Pecorari Wins Second Consecutive Mid-Ohio Race LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 7, 2004) - Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., won Round Thirteen of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car...
Pecorari Wins Second Consecutive Mid-Ohio Race
LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 7, 2004) - Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., won Round Thirteen of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Completing the top-three is Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. and Wade Cunningham, of Auckland, New Zealand. The win is the second consecutive for Pecorari at Mid-Ohio. Winning the American Continental Championship is Glennon Reidler, of Davie, Fla.
Leading the field to the green, after capturing his third consecutive pole position earlier in the day, Pecorari got a good jump and was able to hold the lead into the esses. Pushing the car on cold tires, Pecorari, followed closely by Lacy, began to pull away from the rest of the field on the opening lap. As the lead duo ran uncontested, a great battle for third position commenced between Andrew Prendeville, Cunningham and Bobby Wilson. Getting a great run, Cunningham, in the No. 2 RCC/WPL/Placemakers Mt. Wellington/Turbo Traders Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, got alongside Prendeville and passed for third on lap three. Once past Prendeville, Cunningham began to close on Lacy, in the No. 8 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who was steadily losing ground to Pecorari. Just past the midway point of the 20-lap race, the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic. Using the traffic to his advantage, Pecorari, in the No. 28 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, extended his lead to over five seconds. On lap 14, Prendeville, while running third, encountered some difficulties and fell back to seventh place. Making his way back through the field, Prendeville joined Jason Bowles and Wilson in the battle for fourth place. Running nose-to-tail, Bowles briefly went off-course on the penultimate lap, promoting Prendeville to fifth place. Leading every lap, Pecorari captured his second career Formula Ford Zetec Championship win by 3.47 seconds.
"It's great to win here again at Mid-Ohio," said Pecorari, who will start on the pole position for Round Fourteen after posting the fastest lap of the race. "The Andersen Walko Racing crew has given me a great car every session here. I'm going to keep pushing and hopefully I can leave here with another win."
"I just didn't have enough to challenge Adam [Pecorari] today," said Lacy, who captures his first podium finish since Round Eight at Mosport. "The car was great and actually got better as the race progressed, but I caught some traffic in the wrong place. I'm looking forward to another good race tomorrow."
"Lapped traffic was difficult today," said Cunningham, who remains second in the Greg Moore Rookie of the Year standings. "We'll keep working on the car and be looking to challenge for the win in race two."
"It was a blast out there," said Reidler, who won his first-ever American Continental Championship win. "I love racing here."
Completing the top-five is Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., in the No. 3 Citrus Systems Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, who has finished in the top-five at every race and Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford, who continues to lead the Zetec Championship standings by 8 points (268-260).