NA-F2000: Road Atlanta race report

BRASELTON, GA. (September 29, 2000)– Ian Lacy, of N. Las Vegas, Nev., won Round 12 of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three is James Hanson, of Leeds,...

BRASELTON, GA. (September 29, 2000)– Ian Lacy, of N. Las Vegas, Nev., won Round 12 of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three is James Hanson, of Leeds, England and Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can. Finishing fourth and capturing the 2000 U.S. F2000 National Championship is Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif. Tom Dyer, of San Rafael, Calif., won the ACC class, capturing the 2000 ACC Championship. Driving the No. 6 WorldBestBuy.com Van Diemen Ford, Lacy moved up from his third-place starting position to capture the win. At the start of the race, Lacy maintained his starting position as polesitter, Justus, and Hanson fought for position. On lap three, Lacy passed Justus for second and began closing on Hanson for the lead. After challenging repeated for the lead, Lacy made the pass on lap six. Lacy maintained the position the remainder of the race, through two restarts, to post a comfortable 1.285- second margin of victory. The win is Lacy’s second of the year. “The car was great on the restarts, said Lacy. “I was able to get the power down a pull away a bit. Be nice to repeat the win tomorrow and secure third in the standings after the disaster last weekend.” Hanson, driving the No. 21 DuPont Van Diemen Ford, drove a strong race to secure a career-tying best second place finish. After falling back on the initial start, Hanson closed in on his teammate Justus. The duo battled for the lead on lap two, with Hanson taking the point in turn one on lap three. Hanson looked to be in control until Lacy made it past Justus and began closing. Hanson relinquished the lead three laps later. Unchallenged the remainder of the race, Hanson strengthens his rookie points lead with one race to go. “Ian drove great race and deserved the win,” said Hanson. “I think I”m pretty comfortable in the Rookie of The Year standings. If I can win and give Cape both Championships that would be brilliant.” Camirand, driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, battled through the field to finish third as his championship hopes vanished. Starting sixth, Camirand used his vast F2000 experience to carve his way up the field. Moving into fourth by lap 11, Camirand found himself behind Justus. The duo battled for position for numerous laps, with Camirand taking it on the penultimate lap. Unable to catch Hanson, Camirand secured third place and his eighth of the year. The podium finish gives Camirand 16 for his career, just one behind the all-time record of 17, held by Randy McDaniel. “I thought I had a little chance for the championship,” said Camirand. “After Aaron’s great start I new it would be very difficult. With tomorrow being my last race in F2000 I just want to go out and have some fun.” Driving the No. 2 CycleShack/Bell Helmets/Paladin Carbir Ford, Dyer drove an eventful race to win the ACC class and Championship. Starting an uncharacteristic second in class, Dyer was involved in numerous dices for position during the race. In the end, Dyer captured the class win and the ACC championship finishing ninth overall. “It’s been a great year,” said Dyer. “This has been a great introduction to the series. To run with these guys all year has been a lot fun and a great honor.” Justus, driving the No. 32 Forsythe-Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, only required a finish of 18th or better to clinch the National Championship. Starting on the pole, Justus got his customary great start. As the race progressed his car’s handling deteriorated allowing first Hanson, then Lacy to close. Using his new found maturity, Justus allowed both drivers past and concentrating on running a quick, yet consistent pace that would give him the championship. Late in the race Camirand passed for third preventing Justus from capturing his ninth podium of the year. With a fourth-place finish Justus secured the championship with one race remaining and gives perennial front-runners Cape Motorsports their first National Championship. “It’s hard to believe it’s over,” said Justus. “This was one of the toughest races I’ve had all year. I knew I just needed to finish 16 or something to win the Championship. You can back off a bit, but not to much, which is hard. Winning the Championship with Cape is special. They were the only team to really stick out their necks for me.” Completing the top-five was local driver Andrew Davis, of Lilburn, Ga. Tommy Constantine, of Scottsdale, Ariz. earned the Taylor Engineering “Shark” award for finishing 11th after starting 30th.

Braselton, Georgia -- Race results for Saturday's 20-lap, 50.0 mile National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round 12 Race, part of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps completed and reason out.

<pre> 1. (3), Ian Lacy, N. Las Vegas, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 2. (2), James Hanson(R), Leeds, England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 3. (6), Marc-Antoine Camirand, St. Leonard, Quebec, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 4. (1), Aaron Justus, Crestline, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (11), Andrew Davis(R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 6. (9), Memo Rojas Jr.(R), Mexico City, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 7. (19), Arnold Brinkmann, Quito, Ecuador, F2A, Carbir Ford, 20. 8. (8), Harold Primat, France, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 9. (13), Tom Dyer(R), San Rafael, Calif., ACC, Carbir Ford, 20. 10. (12), James Eaton(R), Toronto, Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (30), Tommy Constantine, Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (7), Daniel Muniz, San Jose, Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 13. (32), Niki Coello(R), Mukwonago, Wis., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (21), Arie Luyendyk Jr.(R), Holland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 15. (26), Joey Scarello, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 16. (27), Carl Russo(R), Ft. Collins, Colo., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 17. (23), Jeff Sakowicz(R), Camarillo, Calif., ACC, Mygale Ford, 20. 18. (31), Cliff Picket_Jr.(R), Jamestown, R.I., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 19. (25), Tim Barber(R), San Francisco, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 20. (4), Piero Rodarte(R), Mexico City, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 21. (14), Georges Forgeois, New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 22. (22), Jeff Harrison(R), Grapevine, Texas, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 23. (18), Greg Schings, Lexington, Ky., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 13, OFF. 24. (16), Bryan Sellers(R), Centerville, Ohio, ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 12, OFF. 25. (15), Mike Durand, Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 12, ACC. 26. (5), Peter Walsh(R), Cork, Ireland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 12, OFF. 27. (10), Anthony Dudek(R), Snellville, Ga., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 10, ACC. 28. (17), J.W. Urlin(R), London/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 10, ACC. 29. (24), Nick Fanelli(R), Sorrento, Fla., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 9, BLKFLAG. 30. (28), Paul Lasko(R), Roseville, Mich., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 6, ACC. 31. (20), Nicholas Grommes(R), Yorkville, Ill., ACC, Carbir Ford, 0, DNS. 32. (29), Billy Asaro(R), Unionville/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 40 minutes, 26.680 seconds. Average speed: 75.362 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 1.2850 seconds Lap leaders: # 32 1- 2 Aaron Justus # 21 3- 5 James Hanson(R) # 6 6- 20 Ian Lacy

Fastest race lap: Marc-Antoine Camirand, 1:27.070 (105.019 mph)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Harold Primat , Memo Rojas , Piero Rodarte , Carl Russo , Aaron Justus , Andrew Davis , Georges Forgeois , Bryan Sellers , Tim Barber , Nick Fanelli , Tommy Constantine , Ian Lacy , Billy Asaro , Niki Coello , Tom Dyer , Arie Luyendyk Jr.