ANOTHER PODIUM FOR MARCELLI Lexington, Ohio (July 14th 2008) - Kyle Marcelli continues to impress across the border in the very competitive F2000 Championship Series as they just wrapped up another weekend this time making its way to the tight...
ANOTHER PODIUM FOR MARCELLI
Lexington, Ohio (July 14th 2008) - Kyle Marcelli continues to impress across the border in the very competitive F2000 Championship Series as they just wrapped up another weekend this time making its way to the tight and technical Mid-Ohio sports car course.
Marcelli hit the track for the first time Thursday evening. The series had a designated two and a half hours of open track time. Brian Graham Racing prepared a great car which allowed Marcelli to adapt to the difficult race track very fast ending the day P1 on top of the time charts.
The sky's were on our side Saturday for the first round at Mid-Ohio, qualifying proved to be frustrating for Marcelli ending the 30 min session P4. "I came on the radio and explained that the car was working great, it was well balanced but I just didn't have any power. Following the session we found out that we had lost fuel pressure causing the motor to run very rich and ultimately losing power. It was disappointing as pole position was defiantly capable." Says Marcelli
Saturday's race proved to be character building for Marcelli as he was again the victim of another ones mistake. Lap 2 of the 18 lap race was a full course caution. The green flag dropped and Marcelli was immediately making a move going down the inside into turn 3, just as all were cheering for Marcelli, another driver came from across the track to smack the side of Marcelli prematurely ending his race. "I just shook my head in disappointment; again I am the one that has to suffer from another driver's mistake. It was unfortunate as we again had winning speed but I guess all you can say is, that's racing! You have to take the highs with the lows and move forward." Said Marcelli
Sunday proved to be an entertaining day as wet conditions were definitely expected. Qualifying approached and the rain continued to poor down. For Marcelli, it was a first time in the wet conditions. As the session went green 35 plus cars hit the track to set their best lap. With multiple cars going off track during the 30 min session, many drivers only got a maximum of two green laps. Marcelli put his talents to the test taking to the wet track for the first time. With the checkered flag ending the session Marcelli put his BGR Van Diemen on the second row qualifying an impressive P3 for his first time in the wet.
The rain soon came to a halt and the track quickly began to dry. With the F2000 Championship Series race scheduled to take place at 3:30 it looked to be dry race conditions.
Marcelli, confident and ready for take two strapped into the car in anticipation for the race. The green flag dropped and Marcelli immediately got up to speed putting pressure on the lead duo. Mid-Ohio is a very difficult track to overtake with very little heavy braking zones and back to back corners. After making multiple attempts overtaking on the difficult circuit, Marcelli made a picture perfect move on the last lap to take over P2, then raced to the finish line only to finish 2nd by 0.485 of a second. "Overall, we were happy to be back on the podium. The race was frustrating at times as I had a quicker pace then the two cars in front but I was forced to stick to their bumper as the track didn't allow much opportunity to get by. However, we got some good points, learned a lot about the Hoosier tire and again proved to be a championship contender." Said Marcelli