NA-F2000: Watkins Glen qualifying race two report

By Russell Jaslow - Motorsport.com The weatherman said the passing thunderstorm would be over before the F2000 cars went back on the track for their qualifying session for the second race of the US F2000 Championship double event at Watkins...

By Russell Jaslow - Motorsport.com

The weatherman said the passing thunderstorm would be over before the F2000 cars went back on the track for their qualifying session for the second race of the US F2000 Championship double event at Watkins Glen, NY during the Sports Car Grand Prix Weekend.

That prediction was correct, but it didn't mean the track would be dry, and with clouds still obscuring the sun, wet conditions greeted the competitors for their 30 minute session.

Times were slower, cars were spinning off the track causing one black flag all stoppage, and when it was all over, Mike Andersen sat on the pole with a time of 2:09.624 for an average speed of 94.624 mph with his Valvoline/Pi Research 2000 Van Diemen.

Despite the many years that Andersen has competed in this series, 31 starts in all, this was his first pole position. The car was powered by an Elite prepared engine.

"I've done a lot of these races, and this is my first pole, so it feels pretty good to get it done, especially in these conditions," Andersen said.

All the drivers chose rain tires, and even though the track got "less wet" as time went on, there never were any dry spots that developed. However, speeds did increase as most drivers set their fastest lap on the last go around.

"I would have preferred it either be all out wet or all out dry," Andersen said, "because it is really tough in these conditions to get the car set up right."

Alexander Figge placed his Lightspeed Motorsports 2001 Van Diemen on the front row with a time of 2:09.933. Englishman Doug Bell qualified third in his Cape Motorsports 2001 Van Diemen with a time of 2:10.837.

Rounding out the top five were Mike Potekhen and Arnold Brinkmann.

The American Continental Championship class pole was won by Scott Rubenzer in a 1999 Carbir chassis with a time of 2:14.954, good for 19th overall.

This qualifying session was for the second race of the weekend which will run Sunday morning at 9:50 Eastern time.

The next time these cars will be on the track will be for their first race of the weekend, round 4 of the series, Saturday afternoon at 1:00. The weatherman has promised a beautiful day.

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