NA-F2000: Mosport round 7 race report

Prendeville Captures Valuable Win at Mosport BOWMANVILLE, ONT., CAN. (May 22, 2004) - Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., won Round Seven of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mosport ...

Prendeville Captures Valuable Win at Mosport

BOWMANVILLE, ONT., CAN. (May 22, 2004) - Andrew Prendeville, of Monroeville, Pa., won Round Seven of the Formula Ford Zetec Championship, part of the Cooper Tires Championship Series, at Mosport International Raceway. Completing the top-three is Adam Pecorari, of Aston, Pa. and Bobby Wilson, of Dousman, Wisc. Winning the American Continental Championship is Roberto Mancino, of Toronto, Ont., Can.

As part of the annual Victoria Day weekend races at Mosport, the Zetec Championship took to the track for the first of two races Saturday afternoon. Going three-wide into turn one at the start, Ian Lacy held off a hard charging Prendeville to take the lead. Battling for position, the duo went two-wide through several corners and swapped the lead numerous times on the opening lap. Running in the lead on lap two, Lacy spun off-course in turn, rejoining well down in the field. Midway into the lap, the full-course caution was displayed for Ian Baas making heavy contact in turn three. Following three laps under caution, racing resumed. Getting a good jump, Prendeville, in the No. 25 Racelink/Roos Racing School Andersen Walko Van Diemen Ford, maintained the lead ahead of his Andersen Walko teammate Pecorari. Running in close formation, the lead duo began to pull away from third, setting the fastest laps of the race. Behind the leaders, Wilson and Jason Bowles enjoyed a great battle for third place. Having just been passed for position, Bowles slowed on course with a mechanical failure. For the remainder of the race, the top-three was unchanged, despite Pecorari repeatedly challenging for the lead. At the checkered flag, Prendeville had captured his second career victory by 0.968 second. Capturing the win in the American Continental Championship is Roberto Mancino, in the No. 33 Mancino Lift Trucks Brian Graham Racing Van Diemen Ford. Mancino set a new class lap record, with a lap of 1:21.393 (108.76 MPH).

"I love this track," said Prendeville, who is second in the points. "The first lap was a blast, running side-by-side with Ian [Lacy]. Hopefully we can make it two in a row."

"I was definitely going for the win," said Pecorari, who captured his second podium finish of the year. "I had a look a few times, but Andrew [Prendeville] never made any mistakes."

"Early in the race I had a good battle with Jason [Bowles]," said Wilson, who continues to lead the championship with 169 points. "I think we can make some changes and be quicker tomorrow."

Completing the top-five is Lacy, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in the No. 44 JDC Motorsports Van Diemen Ford and Chris Dona, of Sandown, N.H., in the No. 31 Rexxon Engineering/Racelift/Barberry Chimney/Exotech Van Diemen Ford, who captured a career-best finish.

Stats:

Time of race: 29 minutes, 53.466 seconds.
Average speed: 88.846 mph
Margin of victory: .96800 seconds
Lap leaders: Laps 1-1, #44 Ian Lacy; laps 2-18, #25 Andrew Prendeville

Fastest race lap: #25 Andrew Prendeville, 1:20.206 (110.370 mph)
Fastest qualifier: #25 Andrew Prendeville, 1:19.410 (111.477 mph)

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Andrew Prendeville , Brian Graham , Adam Pecorari , Chris Dona , Ian Baas , Jason Bowles , Bobby Wilson , Ian Lacy