ACRL: Mid-Ohio preview

Ohio drivers are expected to feature prominently in the American City Racing League Race at the Mid Ohio CART event. When the field takes the green flag at 5:15 pm on Saturday, defending ACRL East Champion and Columbus resident John Fergus will...

Ohio drivers are expected to feature prominently in the American City Racing League Race at the Mid Ohio CART event. When the field takes the green flag at 5:15 pm on Saturday, defending ACRL East Champion and Columbus resident John Fergus will be the man to beat. Fergus has won two of the last three ACRL races at Mid Ohio. Team Columbus has also taken two of the last three City Cups, and they are looking to "threepeat". In addition to team leader Fergus, Columbus also includes Brad Lehmann from Cincinnati, winner of the Classic Sports 2000 race in his last outing in June and currently second in class points standings. Glenn Jividen Jr. of Cincinnati also competes for Team Columbus, as does Bob Liebert of New Albany, who is locked in a tight three-way battle for fourth in points with leading Rookie Eric Langbein (Team Washington, D.C.) and Team Philadelphia's AJ Smith. Only three points separate the trio.

Bill Whitehouse of Cincinnati and Dr. Richard Worley of Denver, Colorado represent the newly formed Team Cincinnati. Both are driving in their first ACRL race. Local Columbus star David Chesrown II will be driving for Team Chicago along with 1999 ACRL Driver Champion Martin Ryba. As in other professional sports, many of the players are not from the cities they represent!

The 2001 ACRL Season has been an exciting on so far, with different winners in two of the three classes, the exception being the Sports 1600 class, which has been dominated by Team Boston's Bill Haney. Team St. Louis drivers have won two of the three races overall, most recently with IRL driver Robby McGehee at Road America. Current Driver's Championship points leader Dan Dubrovich of Team New York won two races in the Western Division and has a comfortable lead over second place, Rookie Vic Kicera, (Boston), who also has a Western Division win in his column. Reigning SCCA Sports 2000 Champion Jeff Clinton of Team St. Louis holds on to the third position.

Classic Sports 2000 points leader Jeff Wayland of Team New York has one win, as does Brad Lehmann of Team Columbus, who is second in class.

With its recent win at Road America, Team St. Louis has built a formidable lead over second place Team New York and 2000 defending Champions, Team Philadelphia. Team Columbus holds down the fourth spot. New York won the season opener with Columbus taking the Mid Ohio City Cup in June.

-ACRL

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Series SCCA
Drivers Bob Liebert , John Fergus , Richard Worley , Brad Lehmann , Eric Lang