NA-F2000: Road America Race One qualifying report

ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (July 6, 2001) - Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Ore., captured the pole for Sunday morning's Round Nine of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Road America. Completing the top-three was Tonis Kasemets,...

ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (July 6, 2001) - Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Ore., captured the pole for Sunday morning's Round Nine of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Road America. Completing the top-three was Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill. and Mike Potekhen, of Phoenix, Ariz. The top ACC qualifier was Scott Rubenzer, of Brookfield, Wis.

Qualifying on the 4.0-mile road course was run under ideal weather conditions. In the early stages of the session numerous cars were posting times in the 2:16 range. As the session progressed LaPoint and Kasemets moved to the top of the chart. At the 20-minute mark, of the 30-minute session, LaPoint, driving the No. 89 Infinity/Regency Aviation/TrackMagic Van Diemen Ford, became the first driver to better the existing lap record. During the last five minutes of qualifying LaPoint and Kasemets swapped the top spot numerous, each time bettering the lap record. At the checkered flag, LaPoint had captured his second pole of 2001, with a time of 2:14.862 (106.766 mph). Kasemets, in the No. 6 MKInd/Flexovit/TMI/TAC.com/Pabst Racing Services Van Diemen Ford, qualified second. Driving the No. 87 P.D. R./TwinSeason.com Van Diemen Ford, Potekhen qualified third with a fast lap on the last lap of the session. Rubenzer, in the No. 11 Storage Battery Systems/Trojan Battery Co. Carbir Ford, qualified 14th overall, to post the best ACC time.

"The car was working great," said LaPoint, who holds the Formula Continental race lap record at Road America. "I was able to really put it on the edge and just go for a quick lap. The team has really worked hard, and it's nice reward them with a pole."

"I just wasn't as sharp as I needed to be," said Kasemets, who won Round Seven. "The car was solid and I was hoping for the pole, but I'm happy with second. It's a long race so we'll see how it plays out."

"I just went for it at the end of the session, said Potekhen, who won the prestigious June Sprints at Road America. "Early in the session I just wanted to shake the car down after the crew repaired it following my big accident yesterday."

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

-U.S. F2000

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Piero Rodarte , Tonis Kasemets , Mike Potekhen
Teams HART