HAMPTON WINS WATKINS GLEN F2000 THRILLER WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 30, 1998) â€“ Ryan Hampton, of Glendora, Calif., came out on top of a classic U.S. F2000 National Championship battle to take his second-career victory at the second race...
HAMPTON WINS WATKINS GLEN F2000 THRILLER
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (May 30, 1998) – Ryan Hampton, of Glendora, Calif., came out on top of a classic U.S. F2000 National Championship battle to take his second-career victory at the second race of the Watkins Glen International Parts America 150 Weekend doubleheader. Robby McGehee, of St. Louis, and Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., rounded out the top three. Hampton, driving the No. 88 American Instruments Tatuus Ford, battled McGehee, Lally, and points leader David Besnard for much of the day, often going four-wide into corners, before taking the lead for good on lap 13 of the 20-lap, 49.0-mile contest. Hampton averaged 76.432 mph for the race slowed by three cautions, and won by 0.909-second. "The race was just great," said Hampton, who first won at Charlotte Motor Speedway last year. "These guys are the best drivers – I'm really comfortable going wheel-to-wheel with them. When my crew told me ‘five to go,' I just put my head down and drove as smooth as I could." McGehee, driving the No. 2 VisionAire/Energizer Tatuus Ford, led five laps before Hampton made his move, and battled Lally for second in the race's late stages. "We made a big change in the car, going from the narrow track to a wide track, and it really helped," said McGehee. "I think I may have caught Ryan, but I started racing with Andy (Lally), and he was able to pull away. The most fun I had was going into the bus stop (Inner Loop) – I can't really pick out one lap, because they were all a blast." After the lead quartet went four-wide into the Inner Loop on lap eight, Lally actually took the lead for the first time in his career for five corners, but was not credited with a lap led as McGehee passed him in turn 9. At least four laps featured two or three lead changes. This was Lally's second-straight podium finish in the No. 5 Maida/Red Line/Highcroft Bowman Ford. "I got hung up in the marbles once in turn one and went from second to seventh," said Lally. "From there we had to play catch up. I'm really happy to have two thirds here. I love Watkins Glen." Australian Besnard, who won the first race of the weekend, led the first four laps, but fell back as low as sixth before finishing fourth, retaining his points lead over Hampton, 180 to 142. Besnard reported that he broke the rear anti-roll bar, suspecting it cracked during a testing crash on Wednesday. Tim Duit, of Edmond, Okla., rounded out the top-five after starting 13th. Guy Cosmo, of Bohemia, N.Y., won the "B" Class for cars built before 1996. Ric Rushton, of Sante Fe, N.M. was uninjured when his car flipped several times in the Inner Loop, and polesitter Marc-Antoine Camirand, of St. Leonard D'Aston, Que., was unscathed in a lap-one accident.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Final results from the 20-lap, 49.0-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Round Six race, part of the Parts America 150 Weekend at Watkins Glen International, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, class, car, laps and reason out (if any).
1. (5), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 2. (6), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 3. (9), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 20. 4. (2), David Besnard, Sydney, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (13), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 6. (15), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 20. 7. (11), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 8. (10), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 9. (17), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 10. (12), Ryan Jones, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (8), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (29), Guy Cosmo, Bohemia, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 13. (25), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (16), Ryan Walker, Okemos, Mich., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 15. (18), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 16. (30), Howie Liebengood, Vienna, Va., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 17. (34), Dana LaLiberte, Ann Arbor, Mich., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 18. (4), Anthony Simone, Stouffville, Ontario, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 19. (35), Robert Lisey, Wadsworth, Ohio, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 20. (26), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 20. 21. (31), Dean Oppermann, Pottstown, Pa., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 22. (33), Wilmer Valentin, Bayamon, PR, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 23. (32), Bob Wright, Old Chatham, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 24. (21), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 25. (28), Mike Williams, Hayden Lake, Idaho, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 26. (22), George Forgeois, New York, N.Y., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 27. (19), Michael Durand, Wayland, Mass., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 28. (7), Mike Johnson, Gainsville, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 16, MECH. 29. (20), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Larado, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 16, MECH. 30. (14), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 12, ACC. 31. (24), Joey Scarallo, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 12, ACC. 32. (27), James Yott, Montreal, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 8, OFF. 33. (3), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 8, MECH. 34. (23), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 7, ACC. 35. (1), Marc-Antoine Camirand, St.Lnrd.D'Aston, Que., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, ACC. Time of race: 38 minutes, 27.912 seconds. Average speed: 76.432 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 0.909-second Lap leaders: Laps 1-4, No. 13 Besnard; laps 5-7, No. 88 Hampton; Laps 8-12, No. 2 McGehee' laps 13-20, No. 88 Hampton. Fastest race lap: No. 13 Besnard, 1:15.803 (116.354 mph) Fastest Qualifier: No. 96 Camirand, 1:14.686 (118.09 mph) Cautions: Three for seven laps.