NA-F2000: Mid Ohio Starting Grid

BESNARD'S FRIDAY EFFORT STANDS FOR POLE, GRID TIGHTENS IN SECOND-ROUND QUALIFYING LEXINGTON, Ohio – Australian David Besnard's provisional pole time from Friday afternoon held up, but his competition upped the ante, tightening the grid for the...

BESNARD'S FRIDAY EFFORT STANDS FOR POLE, GRID TIGHTENS IN SECOND-ROUND QUALIFYING

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Australian David Besnard's provisional pole time from Friday afternoon held up, but his competition upped the ante, tightening the grid for the U.S. F2000 National Championship Round 11 race, part of the Miller Lite 200 Weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Driving the No. 13 Primus Racing Karts Van Diemen Ford, Besnard turned a lap of 1:25.235 (95.369 mph) Friday – 0.779-second faster than second-quick Robby McGehee. McGehee, driving the No. 2 Energizer/VisionAire Tatuus Ford, closed the gap with a 1:25.632 (94.927 mph), with Bobby Oergel slotting in third – his best ever – at 1:25.814 (94.725 mph). Tim Duit, of Edmond, Okla., and Ryan Hampton, of Glendora, Calif., complete the top five.

Times are considerably off Matt Sielsky's 1997 qualifying mark of 1:24.155 (96.593 mph) – due largely to a new spec Yokohama tire compound. This is Besnard's sixth pole of the season – one shy of the series record of seven set by Steve Knapp in 1996.

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Final grid following second-round qualifying for the 22-lap, 49.676-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Round 11 race, part of the Miller Lite 200 Weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with starting position, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, class, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour. 1. (13), David Besnard, Sydney, Australia, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:25.235, 95.369. 2. (2), Robby McGehee, St. Louis, Mo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 1:25.632, 94.927. 3. (52), Bobby Oergel, Palmetto, Fla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:25.814, 94.725. 4. (34), Tim Duit, Edmond, Okla., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.005, 94.515. 5. (88), Ryan Hampton, Glendora, Calif., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 1:26.168, 94.336. 6. (28), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.221, 94.278. 7. (7), Sam Hornish Jr., Defiance, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.245, 94.252. 8. (96), Marc Antoine Camirand, TroisRivieres, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.259, 94.237. 9. (8), Mike Johnson, Gainsville, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.343, 94.145. 10. (11), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 1:26.363, 94.123. 11. (51), Greg LeMond, Medina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.511, 93.962. 12. (12), Mike Andersen, Little Falls, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.520, 93.952. 13. (95), Anthony Simone, Stouffville, Ontario, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.584, 93.883. 14. (5), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 1:26.719, 93.737. 15. (30), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.805, 93.644. 16. (75), Guy Cosmo, Bohemia, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.824, 93.623. 17. (82), James Yott, Montreal, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:26.872, 93.572. 18. (15), Ric Rushton, Santa Fe, N.M., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 1:26.997, 93.437. 19. (89), George Scheiderer, Marysville, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.071, 93.358. 20. (45), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.162, 93.260. 21. (44), Michael Fitzgerald, Newton Square, Pa., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.311, 93.101. 22. (4), Duncan Dayton, North Salem, N.Y., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 1:27.313, 93.099. 23. (71), Michael Durand, Wayland, Mass., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.495, 92.905. 24. (6), Joey Scarallo, Hauppauge, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.534, 92.864. 25. (25), Christian Coggins, Atlanta, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.743, 92.643. 26. (77), Jon Herb, Indianapolis, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.768, 92.616. 27. (64), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Larado Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.772, 92.612. 28. (66), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:27.795, 92.588. 29. (26), Bob Hollander, Atlanta, Ga., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.001, 92.371. 30. (91), Ron Thomas, Galena, Ohio, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.122, 92.244. 31. (27), Scott Dick, Cincinnati, Ohio, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.139, 92.227. 32. (9), Dana LaLiberte, Ann Arbor, Mich., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.352, 92.004. 33. (37), Richard Fairbanks, Centerville, Mass., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.410, 91.944. 34. (84), John Miller, Edina, Minn., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.803, 91.537. 35. (23), Dean Oppermann, Pottstown, Pa., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.898, 91.439. 36. (36), Brett Harrison, Everett, Wash., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:28.916, 91.421. 37. (22), Larry Vatri, Canal Winchester, Ohio, F2B, Swift DB-6 Ford, 1:29.021, 91.313. 38. (59), Jon Groom, Boonton, N.J., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:29.437, 90.888. 39. (3), Matthew Smith, Lafayette, Calif., F2A, Bowman BC5 Ford, 1:29.579, 90.744. 40. (43), Mirl Swan, Topeka, Kansas, F2B, Vector MG Ford, 1:29.770, 90.551. 41. (70), Galen Puccini, Simi Valley, Calif., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:30.022, 90.297. 42. (33), Jeff Smith, Terre Haute, Ind., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 1:30.253, 90.066. 43. (55), Wilmer Valentin, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:30.564, 89.757. 44. (42), Ira Fierberg, Manhattan Beach, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 1:30.756, 89.567. 45. (35), Jeff Kowalik, Oshkosh, Wis., F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:32.050, 88.308. 46. (69), Gregory Geis, Hudson, Ohio, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:36.107, 84.580. 47. (16), Jeffrey Martin, Aurora, Ohio, F2B, Van Diemen Ford, 1:39.938, 81.338.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Robby McGehee , Jon Herb , Guy Cosmo , T.J. Bell , Rolando Quintanilla , Andy Lally , Steve Knapp , David Besnard , Michael Durand , Michael Fitzgerald , Ryan Hampton , Galen Puccini , Scott Dick , Larry Oberto , Mike Johnson , Jon Groom , Matthew Smith , Ira Fierberg , Anthony Simone , Mirl Swan , Jeff Smith , Brett Harris , Sam Hornish Jr.