NA-F2000: Justus takes Road Atlanta pole

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 28, 2000)– Series point leader, Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., took both pole positions for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision doubleheader weekend at Road Atlanta. ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (September 28, 2000)– Series point leader, Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., took both pole positions for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision doubleheader weekend at Road Atlanta. Driving the No. 32 Forsythe Indeck Racing/Torco Van Diemen Ford, Justus continued his domination of qualifying, grabbing the pole for Saturday’s race in a shortened morning session. After numerous cars went off course on the out lap the session was black flagged. Following a fifteen-minute delay the session resumed. With less than five minutes remaining Justus posted a quick time of 1:26.579 (104.783 mph). On the following lap his engine let go, ending his session. Standing in the pit lane, Justus watched challenges from both James Hanson and Ian Lacy fail, as he captured his seventh pole of the season. Using a new motor, Justus repeated the feat in the afternoon qualifying session. Justus led the majority of the session, capturing the pole with a time of 1:26.155 (105.299 mph). The pole gave Justus eight for the year, tying the all-time single season record, set by David Besnard in 1998. In addition, Justus tied the all-time career record of twelve, held by Chris Simmons. Justus will go into Saturday’s 20-lap race needing only a 20th place or better finish to clinch the driver’s championship. “Once again the crew did a fantastic job,” said Justus. “The car is so stable I can go out and give it 110 percent. The goal like always will be to go out and go for the win, having said that I’ll be playing it smart. I know my teammate [James Hanson] will be looking for his first win.” Lacy, driving the No. 6 WorldBestbuy.com Van Diemen Ford, will start third in race one and second in race two, after posting times of 1:27.479 (103.705 mph) and 1:26.182 (105.266 mph) respectively. Lacy, who won his first-career race at Mosport earlier in the season will be looking to play spoiler and move into second in the championship. “I thought that late lap might have gotten me the pole,” said Lacy. “We got more traction as the session went on. Starting third in race one may be beneficial, as you have less chance of being caught out in turn one. I want to close the season out with a win.” Rookie sensation, Hanson, driving the No. 21 DuPont Van Diemen Ford, will start second in race one. Hanson, of Leeds, England, who had been quick in both testing and practice, ran up front the entire session. Hanson posted a quick lap of 1:27.342 (103.868 mph). “It was real hard to get a clean lap out there with all the cars off course,” said Hanson. “I know I had a car for capable of low 26's, high 25's in the right conditions. Wether that was good enough for pole I’m not sure.” Driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Camirand kept his slim title chances alive by qualifying third in race two with a time of 1:26.603 (104.754 mph). Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., will start fifth in race one after spinning out on oil left on the track after Justus’ engine expired. “I’ve got nothing to lose by going for the win in both races,” said Camirand. “I’d love to close out my F2000 career with a couple wins and the Championship.” Completing the top-five in race one is Piero Rodarte, of Mexico City and Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland. In race two it will be Hanson and Rodarte.

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