NA-F2000: Hanson captures first win and rookie award at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, GA. (September 30, 2000)– James Hanson, of Leeds, England won the season-finale, Round 13, race of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision, part of the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta. Completing...

BRASELTON, GA. (September 30, 2000)– James Hanson, of Leeds, England won the season-finale, Round 13, race of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision, part of the Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta. Completing the top-three was Round 12 winner, Ian Lacy, of N. Las Vegas, Nev. and series national champion, Aaron Justus, of Crestline Calif. Tom Dyer, of San Rafael, Calif., won the ACC class. Driving the No. 21 DuPont Van Diemen Ford, Hanson started fourth and captured his first-career F2000 win. On lap two, the leaders went three abreast down the front straight. Hanson surveyed the situation and used the ensuing chaos to pass all three cars in turn two and take the lead. With Marc-Antoine Camirand, Justus and Lacy battling for position, Hanson opened up a multi-car length lead. On lap four, the first of four cautions bunched the field up. Holding off challenges from first Justus, then Lacy on the restarts, Hanson led the remainder of the race to post a 0.564-margin of victory. The win secured the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year award for Hanson, finishing fourth in the National Championship. “I think it’s brilliant to win the Rookie of the Year award,” said Hanson. “It proves the competitiveness of the team all year. As Aaron [Justus] said, the best way to a win a championship is to win races.” Lacy, driving the No. 6 WorldBestBuy.com Van Diemen Ford, continued his strong run at Road Atlanta, finishing second after winning Friday. Lacy, who started second battled all race long with Justus, Hanson and Camirand for position. At times, the quartet were three abreast throughout the course. The second-place finish secures Lacy second in the championship and gives him five podium finishes in 2000. “I’m really excited for Richard Morgan Racing,” said Lacy. “The team has worked very hard all season long. To come here and give them a first and a second is great.” After securing the National Championship on Friday, n the No. 32 Forsythe- Indeck/Torco Van Diemen Ford, Justus drove a much more determined race. With the pressure of securing points removed, Justus challenged all race long for position. After leading the opening lap, he fell back into a trio fighting for second and third position. The podium-finish gives Justus nine for the season and a final points total of 293-third- highest ever. “It was fun to go out and race today,” said Justus. “I was a lot racier today, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I happy my teammate got the win. He’s been quick all year.” Driving the No. 2 CycleShack/Bell Helmets/Paladin Carbir Ford, Dyer had a strong race to capture his third-consecutive ACC class win. Dyer ends the season having won six of the 10 ACC races. “It’s a great way to end the season,” said Dyer. “It’s been wonderful to get this opportunity this year. To win the championship in my first year and give Carbir it’s first championship in F2000 is great.” Completing the top-five was Memo Rojas Jr, of Mexico, Mexico, who finished sixth in the championship and local driver Andrew Davis, of Lilburn, Ga, who tied his career-best finish. J.W. Urlin, of London, Ont., Can., earned the Taylor Engineering “Shark” for moving up to 12th place after starting 20th.

Braselton, Georgia -- Race results for Saturday's 20-lap, 50.0 mile National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round 13 Race, part of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps completed and reason out.

<pre> 1. (4), James Hanson(R), Leeds, England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 2. (2), Ian Lacy, N. Las Vegas, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 3. (1), Aaron Justus, Crestline, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 4. (7), Memo Rojas Jr.(R), Mexico City, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 5. (8), Andrew Davis(R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 6. (11), Arie Luyendyk Jr.(R), Holland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 7. (6), Daniel Muniz, San Jose, Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 8. (10), Peter Walsh(R), Cork, Ireland, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 9. (14), Jeff Harrison(R), Grapevine, Texas, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 10. (12), Tom Dyer(R), San Rafael, Calif., ACC, Carbir Ford, 18. 11. (16), Mike Durand, Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 12. (20), J.W. Urlin(R), London, Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 13. (15), Bryan Sellers(R), Centerville, Ohio, ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 14. (3), Marc-Antoine Camirand, St. Leonard, Quebec, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 15. (23), Carl Russo(R), Ft. Collins, Colo., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 16. (22), Georges Forgeois, New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 17. (27), Jeff Sakowicz(R), Camarillo, Calif., ACC, Mygale Ford, 18. 18. (25), Greg Schings, Lexington, Ky., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 19. (30), Anthony Dudek(R), Snellville, Ga., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 20. (29), Cliff Picket Jr.(R), Jamestown, R.I., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 21. (28), Nick Fanelli(R), Sorrento, Fla., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 18. 22. (13), Arnold Brinkmann, Quito, Ecuador, F2A, Carbir Ford, 17, OFF. 23. (24), Tim Barber(R), San Francisco, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 15, OFF. 24. (18), Niki Coello(R), Mukwonago, Wis., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 15, OFF. 25. (5), Piero Rodarte(R), Mexico City, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 15. 26. (9), Harold Primat, France, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 13. 27. (21), Tommy Constantine, Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 10, ACC. 28. (26), Nicholas Grommes(R), Yorkville, Ill., ACC, Carbir Ford, 10, OFF. 29. (19), James Eaton(R), Toronto, Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 10, OFF. 30. (17), Joey Scarello, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 6, OFF. 31. (32), Paul Lasko(R), Roseville, Mich., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS. 32. (31), Billy Asaro(R), Unionville, Ontario, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.

Time of race: 39 minutes, 22.416 seconds. Average speed: 69.671 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: .56399 seconds Lap leaders: # 6 1- 1 Ian Lacy # 21 2- 18 James Hanson(R)

Fastest race lap: Aaron Justus, 1:27.104 (104.978 mph)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Harold Primat , Memo Rojas , Piero Rodarte , Carl Russo , Aaron Justus , Andrew Davis , Georges Forgeois , Bryan Sellers , Tim Barber , Nick Fanelli , Greg Moore , Tommy Constantine , Ian Lacy , Billy Asaro , Niki Coello , Tom Dyer , Arie Luyendyk Jr.