Urlin fourth at Mosport. Toronto, Ontario (May 19, 2002): JW (Jonathan) Urlin of London, Ontario, finished fourth in a US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship race held this morning at Mosport International Raceway, north of Bowmanville, Ontario.
Urlin fourth at Mosport.
Toronto, Ontario (May 19, 2002): JW (Jonathan) Urlin of London, Ontario, finished fourth in a US Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship race held this morning at Mosport International Raceway, north of Bowmanville, Ontario. After tangling with another car and finishing eleventh in a race yesterday, Urlin was thrilled to have beaten his previous series-best finish of sixth.
With his Budget Rent A Car / Mygale Cars machine gridded sixth for the start of today's twenty-lap race, the nineteen-year-old was optimistic of taking a top-five finish. He gained a place on the first lap of the race and found himself behind Andy Brumbaugh of South Carolina, who was determined to hang on to fourth. Urlin poured on the pressure and Brumbaugh finally cracked on lap fifteen, slipping wide at corner ten. The top three cars were out of reach, but Urlin was kept honest in the final laps by Tom Dyer who finished fifth.
The fourth-place finish was a welcome reward for Urlin and his engineer, Dan Campbell, who are developing a French-made Mygale chassis for the USFF2000 market. They have been working diligently to bring the car to terms, gathering information, honing the set-up and gaining ground on the front runners. Today's race was a breakthrough and Urlin was thrilled.
"The car is getting better and better, and we really showed that today," Urlin said. "The three cars that beat us were all from the top team, but we had everyone else covered and that's a big accomplishment. We've still got lots of work ahead of us, but Dan is doing an amazing job and I've got my sights set on the podium now. Maybe we can even win a race by mid-season."
Urlin also credits his successful run to a chat with former Formula Atlantic and USFF2000 driver Andrew Bordin yesterday afternoon.
"I was not getting through corner five properly and that was messing up my speed all the way down the straight," JW said. "Andrew stopped by to say 'hi' and I told him where I was having trouble. He told me how he used to do it, so I gave it a try and it worked. It was really good of Andrew to help me out like that."
USFF2000 teams and drivers will now hurry off to Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 'Coca-Cola Night Before the 500' on May 25, a Saturday night race at Indianapolis Raceway Park on the eve of the famous Indianapolis 500.