NA-F2000: Homestead Race # 1 Results

BESNARD LOSES REAR WING, BUT WINS THIRD-STRAIGHT F2000 RACE; LEMOND FINISHES THIRD HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Australian David Besnard took his third-straight U.S. F2000 National Championship race despite losing his rear wing in the first race of a...

BESNARD LOSES REAR WING, BUT WINS THIRD-STRAIGHT F2000 RACE; LEMOND FINISHES THIRD

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Australian David Besnard took his third-straight U.S. F2000 National Championship race despite losing his rear wing in the first race of a doubleheader-weekend at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, part of the Sports Car Extravaganza Weekend. Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond finished third. Besnard, who started from the pole in the No. 13 Primus Racing Karts Van Diemen Ford, watched Ryan Hampton drive past the front row from his fourth-place starting spot to lead the first seven laps in the No. 88 American Instrument/Beta Tatuus Ford. After swapping the lead several times, the two came together, launching Hampton into the air and down onto Besnard's rear wing, knocking the wing off. Hampton faded to third, as Canadian newcomer Marc-Antoine Camirand challenged the wingless Besnard for the remainder of the 22-lap, 48.62-mile race. On the last lap, Camirand made one last attempt at the lead, but spun back to fourth, behind Hampton and LeMond. "Once the wing was gone, it drove like a top fueler all straight-line and no cornering," said Besnard. "I have a lot of karting background, and it helped because it acted like a kart no front brakes, and you had to pitch the car to get it turned. I didn't think I could win, but I was sure going to try." "It was a racing incident. My car was pushing and he came around the outside," said Hampton. "I basically did a big wheelie. My suspension was definitely hurt the wheels were both pointing in but it held on." LeMond, who had previously run well but finished poorly, broke onto the podium for the first time in the No. 51 AutoConnect Van Diemen Ford. "(Teammate) Marc-Antoine gave me a gift today by spinning out on the last lap," said LeMond. "I'm thrilled with the finish. Every sport is thrilling when you begin to get competitive." Rounding out the top-five were Camirand and Mike Johnson, of Gainesville, Ga. The U.S. F2000 National Championship holds its second race on the weekend Sunday morning. Besnard and Camirand will start on the front row.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Provisional results from the 22-lap, 48.62-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship race, Round Three at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out (if any). 1. (1), David Besnard, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 2. (4), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 3. (5), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 4. (2), Marc Antoine Camirand, Canada, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 5. (15), Mike Johnson, Orlando, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 6. (17), Rodrigo Hanashiro, Brazil, F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 7. (36), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 8. (16), Mike Williams, Hayden Lake, Idaho, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 9. (11), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 10. (7), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 11. (21), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22. 12. (28), Anthony Simone, Canada, F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22. 13. (8), Ryan Jones, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 14. (14), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 15. (25), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 16. (22), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 17. (12), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 18. (34), Larry Foyt, Houston, Texas, F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 19. (29), Howie Liebengood, Vienna, Va., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 20. (31), Bob Wright, Old Chatham, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 21. (24), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 22. (33), Jon Groom, Boonton, N.J., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 23. (13), James Yott, Canada, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 24. (37), Wilmer Valentin, Puerto Rico, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 25. (30), George Levien, Aventura, Fla., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 26. (35), Ira Fierberg, Manhattan Beach, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 27. (18), Steve Djelebian, Canada, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 28. (23), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20, MECH. 29. (27), Rolando Quintanilla, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 30. (3), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 15, MECH. 31. (19), Guy Cosmo, Bohemia, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 13, NA. 32. (26), Ryan Walker, Okemos, Mich., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 13, NA. 33. (10), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 5, MECH. 34. (20), Joey Scarallo, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 4, OFFTRK. 35. (9), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 0, ACC. 36. (6), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, ACC. 37. (32), Dan Della Penna, Canada, F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 0, ACC. Time of race: 38 minutes, 12.123 seconds. Average speed: 76.362 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 5.8730 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-7, No. 88 Hampton; laps 8-11, No. 13 Besnard; laps 12-13, No. 88 Hampton; laps 14-22, No. 13 Besnard. Fastest race lap: No. 96, Marc Antoine Camirand, 1:26.468 (92.010 mph) Fastest qualifier: No. 13, David Besnard, 1:26.527 (91.948 mph)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Robby McGehee , Jon Herb , Larry Foyt , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Guy Cosmo , Rolando Quintanilla , Andy Lally , David Besnard , Ryan Hampton , Larry Oberto , Mike Johnson , Howie Liebengood , Jon Groom , Ira Fierberg , Anthony Simone , Jeff Smith , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Williams