when Bobby Oergel came into the pits for a stop-and-go penalty. Robby McGehee received a similar penalty and by lap eight Dayton was 11th. There was a full-course yellow on laps nine and 10, and when the green flew again on lap 11 Dayton flew by a couple of cars too, taking over ninth on lap 13 after a particularly close battle with Mike Williams. He dropped back to 10th on lap 16 and 11th on lap 17. He was 12th two laps from the end but he ended up 11th at the finish.
"The car was going away at the end, but at least we finished," he said. "Anthony Simone finished right behind me in 12th in one of the other Bowmans, but it was too bad that Andy got hit in the rear at the start."
The race was won by David Besnard over Ryan Hampton, Greg LeMond, Marc Antoine Camirand and Mike Johnson.
The second half of the doubleheader starts tomorrow at 10:15 a.m.