LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 28, 2003) --Westley Barber, of Saffron, England, captured the pole for Rounds Five and Six of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Completing the top-three for Round Five is Tonis...
LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 28, 2003) --Westley Barber, of Saffron, England, captured the pole for Rounds Five and Six of the 2003 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Completing the top-three for Round Five is Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill. and Jonathan Bomarito, of Monterey, Calif. Completing the top-three for Round Six is Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif. and Kasemets. The top ACC qualifier for both rounds is Chris Dona, of Sandown, N.H.
In ideal sunny conditions, qualifying for race one of the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic got underway-early Saturday morning. With the drivers having had three test sessions and two practices prior to qualifying, the cars got up to speed very quickly. Early in the 25-minute session Andy Brumbaugh was quickest, with several drivers posting very similar times. Driving the No. 32 Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, Barber lead the field at the midway point, with Bomarito a mere tenth of a second slower. As the session progressed, several cars pitted to make minor setup changes, however Bomarito stayed on track. At the 20-minute mark the strategy looked to have paid off, with Bomarito posting the fastest time, in his No. 23 Valley Financial PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. Benefiting from the changes made to his car, Barber began to challenge Bomarito's time late in the session. In the closing minutes, Barber retook the pole position with a lap of 1:23.043 (97.886 MPH), while Kasemets, driving the No. 9 FlexOvit/MKIndustries/TMI Pabst Racing Services Van Diemen Ford, posted his fastest lap, capturing a front-row.
Following a brief break, qualifying for race two began just prior to the lunch break. As in the first qualifying session, the drivers used the opening laps to scrub in their sticker tires. Resuming where he left off, Barber jumped to the top of the charts early in the session. After challenging Barber early on, Kasemets took over the top spot at the halfway point of the 20-minute session. With the drivers able to find gaps in traffic, the times steadily fell as the session progressed. In the closing minutes of qualifying, Kimball posted a fast lap, to move his No. 91 Rentvillas.com PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford to the provisional pole. On the final lap of qualifying, Barber posted a lap of 1:23.078 (97.845 MPH) to retake the pole position. In sweeping both pole positions, Barber now has four poles in six races.
"I'm very pleased about capturing both poles," said Barber, who currently leads the Championship. "In the first session the car was a little difficult to drive, but I came in and made a change, which really worked. In the second qualifying everyone got quicker, but I was able to post a good lap at the end. It's good to get back on track and hopefully things will continue in the races tomorrow."
"The car feels really good," said Kasemets, who has won twice previously at Mid-Ohio. "In the first qualifying I was not really on top of my game and made a few mistakes in traffic. In the second session I should have come in and cooled the tires. With it being so hard to pass here, I'll be looking to capitalize on any opportunities that come up."
"I was able to work traffic really well," said Kimball, who won both rounds of the West Coast Zetec Championship. "I've got a good car to race with and I'm always learning out there."
"The car came in a little early," said Bomarito, who is second in the championship. "I though I had more in the car, so I stayed out, which didn't work. We'll keep working towards a better car for the race."
"It's great to take both poles in the ACC," said Dona, who leads the American Continental Class championship. "I'm expecting a very exciting race."
Completing the top-five in qualifying for race one is Brumbaugh, of Blythewood, S.C., in the No. 86 Andy LLC/Corby Concepts Cape Motorsports Ford. In qualifying for race two, Craig Baltzer, of Bettendorf, Iowa, completes the top-five, driving the No. 8 Sparco/Lakefront Technologies/Decal Works JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford.
Saturday Qualifying 1 Notes at Mid-Ohio
9:36 AM -- Qualifying for race one, Round Five, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course will be run under sunny skies.
9:43 AM -- Field given 10 minutes to commencement of qualifying signal.
9:44 AM -- Qualifying will be 20 minutes long.
9:46 AM -- In practice on Friday No. 9 Kasemets posted the fastest time, 1:23.678. Fastest in the ACC class was No. 37 Dona, with a time of 1:27.262.
9:50 AM -- Cars roll on course.
9:51 AM -- Several cars are on sticker tires.
9:53 AM -- It will take a few laps to get the tires up to temperature.
