Championship Battle Heads to Infineon Raceway Buttonwillow, CA. (June 25, 2009) - The Pacific F2000 Series presented by Terminal Velocity Processing opens the second half of the season at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California...
Championship Battle Heads to Infineon Raceway
Buttonwillow, CA. (June 25, 2009) - The Pacific F2000 Series presented by Terminal Velocity Processing opens the second half of the season at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California this weekend. The series has revised the schedule for the second half of the season forgoing the long haul to Miller Motorsport Park in July and the never confirmed event at Portland International Raceway. In place of those events, the series has scheduled events at Infineon Raceway; June 27 & 28 and Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca; September 12 & 13. The final event of the season will again be held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; October 16 - 18.
Twenty-two points separate the top four contenders for the title with Robert Podlesni (156 pts.) holding a slim seven point lead over Scott Rarick (149 pts.) winner of the last event at Buttonwillow Raceway. Both Podlesni; DFR Van Diemen and Rarick; PR1 Van Diemen have one win each but have performed consistently and neither have made any errors. Podlesni is the 2006 Series Champion while Rarick is the 2004 Formula Ford National Champion so each is accustomed to the pressures necessary to win a championship. Eleven points behind Rarick in third place is Max Hyatt; PR1 Van Diemen. Hyatt has two wins this season but his title hopes took a downturn when he was involved in a crash with teammate and the fourth title contender, Shaun Modisette; PR1 Van Diemen in the last event. Modisette who has the other two victories this season admitted that incident may have hurt his title hopes but also acknowledged that being able to drop his worst result would help and that he had to concentrate on finishing the season with strong results. In fifth place, fifty-five points back with an outside chance is Peter Hastrup; DFR Van Diemen. Peter has performed consistently this season and overcome some bad starts to finish strongly and leads the Masters Class. With six races yet to be held the battle for the title will most likely be contested until the final lap of the last event.
The return to Infineon is welcomed by the competitors after having been left off of the schedule initially and the addition of Mazda Raceway provides another opportunity to race at a top rated track.