NA-F2000: Urlin endures trying weekend at IRP

JW Urlin was disappointed to have a promising weekend end with a seventeenth-place finish in yesterday's rain-delayed US Formula 2000 race in Indianapolis. He was racing on the 1.1 km (0.686 mile) oval at Indianapolis Raceway Park in round six...

JW Urlin was disappointed to have a promising weekend end with a seventeenth-place finish in yesterday's rain-delayed US Formula 2000 race in Indianapolis. He was racing on the 1.1 km (0.686 mile) oval at Indianapolis Raceway Park in round six of the USF2000 National Championship.

Coming off a very successful weekend at Watkins Glen, JW and his team arrived in Indianapolis feeling confident and enthusiastic. The mood was reinforced when his Budget / London Auto Glass / OTM car was clocked in the top ten during practice sessions Friday and Saturday.

Rain played havoc with the event from the start, especially on Saturday when practice was cut short and then the race was postponed to Sunday due to rain. Although qualifying went ahead on Saturday, JW did not do as well as he'd anticipated. He qualified eighteenth, but still held optimism for the race.

"The weather really caught us out in qualifying," he reported on Saturday. "The rain kept washing the track down and it was hard to read the conditions. We also had a problem with a wheel coming loose in one of the practice sessions and that also hurt us a little in qualifying. Things will be better in the race. It'll take me a few laps to get a feel and then I'll start to push."

Unfortunately, JW's race was spoiled before it got started. A caution was brought out on lap two when pole-sitter Peter Gray crashed. When the race restarted on lap twelve, officials deemed that Urlin had jumped the start and called him into the pits to serve a stop-go penalty.

"It was unfortunate because that put us out of contention," JW reflected. "The field was bunched up so everyone got way ahead of me when I came in for the penalty. The crew did a good job and the Budget / London Auto Glass car felt pretty nice. I think I would have had a good race."

Urlin's attention now turns to the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course where two races will be held June 9-10.

"I'm looking forward to Mid Ohio because we're back to road racing and that's where I feel most at home. I was really happy with the performance at Watkins Glen last week and I think we can build on that in Ohio."

-MJ

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