NA-F2000: Sebring Friday Practice Report

SEBRING, Fla. - With heavy rain from Hurricane Irene expected to roll into central Florida Friday afternoon, Dan Wheldon topped a dry practice session for this weekend's U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision. Marc-Antoine ...

SEBRING, Fla. - With heavy rain from Hurricane Irene expected to roll into central Florida Friday afternoon, Dan Wheldon topped a dry practice session for this weekend's U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision. Marc-Antoine Camirand, Wheldon's chief competition for the title, which concludes this weekend, managed only tenth fastest in the session.

Wheldon, of England, turned a lap of 2:08.998 (103.257 mph) around the 3.7-mile circuit in the No. 5 Jayhard/Primus Racing Van Diemen Ford--0.580-second faster than Jeff Wright, of Ireland, in the No. 24 Jetboy/Casabella Van Diemen Ford. Steve Rikert, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., and Guy Cosmo, of S. Setauket, N.Y., completed the top-five.

Qualifying for Saturday's 15-lap, 55.5-mile race, part one of a weekend doubleheader, is set for Friday at 3:30 p.m. Both races will be broadcast live on the Speedvision Network, with coverage beginning Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).

Practice session times for this weekend's Sebring October SpeedFest at Sebring International Raceway, Rounds 13 and 14 of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision, with position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, class, car, fastest time and speed in miles per hour. 1 (5), Dan Wheldon (R), England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:08.998, 103.257. 2 (24), Jeff Wright (R), Ireland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:09.578, 102.795. 3 (4), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:09.877, 102.558. 4 (72), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Carbir Ford, 2:10.292, 102.231. 5 (12), Guy Cosmo, South Selauket, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 2:10.450, 102.108. 6 (3), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:10.525, 102.049. 7 (23), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:10.662, 101.942. 8 (19), Bobby Oergel, Fresno, Calif., F2A, Mygale Ford, 2:10.705, 101.908. 9 (83), Nick Grommes (R), Yorkville, Ill., F2A, Carbir Ford, 2:11.032, 101.654. 10 (96), Marc-Antoine Camirand, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:11.215, 101.512. 11 (7), Daniel Muniz (R), San Jose, Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:11.222, 101.507. 12 (36), Bryce Miller (R), Bernardsville, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:11.342, 101.414. 13 (66), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:12.035, 100.882. 14 (77), Harold Primat (R), New York, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:12.347, 100.644. 15 (40), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:12.600, 100.452. 16 (8), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:12.654, 100.411. 17 (71), Mike Durand (R), Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 2:13.772, 99.572. 18 (17), Jacek Mucha, Laval, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:13.793, 99.556. 19 (74), Paul Kesselring (R), Sarasota, Fla., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 2:13.857, 99.509. 20 (22), Georges Forgeois (R), New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 2:14.484, 99.045. 21 (15), David Webb, Clearwater, Fla., ACC, Swift Ford, 2:14.570, 98.981. 22 (6), Jeff Butcher (R), Boca Raton, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:14.756, 98.845. 23 (90), Bob Wright, Old Chatham, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:14.930, 98.717. 24 (46), JW Urlin (R), London, Ontario, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 2:14.964, 98.692. 25 (37), Dick Fairbanks, Hyannis, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 2:15.356, 98.407. 26 (33), Daniel Urrutia Jr. (R), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 2:16.557, 97.541. 27 (34), Brett Harrison (R), Everett, Wash., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 2:17.912, 96.583. 28 (2), Steve Butcher (R), DelRay Beach, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 3:08.623, 70.617. 29 (13), Mark Dismore (R), Greenfield, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 4:39.468, 47.661. 30 (55), Piero Rodarte (R), Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 10:24.307, 21.335.

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