POINTS BATTLE HEATS UP AS F2000 HEADS TO MID-OHIO FAIRFIELD, N.J. (June 3, 1999)â€”After the seasonâ€™s first road course weekend at Mosport International Raceway two weeks ago, the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision ...
POINTS BATTLE HEATS UP AS F2000 HEADS TO MID-OHIO
FAIRFIELD, N.J. (June 3, 1999)—After the season’s first road course weekend at Mosport International Raceway two weeks ago, the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision points battle heats up for the June 4-6 U.S. Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course—the first of two F2000 visits to the Lexington, Ohio circuit.
The U.S. Road Racing Classic weekend features Round Six of the 14-Round season, a 22-lap, 49.676-mile race on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile circuit nestled between Cleveland and Columbus. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the Speedvision Network Friday, June 25 at 10:00 p.m. (EDT).
The U.S. F2000 National Championship boasts the best up-and-coming talent in open-wheel racing today, and it's cut-throat competition has put it at the top of motor racing entertainment for North American race fans. A new association with the Speedvision Network also brings exciting, prime-time television broadcasts into 22 million homes across North America.
After the first five Rounds, including three on ovals, 1998 Rookie of the Year Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, leads English rookie Dan Wheldon by only two points (116-114) going into the Mid-Ohio weekend. Each driver has won one oval race and the two split the Mosport rounds. Driving the No. 96 Key Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Camirand took the pole and win at the March 28 season-opener at Phoenix, and bounced back from a disappointing weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway at Charlotte (Rounds Two and Three) to finish first and second in the races at Mosport. Camirand finished second to series champion David Besnard in this event last year.
Wheldon (No. 5 Primus Racing Van Diemen Ford) would likely be enjoying a large points lead had it not been for a crash in the first Mosport race. The 20-year-old rookie finished second at Phoenix, first and second at Charlotte and took the most recent Round at Mosport, which was not without controversy.
Aaron Justus, who won the second LMS Round, led flag-to-flag during Mosport Race Two, but was later penalized one lap for making a pass under yellow, handing the win to Wheldon. Now fifth in points (80), Justus, driving the No. 24 Cape/Torco Racing Lubricants/MiR Van Diemen Ford, seeks redemption, and will likely be quick right off the bat. The Vista, Calif. driver swept both poles at Mosport.
Third in points, with top-four finishes in the last four races, is the No. 19 DSTP Motorsports Mygale Ford of Bobby Oergel. Oergel, of Fresno, Calif., gave the brand-new, French-built Mygale chassis its first pole at LMS, and finished third at Mosport to amass 90 points—six more than fourth-place Steve Rikert, of Rhinebeck, N.Y. Rikert started the year off with a third at Phoenix and has finished in the top-10 at each race in the No. 4 Richard Morgan Racing Van Diemen Ford.
Other top drivers looking to break out at Mid-Ohio include T.J. Bell (No. 23 Eldorado/MiR/Feature Graphics Van Diemen Ford), Jonathan Bottoms (No. 3 Roppe/Team Great Northern Van Diemen Ford), Alejandro Garcia (No. 8 Indigo Racing/Dixie Numerics Van Diemen Ford), Rolando Quintanilla (No. 40 Tecate/Quaker State/Roquin Van Diemen Ford), Larry Oberto (No. 66 Oberto Beef Jerky/Lowrey's Big Beef Van Diemen Ford) and Calgary's Tom Wood (No. 99 Plains Energy/Round-Up Resource Service Tatuus Ford).
Joining Wheldon in this year's rookie class are Tommy Constantine (No. 16 Mexmil Tatuus Ford), Mark E. Dismore (No. 13 Monster.com Van Diemen Ford), who finished third in last year’s Valvoline Runoffs at Mid-Ohio, Jeff Glenn (No. 72 Bank of the West Carbir Ford), Ian Lacy (No. 33 DSTP Motorsports/Quicksilver Mygale Ford), Costa Rican Daniel Muniz (No. 7 Havoline/Visa Aval Van Diemen Ford) and Frenchman Harold Primat (No. 77 Primland Resort Van Diemen Ford).