Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA -- Camilo Zurcher, Bogata, Colombia, won the second race of the 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series, moving himself into the lead for the championship and winning the first place prize of $4,000, plus an...
Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA -- Camilo Zurcher, Bogata, Colombia, won the second race of the 2000 Russell/USAC Triple Crown Pro Series, moving himself into the lead for the championship and winning the first place prize of $4,000, plus an additional $300 for the "Pole to Checker" award. Zurcher, who finished second place in the first race of the series, posted 18 laps in the 30-minute race, presented by Yokohama.
"In warm-up, my car was running so well, that I only did a half warm-up," said Zurcher, who credited his mechanic, Michael Fahey, with a perfectly tuned car. "I knew both the car and I were ready for this race, so I just focused on driving."
As mechanic of the winning car, Fahey received the Pro Mechanix Award, which includes a $250 gift certificate for Mechanix Wear gear.
Timothy Barber, 18, San Francisco, California, finished second 2.996 seconds behind Zurcher. Barber finished third in the first race of the series, and third in last year's Triple Crown Series.
"I had a little trouble in Turn 6; the car was stepping out and sliding," said Barber. "I got lucky when Frank Dancs' tire started going down."
Dancs, who won the first race of the series, had to pit on the 14th lap to change a left rear tire, when a piece of debris lodged into the valve stem, causing a leak. Up until that time, Dancs had been running second, and set the fastest lap of the race at 1:39.197.
Nathan Smith, Escalon, California, who finished fourth in the first race of the series, was third. Smith ran fifth until lap number four, when Brian Snyder, Santa Barbara, California, who was in fourth place, went off the track in Turn 4.
"I had a pretty good start, getting by Cory Turner early on," said Smith. "And after Snyder ran off the track, I just concentrated on reeling in the top three cars. But in the end, I just ran out of laps."
Turner finished fourth place. Chris Miller, Redondo Beach, California, finished fifth.
The final race in the series is at Thunderhill Park Raceway on September 2, 2000. Drivers are competing for over $50,000 in cash and prizes. The championship prize includes $10,000 in cash and a ride in a US F2000 car at the Petite LeMans event at Road Atlanta.
2000 RUSSELL/USAC TRIPLE CROWN PRO SERIES RACE RESULTS <pre> Pos Car Driver Hometown Points 1 10 Camilo Zurcher Bogota, Columbia 5 2 19 Timothy Barber San Francisco, CA 4 3 4 Nathan Smith Escalon, CA 3 4 8 Cory Turner Bakersfield, CA 2 5 11 Chris Miller Redondo Beach, CA 1 6 18 Brian Snyder Santa Barbara, CA 0 7 9 Jeff Oppenheim Sonoma, CA 0 8 6 Bob Hagerty Beaumont, TX 0 9 20 Ken Snyder San Andreas, CA 0 10 1 Kirk Morrison San Francisco, CA 0 11 7 Frank Dancs Hillsborough, CA 0 12 15 Dave Black Ranch Palos Verdes, CA 0 13 3 Jim Graber Los Altos, CA 0 </pre> POINT STANDINGS AFTER 2 OF 3 RACES <pre> Camilo Zurcher 10 Timothy Barber 7 Frank Dancs 6 Nathan Smith 5 Cory Turner 3