Urlin second at Indianapolis. Toronto, Ontario (May 25, 2002): JW Urlin took his first trip to a US Formula Ford 2000 podium celebration this evening at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. The nineteen-year-old London, Ontario,...
Urlin second at Indianapolis.
Toronto, Ontario (May 25, 2002): JW Urlin took his first trip to a US Formula Ford 2000 podium celebration this evening at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. The nineteen-year-old London, Ontario, resident claimed second in the 'Coca Cola Night Before the 500' on the eve of the famous Indianapolis 500.
Urlin, buoyed with confidence after finishing fourth on Mosport International Raceway's road course last Sunday, appeared to be on course for a promising run from the outset today. He was fifth fastest in practice this morning, then qualified his yellow number 19 Budget Rent-A Car / Mygale Cars machine fourth this afternoon with a 185.287-km/h (115.133 mph) lap of the 1.104-km (0.686 mile) oval, completed in 21.450 seconds.
"We have a good qualifying set up, but we should be even better in the race," Urlin said after taking his best ever USF2000 grid position. "So I'm aiming for the podium in the race. We've compromised the set up a bit for the start of the race so the car will be fast at the end. The last ten or fifteen laps should be exciting."
Urlin delivered as promised, but things didn't go quite as he and engineer, Dan Campbell, had envisioned. Rain rinsed the track washing away all their meticulous set-up work and, when the 50-lap race finally started three-and-a-half hours behind schedule, Urlin reported that the car was loose (oversteering).
As the laps rolled off, the condition got worse, but he held his ground in fourth place and mounted a charge late in the race. With just a few laps left, he pressured third-placed Sean McIntosh as they came upon lapped traffic in turn two. The pair went side-by-side for half a lap, but as they crossed the line for the 48th time, Urlin was ahead.
Urlin took the checkered flag third, behind Bryan Sellers and Tom Dyer, but was promoted to second when Sellers' win was annulled by a ruling from USF2000 officials. Dyer was elevated to first, while McIntosh moved up to third.
"The car is coming along well," said Urlin who is helping Campbell develop Mygale racing cars for the US market. "At Sebring, at the start of the season, we were lost, but we expected that because the Mygale is new here (North America). Now we're fighting at the front of the pack. I knew we would get here, but I didn't think it would come this fast. Dan (Campbell) and I are understanding the car more and more and we understand each-other better all the time too. That's translating into results. What excites me most is that I know there's much more to come."
Urlin's next event is May 31 to June 1 when the USFF2000 series joins CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) at the Milwaukee Mile for the Miller Lite 225.
Be sure to visit JW's website, www.jwurlin.com.