NA-F2000: Walsh wins thriller at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 26, 2000)– Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland won Round Nine of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Ian Lacy,...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 26, 2000)– Peter Walsh, of Cork, Ireland won Round Nine of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at the Glen at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Ian Lacy, of North Las Vegas, Nev. and Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can. completed the top-three. Mike Durand of Wayland, Mass., won the ACC class. Walsh, driving the No. 44 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, led flag-to-flag to win his second win of the season. Walsh moved up from his fifth place starting position to take the lead on the opening lap entering the inner loop. Behind Walsh, Aaron Justus and Camirand battled for position, allowing him to pull out a one and half second lead. Walsh maintained the gap until a lap eight caution, for Tom Dyer and James Eaton crashing in the esses, bunched the field back up. On the lap 10 restart, the leaders went three abreast down the front straightaway, with Walsh keeping the lead into corner one. Walsh was repeatedly challenged for the lead by Justus and Camirand until lap 11 when Justus crashed exiting the inner loop, bringing out another full-course caution. Walsh executed the one lap dash restart to the finish restart to perfection, never being challenged en route a to 0.706-second margin of victory. “Before the start I was just hoping to finish on the podium,” said Walsh. This was a very tough race. I got a good run going into the bus stop and just went for the lead. I haven’t given up on the championship. Tomorrow I’ll be going for the win again, but I’m sure the guys will be aware of me.” Driving the No. 6 WorldBestBuy.com Van Diemen Ford, battled all race long to finish second. At the start Lacy dropped back two spots to sixth place. On lap two, Lacy passed Memo Rojas Jr. to move up to fifth place. Lacy maintained the position until lap 11 when Lacy capitalized on Justus’ accident to move into second place. The podium finish is Lacy’s second in a row, following his first career-win at Mosport in Round Eight. “The car was great on the restarts,” said Lacy. “The car has definitely improved as the season progresses. We should be in contention for wins the remainder of the season.” Camirand, driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, maintained his challenge for the championship finishing third. On the start, Camirand passed Justus for second place after starting third. The duo battled for position, swapping position twice until lap 11. The podium finish is Camirand’s sixth of the season and maintains his second place in the standings. “I had a good car today,” said Camirand. “The goal was to finish the race and score points. After Aaron [Justus] crashed I just wanted to finish, so I didn’t fight Ian [Lacy] too hard.” Driving the No. 71 <allaire> Van Diemen Ford, Durand won the ACC class finish ninth overall. Durand, who missed the previous round due to work commitments, led the class the entire race. “It was fun running up at the front of the field,: said Durand. “The goal going into the race was to win ACC.” Rounding out the top five was rookie James Hanson, Leeds, England and Daniel Muniz, of San Jose Costa Rica. Arie Luyendyk Jr., of Holland captured the Taylor Engineering “Shark” award for his drive for finishing tenth after serving a penalty at the start of the race.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.-- Race results for Saturday’s 14-lap, 47.600-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round Nine Race, part of the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest at the Glen, with race position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

<pre> 1. (5), Peter Walsh(R), Cork/Ireland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 2. (4), Ian Lacy, N. Las Vegas, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 3. (3), Marc-Antoine Camirand, St. Leonard/Quebec, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 4. (13), James Hanson(R), Leeds/England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 5. (6), Daniel Muniz, San Jose/Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 6. (7), Memo Rojas Jr.(R), Mexico City/Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 7. (2), Mike Andersen, Green Pond, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 8. (15), Arnold Brinkmann, Quito/Ecuador, F2A, Carbir Ford, 14. 9. (9), Mike Durand, Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 10. (8), Arie Luyendyk Jr.(R), Holland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 11. (34), Piero Rodarte, Mexico City/Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 12. (12), Jeff Harrison(R), Grapevine, Texas, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 13. (27), Nick Fanelli(R), Sorrento, Fla., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 14. (26), Cliff Pickett Jr.(R), Jamestown, R.I., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 15. (29), Niki Fleury, Rome/Italy, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 16. (24), Richard Zober(R), Yardley, Pa., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 17. (32), Paul Lasko(R), Roseville, Mich., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 18. (28), Tommy Constantine, Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 19. (33), Mike Scanlan, Great Neck, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 14. 20. (23), Andrew Davis(R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 13, OFF. 21. (20), Georges Forgeois, New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 13. 22. (1), Aaron Justus, Cresline, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 10, CONT. 23. (10), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen, 10, MECH. 24. (25), Chris Burke, Babylon, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 10, MECH. 25. (21), Tom Sabiel Jr.(R), Waldwick, N.J., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 10, MECH. 26. (22), Carl Russo(R), Ft. Collins, Colo., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 9, CONT. 27. (30), Adam Sodano(R), Boston, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 9, CONT. 28. (11), Tom Dyer(R), San Rafael, Calif., ACC, Carbir Ford, 6, CONT. 29. (18), James Eaton(R), Toronto/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 6, CONT. 30. (17), Guy Cosmo, Long Island, N.Y., F2A, Carbir Ford, 4, MECH. 31. (31), Niki Coello, Mukwonago, Wis., ACC, Carbir Ford, 2, ENG. 32. (14), Harold Primat, France, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, CONT. 33. (16), Greg Schings, Lexington, Ky., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 0, CONT. 34. (19), Billy Asaro(R), Unionville/Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 37 minutes, 58.453 seconds. Average speed: 75.208 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .70600 seconds Lap leaders: # 44 1- 14 Peter Walsh(R)

Fastest race lap: Aaron Justus, 1:53.117 (108.206 mph)

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