McIntosh breaks track record, finishes second at Mid-Ohio. COQUITLAM, B.C., CAN. (July 1, 2002) -This past weekend, 17-year old Sean McIntosh, of Coquitlam, B.C., Can., set a new track record and earned a second place finish, while competing in...
McIntosh breaks track record, finishes second at Mid-Ohio.
COQUITLAM, B.C., CAN. (July 1, 2002) -This past weekend, 17-year old Sean McIntosh, of Coquitlam, B.C., Can., set a new track record and earned a second place finish, while competing in Round Eight of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship, during the annual American Le Mans Series event at the challenging Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With five races remaining, the young charger now sits fourth overall in the race for the Zetec Championship, and second overall in the Greg Moore "Rookie of the Year" standings.
After testing numerous setups in the practice sessions prior to qualifying, McIntosh felt confident his team had put together a very fast setup. As qualifying began, the young racer immediately started putting quick laps together. Just five laps into the session, McIntosh laid down a 1:23.463 (97.394 avg. mph)lap time and earned his No. 24 PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, which is sponsored by Kirmac Carstar/Lordco Auto Parts/PPG/Sign Way Designs and AeroGrafiks, the Provisional pole. From that point on McIntosh's time would stand as the fastest of the qualifying session, resulting in his first track record and his first career pole position in the Zetec Championship.
"My PR1 race engineers, Bobby Oergel and Andy Garvey put an awesome setup on my car for qualifying," said an excited Mcintosh. "It feels great to take my first pole here at Mid-Ohio. I love this track! Mid Ohio is very challenging to drive, as well as tough to pass on, so starting up front is a real advantage."
On Sunday, McIntosh was confident that a race win was a real possibility. With fellow Canadian, J.W. Urlin, of London, Ont., Can., sitting next to him on the front row, McIntosh knew it would be a drag race out of the famous Keyhole turn, down to the first corner. Although McIntosh was able to hold off Urlin, third place qualifier, Tonis Kasemets, ducked under McIntosh at the end of the straightaway, making it three-wide going into the turn, and Kasemets made a perfect veteran move in taking over the lead.
"This was my first pole in F2000 and I was concentrating so hard on beating JW [Urlin] down the straightaway that Tonis [Kasemets] really surprised me when he came down the inside," said McIntosh. "After that I was able to keep after Tonis for most of the race, but we were so close in lap times it was very hard to make up lost ground. Even though I really wanted the win, this is still a great result and I have to give a lot of the credit to the entire PR1 team. My mechanic, Brett Harrison, has worked very hard in preparing the car for me all year, and Bobby Oergel and wife Lisa Rey, the team owners, put their whole heart and soul into the PR1 race program. For a young rookie like me, this kind of team makes a big difference when I'm on the track."
Rounds Nine and Ten of the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship are on August 10/11 at Mid-Ohio, in conjunction with the CART FedEx Championship Miller Lite 200.