NA-F2000: Laguna Seca round six race report

Lacy Leads Every Lap Enroute To Sweeping Both Rounds At Laguna Seca MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 2, 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won Round Six of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at...

Lacy Leads Every Lap Enroute To Sweeping Both Rounds At Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, CALIF. (May 2, 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won Round Six of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Completing the top-three is Jason Bowles, of Ontario, Calif. and Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc. Winning the American Continental Championship is Greg Pizzo, of San Jose, Calif.

The last race of the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational, the Zetec Championship field went three-wide at the drop of the green flag. Battling for position, Wade Cunningham exited turned one in the lead ahead of Lacy and Wilson. Running right on his gearbox, Lacy, in the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, dove to the inside in turn five, taking the lead. As the lap progressed, Cunningham fell back to the middle of the pack, while Bowles, in the No. 23 PR1 Motorsports JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, made it past Wilson to move into third place. Pushing the car to the limit, Lacy built a small gap on second place, as the field began to spread out. Running in close formation, the lead foursome maintained position through the opening stages of the race, slowly pulling away from fifth place. Just prior to the midway point of the race, Ron White, posting the fastest laps of the race, moved into fifth place and began to close on the leaders. As the race progressed, the gap between the leaders remained constant, with Lacy holding the lead ahead of Bowles and Wilson, in the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. For the remainder of the race, while the gap fluctuated, the top-five remained constant. At the checkered flag, had captured both rounds at Laguna Seca, winning by 0.543 second. With the win, Lacy now has four career Zetec Championship wins, leading all active drivers.

"I'm so happy to be here," said Lacy, who led every lap of the weekend. "The car was perfect today and my confidence kept building out there. It's awesome to be back racing in the Zetec Championship."

"I really hung the car out there in those final laps," said Bowles, who retakes second in the point standings with his podium finish. "I tried everything I could, but just never found a way past today."

"We put on a good show out there," said Wilson, whose worst finish thus far this season is fourth. "My car was better is some parts of the track and in other parts I lost time. The important thing is we got valuable points and leave here with the points lead."

"I was a great weekend of racing," said Pizzo, who earned his first-ever ACC win. "The next step is to race with these guys in a Zetec car."

Completing the top-five is Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, who is third in the point standings following the race and White, of Santa Clara, Calif., in the No. 8 Ad-Tech/RC20/Beeline Marketing/Impact Racing/Decal Works JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who started ninth.

Stats:

Time of race: 31 minutes, 04.136 seconds.
Average speed: 90.762 mph
Margin of victory: .54300 seconds
Lap leaders: Laps 1-21, #7 Ian Lacy
Fastest race lap: #8 Ron White(R), 1:27.781 (91.782 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #2 Wade Cunningham(R), 1:26.806 (92.813 mph)

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