U.S. F2000 HITS MID-OHIO FOR U.S. ROAD RACING CLASSIC FAIRFIELD, N.J. (June 10, 1998) â€” The U.S. F2000 National Championship makes its first of two appearances to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Round Seven of the 1998...
U.S. F2000 HITS MID-OHIO FOR U.S. ROAD RACING CLASSIC
FAIRFIELD, N.J. (June 10, 1998) — The U.S. F2000 National Championship makes its first of two appearances to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for Round Seven of the 1998 season, part of the June 12-14 NTB Trans-Am/USRRC Can-Am U.S. Road Racing Classic.
The U.S. F2000 boasts the top up-and-coming drivers in open-wheel racing competing in 150 horsepower, 150 mph Ford two-liter formula race cars, providing the complete motorsports education to drivers and mechanics. The 20-lap, 48.0-mile contest on the 2.4-mile road course is slated to start at 10:45 a.m. (EDT) Sunday and will be televised tape-delayed July 6 at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) on the Speedvision Network. This weekend marks the first of two appearances for the U.S. F2000 at Mid-Ohio. The series returns to Ohio for the August 7-9 Miller Light 200 CART Weekend.
Australian David Besnard has been on a tear all season, taking four poles, four wins and finishing in the top four at each of the first six events. Two of Besnard’s wins rank among the most dazzling and amazing drives in series history, including his run from 31st starting spot to the win at the Walt Disney World Speedway, and his win at Homestead after having his rear wing knocked-off in an on-track incident. Driving the No. 13 Primus Racing Karts Van Diemen Ford, Besnard also scored wins at Phoenix and Watkins Glen Race One, and comes off his worst result of the season (4th) at Watkins Glen’s Race Two.
Knocking Besnard off the podium for the first time this year were the No. 88 American Instruments/Body Abuse Tatuus Ford of Ryan Hampton, the No. 2 VisionAire/Energizer Tatuus Ford of Robby McGehee and the No. 5 Maida/Red Line Oil/Highcroft Racing Bowman Ford of Andy Lally, marking the first time a Van Diemen chassis has not been among the top three finishers since 1992.
Hampton is second in points, 38 behind Besnard, with 142, followed by McGehee with 136 and Lally with 115. Hampton and Lally each have three podium finishes and five top-fives, while Homestead-winner McGehee has four podiums and five top-fives. Jon Herb (No. 77 Invincible Sportswear Van Diemen Ford) completes the top-five in points, with 88.
Canadian newcomer Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 96 Key Tours Van Diemen Ford) missed the first two rounds, but has been impressive since then, earning three top-four finishes and one pole in four races. Camirand sits one point behind Steve Rikert (No. 11 SR Racing Tatuus Ford) in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings (74 to 73).
Other drivers looking to jump onto the podium include Defiance, Ohio’s Sam Hornish Jr. (No. 7 Hornish Brothers/Fountain City Leasing Van Diemen Ford), Mike Johnson (No. 8 PCG/Valvoline/Slick Eyewear Van Diemen Ford), Bobby Oergel (No. 52 DSTP/Primus/Quicksilver Van Diemen Ford), Christian Coggins (No. 25 Merryland Apt. Communities Van Diemen Ford), Rolando Quintanilla (No. 64 Transportes Quintanilla/Alfa Leisures Van Diemen Ford) and Jonathan Bottoms (No. 28 Roppe/Team Great Northern Van Diemen Ford).
Returning to Mid-Ohio for his second time is three-time Tour de France Champion Greg LeMond, who began his transition from bicycles to cars with the U.S. F2000 last year. Driving the No. 51 www.autoconnect.com Van Diemen Ford, LeMond had his best day as a driver in Race One at Homestead with a third place finish.