9:54 AM -- No. 53 Langbein is making his series debut this weekend, having previously worked with Andersen Walko Racing.
9:57 AM -- Current top-five is No. 86 Brumbaugh, No. 91 Kimball, No. 28 Pecorari, No. 25 A. Prendeville and No. 8 Baltzer.
9:58 AM -- No. 2 Aschenbach enters pitlane to make setup changes.
9:59 AM -- No. 32 Barber is now quickest with a time of 1:24.2
10:00 AM -- Top-five is No. 32, No. 86, No. 9, No. 91 and No. 23 Bomarito.
10:01 AM - No. 53 has pitted to make adjustments to the car.
10:02 AM -- No. 32 has posted a new fast lap of 1:23.5
10:02 AM -- Top-five now No. 32, No. 91, No. 23, No. 9 and No. 86.
10:03 AM -- No. 27 has pulled into the pits with a damaged front-wing.
10:04 AM -- No. 11 Rubenzer has pulled off-course with a gearbox failure.
10:04 AM -- Several cars have pulled into the pits to make changes.
10:05 AM -- No. 23 is now quickest with a lap of 1:23.4
10:06 AM -- Top-five is No. 23, No. 32, No. 91, No. 9 and No. 8.
10:06 AM -- No. 5 Haynie has returned to the paddock.
10:07 AM -- No. 58 Chu is reported to have a damaged diffuser.
10:09 AM -- The leaders are getting clean laps.
10:10 AM -- No. 58 is off-course in the gravel trap.
10:11 AM -- No. 3 now quickest with lap of 1:23.3
10:11 AM -- Top-five No. 32, No. 23, No. 91, No. 8 and No. 9.
10:12 AM -- No. 3 lowers the fast lap to 1:23.0
10:14 AM -- CHECKERED, No. 32 Barber captures third pole position of 2003. Completing the top-five is No. 9 Kasemets, No. 23 Bomarito, No. 86 Brumbaugh and No. 91 Kimball. The top ACC car is No. 37 Dona in 17th place overall.
Saturday qualifying two notes from Mid-Ohio.
11:58 AM - Cars roll on course.
11:59 AM - As in the first qualifying session, the majority of the cars went out on sticker tires.
12:00 PM - No. 35 Crean spins on his out lap.
12:00 PM - No. 32 Barber captured the pole for race one of the doubleheader with a time of 1:23.043.
12:01 PM - Current top-five is No. 32, No. 9 Kasemets, No. 25 A. Prendeville, No. 8 Baltzer and No. 23 Bomarito.
12:03 PM - No. 24 D. Prendeville slows on the front straight to find a gap in the traffic.
12:03 PM - No. 27 Fierberg goes off-course in turn one, but continues.
12:04 PM - Fast time thus far is 1:23.7 by No. 32.
12:04 PM - Top-five is now No. 32, No. 91 Kimball, No. 23 Bomarito, No. 86 Brumbaugh and No. 25.
12:05 PM - No. 7 Welk and No. 32 have pitted to make changes to the car.
12:06 PM - The fastest ACC car is No. 37 Dona in 16th place overall.
12:06 PM - No. 9 is now quickest with a lap of 1:23.4
12:07 PM - Top-five is No. 9, No. 32, No. 23, No. 91 and No. 25.
12:09 PM - The fastest cars appear to be running alone.
12:09 PM - No. 8 has moved up to third fastest.
12:10 PM - Several drivers have reported the track is a little slicker than the first qualifying session, but not bad.
12:12 PM - Drivers continue to pit late in the session to make changes to the car.
12:13 PM - Top-five is No. 9, No. 91, No. 32, No. 23 and No. 8.
12:13 PM - No. 9 fast time is 1:23.2.
12:14 PM - No. 91 moves to first with a lap of 1:23.1.
12:14 PM - No. 32 now fastest with lap of 1:23.0.
12:15 PM - CHECKERED, No. 32 Barber captures the pole position with a lap of 1:23.078. Completing the top-five is No. 91 Kimball, No. 9 Kasemets, No. 23 Bomarito and No. 8 Baltzer. Top ACC car is No. 37 Dona in 16th place overall.