Scot MacKenzie, of Bowmanville, Ont., is the 2000 Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy Mechanics' Driver Series F2000 Champion. With 5 victories, 6 poles and 6 fastest race laps (FRL's) in the 6 races contested of the 7-race series, he...
Scot MacKenzie, of Bowmanville, Ont., is the 2000 Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy Mechanics' Driver Series F2000 Champion.
With 5 victories, 6 poles and 6 fastest race laps (FRL's) in the 6 races contested of the 7-race series, he accumulated enough points to win the driver's championship, & finished only 1 point back of a tie for the mechanic's title as well.
His prizes will pay for participation in BFRA's F2000 12-race series next year, at Mosport's new Driver Development Centre (MDDC) which is planned unless other driving opportunities produce a timing conflict.
This year's wins make a total of 10 victories in the last 11 outings, including an 8-race winning streak, interrupted when a brake problem developed while leading race #4 in August. Despite this situation, Scot finished 2nd by barely 1 second, making up over 3.5 sec. in just 8 laps.
The above results were attained from blind draws of 8 different equalised, weight-ballasted F-2000 Reynard cars, in varying conditions from May to October, on over a half-dozen different track configurations. Considering all of this was done with personal and family resources, it put Scot under pressure all season long to be quick without risking any crash damage expense; and to continually strive for (and get!) FRL's, even though he was leading comfortably, and have several of those laps be in the range of lap records, was truly remarkable.
Scot will be seeking testing &/or driving opportunities for various teams over the winter, such as US F2000, Barber Dodge, Palmer Audi and Motorola Cup, with a view to Atlantic, Indy Lights, or ALMS in the future.
Scot, 23, a former karting Champion, (Goodwood '92) has won in every style of racing he has tried, including 2-cycle karting (National Class), and now Formula 2000, and on virtually every track set-up offered at multi-configuration venues such as Goodwood, Sutton, Shannonville, and the new MDDC. (see www.race2000.com / Mechanics Program / Results)
This adaptability resulted in the QMI Trackmaster award with DKC, as well as Hard Charger, and Most Improved Driver, 2 years running, and the results referred to above. (They change the track almost every time out, with BFRA)
Scot's ability, high standards, stamina, and tenacity will be an asset to whatever team is fortunate to recruit him.