ACRL: Portland Story Results

Las Vegas is On a Roll Portland, OR, June 14 -- Peter Zarcades led Team Las Vegas to a sweep at the Portland Rose Cup American City Racing League contest. In addition to Zarcades' pole and victory, Spencer Trenery scored his second ...

Las Vegas is On a Roll

Portland, OR, June 14 -- Peter Zarcades led Team Las Vegas to a sweep at the Portland Rose Cup American City Racing League contest. In addition to Zarcades' pole and victory, Spencer Trenery scored his second consecutive S2000 category win, and Chris Ronson added enough points to secure the team title for Las Vegas after a tight race with Team Fresno. Zarcades extended his his points lead in the Drivers' Championship to 10 over Stephen Romak, recent high school graduate Trenery moved to within three points of defending S2000 champion Frank Arnold, and Las Vegas moved into second in the team standings, only 26 points adrift of Team Fresno.

El Nino finally gave the West Coast a break, and conditions were dry and fast for all three days of the event. Zarcades, sporting the new optional SS2000 rear wing on his Swift , served notice early on that he would be the man to beat. Fastest in both practice sessions, he blistered the old track record with a 1:16.013 qualifying time, 1.4 seconds quicker than second-fast qualifier Tom Kreger of Team Vancouver. Fresno's Stephen Romak was third, once again aboard the old trusty Lola. Romak's team continues development work on the Van Diemen chassis, which was impressive in the accompanying club races, winning the C Sports Racing category in both Saturday's Regional and Sunday's National race. Team Portland's Joe Giroski put up a fourth-fast qualifying effort for the home crowd, and rookie John Lombardo Jr. slipped into the top five with a last-lap effort.

The race got underway slowly, with one aborted start. On the second go-round, the inside line behind Zarcades began to accelerate while Tom Kreger and his followers were slow off the mark. With the order somewhat scrambled behind him, Zarcades led from the green and was never challenged, cruising to a 10.72 second victory. Romak also pulled away in second place, followed by Kreger, who had dropped back to sixth but regained third by lap eight when Lombardo spun while running in that position and lost a lap in the process. Giroski ran fourth, dodging a bullet when a fast-closing John Ostlund (Team Fresno) spun while trying to overtake. Ostlund finished fifth, followed by a surprisingly quick Edd Ozard (Team Reno), who inherited the spot when teammate Scott Shelley broke a wheel and retired. Shelley was impressive in the debut of the new Mallock chassis, the only other winged car in the field.

The "B" S2000 cars put on an impressive battle, drafting down Portland's long front straightaway and swapping positions early in the race. Trenery finally broke out of the draft and got away, while John Bachofner(Team San Francisco) took second after a race-long skirmish with Fresno's Frank Arnold. San Diego's Ian Wood holed his engine two laps from the end and bailed out with an oil fire.

With Zarcades showing the advantage to be gained with the new spec wing, several teams indicated that they would have the wings installed by the next race, July 3-5 in Portland.

Portland Results Finish Start Driver Team Class Laps Qual. Best Pos. Pos. Comp. Time Race Lap 1 1 Peter Zarcades Las Vegas SS2 23 1:16.013 1:17.326 2 3 Stephen Romak Fresno SS2 23 1:17.534 1:17.549 3 2 Tom Kreger Vancouver SS2 23 1:17.469 1:17.939 4 4 Joe Giroski Portland SS2 23 1:18.027 1:18.638 5 8 John Ostlund Fresno SS2 23 1:18.715 1:18.063 6 6 Edd Ozard Reno SS2 23 1:18.319 1:18.476 7 10 Chris Ronson Las Vegas SS2 23 1:19.082 1:19.211 8 11 F. Tirinnanzi San Diego SS2 23 1:19.537 1:19.592 9 15 Spencer TreneryLas Vegas S2 23 1:20.935 1:20.644 10 12 John Bachofner San Fran. S2 23 1:20.035 1:20.174 11 14 Frank Arnold Fresno S2 S2 23 1:20.248 1:20.682 12 5 J. Lombardo Jr. San Diego S2 22 1:18.041 1:18;538 13 16 Rick Eickhoff St. Louis SS2 22 1:22.818 1:21.832 14 9 Scott Shelly Reno SS2 21 1:18.970 1:18.568 15 7 Bill Bachofner San Fran. SS2 21 1:18.346 1:19.226 16 13 Leo Giroski Portland SS2 20 1:20.226 1:20.504 17 17 Ian Wood San Diego S2 20 1:23.404 1:22.279 18 18 Dennis Pavlina Seattle SS2 DNS Margin of victory: 10.72 seconds Time of race: 31:08.57 Length of race: 44.712 miles Winner's average speed: 86.142mph Fast race lap: Zarcades, 1:17.326 (New race lap record)

