NA-F2000: Road America qualifying report

Kasemets Captures Pole For Round Ten At Road America ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (July 7, 2001) - Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill., captured the pole for Sunday's Round Ten of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Road...

Kasemets Captures Pole For Round Ten At Road America

ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (July 7, 2001) - Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill., captured the pole for Sunday's Round Ten of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Road America. Completing the top-three was Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Ore. and Billy Asaro, of Unionville, Ont., Can. The top ACC qualifier was Scott Rubenzer, of Brookfield, Wis.

Early Saturday morning the cars took to the track for qualifying for race two of the doubleheader at Road America. At the start of the session LaPoint returned to the paddock to top the car off with fuel. After battling gearbox and engines problems earlier in the weekend, Asaro posted the fastest time in the first five minutes of the session. As the session progressed Kasemets and LaPoint moved to the front of the chart, and renewed the battle for the pole they had fought in qualifying for race one. With five minutes remaining in the session, Kasemets, in the No. 6 MKInd/Flexovit/TMI/TAC.com/Pabst Racing Services Van Diemen Ford, posted a lap of 2:14.888 (106.755 mph). LaPoint, in the No. 89 Infinity/Regency Aviation/TrackMagic Van Diemen Ford, looked to have lap that would challenge for the pole late in the session, but he suddenly pulled of in turn nine with a mechanical failure. With LaPoint's retirement, Asaro, driving the No. 69 Keymotorsport.com/POPS Van Diemen Ford, looked to be the only driver that could better Kasemets time. Asaro, was unable to post a quicker time in the final laps, qualifying third and securing for Kasemets his fourth pole of the season.

"I was really trying to get the pole," said Kasemets. "This track is so long, that if you make any mistake it really hurts you. With all my sponsors here this weekend it's good to be starting up front, and I'll be going for the win in both races."

"I'm not sure what happened to the car at the end of the session," said LaPoint. "I think I was a quicker on that lap and had a shot at pole, but starting second is good. I still have a shot at the title, so I really have to try win these races."

"It's great to be up here after the weekend we've had," said Asaro, the current points leader. "We're just now starting to get up to speed after suffering engine and gearbox problems the last two days. The team has done a great job and I'm looking forward to the race."

Completing the top-five was Peter Gray, of Aberdeen, Scotland and Piero Rodarte, of Mexico City, Mexico.

-USF2000-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tonis Kasemets , Billy Asaro
Teams HART