NA-F2000: Aaron Justus takes the pole at IRP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 27, 2000)-- Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., captured his third pole in 2000, for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Budweiser Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Marc-...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 27, 2000)-- Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif., captured his third pole in 2000, for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Budweiser Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Marc- Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., and Tony Buffomante, of Streamwood, Ill. round out the top-three. Driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, Justus grabbed the pole as the last car during single car qualifying. On his first flying lap, Justus set a new qualifying lap record of 21.119 sec., 116, 937 mph. The new lap record breaks Craig Taylor's record which had stood since 1992, an earns him a $1,000 cash award. The pole is Justus' seventh in his career and ties him with Steve Knapp for fourth all-time. "I really got to hand it to the Cape crew, the car was fantastic, " said Justus, the current points leader. "I just went out and ran as hard as possible that first lap. After I knew I had the pole I backed out on lap two. I'm going to go as fast as I can at the start and make them try to catch me." Camirand, driving the No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford, looked good for the pole and the $1,000 after setting a new lap record of 21.217 sec. during his qualifying run. In the end thou it was only good enough for second quickest. "I had a big wiggle on my first lap, but managed to hold on and post a quick lap," said Camirand. "I think it will be great race with the two grooves out on the track." Driving the No. 23 3Dimensional Services/Speedcom/MXK.com Van Diemen Ford, Buffomante posted the third quickest time in single car qualifying with a time of 21.254 seconds. "I was shocked to see my name in the top three" said Buffomante. "We took some wing out of the car which made it quick, but very loose. I don't know if I can keep it up for fifty laps." Rounding out the top five is Billy Asaro, of Unionville, Ont., Can., and Arie Luyendyk Jr., of Scottsdale, Ariz. Both drivers posting their first top-five start.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Steve Knapp , Aaron Justus , Billy Asaro , Tony Buffomante , Arie Luyendyk Jr. , Craig Taylor