Wilson Wins First Career Win at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON. GA. (April 24, 2004) - Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., won Round Three of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three is Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa. and Jason Bowles, of Ontario, Calif.
Commencing late in the day, the Zetec Championship field went three abreast at the drop of the green flag. Holding off a determined group of drivers, Cunningham maintained his pole position exiting turn one. Running nose-to-tail, the field worked its away around the 2.5-mile road course. At the conclusion of lap 2, Wilson and Prendeville got to the inside of Cunningham and passed for position. With a clear track ahead of him, Wilson, in the No. 3 Green-Keeper/RW Racing Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, began to build a gap on second place. Showing tremendous car control, Prendeville and Cunningham repeatedly passed one another, as Wilson extended his lead. Just past the halfway point of the 18-lap race, Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, secured second place and began to build a slight gap on Cunningham. Running consistent laps, the leaders became evenly spaced out. On the final lap, Cunningham went off-course and rejoined making contact with Adam Pecorari, who was running fourth, eliminating both drivers. With the duo out of the race, Bowles, in the No. 7 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen moved into third place. Running uncontested to the checkered flag, Wilson captured his first career Zetec Championship by 9.885 seconds.
"This feels great," said Wilson, who was Shifter Kart Illustrated driver of the year in 2003. "I needed those points. I'm going for the championship this year."
"I had a great battle with Wade [Cunningham]," said Prendeville, who won Round Two at Sebring. "I lost fourth gear late in the race and was just trying to nurse the car home. I'm extremely happy with second place."
"We gambled on the setup and just missed it," said Bowles, who won Round One at Sebring. "I guess I had luck on my side and scored valuable points."
Completing the top-five is Mike Andersen, of Green Pond, N.J., in the No. 9 Valvoline/Pi Research/Performance Friction Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, who started 10th and Scott Rubenzer, of Brookfield, Wisc., in the No. 11 Storage Battery Systems/Trojan Battery Van Diemen Ford, who started eighth. Race two of the Drift Atlanta doubleheader is scheduled to get the green flag at 12:45 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 2004.