Three Andersen Racing Drivers Are in Top Five Both Saturday and Sunday In F2000 Action at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 17 - As further proof of its claim as being one of the top formula car teams in North America, Fairfield, N.J.-based...
Three Andersen Racing Drivers Are in Top Five Both Saturday and Sunday In F2000 Action at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 17 - As further proof of its claim as being one of the top formula car teams in North America, Fairfield, N.J.-based Andersen Racing had three out of the top five drivers in both halves of the Hankook Tires F2000 Championship Series doubleheader last weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
What's more, one of its drivers, Ricardo Vassmer of Caracas, Venezuela, finished second both Saturday and Sunday.
His teammate, Terrick Mansur, who is second in the point standings without drops, placed fourth in both races. Two other Andersen Racing teammates, Mike Andersen and Noah Bystrom, finished fifth on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Driving the No. 2 car advertising PDVSA, Citgo, Zoom and Meridiano TV, Vassmer started and finished second on Saturday. Tim Dunn led all 14 laps of that race from the pole, but Vassmer shadowed him the whole way and was just 0.876 of a second behind Dunn at the checkered.
Mansur, driving the Aruba.com No. 17, started ninth and finished fourth. Andersen, of Green Pond, N.J., making a special guest appearance at one of his favorite tracks, advanced from eighth to fifth at the checkered.
Bystrom, of Chanhassen, Minn. (APEX Universal Joints and Cooper Power Tools), started and finished in the same spot: 11th. The team's fifth driver in Saturday's race, Scott Willard of Weston, Conn., started 18th and finished 23rd in the 31-car field with his BroadReach Partners No. 14.
Vassmer earned his second pole of the year during qualifying for Sunday's race with a 1:25.973, making it dramatic by setting that time on his very last lap. Mansur wasn't far behind, recording the third-fastest time. Bystrom earned the right to start fifth on Sunday, while Andersen started seventh and Willard earned the 12th starting spot.
Later Sunday afternoon Vassmer battled with Matt McDonough for second in the early going of the race. Their dice allowed the eventual winner, Cole Morgan, to get an advantage of several car lengths in the first portion of the 12-lap race.
McDonough got by Vassmer for second, but then Andersen and Rob Nichols made contact in the Keyhole on lap seven to bring out a caution, setting up a green, white, checkered restart.
Vassmer got McDonough back on the last lap in the esses to regain second. He also set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:27.930.
Behind him, Mansur and Keegan Van Sicklen touched on the last lap but Mansur still held on for fourth. Bystrom came on strong at the end to get fifth.
Willard finished where he started in 12th, which was his best showing of the season so far. Andersen's accident relegated him to 28th.
The championship will come down to the last doubleheader of the season Aug. 17-18 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. With 110 points up for grabs and two drops allowed, it's too close to call.
Unofficially McDonough leads the overall point standings with 353 followed by Mansur (347), Morgan (317), Van Sicklen (300), Bystrom (294) and Vassmer (263).
With drops taken into account McDonough still leads, unofficially, with 320 points followed by Morgan with 317. Mansur and Van Sicklen are tied for third with 297, followed by Bystom (274) and Vassmer (263).