Pecorari Concludes a Perfect Weekend With Another Victory for AWR Sunday LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 8 - Just as he did on Saturday, polesitter Adam Pecorari led every lap to post this third SCCA Formula Ford Zetec victory of the season Sunday morning...
Pecorari Concludes a Perfect Weekend With Another Victory for AWR Sunday
LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 8 - Just as he did on Saturday, polesitter Adam Pecorari led every lap to post this third SCCA Formula Ford Zetec victory of the season Sunday morning at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and continue Andersen Walko Racing's perfect record here.
The 19-year-old from Aston, Pa. moved into third place in the Cooper Tires Championship Zetec point standings with his domination of the doubleheader in his SAI Hydraulics/Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford #28.
His teammate, Andrew Prendeville of Monroeville, Pa., finished fourth in his Racelink/Roos Racing School/Train Collectors Warehouse Van Diemen Ford #25. The 22-year-old now holds a 10-point margin over Bobby Wilson going into the season-finale doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. in two weeks.
Andersen Walko Racing, based in North Versailles, Pa. and Fairfield, N.J., led every lap of all four Zetec races held at Mid-Ohio this year. It leads the team point standings with 94 points to Cape Motorsports' 78 going into the season finale, and those two teams are the only two still in contention for that honor.
Four drivers could still win the drivers' championship, according to series PR director Al Craighead. With 63 points up for grabs at Road America, Prendeville leads by 287 points to Wilson's 277. Pecorari is third with 257 and Jason Bowles is fourth with 249.
Points were uppermost in Prendeville's mind during Sunday's race. Pecorari was just concentrating on winning, and he had a 2.708-second advantage over Wade Cunningham at the finish of the 20-lap contest. Once again he set the fastest lap of the race too; on Sunday it was a 1:23.730 (94.360 mph).
Pecorari had a 2-second lead at the half-way point. He worked hard to keep a good margin between Ian Lacy in second and Cunningham in third for most of the race while Prendeville ran fifth, the middleman in a three-way dice between he, Bowles and Wilson.
Lacy went off in the Keyhole on lap 17 while running second, which vaulted Cunningham into the runner-up spot followed by Bowles, Prendeville and Wilson, and that's the way they finished.
The series won't be competing in Puerto Rico as planned on its original schedule, so now the season finale will be held at Road America Aug. 21-22. That doubleheader will support an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) headliner, while this one supported Grand American events. AWR will also field two cars for Jonathan Klein of Long Grove, Ill. and Mike Andersen of Green Pond, N.J. in the Star Mazda race at Road America that weekend.
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Driver quotes follow:
Pecorari: "I love Mid-Ohio! I wish we could race here every race!
"It was still hard though; they're all hard.
"I got a great start. I just tried to do the most consistent laps I could. I got caught up in lapped traffic once, but I didn't have any problems with them.
"I just wanted to keep a good lead and not let them catch up.
"The track was not as slippery as it was yesterday. Well, in the last four or five laps it was really slippery.
"We made a small mechanical change to the car from yesterday which helped. I can't thank the Andersen Walko guys enough. I can't ask for anything more.
"I'm not really thinking about the championship, but now I'm third going into the season finale. I raced at Road America twice last year, and I got my first top-five there, which was my best result at that point. We're pretty quick there.
"Cape Motorsports will be on the top of their game there too, so we'll have to work hard and see if we can pull one out."
Prendeville: "It certainly wasn't easy, but I'm happy because I finished ahead of [Bobby] Wilson and I still have the points lead. The championship has always been my goal.
"At the start Wilson and I were side by side through [turns] seven, eight and nine, and we interlocked wheels at the exit of nine. It almost spun me, but I got it straightened out. He got the worse of it; he just told me that his upper A-arm was bent after that.
"Most of the way it was a three-way battle between me, Jason Bowles and Wilson, with me in the middle. I was probably in the toughest position of all three since I was in the middle. I think I was faster than Bowles but I couldn't get by him, and it wasn't worth the risk. I knew as long as I stayed ahead of Wilson, it would be OK. I'm happy with the finish.
"[Ian] Lacy went off in the Keyhole somehow. I don't know how that happened. He was stuck in the sand trap, but he got out somehow.
"The track was a little better than it was yesterday. I think our car was working better. But it was still slick.
"I didn't have any problems with lapped traffic today.
"Now it all comes down to two races at Road America. I couldn't pick a better track to have the championship end on than Road America. I have a lot of respect for Bobby Wilson, and it'll be a dogfight.
"It's Bobby Wilson's home track. I've been in three races there. I was second there in the June Sprints, and in the two Zetec races there last year I finished fifth and seventh.
"It's the best race track in America. There will be a lot of passing and drafting, and it won't be between one or two people, it'll be between four or five. It's going to be something!"