Lacy Scores Second Career Win at Mosport BOWMANVILLE, ONT., CAN. (May 23, 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won Round Eight of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mosport...
Lacy Scores Second Career Win at Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, ONT., CAN. (May 23, 2004) - Ian Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., won Round Eight of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mosport International Raceway. Completing the top-three is Andrew Prendeville, Monroeville, Pa. and Jason Bowles, of Ontario, Calif. Winning the American Continental Championship is Roberto Mancino, of Toronto, Ont., Can.
Under continued threat of rain, the Zetec Championship formed up on the grid. Electing to start on the dry outside line on the damp track, polesitter Prendeville led the field to the green. Racing side-by-side into turn one, Lacy took the lead midway through the corner. Running nose-to-tail in the opening laps, the leaders repeatedly looked for opportunities to pass. With a clear track, Lacy, in the No. 44 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, built a small lead on Prendeville. Following some great dicing for position, Bowles, in the 7 Sparco/Services Software Systems JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, made his way past Bobby Wilson, to move into third position. Posting the fastest laps of the race, Bowles began to close on Prendeville. Fighting for position, Bowles got alongside Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Racing, several times. Continuously challenging for position, Bowles was unable to find a way past. Having fallen back from the lead trio, Wilson and Adam Pecorari began fighting for position in the late stages of the race. Getting a great run on the back straight, Pecorari passed Wilson around the outside in turn eight. As Prendeville and Bowles continued to battle for position, Lacy ran uncontested to the checkered flag, capturing the win by 0.589 second. Lacy win, is the third of the season and second at Mosport. Battling Zetec Championship cars throughout the race, Mancino, in the No. 33 Mancino Lift Trucks Brian Graham Racing Van Diemen Ford, led start to finish in ACC.
"This is my favorite podium," said Lacy, who now has four career Zetec Championship wins. "Andrew [Prendeville] had the right idea, but I managed to get a good jump at the start and found enough grip to hold the lead. After I was in the lead I just tried to run consistent laps and save my tires."
"It was a tough fight with Jason [Bowles]," said Prendeville, who remains second in the standings. "Once again I scored some valuable points and closed the gap in the championship."
"After the changes we made yesterday the car was great," said Bowles, who is third in the championship standings. "I gave it everything the car had, but just never was able to find a way past."
"The car was fantastic," said Mancino, who set a class lap record on Saturday. "I'm looking for some funds, so I can race with these guys in a Zetec car next year."
Completing the top-five is Pecorari, of Aston, Pa., in the No. 28 SAI Hydraulics Andersen Walko Racing Van Diemen Ford and Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc., in the No. 3 Citrus Systems Cape Motorsports Van Diemen Ford.
Time of race: 24 minutes, 23.311 seconds.
Average speed: 108.892 mph
Margin of victory: .58900 seconds
Lap leaders: Laps 1-18, #44 Ian Lacy
Fastest race lap: #7 Jason Bowles(R), 1:20.344 (110.181 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #25 Andrew Prendeville, 1:19.410 (111.477 mph)