LAKEVILLE, CONN. (May 23, 2003) --Jonathan Bomarito, of Monterey, Calif., captured the pole for Round Three of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at Lime Rock Park. Completing the top-three is Lawson Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md.,...
LAKEVILLE, CONN. (May 23, 2003) --Jonathan Bomarito, of Monterey, Calif., captured the pole for Round Three of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at Lime Rock Park. Completing the top-three is Lawson Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md., and Westley Barber, of Saffron Walden, England. The top ACC qualifier is Chris Dona, of Sandown, N.H.
On a dry track in overcast conditions, the Zetec Championship took to the Lime Rock road course for the first time since 1994. Early in the 20-minute session, the cars worked on getting heat in the tires, with times steadily dropping. By the midway point of the session, Bomarito, driving the No. 23 Valley Financial PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, had moved to the top of the charts. Soon after Bomarito had posted the fastest time, Aschenbach, driving the No. 2 King Automotive/M&M Welding Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, jumped to the top of the charts, with his teammate, Barber, driving the No. 3 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, moving into second. As the session progressed, the trio repeatedly swapped the fastest lap. Late in the session, Bomarito retook the pole position with a lap faster than the previous lap record. At the checkered flag, Bomarito had captured the pole position for Saturday's race one of the doubleheader with a new lap record of 0:49.810 (110.580 MPH). The pole position is the second of his career in five starts.
"I'm very surprised I got the pole," said Bomarito, who is second in the Championship. "The team did a fantastic job giving me car that was comfortable to drive fast. I think the race will be real exciting."
"A front-row start is good," said Aschenbach. "We still have more in the car, so I'm looking forward to qualifying for race two."
"Fast tracks like this make for great qualifying," said Barber, who won both rounds at Sebring International Raceway in March. "If it rains tomorrow I think we're in good shape, otherwise we need to work a bit harder."
Completing the top-five is Andrew Prendeville, of Morristown, N.J., in the No. 25 TCW/Valvoline Andersen Walko Van Diemen Ford and Andy Brumbaugh, of Blythewood, S.C., driving the No. 86 Andy LLC/Corby Concepts/FormulaCar Magazine Van Diemen Ford.