NA-F2000: Mosport: Travis Irving qualifying report

PR1's Travis Irving seeks Mosport Formula Ford 2000 win. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (May 16, 2002) - After capturing his second career Formula Ford 2000 podium, and first of this year, at Sebring last month, PR1 Motorsports' Travis Irving...

PR1's Travis Irving seeks Mosport Formula Ford 2000 win.

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (May 16, 2002) - After capturing his second career Formula Ford 2000 podium, and first of this year, at Sebring last month, PR1 Motorsports' Travis Irving comes to Mosport International Raceway as a favorite to win this weekend's race as well as challenge for the 2002 FF2000 Zetec Championship title.

This weekend's race, the featured support event of the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend, marks the third and fourth rounds of the 13-race 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship series. Last month, Irving qualified second and captured his first podium of the year by virtue of finishing third in the season-opening round at the Sebring double-header. He finished seventh in the second race, putting him second in the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year points standings and fourth overall in the Zetec Championship.

"Sebring was a good start to the season for us," said Irving, who is making his first professional race appearance at Mosport this weekend. "We're hoping for more good things for us this weekend and should be in good shape for both races. We ran the local club race here last weekend, which was my first time at this track. There's a lot of fast, sweeping corners, so there really isn't much room for error. But, I like it. We were on the front row last weekend, and hopefully we can take what we learned and build on it over the next few days."

Irving, 17, of Chino Hills, California, is no stranger to race victories or championship titles. His career began nearly ten years ago on the Southern California kart racing circuit. He captured his first championship in only his second year and began a stellar rise through the karting ranks. His resume includes numerous championships including California State, IKF Grand National and SKUSA titles, including the 2000 SKUSA World Championship Series and the SKUSA World Finals Championship race.

Irving's transition to full-size race cars has proven to be just as successful, as he literally dominated the 2001 Formula Ford Winter Series by winning both events in his first-ever appearance. He also was selected as a finalist for the 2001 Team USA Scholarship.

PR1 Motorsports, based in Fresno, California, is headed by longtime karting stalwart Bobby Oergel. Considered to be one of North America's all-time leading kart racers, Oergel's unique approach to team management centers on driver development and coaching, as well as race car set-up and engineering. PR1's driver-centered program focuses on helping aspiring racers to make the transition from successful karting careers to full-size cars through the use of Van Diemen Formula Ford race cars.

This weekend's FF2000 Zetec Championship schedule begins with the first official practice session at 9:10 am on Friday, May 17, followed by qualifying for the first race at 1:40 pm and qualifying for the second race at 4:50 pm. The first race takes place at 4:45 pm on Saturday, May 18, while the second race is scheduled for Sunday at 10:00am. Both races are 20 laps on Mosport's 2.459-mile road course.

Further information is available on the team's web site at www.pr1motorsports.com or the FF2000 series site at www.usff2000.com.

-jj/pm-

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