Kasemets Completes Sweep At Road America ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (July 8, 2001)--Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill., won Round Ten of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Road America. Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Ore.
Kasemets Completes Sweep At Road America
ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (July 8, 2001)--Tonis Kasemets, of Mundelein, Ill., won Round Ten of the U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision at Road America. Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Ore. and Piero Rodarte, of Mexico City, Mexico, completed the top-three. Scott Rubenzer, of Brookfield, Wis., won the ACC class.
Eight hours after race one, race two of the Road America doubleheader was run. Starting on pole, Kasemets was looking to repeat the win he scored earlier in the day. As the field came to the start/finish the start was waved off. Immediately Billy Asaro suffered contact and crashed into the concrete wall, ending his day. Following one lap under caution, to remove Asaro's car, the green was given. Kasemets, driving the No. 6 MKInd/Flexovit/Pabst Racing Services Van Diemen Ford, held the lead into turn one, but relinquished it later in the lap to LaPoint. The duo ran one-two for the following six laps, extending their lead on third place by up to one second each lap. On lap eight, Kasemets capitalized on a brief mistake by LaPoint in the carousel to take the lead. For the remainder of the race Kasemets ran uncontested en route to a 1.212 seconds margin of victory. The doubleheader sweep gives Kasemets three wins in the last four races.
"This is unbelievable," said Kasemets. "You dream about these things when you go to sleep, but to have it happen is hard to put into words. The team has put everything into this win and deserves a lot of the credit." After the initial start was waved off, LaPoint used the second start to take the lead in the back half of the course. Driving fast laps, LaPoint looked to be in control until lap seven, when his car became slightly loose in the carousel. Driving the No. 89 Infinity Motorsport/Regency Aviation/TrackMagic Van Diemen Ford, LaPoint was unable to hold the lead. For the remainder of the race LaPoint stayed right behind Kasemets, but was never able to challenge for the lead. The podium finish moves LaPoint to within 23 points of championship leader, Asaro.
"I just didn't have anything for him [Kasemets] at the end," said LaPoint. "After I saw Billy [Asaro] was out I knew I could score a lot of points. I think the team is on a roll and we still have a shot at the championship."
Driving the No. 55 Telmex/Sico Van Diemen Ford, Rodarte managed to avoid the incident on the initial attempted start, which occurred right in front of him. Rodarte maintained his fourth place starting position for the opening laps of the race before challenging Mike Potekhen for third. Rodarte repeatedly looked for a way past, but was unable to do so until the last lap. On the last lap, Rodarte made the pass just prior to the finish to capture his second podium of the year.
"The start was crazy," said Rodarte. "The car felt good, and I knew I could pass Mike [Potekhen] so I just waited for the right place to pass late in the race." Driving on his local track, Rubenzer swept the ACC class in the doubleheader. Unlike race one, Rubenzer, driving the No. 11 Storage Battery Systems/Trojan Battery Co. Carbir Ford, was able to run uncontested the entire race. The two wins move Rubenzer into the points lead with 145 points.
"I can't complain about two wins," said Rubenzer. "The car felt pretty good, and I set a pace that was comfortable. To come away with championship lead at my home track is great."
Completing the top-five was Potekhen, of Phoenix, Ariz. and Peter Gray, of Aberdeen, Scotland. Doug Bell, of St. Albans, England was awarded the Pi Research Hard Charger award after starting last, for mechanical problems, and finishing sixth. Mark Dismore, of Greenfield, Ind., was awarded the Truechoice Drive of the Day for his strong drive to eighth place, while Alexander Figge, of Aspen, Colo., was awarded the Taylor Engineering "Shark" award, after he moved up 11 positions in the race.