NA-F2000: Laguna Seca round five race report

Lacy Wins in return to Zetec Championship MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 1, 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won Round Five of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Lacy Wins in return to Zetec Championship

MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 1, 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won Round Five of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Completing the top-three is Wade Cunningham, of New Zealand and Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa. Winning the American Continental Championship is Doug DaCosta, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Racing in front of an enthusiastic crowd, the Zetec Championship took to the track late in the day. Following a failed first start for cars out of line, the Zetec Championship took the green on lap two. Driving the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Lacy got a good jump on the polesitter Cunningham and took the lead in turn one. Behind the lead duo, both Bobby Wilson and Ron White went off-course as the field went three-wide in the opening turns. Running in single file the remainder of the lap, the top-five were soon evenly spaced apart. On lap three, the first full-course of the race was displayed for Jason Bowles off-course in turn eight. After running under yellow for two laps, the Zetec Championship returned to racing on lap six. Once again getting a good jump, Lacy held the lead ahead of Cunningham, in the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemakers Mt. Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. As the leaders maintained position, Wilson and Robbie Pecorari battled for fourth place, with Wilson taking the position on lap eight. Midway through the lap, the second full-course caution was displayed, for contact involving two cars in turn eight. On the restart both Cunningham and Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, closed on Lacy, but were unable to make the pass. For the remainder of the race, Lacy held off all challenges, to score his second career Zetec Championship win by 0.448 second.

"Not bad to go from retirement to the podium," said Lacy, who last raced in the Zetec Championship in 2002. "I got a good jump on all the starts and my car got up to speed pretty quickly."

"All the cautions hurt us," said Cunningham, who won his third consecutive pole position earlier in the day. "Hopefully we'll have more green laps tomorrow."

"It's a big finish for us today," said Prendeville, who is now tied for second in the championship. "Finishing ahead of Jason [Bowles] and Bobby [Wilson] gained us valuable points."

"I would have liked a few more green laps," said DaCosta, who earned his first-ever ACC win. "I definitely had fun out there and am looking forward to tomorrow's race."

Completing the top-five is Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc.., in the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who started fourth and Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in the No. 9 SAI Hydraulics/Earls Indy/Lucky Design/Arai/Biesse Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, who started seventh.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Robbie Pecorari , Wade Cunningham , Jason Bowles , Ian Lacy , Ron White