NA-F2000: PR1 Motorsports Phoenix race notes

PR1 Motorsports nearly sweeps podium in opening round of the FF2000 Zetec Western Championship. Fresno, CA -- PR1 Motorsports, posts back-to-back first and second place finishes from team drivers Charlie Kimball and Jonathan Bomarito in ...

PR1 Motorsports nearly sweeps podium in opening round of the FF2000 Zetec Western Championship.

Fresno, CA -- PR1 Motorsports, posts back-to-back first and second place finishes from team drivers Charlie Kimball and Jonathan Bomarito in the opening round of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Western Championship this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The team's one-two finishing performance was supported by strong 4th and 6th place results from Chris Festa, the team's young driver just out of karting. With a field of Western Series drivers anchored by the winning team from round #1 of the Eastern Series in Sebring, the inaugural Phoenix event was a good test for the PR1 Team.

"I'm really proud of the entire team," said Bobby Oergel, team owner and manager. "The crews, engineers and our drivers didn't miss a beat all weekend. We were strong in Sebring, but this was a great way to open the Western Series. Charlie was flawless precision all weekend. Jonathan drove an impassioned weekend to challenge for the win and Chris didn't make a mistake to come within a second of claiming the third podium spot on Sunday."

"It was great to win back to back this weekend", said Kimball, "It would have been nice to win the pole on Saturday as well, but Jonathan was perfect. The team, the crew, the car were as a good as it gets and I can't thank them enough for these wins. Thanks to RentVillas.com for their support or none of this could've happened."

"It was a spectacular weekend for me and PR1", said Bomarito after the race. "Charlie was awesome and it was great fun racing with him. The crew and engineers gave me a great package that challenged all the way and that's all I can ask for. Valley Financial Mortgage made all this possible and I'd like to thank them for their support".

"Congratulations to Charlie and Jonathan," said Chris Festa, the third team driver, racing cars for the first time. "Just a bit more and we could've swept the podium, but I used up the tires catching third place and couldn't quite get by. The CareCentric car was perfect today and the crew couldn't have done a better job. It's great racing with these guys."

"These are the weekends that make this sport so special," said Oergel. "This is a special group that works so well together, both crew and drivers. We're really looking forward to building off this weekend and having a successful and fun year."

PR1 Motorsports was built on the premise that drivers need to have a place to go after karting. Many drivers today try to make the jump from karting straight to the Zetec Championship without success. Oergel believes that the Formula Ford 1600 class is a great place to learn before jumping to the 2.0-liter Zetec level. With that premise in mind, PR1 also has a Formula Ford 1600 team and a driver-testing and development program.

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