Grafton, WI (July 11, 2000) â€“ Scott Rubenzer, piloting his 1999 SBS Battery Systems/Trojan Batteries Carbir Ford through the 4-mile road course, set the fastest race lap in the second of two USF2000 Pro Races at Road America, enroute to one of...
Grafton, WI (July 11, 2000) – Scott Rubenzer, piloting his 1999 SBS Battery Systems/Trojan Batteries Carbir Ford through the 4-mile road course, set the fastest race lap in the second of two USF2000 Pro Races at Road America, enroute to one of the highest overall finishes ever recorded by an ACC driver.
Rubenzer, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, considers Road America his home track, but is not a regular competitor in the Series and was competing with talented young drivers less than half his age. He is not unfamiliar with the Series, however, having finished 10th in the 1994 Championship. He entered the ACC class for pre-2000 cars, as his car is older than those eligible for the USF2000 F2A class. Yet he ran competitively with these top young drivers from all over the world who have the very latest imported cars, and managed to best them all by setting the fastest race lap in his American made Carbir.
Grabbing the ACC pole for rain-delayed Race 1 from fellow Carbir driver Tom Dyer, Rubenzer qualified 8th overall and ran strong until tangling with another car fighting for position, ending the day for both of them. With crash damage needing replacement, and Race 2 set to start in 12 hours, Rubenzer and his volunteer crew worked late into the night.
Undaunted, not only was the car ready for the 7:30 am grid time, Rubenzer carved his way up from a 15th overall qualifying spot to 7th overall, easily taking the ACC win. Tom Dyer shared race honors with him, earning podium spots for 2 of only 3 American-made Carbirs in the 44-car field.