NA-F2000: Lacy gets first win at Mosport

BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can. (August 5, 2000)-- Ian Lacy, of North Las Vegas, Nev. led flag-to flag to capture his first career win for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport. Completing...

BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can. (August 5, 2000)-- Ian Lacy, of North Las Vegas, Nev. led flag-to flag to capture his first career win for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport. Completing the top-three is rookie James Hanson, of Leeds, England and Aaron Justus, Of Crestline, Calif. Winning the ACC class is Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y. Driving the No. 6 WorldBestBuy.com Van Diemen Ford, Lacy got a good start holding off both Marc-Antoine Camirand and Hanson into corner one. As the duo battled for position Lacy was able to pull out a sizeable lead. A lap 14 full-course yellow bunched the field back up. On the lap 16 restart, Lacy got another good start and held off a hard charging Hanson. The remaining four laps Lacy held on to the lead to a 0.464-second margin of victory. The win moves Lacy to within six points of second place, Camirand, in the championship. "This was the best car I've ever driven," said Lacy. "I watched James [Hanson] and Marc [Camirand] battling in my mirrors and tried to pull out a good lead. I was not happy to see that yellow. The crew said get a great jump or I'd be in trouble, so that's what I did. We're very proud of the consistency we've had this season, but the win gives the team a real boost going into the final stages of the season." Hanson, driving the No. 21 DuPont Van Diemen Ford, challenged Camirand for position right at the start. On lap four, Hanson passed Camirand for second and began to slowly reel in Lacy, posting the quick lap of the race, 1:21.796 (108.225 mph). Hanson was unable to challenge Lacy on the restart, capturing a career tying best finish. "The car got quicker as the race progressed, " said Hanson. "The yellow actually hurt us a little, since my car seem to be coming in, while Ian's [seemed] to be going away a bit." Points leader, Justus, driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, finished third after starting an uncharacteristic fifth. Justus had a poor start dropping back to sixth. Driving aggressively Justus made his way back up through the field. On second last lap got a good jump coming out of corner five allowing him to pass Camirand for third in turn eight. The podium finish is Justus' sixth of the year. "I had a terrible start," said Hanson. "After the start I drove aggressively trying to make up positions. My main concern was catching Marc [Camirand], I didn't care what the other guys did." Lally, driving the No. 71 allaire Van Diemen Ford, in place of regular driver Mike Durand, captured the ACC class win. In a rare occurrence, Lally battled Tom Dyer on the track for position and for the ACC class lead the majority of the race. On lap 16 Dyer made minor mistake allowing Lally to take the class lead, finishing fifth overall. Durand will return the car for the next rounds at Watkins Glen.

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BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can.-- Race results for Saturdays 20-lap, 49.18-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round Eight Race, part of the Grand Prix Mosport Weekend at Mosport International Raceway, with finishing position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

1. (1), Ian Lacy, N. Las Vegas, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 2. (3), James Hanson(R), Leeds/England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 3. (5), Aaron Justus, Crestline, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 4. (2), Marc-Antoine Camirand, St. Leonard/Quebec, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (10), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 6. (6), Tom Dyer(R), San Rafael, Calif., ACC, Carbir Ford, 20. 7. (7), Jeff Harrison(R), Grapevine, Texas, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 8. (11), Piero Rodarte(R), Mexico City/Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 9. (20), James Eaton(R), Toronto/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 10. (15), Andrew Davis(R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (16), Tommy Constantine, Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (18), Arnold Brinkmann, Quito/Ecuador, F2A, Carbir Ford, 20. 13. (17), Daniel Muniz, San Jose/Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (14), Martin Guimont(R), Laval/Quebec, ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 15. (22), Georges Forgeois, New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 16. (19), Greg Schings, Lexington, Ky., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 17. (21), Adam Sodano(R), Boston, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 18. (23), Brett Harrison, Everett, Wash., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 19. (8), J.W. Urlin(R), London/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 20. (25), Joe Tesone, Wildwood, Pa., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 21. (12), Arie Luyendyk Jr.(R), Holland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18, MECH. 22. (4), Memo Rojas Jr.(R), Mexico City/Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 15, OFF. 23. (13), Peter Walsh(R), Cork/Ireland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 11, OFF. 24. (24), Nick Fanelli(R), Sorrento, Fla., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 6, WHEEL. 25. (9), Billy Asaro(R), Unionville/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2, CONTACT. 26. (26), Harold Primat, France, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 31 minutes, 33.786 seconds. Average speed: 93.488 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .46399 seconds Lap leaders: # 6 1- 20 Ian Lacy

Fastest race lap: James Hanson(R), 1:21.796 (108.225 mph)

Allan Craighead Publicist U.S. F2000 9033 E. Easter Pl. Englewood, Colorado 80112 (303)694-7223 (303)883-8521 Cell

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Andy Lally , Harold Primat , Memo Rojas , Piero Rodarte , Aaron Justus , Andrew Davis , Georges Forgeois , Nick Fanelli , Tommy Constantine , Ian Lacy , Billy Asaro , Brett Harris , Tom Dyer , Arie Luyendyk Jr.