1998 American City Racing League Points Standings (Revised 6/14/98)

Overall Driver Standings                                         1998 Western Division - S2000 Driver         
(Best 3 of 4 Races)                                                (StandingsBest 3 of 4 Races)
1. Peter Zarcades (Las Vegas)        295                
2. Stephen Romak (Fresno)                285                1. Frank Arnold (Fresno)                        296
3. John Ostlund (Fresno)                261                2. Spencer Trenery (Las Vegas)        293
4. John Lombardo Jr. (SDiego)*        246                3. John Bachofner (San Fran)        275
5.  Joe Giroski (Portland)                244                4. Jay Messenger (SDiego)                176
6. Dennis Pavlina (Seattle)                233                5. Eric Lunn        (Seattle)                        168
7. Bill Bachofner (San Fran)                222                6. Ian Wood         (SDiego)                          84
     Edd Ozard (Reno)                        222                
9. Chris Ronson (Las Vegas)        219                ACRL / Western Division Team Standings
10. Fiorenzo Tirinnanzi (SDiego)*216                1. Fresno                                691
11. Frank Arnold (Fresno)                189                2. Las Vegas                        665
12. Spencer Trenery (L Vegas)        186                3. San Diego                        626
13. John Bachofner (San Fran)        178                4. Portland                                531
14. Rick Eickoff (St. Louis)*                171                5. San Francisco                518
15. Leo Giroski (Portland)                152              6. Seattle                                346
16. Jay Messenger (San Diego)        113                7. Reno                                        344
17. Eric Lunn (Seattle)                        102                8. St. Louis                                180
18. Jeff Glenn (San Diego)                100                9. Vancouver                                88
19. Tom Kreger (Vancouver)                  88                10. San Jose                                   0
20. Scott Shelly (Reno)                            52                11. Long Beach                                    0
21. Ian Wood (San Diego)                  46                

Eastern Division - S2000 Driver Standings Eastern Division Team Standings (After 1 Race) (After 1 Race) 1. David Downey (Columbus) 101 1. New York 172 2. Duke Johnson (St. Louis) 93 2. St. Louis 169 3.Dan Dubrovich (New York) 88 3. Columbus 101 4. John Burke (New York) 84 4. Kansas City 80 5. Bob Henson (Kansas City) 80 5. San Diego 73 6. Clint Lindburg II (St. Louis) 76 6. Chicago 70 7. Jeff Clinton (St. Louis) 73 8. Jay Messenger (San Diego) 70. 9. Martin Ryba (Chicago) 67

1998 AMERICAN CITY RACING LEAGUE SCHEDULE (Revised - 5/23/98)

APRIL 24-26        LAS VEGAS/NV
MAY 2-3                PHOENIX/AZ
MAY 22-23                MESA MARIN/CA
JUNE 12-24                PORTLAND/OR
JULY 3-5                PORTLAND/OR
SEPT. 4-6                LOS ANGELES/CA
SEPT. 25-27        PIKES PEAK/CO
OCT. 9-11                SEARS POINT/CA
OCT. 23-25                TBA

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Series SCCA
Drivers John Burke , Duke Johnson , Jeff Clinton , Dennis Pavlina , Spencer Trenery , Ian Wood