JUSTUS TAKES SECOND F2000 AT ROAD ATLANTA BRASELTON, Ga. - Aaron Justus, of Vista, Calif., took his second U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win of the season in Sunday's second race of the Southern Dash Road Atlanta ...
JUSTUS TAKES SECOND F2000 AT ROAD ATLANTA
BRASELTON, Ga. - Aaron Justus, of Vista, Calif., took his second U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision win of the season in Sunday's second race of the Southern Dash Road Atlanta doubleheader weekend. Marc-Antoine Camirand, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Canada, finished second, with Mark Dismore, of Greenfield, Ind., in third. Justus started from the pole and led flag to flag in the No. 24 Cape/Torco Racing Lubricants/MiR Van Diemen Ford. The 2.853-second win in the 35 minute, 9.207 second race was Justus' second of the season. At the start, Justus got a good jump over Dismore and then-series point leader Dan Wheldon. Camirand and T.J. Bell joined the battle for second until Bell tried to pass Wheldon for the spot on lap six, but misjudged his braking and took he and Wheldon into the grass at turn nine. Wheldon would resume racing, but eventually had an ignition failure and finished 24th. Saturday's winner Andy Lally moved into second at that point, after Camirand slid through the grass avoiding the accident and rejoined in fifth. On lap 10, Dismore moved back around Lally into second, and Camirand passed for the spot on lap 14 of the 20-lap, 50.0-mile race, where they finished behind Justus, who averaged 85.340 mph. "I just had to focus on the job at hand," said Justus. "I was a little disappointed at the first full course because I had a great start. It's difficult when you're leading because you don't have anything to judge yourself on and you don't want to drive in your mirrors. I knew Marc was catching me, but knew if I ran my normal pace Camirand couldn't catch me." "I tried to catch Aaron until the last lap then lifted to save the car and get the points," said Camirand of his run in the No. 96 Key Motorsports Van Diemen Ford. "I wanted to leave here with Championship lead and I achieved it." "I only have to go up two more steps and I'll be happy," said Dismore, who had problems with second gear in the No. 13 Monster.com Van Diemen Ford. "I tried to drive for the lead but had to back off when the gearbox problems started. Hopefully we can use this to build momentum going into Trois-Rivieres and my home track at Mid-Ohio." Dismore's teammate, Daniel Muniz, of Costa Rica, scored his best-ever finish of fourth, with Lally, of Northport, N.Y., in fifth. Camirand completed a 46-point swing in the points in the doubleheader weekend, and now leads Wheldon by 12, 184-172. "Couldn't do anything about (the accident)," said Wheldon. "Marc was on one side and T.J. was on the other and there was no where for me to go. Everyone has to have one dropped weekend, and I've had my bad weekend. I've had lots of laps here and you see what can happen when it counts. Maybe the same thing will happen to Marc at his home track in Trois-Rivieres." Guy Cosmo, of South Setauket, N.Y., took his third American Continental Championship class win of the season over Mike Johnson, of Dacula, Ga.
BRASELTON, Ga. - Results from Sunday's 20-lap, 50.0-mile U.S. F2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision Round Nine race, part of the Southern Dash Weekend at Road Atlanta, with position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, class, car, laps complete and reason out (if any). 1. (1), Aaron Justus, Vista, Calif., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 2. (3), Marc-Antoine Camirand, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 3. (2), Mark Dismore (R), Greenfield, Ind., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 4. (7), Daniel Muniz (R), San Jose, Costa Rica, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 5. (8), Andy Lally, Northport, N.Y., F2A, Carbir Ford, 20. 6. (6), Andrew Davis (R), Lilburn, Ga., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 7. (11), Steve Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 8. (12), Rolando Quintanilla, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 9. (14), Bryce Miller (R), Bernardsville, N.J., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 10. (15), Jonathan Bottoms, Buffalo, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 11. (9), Harold Primat (R), New York, N.Y., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 12. (17), Martin Guimont (R), Laval, Quebec, Can., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 13. (16), Guy Cosmo, South Selauket, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 14. (18), Mike Johnson, Gainesville, Ga., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 15. (20), Galen Puccini (R), Simi Valley, Calif., F2A, Carbir Ford, 20. 16. (28), Jacek Mucha, Laval Quebec, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 17. (25), Brett Harrison (R), Everett, Wash., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 18. (24), Greg Schings (R), Lexington, Ky., ACC, Citation Ford, 20. 19. (26), Richard Zober (R), Yardley, Pa., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 20. 20. (13), Tommy Constantine (R), Scottsdale, Ariz., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 19, ACC. 21. (22), Alejandro Garcia, Venezuela, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 17, MECH. 22. (19), Mike Durand (R), Wayland, Mass., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 12, SUSP. 23. (21), Georges Forgeois (R), New York, N.Y., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 12, SUSP. 24. (4), Dan Wheldon (R), England, F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 12, ENG. 25. (5), T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., F2A, Van Diemen Ford, 5, CONT. 26. (10), Bobby Oergel, Fresno, Calif., F2A, Mygale Ford, 1, ACC. 27. (23), Chas Shaffer (R), Catlett, Va., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS. 28. (27), Eric Scheper (R), Columbia, S.C., ACC, Van Diemen Ford, 0, DNS.
Time of race: 35 minutes, 9.207 seconds. Average speed: 85.340 miles-per-hour Margin of victory: 2.853 seconds Lap leaders: Laps 1-20, No. 24 Justus. Fastest race lap: Marc-Antoine Camirand, 1:26.679 (103.831 mph) Cautions: One for four laps.
Source: SCCA/SCCA Pro Racing/USRRC