NA-F2000: Minneapolis race report and results

BOTTOMS SURVIVES, WINS MINNEAPOLIS F2000 MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Jonathan Bottoms, of Buffalo, N.Y., survived an attrition-filled U.S. F2000 National Championship race to take his first series win at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of...

BOTTOMS SURVIVES, WINS MINNEAPOLIS F2000

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Jonathan Bottoms, of Buffalo, N.Y., survived an attrition-filled U.S. F2000 National Championship race to take his first series win at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota on the Minneapolis street circuit. Bottoms, driving the No. 28 Roppe/Team Great Northern Van Diemen Ford, averaged 58.486 mph en route to a 4.458-second victory over Ryan Hampton, of Glendora, Calif. Being a street race, attrition was the theme of the day, and only 10 of the 28 starters made it through the 30-lap, 48.0-mile race. "When I saw the pace car come out for the last time it nearly broke my heart, because we'd built up a nice lead and were pretty much all alone," said Bottoms, who started third. "This is really a bench mark in my career, it moves us into sixth in points, first among rookies." The race started off in typical U.S. F2000 fashion, with David Besnard taking his usual spot in first place after polesitter Marc-Antoine Camirand missed the first chicane. Besnard stretched-out a six-second lead in the first three laps, but a full-course caution bunched the field. Besnard over-cooked it going into turn one, and tapped the tire wall, damaging his wing. The Australian points leader would charge back to second before hitting the wall with seven laps left. Hampton, driving the No. 88 American Instruments/Body Abuse Tatuus Ford, made one last-ditch attempt at the lead on the last restart to no avail, and had to settle for second, closing him to within 37 points of Besnard in the Championship. "Jonathan did the right thing on the restart, just what a good racer should and take the inside line," said Hampton, who started 13th. "I almost his David (Besnard)when he was stuck to the wall. There was too much contact out there." Tim Duit, of Edmond, Okla., finished a career-best third in the No. 34 TTK Construction/Hooten Oil Van Diemen Ford after passing local driver John Miller, of Edina, Minn., with a few laps remaining. Miller finished fourth, followed by Steve Rikert, of Rhinebeck, N.Y. Larry Oberto was the top "B" Class finisher, sixth overall.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Final results from the 30-lap, 48.0-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship race, part of the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota at the Minneapolis Street Circuit with finishing position, start position in parenthesis, driver hometown, class, car, laps and reason out (if any). 1. (3), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 2. (13), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 30. 3. (11), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 4. (25), John Miller, Edina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 5. (18), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 30. 6. (15), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 7. (6), Mike Johnson, Gainsville, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 8. (26), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 30. 9. (16), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 10. (28), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 30. 11. (24), Tom Wood, Calgary, Alberta, F2A, Tatuus Ford, 24, CONTACT. 12. (2), David Besnard, Sydney, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 22, CONTACT. 13. (8), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 19, CONTACT. 14. (20), Guy Cosmo, Bohemia, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 18, CONTACT. 15. (5), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 17, CONTACT. 16. (1), Marc Antoine Camirand, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 17, CONTACT. 17. (21), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 17, CONTACT. 18. (12), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 12, MECH. 19. (14), James Yott, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 7, CONTACT. 20. (10), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 6, ACC. 21. (4), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 6, CONTACT. 22. (7), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 6, CONTACT. 23. (19), Steve Thompson, Minneapolis, Minn., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 6, MECH. 24. (27), Anthony Simone, Ontario, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 6, MECH. 25. (17), Ryan Jones, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1, ACC. 26. (22), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1, ACC. 27. (9), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1, MECH. 28. (23), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1, ACC. 29. (29), Ron Atapattu, Boca Raton, Fla., F2A, Van Dieman Ford, 0, DNS. Time of race: 49 minutes, 14.524 seconds. Average race speed: 58.486 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 4.4580 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-6, No. 13 David Besnard; laps 7-30, No. 28 Jonathan Bottoms. Fastest race lap: No. 13 David Besnard, 1:19.011 (72.901 mph) Fastest qualifier: No. 96 Marc-Antoine Camirand, 1:18.450 (73.422) Cautions: Three for eight laps.

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