Hyatt Uses Outside Line at Start and Heads Field for Victory in Round 7 Sonoma, CA. (June 27, 2009) - With temperatures approaching triple digits, Max Hyatt took full advantage of his outside front row position to lead from flag to flag to ...
Hyatt Uses Outside Line at Start and Heads Field for Victory in Round 7
Sonoma, CA. (June 27, 2009) - With temperatures approaching triple digits, Max Hyatt took full advantage of his outside front row position to lead from flag to flag to claim victory in round 7 of the Pacific F2000 Series presented by Terminal Velocity Processing and Sierra Tire. Max driving the #23/Performance Drink/PR1 Van Diemen, raced side by side with Robert Podlesni through turn one and had the advantage, though slight, up the hill into turn two and wrested the lead from Robert and held it to the end. Robert Podlesni, #84/Terminal Velocity Processing/Alpinestars/DFR Van Diemen maintained second place and as the pair continued their battle, at times only inches apart they moved clear of Scott Rarick in third place.
There was a brief full course caution to retrieve the stranded #18 Mygale of Michael Murphy whose car came to rest at the exit of turn ten a high speed portion of the track.
When the green flag again waved, Hyatt and Podlesni resumed their battle, the most of which had the nose of Robert's car right under the rear wing of Hyatt. This continued for most of the race and only near the end did max manage to pull out a little breathing room. It was exciting to watch as these two drivers demonstrated the high quality of driving skill found in this series.
Rarick #34/PR1/Van Diemen held third position for most of the race, his car not handling quite to his liking, as he slowly lost ground to the leaders. His third place was not secure however as teammate Shaun Modisette #26/Carson Trailers/PR1/Van Diemen, who drove an excellent race from the back of the grid managed to get by Rarick at the end to claim the final podium position. Shaun had missed the qualifying session due to a heavy crash in turn seven in the morning warm-up when he experienced brake problems. The PR1 Motorsports crew worked tirelessly to get the car to the grid and Shaun, whose confidence was shaken, was able to put that out of his mind with the result being third place and the races' Williams Race Development Hard Charger Award. Rarick's fourth place gained him the Expert Class win.
Peter Hastrup who earlier qualified a series best fourth only relinquished one position to the hard charging Modisette and finished fifth after another steady performance. His fifth place in his #5/Western Building Materials/Nuttal, Brown & Coutts/Van Diemen also netted him the Masters Class win and increased his lead in that category.
Sixth in his first race in the series and on his first visit to Infineon Raceway was David Cheng #39/PR1/Van Diemen. Cheng who currently is participating in the Skip Barber series and is only thirty points out of the lead used this opportunity to test the waters of the Pacific F2000 series looking ahead to a possible full season next year. Cheng lost out briefly at the start but managed to regain those lost positions and had a solid performance and is looking forward to further improving on his initial foray.
Les Phillips had a good run in his #89/Swiss Implants/Porterfield Brakes/Mygale and finished seventh ahead of Greg Pizzo #49/Van Diemen, Pizzo making a return appearance to the series after a two year hiatus in eighth.
Ira Fierberg #27 Barry I Goldstein/CPA/Sparco/DFR/Van Diemen finished ninth ahead of Pierre DeMartines also returning to the series drove the #21/Quontcast/DFR/Van Diemen in tenth with Peter West #99/Terminal Velocity Processing/DFR/Van Diemen the final runner in eleventh.
Qualifying for Sunday's race will again be at 11:05am with the green flag set to start the race at 2:30pm local time.