Andersen Racing's Vassmer Wins First F2000 Race at Cleveland; Mansur Also Gets on the Podium CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 24 - Polesitter Ricardo Vassmer drove the Andersen Racing No. 2 to victory in the first half of the Hankook Tires F2000 ...
Andersen Racing's Vassmer Wins First F2000 Race at Cleveland; Mansur Also Gets on the Podium
CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 24 - Polesitter Ricardo Vassmer drove the Andersen Racing No. 2 to victory in the first half of the Hankook Tires F2000 Championship Series doubleheader Saturday at Burke Lakefront Airport here, while one of his teammates, Terrick Mansur, finished third.
Another F2000 race will be held here Sunday afternoon.
Driving the No. 2 car advertising PDVSA, Citgo, Zoom and Meridiano TV, Vassmer held off Max Hyatt by 0.302 seconds to take the top laurels back to his home in Caracas, Venezuela. He had a heated battle with Matt McDonough before he was able to take the lead around the halfway point. Traffic allowed Hyatt to get close at the end but Vassmer fought him off to seal the victory in the 20-lap race on the 2.106-mile road course.
The other Andersen Racing drivers did well too. Mansur, driving the Aruba.com No. 17 to promote his native land, started fourth and finished third. Noah Bystrom of Chanhassen, Minn. (APEX Universal Joints and Cooper Power Tools) qualified fourth and finished sixth. Juliana Gonzalez of Mexico City (No. 77) finished where she started, eighth. Scott Willard of Weston, Conn. (BroadReach Partners No. 14) started 14th and finished 23rd in the 38-car race.
After this weekend's races the next F2000 Championship Series doubleheader is July 14-15 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Andersen Racing is committed to offering a program that gives up-and-coming drivers the best training available to reach open-wheel racing's major leagues. It fields multiple cars in the F2000 Championship, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and the Indy Pro Series. This weekend its two Indy Pro Series cars driven by Andrew Prendeville and Joey Scarallo raced under the RLR/Andersen Racing banner at Iowa Speedway. It also has three Star Mazda cars driven by Jonathan Goring, Jonny Baker and Phil Saville racing in the Star Mazda series here at Cleveland, in addition to the five F2000 cars.
More information on the team is available on its Web site at and ersenracingteam.com. Additional information is available at f2000championshipseries.com and eformulacarnews.com.
Driver quotes follow:
Ricardo Vassmer: "I had a good start, but then Matt McDonough passed me. I did three moves on him, and then I got it right and I passed him back. Then everybody behind me was fighting, so I got about a 10-car length lead.
"At the end of his race when Max Hyatt's tires heated up his car was really good, so I had to fight him at the end. Traffic let him catch me too. We went side-by-side in the chicane once, but I fought him off.
"I think my car was best in the beginning and the middle of the race, and I have to thank the team for giving me an awesome race car.
"We're going to start fifth Sunday, but I'm on the inside, so we'll see what happens.
"This is the third time I've been here. I have to get as many points as possible here. At Mid-Ohio we'll be really quick."
Terrick Mansur: "I started fourth. On the first corner I got one guy. Then Noah and I were racing back and fourth. Then Noah got caught up racing with Matt McDonough and Hyatt and spun.
"I was behind Hyatt for awhile and I tried to make a couple passes, but I couldn't get him. Then I got caught up with some lapped cars and I got hung up a little. But it was a good race. I ended up third."
"Today I'm starting fifth. We were pretty fast in the morning warm-up, so I am optimistic about today's race."
Noah Bystrom: "I got sixth. I started fourth, spun on the fourth lap, dropped to 12th, and came back to sixth.
"When I spun, I was side-by-side with Max Hyatt in Turn 8. I had the outside. There is a lot of dust on the outside there and I just got sideways and spun.
"I start third for today's race. My car was great in the race yesterday; we're good to go.
Juliana Gonzalez: "In qualifying we had some problems so I qualified eighth. Then in the race I passed two people, but then the car started to understeer, and I finished eighth.
"The car was pretty good, and I think it will be even better today. We changed a lot of things for today, and the car is better now, so we're hoping to have a better race today. I'm starting from tenth."