NA-F2000: Pikes Peak Preview

FORMULA 2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES F2000 CONCLUDES SATURDAY/SUNDAY IN COLORADO This weekend's "Children's Hospital Grand Prix" United States Formula 2000 Championship races at Pikes Peak International Raceway will determine final point...

FORMULA 2000 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES F2000 CONCLUDES SATURDAY/SUNDAY IN COLORADO

This weekend's "Children's Hospital Grand Prix" United States Formula 2000 Championship races at Pikes Peak International Raceway will determine final point rankings for the 1998 season, although the USAC/SCCA National and USAC Oval Crown Championships have already been clinched by Australian David Besnard. Besnard will not compete at PPIR, creating a wide-open battle for supremacy on the track's 1.34-mile road circuit.

Two 37-lap, 49.58-mile features will be nationally-televised on a tape-delay basis by Speedvision. Saturday's race, scheduled for 12:45 p.m., will be televised Sunday, October 18 at 5 p.m. (ET). Sunday's feature, which gets the green flag at 11:15 a.m., will be broadcast Sunday, October 25, at 5 p.m. (ET).

Although Besnard wrapped up the National and Oval Crown titles at Atlanta, Ga. August 29, a tight battle for second in the standings will be waged by Ryan Hampton of Glendora, Calif. and Robby McGehee of St. Louis, Mo. McGehee trails by 28 points but won the Atlanta round.

Andy Lally, of Northport, N.Y., is fourth in the National standings and top "Rookie of the Year" candidate Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can., completes the top-five in points despite missing the first two rounds of the season.

Formula 2000 National Point Standings: 1-David Besnard-333; 2-Ryan Hampton-275; 3-Robby McGehee-247; 4-Andy Lally-206; 5-Marc-Antoine Camirand-186; 6-Mike Johnson-172; 7-Bobby Oergel-169; 8-Jonathan Bottoms-164; 9-Sam Hornish, Jr.-151; 10-Steve Rikert-147.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Robby McGehee , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Andy Lally , David Besnard , Ryan Hampton , Mike Johnson , Sam Hornis