Toronto, July 10 2002 - Canadian Formula Ford's hottest rookie driver so far this season, 18-year old Christopher Guerrieri of Pickering, Ontario drove an astounding race last Sunday to finish second in the fourth round of the 2002 Canadian...
Toronto, July 10 2002 - Canadian Formula Ford's hottest rookie driver so far this season, 18-year old Christopher Guerrieri of Pickering, Ontario drove an astounding race last Sunday to finish second in the fourth round of the 2002 Canadian Formula Ford Championship held at the famed Toronto Molson Indy.
Guerrieri qualified third on this street track he'd never driven before, piloting a car that was totally new to him. "My car was heavily damaged in a big crash last week in the previous race at St. Eustache," Guerrieri explained. "The chassis had been damaged to the extent that redoing some welding spots were necessary. When I drove it on Friday, it was handling quite differently. We had to entirely redo the set up."
Guerrieri started the race in third position and quickly passed two leading cars to take a comfortable lead. However, the Pace Car took the track laps later, bunching up the field behind the young rookie. "I could not believe they called for a full-course yellow. I was pretty disappointed," he said. The race restarted on lap 12 to be stopped for a second time laps later. The second restart took place on lap 16 of the 20-lap race.
Corners later, Guerrieri lost first place to his arch rival Louis-Philippe Dumoulin whose car was much faster in straight line speed. But Guerrieri stayed in close contact and pulled a stunning move at the beginning of the last lap, passing Dumoulin going into Corner 1. However, Dumoulin - benefiting from a better top speed - powered ahead of Guerrieri on the Lakeshore Boulevard Straight to take the victory.
"We knew there would be full-course cautions during this race but they ruined my efforts. I was quite disappointed but racing was very exciting today. It was really fun, hard racing. I am really happy to finish second - a feat I thought was not possible when I first drove the car on Friday," said Guerrieri, the driver of the silver, #11 NGCL Cherry Beach Sound Vector.
Christopher Guerrieri's next two races will be held in Quebec at the prestigious Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix, August 2,3 and 4.