WEST ALLIS, WIS. (May 31, 2002) --Lawson Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md., captured the pole for Round Six of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at the Milwaukee Mile. Completing the top-three was Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill. and...
WEST ALLIS, WIS. (May 31, 2002) --Lawson Aschenbach, of Gaithersburg, Md., captured the pole for Round Six of the 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship at the Milwaukee Mile. Completing the top-three was Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill. and Jon Groom, Boonton, N.J.
Under ideal weather conditions, qualifying for the 50-lap race was run in the early afternoon. Drivers used the early part of the 20-minute qualifying session to determine the level of grip available, after the CART teams had gone out earlier in the day. As the session progressed, times began steadily drop as teams fine-tuned their oval setup. At the midway point of the session, Kasemets, in the No. 9 MK Ind/Flexovit/TMI/Red Line Oil Pabst Racing Services Van Diemen Ford, ets/Sparco/Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, had posted the fastest lap of the session. Just behind Kasemets on the time sheets was Groom, in the No. 14 Controlroomdesign.com/Up North Productions Van Diemen Ford, who had been quickest in the Wednesday test day. The duo remained at the top of the charts until, with 10 minutes remaining, Aschenbach, in the No. 32 Forsythe/King Auto/M&M Welding PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, jumped to the top of the time sheets. Aschenbach, who missed the Thursday test session, after attending a funeral for a family friend who introduced Aschenbach to CART team owner Gerry Forsythe, held the position until the checkered flag. The pole position, with a time of 0:28.05 (132.23 mph), is the first of Aschenbach's Zetec Championship career.
"The team has given me a great car," said Aschenbach. "After I missed the test day on Thursday, Sean [McIntosh] did a great job setting up the car and I used that setup. I'm really looking forward to the race and hopefully things will go my way."
"Everybody is doing a great job," said Kasemets, who will have a large fan base coming up from Chicago to support him. "It seems every time we find a little more, he [Aschenbach] goes quicker. I think the race should be a good battle."
"The car has been great since we rolled it off the trailer," said Groom, who only got the car at Round Three at Mosport. "We're getting better every session and I'm looking forward to the race. The guys in the series are very good and very professional."
Completing the top-five for race one of the doubleheader is Bryan Sellers, of Centerville, Ohio, in the No. 3 Yes Network/3 Dimensional Services/Arai/Sparco Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Jeffrey Jones, of Sarasota, Fla., in the No. 2 JCI Jones Chemicals/Winchester Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford.