NA-F2000: Oval Crown Finale Set for Pikes Peak

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (August 25, 1999) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision wraps up its Road to Indy Oval Crown championship-within-a-championship at the Indy 200 weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway, August ...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (August 25, 1999) -- The U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision wraps up its Road to Indy Oval Crown championship-within-a-championship at the Indy 200 weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway, August 28.

English rookie Dan Wheldon (No. 5 Jayhard/Primus Racing Van Diemen Ford) looks to secure his first major racing championship in the five-race Road to Indy Oval Crown, part of the 14-race U.S. F2000 National Championship. Toclinsh the title, Wheldon needs to finish 16th or better in the 50-lap,50.0-mile race, Saturday's feature event on the Pep Boys Indy Racing League Weekend. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on theSpeedvision Network Sunday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Jointly sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and the United States Auto Club, U.S.F2000 National Championship boasts the best up-and-coming talent in open-wheel racing today, and it's cut-throat competition has put it at the top of motor racing entertainment for North American race fans. A new association with the Speedvision Network also brings exciting, prime-timetelevision broadcasts into 22 million homes across North America.

Within the National Championship, the U.S. F2000 drivers compete for theIRL-sponsored Road to Indy Oval Crown, which is made up of the series' five oval races in 1999. Wheldon has one win (Lowe's Motor Speedway) and three seconds in the four races this season for 108 points -- 28 better than Atlanta Motor Speedway winner Steve Rikert (No. 4 Richard Morgan Racing Van Diemen Ford), who is the only other driver capable of taking the title.

Third in points is National Championship point leader Marc-Antoine Camir and (No. 96 Key Motorsport Van Diemen Ford), who has three wins on the season (Phoenix, Mosport and Trois-Rivieres) and has only finished outside of the top-10 once in 11 races. The Canadian, who was the 1998 Rookie of the Year,holds a 233-221 point advantage over Wheldon in the overall championship.Rikert is third in the National Championship run, with 185 points.

Tied with Camirand for third in the Oval Crown and fourth in the National Championship is Bobby Oergel (No. 19 DSTP Motorsports Mygale Ford). After early-season string of success, Oergel has finished no better than eighth in the last four races, and looks to get back on the podium.

Other drivers currently in the top-10 looking to jump to the top of the podium include T.J. Bell (No. 23 El Dorado/MiR/Bell Helmets/Cape Van Diemen Ford), Daniel Muniz (No. 7 Texaco-Havoline/Visa Aval Van Diemen Ford), Mark Dismore (No. 13 Monster.com Van Diemen Ford), Jonathan Bottoms (No. 3 Roppe/Team Great Northern Van Diemen Ford) and Rolando Quintanilla (No. 40 Tecate/Quaker State/Transportes Quintanilla Van Diemen Ford).

Other drivers looking for strong runs at the PPIR oval include Mid-Ohio CART Weekend race-winner Jeff Wright (No. 24 Jetboy/Casabella/Cape Van Diemen Ford), Road Atlanta winner Andy Lally (No. 72 Tyrolean Auto Sports Carbir Ford) and 1998 title runner-up Ryan Hampton in a one-off appearance in the No. 88 Pymp Syndicate/American Instruments Tatuus Ford.

Returning to F2000 competition for the first time since their spectacular Atlanta Motor Speedway accident July 17 are Michael Curtiss, Larry Foyt and Larry Oberto.

Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing/USRRC

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Mark Dismore , Larry Foyt , T.J. Bell , Dan Wheldon , Rolando Quintanilla , Andy Lally , Ryan Hampton , Larry Oberto , Michael Curtis