NA-F2000: Mid-Ohio II: JW Urlin raceday notes

Urlin second at Mid-Ohio. Toronto, Ontario (August 12, 2002): JW Urlin scored a second-place finish yesterday as the US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship held a pair of races over the weekend at the famous 3.634-km, thirteen-turn Mid-Ohio ...

Urlin second at Mid-Ohio.

Toronto, Ontario (August 12, 2002): JW Urlin scored a second-place finish yesterday as the US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship held a pair of races over the weekend at the famous 3.634-km, thirteen-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, Ohio. Urlin did not finish the other race of the weekend after a late-race tangle ended his run.

Urlin qualified fourth and second, respectively, for the races -- rounds nine and ten of the thirteen-round championship -- and was optimistic of extending his streak of top-four finishes that extended back to May. Unfortunately, the streak ended in race one, on Saturday, less than half a lap from the finish. After holding third for much of the 22-lap sprint, Urlin slowed and fell to fourth on lap eighteen. The diffuser (an aerodynamic device) had come lose and his car's handling deteriorated badly. Urlin struggled along, but Anthony Massari, attempting an outside pass, clipped a rear wheel of Urlin's Budget Rent-A-Car/Mygale Cars/OTM Motorsports car, sending them both off the circuit.

"The car was unbalanced once the diffuser came lose, but I thought I'd be able to hang on for a top-five," Urlin said. "Massari tried to pass as we were going through the esses, we touched and ended up watching the end of the race from the gravel trap."

In race two, Urlin held second behind pole-sitter, Sean McIntosh, for ten laps before falling to third behind Ross Fonferko. At that point, a full course caution, brought out while a disabled car was moved to a safe place, saw the field line up behind the pace car until lap fifteen. When the race restarted, Fonferko grabbed the lead from McIntosh who then fell into Urlin's clutches. When lap sixteen began, it was Fonferko followed by Urlin, then McIntosh. In the closing laps, Matthew McDonough, who took third from McIntosh on lap seventeen, began to challenge for second, but Urlin rebuffed all attempts and claimed his third second-place finish of the season.

"The Budget Rent-A-Car/Mygale Cars/OTM Motorsports car was obviously working very well again this weekend, thanks to my engineer, Dan Campbell, and my dad (former stock car racer, Russ Urlin)," said Urlin. "It was also very nice to have Mygale's head of chassis design and engineering here from France this weekend so that he could have a first-hand look at how his car is doing in North America."

Urlin was third in the Zetec Championship before this weekend and, although Saturday's DNF (did not finish) was a set back, there are still opportunities to climb with three races left in the season. There is now a full two-month break in the schedule before the next event at Road Atlanta on October 12.

Be sure to visit JW's website, www.jwurlin.com.

-mj-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Sean McIntosh , Anthony Massari