NA-F2000: Homestead Race # 2 Results

MCGEHEE BREAKS BESNARD'S STREAK, WINS F2000 AT HOMESTEAD HOMESTEAD, Fla. – After two previous second-place finishes, Robby McGehee, of St. Louis, Mo., captured his first-ever U.S. F2000 National Championship victory at the Homestead ...

MCGEHEE BREAKS BESNARD'S STREAK, WINS F2000 AT HOMESTEAD

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – After two previous second-place finishes, Robby McGehee, of St. Louis, Mo., captured his first-ever U.S. F2000 National Championship victory at the Homestead Motorsports Complex, the second F2000 race on the Sports Car Extravaganza weekend.

McGehee, driving the No. 2 VisionAire/Energizer Tatuus Ford, led the final 15 laps of the 22-lap, 48.62-mile contest, averaging 67.745 mph en route to a 2.172-second victory over David Besnard, breaking the Australian's three-race win streak.

"I can focus on the championship now, and not getting my first win," said McGehee. "I knew I was faster than David (Besnard) in a straight line, and I was glad to see all the guys behind me fighting with each other. That helped me get away."

Besnard, driving the No. 13 Primus Race Karts Van Diemen Ford, had a furious race-long battle with the No. 88 American Instruments Tatuus Ford of Ryan Hampton, the No. 96 Key Motorsports Van Diemen Ford of Marc-Antoine Camirand and the No. 11 Tatuus Ford of Steve Rikert, eventually finishing second for the first time this year. Besnard won Saturday's first half of the doubleheader weekend.

"I'm happy for Robby. He deserves to win," said Besnard. "My car was good in the corners, but not as fast as Robby and the Tatuus in a straight line. A lot of people were asking me if the car was good yesterday after I got the wing knocked off (in an incident for the lead with Hampton), and I tell you these cars were designed to run much better with wings."

Hampton looked to have second locked-up for the second-straight day, but clipped the wall just before taking the white flag, bending his suspension and slowly deflating his right front tire. After allowing Besnard and Camirand through, Hampton dove his ill-handling car inside Camirand in turn six to seal second place.

"That was the hardest lap of racing I've ever had to do," said Hampton, of Glendora, Calif. "It was a vicious battle with Marc-Antoine, I could sweep wide and get good acceleration, which set up the pass. My right front was completely flat. The car was an absolute handful."

Camirand, of Canada, finished fourth, followed by Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., who won a last turn drag race with Rikert to finish fifth. Howie Liebengood, of Vienna, Va., won the "B" class for the second time in three races.

Besnard retained his point lead, with 125, followed by Hampton and McGehee with 88, Lally with 67 and Jon Herb with 65.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Provisional results from Sunday's 22-lap, 48.62-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship race, part of the Sports Car Extravaganza Weekend at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, class, car, laps and reason out (if any). 1. (3), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 2. (1), David Besnard, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 3. (4), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 4. (2), Marc Antoine Camirand, Canada, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 5. (6), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22. 6. (5), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 7. (23), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 8. (28), Rolando Quintanilla, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 9. (11), Mike Johnson, Orlando, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 10. (10), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 11. (20), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 12. (26), Larry Foyt, Houston, Texas, F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 13. (29), Anthony Simone, Canada, F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22. 14. (22), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22. 15. (27), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 16. (30), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 22. 17. (21), Steve Djelebian, Canada, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 18. (31), Howie Liebengood, Vienna, Va., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 19. (33), Bob Wright, Old Chatham, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 20. (36), Wilmer Valentin, Puerto Rico, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 21. (32), Dan Della_Penna, Canada, F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 22. 22. (7), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 23. (13), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 24. (35), George Levien, Aventura, Fla., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 25. (37), Ira Fierberg, Manhattan Beach, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22. 26. (12), Ryan Walker, Okemos, Mich., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 18, ACC. 27. (17), Rodrigo Hanashiro, Brazil, F2A, Tatuus Ford, 18. 28. (24), Guy Cosmo, Bohemia, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 15, ACC. 29. (25), Ryan Jones, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 15, ACC. 30. (8), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 11, ACC. 31. (18), Mike Williams, Hayden Lake, Idaho, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 7, ACC. 32. (16), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 7, ACC. 33. (9), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 3, ACC. 34. (14), James Yott, Canada, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 3, ACC. 35. (19), Joey Scarallo, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, ACC. 36. (15), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, ACC. 37. (34), Jon Groom, Boonton, N.J., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 43 minutes, 03.679 seconds. Average speed: 67.745 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 2.1720 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-3, No. 13 Besnard; laps 4-6, No. 2 McGehee; lap 7, No. 13 Besnard; laps 8-22, No. 2 McGehee. Fastest race lap: No. 13 Besnard, 1:26.325 (92.163 mph) Fastest qualifier: No. 13 Besnard, 1:25.580 (92.965 mph)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Robby McGehee , Jon Herb , Larry Foyt , 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