Rarick Earns Maiden Victory in Round 6 Buttonwillow, CA. (May 3, 2009) - This morning Scott Rarick earned his first pole position of the year and this afternoon used it to sweep to his maiden victory in round 6 of the Pacific...
Rarick Earns Maiden Victory in Round 6
Buttonwillow, CA. (May 3, 2009) - This morning Scott Rarick earned his first pole position of the year and this afternoon used it to sweep to his maiden victory in round 6 of the Pacific F2000 Series presented by Terminal Velocity Processing and Sierra Tire. Rarick driving the #34/PR1/Van Diemen lead from the start and continued to build his lead throughout the first lap to several car lengths over PR1 Motorsports teammate and Round 5 winner Max Hyatt. Max driving the #22/Performance Drink/PR1/Van Diemen forced his way past Robert Podlesni, #84/Terminal Velocity Processing/Alpinestars/DFR/Van Diemen.
Shaun Modisette #26/Carson Trailers/PR1/Van Diemen having started fourth lost that position to Ira Fierberg on the first lap by going wide in the Riverside turn and getting two wheels of course and Peter Hastrup surrendered sixth place to Michael Simpson. The first lap ended with Rarick leading from Hyatt, Podlesni, Fierberg, Modisette, Simpson, Hastrup, Bob Negron, Les Phillips, Peter West and Michael Murphy.
Midway through the second lap, Fierberg #27/Barry I Goldstein/CPA/Sparco/DFR/Van Diemen ran wide exiting the Lost Hills/Phil Hill section of the track and when the car came back on the track lost control was barely missed by Modisette but unfortunately Simpson #48/DRF/Van Diemen collided with Ira and the two cars were heavily damaged. This immediately brought out a red flag to clear the track and attend to the driver who both were fortunately not seriously injured and both out of their cars and walking around after the incident. The cleanup took considerable time and the race shortened accordingly.
The restart saw Rarick once again move out to an immediate lead with Hyatt second until the field arrived at the location of the previous crash. Hyatt ran wide on exit, as Ira had, but managed to safely return to the track losing two positions to Modisette and Podlesni with the remainder of the field, Hastrup #5/Western Building Materials/Nuttal, Brown & Coutts/Van Diemen, Negron #8/Fengshui5.com/Van Diemen, Phillips #89/Swiss Implant/Porterfield Brakes/Mygale, Peter West #99/Terminal Velocity Processing/DFR/Van Diemen and Michael Murphy #18/Mygale in tow.
The race had settled down until the penultimate lap when Podlesni challenged Modisette for second in the first turn as they drove through nearly side by side with Robert just a nose ahead. As they approached the Off-Ramp section there was only enough room for one car and Modisette conceded the position but when he moved over to slot in behind Podlesni, teammate Hyatt sensed and opening and the two collided and retired on the spot. This brought Hastrup onto the Podium to finish third and with it won the Masters Class as he had on Saturday.
Rarick held his lead over Podlesni to take the win and also set the races' fastest lap. Rarick not only was the overall winner but also claimed the Expert Class win.
Bob Negron was steady, consistent and finished fourth after repairing his car from a sheared axle suffered in the qualifying session this morning.
Les Phillips rose from ninth at the start to fifth at the finish and earned the Williams Race Development Hard Charger award.
Michael Murphy claimed sixth in his steadily improving Mygale getting past Peter West who finished seventh on the final lap a feat West performed on Murphy on Saturday.
The series now takes a mid-season break and is next scheduled to travel to Utah and Miller Motorsports Park for rounds 7 and 8 on July 31/August 1.