NA-F2000: Justus continues winning ways at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 8, 2000)-- Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif, won Round Five of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Road America 500 at Road America after a five hour delay due to severe weather. Memo ...

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 8, 2000)-- Aaron Justus, of Crestline, Calif, won Round Five of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Road America 500 at Road America after a five hour delay due to severe weather. Memo Rojas Jr., of Mexico City, Mexico and Jeff Harrison, of Grapevine, Texas rounded out the top-three. David Mayhew, of Atasccadero, Calif., won the ACC class. On a dry track after rain all day, Justus, driving the No. 32 Forsythe/Indeck Racing/Torco Van Diemen Ford, captured the win in dominating fashion. Justus grabbed the lead at the start from polesitter Marc-Antoine Camirand. On lap four Camirand attempted to retake the lead in Canada corner, but went off ending his day. The remainder of the race Justus was unchallenged en route to a 1.451 second margin of victory. The win is Justus third of the season, and extends his points lead to 48 points over Peter Walsh. "The plan was to take the lead early, " said Justus. "When Marc (Camirand) went for the pass in Canada corner I was surprised he tried the outside. I saw him go off and knew I had a good advantage. With the pace I was running I knew it would be difficult to catch me and even more difficult to pass. I'll be going for another win tomorrow, after all I'm a racer and want to win the Championship by winning races, not just being consistent." Driving the No. 15 Telmex Van Diemen Ford, Rojas Jr. captured his first-ever podium finish. Rojas, who started seventh got a good start moving into fourth by the end of lap one. On lap four he was able to get around Tony Buffomante for third. When Camirand retired Rojas Jr. moved into second. Rojas closed briefly on the leader but settled for second after experiencing clutch problems. "The team really deserved this," said Rojas Jr. "They gave me a great car after rebuilding two engines this weekend. I really consider this my first race after the ovals and the problems we had at Mosport." Harrison, driving the No. 82 Moto1.net/Motorsport Ranch/Palancasa Van Diemen Ford, battled his way through the field to secure his first podium finish. Harrison, who started ninth moved his way through the field posting the fastest lap of the race 2:18.871 (104.937 mph). "I felt we had a good finish in the car and myself," said Harrison. "I wasn't in a real hurry to get through the field. I had some difficult passes for position, but everyone was fair out there." Mayhew, driving the No. 24 Torco/Russell Racing/Quicksilver Van Diemen Ford, won the ACC class in his first-ever race. The karting standout earned the ride this weekend after winning a shootout with some of the best karting drivers in the country. In his first car race, Mayhew did not disappoint finishing 11th overall. Rounding out the top five was Ian Lacy, North Las Vegas, Nev. and Bryce Miller, of Bernardsville, N.J.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Marc-Antoine Camirand , Memo Rojas , Aaron Justus , Ian Lacy , David Mayhew , Tony Buffomante
Teams HART