BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can. (May 20, 2000)-- Canadian Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., led flag-to-flag to capture the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision race at Mosport International Raceway. Peter...
BOWMANVILLE, Ont., Can. (May 20, 2000)-- Canadian Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., led flag-to-flag to capture the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision race at Mosport International Raceway. Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland and Ian Lacy, of North Las Vegas, Nev. rounded out the top three. Camirand, driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, got off to a great start while holding off his teammate, Walsh, into turn one. Camirand proceeded to pull away from Walsh as the race progressed, opening up a five second gap at one point. The race looked to be a done affair until lap 18, when Camirand was held up by a back- marker, allowing Walsh to close. In the end, Camirand proved to be too quick, winning the 20-lap race by 0.647-second. The win is Camirand's fourth of his career, now tied for sixth all-time, and his second in a row at Mosport.
"The car just ran perfectly today," said Camirand. "I could do pretty much whatever I wanted to with the car. For some reason I've always had a lot of success here at Mosport. I don't know why."
Driving the No. 44 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Walsh maintained his starting position all race long. From lap five to the end of the race the Irish rookie held off numerous challenges from Lacy, capturing his first-ever podium finish in only his second career race.
"I'm really pleased with the result," said Walsh. "Given what we've gone through this weekend I owe a lot to my team. Hopefully I can do one better tomorrow (in the second half of the weekend doubleheader)."
Driving the No. 6 WorldBestBuy.com Van Diemen Ford, Lacy got a good start passing Daniel Muniz for third in turn one. For the rest of the race Lacy attempted to pressure Walsh into a mistake. On numerous occasions he pulled out looking for a pass, but was never able to get the deal done.
"It's great to finish third today," said Lacy. "I knew I needed to get past Muniz right at the start if I had a hope of catching Camirand. I tried to get past Walsh a couple times, but just didn't have enough. This and the fourth at Phoenix is a great start to the season."
Rounding out the top five was James Hanson, of Leeds, England, who set a new record for fastest race lap at 1:21.682 and Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., who will start on the pole in tomorrow's race.