NA-F2000: Road America race one qualifying report

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 7, 2000)-- Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois- Rivieres, Que., Can., captured his second pole in 2000, for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Road America 500 at Road America. Aaron Justus,...

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 7, 2000)-- Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois- Rivieres, Que., Can., captured his second pole in 2000, for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Road America 500 at Road America. Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif. and Harold Primat, of France, round out the top-three. Driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, Camirand grabbed the pole on his last lap during the session. Camirand, who had been second quickest in the morning warm-up set a new lap record of 2:16.727 (106.583 mph). The time just beat Justus, who had the quickest time the majority of the session. The pole is Camirand's sixth in his career, and sixth on the all-time list. "I got a really great draft on that lap which gave me the pole, " said Camirand. "We came here with the Mosport setup as the base and have made some adjustments as the track conditions changed. I think we can go a little quicker, but the car is really good. The race should be pretty exciting." Justus, driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck Racing/Torco Van Diemen Ford, looked to have the pole until the last minute when Camirand just beat his time of 2:16.845 (106.491 mph) by a mere tenth of a second. This will be the fourth time this year that the current points leader will start on the front row. "I had a bad feeling when my crew said Marc (Camirand) still had one lap left there at the end," said Justus. "As always track position is vital in qualifying. I got a few good runs early, but couldn't find any space there at the end when it counted. This track has multiple passing places, so I'm sure will see a bunch of lead changes in the race." Driving the No. 77 Primland Resort Van Diemen Ford, Primat captured his first- ever top-three starting position. Primat, who had been quick through testing leading upto the race, posted a quickest time of 2:16.942 (106.415 mph) to start third. "Obviously I'm very happy about qualifying third" said Primat. "This high-speed track really suits my driving style and I'm really comfortable in the car. With team owner Augie Pabst leaving nearby and having raced here a bunch times helps. He's provided alot of feedback." Rounding out the top five is Tony Buffomante, of Streamwood, Ill. and rookie Andrew Davis, of Lilburn , Ga.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Harold Primat , Aaron Justus , Andrew Davis , Tony Buffomante
Teams HART