NA-F2000: Road Atlanta round three race notes

TAYLOR SCORES FIRST F2000 SERIES VICTORY Second generation driver dominates opening race at Road Atlanta doubleheader BRASELTON, GA (May 9, 2008) - Second-generation driver Jordan Taylor made his first-ever visit to Road Atlanta a...

TAYLOR SCORES FIRST F2000 SERIES VICTORY
Second generation driver dominates opening race at Road Atlanta doubleheader

BRASELTON, GA (May 9, 2008) - Second-generation driver Jordan Taylor made his first-ever visit to Road Atlanta a victorious one during the front-end of a F2000 Championship Series Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire doubleheader on Friday (May 9), winning Round Three at the famed Braselton, Georgia facility. The son of Grand American Daytona Prototype team owner and veteran driver Wayne Taylor was joined in the podium celebrations by Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn and ZSports Midwest teammate Noah Bystrom.

Bringing day one of the two-day event at Road Atlanta to a close, the third round of the F2000 Championship Series commenced with Taylor and Krohn leading the 33-car field to the green flag. Getting a superb launch at the waving of the flag, Taylor easily retained the lead entering the high-speed opening corner. Behind the polesitter, the field immediately fanned out three and four abreast. Getting to the inside, Brian Graham Racing rookie Kyle Marcelli slotted into second place in turn one, ahead of Krohn, JDC MotorSports' Chris Miller and St. Clair Motorsports' Matthew Inge. The order up front quickly changed, however, as by the completion of lap one, Taylor was leading Krohn, having retaken second from Marcelli.

Over the course of the next several laps, gaps steadily began to appear among the top-three, while behind the trio the fight for position intensified. Dicing for position, Miller, Inge and Bystrom routinely got side-by-side one another, while not much further back VS Racing's Keegan VanSicklen battled leading Masters driver Tim Minor in a Ski Motorsports entry and Andersen Racing's Doug Prendeville.

Just as it appeared that the order up front was set in stone, things were dramatically altered, when a lapped car contacted Marcelli while running in third. Far enough behind the massive incident, Bystrom moved into third. Marcelli's Van Diemen suffered severe damage, but the young driver escaped uninjured.

Running a near perfect race, Taylor captured his first-ever F2000 Championship Series win, leading flag-to-flag. Retaining the championship point lead, Krohn crossed the stripe in second, several car lengths ahead of Bystrom. Inge and Miller completed the top-five in Round Three. Minor, finishing seventh overall, was the leading Masters class driver, while Lap 2 Racing's Brent Gilkes improved the most positions (17) to take the G. JEZARIAN Pass Master Award at Road Atlanta.

The F2000 Championship Series Presented by Hoosier Racing Tire event in Georgia resumes on Saturday (May 10th) with morning practice and qualifying ahead of Round Four later in the day.

FormulaCar Magazine and eFormulaCarNews.com is attendance at Road Atlanta, providing extensive coverage of all the action. Live news, notes and results from the track will be available in the official EFCN Trackside Live discussion thread. Reports will be available on eFormulaCarNews.com in the news section.

-credit: f2000 series

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