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Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Maximum Potential Driving Program To Feature New Coaches At Sebring ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (March 6, 2002) - The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship today announced the Maximum Potential Driving Program will have a new...

Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Maximum Potential Driving Program To Feature New Coaches At Sebring

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (March 6, 2002) - The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship today announced the Maximum Potential Driving Program will have a new chief instructor in 2002 and will feature an additional driving coach at the season-opener at Sebring International Raceway.

Beaux Barfield has been named the Zetec Championship Chief Instructor and at Sebring will be assisted by Dan Wheldon.

Barfield, currently regarded as one of North America's top instructors, joins the Zetec Championship following an accomplished driving and instructing career. In SCCA National competition, Barfield captured numerous wins in both Spec Racer Ford and Formula Continental, the amateur equivalent to Formula Ford 2000. In 11 Formula 2000 National Championship races, he captured two pole positions, three podium finishes and seven top-10 finishes. Racing in the Hooters FF2000 Championship, Barfield won three races and finished runner-up to current IRL driver, Anthony Lazzaro. Barfield also contested two races in the official CART FedEX Championship developmental series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship. As an instructor, Barfield taught at the Panoz Racing School, which is the only racing school in the world that uses a purpose-built GT racing sports car, from 1992 to 2002. Currently, Barfield is one of the lead instructors at the Mid-Ohio School. Since 1997, he has taught on what is recognized by racers as one of the most technically demanding drivers' circuits in the world, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"I'm excited about working with the drivers in the Zetec Championship," said Barfield. "The drivers in the championship have a tremendous amount of natural talent, but in this day and age that's not enough. By working with them my goal is to make them better drivers and ensure they have the skills necessary to move up the motorsports ladder."

Wheldon joins Barfield at Sebring, making his coaching debut. In 1999, Wheldon became the only driver in Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship history to win the National Championship, Oval Crown Championship and Rookie of the Year award in the same year. Since graduating from the Zetec Championship, Wheldon has captured the CART Toyota Atlantic and CART Dayton Indy Lights Rookie of the Year awards in back-to-back years. Currently he is pursing opportunities in both the Indy Racing League and CART FedEx Championship.

Barfield and Wheldon will work with the drivers to ensure they maximize their potential and make the most of the skills they learn while competing in the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship.

The 2002 Zetec Championship gets underway March 14-15, 2002, at Sebring International Raceway with Rounds One and Two.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Anthony Lazzaro , Dan Wheldon