WHELDON WINS MOSPORT F2000 AFTER JUSTUS PENALIZED FOR PASSING UNDER YELLOW BOWMANVILLE, Ontario â€“ England's Dan Wheldon took his second career U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win at the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend...
WHELDON WINS MOSPORT F2000 AFTER JUSTUS PENALIZED FOR PASSING UNDER YELLOW
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – England's Dan Wheldon took his second career U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win at the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend at Mosport International Raceway after Aaron Justus, who crossed the start-finish line first, was penalized after the race for passing under caution. Marc-Antoine-Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can., and Bobby Oergel, of Fresno, Calif., completed the top-three. Wheldon, driving the No. 5 Primus Racing Van Diemen Ford, tailed Justus, who started from the pole, until lapped traffic widened the gap to 2.7 seconds on lap 16, when the race's only caution came out for a spun car in turn nine. Justus, driving the No. 24 Cape/Torco Racing Lubricants/MiR Van Diemen Ford, passed the car of Chas Shaffer just after the yellow flags flew, placing the lapped car between he and Wheldon. On the ensuing, lap 19, restart, Justus pulled away for a 0.766-second margin of victory, averaging 93.026 mph for the 20-lap, 49.18-mile contest. Following the race, series officials reviewed corner reports and in-car footage from Justus' car determining the pass had occurred under yellow, calling for a one-lap penalty, dropping him to 14th. Wheldon inherited his second-career victory in his rookie season. "I'm disappointed for Aaron (Justus), because he's a good guy and drove a really good race," said Wheldon, 20. "It's never good to win a race like that, I feel that I came in second and would like to have the final two laps back, without the lapped car, to settle this on the track. But the rules are the rules, and I'm really happy for the team. They worked really hard to get the car the way I wanted it today." "I made a mistake," said Justus. "I wasn't aware of the full-course yellow when I passed him. I would have let him back around, but I didn't realize I had passed him like that." Camirand, who won the first part of the doubleheader Mosport weekend on Saturday, finished second in the No. 96 Key Motorsport/Player's Van Diemen Ford. "I had a good start and got by (Steve) Rikert, but I think my engine had a problem because I wasn't very good on the straight," said Camirand, 19. "I'm happy with second though. It gives me good points for the championship." Bobby Oergel, of Fresno, Calif., earned his second-straight third-place finish, followed by Steve Rikert, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Bryce Miller, of Bernardsville, N.J. Oergel set the race's fastest lap of 1:21.828 (108.183 mph), a record. Camirand leads the point standings after five rounds, with 116 points, followed by Wheldon, with 114; Oergel, with 90; Rikert, with 84; and Justus, with 80. Guy Cosmo, of South Setauket, N.Y., won the American Continental Championship class for older cars and Alejandro Garcia, of Venezuela, earned the Taylor Race Engineering "Shark" Award for advancing the most positions (11).
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada -- Results from the 20-lap, 49.18-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round Five Race at Mosport International Raceway, part of the Victoria Day Trans-Am Weekend with position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, class, car, laps complete and reason out, if any. 1. (2), Dan Wheldon (R), England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 2. (5), Marc-Antoine Camirand, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 3. (4), Bobby Oergel, Fresno, Calif., F2A, Mygale Ford, 20. 4. (6), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (9), Bryce Miller (R), Bernardsville, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 6. (14), Daniel Muniz (R), San Jose, Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 7. (13), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 8. (19), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 9. (16), Guy Cosmo, South Selauket, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 10. (21), Mike Durand, Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (18), Larry Oberto, Seattle, Wash., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (25), Arnold Brinkmann (R), Quito Ecuador, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 13. (26), Chas Shaffer (R), Catlett, Va., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (1), Aaron Justus, Vista, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 19*. 15. (10), Jacek Mucha, Laval, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 19. 16. (8), Mark Dismore (R), Greenfield, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 18, ACC. 17. (17), Galen Puccini (R), Simi Valley, Calif., F2A, Carbir Ford, 18. 18. (11), Harold Primat (R), New York, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 17. 19. (23), Tommy Constantine (R), Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 17. 20. (20), Brett Harrison (R), Everett, Wash., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 17. 21. (15), Jeff Glenn (R), Oakland, Calif., F2A, Carbir Ford, 14, SPUN. 22. (28), Greg Schings (R), Lexington, Ky., ACC, Citation Ford, 14, MECH. 23. (3), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 11, SPUN. 24. (22), Georges Forgeois (R), New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 9, SUSP. 25. (7), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 7, ACC. 26. (12), Ian Lacy (R), Sonoma, Calif., F2A, Mygale Ford, 7, ACC. 27. (27), Tom Sporney (R), Parker, Colo., F2A, Tatuus Ford, 7, MECH. 28. (24), Jon Groom, Boonton, N.J., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 3, MECH. 29. (29), Bob Wright, Old Chatham, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.
Note- No. 24 Aaron Justus penalized one lap as per chief steward. Time of race: 31 minutes, 43.191 seconds. Average speed: 93.026 mph Margin of victory: 0.76600-second Fastest qualifier: Aaron Justus, 1:21.579 (108.513 mph). Fastest race lap: Bobby Oergel, 1:21.828 (108.183 mph), Record Lap leaders: Laps 1-20, No. 24 Aaron Justus